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NORTH PENN ,IUINT BOARDS OF IZDLCQATION
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The North Penn 'Iointure is more than just
a realityg it is an active. growing concern. The
first graduating class. the class of '56, is living
proof of the wisdom and foresight of those who
first envisioned the jointure.
Nearly ten years ago. it became evident that
the present school systems were inadequate and
limited by outmoded equipment. ln May of
19-19 the hrst step was taken when some of the
eight districts now in the jointure met with the
idea of creating a new and better secondary
school. For a time the idea lay dormant in the
minds of all but a few. since disserlsion among
the residents of the area. temporarily halted
progress. However. differences were finally re-
solved. and work began in earnest toward
realization of the dream. ln 1952 a joint
School Board contracted Howell Lewis Shay
and Associates as the architects. Because of the
inability of the Board to borrow suthcient funds
for the project. it was found necessary to form
the North Penn joint Authority. Legal compli-
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Kon: H. Mtliinstry. R. Brown. D. Farlcy. P. Wack. C.
Fryer. C. Lewis. l.. Moyer. .Htmfnti flfwtfxfx C. Stauffer.
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cations delayed further action until in April.
195-1. the Authority received bids and signecl
contracts for the construction.
lt is recorded that ground was broken on
june 14. 19541 that the school opened Septem-
ber 1-1. 1955. that the cornerstone was laid
October 26. 1955 and that the newly completed
building was dedicated on December 19. 1955.
But history does not tell of the long hours given
by the building committee. the boards. the
authority. nor the many meetings with archi-
tects and personnel. Nor does history pay its
proper tribute to Ralph R. Smith. who. from
the conception of the jointure. worked ener-
getically toward its formation and acceptance.
Most important. history does not record the
solidarity created with the construction of a
modern school. and the cooperative efforts of
pupils and teachers working together to make
the story of the North Penn 'Iointure an even