Fort Peck High School - Dinosaur Yearbook (Fort Peck, MT)

 - Class of 1939

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HISTUHY OF FORT PEGK SCHOOL The Fort Peck School first opened its doors on Gctobsr 1, 1934,as an elementary school of eight grades with an enroll- ment of 215 and a faculty of nine members. The enrolment continued to increase that year until a peak of '537 was reached on January 18, 1955. During the year a total of 412 pupils were enrolled. The student bodydwas composed of pu- pils from 25 states, the District of Columbia, and the Pro- vince of Saskatchewan, Uanadag they came from schools rang- ing all the way from a one-room rural to the largest in New York City. u The first .day of the second year found the school en- larged, the ninth and tenth grades being added, and the faculty increased from nine members to twelve. The temporary school was moved from its former position in the barracks to the location of the permanent school to which two new wings had been added. The enrollment the first day was 529 of which 96 were in the ninth and tenth grades. The en- rollment continued to increase until a peak of 551 was reached on April 16, 1936. The total enrollment for the year was 471. Although it was only a two-year high school, the students and faculty, with full cooperation of the community, presented an original Christmas cantata which has been used as a- basis for succeeding programs. They established another precedent by offering an operetta, "H. M. S. Pinaforef' by Gilbert and Sullivan. This was the first year of competitive sports in the Fort Peck School.'n1e new coach, Clyde Banfield, led both the basketball and track teams to honors. No change was made in the school the third year. The en- rollment the first day was 529. 'me peak, reached March 1, 1937, las 420, and the total, 494. 'Exe students carried on the traditions established by the second-year members in that they again presented a Christmas cantata and the oper- etta, "8honita." An inexperienced track team succeeded in placing second in the district meet. The basketball team improved and for the first tim? the Fort Peck School was re- presentad in the district touxilqmnt. In the fall of '37, the eleventh and twelfth grades were added, and the faculty was increased from twelve to fourteen mowers. The enrollment the first day was 472, of which 211, were in the junior-senior high school. The peak of the year was 502. This was a gala year for extracurricular activi- ties in the Fort Peck School. ln addition to the traditional Christmas program, oparetta, and sports, the ever ambitions students put out a school paper, organized a pep club and science club, presented a play, and edited an annual. The Junior Class sponsored a junior-senior banquet and prom on lay 6. Baccalaureate and Cormmncement were held May ZZ and 25 respectively. Several school dances were scattered throughout the year. 'me basketball team had a most suc- cessful season, and the track team had improved so much that Coach Banfield took five members to the Havre Divisional Track Beet. .4

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