Happy Birthday DoraHighSchool.com
looked back at my records for the website today and realized
that the website is six years old this week (7/20/2002).
In the weeks after 9/11/2001 I did a lot of soul searching. I thought
a great deal about the family I loved, my friends, and this place called
home. As horrible as the attacks were on America, there was some good
that came from it. It seemed for a while that we all looked to each other
- grew a little closer - loved a little deeper. I found myself contacting
people I had not spoken with in years. I called just to tell them they
were on my mind and how much they meant to me.
The spirit of America had somehow weathered a disaster, stood up, dusted
itself off, and made a conscience decision to move on.- changed.....but
It was during this time of contemplation and self examination that I
decided to do my part to bring our little community together.
I had never even considered doing an alumni website. The fact is, I didn't
know how. I had worked with computers for many years and was an early
adopter of the Internet, I did not know the first thing about how to
actually do it. I toldJilda and she thought it was a great idea.
I talked to my friend Steve who had been doing website for a while and
helped me learn the basics. I bought software, and found a hosting service
where the website has lived. I registered the domain name www.dorahighschool.com
and started designing.
I had never tried to sell anything in my life, but I made appointments
with several local businessmen and asked them to sponsor the site. Some
businessmen did not see the value in it, others did and almost every
one is still a sponsor today.
I learned by trial and error. I discovered early on that you don't have
to have a lot of fancy bells and whistles to make a website successful.
You have to keep the content fresh by posting good pictures, good stories,
and useful information.
The idea was a little slow at first, but there were people that got on
board early and have been cheerleaders for the site through the years.
I used Google Analytics to capture the number of hits and for a small
high school that has probably had fewer than 5000 graduates through the
years, these days the site gets two to three hundred hits a day. It has
had over a quarter million hits since we first came online. I am amazed
Last week a graduate of Corner High asked me what it would cost to do
the things with their website like we've done with the Dora High site.
I told him that it takes a lot of time, a lot of love and a lot of money
to build a site like ours.
I won't try to start naming off all the folks who have helped me through
the years by writing stories, taking pictures, scanning some of the yearbooks,
and donating money - I'm afraid I might leave someone out. I will say
this: I am truly grateful to the sponsors who have stuck with me through
the year -. I will also say there would not be aDoraHighSchool.com alumni
website if I had not "had a little help from my friends."