What started as a way to recruit distance runners for the school's track team has become one of Solanco's most successful sports.
"I did it to create interest in the running program," said former coach Lee Rhoads of the start of the school's cross country program.
The first year, 1965, cross country was a club, he recalled.
"The school district wanted to be sure there was an interest in it before they committed to making it a varsity sport."
That happened in 1966, when about half the schools in Lancaster County had cross country teams.
Buoyed by an impressive showing during scrimmages Saturday, Solanco boys soccer coach Ron Miller has high hopes for his squad. The Mules were 3-0-1 on the day. "It was awesome," Miller said. "It was a good day for us. We've improved big time and I see a nice season in store for us."
Every August, the Thursday before school opens, the drivers who pilot school buses throughout the Solanco School district gather for orientation and training. Every year, the training is different.
"We try to give them practical training for everyday stuff they do on the bus," said Jason McClune, the district's transportation coordinator. This year, the emphasis was on safety.
There must be some recessive gene in the Girvin family tree. That's one
way to explain how three generations of the family have become public school teachers, Barry Girvin said last week. Barry is a native of Bart Township who graduated from Solanco High School and went on to
teach social studies in the Conestoga Valley School District for 34 years before retiring. His son, John, graduated from CV and Millersville University and is well into his third decade at Solanco High School, where he teaches chemistry. John's daughter, Alyssa Girvin, is a graduate of Penn Manor High School and Elon University. She is beginning her first year as a science teacher at Solanco High, where she will teach biology.
"I like biology because its a very hands-on subject," Alyssa said last week. "It's the study of life."
He learned to teach at an elementary school. Now Brian Booher will be helping the teachers at Quarryville Elementary School reach their students. Booher, 38, was named principal of the school effective July 1. He replaces James O'Brien, who retired at the end of the school year. The new principal came to Solanco in 2011, hired to be the assistant principal of both Swift and Smith middle schools. In 2012, he was assigned to Swift as the
assistant principal after the district named one principal, Paul Gladfelter, to cover both schools. After graduating from college, he worked in administration at the college level. He was employed by several colleges, including Marietta College and Drexel University. At those schools, he recruited students and helped them with financial aid.
Solanco's largest Mule arrived Tuesday morning and was hoisted into place shortly before
11 a.m. The Mule, which weights more than half a ton and stands a bit over eight feet tall, was a gift to Solanco High School by members of the graduating class of 2011.
"The Class of 2011 left money to do a sports statue," said Solanco High School Principal Brian Gallagher. "Then Ina [high school secretary Ina Wilson] came up with the concept."