Lane Technical High School - Lane Tech Prep Yearbook (Chicago, IL)

 - Class of 1935

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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- day?" "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 night. 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 after schoolf' "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 want it." 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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Chapter l Part One 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 right now." "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, luckily unoccupied. "There must be a couple of thousand kids in here, eh, Eric?l' "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 students!" 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 stores." Another half hour was thus spent. "Aw, come on, Eric, let's go home. I'm getting hungry." "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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