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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-
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
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.
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