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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.
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We, the classes of 1950 and 1951, dedicate
this volume of "The Oriole" to the members of
the first graduating class of Holmes-Liberty
School. Although it was twenty-five years ago
that they completed their high school education,
they are still "one of us."
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