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Page 11 text:
Central Smiles Through The Years vw iw F7
The St. Louis Central High School has
been smiling through calm and strife, joy and
sorrow, tribulation and prosperity, war and
peace, for ninety-four years. Since its organi-
zation on the third floor of the old Benton
Grade School building at Sixth and Locust
Streets on February 11, 1853, it has gradu-
ated almost 15,000 alumni, and more than
60,000 other students have attended it with-
out finishing the full four years. It has en-
dured the agonies and hardships of four wars
and two tornadoes. In World War I eighteen
of her sons gave up their lives for their coun-
try, and in World War II sixty-four more
made the supreme sacrifice. In the tornado
of 1927 five students were killed. Yes, our
Alma Mater has had many days of sorrow
and tribulations, although most of her days
have been calm and joyful, and most of her
years have been peaceful and prosperous.
Following is a list of some important dates
in Central history:
A FEW IMPORTANT DATES IN
1853-High school established on the third
floor of the Benton School building on
February 11. Total enrollment for
1853 was 72 pupils.
1855-Total enrollment was 119.
1856-Dedication of building at Fifteenth
and Olive Streets on March 24.
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1858-First graduating class consisting of 13
1860-Enrollment was 290. There were 20
1861-Schools closed for several weeks on
account of Civil War.
THE STYLE IN SMILES
Examiner: What do you study?
Little Girl: Reading. writing, and gozinta.
Examiner: Gozinta? What is that?
Little Girl: Why, two gozinta four and
and three gozinta six.
Page 10 text:
dtlS Smile 44 44 44
A warm, heart-centered smile strikes the keynote to a radiant personality,
like that indescribable note of "The Lost Chord". Yet how can we define such
an elusive and varying feature? It defies our inadequate words, since it is not a
static physical quality, but frequently happiness itself, and sometimes success in
life. How many crimes of insincerity, however, have been committed in the
name of a "smile"? A smile has no chemical ingredients, no set shape, color,
or size, and appears, like the sun, in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, un-
dimmed by tears of adversity. Yes, a smile lives "Through the Years".
It varies with the individual, and each has his own meaning attached to it.
It is as free as the wind, and yet should not be as timeless and reckless: for, even
a smile, if it is insincere, can wear out, and become meaningless unless it flows
from the heart and is timely.
There is a time for everything, a time to laugh and a time to be serious-
and the Hnal keynote is sincerity. Yes, "Smiling Through the Years" is the
best and most durable prescription for happiness I know of. It saves many a
doctor bill, and keeps you in the sunshine, where you "keep your sunny
Let us keep undying our spirit, by 'Smiling Through the Years"!
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H. S. BUILDING AT 15TH AND OLIVE
1865-Enrollment was 273. There were 27
in graduating class.
1870-High school enrollment was 391.
The graduates numbered 39.
1875-Enrollment was 396. There were 56
THE STYLE IN SMILES
Sign on bulletin board: Found. a gold
watch. Owners will line up after school.
1880-There were 436 pupils enrolled. For
the Hrst time pupils were graduated in
January. This custom has continued
ever since. There were 29 in the class
of January and 61 in the class of June.
1883-The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the
iirst graduation was celebrated on June
14. The grand total of graduates for the
25 years wasl,138.
1888 to January, 1900-Graduation exer-
cises were held in the music hall of the
Exposition Building at Fourteenth and
1893-The June class was the last to gradu-
ate from the old building. There were
80 in the January class and 108 in the
June class. The number enrolled for
the year was l,645. The total number
graduated from the old building was
2,345. In September the Grand Ave-
nue building was opened.
1894-The January class, numbering 62,
was the first to graduate from the Grand
Avenue building. The exercises were
held at the Exposition Building.
1900 to 1909-Graduation exercises were
held in the Odeon on Grand Avenue.
1903-Fiftieth Anniversary celebrated. The
graduates totaled 4,413. There were 79
graduates in January and 139 in June.
The enrollment reached 2,000.
1910 to 1925-Graduation exercises held in
auditorium of Grand Avenue building.
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