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Two THE RIPARIAN A t YESTERDAYS OF FOUR YEARS By TOM HINES THE senior graduate meditates. Recollections of high school years appear before him. How " green " he was when he entered as a freshman with his seventy-four classmates four years ago. A new sense of the seriousness of things enveloped him, as he listened to instructions. Timidly he had entered the auditorium on that first of his high school days. He had paid close attention to the words of that tall, important, but kindly man as he gave directions concerning study-slips, lockers, lunch hours, room numbers — all of which were bewildering to him. He was determined to make good. — Classes the next day. The teachers didn ' t scare him; he really liked everything. — The first school party; he wished he could dance; his mind was in such a chaotic condition. It is amusing now! But he had made friends. It was during this year also that the grand football field opening took place. What a thrill when the ban d played the school march and everyone stood and sang! Then the weeks drifted by, being filled mostly with mental effort and report card records, punctuated only by brief moments of recreational activities and sports. Gradually, he became used to it — then came Christmas vacation; after that his first cram- ming for tests, — and suddenly the fall semester ended. The next term was a dream — warm days, strolls on the campus — by the river — hours on the tennis courts, and lazy, lazy days which too soon brought that semester to an end. Autumn introduced a more confident person, one who could bear more responsibility. But responsibility was needed, for the tasks were harder, when studies included geometry, world history, and Caesar. — Good times were enjoyed at parties in the gymnasium — recrea- tion room which had been made from the old auditorium. It was disappointing that the gym wasn ' t regulation size, so we could hold games here, but as Coach Diederich said, " It ' s a fine social room. " Games were attended elsewhere, grades were made and another year closed. The third year brought an increase in the extra curricular activities, — he could be a member of the football and basketball varsity teams — a renewed interest in studies; he began to see now how much he would like to learn. Perhaps this keener delight in every- thing was caused by the beautiful addition to the west of the building- — somehow the school was more inspiring in its new appearance. A home economics cottage was opened as the pride of the school — the only house owned by a school in Indiana, where home- rnaking is taught. Reluctantly, the old East Hall has been discarded. It was of no more use — only as a pleasant memory of days past. This year marked the fiftieth in the history of Broad Ripple High School, and the " Golden Annual " was published as a symbol. The class was organized with the election of officers — Ralp Kelly, president; Doras Cranfill, vice-president; Maxine Roberts, secretary; and George Clark, treasurer. Preparations for the Junior-Senior Reception were fun-busy days! — far more interesting than those of the past. The Southern Plantation party held at the Riviera Club in honor of the 1936 class is one of the most beautiful memories. But all good things must end, and this year was no exception. Then came year four, bringing busiest moments yet, for now he was a senior! Problems, problems, and more problems! Work, work, and more work! Expenses, expenses, and more expenses! The election of class officers, selection of class colors, class motto, having the annual pictures taken! Publishing the year-book and financing it — work, but fun. The rehearsing and practicing for " Guess Again. " The Junior-Senior reception, — this time as a guest. And, oh, yes, — new faculty members during these years, Mrs. Stuart, Mr. Baird, Miss Johnson, Mr. Stahl, and Miss Dauner. Where could choicier persons be found? Class Day! Last time as pupils to play and dance in the gym where so many happy times have been enjoyed. May 30, a real Memorial Day, — our baccalaureate services; all of us sitting together as a class, to sing and think as the minister spoke words of advice and wisdom. Then the big day — hours of nervous waiting, rehearsal, diplomas, scholar- ships, the tense moment — and then it was over! He and his contemporaries are now pre- pared to meet life and its troubles, and assuredly, they enter the world, no longer expecting protection — they are prepared. A t
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( THE RIPARIAN OF BROAD RIPPLE HIGH SCHOOL INDIANAPOLIS - - ( MAY 26, 1937 BROAD RIPPLE HIGH SCHOOL Stands for Education and Culture of the Individual Student Enrolling m here, Offering Him Opportunity for a " Broader, Richer, Human Service. " ?Q ' anfit
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Nineteen Thirty-Seven Three THE BROAD RIPPLE SPIRIT By BETSY BOWEN The spirit of friendliness, informali- ty, kindliness and good will pervad- ing Broad Ripple Hgh School is due to the work and personality of the beloved principal, K. V. Ammerman. Mr. Ammerman is a man of high ideals and deep human feeling. His understanding kindness always has made him endeared to the student body and teachers. During the fourteen years of his principalship, the enrollment in the high school has increased from nine- ty-four to more than five hundred; the teaching staff from nine to twen- ty-two. In 1935 a twelve-room addi- tion was added to Main Hall, and the cottage was opened for the use of home economics classes. The office which is always open to pupils is sought voluntarily by many because of their desire to seek Mr. Ammerman ' s advice. During lunch periods, pupils enjoy his ming- ling with them in the halls and gym- nasium. He is present at all of the school activities. He is able to call every student in the high school by name. Several years ago Mr. Ammerman gave a motto for the school, which dwells actively in the mind of each teacher and each pupil, " Broader, Richer, Human Service. " ' When his advice at the beginning of each se- mester is added to this, " Be where you ought to be, at the time you ought to be there, doing what you ought to be doing, " a philosophy for happiness and success in life has been given each person passing un- der influence of Mr. Ammerman. 72004K
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