Northport High School

Monday, Jun 15

I spoke at my high school’s graduation ceremony this past Saturday, and it sure brought back a lot of memories. Some things have changed–the elementary school and the high school have been combined, and have a much nicer paint-job–but a lot was the same.

The class of 2009 numbers 16 grads; we had 13 in my class.

The festivities were held in the gymnasium, and I do believe I stood at the very same podium that was there back in 67, when I gave my painfully earnest valedictorian’s address. 🙂

For all its small size, Northport High School has produced a remarkable number of successful, solid citizens–teachers, geologists, entrepenuers, and a couple of writers, too. (Suspense writer Donna Anders is a Northport girl, too.) At least one grad attended Yale. The town is tiny, with limited resources, but it still has one big plus: it’s like a family. People pull together, and everybody cares how the kids turn out. The classes are small, so students get the individual attention they need. There was a lot of emphasis placed on school spirit in my day–go Mustangs!–and I’m happy to say that is still true.

I am proud to be from Northport, although, as a teenager, I couldn’t wait to get away and explore the big world. I did that, and it was wonderful. Being from a small town has its advantages. The kids tend to be confident because they grow up knowing everyone, and therefore nobody is really a stranger.

Things are different, and the same.

And no matter where I live, that winding road between Colville (pronounced CALL-ville) and Northport, following the course of the Columbia River, will always be the road home…

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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