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Two Iowa Forensic League championships in de-
bate Q1932 and 19401 highlight twenty-five years
of speech work at East High School. A member of
the 1932 team. Parnell Mahoney, won a national
championship in extemporaneous speaking, while the
team itself took third in the National Speech Tourna-
ment, which was held at East High. The 1940 team
captured second in the national tournament. Indi-
vidual state championships have been won by Par-
nell Mahoney Q19311 and Bruce Hughes 119431 in
Extempore Speaking, and by Pat Betsworth Q19421
in Original Oratory. ln 1949 the debate team, having
ranked second in the state. won the four-state N.F.L.
district meet. Outstanding orator of recent years was
Bill Kruse, Class of 1949, who topped district and
state in both American Legion and Knights of Pythias
contests and won the coveted Eastern trip awarded
by the WNAX High School Forum. Outstanding
coaches included John Schmidt. 1929-1938, C. W.
Edney, 1938-1944, and Gwen Thompson, 1944
to the present.
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Feature of the early years at East High School
were four sets of brother and sister clubs which were
organized in January, 1925. The girls' organizations
were Aeolian, Anungan, Alethian and Tokato: the
respective boys' group were Pi-Sko, Maishu, Delta-
mathian,and Viri Crastini. Every student who had
earned twelve credits could belong. Merits were given
for scholarship, attitude and achievement. Each se-
mester a cup was awarded to the club having the
highest number ot merits.
Groups specializing in art, dramatics and languages
organized and reorganized as interest fluctuated. At
one time or another, clubs devoted to archery, acro-
batics, current problems, and literature existed.
Orpheon, organized in 1929, is the oldest club with
a continuous record. Hi-Y and Hi Tri were organized
in 1927, but they are not under the jurisdiction of
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"Pickles" and "Pinafore" were among the many
operettas presented by East I-Ii.gh's vocal music depart-
ment. Besides furnishing superb entertainment for the
community, these productions helped finance trips.
choir robes, and music. The first girls' glee club
totaled fewer than twenty members, but by 1930
there were ninety-five singers in it. The boys' glee
club that same year had thirty-one participants. An
A Capella Chorus was organized in 1931, the mem-
bers being chosen from the glee clubs. This enabled
the department to select a larger variety of music
every year. In the days when East High students
participated in music contests. both groups and solo-
ists received many superior ratings.
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Mr. Buntley might well be called the father of
East High's music department, for he organized all
the large groups except the orchestra and at one time
directed all the school's music activities. He taught
at East High from 1926 to 1945. Instrumental di-
rectors succeeding Mr. Buntley were Douglas Reeder.
Frank Van Der Maten, and Dale Caris. Since Mr.
Buntley became Music Supervisor, the vocal music has
been directed by C. V. Thomas and later by G. W.
Elaborate productions, including several Gilbert
and Sullivan Operettas, were features of Mr. Buntley's
years at East High. 4
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First musical organization at East High School
was the 10-piece orchestra organized by Mr. Cobb
in 1925. Throughout the school's history, the orch-
estra has played an important role at all school func-
tions. The present 55-piece orchestra displays the
same enthusiasm for good music which prompted the
original handful of musicians to organize.
In response to student entreaties, a marching band
of 34 members was organized in 1930. With the aid
of the Morningside Commercial Club and various
other civic groups, the cape-style uniform which was
then in vogue was purchased. The whole community
is proud of the present band, which has more than
H. M. S. PINAFORE was presented by the music department in 1938
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The history of East High. School athletics is closely
tied up with the career of Leslie H. Davis, who was
coach of football and track for nineteen years and of
basketball for twelve years. Associates of Coach
Davis testify that his influence on the character of
boys whom he coached was as remarkable as the
proficiency which they developed in sports.. Davis-
coached football teams of 1927-1946 averaged seven
wins against two losses each season. Basketball teams
of 1927-1939 had a season average of seventeen
wins against three losses. Coach Davis made the un-
usual record of winning four state cchampionships in
three sports while coaching at East High. The foot-
ball teams of 1938 and 1939 were undefeated and
STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS H9341
generally considered winners of the mythical cham-
pionship of Iowa. East cagers, having played in the
state tournament six years out of twelve, captured
the championship in 1934. The track team won the
state meet in 1945.
Keenest rivals of the Black Raiders are the Little
Maroons of Central High- School. Football games
between the two had ended in ten Central victories
before East tumed the tables 6-0 in 1936. Since
then, there have been six victories for East, six for
Central and one tie. In basketball the Raiders were
first able to defeat Central in 1927 by a score of
15-9. Usually cagers of the cross-town rivals meet
three times a season. Until 1949-50, the winner of
the East-Central games took the city title, with seven
football and eleven basketball championships going
to East High. For seven straight years, 1929-1935.
East kept the basketball crown. The two schools
have shared the city title once in football and once in
Since 1937 when East joined the Missouri Valley
Conference, of which it is the smallest member
school, the Raiders have won or shared the title five
times in football, but have never annexed a basketball
or track championship.
Highest honors won by East High athletic teams
are the four state championships: football, 1938 and
1939, basketball, 1934, and track, 1945.
UNDEFEATED FOOTBALL TEAM OF 1938.
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