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THE OLD AND THE NEW
This is the first Annual to appear since we entered the new building. It is published by the first class to graduate from the new building; hence it is especially fitting that we should herein welcome the new era.
The Madison High School was founded in 18 4, when the School Board authorized Mr. Damon Kilgore, the first principal, to conduct a high school in the basement of the Methodist Church, which then occupied the site of Kaiser’s Store. In 1850. the school was removed to the Congregational Church, which was then on Webster Street. 'The attendance
THE FIRST 11 Kill SCHOOL BUILDING
was but 150, and the work was intermediate between the grammar school and the high school work of today.
In August, 1858, the School Board purchased the Female Academy, on the site of the present structure. Here, w here the University of Wisconsin first began its existence. Miss Lucy L. Coucs conducted the school until financial embarrassment compelled the rental of the building. During the
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SCHOOL YEAR 1908-1909
School Commences.......................Tuesday, September 8, 1908
Thanksgiving Recess . . Thursday, Nov. 26, to Monday, Nov. 30
Christmas Vacation . Monday, Dec. 21, 1908, to Monday, Jan. 4, 1909 Easter Vacation . . . Monday, March 29, to Monday, April 5
Commencement......................................Friday. June 11
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years 1861 and 1862 Miss Coues conducted a private girls’ school, and, in 1863, Prof. Charles H. Allen, a normal training school in the building. In the fall of 1863, high school was resumed with Mr. F. B. Williams as principal.
In 1873, the north wing of the old building replaced the academy. The new principal, Mr. Samuel Shaw, arranged two courses of study, one for those expecting to enter the university, and one for those who did not.
The year 1877-78 witnessed the erection of the new south wing of the old building, and the appearance of the school on the accredited list of the University.
The high school occupied the new structure until 1906. The building became crowded as early as 1895. The agitation for a new building, the election, the victory, the injunction and its dissoival, are all familiar.
After two years of wandering, we are at last in the new building, which ranks as one of the best in the state. With its modern laboratories, lecture rooms, and facilities for chemistry, manual training, domestic science, mechanical drawing, and business, it opens up to the students of the school a wider scope of self-improvement and enlightenment than they have previ-ouely had, and one rarely given to the students of other schools. The new gymnasium fulfills a want long recognized and will be much appreciated.
But, after all, the students really make the school. The equipment is merely supplementary. Its value depends on its use. Nevertheless it creates an opportunity, and it is now up to the students to seize this opportunity and thereby justify and show their appreciation of these benefits. May they do it right royally.
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