Massachusetts high school drops term ‘freshman’ to be gender inclusive
EASTHAMPTON, Ma. – For years, ninth graders have typically been called freshmen, but one Massachusetts high school will stop using the term, WBZ reports. Easthampton High School will instead call the students “first years,” in an effort to be more gender-inclusive. “For the purpose of class meetings and activities, including the class dues, students will be considered first years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors,” the high school wrote in in their handbook.