The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The front page of “The Blake Torch” issue published in 1970 includes descriptions of the “Glee Club” and its Music-Art festival, new faculty, and a new photography course that was introduced that year. This page of “The Torch” evidently illustrates the changes of Blake culture.

Newspapers Reflect Evolution, Progress

Sam Tomczik December 12, 2022

As Blake and the world around us have continued to evolve, so have its newspapers. These changes in our community include coeducation, sports, technology, and the latest trends.  Through "The Torch,"...

A page of “The Torch” issue published in 1972 depicts an old tradition of homecoming, revealing their Homecoming queen, the three attendants and their escorts from Blake with a small blurb next to their picture.

Previous Newspapers Expose, Exhibit Similar Core Issues to Today’s

Amelia Bush December 9, 2022

If you've ever told someone that you go to Blake, you've probably heard a response somewhere along the lines of "oh so you must be rich." If you've been here for over a year, then you probably know about...

The timeline of The Spectrum, from 1900-2022.

“The Torch” Reveals Cultural Changes, Values

Kaining Zhang, Staff Writer December 7, 2022

Our school newspaper at Blake has changed a lot since it was founded in 1916 as "The Torch." Sigurd Ueland '55 says through email, "I believe just about everyone at the high school level read 'The Torch'--we...

Schifman’s tomatoes are seen thriving in abundance with their leafy green stems. It is important for tomatoes to be grown in the warm sun.

Food Gardens Provide Freshness

Sam Tomczik November 5, 2022

"Everything tastes better off of the vine or the stem," explains Ellie Schifman '24, which is why she, along with other community members, recommends food gardens. Schifman continues, "It's not only better...

A backyard garden is filled with salvia (purple plants), lady’s mantle, cat mint, and eastern redbud trees. These plants thrive in the summer and spring as they’re speckled with bumblebees and butterflies.

Mackenzie Mcilmail’s Flower Garden

Ali Hecker November 2, 2022

What inspired you to have a garden? So I spent most of my twenties living in really congested cities and apartments and for a while I lived in a boarding school with twenty teenage girls in my house and...

A Black Swallowtail butterfly lands on Monarda, yet another one of Vance’s plants in her vast pollinator garden.

Pollinator Gardens Revive Species

Ani Bhardwaj, Contributing Writer October 31, 2022

According to the National Pollinator Garden Network, "Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day, and yet pollinators are at a critical point in their own survival... more...

Khan’s three Australian zebra finches rest in their cage. Zebra finches are the most popular cage bird to own, as they don’t require too much time.

Birds Improve Responsibility

Rowan Wallin September 29, 2022

A more unusual pet is a bird. Birds contain about 14,000 different species, but only a fraction of those species have been domesticated.     For AJ Khan '23, he has grown up with birds for the entirety...

Higuchi’s older sister, Suzy Higuchi ‘23, remarks, “My cat is really cute and he’s five years old. He’s a king.”

Cats Provide Needed Comfort, Daily Relief

Sonia Lerner, Contributing Writer September 29, 2022

As one of the most popular domesticated animals, cats clearly hold qualities of a good pet.  Despite being hated by die-hard dog lovers, cats are indeed great pets to have, according to Genevieve Gellerman...

Clyde crawls around in his enclosure that mimics geckos’ natural habitats, which are typically warm and rocky.

Small Reptiles Make for Nice, Loving Pets

Chloe Ursu, Contributing Writer September 29, 2022

Lots of people have dogs or cats and some have rabbits or hamsters. But few have reptiles-- geckos, frogs, or toads-- and most people wouldn't even see them as pets. Many reptile owners feel they're overlooked...

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