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

 - Class of 1954

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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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,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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Another school year has come to .in end and for everyone an important SIC? has been taken. lt seenis that only yt-str-rri.iy every- one was beginning his e-tlircatiori in yunior high, and found it difficult to imagine .ln in- troduction into the adult world. The fun and good time such as assemblies, band, orchc-se tra, and sports, that were experienced are still a part of junior high. bounded in l9l", the Arkansas City junior High School now has an enrollment of 'OU Students, and employs Z9 faculty members. The junior high offers a fine athletic pro- gram which includes, track, football, basketball, tennis, and golf. Two hands, an orchestra, chorus classes, and glee club classes make up the fine music department. Stutlent Council is the principal organization. R PA T A D FUTURE ... .,.., -......, -.-- I .-6. The future of many of the ACHS students lies in the Arkansas City junior College. The citizens of Arkansas City have a college to be proud of. The students are most fortunate, also, to have such backing by the town's people as well as their faculty. The junior College is far from being all study and no play. The history of the junior College presents records of the top teams in basketball, football, tennis, and track. ltach October some Sophomore coed is chosen Queen to rule over the annual Arkalalah celebration. Later in the year, another Sophomore is chosen to reign as Athletic Queen. The event which attracts the eye of most high school students is the Tigerama. This is a formal dance held each spring in honor of the graduating high school Seniors. This year ACHS students are on the out- side looking in. ln the next few years the continuing success of this junior College will rest On the shoulders of many of us. May we give it everything we have to make our junior College a better and more pros- perous place for all.

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