Eastern District High School - Eastern Senior Yearbook (Brooklyn, NY)

 - Class of 1950

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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 book. 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 day. 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 Daisy Staff-1912 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" were customaryzi 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 Algebra League. 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 scholastic crop. 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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