News: Locker Use on the Rise
At first glance, the majority of lockers at M-A seem to be unused and neglected; in previous years, this assumption proved valid, as less than half of all lockers were in use, but as the number of students enrolled at M-A rises, so too does locker popularity.
In previous years, to provide convenience for the few students who did use lockers, the less desirable locker locations were zip-tied, leaving only prime locker locations for the few choosing to use them: all bottom lockers were zip-tied, as well as all lockers in Hello Hall and at the far end of the E-Wing.
The administration is now in the process of removing these zip-ties, however, because over the last couple of years the demand for lockers has steadily risen. Last year, in fact, the school ran out of available lockers for the first time, forcing the administration to deny several locker requests.
While it appears from the administrative standpoint that all lockers were in use last year, as each locker had an assignment, this statistic may be deceiving. Some students get a locker at the beginning of the year, and proceed to neglect it for the rest of the year. Occasionally students will return the lock during the school year, having realized they don’t need the locker, but in the other cases when the students simply don’t use it, these become wasted lockers.
Also, oftentimes a student will wait to see if he or she develops a need for a locker, possibly during a sports season in search of a place to store bags (other than his or her 6th period teacher’s classroom), and therefore use the locker for only part of the year.
Many find the lockers lining the walls of nearly every hallway at M-A to be useless; however, all lockers were occupied last year, and already this year, few are left on the market. Whether they are used productively or not, there is still a large demand for these storage places at M-A.