Muncy High School - Canusarago Yearbook (Muncy, PA)

 - Class of 1932

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gg. -:E-':-G::3:5:g:3k:,-I'-5'-:::53:: CAN USARAGO 2:2:::5-E".-'2:g:5 ,gg History of The Muncy High School T IS fitting that, as a tribute to the old building which has served us so long and which we are about to desert for a more modern structure, we should give a review of its history. The present high school building was built in 1873. At the time of its erec- tion it was considered the finest structure in Lycoming County. The building was so beautifully erected with the hope of enticing the Normal School to make its location here. They succeeded in this, and for some time the High School with the Normal School held classes together there. Mr. C. S. Riddell was the first principal of the school. He carried it through its first four years of service in the education of the young people of the district. At the end of four years he resigned his work. The first commencement was held on June 17, 1881. It is interest- ing to compare this commencement with those of the present time. Four students were graduated that year, the average grade of the class being 94. The program of the first commencement states that Mazie Trumbower was the valedictorian, and Meylert Brunner, the only boy of the graduating class, carried off the saluta- tory honors. Sallie M. Robb and Alice Scuyler complete the roll of graduating pupils. The Faculty of the school at that time was composed of Mr. Riddell, the principal, with Mr. Charles Lose and Mr. Charles Heebner as his assistants. What a difference there is in our present graduating classes of fifty students or over who have been taught in the Senior High School alone by nine teachers instead of three. Mr. Charles Lose took up che duties of principal in 1881. Up to this time there had been no definite course of study. However, this condition did not exist for a long time, for Mr. Lose immediately instituted a course of study which he himself had outlined. The school year of this period of time was divided into three terms. The fall term began at the opening of school on October first and ended at the be- ginning of the Christmas vacation, December fifteenth. The winter term was begun on January first and continued until April first. At the close of the Easter vacation on April fifteenth the students returned for the spring term which lasted until June fifteenth, the end of the school year. The school year covered a period of seven and a half months not including three vacations. The duties of instructors and executive were vested in two teachers and a principal. The principal of the high school held the same office in the normal school. However, his position was not like that of the present day principal for he acted in the capacity of a full time teacher and hence had little time left to devote to supervision. All the subjects offered were taught by the faculty of three. In the spring term, when sixty to seventy normal school students enrolled, '-5'-'w:.-..-.-::.5:::.,.-::-a::w:::,.:2:-,.-2.,.:::.,::2-wa::2:-..:2::,.-::-.,::f:a.:2a,-.- as-2 171

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F - vagal:-g ::' , CANUSARAGO rg, -'q.-was-,R it was necessary to secure extra teachers. These normal school students attended classes with the regular high school students. The commencement exercises were held at the end of each spring term which usually was in the middle of June. Diplomas were first granted in 1881 and have continued in being awarded to the present time. As the enrollment of the school increased, new teachers were added to the faculty, new courses introduced, and other classrooms secured to relieve the over- crowded condition. The one building satisfactorily housed the youth of the district until the principalship of Mr. Harris A. Sports. The need of more classroom space was realized, but it was not until 1915, while Mr. S. B. Dunlap was supervisor, that the Educational Building on Main Street was rented. The Home Economics depart- ment, the Commercial department, and the library were transferred to the newly acquired building. The enrollment steadily grew larger and in 1930 the stage and auditorium were partitioned off into classrooms. Under the administration of Lester K. Ade, in 1922 to 1926, the high school was changed to a six-year high school. It had previously been run on a four-year basis. In the new plan the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades were considered as the Junior high school while the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades were included in the Senior high school. This plan is still in practice. In 1931 the townspeople, faculty, and student body came to the realization of the fact that nothing could make the old building suffice another year. The plans and subsequent construction of the new educational center were the results of this. So, June third will be the Slst and last commencement to be held in the old High School building. As we, the students, file out for the last time, leaving the once overcrowded structure with its empty halls, well worn steps, and the marks of romance on its dusty wallsg and as your history and use, old high, draws to an end, we, with reverence and a farewell, salute you. Q 'f'-.2 '2-':-'-"':::f"::-"3-'2:F-'v:-":::a""-::':22:2"fu22:'-:-.-'9H::f:"-:2'-"'-::'5"-::"'::2F'-:-'-1"-'-::"'i3 181

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