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Page 10 text:
Then came the war-the terrible, anxious,
grievous years of conflict. All plans for building
had to be abandoned so materials might be had
for winning the war. Hundreds of Cohn's grad-
uates rose and students went out to defend the
people and ideals they loved. The school rose
to its obligations in selling bonds, making band-
ages for the Red Cross, gathering scrap iron and
waste paper. The Colm Clarion staff furnished
morale to the boys in the Armed Services by
sending the newspaper all over the world.
Twenty-four of our men gave their lives for their
way of life. They have become forever en-
shrined in the character and tradition of their
With the coming of peace came other things:
the joy and relief of welcoming returning loved
ones, the weariness and temptation to lassitudeg
educational needs of returneesg reawakening old
dreams and planning a new future.
It was in 1943 that Cohn's athletic star began
to rise. For over three and a half years Cohn
reigned undefeated in football, going undefeated
three years and retiring the Nashville Banner
football trophy. The completion and lighting
of Sikes Field and the building of the football
held house gave the school the hnest in football
facilities. Fine records in basketball, baseball,
golf, and tennis have given Cohn an enviable
place in the athletic picture in Nashville.
It is characteristic of the people of l'Vest Nash-
ville that their faith in a greater Cohn survived
in the trying years of war and readjustment. As
soon as materials were available, the Men's Club,
the P.-T. A., the teachers, Mr. Cohn- all began
to look forward to the expansion of the school
to meet the growing needs of the community.
Thanks to their efforts and to the understanding
and vision of our Board of Education, ground
was broken for the new wing to Cohn High
School in January, 1949. At this writing most
of the work is completed and new facilities are
being added. Once again the floor space of the
school has been doubled. A new gymnasium
seating 1,400 people, a new library, a new dining
room seating 400, a new band and orchestra
department of fourteen rooms, a new Home
Economics department, a new playroom, a new
science laboratory, an enlarged stage and light-
ing equipment, and twenty-one new classrooms
have been built. The old building has been
rearranged and refinished. A new public ad-
dress system, a new time system, and a new fire
alarm system have been installed. Altogether al-
most a million dollars is being spent to make
Cohn one of the finest school plants in Tennes-
see. As usual, Mr. Cohn added the final touch
by giving the school a beautiful new organ for
The year 1950 has brought Cohn many good
things. It has also brought irreparable loss. Mr.
Xvilliam Hume, chairman of our Board of Edu-
cation, passed away. A greater Cohn was a large
part of Mr. Hume's educational vision for Nash-
ville. His understanding, sympathy, and loyalty
Cohn lost one of her oldest and best friends
at the passing of Mr. Charles Cohn. His devo-
tion to the school was a beautiful thing. During
the years he lavished his affection, his attention,
and his means upon Cohn High School. He was
as modest as he was generous. He asked nothing
but to give. He left us all a nobler thing than
material wealth - he taught us the "giving life."
The year 1949-50 has brought to Cohn a new
adventure in school life. It has brought the
students opportunity to share in the authority
and responsibility of governing themselves. This
is an important opportunity-to learn of de-
mocracy through producing it - to learn thc
price of freedom through responsibility and work
- to learn to respect the will of the majority - to
learn to live together in harmony and mutual
respect. Student government has succeeded at
Cohn. Cohn is growing up.
GREATER COHN HAS ARRIVED!
W. R. ROCHELLE
fPrincijml for Twelve Yearsj
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