Excitement in air for Devils Lake Public Schools on first day of school

John B. Crane
Devils Lake Journal
Students walk toward the entrance of Devils Lake High School (DLHS) on the first day of school.

DEVILS LAKE – The sights and sounds of a crisp morning held a different tune on Aug. 24. 

The hallways begin to fill up at Devils Lake High School (DLHS) on the first day of school on Aug. 24.

In addition to birds chirping outdoors, backpacks shuffled, lockers clattered and hallways bustled. Such an occasion helped signify the first day of school for Devils Lake Public Schools (DLPS) on Wednesday morning. 

As the morning continued, the eager crowd grew at Devils Lake High School (DLHS). With around 500 students expected to fill up DLHS classrooms during the 2022-23 academic year, excitement is in the air. 

Students line up outside of the office in order to pick up schedules and materials.

“Super excited,” Devils Lake High School Principal Ryan Hanson said. “Yeah, the first day of school is still big for the principal, just like it is for the kids. I sent the granddaughter off to third grade, and [I] have one coming here as a junior, so it’s a big day in the Hanson house.” 

No matter the occasion, DLHS, in conjunction with DLPS, wishes to provide kids with the best opportunity to succeed. Like any other year, the first day of school helps begin that process. 

A school bus drops off students at Devils Lake High School (DLHS) on the first day of school.
Students pose for a photo on the first day of school at Devils Lake High School (DLHS) on Aug. 24.
Students stop for a pose during the first day of school at Devils Lake High School (DLHS) on Aug. 24.

“Every year, our biggest goal is to make sure that our kids leave here the best version of themselves they can be, and I don’t see that ever-changing,” Hanson said. “That has to be our No. 1 focus, to make sure that we do everything we can to help them get to where they want to be, and success looks different for every kid, so helping every kid find that success. 

John Crane is a sports/general assignment reporter for the Devils Lake Journal. Feel free to contact John via work phone (701-922-1372), cell phone (701-230-4339), email (jcrane@gannett.com) or Twitter (@johncranesports) with any story ideas.