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In 1928 eleven students gathered at the Bayless School Building to begin their high
school career. The second floor of the grade school building was used as the high school.
The subjects taught were: mathematics, English, science, physical education, history,
commercial subjects, Latin, and music.
This same year the Baylesr Budget, a monthly newspaper, was published under the
sponsorship of Mrs. Bascom. As the name implies, the newspaper was a saving or
recording of school activities. It was interesting to the pupils because it contained their
Bayless became a first-class high school in 1950 and began to make a name for
itself in athletics. One of the first steps taken was the organization of a baseball team.
A second and even bigger step was the addition of a basketball team known as the
Bluejayr, blue and white being the school colors at that time. As there was no gym-
nasium or indoor court whereon to practice, St. George's gymnasium was rented. - There
was practice two days a week after school. Bayless was often defeated in those first
few years but the team never failed to show an optimistic and sporting spirit.
During the 1930-1931 term the Girls'.Glee Club, sponsored by Mrs. Hubbard, was
organized to place music in all its forms as an important unit in the school curriculum.
The Boys' Athletic Club, sponsored by Mr. Murphy, was launched upon its career
in january, 1931, with the usual enthusiasm of the Bayless boys. The aims of this
club were to promote good sportsmanship in and out of school, truthfulness, clean living,
and loyalty to friends and to the school, and to develop quick thinking and their physical
powers to their utmost.
The same year the Girls' Athletic Club started with the object of promoting good
sportsmanship, the spirit of democracy and high physical efficiency among the girls.
The club which consisted of seventeen girls was sponsored by Mrs. Elmore.
Mrs. Bascom sponsored the Dramatic Club to promote a love for drama and a finer
type of plays for high school students. In 1931 the members presented junior and
Senior plays which were later combined into the junior-Senior play of today.
'Stunt Nite was also instituted by Mrs. Bascom that year. It was supported by the
student body, faculty, school board and the community to raise funds to promote
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june, 1945 . . . aml Jo, for many of mr our .rchool clay.: are over for the time
heing . . .I fha! ix, all over but the memories of happy flayx .rpenl at Baylexs . . .
Jo often have we taken our .vchool for granted . . . Jo .feldom have we 'realized
how much pricle we alia' have in our athlelic reams, om' playx, our .rtunt nights,
our Coronation, am! yex, even our rflanex . . . here at Baylexy our philoxophy of
life was shaped . . . our mimlx were challenged . . . our heart: inxpirecl . . . to
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Bayless was admitted into the Missouri State Athletic Association and entered into
the St. Louis County League. Baseball was the only league sport that we could enter.
The first year victory was difficult, however, because only a small number of boys
responded, they had little or no athletic work, and they were unfamiliar with league
In February of 1952 an assembly was held to adopt a name for the first annual.
After much discussion the name "Oracle" was decided upon.
That year the basketball team competed for the first time in a tournament held
at the Wasliington University Field House. Although we did not win, we played a
good game. p
The first Junior-Senior Prom was held April '30, 1952. It was a formal occasion
given by the Juniors to honor the Seniors.
In May of this year the first Senior class of Bayless High School, consisting of seven
students, graduated. The exercises were held at Gardenville Masonic Temple. The
guest speaker of the evening was Dr, Ivan Lee Holt, one of the foremost speakers in
the United States.
During the school term of '32-'55 the Boys' Glee Club was organized with twenty-
one members. Meetings were held twice a week under the sponsorship of Mrs. Hubbard.
This club combined with the Girls' Glee Club to hold the first annual Music Night in
There was a gala band parade with noise and flags in 1932 to get votes for a
bond issue for a high school building. The bond issue passed and in january, 1933,
workers began to wreck the old grade school building located where the high school
now stands. In December an assembly gathered to lay the cornerstone.
For the first time in 1935 Bayless took part in the annual school music festival held
for the schools of St. Louis County.
From 1957 to 1940 the members of the speech class formed an organization called
the Forum, under the sponsorship of Mr. Murray Myers. They met every Friday to
transact business, after which there was a round table discussion. The chief purpose
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