Classical High School - Caduceus Yearbook (Providence, RI)

 - Class of 1943

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ONE I-IUNDREDTH March 5 of this year in a successful presenta- tion of "Out of the Frying Pan". 1934 was also noteworthy for the organization of the aviation and chess clubs. On March 1, 1934 the Hrst issue of the Classical Review, the school paper, came out, with the guidance of Miss Sears and Miss Loud. Over 360 copies were distributed free, and it was such a great success that in three weeks 657 sub- scriptions poured in for the next issue. In 1937 the Radio Club had its beginning, and in 1938 the Camera and Chemistry Clubs were started. But the big event of the annual social calendar is the day of the skating party. On that day Mr. and Mrs. Paine, the faculty, and students meet after school at Roger Williams Park to spend an invigorating after- noon and evening on the ice. During the past ten years many new sub- jects have been added. The science course has been extended so that Mechanical Draw- ing, Aeronautics, and Biology are now offered. One year of Physics is still compulsory. The Art course, omitted after the departure of Mr, Randall, a few years ago, has been re- instated under the direction of Mr. Scott, a new teacher at Classical. From its very conception, Classical has dis- tinguished itself in many ways. During the ,..-r . ,,,,..,.- ,..., W., , ANNIVERSARY Civil War, for example, several of the teachers mobilized a troop of students and marched off to help defend Washington from the Con- federate Army. The school was the Hrst public school in the country to be admitted to the Cum Laude Society. From 1881 to 1903, Classical students won 107 entrance prizes in Cireek, Latin, French, and Mathe- matics, as compared to 93 by all other com- peting schools together. The oldest club in the school, the Debating Society, begun in 1844, has been unbeatable for the last twenty years, winning from high school and college students alike. ln 1922 the Hrst awards made at Brown were all taken by Classical men. From then on, Classical constantly took more awards at Brown and Pembroke than any other school. In this, the 4th great American war since the school's beginning, Classical is again up- holding its standards of scholastic achievement while meeting the exigencies of war. In fact, ours was the only school in Providence whose program needed no change in curriculum to fit the new Victory training program, This year, 1943, marks the one hundredth anniversary in the life of a notable school. ln Classical it is also the beginning of another century of service to the community. ----------- .---- --.- - -, - A , , ,.,,.,,..,.lk W xy ,wg ...,r if I A ' L 1 sunday in the park

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ONE HUNDREDTI-I ANNIVERSARY history of classical high school The town fathers of Providence in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hun- dred and forty-three found themselves em- broiled in a bitter struggle. It began when some citizens suggested a free public high school. Instantly the town was divided into two camps: and feeling ran high on both sides. Social and financial leaders shouted that the idea was extravagant. They said that such an education would cause a social revolution among the sons of the "lower classes" by instilling in them an ex- alted notion of their rights and privileges. The townspeople replied with equal vigor that their sons and daughters were entitled to equal opportunity, and that they them- selves would bear the burden of erecting and maintaining the institution. Finally, at a mass meeting of the citizens, after lengthy and near-violent argument, the resolution was passed. Thus was born the Providence High School. It was housed in an imposing building erected on Benefit Street at the intersection of Waterman and Angell. It occupied this home for thirty-five years. CThe building still stands, and has been used by the Supreme Court, and by Federal and State agenciesj Among the early teachers there were Henry Day, who left in 1846 to accept a professor- ship at Brown University, and Albert Hark- ness, who wrote a Latin grammar which is still in use today. In l855 Edward H. Magill divided the boys' school into two groups: the Classical, and the English and Scientific. In l878, when Edward H. Cutler became principal, the school moved to the building on Summer, Pond, and Spring streets, becoming the English High with a Classical Department. This building also still stands, now known as Annex A of Central High. In l88l came Dr. William T. Peck, as principal, a position which he retained until his retirement in l93l. He gave fifty years of service to the school and the community. During his pincipalship the city erected in l897 the building which we know as Classi- cal High. Thus, forty-six years ago, at the Hstaggering cost" of S300,000, its third home was established. It consisted of twelve class- rooms, as many recitation rooms, a physics laboratory, two gymnasiums, a lecture room, two lunchrooms, and an auditorium. In time the gyms became cafeterias, and the campus, a parking lot. The guidance oflice supplanted the lecture room, and room 8 was enlarged to form a library. In I93l, when Charles E. Paine, former Latin teacher, became the third principal of Classical High School, many changes were made, and new extra-curricular activities were added. Heretofore athletics were in a sorry state: football and track teams had had no success whatever. Mr. Paine inaugurated a campaign for better teams. Track was the first to be affected. In l936 the lirst indoor track championship was won with a score larger than that of all the other teams. Since then our track teams have won twelve championships under Mr. Thompson. Once we had gained success in track, Mr. Paine turned his attention to football, and decided to begin a training camp for the football team at Quonset Point. This camp, under the direction of IVIr. Buonanno, was later moved to New Hampshire, and for the last three years has been located on Cape Cod. During the last six years the team has defeated every opponent at least twice, and in I94-O it won the divisional championship. This year the team lost the championship to Aldrich in the last nfty-five seconds of the game by a score of 6-O. Not satisfied with these results alone, Mr. Paine is now trying to arrange for a hockey rink at Roger Wil- liams Park to be used by Classical and Central. The success of these sports and athletics in general have been the result of Mr. Paine's increasing work. This effort is especially apparent in girls' sports which at Classical had a very modest beginning. In September, l942, however, over 750 girls signed up for at least one after-school sport. This year all the girls, with the exception of those graduating in June, take some form of gymnastics twice a week in accordance with the Victory Program. Classical also takes time out under Mr. Paine's sponsorship for social activities. The Dramatic Society, begun in l934, produces three plays a year: they are usually very well attended by the students and alumni of the school. Last year the society was asked to become the first Thespian troup in Rhode Island. Having accepted this invitation, the Classical Thespians made their debut on

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ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY Charles E. Paine There is a tradition in American life and literature of the school-master whose influ- ence remains with his pupils long after they have left his classes. Such a man is Charles E. Paine. He has been honored by election to the presidency of many organizations, among them the Barnard Club and the Brown University Teachers' Association. But we honor him as a teacher whose love of classical scholarship has been warmed and humanized by his interest in people. He was born on October l0, 1873, in Springfield, Massachusetts, After graduating from SpringHeld's Central High, he went to Harvard University. Here he was a great sports' enthusiast. Charles Paine was a fa- miliar figure on the tennis court, the track field, and the skating rink. Skating has always been one of his favorite sports. Ac- companied by another ambitious skater, he would often make a little trip of thirty miles up the Connecticut River, and take the train back. Perhaps one of the reasons for his ar- dent interest in this sport was the fact that he met Sarah Lawrence, the future Mrs. Paine, at a college skating party. His devotion to sports, however, did not take away his attention from his studies. For two years he was a brilliant pre-medical stu- dent at Harvard, but when his family moved to Providence, he transferred to Brown Uni- versity from which he graduated in 1898. He passed his medical examination with the mark of ninety-nine, but suddenly changing his mind, he decided to become a teacher. He was Assistant Principal at Lakewood, New Jersey High School for three years. He returned to Brown for his Master of Arts degree, and then taught at the Wilbraham Academy near Springfield, where he was the head of the Latin and History Departments. In l903 he began the first year of his career at Classical, a career of forty years of teaching in our school. From the very beginning Charles Paine endeared himself to all his pupils. When he became principal, he continued Mr. Peck's championship of the school's standards of scholarship. Many attempts have been made to discourage the study of Greek and Latin in Classical High. Mr. Paine has always successfully resisted these efforts to oust the classics from our curriculum. He has held assemblies, prepared word lists, invited outside speakers to encourage their study. In this way he has infiuenced many to study the classics, for which we're always grateful. Mr. Paine translated a famous line into Latin to be the motto of Classical High: 'ACertare, petere, reperire, sed non cederef' Interested in scholarship, he yet finds time for many hobbies. Mr. Paine possesses a great amount of nautical skill. He once built his own boat, 4-IM feet in length, and that is quite a feat, especially for a student of the classics. Every spring Mr. Paine and Mrs. Paine entertained the graduating class and members of the faculty on a trip to Potter's Cove and Narragansett Pier in his boat. On this boat he and Mrs. Paine spent six happy summers, but when war broke out, they de- cided to sell it. Mrs. Paine, too, has always been a wonderful friend of the school. It was she who, after having been attracted by the brightness and color of the cheerleaders in Boston Ciardens. sponsored them at Classical. We have seen our principal and Mrs. Paine at all our dances, games, plays, and assemblies. They have fitted their lives into the routine of our school. His fostering of athletics here, we have related elsewhere in the history of our school. We shall always remember Mr. Paine best, however, for his kind, loving in- terest in us. Whenever we have had a sug- gestion, problem, or complaint, we have been sure of understanding counsel from him. A theme written by a Freshman soon after she entered Classical shows how very sincere pu- pils are in their respect for their principal: "When I entered Classical, I was a little scared. I didn't know what to do or where to go. I was about to ask information when I saw a pleasant man walking down the cor- ridor. I didn't hesitate because he looked so friendly and kind. Before he reached me, I had a chance to watch and draw my own conclusions about him. Everything about and on him seemed just right, His silver hair blended beautifully with his happy smile and his kind eyes. In addition, his dress was so neat and Htting that nothing could have been changed to appear better. Before either one of us spoke, I knew that this man would al- ways prove to be a good friend. And when he spoke, I felt as if I had known him all my life. I shall always think of our principal as the kind man with the pleasant smile who made me feel comfortable in my new sur- roundings at Classical High." Perhaps it is because of his kindness that, according to him, each graduation class has always been "the best we ever had." When he retires in June, his greatest loss will be leaving 'fall his children."

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