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Page 12 The Lane Tech Annual for June, 1935
Bill Harris was the same rough and ready "Wise
Guyn at home as he was in school. Though he
claimed to know everything he really knew very
little. When he returned home from school the
first day he was greeted at the door by his mother.
"How do you like Lane, Billy?'l
"It's all right in a way, mom, but a feller gets
lost in the place. Besides, I think there are too
many kids going there. I heard one fellow say that
Lane has no districts. Do you know what that
means? Anybody in the city can enroll at Lane.
North side .... West side .... from anywhere- Gee,
you should have seen that auditorium today. Boy,
was it packed. Besides the building on Division
Street there are five other branches near the main
branch. I just wonder when they will finish the
New Lane at Western and Addisonf'
t'Now, be patient, Bill. I'm sure that theyire
trying to complete it as soon as possible. In that
way they can do away with the crowded conditions
that now exist. But tell me what else did you do to-
"Oh, we mostly walked around the whole building
looking into different rooms. For instance there
was one room which I liked pretty much. It was a
large wood shop in the basement. They also have
some wonderful machine shops that looked okay to
me- Say, mom, do you remember Eric Johnson?
The kid I used to pal around with? He is going to
Lane, too. I'm in the same room with him."
"What else did you see?i'
"We saw the print shops where the school prints
its own papers and magazines. They've also got a
bakery where they bake their own bread and pastry.
One funny thing about the basement is the small
tracks which are laid on the floor, they look like
they might be used for a miniature train. I guess
that they really are used to carry material to the
shops. And lockers .... Say, there must be a million
of them. Theyire all around in every hall in the
school. Let me see .... oh, yes, I think yould bet-
ter fix up a lunch for me tomorrow morning. I'll
get some coffee in their cafeteria?
"All right, son. Another thing, will you have to
take up gymnasium work?,'
"Well, mom, I can either take gym or R. O- T. C.
I haven't decided yet. Gym is better, though, I
think. It won't be so bad. One good thing is the
indoor track they have right in the gym."
Harris also discussed his new educational venture
with his father. However, though Mr. Harris made
his boy attend school, he really did not take a great
amount of interest in his son's future. The elder
Harris felt that Bill could get along somehow with-
out the pressure being applied. Mrs. Harris was the
one who had really been responsible for the welfare
of Billy. So ended the family get-together for that
The next day proved to be a memorable one in
the lives of the two freshmen. Eight o'clock began
their first official day at high school. The appoint-
ment fell through but they met in the division room.
Then began the tedious job of filling out cards ....
cards . - . . . and more cards. About noon the work
was finished and again the early dismissal. The
third day was spent in making out their program
cards. This proved a little difficult.
"Hey, Eric, how are we to know what teachers to
get? Look at all the ones We have to choose from."
HYou wonlt have to choose. You are going to
be given a program. There-the teacher is putting
it on the board already. Letis see .... IB English-
Algebra-Science .... I guess we better start copying
it. Wood shop-, that ought to be good. Mechanical
Drawing . . . Gym .... Looks like thatls all."
Johnson was right. Finishing his board work the
instructor began to give directions.
'KN ow, I have to divide the class into two groups.
The first three rows will get the early shift. The
rest will have to take the late shift unless you bring
a note from home which states that you are working
"Hey, Eric, what does he mean,-late shift?l'
"You won't have to worry, Harris, we get the
early shift from eight to two thirty. The late shift
is from nine twenty-six to four o'clock. It is really
the one you ought to get."
"Not for me. Who wants to stay in school till
four olclock. It might be all right in the winter
time or for fellows who want to sleep but I don't
By this time the class was finished with copying
its program and was awaiting further orders. They
were not long in coming.
f'Remember, boys, you must go to study hall dur-
ing your free periods. As for your lunch hour, you
go according to the group that you belong to. Iyll
put it on the board in the morning."
That ended the school work for that day- On the
morrow, however, the attendance of regular classes
according to schedule was begun. Harris, as usual,
tried to use his cleverness to the utmost. He decid-
ed that telling a teacher that one did not know his
way about the building, was a good excuse for com-
ing tardy. This alibi did not work very well after
a couple of days. After all, the teachers knew the
fropes' and one lone freshie could not attempt to
put something over on them. The first week was, as
Harris said, "Pretty soft. High school isn't so bad.
All the lessons were easy."
This fsoft' business wasn't to last forever, as the
two chums soon found out. There were problems
to be solved for math. Drawing plates had to be
handed in on time. Science had to be finished. Book
reports and homework for English. Bill and Eric
were indeed thankful when they had gym. This was
one place where written work was not called for.
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The School Beckons
Well-, if it isn't little old Eric. Say, are you
going to Lane, too?"
"Yes, I decided to go to a technical school. Lane
happens to be the nearest one to my home. But
what brings you here, Harris?'
'tTo tell you the truth, pal, my father wanted me
to continue going to school. If I had my way I
wouldn't come near this place. Father wants me to
get an education. Of course, I might be able to
talk him out of it but my mother insists on putting
me through high school. She is always saying that
knowledge is power. To me, an education is a
waste of time and money. Why,-I bet I could get
a job right now if I wanted to."
"I see, but I suppose the only thing you fear is
the well-known wood shed. Otherwise you'd quit
"That just about covers it, Eric."
As the Division Street car neared the high
school, William Harris and Eric Johnson were re-
newing their friendship. They had been school-
mates once before at grammar school. However,
johnson had moved and the friendship was tempor-
arily dissolved- Now Eric was again speaking.
f'Tell me, Bill, where are we to report when we
do get there?"
"lim not sure, but I think someone told me to go
to the auditorium-wherever that is."
Harris was interrupted in his speech by a loud-
Sedgwick Street-Lane Tech! A rough scramble
for the exits of the street car ensued. Both chums
followed the seventy-five or more students and
would-be Laneites out of the car. As they looked a-
bout them they could see hundreds of boys waiting
to get into the educational institution. Boys were
everywhere, on window ledges, stairs and fences.
Groups of upper classmen conversed with their own
crowds. Every now and then someone would holler
out, "Another load of freshmen! Boy, do they look
green! Look at that little fellow. He must have
just graduated from kindergarten! Hello, Mike,
Hyah, boy!" -
A ringing of a bell broke up a part of the huge
crowd assembled around the school. It was class
time for last year's students. A wait of another
hour or so before the new boys followed the rest of
their kind into the school's auditorium. Though a
seat was not available, there was plenty of standing
room. Harris led johnson to a corner which was,
"There must be a couple of thousand kids in here,
"No, I don't think so. Well, maybe about a thou-
sand. That's about all they could get in here I
guess. Wait .... that teacher on the stage is trying
to say something- Listen."
'fQuiet, fellows. Please stop talking for a while.
Your cooperation is needed if we are to get through
with all of this business today. The sooner we get
this over with the better. Now listen carefully . . .
and when the name of your group is called please
leave the hall. All right, the first group on the list
is the two-year electric course. Two year electric
A heavy rustling of bodies and feet echoed
through the auditorium. A wait and then. . . "Two
year auto shop! Two year automobile course. Come
on, fellows, pep it up a little." Again the leaving
of a milling mob of first year boys followed his an-
nouncement. So it continued with all the courses
the school had to offer -until ...-. 'KF our year tech!
Four year technical course!" '
The two freshmen left the hall with a number of
other fellows. The group was under the supervision
of a teacher who led them into a drawing room.
Once inside, they registered their names and were
told to report the following morning at eight o'clock.
After this brief task was done they were dismissed.
However, instead of going right home they decided
to look over the school and its surroundings.
"Pretty big place, isn't it, Bill?"
"Yeah, too big if you ask me. How is a guy sup-
posed to know his way around this Place?"
"That's easy, a fellow told me that there are
even numbers on one side and odd on the other side
of the office."
"Isn't that a great help to me. Why I don't even
know where the office is. Well, here we are out in
the open again. Are you going to head for home?"
"No, let's look around a bit more. I want to see
what they are charging for school supplies in these
Another half hour was thus spent.
"Aw, come on, Eric, let's go home. I'm getting
"Okay, after all, weive got another day tomorrow-
Oh, yes, where will I meet you?"
"Meet me at the main entrance. On what-you-
may-call-it street? Sedgwick? Yes, thatis it.
About ten to eight. So long?
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