LOUDONVILLE -- In the fall of 1945, a new enterprise at Loudonville High School formed that would last for over 70 years -- a student newspaper.
The first paper, known as "Redbird Chatter," formed with Barbara Horn as the Treasurer, Lucille Long as Associate Editor, and Edward Roller as the Editor. The goal was to give students a medium to express their ideas while practicing journalism, and if all went well the profits would pay for a new scoreboard at the football field.
The Chatter was surprisingly well conceived for its first year. Students in the sophomore English class wrote the articles, which were then edited by Miss Crawford.
The senior secretarial practice class did the typing and prepared the paper for mimeographing (a manual process of copying). The Chatter was published every two weeks, with the cost of subscription unknown.
Fast forward 14 years and and the Chatter was now known as "The Redbird," a name it would be published under for the rest of its existence.
By 1958, the Redbird had been recognized for 10 straight years receiving an All-American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association with judges commenting that "The Redbird is tops! The features, art work, makeup, and headlines are outstanding."
The paper also received excellent ratings on leads, feature stories, editorials, headlines, printing, typing, and layout. By this point, the Redbird was only published every third Friday, and cost 50 cents for an annual subscription.
Eleanor Lawrence was Editor, with Sue Elsasser as Associate Editor, and nearly 40 other student staff members. Marjorie Robinson acted as Advisor, a role she held for approximately 30 years.
The Redbird continued as a print publication until around 2003-2004, before switching to an online-only publication. According to the LHS website, it appears the last issue of The Redbird was published in 2016.
The CRF Museum is currently in the process of collecting information and past issues of the Chatter and Redbird. If you have any you would like to donate, please reach out to us the museum at the link below.
More information on the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum can be found at this link.