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Page 8 text:
,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
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
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,
Page 7 text:
THE P RPLE
A. C. High has ever gloried in the Purple and
the Goldg '
And her banners ever waver in the sky her
For we win all kinds of victories in football
In basketball no better can be ,found in all
During sii long years of High School we
learn our lessons well,
But on the field of battle we certainly can
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
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.
Page 9 text:
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.
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.
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