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JOHN D, GRAHAM
TI-IG GOLDEN HGG OF HITIGRICH
Every nation has declared a golden age and dreamed of its coming in lofty poetry, romantic song,
radiant truth, and confident proclamation. Israel has given to the world the golden age of prophetic truth
and hope, Greece, the golden age of culture, Rome, the golden age of powerg Italy, the golden age of
art and beauty, England, the golden age of literature, France, the golden age of democracy, when upon
every public edifice were inscribed three words: ''Liberty-Equality-Fraternity." America will endure
long enough to incorporate its hopes and aims into the constitution of its national life and the fabric of
civilization around the wide, wide world.
The first stepping stone to this golden age upon these shores is government. Our government
stands upon the secure foundation of liberty-liberty for self-development, national expansion, the pur-
suit of happiness and unity. Human progress follows along the lines of free government. Toleration
is another step upon which America will move on to its golden age. It involves freedom of conscience,
for, as the poet says,
"Whatever creed be taught or land be tread,
Man's conscience is the oracle of God."
The moral law must be a foundational principle of the golden age, and thus are protected the dignity and
rights of the individual. justice for men in every area of life will also assure us the day of golden
dreams, for in Disraeli's words, "justice is truth in action." Many are the attributes of the golden age,
and after the long list is well considered, the last word, the cap-stone of the structure, will be brother-
hood. Our own poet Edwin Markham expresses the idea of America's to-morrow when he says:
"The crest and crowning of all good,
Life's final star, is Brotherhood."
The dreams of Alfred Tennyson will come true when America shall realize its plan for brother-
hood. Of all people our nation is best designed by the manner of its life, its sense of union and free-
dom, its belief in justice, its practice of toleration, its trust in democratic government, its faith in God,
to lead in this attainment. The American nation can lead the way to the golden age for all the world
and bring to pass the hope of the great poet:
For I dipp'd into the future, far as human eye could see,
Saw the Vision of the world and the wonder that would beg
Till the war-drum throbb'd no longer, and the battle-flags were furled
In the parliament of man, the Federation of the world.
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ADDRESS of WELCOME
Ladies and Gentlemen:
In behalf of the Senior Class of 1944 I bid you welcome. For some twelve years I have looked
forward to this day. This morning I am not so sure that I am happy about the occasion.
In past years the president of a graduation class might have spoken about how those going out
from such an event as this are to take a place in the Nation's industry, or about how some would con-
tinue their education along the lines of their individual interests. It is not that way today.
Almost overnight our country has decreed that boys are now men and that girls are now women.
We are called upon to do our part in a cause which stands before us as both a great challenge and a
great opportunity forservice. We have attended high school as boys and quickly have become men,
many of whom are soon to train for military service on land, on sea, or in the air. High school girls
are quickly becoming women, many of whom are soon to serve in uniforms of the Army or Navy, to
become nurses, or to carry on many other types of work which will release a man for a fighting position.
As we gather here in peace and comfort to graduate, it is with the realization that our country is
one of the few in which there is no fear of falling bombs. Our future and that of our country and our
way of life depends upon the outcome of this great conflict.
In this critical situation the youth of America can be relied upon to fulfill every expectation.
There are many things that affect our lives over which we have little or no control, yet there are import-
ant factors to which we shall hold fast. Our pledge is that, come what may, our faith will be unshaken,
our interest will be sustained, and our work will be continued at whatever tasks we are assigned.
We who graduate from high school today will have no control over many conditions. Yet we
do have control over our attitude toward the problems facing all, and it is in this attitude that our pledge
The fact that this graduating class selected me as it president commends me to you as its repre-
sentative. On behalf of the class of 1944 I thank you for the great opportunity you have afforded us in
providing a good school for us to attend which is surely ample evidence of your faith and interest in us.
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TI-IG CHRONICLE of the CLHSS of 1944
In the year one thousand nine hundred and forty-
one at the season of fading flowers and ripening nuts,
there appeared at the portals of jackson High School a
band of warriors whom we shall call "Militant Seekers
after Knowledge." What the grave and reverent Seniors
called them, it were well to leave unmentioned. As a
member of this band, the writer of your chronicle will
endeavor to bear true witness to the trials, tribulations,
and triumphs of what came to be known in the common
tongue as the Class of 1944.
Having with due form and ceremony and, in some
cases, by the skin of our teeth, completed our course at
junior High School, we felt persuaded that we could
easily take by storm the strong citadel on Allen Avenue,
which is commonly called jackson High School. Con-
fident of success, we chose as ollicers of our expedition:
Billy Moore, Freddie Miller, Ann Caldwell, Jean Taylor
and jess Casey.
Before laying siege to the Citadel, it seemed the part
of wisdom to send out reconnoitering parties. Our para-
troopers descended upon the office of the fortress from
time to time during the month of August and brought
back reports that would have dampened the courage of
a band less brave than ours. From these spies we learned
that J. H. S. could not be taken at one assault, but cor-
ridor by corridor, stairway by stairway, and room by
A small but determined band boldly attacked ,great
Julius Caesar, himself, well entrenched in the Latin
Tower, otherwise known as Room 21. To our surprise
we found small difficulty in getting in, but getting out
was a pony of a different color. Gerunds, Gerundives,
and Subiunctives stoutly resisted our attacks, proclaim-
ing all the while their watch word: "They shall not
pass!" And most of us didn't. Defeated but not
crushed, we withdrew strategically to another strong-
hold cftlled Modern Languages, where, sad to relate, we
fared little better than in Caesar's classical domain.
Another wing of our army attacked the well-for-
tified position of Biology, only to be routed by an army
of strange creatures called "Dinosauria," "Insectivora,"
and "Crustaceans''-creatures, whose very names we were
unable to spell.
Still another intrepid band rushed in to storm the
Citadel of History. Instead of calling upon Liberty,
Madame Roland might well have said: "O History!
History! How many crimes have been committed in
thy name!" Be that as it may, the way that we were
beaten in this struggle was certainly a crime.
But these attacks were mere skirmishes by small
bodies of troops. Our entire army was gathered together
for an assault upon the two strongly fortified positions
of Algebra, one in a location called Room 6 and the
other in a tower called Room 24. To be sure, the latter
location was camouflaged as an abode of History, but
sines and co-sines, like murder, will out. Utterly de-
feated, many of us retired from the siege, to renew the
attack in the heat and discomfort of what is technically
known as "Summer School," though 'tis said that Gen-
eral Sherman had a better name for it.
Another attack by our combined forces was upon
the Hydra-headed Monster of English, one of the fiercest
defenders of the castle on Allen Avenue. When we
lopped off one of these heads labeled "Grammar," an-
other called "Themes" threatened to scorch us with its
fiery breath: and when we had overcome the "Themes,"
another horrible head called "Book Reports" hissed an-
grily at us. In this attack many of our noble warriors
bit the dust.
In the second year of the siege our army was re-
organized with jimmy Diffee, Lissette O'Rourke, and
Tom Voegeli in charge of all operations. In this year
we concentrated our forces upon the very strongest posi-
tion of the enemy, the stronghold of Geometry. The
camp was laid out in triangles, parallelograms, and
duodecagons, so that we ran into land mines in the way
of surprise quizzes when we least expected them. Many
of us failed to obtain a bridgehead on the great philoso-
pher's theorem concerning the square on the hypotenuse
and all of us felt that the inscription on this fortress
should read: "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here."
In one thousand nine hundred and forty-three, many
of us made attacks on that modern center of warfare,
the Commercial Department. Though driven off again
and again by the "ack-ack" of the terrible typewriters,
most of us came back victorious before the year was
In this year, too, the enemy employed the aid of
chemical warfare, a most outrageous proceeding, it seemed
to us: for many of us who had overcome successfully
the other methods of defense retreated before the gas
attacks of the Lab.
- The Amazon Division of our army fGreek for
WACSJ made a more or less successful onslaught upon
the Castle of Home Economics and became possessed of
much information upon such important matters as "How
to hold a husband," the favorite recipe being: "Feed
In the last year of our great siege Billy Moore was
chosen to take over the work of Tom Voegeli, who left
our ranks to enlist in Uncle Sam's Navy. Naturally we
took as our final objective: reaching the summit of the
Mount of Graduation. That we who appear before you
to-day have reached and held this objective is evident.
As your chronicler I shall relate some of our methods
in reaching this goal.
Some of us have advanced by sheer scholarship and
have won the highest decorations for valor. Barbara
Zehr, Freddie Miller, and Ann Caldwell are the honor
students of our class. Margaret Lankford and Nowell
Bingham were awarded medals in the D.A.R. contest.
Bobby Coppedge and Dorris Asbury became our poet
laureates for 1943 and 1944 respectively.
Some of us prevailed on the bloody Gridiron and
the Basketball Court: witness Horace Coyne and Paul
james, while Tom Vogeli, John D. Graham, Nancy
Bumpus, and Emily Carey Griffin did much to urge our
Golden Bears on to victory.
jess Casey, Hilda Witt, Theresa Ricks, and Frances
Seward Wilson kept up the morale of our fighters by
providing us with such candy bars as the Ration Board
would allow to come our way.
During the lull in active operations between Mid-
term Exams and Finals the morale of our troops was
further improved by the work of such dramatic artists
as Dorris Asbury, Freddie Miller, jack Harrington, Rose-
mary Williamson, Emily Carey Griffin, Letty jane Luck-
man, and Betty Young, who helped to make the junior-
Senior Play a success.
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