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New Wings Added
KBPS, Benson's own radio station, was
formed in l923. lt has been known os the
only standard broadcast station in the
notion operated by a school district.
Originally the call numbers of the station
were KFIF and the station was purchased
with student body funds. The name was
changed to KBPS to stand for Benson
Polytechnic School. KBPS frequently
broadcasts P.l.l.. sports events.
l959 C-wing was reconstructed.
l95O's the middle wing called
Automotive wing was built.
l96l E-wing was reconstructed.
Benson's auditorium, located on the
north end of the main hall, was
completed in the spring of 1931 at a cost
of S275,000. During the year i932 a
public address system and moving
picture equipment was installed, costing
around Sl2,000, and paid for by the
student body. A Kimball pipe organ was
purchased by the student body and
installed in l937. lt was not until the
spring ot l975 that the auditorium
received a fresh coat of paint and new
curtains. During bod weather the
auditorium is used during the lunch
periods tor movies which usually consist
of westerns and mysteries. The Benson
auditorium is in constant use by several
nature groups and is an excellent place
for public meetings. The Kimball organ is
maintained by the Oregon Organ
Benson's library contains over 40,000
books and pamphlets, among which are
bound volumes of technical iournals and
government reports. Current magazines
are received and kept on file or on micro-
film. During the l974-75 school year
Benson pioneered the use of an electronic
device which was installed at the door to
prevent the removal of books without
first properly checking them out at the
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Page 17 text:
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you - ask what you can do for your
John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States
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