World:Fairview/Fairview Educational Center
Fairview High School
Founded in the 1930s, it was actually Fairview’s third High School, although the first had already closed down, and its immediate predecessor followed soon after the end of the Second World War. Renamed to bear the town’s name, Fairview High was the only centre of Secondary Education in the local area for several decades. Following the opening of Thomas Jefferson Middle School next door, the two came together with 5th Street Elementary to form the Fairview Educational Center. Political Structure: The students of Fairview High elect a Council, headed by the Homecoming King and Queen. The Council makes decisions on a day to day basis concerning issues of importance to the students in much the same way as the leaders of the other schools.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
The newest of the three schools, Thomas Jefferson was opened in the early 1990s as a rival to Fairview Middle School on the other side of town. Its location was chosen primarily for convenience, between the schools it bridged, and facilitated the semi-union of the three into the Fairview Educational Center. Political Structure: The pupils of Thomas Jefferson are led by a single representative, who acts much like the Kings of 5th Street, although he is considered subordinate to the High School’s Council. Although technically appointed by the students of the School, the representative usually has some connection to the council, and rarely has any opposition to their election.
5th Street Elementary
One of the oldest schools in Fairview, 5th Street traces its roots back to City’s first school house. Although the school has been refounded and moved on a number of occasions, it has maintained an important reputation within the community. It has benefitted greatly from the union with Jefferson, and particularly Fairview High, which has provided access to a number of facilities the school previously lacked. Political Structure: 5th Street’s playground is a monarchy, ruled by a King who selects his own heir every year. The whole school falls under his rule, with the sole exception of the Kindergarteners, a primitive and savage tribe who recognise the elder pupils’ authority, but have their own leadership and social structures.
The ancient jungle gym/slide combo stands behind the Cafeteria of Fifth Street Elementary, and has long been the focal point of the Playground. Older even than some of the youngest teachers, it is rusty and decrepit, but beloved by the children, and fondly remembered by those who have moved on from the school.
It is also known as the site where the Kings of Fifth Street have held court, reserving the top platform for the first half of the lunch break every day so that they can make proclamations, pass judgement and hold important meetings as necessary.
Other Schools in Fairview:
Fairview Middle School: The City’s original middle school maintains a fierce rivalry with Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Bearing the city’s name, the pupils of Fairview Middle School once fed directly into the High School as their rival now does. The administration, and many of the alumni, firmly opposed the establishment of Jefferson Middle School, and the Educational Center, feeling that it imposed upon their position within the community. As a result of this opposition, and their continuing rivalry, although some students still go on to Fairview High School, the majority now feed into other schools in the region.