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

 - Class of 1945

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Page 10 text:

'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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, WM iff im W ul aa Message Tn Graduates nf 1945 ost n you entered Bowen High School just when I was assigned as Principal. For W Wx, QQNAW Wife ' ff! Bwoifaw liao A s s -' o feel rather close to all of you. I have learned much in these four years, and c nlident that you also have progressed. I ha e n many examples of excellent citizenship in your service to the school, your c ration among yourselves in the varied doings of our numerous clubs and organi ns, in your unstinted support of school activities and in your many endeavors to ta advantage of all the opportunities offered to you. Now that you are leaving us, I would like you to ponder seriously what I consider a major objective of all education and that is living together in cooperation and peace. Remember that education is a life time undertaking. Because of this I urge you to con- tinue your participation in civic affairs, as you have done in school affairs. In this way you will exert an influence among your associates for better living, rather than per- mitting yourselves to follow poor examples. Your high school days have been during the war years. Now we can see hopes of the end of hostilities in the near future. You can feel justly proud in your support of all drives. Continue these same efforts to obtain and maintain a just peace and you will have done your share as a citizen. In closing, remember we can still be of service to you and you can be of service to us. I trust your most cherished aspirations will soon become realities. i My sincerest congratulations on your graduation and my very best wishes are extended to all of you. ' . ' Cordially yours, WILLI'AM I' ' Ar...- 7n3lr-



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