About The Barker
The Barker is a publication of Westerly High School, 23 Ward Avenue, Westerly, Rhode Island 02891, USA.
Publication offices are in room W219 of The Ward Building.
Serving the needs of the student population since 1999.
The Barker has been available online since November 2015.
All materials contained herein remain the property of The Barker and Westerly High School.
The History of The Barker
The Barker has a rich past here at Westerly High School, and since its inception in the late 1800’s, it has had several incarnations.
The Lever was the first Westerly High School newspaper. The WHS Archive in the Ward Media Center has copies of The Lever dating back to March 1889. It was a small printed publication filled with essays, personal accounts by students and alumnae, editorials, and letters to the editor. Stories covered everything from school and local happenings to alumnae tales from abroad. There was even a wit and humor column. It called itself a newspaper, but it is closer to what we think of as a magazine today. It was published about four times a year from 1889 to 1897 and was sold on the streets of Westerly by a newsboy for 3 cents. The Lever was lauded by Brown University’s paper, The Brunonian, for its tidy use of typography, its literary standard and its dignified tone.
First printed on December 28, 1900, The Senior was a large format school newspaper. The focus of The Senior was school news, but it also included student stories and news from around town. It maintained a lighter tone and contained “Tattles,” a fun gossip column. It had advertising and was also sold for 3 cents a copy.
The Barker as we know it come into production in 1946, the same year The Senior ended, and the rest, as they say, is history.