ALBANY, N.Y. – For the start of the 2014-2015 school year, Albany High School has decided to do something different to welcome in their new set of freshmen.
More than 2,000 students fill the halls of Albany High School every school year, and in the past it was most likely overwhelming for any new student trying to get around.
“Like, I thought I knew it inside and out, but you know specific classrooms and everything,” said incoming freshman Taelo Sekhovo.
Like many freshmen, Sekhovo spent his first day of high school reading schedules and figuring out room numbers. But instead of having to do it with 2,000 other people around him, he was able to do it with only other freshman who were learning the same things.
“We decided this year to do something special just for our freshmen,” said Principal Cecily Wilson-Turner.
Principal Wilson-Turner says the school only opened the first day to its 810 freshmen, to enable them to get used to the campus before the rest of the school veterans show up on Friday.
“They get to be in the building all to themselves, and every teacher in the building, not just freshmen teachers all to themselves,” explained Wilson-Turner.
The transition is something Sekhovo and his classmates seem to be happy about.
“It’s already packed with just freshmen going up and down the stairs so imagine with all the three other grades what it’s going to be,” he said.
With the chance to rule the school for an entire day without other grades interfering, it seems it’s an opportunity even upper classmen as jealous of, according to Sekhovo.
“My older friends were saying how it’s not fair, how they are jealous, because they didn’t get to have this chance last year,” said Sekhovo.
The principal says that the day went so well in fact that they planning on having the first day be freshmen only every year.