Berkeley Hall School - Yearbook (Beverly Hills, CA)

 - Class of 1962

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VVhat Berkeley Hall Means To Me By CHRISTINE DOWNEY There is no possible way to measure my love of Berkeley Hall. If there were, I would measure it as a ruler, each inch having special qualities and significance. The first inch represents the daily morning assemblies. A member of the class reads an article from one of the periodicals or a section of the lesson from the Quarterly. Questions are then asked. These answers help to increase our understanding and give us a basis for the day's activities. The second inch indicates the teacher's loving care of each individual. She encourages us and pushes us on, stopping at nothing less than perfection. The third inch represents the unity of our class as a whole. Each member has always pitched in to help another no matter what the problem may be. Perhaps it's algebra, or maybe giving each other confidence and moral support in sports. The fourth inch is for the beauty of the campus treasured by all in Berkeley Hall. "Stay off the grass month" may seem a little silly, but actually, when you stop to think about it, it is helping to beautify our campus. The main point is that there are no ropes or posts to keep us off. We all co-operate willingly because we want our lawn to be lovely. The fifth inch stands for the extra little advantages we have. From the fourth through the sixth grades we had Play Day, the Halloween party, the Sixth Grade Invitational dance. In the Seventh Grade we were part of the fortnightlies. These gave us poise. Too, we found practical the social graces we had learned in our dancing course a year earlier under Mrs. Baker. The sixth inch stands for athletics. Each girl participates in electing a captain for her team. We share the joys of winning as well as learning to be a good loser. Most of us learned the true meaning of good sportsmanship. The seventh inch is for my appreciation of music, shown to me by Mrs. Purtle. She taught us music all the way back to the Kindergarten. Every Christmas she presents the Primary, Intermediate, and Junior High School programs. The Fourth Grade gives a musical play directed by Mrs. Purtle. At graduation she rehearses with the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades on the "Lord's Prayer," the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth on individual songs. The eighth inch represents our scholastic standards. We found that budgeting our time, completing each daily assignment and striving to do better were necessary requisites. Always along with hard work we had fun. The ninth inch represents good citizenship. One outstanding feature is that all our activities teach us to be good citizens, respecting one another's feelings and shouldering our own responsibility. The tenth inch is learning to live by Christian Science every moment and demonstrate our God-given and unlimited abilities. The eleventh inch indicates all my friends at Berkeley Hall, not only in my own class but throughout the school. I love each one for his own special qualities. My last inch is for my deep love of the Ninth Grade, which has been my favorite year. Being in Shield Hall is a great honor. I have looked forward to this since my hrst day in the Fourth Grade. It is an honor to work on and be a part of the Shield, Annual, Thanksgiving Service, Class Day, and each last activity until graduation. This has truly been a wonderful and enriching experience, one which I will never forget. Future Broadway Stars By CAROLYN SAGE AND GAIL OsHERENKo On the morning of March 8, 1962, the Ninth Grade took us back to the Sixteenth Century by giving a presentation of Shake- speare's immortal comedy, "As You Like It". Our stage, as in Shakespeare's time, was decorated very simply with several potted plants and greenery giving a forest-like effect. Our costumes were also very appropriate. We are grateful to Mrs. Richards for helping with our scenery, and our special thanks to the Eighth Grade for making the artistic programs. As a prologue to the play Gail Osherenko read a paper on the Shakespearean theater. jane Grimbleby and Anne Moore were the narrators. Under the expert and helpful direction of Mrs. Dlouhy, the entire class performed excellently and with ease. Carol DeXVindt as Rosalind and Chris Brix as Orlando were superb. Other characters were: g . , Celia - Christine Downey V. t M ' I Oliver - Kent Attridge 7 57-5 J' Duke Frederick - Barry Greenslate Ag Banished Duke - Mike Day fa ,V I Silvius - Bill cox alt ,E N Q iw Phebe - Carolyn Sage -l X I Audrey - Gail Osherenko I' I Touchstone - Don Krieger H I I Jaques - Larry Sansone wi .gf Adam - jane Pesante Scribe -- Craig Minear Each member of the class did his part in making this play a success. We openly challenge the Ninth Grades of the future to top the magnihcent performance of the "Class of l962"! Day Dream Come True By BILL Cox just think of it! One entire regular schoolday free of teachers, classrooms, and schoolwork. What a dream! But this dream came true on Friday, May ll, when the Ninth Grade gleefully ditched their studies and took off for Disneyland. Three mothers, Mrs. Osherenko, Mrs. Fisher, and Mrs. At- tridge assisted in the escape by depositing loads of elated Ninth Graders at the Disneyland entrance. Later they joined the frolick- ing group and added much to its merriment. All the famous attractions received the once-over for was it the 19-overj from our group of fun lovers. Before embarking on our grand excursion, Mrs. O'Connor assured us that she was just as staunch as we and that she could accompany us on any ride we chose. Our choice was the Matter- horn Bobsleds. But having a well-balanced center of gravity, Mrs. O'Connor took every curve and dip in stride and laughed throughout the entire ride. Upon leaving Disneyland that afternoon at 2:15, Mrs. O'Con- nor was presented with two awards showing that she had entered our organization of experienced Ditchers. One was a pretty purple hat with a pink plume. It was inscribed with the motto THINK and is now used as a dunce cap for Ninth Graders who havenit finished their homework. The other award was a paddle made from a Board of Education. Mrs. O'Connor immediately administered this object on each member of our class. Finally we escapees were rounded up and brought back to Berkeley Hall wholly satisfied with our achievement--Ditch Day. Thus the dream of the Class of '62 came true. We offer this advice to our subjects, "Never stop dreamingfi - The Reason Season A Book Shnook - What the little acorn said when he grew up. Week during finals Egghead - Geometry

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THE HISTORY OF BERKELEY HALL SCHOOL The real history of Berkeley Hall does not lie in the course of human events, but rather in spiritual unfoldment. In the summer of 1911, Miss Leila Cooper and her sister Mabel decided to open a private school. They were joined by Miss Mary E. Stevens, who later became the school's first prin- cipal. A small English dwelling was procured on West Avenue across the street from Berkeley Square in Los Angeles. Thus the school was named Berkeley Hall. Later that year the school opened with an enrollment of twenty-six pupils, ranging from Kindergarten to Fourth Grade. Since all the teachers were earnest students of Christian Science, the enrollment was limited to children of Christian Scientists. By the end of the second year the number of pupils had in- creased so much that it was necessary to find new and larger quarters on Fourth Ave. School opened in the present location at 300 North Swall Drive, Beverly Hills, in September of 1925, At first, four buildings were erected: the Junior Building, now housing the Intermediate classes, the Senior Building, the home of the Seventh and Eighth Grades, the office and the orig- inal auditorium, which now contains the Superior Ninth Grade, the music shop, and drafting rooms. This last building once housed a music department, a ballroom for dances which were held every other week, and an assembly hall seating 400 with a balcony, stage and dressing rooms. One incident shows the spiritual foundation upon which Berkeley Hall was built. When the cement foundation for the original buildings was laid, the city building inspector remarked that they were needlessly thick and substantial. One of the founders dreamed that the world came to an end, but these foundations still stood. The symbolism of this dream is appar- The Mother Goose Building First, Second, and Third Grade Classrooms rf-aim The Intermediate Building Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Classrooms 4 ent, for the school has been placed on a firm foundation of Principle, and that foundation is secure. In the fall of 1925 Berkeley Hall opened on its new cam- pus with an enrollment of 120 pupils. The cafeteria and the Mother Goose building were next built. Soon a Ninth Grade was added, and six years later a full senior high was established. From the beginning Berkeley Hall had been a boarding school. The apartment in which Mr. Nelson lives, and two buildings since removed across the street on Clark Dr. were dormitories. In 1939 the main part of the auditorium, which was con- nected to the present Ninth Grade room, burned. The burned section was torn away, and the rest of the building was used to house the Nursery and Kindergarten. In 1953 the new buildings were built for these grades south of the campus. The Drafting and Music Departments, as well as the Ninth Grade, now moved into this vacated building. Mr. Nelson came to Berkeley Hall in 1941. A year later the boarding department was closed. Now all faculties were de- voted to the growing Lower School and the junior High. In 1953 a dormitory and lot on Clark Street were sold. This money was used to build a swimming pool and locker rooms. Most of the buildings and land of Berkeley Hall represent donations by Berkeley Hall parents and kind friends. The new auditorium, built in 1957, was one evidence of Berkeley Hall's generous and grateful friends. The tradition of Blues and Whites is over 25 years old. The original teams were called "Chis" and "Gammas." New things are unfolding every year, new changes, experi- ences and demonstrations, and each new class adds another page to the History of Berkeley Hall School. The Editors The Junior High Building Seventh and Eighth Grade and Art Classrooms The Ninth Grade Building Ninth Grade, Music, and Shop Classrooms

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