In 1899, Julia Proctor, then a junior at Peoria High, helped form a new high school newspaper. Throughout the school's history there had been other attempts to establish an on-going student newspaper, but none had remained in print very long. Unlike its predecessors, "The High School Opinion," later shortened to the "The Opinion," has become the oldest continuous student newspaper in the state of Illinois, and one of the oldest in the nation. At first The Opinion offered a hodgepodge of content. There was a literary section featuring the talents of both students and famous authors, exchanges with other school papers, a humor section, editorials, and school gossip. What Julia Proctor helped start, today provides a glimpse into the lives of past generations.