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Page 10 text:
After Eighty Years, the Parker -
Parker in the 1910's was an
extraordinarily daring school. It was
during those years that we began
to print the Weekly on a hand
press. Sophomore boys learned
chemistry and French, but also how
to lay concrete and cement
sidewalks. We were experimenters,
breaking away from the rigid
educational structures of the nine-
teenth century. Today it seems
almost a conventional idea, but
building a school so as to utilize a
zoo was once a revolutionary
notion. Seventy years ago you just
did-not go to the zoo until after
The joy of our photographs of
the old Parker is seeing how
closely we resemble those Parker
Pioneers. We see boys sporting
neckties and girls in dresses, but
these are merely styles which have
changed. These photos show us
that seventy years ago Parker
students were much the same as
we are today. We see ourselves
making wooden bowls in the old
shop or dashing wildly down the
hallway presumably trying to reach
graderoom on time.
The Parker atmosphere has
not changed. Our pictures show
seniors playing with their little
brothers and sisters and teachers
joking with their pupils in the same
informal way we are used to. These
plates betray no old world rigidity
or insistence on ceremony. Rather,
the pervading mood is one of a
summer camp or community
project. The school works and
plays, preserving an extraordinary
thing, an education created not by
a school structure but by the
individuals who are the substance
of our school.
Between the fedoras and high
starched collars, the Parker faces
are the same. We see our friends
and teachers as they would have
looked during Woodrow Wilson's
day. And rising from the middle of
a spacious neighborhood occupied
only by Reebie Van Lines and a few
prairie houses is the comforting
structure of the old building.
Looking more like a Lake Shore
mansion than an educational insti-
tution, the old building was a link
to our history. When we replaced it,
we severed a tangible bond to our
founders and their dreams.
We remember our history
through these photographs. They
reaffirm our tradition and must
serve to remind us of the days
when it was a struggle to keep
Parker school alive. We hope that
our photographs will never permit
us to forget the progressive
experiment we are embarked upon.
The old building looked' more like a
Lake Shore mansion than a school.
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