Abilene High School - Flashlight Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1937

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I2 emo 'adam MA whisper from the west Shoots-6Add this to the rest, Take it and try its worth, here dies another day . 959 WENTY years ago Roland Daniel Green came to Abilene to begin what was to be a long and faithful term as superintendent of the Abilene Public Schools. Prior to l9l7 he was superintendent of the schools of Midland, Baird, and Cisco. His ability as a reliable leader was proved by the fact that he was for so long a period the director and guide of the institution that develops young Abilene. He was a deeply religious man, always sincere, tolerant, and practical, he served on the Board of Stewards of the First Methodist Church for a number of years, and this year was made vice- president of the Board. Among his social activities, he was a member of the Lions Club, and in 19241 held the office of District Governor. ln 1933 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws and a year later received the degree of Bachelor of Science at lVlclVfurry, Where he had served on the board of trustees since the found- ing of the college. ln 1926 he received state-wide distinction when he was chosen president of the Texas State Teachers Association at the El Paso convention. To Mr. Green is due much of tl1e credit for the high rating of Abilene High School, which is one of the ten largest in enrollment and highest in academic achieve- ment in Texas. This year the high school offered fifty-one units of affiliated work. Because of his unswerving efforts, the public school system of Abilene has grown from a small beginning to seven ward schools, one negro school, one Americanization school, and one high school. Enthusiasm for the advancement of the high school as a contestant was always a stimulus to his unflagging energy. Only a few days before he left us, he welcomed heartily the delegates to the Texas High School Press Associa- tion convention, which Abilene High School sponsored. YVe of Abilene knew and appreciated lVlr. Green, but we little realized how much his worth and capability had spread throughout the South- west. After word came that he had passed on. the Dis- lrict Court ceased to func- tion for half a day, the State Legislature paused to pay a tribute to l1.H1, and the Na- tional Educational Associa- t'on passed special resolu- tions. Messages of condol- ence came to his bereaved family from many parts of the United States. TVhile he was with us, we saw only the cheerful, ten- der-hearted 'iSkipper" who had a slap on the back and a jocund greeting for every- one, but on looking back at his accomplishments, we un- derstand that he was truly great and that his influence on our school and on Abi- lene stands a lasting monu- ment to his memory. -M. B. AFTER SCHOOL HOURS Page 11

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