In the first edition of The Beacon, editor Mary Grim gave students the reason behind the name choice for the publication:
"The Dallastown Beacon is a messenger for the Dallastown High School. The Beacon spreads the news of the work of the students and shows their abilities and interests in high school. It not only tells of the work done in high school but of the work to be done in the future. The Beacon does not belong to one person alone, but to everybody."
The first issue of Dallastown High School newspaper, The Beacon, was published in 1929. The Beacon was initially not only a newspaper but also the yearbook.
Over the years The Beacon has been published in many unique layouts and styles of a newspaper. Now students, alumni, and the entire community will be able to view The Beacon through this website. An extensive archive is being built so that everyone can view a past issue, whether it's from 1999 or 1972.