Rockland District High School and Georges Valley High School, both of whom came into existence in the 1960s, have combined to form Oceanside High School in Regional School Unit 13 (the combination of former School Administrative Districts 5 and 50). The Mariner fall athletic teams, who replace the Tigers and Buccaneers, will begin their historic first seasons in the coming weeks, utilizing the fields in Thomaston and Rockland. Leading into that change, the following are the words of Becky Wilcox-Brann, a 1991 graduate of Rockland District High School.

Running on the [Wasgatt Memorial Field] track Saturday, July 30, I was noticing how abandoned everything looked. The tall grass on the playing field, the grass growing on the track, and most of all, the Tiger scoreboard and hurdles scattered about. I miss the sport competitions that I played in. Most importantly, I miss the teamwork, sportsmanship and spirit of the Rockland Fighting Tigers. Tiger spirit will live on!

Wilcox-Brann’s thoughts are reflected in the accompanying black-and-white photos she shot that day at the Thomaston Street football/track facility.