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Interpretations

Before work started on collecting a history of North, our talks with our community partners at the school helped us to identify that there was something different than just school spirit.  This was more than wearing logo sweatshirts and wearing school colors.

In each interview we asked, "Do you feel a 'Polar Identity', and if so, how would you describe it?"

If this question seems vague and confusing, it was.  We intentionally left the term without a definition and let our interviewee define it as they saw fit.  Below are the reactions to this question.

Sarah Johnson, sophomore, fall 2008

Sarah Johnson, a current sophomore at North, didn't know exactly how to define what Polar Identity is, but she had a very profound opinion on where her life is going to go.  Having been a part of the Northside community and choosing to open enroll at North, she feels that the school is part of her life.  She hopes to live in the Northside and remain close to the school forever.

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George Roberts, English teacher 1974-2001

As a former teacher from 1974 to 2001, George Roberts has a wealth of information, stories, and observations about the school and then changes it has gone through.  He has and continues to live in the community and sent one of his children to North.  He took learning out of the classroom and had celebratory dinners with his students.  By being a member of the community instead of creating a separate environment for his private life, he developed a different sort of relationship with his students and a credibility.  He hints at the idea that generations of students came through his classroom and that families did not move away.  They trusted the school and parents felt that their kids would be well taken care of.

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Jim Freund, class of 1979

Jim Freund, graduate of '79, talked about his choice to live in a Northwestern suburb as opposed to any other place in the Twin Cities.  While he is not as actively involved with the Northside community as much as our other interviewees, he still feels a pride in the school.  His choice of residence was influenced by his time at North because of the connections he made with life-long friends.

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