James Harvey Bowen High School - Bowenite Yearbook (Chicago, IL)

 - Class of 1945

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'J' if six, X. sons I fs ,wif gf vfydafi y QW My We we haf iidi in ' 0 . D 0 -1 y .W e I , XY' L MMM History of Bowen High School Educational facilities in the Calumet region of Chicago multiplied rapidly from 1853-1884. In 1876 The Bowen Elementary School was built at 93rd Street and Houston Avenue. It contained 4 rooms, one of which was used for advanced high school work. From this modest beginning rose the South Chicago High School and its successor the james Harvey Bowen High School. The curriculum consisted of Latin, French, German, Greek, all branches of Mathe- matics, and all of our present sciences and social subjects. Very little technical work was offered, Business courses and science laboratory work were unheard of at this time. Gradually stenography and bookkeeping were introduced and a sewing class of 12 girls was organized in the basement in 1909. Commencement exercises took place once a year, so that failure of a subject meant the redoing of a year's work. Com- mencement exercises were held in the Calumet Theatre or at Becks Hall in the vicinity of 91st and 92nd and Commercial Avenue. In 1889 the need was felt for an addition to the school to take care of the increas- ing number of students. Charles I. Parker, Superintendent of Schools in South Chicago, became principal and was largely responsible for the present building which was con- structed in january, 1911. Pupils came to this new school from South Chicago, Pullman, Windsor Park, and even as far as Indiana. Carpenters continued to work in the school for weeks after it opened. XVhile the work continued, Mr. Parker had his office temporarily in 3ozA, Feeding on the grass on the front were chickens, geese, ducks, and goats. Roll was called in the auditorium because division rooms were not available during the first days. Both teachers and students carried their own lunches. A four piece orchestra was organized that played after school on Fridays. The money earned bought footlights and burlap curgtns for ther.-stage. The students were awarded J S500 library for obtaining so many subscrinfions for the Herald and Examiner. ,On school was named in honor of james Harvey Bowen. Mr. of all new and improved schools. To him, to Charles and to the pioneers cf the fifties is Bowen's record due .. th e school of the Calumet District," a'

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