End of an era: Fuquay-Varina latest to slam the door on school lockers

Posted June 26

— Fuquay-Varina High School is ready to get rid of lockers.

Students say they're no longer cool, and school leaders say they're just taking up space. Out of the 2,250 students at the school, officials say only nine still use lockers

"There's a newfound sort of sense that this isn't the cool thing anymore," Principal John Enns said.

Enns said the trend began when textbooks became digital.

"Technology has played a pretty big role in moving away from a traditional textbook, for example," he said. "So, we’ve got kids that, in some of our classes, we’ve been experimenting are using Kindle devices. So, it’s the new form of literature.”

With fewer textbooks making the rounds, there's no need for storage.

In two years, Fuquay-Varina will begin renovations that will slice the number of lockers in half.

Enns says the school hopes to use the extra space for common areas to allow students to socialize.

"This isn’t something that’s just indigenous to Fuquay-Varina High School," Enns said. "I've got it on pretty good authority that this is starting to become a really common practice around a lot of especially major high schools.”

Millbrook and Knightdale high schools have already downsized their locker space during recent renovations.


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  • Mariah Maloy Jun 27, 7:51 a.m.
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    In the late 1970's-early 1980's, Edwards Jr. High & Rocky Mount Sr. High were not large schools by any means, but most of my classes were always at the other end of the schools away from my assigned lockers; I just started carting all my books around because 9-10 minutes just was not enough time to leave class, hit my locker, make a pit stop at the Ladies Room & make it back to my next class on time. I don't even want to think about how it is now, with larger schools.

  • Melanie Lane Jun 26, 8:29 p.m.
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    Every kid I ever knew found lockers were 10 minutes away from their classes making turn around time between them nearly impossible. Schools have become too large with not enough centralized locations considering where students are in relation to their classrooms but sure let's say they just aren't cool, that way we don't talk about the larger needs our kids face

  • John Townsend Jun 26, 6:41 p.m.
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    Millbrook has only 4 classes meet each day so lockers aren't needed.

  • Chris Pelz Jun 26, 6:24 p.m.
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    As a student I see quite a few issues here first off I attend Clayton high where we have multiple buildings so it would be impossible to get to a locker and get to class in 5 minutes. also our school doesn't give out lockers it charges a fee to use a locker which doesn't include a time extension on your hallway trip. And finally lockers haven't lost there trendy-ness they have just become unavailable.

  • Matt Page Jun 26, 5:51 p.m.
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    Enns says the school hopes to use the extra space for common areas to allow students to socialize

    ......uhhhhh how? lockers are only 10-12 inches deep how are you going to create an area for students to socialize?

  • Patrick Gentry Jun 26, 5:34 p.m.
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    The only constant is change, makes sense though that as more textbooks go digital lockers would become more and more obsolete. You would still think that schools would keep them around for students to secure electronics during the school day.

  • Andrew Stephenson Jun 26, 5:26 p.m.
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    When I was growing up, backpacks in class were strictly forbidden. Lockers were a necessity because of this, unless you want to literally carry your books by hand from home to each of your classes. I assume that's not how it works around here though.