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Page 11 text:
DR. A. KURTZ KING,
511perzi.i'i11g P1711 cipczl
To see the students from North Penn's
various component schools amalgamate
into a loyal, happy and unified student
body under the North Penn High School
banner, has been very gratifying. This
happened in a remarkably short time
following the opening of the new school.
in spite of obstacles. For every students
contribution toward such building of
school spirit I extend heartfelt thanks and
Members of the Class of 1956 have
earned special praise for their leadership
in student affairs during North Penn High
Schools first year. To transfer longest
roots in their former school to top re-
sponsibility in the new school was a real
challenge which was well met.
On the other hand, this first graduating
class is having the opportunity and dis-
tinction of enjoying the first benefits of
the new school and its grand school plant.
Many who graduated in earlier years. and
many who are attending other schools envy
the Class of 1956 and those who will be
graduated here in subsequent years. Thus,
this big challenge is also an unusual op-
portunity which should be cherished for years to come.
The value of a diploma depends upon the esteem of the
issuing institution. Students and alumni of the North Penn High
School need to do all they can to boost their school if they
would have maximum benefits from its seal of graduation.
liarly graduating classes have a special responsibility because
there are no older alumni from a new school.
Beyond the selfish reason of boosting ones school so that
its credentials will be more valuable. is the social obligation
of gratitude. Many have been generous in their thinking.
giving, and sacrifice so that each pupil to attend North Penn
may have a most attractive and a fully equipped building and
a truly comprehensive. effective. modern secondary school pro-
gram. Students who can benefit from that superior offering
should be very appreciative and eternally grateful. That means
YOU. every North Penn student. XY'hile you cannot repay
those who gave you that opportunity, you can reflect apprecia-
tion and can. in turn. afford the best educational opportunity
to your children and others of subsequent generations.
Your teachers deserve your praise for their share in bringing
the advantages of your schools into your grasp. During this
first year in the new plant they did much to guide the adap-
tation and to facilitate learning.
The initial year in North Penn High School has been a grand
experience for all. in spite of the patience and understanding
which circumstances required. For all that everyone did to
help the general cause I hereby express a sincere THANK YOU
Page 10 text:
NORTH PENN ,IUINT BOARDS OF IZDLCQATION
l'1l1! Run: R. Pearlstinc. A. lx. Ring. Ly. Landis. XX,
Friday. C. Knapp. F. Koenig. Rex. XY. Verwcy. H.
bprogcll. NXQ Braxton lnot showingl. Strom! Ren:
Xllcikel. XY. Gehman. N. Haines. li. Hendricks. H. Huns-
bcrgcr. C.. Daly. E. Dreshcr. Y. Lauchmen. l. XX'illi.rms.
C,. Natc. P. Bergey. 7771711 Run J 'l. Rorer. H. Burkart. H.
lfrank. XY. Fuss, NY. XX'c1ng.1rtncr. 5. Hcndricks. li. lican.
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-
I., Kriebcl. NY. XX'hitman. XX'. Dcrstein. XY. l..rn.lis, l'ffni.'1
Kon: H. Mtliinstry. R. Brown. D. Farlcy. P. Wack. C.
Fryer. C. Lewis. l.. Moyer. .Htmfnti flfwtfxfx C. Stauffer.
H. Eyes. XY. Auf der Heyde. P. Fox. bl. Kulp. rl. XY'eirman
.lltrzzlbui-t1tri': li. Zitto. XY. Shellcnbergcr. N. larrzelcie.
li. F11-cd. R. Crroff.
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
Page 12 text:
TO THE CLASS OF 1956:
urs s runxquc chs rcnon Hot rre
hrst cliss to graduate from thc North Pcnn
Hrgh School Hou h rye h 1d thc prryrlcge of
ettrnt, mxny of the polrcrcs md procedures
yyhrch through the yeirs yyrll become thc t11
drtrons of our school
The past year has been truly a ycu of pry
neermg a year of problems and decrsrons
year of experrmentrng You haye been an rm
portant part of thrs year Xou haye shared rn
the planmng and responsxbrhtres of the year
Xou have contrrbuted greatly to the successful
openmg and operatlon of the school Xxllflllluf
your help rt yyould haye been most drfhcult to
haye had the school functron as smoothly as
rt drd For thrs the Admrnrstratron and the
faculty are most grateful
XX'e learn by clomg Wife pront from exper1
ence We become greater through sacrrhce I
am sure that as proneers of the neyy and yy on
derful North Penn Hrgh School you have
learned much and haye lncreased rn character
To proneer means to go before to prepare
the yyay for others Thrs you haye done and
Uhr Nnrth livnn
The emblems of the North Penn Hrgh School
Hag deprct much that IS characterrstlc of lcnrght
hood md it mrght be of mterest to record rn
rnterpretatron of the flag
F11'Sf you yy1ll obserye that thc mayor colors
are the school colors of Columbu blue and
Nayy blue Thc lcnrght that lb dcprctecl rn
the Hag rs the 1ns1gn1a of our school and our
mckname has become the North Penn
Kmghts Vyfhen the Hag rs unfurled you yyrll
obserye the erght pornts of the compass rep
resentrng the erght school drstrrcts The largest
pomt represents North and the lcey stone yy hrch
IS S1gI11f1Lc1flIlJfPOS1f1OI1 rmportance unrty and
strength represents Penn Thus yye haye North
XX rthm the slcetch formed by the erght pornts
of the compass IS the ngure of a lxlllght sug
gestrng such outstandrng characterrstrcs as cour
age honor loyalty chxy alry drgnrty hdehty
and determmatron I trust that you senrors yy1ll
accept the challenge of lcmghthoocl and the hne
rcleals yy hrch rt represents
UELVIN f SI-IISIER
A1 lffylhf PIIPILIPJZ
done yy ell I trust that the experrence you haye
had yyrll carry oyer rnto hfe and that you yyrll
alyy ays lead the yy ay for others proneerrng
to future greatness
Best yyrshes for success rn your future lrfe
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