Holden High School - Clarion Yearbook (Holden, MA)

 - Class of 1954

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14 rem! 0 MA? come Mr Buker 'Mfr Bubar Nfembers of the School Commrttee Faculty Alumm and Frrends My happy task and pnvllege thxs evemng rs to welcome you to these graduation exerclses the last for Holden Hugh School This occasion Ends our class wrth mlxed emotrons of sadness and Joy of fear and conhdence NVe are sad because we are bnddmg farewell to our faculty and classmates to many close assoclatlons at Holden Hugh School We are saymg Good bye to persons and scenes and actnrtres that have played so rmportant a part m the best wears of our hves YVe now realrze that the breakmg of old tres rs most dlfficult even for us young people whose eyes have already glornhed our future careers We are joyful thls evemng because we have fimshed the work to whxch we set our tremblmg freshman hands four years ago We have attamed the goal toward whrch we have gxven our best effort and Joy resxdes rn the personal satrsfactron of a Job well done Our diplomas wtll afford us that gratrficatlon and lrfe wxll be all before us as we choose But as we look forward to our next step after graduatxon our hopes and desxres are tmged wxth a colormg of fear We shall be asked to take our place ln the amazmg era m whrch we l1ve We shall be challenged to utxhze the sclentxfic progress of our age to brmg happmess mto the world Can vou wonder then why we hesxtate for a fearful C C moment before entermg that future But rt ns for only a moment for our background at Holden Hugh School has made us confident Much wlll be expected of us 111 the solutron of the tremendous problems faung our country Much wxll be thrust upon us because there 1S nowhere else to turn for help and guxdance but to the youth of our natxon Indeed the leadershxp that we provlde ln the anxlous months and years ahead wlll determme the course of world events for the next generation for the rest of thxs century We are wlllmg and ready to face thus challenge of leadershrp because ot our rmplxcxt fanth an the educatronal trarnmg of Holden Hlgh School We realrze the burden of responsibility but we are confident that lts werght w1ll never be too great for our foundahon has been establrshed and strengthened by the trreless and skrllful efforts of our teachers to whom we are most grateful In partrcular may I say a word of thanks mn behalf of the Class of 1954 to our prrncrpal Mr Bubar Hrs patience wtth our many msrstent questrons and prob lems and hrs great eagerness to prepare us for future success are but two of the numerous quahtres that make our prmcrpal an example to us all In conclusion may I quote from George Bernard Shaw Life IS no brxef candle to me It IS a sort of splendld torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make lt burn as brzghtly as possrble before handmg rt on to future generatnons 5 'D iivxfcil Educatron rn Holden 17411954 The direction rn wbzch educatum starts a man wzll determme his future l Next fall wxll mark the begrnmng of a new era of education rn Holden Our regronal hrgh school 15 sytnbolrc of the mterest that Holden has always had nn xts schools As early as 1741 when the town was strll a new community at tts hrst town meeting lt voted to have a readmg and wrrtmg school The schools were held m saruous homes for penods of three months and thrs type of educatron lasted for about two years untrl the town finally appropnated enough money to buxld a school rn the center ot town The buxldmg rs not standmg today but mt was located a short dxstance west of the Town Hall The town frowned on women school mlstresses as we fmd rn the old records whxch reported Put to tote to see lf ye town would grant any of the School Money to a woman school and rt passed ln the nega tlve Durmg th1s perrod the town was dmded mto drs trrcts whrch were called squadrons Included rn money voted to several of these squadrons for the purpose of buxldmg new schools we find b1lls tor the followxng ltems 7 kegs of naxls l gallon NE Rum and Sugar l quart of Rum How these last two ltems entered mto the construc txon of a new school was not elaborated on but therr mcluslon dld not seem to excite any comment from the school commrttee In 1153 the town approprrated twelwe pounds Qabout sixty dollarsj for schools and appomted three drtferent sectlons ot town for thelr locatxon-one ln the west part of town one rn the center and the other rn the east The second school buxldmg ln the center of town bullt about 1824 15 stlll standmg at the corner of the left hand drnve mto the hlgh school though the brrcks of whxch tt 15 constructed are now covered by clap boards One of the old school benches may stlll be seen on the second floor -Xt one tlme m the outlymg dlstrrcts of Holden there exnsted eleven one or two room schools These httle schoolhouses were arranged 1ns1de wlth rows ot benches and when the teacher wlshed to hear the recl tatlon of one of the classes they came torward and took the front seats -Xt thls tlme the selectmen appomted the teachers but later they were 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