By the Purple Post Team
It’s been quite an interesting ride. Over the course of this year, the Purple Post has seen unsurpassed growth, and its notoriety has reached unimaginable heights. But the story of the Purple Post’s rise to fame is one that is regrettably not often told. So now, to conclude our proceedings for this year, we present to you the history of the Purple Post.
The Purple Post was founded in 2016 by then-sophomores Katharine Tracy and Juliette Lange. It was only a few years prior (circa 2012) that the Classical Review, the Classical school newspaper since 1934, went on indefinite hiatus, and ceased publishing articles online. Unfortunately, the tale of the Classical Review ends there. No organization was poised to take its place, and no one expressed any interest in reviving the now-defunct school newspaper.
And now Classical was faced with a particularly peculiar predicament. How could an educational institution noted for its academic rigor and focus on community activism not have a school newspaper?
It was a question that puzzled then-sophomores Tracy and Lange, and in fact was what compelled them to first create the organization.
But more specifically, it was Lange who first enlisted the help of Tracy to start the newspaper. According to Tracy, “Though I considered myself a good writer, I never thought I would end up becoming editor-in-chief…until my good friend Juliette enlisted my help at the beginning of tenth grade.”
From there, they began their initial recruiting process in the fall of 2016. Due to their efforts, the Purple Post acquired a small team of writers and photographers (including, most notably, Purple Post writer Jillian Brosofsky, who was a member until her graduation in 2019).
The Post, however, had its share of difficulties. Neither Tracy nor Lange had founded a club before, and, according to Tracy, did not have “a frame of reference for starting a club, let alone a [school] newspaper.” In the first 2 years, the Co-Founders struggled to find a website that would best support their paper, while at the same time attempting to navigate formidable obstacles such as lack of exposure and name recognition.
Even though these early years, fraught with struggles to coordinate with administration and efforts to find reliable writers, were very trying, Tracy and Lange ultimately were determined to see their project through.
“Though at times these early experiences were exhausting,” Tracy observed, “starting and working for the Purple Post has been extremely rewarding.”
With the help of Destiny Manston, the Purple Post website’s main editor, the newspaper slowly began posting more and more original content on a modest Wixsite page, and writers began to cover a variety of topics, from Spirit Week to the History of Classical.
But it was at the beginning of 2018 that the organization underwent major expansion efforts, led by then-junior David Montenegro. It was Montenegro who first suggested that the Post move the old site to its current domain on WordPress, and it was Montenegro who later established the Purple Post Instagram account. In large part due to his efforts, the organization soon gained greater notoriety than ever before, with the Instagram account reaching a peak of about 600 followers.
And as the workload began to increase, Editor-In-Chief Katharine Tracy gradually began to delegate more and more responsibilities to writer David Salzillo, who worked to establish greater productivity and consistency within the organization by working with then-Executive Vice President David Montenegro to implement reforms.
But the organization has a long way to go, to be sure. Exposure and name recognition are problems that still continue to plague the organization. And its Upper Management Team will certainly work next year, through the creation of the Master Plan, on increasing our prominence in the Classical community.
Hopefully, with your help and support, we can create a more informed and a more engaged student body.