Kent School - Kent Yearbook (Kent, CT)

 - Class of 1936

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TH E KENT SCHOOL i The School was small at first but grew rapidly. Its location was changed in the spring of the first year to the present site. The School almost doubled in size the next year, filling the new quarters to capacity again. The new building was also inconvenient and cold in the winter, but the atmosphere of the School remained cheerful and hearty. Religion then as now was an integral part of the School life, and the boys at first walked two miles every Sunday to attend the Church in town. Toward the latter end of the second year an old woodshed was remodeled to become the first School Chapel. Before the beginning of the fourth year the old Main Building was enlarged to its present size. The new structure had room for seventy boys and for a sufiicient number of classrooms. An old shed at the open end of the Quad was converted into a precautionary Infirmary, although the School was Halarmingly healthyi' in Doctor Barnum's words. The Farm, now boasting one of the finest dairies in Vonnecticut, was begun this year, providing the School with potatoes, milk, and fresh vegetables as well as another outlet for the successful Self-Help system. A new building. the North Building, was being erected along the river bank when a hundred and six boys came for the seventh year, but it was untenable as yet. and many started the year in the Cottage, now Mr. Loomis's house, and some few even overflowed into the Old Town House. The Faculty had by this time increased from the original three, now numbering twelve men, including Mr. 1Villiam V. Hall, the first Kent Alumnus to become a master. The School slackened off from its first rapid growth, but by 1917 there were a hundred and thirty-seven boys at Kent, and the Field House was begun with lockers for visiting teams, and rooms and dormitories above. In 1919 the present Study Hall was built. lt was in the same style as the Main Building and North Building, and was placed at one end and at right angles to this latter. It was during this year that the School was first visualized in approximately its present form, and a drive was started to raise 5li250,000.00, the most immediate objectives being a new Dining Hall and a new and larger Infirmary. The drive was not successful at once, but when the School began its fifteenth year 380,000.00 had been raised. The first use of this fund was made two years later when the Farm was moved to its present site in Macedonia Valley, near the School. A farmer's cottage was built, and a ereamery and modern equipment for milk production were also sup- plied. Where the Farm had stood a new brick Colonial Infirmary of more ade- quate proportions was built. Father Sill began this same year his Twentieth Anniversary Fund drive. In the spring of IQQ4 work was begun 011 the new Dining IIall a11d it was completed early in April the next year. Not only was the Dining Hall spacious Page four

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