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Appreciation Members of the Staff, Teachers, Housemasters, Governesses, Librarians and All u ho have so kindly and efficiently helped us through our tender years to this glorious climax: We, the class of January, 1941 thank you warmly for your patience, skill, and guidance con¬ stantly employed in our behalf. On leaving you this month, friendships are terminated only by distance, and friends become memories, but we want you to know that they will be precious memories—precious indeed. The Class of January, 1941 fflinintbian ilanuarij 16 ]
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“Thank You, Stephen Girard!” On May 20, 1750, in Bordeaux, France, a boy who was to become one of the greatest benefactors the world has ever known was born. In eighty years he was to endow one of the best known schools for free education that has ever been conceived. The boy, of course, was Stephen Girard, and Girard College came to be his school. For almost a decade this school has been the home and sanctuary of our class, and so it will be of many others who will graduate after us. When we leave Girard, after the Commencement Exercises in January 1941, we shall re¬ call with happy gratitude the many ex¬ periences of our childhood and young manhood, and the valuable lessons we learned in the school which has been re¬ sponsible for giving so many boys a bet¬ ter start in the complex world outside. This great gift to youth was made possi ble through a Frenchman who at the age of twenty-six arrived in Philadel¬ phia in May, 1776. For twelve years he had been separated from his family and had no permanent residence in any country. Philadelphia became his first real home. He landed here at a time when the colonies were in great need of help in the war against England. At once Girard became a citizen of the United States. As a fervent patriot he subscribed in 1814 a sum of money making it possible for this country to carry on the second war with England. He was a loyal citizen, and in this spirit made provision in his will for the teach¬ ing of appreciation of our American citi¬ zenship where he said, “I desire that by every proper means, a pure attachment to our republican institutions, and to the sacred rights of conscience as guar¬ anteed by our happy constitution, be formed and fostered in the minds of the scholars.” In addition to the instilling of a pa¬ triotic citizenship, Girard boys are taught other practical subjects mentioned by the foresighted Girard in his will. He saw far enough ahead of his time to di¬ rect the teaching of some subjects which in his day were thought to be of no use. Another phase of our education in Girard is religious training. The Bible was the first book brought into Girard College, and all through our stay here we have come to know and appreciate it. Daily Chapel services have inculcated among us the great Good which is derived from the Bible. Talks by leaders in their chosen professions have also been in¬ cluded in our inspirational training. Those who accuse Girard of being an atheist, and Girard College of failing to teach religion, will find among Girard boys a sound and working knowledge of the Bible. For this, which will serve us well in life, we are very grateful. In connection with patriotic, scholas¬ tic, and religious training, we also have health and athletic instruction. Girard has one of the best developed athletic organizations of all schools. There are five school teams in interscholastic com¬ petition, and many other teams engag¬ ing in intra-mural contests. Under this arrangement nearly every boy has a chance to participate in some sport. A modern library containing seventy thousand volumes, a fully equipped vo¬ cational department offering Commercial and Mechanical Courses, and many other facilities for developing one’s personal interests, have grown out of the gene¬ rosity of Stephen Girard. One of the biggest factors of our life in the College has been the kind help of and the friendly relationship with our teachers, governesses, and housemasters. Nowhere else in this country is such a fine group of experienced and thought¬ ful advisers gathered together in one school. We are indeed fortunate to have had the benefit of their training. For cultural, vocational, and athletic education, and the development of our talents, for the best opportunity in the world given to boys, we humbly thank you, Stephen Girard. When we, the Class of January, 1941, graduate, we promise to uphold the high ideals and lofty de¬ votion to God and country, which you, a Great Father to us all showed in your life. 1941 [ 5 ] Site (EnrUttijiatt
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Girard College December 18, 1940 To the Boys of January, 1941 : This Corinthian of yours has much of interest for you now, but twenty or thirty years later you will really enjoy it and appreciate it. Just forty years ago 1 helped to edit the class book in my junior year at college, and what fun it is now to take my copy off its shelf and look through it! How immature our pic- ures show us to have been! How obvious our humor ! How naive our prophe- cies! How limited our achievements as a group! Here now is your book with your boyish faces, your record of activities, your interests, your accomplishments, your services to the College, your group judg¬ ment of each other. You, too, will turn to it in the years to come with a flood of nostalgic memories. You will yearn to see each other once again; you may even wish you could see some of the men and women who had a part in directing your lives here; you will hanker after a soccer ball, a baseball bat, a basketball— knowing however that ten minutes of that strenuous old play would knock you out completely; your mouths will water for a ginger; you will wish for the taste of a “Schmitty” or for the more venturesome recesses of Worman’s ! Well, if the rest of us think in kindly terms of our old high schools and dwell happily upon the memories of our days in col lege, what must be your at¬ tachment to the school of which you were such a real part for eight or nine years! God grant that your backward look may be a satisfying one! I do hope each one of you can feel that he truly left something here for which the insti¬ tution can be grateful a fine scholarship record; achievement in music, art, dra¬ matics, forensics or athletics; a standard of excellence in service to the College; an example of able leadership; a high level of courtesy and gentlemanliness; a reputation for real integrity. Of one thing I am quite sure, you really won’t understand the place and part Girard College has had in shaping your lives until thirty years or so from now when you take this book from its shelf and call to mind faces, names, places, incidents that helped to make you what you then will be. Habits of daily living, ideals, standards of conduct, appreciations, avocational interests—all these Girard is surely making a part of your very being. 1 trust you will then be able to look with pride not only upon your record of achievements here but also upon what you have accomplished in the inter¬ vening years—the way you have cared for your health; the interest you have taken in civic, social and spiritual enterprises; the part you have taken in the political affairs of the community; the family responsibilities you have assumed; the position you hold in the economic world. May life be good to you, young men, and may you live your lives abundantly! Sincerely yours, 1941 [ 7 ] fflurmtljmtt
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