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courage budding writers. The Daisy gave
way finally to two publications which took
over its work: the school newspaper, the
Gola' and White, and the Eastern, a com-
bination literary magazine and senior
The queen of all the arts did not lack
her devotees either. The school orchestra
was founded in 1911. The Chorus, already
started in 1908, had begun as an exclu-
sively male organization, but later relented
and allowed females to join in the prac-
tice of their high art. These two groups
have continued to function to the present
Williamsburg is noted for its hetero-
geneous language groups and naturally this
was reflected in the various languages
taught at the school and the related clubs
that sprang from those studies. Eastern has
Top row: Miss Cohen, Mr. Fischer, Miss Graesser, Mr. Meyer,
Miss Zinman. Middle row: Mr. Maltinsky, Miss Drake, Mr.
Jeffe, Miss Bohner, Mr. Kane. Bottom row: Mr. Fidler, Mr.
Auslander, Mr. Sahlman, Mr. Levey. fstudents were never called
by their first names in those days. The "Mr," and "Miss"
had French, Spanish, German, Latin, Greek and Hebrew Clubs and has published
various language newspapers. Times have changed and the study of Greek, Latin
and German has disappeared. Two other clubs that have disappeared are the Terpsi-
chorean Club fDance Club to usl and the Flower Club, devoted to the task of
bringing culture and beauty to Eastern.
Science received its share of attention, too. Chemistry, Medicine, Photography,
Mathematics have all had enthusiastic supporters who devoted extra-curricular time
to their special fields of interest. At one period of Eastern's history, future Einsteins
cut their mathematical eye teeth in the competitions sponsored by the Interscholastic
The intellectual elite of the school have had their organization, too, of course.
The Hrst Arista installation took place in 1910 and the requirements for admission
were such that only twelve students were found who were judged worthy of that
high honor. Arista is no longer that exclusive, but it still contains the cream of the
Responsible for the supervision and encouragement of all scholastic and
sports activities fwhich have a separate article elsewhere in this magazinej is the
General Organization, which was organized in 1902. Each class sent delegates to a
general governing body which elected the officers and financial committees. Officers
were nominated every term but they were not elected by the students at large. The
general Congress fulfilled that function. As you can imagine, an election did not
cause the kind of excitement it does today. Since that time, the G.O. has steadily
passed from the control of the few to that
of the whole student body. Eastern, too, has
grown more democratic with the times.
A Daily Occurrence
in the Flower Club-1912
fThose braids were reall
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Ji Cdfalf Gentury of Glulas
lfasternis auditorium was crowded. There were standees in the orchestra and
the balcony.. All through the evening those guarding the doors struggled to keep
out disappointed latecomers who tried intermittently to storm their way in.
The audience was quiet and tense as the student speaker raised both arms in
a spread-eagle gesture and. in deliberate. dramatic tones. his voice dripping with
hitter sarcasm, said, iiTllllS we have a vicious circle. ladies and gentlemen. We of
the affirmative insist. therefore. that the Philippines he granted their independence.
Thank you." He bowed slightly, and. as he walked toward the table at the left of
the stage and took his seat next to the other members ol' his debating team. the
applause that broke out was deafening.
A distinguished looking gentleman in evening clothes walked up the steps at
the side of the stage. Programs rustled as the audience read his name and the
college where he taught. Then, in the hush that spread through the hall. the judge
said. Wlionightis debate has been won bv Eastern District High Sehoolfi Pande-
monium broke loose, but of a dignified variety. Eastern Districtis Debating Society
had just concluded a triumphant season and had captured the championship ol' the
Brooklyn interscholastic Debating League.
Occasions like the ahovc were frequent in the early history ol' our school.
The excitement was equally intense at the Semi-Annual Declamation Contests.
where embryo actors recited classic dramatic poems and won coveted gold-plated
medals. Without the distractions ol' radio or television and with a strictly controlled
diet of motion pictures. Easternites could concentrate more easily on purely intel-
lectual pursuits. Students. less sophisticated than we are today. and living in a less
hectic atmosphere without atomic or hydrogen homhs or supersonic jet planes or
hot rods or bebop. found debates and oratorical contest-1 exciting events during
the school year.
They could. for example. try out for either the Carrick Dramatic Society or
the Eastern District Dramatic Society. This was a really grueling experience. Before
a highly critical audience of student and faculty judges. the aspiring and perspiring
Thespian controlled his shaking knees as well as he could and proceeded to 'gshow his
stullifi which he had been preparing for months. ll' he passed this ordeal he had
something he could boast of for many years. because only Dernhardts and Darry-
rnores could possibly make the grade. The Dramatic Society. you see. had a proud
tradition harking hack to 1903. when their first performance was given in the
school's old building at South 3rd Street and Driggs Avenue.
But Eastern did not neglect quieter and W
less showy pursuits. Neophyte poets. like
Joseph Ausiander. and fledgling novelists.
like Daniel Fuchs. author of Summer in
WiiIIiI1lllS1lllfg, found opportunities to dis-
play their talents in the pages of Th.-
lhzisy, a monthly magazine devoted to the
publication of short stories. poems. car-
toons and news reports of all school ac-
tivities. The Daisy drew much of its
material from the members of the Webster
Literary Society. which ran contests to en-
Delmating 'lieam-V 1925
Nl. Finkelstein, S. Fine, B. Mandelker, .l. Ginsmerg, sy
Pi. Finkelstein. Nlr. Paine. Mr. Crossmark, ffolch tW'on e
Brooklyn Interseholastic Debating League thnnpionshipj
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