Eagle's Eye Archive

The History of Eagle’s Eye

By John “Tommy” Tompkins

The first issue published at Dalat was on August 1949, underneath the name Pine Echoes. By 1958, the name of the publication changed to Pine Hill Echoes. In 1962, the issue was titled Bamboo Beacon. The first issue of Eagle’s Eye was from 14 October 1964. Regardless of the name, the purpose of each issue was two-fold: 1) to let kids showcase their work to parents and alumni, and 2) to inform parents of what was going on at Dalat. The latter was especially important when 100 percent of the student body boarded, and communication between parents and kids was limited to a weekly airmail letter. Obviously, as this means was often inadequate to let parents know what was going on at school, the paper was sent out.

I, John “Tommy” Tompkins, served as collector/facilitator/formatter from 1978-2015. Copies were produced quarterly for parents and alumni; eventually, these publications went from print to online. My favorite aspect of publishing these updates was to receive letters of appreciation from alumni and parents. The most common article type in Eagle’s Eye was feature writing. Occasionally, one of the students would write an editorial giving an opinion on a topic or a poem. There was also a “Dear Abby”-style column called “Dear Gertrude.” Lastly, there were point/counterpoint columns where kids wrote on two sides of an issue. Archives of these issues can be found below

Eagle’s Eye—With a Twist

By Emily Grad

Made For and By Seniors

In the spring of 2016, Eagle’s Eye became an annually published literary magazine. Each senior submitted one piece that represented him or her as an artist, being within the discipline of writing or the fine arts; the heartbeat purpose is still to showcase student work. But the vision of Eagle’s Eye is expanded to the following:

  • representing a Dalat tradition through a collaborative publication that hosts multiple art forms and spotlights creativity and personal flair
  • empowering artistic ownership of senior students by providing a platform to engage in purposeful interaction
  • serving the community by presenting a piece of academic excellence

This year’s pieces highlighted the following artistic expressions: poetry, creative fiction, essaying, news article, photography, painting, drawing, film, dance, musical score. Be filled with joy from their artwork.

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