Mallet editors Serenity Mahoney and Brittany Malvick thumb through archived Mallets. The media center at PHS has Mallets going back to 1948

Father, son advisors for 37 years

By Shelby Lonne

The Mallet was first published on October 9th 1925 as the official school newspaper of the Proctor public schools. The paper consisted of four pages, edited entirely by high school students, and cost eight cents. Now, 85 years later, nothing major has changed about the Mallet, except how much it costs and a few other small details.
“It’s unusual for a high school paper to last so long,” Phil Johnson, father of Nathan Johnson, said.
Phil Johnson was Proctor’s Journalism teacher before Nathan Johnson for 32 years. “It’s also very odd to think that for almost half of the time that a Journalism course has been offered, it has been taught by a member of the Johnson family,” Phil Johnson commented.
Since the Mallet has started, it has undergone a few minor changes. There was a dark room located in what now is a teacher’s lounge next to the library. Students would take pictures and develop them at the school instead of using computers and digital cameras like we do today.
Students also went to the Proctor Journal to physically cut and paste the newspaper out to print it. Now-a-days, it’s not quite so hard. We use computers and other technology to print the paper.
Proctor is one of the only schools in the area, along with East and Superior, that still has a high school newspaper. We should consider ourselves lucky for carrying on this tradition for 85 years.

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