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Page 81 text:
C. Colman, both masters of English left the
Halls of Alma Mater. A while later, Captain
Keller, known throughout the school for his
experiences and travels, announced his inten-
tio11 of retiring, and a farewell party of students
and teachers assembled in the cafeteria as a
token of esteem.
However, our greatest event arrived with
the award of first prize by Columbia to the
ITECORD, student publication, for the Hnest
high school magazine. Mr. Walter F. Downey,
Commissioner of Education, and Arthur L.
Gould, Superintendent of the Boston Public
Schools sent congratulations.
We entered our junior year a little wiser, a
little more somber, and a little more concerned.
There was less of that loud wearing of clothes,
or of wise-cracking. Most of us became ser-
geants in military drill, proud in our newly-
attained authority. We began to organize and
work as we had not done before, and found
new interests, such as the music club, recently
formed under the supervision of Mr. Powers.
The RECORD Editorial Staff was headed by
John J. Walsh, with Melvin Cohen, Vincent
Ysebaert, Robert A. Booth, and Paul Donovan.
Martin Bookspan, a newcomer to the fold of
Chin and Orel, added to the RECORD that
distinctive touch of the class of '43,
That year brought Miss Irene Kelley as
school librarian, and Captain Hennessey and
Lieutenant Gately as aides to Major Meanix
in military drill. Then came the bombing of
Pearl Harbor by the treacherous Sons of Nippon.
For some time, we had opposed their ruthless
plan of imperialistic expansion and at length,
on the Sunday of December 7, 1941, the peace
of a free land was shattered. The following
day brought our declaration of war. Later,
Germany declared war against us. Into the
armed forces went Major Meanix and Lieu-
tenant Gately, who, soon after, distinguished
himself in the Solomon Islands. Many of the
student body enlisted in the struggle for de-
mocracy, the beginnings of class depletion took
place, and our ranks thinned.
Junior class officers were elected at the
end of the year after an exciting election, with
the following results: William Reagan, president,
John J. Cronin, vice president, Joseph Rattigan,
Vocational Guidance Counselor, llliah J. Falvey, Ed M
secretary-treasurer, Peter J. O'Malley and Em-
mett F. Shiner, executive committee.
Our senior year is fresh in our minds as
we sit noticeably still. Already the picture is
brightening, and the haze which surrounded
the other years is lifted. For each of us, at
this point in his life, feels that he is well-ad-
vanced toward the attainment of those truths
which English High may bestow . . .
The last months at English, opened with
a renewed effort by the new senior class, the
Class of '43. Captain Hennessey, aided now
by Lieutenant Clement, temporarily took charge
of military drill, while Mr. Reed, for several
years acting-headmaster, was officially appointed
headmaster of The English High School. The
ILECORD Stacf, headed by Harold Orel and
Edward Chin, was granted a gold medal at the
close of the year for excellence among student
publications. In this year, the football team,
under Captain "Swede" Norden, smashed its
way to the City Championship, crushing Latin
School 19fO. In hockey and track, results
tallied pretty much the same.
The time for the election of senior officers
arrived, and after a close contest, William
Smith was elected class president. Remaining
oflicers were: John J. Cronin, vice president,
Joseph Rattigan, secretary-treasurerg Angelo
Sardella and Peter O'Malley, executive com-
We are now English High School Alumni,
going forth to incorporate into our daily lives,
the ideals we learned from our Alma Mater.
Page 80 text:
By ROISICIVI' M. SPl+lC'l'Oll., '43
T LICNGTII the hour for graduation has
arrived, the moment. for passing through
t-he portals of Alina Mater to the vastness
beyond. Soon the moment, when eaeh ol' us
sl1all reeeive his diploma, marking the meri-
torious eompletion of his days at the linglish
lligh, will be at hand. Our parents and teaehers
smile slightly, expressing little outward emotion,
displaying little of their pent.-up satisfaetion in
witnessing the fulfillment of their labors.
All are silent as the thin stream of youth
pours down the long aisle, slowly, seriously, as
so many before have done. All are somber in
the realization that four years at English High
have been highly instrumental in produeing a
new ge11eratio11 of truth-loving, devoted eitizens
of a great land. Tl1e students listen with bowed
heads to the words of their headmaster and
teaehers, feel a sudden pang of sorrow at the
thought of leaving the sehool whieh has been
their Alma Mater for so long. As they listen,
their thoughts wander, involuntarily and dream-
ily, baek to the reminiseenees of those years at
English. Time and spaee melt before them,
forgotten personalities and events long past are
resurreeted amid the haze of senior, junior,
sophomore, Elllll freshman years . . . All are
reeaptured for a fleeting moment in the mind
of the graduate . . .
As freshmen on that balmy September
day in '39, we stood for the first time before
the massive strueture that is the English High,
with its red and eream turrets flung against a
V. T. U.
pale blue sky. For the first time, we read those
illustrious names adorning the Dartmouth Street
side, Plato, Aristotle, Soerates, above the great
stone entranee through whieh so many thousands
of aehieving youths had passed in days gone
by. Then, as we entered, ean we ever forget
those stalwart bronze statues, which greeted us,
or the inseriptions of humanitarianism and
justiee adorning their pedestals?
That year was largely a period of explora-
tion, perusal, and adjustment. We were intro-
dueed to the Riceonn Sta f, then headed by
Russell Brown, Nfurray Bovarniek, and Donald
Horan. Our interest was aroused in the aetivi-
ties of sueh organizations as the Aviation Club,
the Camera Club, the Library Corps. We felt
profound pride in wearing that Blue and Blue
"E" upon our military drill uniforms, had the
thrill of yelling ourselves hoarse to the tune of
a sweeping English traek team vietory over
Dorehester and Trade, and we1'e exceedingly
jubilant at our hoekey team's vietories over
Bleehanie Arts and Dorehester . . .
About this time, the t'phoney" European
War flared up i11to all its fury, with the invasion
of Seandinavia, and, in realization of the immi-
nent danger threatening our rights as a free
nation, Congress passed the first Seleetive Ser-
viee Aet. As yet, our student body was un-
seathed, but our faeulty suffered definite losses
due to entranee of Mr. O'Leary and Colonel
Driseoll i11to the United States armed forees.
The sophomore year started of with that
stand-offish, sophisticated style of all sopho-
mores: that of see-all, hear-all, know nothing.
Many of us tramped into sehool with brightly-
eolored elothing, turned up hats, and a yen to
imitate the sophistieated air of the typical
senior . . . Ofttxll with poor results.
The Hlceonn Sta if was headed by Paul
Crookles with Mark S. Koven as Literary Edi-
tor. Later in the year, the elass of '43 began to
eome into the limelight with the advent of
highly interesting artieles by Harold Orel and
Mr. Chapman, head of the department of
Spanish and Italian, suddenly passed away, to
the profound sorrow of both students and fae-
ulty, while Messrs. Norman A. Moss and Leon
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