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They’re back! Some of Mason’s faculty and staff used to attend GMHS as students. Mrs. Dorothy Clinton (secretary to the assistant principals), Mr. Peter Laub (English and creative writing), and Mr. Will Stewart (science) all used to come to school here.

“They used to go here?” Kate Mills, freshman, asked, a shocked look on her face. “Ew. That’s weird. I would never come back.

The alumni probably thought the same thing when they went here. But, nonetheless, they came to work here.

Dorothy Clinton graduated in 1975. She has worked at our school for 25 years. She decided to get a job here because, after working in a law firm in D.C., she did not want to commute. Her sister worked for the school board at the time so she got an interview (with her old principal) and was hired.

When Clinton went to school here, things were very different. Students had much more freedom. For example, there was a smoking section for students outside the building. People always roamed the halls, even during class.

“I remember one year they tried out a new system for the English department,” Clinton said. “They let us pick a different course each quarter instead of our regular English class,” she laughed. “I remember one quarter I took a class on Russian literature.”

“The variety show was also a much bigger deal then than it is now. Everyone wanted to be in the show and they all wanted to do something different. There were bands, the football team did a skit, and people sang. Everyone wanted to go see it.”

Years later, Peter Laub attended GMHS. He graduated in 1998, the year many of our freshmen were born. He served as editor of Lasso Online and left his mark on GMHS.

“I didn’t specifically plan to get a job here. I was coming back from Turkey to the D.C., Northern Virginia area and I applied for many jobs. George Mason just hired me the fastest.”

“Some of my old teachers like Mrs. Dean-Pratt, Mrs. Weber, Mrs. Hawkesworth and Coach Greene still work here,” Laub said. “It was weird coming back and working with them.”

Since he came to school here, technology has changed a lot. For example, there were no lights on the football field. The Homecoming game, as with other games, took place Saturday afternoon and the dance was held that night. There were also no projectors. Classes watched videos on VHS or, for a short time, laser discs (similar to records).

The school has also expanded since then. There was no auxiliary gym and he had an 89 student graduating class.

“It was so small when I went here,” Laub reminisced. “Everyone literally knew everyone. Take the size of the school now, cut it in half and that’s what it was.”

Since Mr. Stewart graduated in 2007, not much has changed. But since it’s only been five years, he knows some of the students and many of the teachers.

“I think the weirdest part coming back is calling my old teachers by their first names. Mr. Snyder, Ms. Goss, Ms. Tooze, Mme. Mah and many others still work here.”

Weird or not, the Mason alumni enjoy teaching here and think it’s cool coming back.


Listen to our Alums: Claire Constance

Listen to our Alums: Claire Constance

Mustang Alumni’s speak about their trials and tributes during their freshman year at college

By Blaise Sevier 

Whether it be 50 days or three years before you embark on your college career, listen to our George Mason Alumni talk about their experiences through the infamous first year of college. In this recurring Lasso series more voices will be heard as we inch closer to Constitution Hall on June 16, 2014.  

Click on the image below to Listen to Claire

Starting off this series is former Mrs. Mason winner and 2012 graduate: Claire Constance. Now a sophomore the University of Virginia she shares about how she chose her roommate, the importance of a sleep schedule, and what to look out during your first few weeks at school.  


Teacher Playlist: Mr. Knight




By Erin McFall 

Have you ever wondered what your teachers listen to? If Mrs. Hawkesworth rocks out to hip-hop on the way to work? Or if, beneath that unsuspecting aura, Dr. Mecca jams out to reggae? In this new feature, “Mustang Mixes,” we’ll bring you a bit closer to your teachers through their choice in music. This week: Instructional Technology Coordinator Steve Knight.







  1. Oscar Wilde, Company of Thieves : “I’m really into [this one]. It’s definitely one of my favorites... I really like the lead singer’s voice. Company of Thieves is top in my Spotify playlist, I mean I’ve always liked different music that’s not always popular to everybody,” Knight laughed, explaining. “Once I think I like to listen to music and then once it becomes popular I don’t really like it anymore. I really liked Lorde when she first came out but now that she’s super popular [I don’t like her] so much.”
  2. Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra : I can’t get enough of [this] song. It’s really good! Manchester Orchestra is probably the ones I listen to the most just because I’m really...I don’t know...they have beards...but that’s not why I like them! I actually have...

Your favorite exhibit-- closed for 5 years?

Your favorite exhibit-- closed for 5 years?


From April 28, 2014 The Deep Time Hall within D.C’s Natural History Museum will close for renovation till spring of 2019

by Blaise Sevier 


Take a deep breath, the whole Natural History building will not be closed for five years-- construction will only take over one section of the building: The Deep Time Hall or more formally known as D.C’s favorite Dinosaur Exhibit. Viewings of the famous Hope diamond, the big elephant, butterfly exhibit will all still be shown on the regular schedule .

The reason for this redesign is simply to refurbish the dinosaur skeletons and expand the exhibit. Also, some of these pieces have been on display for more than eighty years.

“It takes 5 years to do that? That is surprising-- I mean I don’t frequently visit there, but I used to, so I know that parents and kids in the district are going to be kind of scrambling because it is a really great place for kids,” said freshman Hannah Hiscott.

Paleontologists in the National History Museum will be dismounting and removing the visitor favorite, the Wankel Tyrannosaurus Rex very soon.  With this removal, such angst has erupted over this removal that the museum has created a caste of the skull to sup...


The Highline Artists - Impromptu Genius

The Highline Artists - Impromptu Genius

By Megan Jenkins  


Cardboard, acrylic paint, and a brush, that’s all it takes, according to Highline NYC, for people to become artists.

Since upon opening in 2009, tourists and locals alike have come to the Highline in New York City to walk and socialize. Now, the Highline NYC brings a creative aspect to this park, letting people paint whatever they want, and take as much time with their creations as necessary.

“People create the collection here,” says representative of Highline NYC. “You get a piece of cardboard, acrylic paint, a paintbrush, and off you go.”

The paintings vary in size and color. Some depict phrases, others images. There is a whole tower, for example, of different paintings of eyes, and a section for abstract patterns.

The total collection contains about ten thousand individual pieces.

The Lasso, Nine Muses, and the yearbook classes all went to a two -day conference (three- day trip) to New York City as part of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention (CSPASC). Taking classes on Thursday and Friday, all of the groups improved their journalism and writing skills.

In between classes at CSPA and time in the famous ‘Times Square,’ Lasso staff members...