English High School - Record Yearbook (Boston, MA)

 - Class of 1943

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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- mittee. We are now English High School Alumni, going forth to incorporate into our daily lives, the ideals we learned from our Alma Mater.

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'lass istory 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 llldward Chin. 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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