A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY)

 - Class of 1950

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Wai! fo wee OW ma Wafer, .Nuff maroon ana! Wife W Sheer hard work and vigorous unrelenting campaigning by some seventy-odd eighth grade pupils and their parents had shattered prece- dents and worn down all resistance until success had rewarded their hard work, their faith, hope and necessity, for by September, 1899, Mount Vernon High School had a building of its own in what is now the Administration Building on Fourth Avenue. It is A. B. Davis, the schoo1's first principal, to whom we owe so much. Not only was it his crusading which helped to sell the idea of the school to the town but also his continued guid- ance that helped it move toward the top. Of the school's early organizations the two best known were Sigma Delta Epsilon and Con- gress. The former was the girls' debating society, the latter, for boys. It might be said that these groups were the ancestors of every one of Davis' modern clubs. Along with these groups, Davis had socie- ties devoted to sports, and in the 'teens, girls' sports held sway. Basketball was the major in- terest and 'GNausicaa", the girls' team, set a record for good sportsmanship which few teams could outdo. The Annuals of Davis are filled with the records of great athletes and great teams. In the first thirty years of the century, there were no teams in Westchester that could come close to Davis in high school sports. However, the con- version into a two-year high school hindered us, and it has not been until the last few years that our teams have risen to the top of the county. We find names of those who have stood out in all-around performance: Harry Miller, a five-letter man in 19059 Frank Carideo, one of Davis, greatest football stars who Went on to be- come an immortal at Notre Dame, Ralph Branca, a mainstay of the Brooklyn Dodgers, pitching staff, and Teddy Ramsey, who, in the past few years, has been the outstanding all-around athlete in Westchester County. Along with our great athletes, there have been outstanding teams. From 1900 to 1904 Davis was the county track champion, and we recon- quered this position in 1908, 1914, 1920, 1922, and 1927. Earl Oswald came to Davis in 1926 and the following year led our runners to victory in the Penn Relays. 'GDad" White and Leroy Mills were great coaches of the past. Our football teams have been among the best in the county many times. Our top seasons were 1901, 1906, 1911, 1913, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1928, and 1949. In 1926 our eleven scored 354 points, while holding our opposition to 7. Basketball quintets have also had their heyday. It was not until 1913 that Davis failed to win the county championship, while teams in 1915, 1924, and 1925 also proved to he the best in Westchester. In 1902 Davis even beat Princeton and Columbia Universities. ln the past fifty years, the baseball teams of 1908, 1913, 1924 and 1949 have proved out- standing, with perhaps 1913 the greatest, for in that year, the team had a batting average of .348. However, this period showed mainly a change in the atmosphere of the school. The 19

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