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Page 15 text:
O each and every pupil the loss of Mr. Paine as his principal will he a personal
one. No Classical student will ever forget Uquanta innoeentia, quanla temper-
antia, quanta fide, quanta facullale, quanta humanitatew his beloved principal
has endeavored to help and guide him.
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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
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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