Norton High School has a lot to be proud of. According to US News and World Report, it is the 38th ranked school in Massachusetts and it is the 694th ranked school in the United States. Norton High has an incredibly devoted staff. The school is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and addition. These things are fantastic and extremely important to building the foundation of a great school. However, the most important thing to have when creating a truly wonderful academic institution is a sense of community.
Last Friday, the Norton Lancer football team took on Scituate in its home opener. The Lancers fought valiantly through an offensive struggle and came out on top 8-0. Their efforts need to be recognized and applauded because the game itself was extremely entertaining. I was very impressed.
Having said that, I would like to say that I was most impressed with the people of Norton for showing their passion for the boys in purple and white. I happened to be sitting in the last row of the bleachers directly in front of the 50 yard line. From there I could fully take in the immensity of a vast group of people that cared more about their town then they did their own Friday night. That, my readers, is what community is all about: caring.
The people of Norton care. They respect each other, they hope for each other’s well being, and lastly, they assemble together, unified for one purpose. They simply want to watch Norton’s athletes accomplish great things. In doing so, Norton citizens created an environment unsurpassable by any pro stadium or arena. The atmosphere above Adams Field was filled with appreciation, and the metal benches of the new bleachers were filled with the community that makes Norton High School the great place that it has become.
Can Norton’s community travel? Head to Millis at 7 p.m Friday to support the Lancers.