By TeyAnjulee Leon
“I was just one of the poor white kids that lived on the Hilltop…I was a freakin’ wallflower and I did not wanna be noticed.” — Laurie Arnold
The child of left leaning social activists, Laurie Arnold grew up during a time of great change in the country and the Tacoma community. Throughout her educational journey, Laurie attended many schools, and the one that remained clearest in her memory was McCarver. Though she did not know it at the time, Laurie attended McCarver the year it became the first magnet school in the country and began the process to help desegregating Tacoma Public Schools.
From Friday Activities and locker room fights to Tacoma Urban League and community organizing, Laurie Arnold remains a fixture in the Hilltop and Tacoma communities always working to protect and improve the place she calls home.
- View the complete oral history project: “Perspectives on Tacoma School Desegregation: From Wallflower to Rabble Rouser” by TeyAnjulle Leon