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at present are occupied by 300 boys and girls.
In Park Street School with its four teachers, there are over 200 pupils.
The total enrollment is almost 1,800 pupils with a faculty of 43.
The Domestic Science Department, which has been such a success, and
which is considered among the best conducted departments of its kind in the
High Schools of the State, contains 600 pupils in sewing and about 50 pupils in
The growth of the High Point Schools is rather unusual. From a few
more than 300, at its organization in 1899, to 1,800 pupils, from 9 to 43 teachers,
from one to four brick buildings and from property worth 311,000 to that worth
3125.000 all within hfteen years, is a growth worthy the pride of any city. And
such growth is continuing.
High Point weaves silk, and cotton, makes chairs, coffins, baskets, hosiery,
pants, mirrors, organs, beds, street cars and almost every inanimate thing, but,
that which is more important, she makes men and women.
The schools are kept unusually sanitary, having Civic League organizations
in almost every grade, in which the children usually take much interest and vie
with one another in keeping their flower gardens and school grounds clean.
The schools have many conveniences which many schools do not have.
So much of the growth is due to the Superintendent, Prof. Thornwell
Haynes, who is loved and looked up to by all the pupils, who feel that on any
difficult question, they may receive all the aid that Professor Haynes is able to
Through the efforts of Mr. XV. M. Marr, the principal of South Main
Street School, the value of the apparatus in the physical laboratory, during the
past year, has been added to considerably. Already more interest has been shown
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ELM ST. SCHOOL
GRIMES ST. SCHOOL PARK ST. SCHOOL
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in science by the larger number of boys and girls taking the physics course. This
increase is very gratifying, and it is to be hoped that it will continue.
The High School has also shown improvement, in the last two years, in
the introduction of spelling and writing, features which are being neglected by
so many High Schools.
The spirit of the school children is that of loyalty and support. Much
respect and love is shown to the teachers, thus making the conduct unusually
Another thing of interest is the system by which the chapel exercises are
At least twice a month one of the grades has charge of the morning exer-
cises. Much talent is shown and the excellent training which they are receiving
is exhibited here, where, otherwise it would not be.
The commencement exercises of the schools are conducted in the main
auditorium at Main Street School. They usually last three nights. ln these
exercises the work and progress of the children is shown to parents, who other-
wise do not really know how well their children are progressing and what excel-
lent training they are receiving. They give the parents a chance to be proud of
The growth of the schools is also due largely to the men who have acted
as guardians, and some of the most successful and prominent business men of
the State have been its trustees. For nineteen years Mr. Elwood Cox has
been chairman of this board and some of its members at different times have
been: Messrs. XY. P. Pickett, Fred N. Tate, NY. G. Bradshaw, A. Lindsay, D.
A, Stanton, NVm. Tate, E. A. Snow, XY. H. Ragan, A. E. Tate, George Matton.
J. J. Farriss, V. NY. Idol.
ln the Spring of 1915 the city assumed the commission form of govern-
ment and at present the town and schools are under one and the same manage-
ment, composed of Messrs. XY. C. Pickett, Mayorg R. B. Terry, C. D. Smith, A.
E. Alexander and S. L. Davis. The schools have continued to grow under this
management, thus the change has not seemed to hurt its growth.
Un May 4th, 1916, the schools gave a pageant. The different grades, each
represented some historical event. This is the first time the schools have ever
attempted anything of this kind, and the success shows that it is a good thing and
worth trying again.
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