By: Taylor Abbey
As d.tech students and staff continue to get accustomed to our new campus, we can’t help but look back on d.tech’s tumultuous journey. Spanning nearly two and a half years, the humble warehouse at 1800 Rollins Road was regarded as our home. All current grade levels have gotten to experience the anomaly that was the Rollins campus, and we can’t help but reminisce about all the characteristics that were exclusive to that wacky warehouse.
Opinions are pretty mixed about our former abode. Many think back on our time there with fondness, while others perceived the warehouse as being too noisy and chaotic. One student who maintains a positive outlook on our old campus is sophomore Jane Wang, who recalled the Hangar as being one of her favorite aspects of Rollins. “I just liked the vibe in general. It was very loud and even though it was frustrating at times, it was a bit comforting and familiar.” Wang added, “I really loved how open the Rollins campus was. The Hangar was so open and there were no walls, it just felt so lively. It was the perfect community setting.” However, junior Lauren Shannon recalls an aspect of the Hangar she doesn’t miss: the noise. Having many classes in the Hangar over the years, Shannon commented, “I really don’t miss the loud noises at all, it was so hard to concentrate.”
While the Rollins campus was filled with an assortment of interesting quirks that students remember, d.tech staff also shed some light on what they personally miss. U.S. History teacher Wade Wilgus fondly remembered the best parts of Rollins being “its proximity to BART and In-N-Out and, to a lesser extent, Panera.” He also appreciated the moveable walls in the Hangar, as well as the interesting stories behind the campus and what it was used for prior to d.tech. On the subject of the not-so-positive Rollins qualities, Wilgus said, “The fact that the Hangar needed to be cooled down makes it not that great.”
Algebra 2 teacher Freedom Cheteni also reflected back on our old campus, saying how the “vibe” of Rollins was what inspired him to get back into teaching. ”It felt so connected. It felt like something was just about to happen and everyone was just so close together.” Cheteni also brought up our strong sense of community at the Rollins campus: “Here, at the Oracle campus, it’s beautiful and all, but I miss that spirit at Rollins.” He believes the closeness we experienced at Rollins was due to the less professional atmosphere of our old building. “I feel like the Hangar created some level of transparency within our school. If somebody came to visit, they could easily interact with students in the Hangar. Right now, we don’t have that.” Shannon also touched upon this subject, stating, “I think it was just more so the fact that we were all just physically closer together.”
d.tech has come a long way since it opened its doors in the fall of 2014 and the Rollins campus provided students and staff with unique experiences not found in any other high school. However, while we may miss certain aspects of our old campus, we’re still in the process of establishing our presence at Oracle. It may take time to get fully situated, but the Oracle campus will most likely come equipped with its own share of memories.