Holmes Liberty High School - Oriole Yearbook (Bucyrus, OH)

 - Class of 1950

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Holmes-Liberty School The building of Holmes-Liberty School was a real triumph in the face of many obstacles. The first hurdle was voting for centralization: this carried by a meagre fifteen v0'CeS. In 1922, a bond issue carried, and the present site of the school was bought and paid for. Building began in 1923, and was completed in 1924. Nine schools were included in the Holmes-Liberty township, but three went into the Sulphur district to help build their school. Todd township came in with Holmes- Liberty, making a total of 52 square miles in the school district. The first clerk of the school board was Mr. Jess Brinkman, who served for 17 years. From his records we learn that the capital outlay for the school was Sl65,57l.0l. The problem of transporting the students to the new school was next taken in hand. The buses, rather top-heavy conveyances, ran on high pressure tires, and often left the road when going around curves, or when traveling during a high wind. Two of the first bus drivers were students: Russell Heft and Charles I. Spiegel. The practice of student drivers prevailed for some years. Lack of heaters in these buses caused many cold rides. Students living within a mile and a half radius of the school were forced to walk, and probably got even colder than the riders in the unheated buses. , The first teaching staff was composed of P. J. Foltz, who was superintendent and teacher of Nlathematics: H. J. Gary, who was coach and teacher of physics and science: Arthur Hathaway, who taught vocational agriculture: Marie Frakes QHathawayj, who taught Latin and History: Clara Shuey fUtzj, who taught English: and Esther Dobbins, who had charge of the Music. At this period, grade teachers received 596.00 a month, and high school teachers received Sl00.00. The various uses to which the rooms were put differed from the present arrange- ment. For instance, the agriculture room was in the present chemistry laboratory. Here the boys ate their lunches fcarried from homej, while the girls ate across the hall in the junior high study hall which is now the home economics room. The present music room was the agriculture shop. The library was housed on a few shelves at the rear of the study hall, and the present library served as a music room. Here the glee club, con- sisting of 12 or 14 members, harmonized, and the orchestra, composed mostly of strings, charmed its listeners. ln sports, the boys' teams lost every game they played, but the girls won several of their games. The playing scheduled with neighboring schools included a girls' varsity game, followed by the boys' varsity game. The cheerleaders had no special attire, but a plain felt "H" was emblazoned on their bosoms. Russell Heft served with vigor in this capacity. The crowds fvery sparse, were composed mostly of students, as the custom of adult attendance had not yet developed. The dramatic highlight of the year was a melodrama entitled "Cheer Up, Chad", with Russell Heft playing the title rool opposite Enid Chatlain QO'Brienj. During a tense moment of the play, when Charles Spiegel was accusing Russell of blowing up Coaltown Creek in most vehement terms, Russell laughed,--Alas! .the play almost folded! Although many outward appearnaces have changed, the same spirit that pioneered in creating our present school may be found today., This spirit may be seen in the fine turnouts at athletic, dramatic, and musical programs. The former students, now many of them band pa rents, have recently equipped the band with uniforms of orange and black. The kitchen has been streamlined, and an average of 250 students and teachers have hot l lunches to eat daily. Space does not permit the mentioning of all of these advancements. This review of progress over the years makes us realize again the wonderful oppor- tunities that are ours as free progressive American citizens. 6

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