Arkansas City High School - Mirror Yearbook (Arkansas City, KS)

 - Class of 1954

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,54fs ALMA M TER Knowledge is power, and schools are the instruments of knowledge. Arkansas City Senior High School is the power that the stu- dents and faculty through the years have made it. It represents the joy, sorrow, and indif- ference of each class that walks through its halls. The High School in the 70's and 80's offered two courses, Classical and English. The High School course was divided into three classes, junior, Middle Class, and Senior. In 1880, the total enrollment was 80 with a faculty of three teachers. On june 5, 1880, the first Commencement for a graduating class in Arkansas City was held. The graduating class consisted of five members. They had studied in their Senior year, physical geography, algebra, rhetoric, bookkeeping and history. The first graduating class out of the present high school building was in 1923, with an enrollment of one hundred and ten. Today the enrollment and faculty of Arkansas City Senior lligh School have increased con- siderably. The faculty members qow number thirty-three, and the enrollment has increased to six hundred and fifty-five. Four distinct types of courses are offered. Commercial, General, Agricultural, and College Preparatory. Many subjects have also been added. ACHS has won many. honors and suffered numerous defeats, in past years, but the spirit of the school has never faltered. It is this spirit that has triumphed in '53-'54, ..4-

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THE P RPLE D GOLD I A. C. High has ever gloried in the Purple and the Goldg ' And her banners ever waver in the sky her colors bold, For we win all kinds of victories in football and debate, In basketball no better can be ,found in all the state. A Q Y -2 During sii long years of High School we learn our lessons well, But on the field of battle we certainly can yell, And our shouts are e'er united, with Echoes from of old, Till the town.resounds with glories of the Purple and the Gold. When our high school days are over and we labor in the world, Our A. C. H. S. banners in our hearts are ever unfurled, And there's never sigh or sadness when we turn to memories old And renew those days of gladness 'neath the Purple and the Gold.



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The year 1920 saw a dream commence to unfold -- a far-seeing sportsman's vision of what is now Curry Field, home of 1953"s state champion Bull- dogs. Conversion of this area from a dumping ground flanking a murky creek to a field suitable for football was no light task, but through the combined efforts of city officials and responsible persons of the school district, it was shortly accomplished. Soon after, the seed was sown which spectators now recognize as beautiful turf. Previously nameless it was officially christened Curry Field in honor of Amos Curry, director of athletics for the city school system since 1928- Perennial improvements included the erection of the field house, and the replacement of wood bleachers with steel bleachers of greater seating capacity. ln the near future, we hope the field will be further improved by a more substantial lighting system and improved press facilities. This year, the successful football season saw the stands filled to capacity for the first time. GRIDIRO GROUNDS C GE COR ER Observing its eighteenth birthday this year, as are many 1954 seniors, is the Auditorium-Gymnasium. Built at a cost of 180,000 dollars, the spacious brick building seats 4,000 people. The first municipal event to take place in the auditorium-gym was the Coronation of Queen Alalah V. Since 1936 the building has been used on many occasions, and is rated as one of the finest gyms in the stare. As the scene of all high school and junior college home basketball games, the gym has produced many thrilling spectacles. The gym is also used by the physical education c asses, and the auditorium has a special classroom used by the health classes. Civic clubs sponsor programs given in the audi- torium at various times during the year. The building is owned and operated by the A.C. school s stem and employs the work of two buiiiding engineers, Harry Burnett and Bill Davis. ln the near future, a parking lot will be cleared directly behind the autidorium-gym to accomodate .persons attending events held in that building. lie zz.-'.::. I E

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