Orientation at Wayland Academy

Thousands of Wayland students have clambered over a wall and traversed a series of trials composed of wires, ropes, and logs as an introduction to each other and to Wayland. 

It is remarkable how unchanged those exercises have remained over the past four decades, but equally remarkable is that these exercises were originally created by a group of five Wayland seniors in the spring of 1975 as their Senior Project. With the guidance of math teacher Dave Kasper H`81, those five students, Lea Busse Malak `75, George Socha `75, Sarah Verstegen `75, John Singleton `75, and Glenn Wiedenhoeft `75, constructed a course that is central to the early days of the Wayland experience.

We have assembled the pictures below (arranged mostly chronologically) to mark the fourth decade of this living student project thanks to the hard work of Mr. Kasper. You can also use the search bar in the window below to scour photos from a specific year.