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Huskies celebrate Capt. John L. Chapin’s 104th Birthday

Chapin High School students celebrated the birthday of the school’s namesake Capt. John L. Chapin on Friday with cake and balloons.

The school has been celebrating all week with dress up days, wearing red, white and blue on Wednesday to honor Chapin’s military service and Texas A&M colors on Thursday for his alma mater.

“Captain Chapin’s birthday is actually during spring break on the 15th, but we thought it was important to honor our namesake,” student activities manager Julie Oshiro said. “He was a hero and he represents our school’s core values.”

031017Chapin110 copyThe Northeast school was named after the World War II hero and El Paso native in 2001 and is a point of pride for the students the minute they become Huskies.

For senior Anne-Marie Warren the celebration brings her experience at Chapin full circle.

“Our freshman year we have an introduction into who Captain John L. Chapin was. We watch a video and learn about him and Company E, so now it’s a nice closing for me,” Warren said.

Student council organized the weeklong celebration, decorating the school with birthday banners and putting together the cake social in the school’s rotunda during lunch Friday. The home economics classes pitched in as well, baking more than 400 cupcakes.

Principal Robert Marsh hopes Chapin’s legacy will continue to live on through the school.

“We ask our kids to model all the traits he exhibited in his lifetime. We feel it’s important for the students to know why the school is named after him,” Marsh said. “We don’t want them to forget what he stood for. Any opportunity we get we want to remind them why we are who we are.”

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