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History of the Class of ' 39 as Written by Nancy Mitchell to Former Student of Pulas- ki High. Dear Judy: It is indeed a privilege for me to have the pleasure of writing the history of our Sen- ior Class for you. I was more than thrilled when you asked me to do it. And here it is, or at least, as much as I can re- member. You may have to check up on me sometimes, Judy, for you know I have a mighty poor memory. I imagine the three room teachers, in our Freshman year. Miss Dalton, Miss Bon- durant, and Miss Frye, thought we wejre making a great beginning, for we had 137 members. Our teachers were very patient with us, but I still don’t see how they stood it. We had only four subjects, and two blessed study halls! Remember? We didn’t study very much, either, and perhaps that was our fatal move. Only 78 of us were divided between Miss Kinder and Miss Croswhite, in our next year. We still didn’t study, and we had a very hard time. Tres- sa Peters came to us from Pear- isburg, and we welcomed her with open arms. She’s added much encouragement to this class. Then 64 Juniors went to Miss Blair for French and to Miss Gardner for the commer- cial course. It ended with both classes being very small. Last year we had four more stud- ents to join us — Anne Cruise, from Hillsville; Ercel Ryan, from Woodlawn; Nick Ogles- by, from Draper, and Ernest Tolley from Radford. They have certainly done a great deal to make the journey easier and more pleasant. But the sad part came, dear Judy, when we found we would have to give you up. It was a sad, sad time. But we did survive until this year, when 50 came into Miss McDonald’s room. And I’m sure you would like her, for she is a darling. Besides our new teacher, we had two new students — Joan- ne Richardson, from Eggles- ton, and Sarah Elizabeth Ever- ett, of Bluefield. West Virginia, joined us. And Judy, we had three post - graduate students with us — Tom Painter, of Draper; Ruth Martin, of Gary, W. Va., and Helen Walker, John’s wife. We en- joyed having these students for they helped us a lot. We only wish that they could have started in high school with us. We lost a student, Thelma Parks, and how she was miss- ed! Our class officers were; Henry Lee Albert, our capable president, who worked right along with us; Donald More- head, vice-president, whom we couldn’t have done without; Audrey Williams, who was a most efficient secretary, and Arnold Lester, the treasurer, proved himself to be a very fine financier. Dan Hinson was our very able reporter. We are proud to say that the Editor-in-chief of the Ori- ole-Chirps,” our school news- paper, was Rebecca Hiltzheim- er, and she really made it a suc- cess. Last came our crowning glory — The Orio’e! We had to work. We had candy sales, a “Grand Ole Opry,” and a snap-shot contest, and we couldn’t have done it without Continued in 3rd Section, Page 33 FAREWELL The ship of life sails onward. Few clouds across the sky. And another group takes passage At the port, Pulaski High. Their high school days are over; On the topmost decks they stand. Gazing eagerly into the future As a not far distant land. A tear unwillingly dims our eye As we watch them cross the line; But we smile and say, “Bon Voyage” To the class of ’39. —Billig ’40 «
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F 1 : Si !: k j, tl » ' t t k = ■S ' e THE ORIOLE SEASON OF 1938 1939 if PAGE FIVE HISTORY OF PULASKI SCHOOLS The history of the High School is rather obscure and it was only through the help and assistance given by Mr. Eck- man, Mrs. Woolling, Mr. Frank Wysor, Mr. and Mrs. K. V. Brugh, Mr. Cooley, Mrs. Purvis and Dr. J. L. Kent that the data could be compiled. To these we offer our sincere thanks. Many students have gone in and out the doors of Pulaski High School but few know much about its history. It is our purpose to better acquaint its students with the school and to hope that in doing so it may endear it to each one. The red brick school house that was on the corner of Fourth Street and Randolph Avenue, was built about the first part of the early nineties. This school was combined with the grades and the high school, and sometimes the courses of each were said to overlap due to the small num- ber of students attending. Some of the principals there were: Mr. Russel ' ,, Mr. Darst. and Mr. C. B. Tate, uncle of W. P. Tate. Mrs. R. H. Woolling taught at this school. Also Miss Ju- lia Leache, who now resides in Roanoke. Miss Virginia Stone taught there from 1900-1906. She is now one of the out- standing teachers of the United States. Mrs. Andrew Gemmell was one of the teachers and her daughter, Hartensia, who did much to help put over the lib- rary, graduated from Randolph Macon and is now studying for her master’s degree at Co- lumbia. The first graduating class was composed of six girls. Among these were: Mrs. James Graham, the former Mary Lou Campbell now living in Wytheville; the late Mary Stewart, Dr. Pauline William- son who is now head of the health department of the Met- ropolitan Life Insurance Com- pany of New York, and Dr. Williamson is also on the board of trustees at Hollins College, Mary Thomas, at this time dean of a college in Wil- liamsburg, Ky. f Miss Ida Howard, now Mrs. Childs, of Orlando, Fla., sister of Mrs. Agnes Tilson. Mr. E. T. Howard, and Mrs. Robert Crabtree are ALMA MATER We’re proud of you , dear P. H. S. Of the orange and the black , Your symbols stand for all that’s true There’s nothing that you lack. May you ever be triumphant Your spirit never grave And may your glorious colors With honor ever wave. May your children e’er be loyal Your causes ever just- May time n’er dim your standards Nor dull your guilded lust. among those who attended this school. The first person to take an interest and the one who did the most to put the high school on its feet was Miss Frederica Stone from Roanoke, who taught here several years. This old school was torn down in 1934. The site of the Nunnley apartments on Sixth Street was once the site of an Episcopal church, but because of the defective heating system the church caught fire and burn- ed. A school was then built on this site where Mrs. Sayers taught a private school. Mr. E. J. Cooley was principal of this school from 1911-14. On January 1, 1915, $50,- 000 was borrowed to build the present Pulaski High School. The site was once used for horse show grounds with grand stands along Main Street. The first pricipal was Mrs. Sayers. A p’acque has been placed by the alumni in the hall of the school in her mem- orv. Next Mr. Anderson was nrincipal — 1917-18, then Mr. Fitzpatrick, now residing in Radford, a Mrs. Thomas was nrincipal about the time with Mr. Gresham following in 1919-20. Mr. Elliott followed Mr. Gresham and was orin- rioal in 1921-22. Next K. V. Brugh followed Mr. Elliott, the years of bis nrincipalsbip being from 1922-27. Mr. Eck- man became princinal at this time and has remained so to this present day. The High School students in the future will have more opportunities than they have had heretofore. In recent years several new subjects and courses have been added to the curricu ' um. such as the commercia ' course, in- cluding shorthand, typing, and bookkeeping, which was add- ed in 1928. Then, in Septem- ber 1937, the occupational sci- ence course was started. This enables students to attend school, and work at the same time: that is, training them for their future work. It is espe- cially designed to help those who do not plan to attend co 1 - lege. Mr. Aust has a large class of Seniors and Juniors, and he has beautifully equip- ped a special room for this study. j There will also be a gym- nasium with a seating capacity of 500 erected? behind) the school for use next year.
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THE ORIOLE SEASON OF 1938 1939 PAGE SEVEN Pictured above is the Junior Class which is one of the largest ever enrolled in Pulaski High School. Reading from left to right of front rows Ann Morehead, President; Virginia Painter, Vice-President ; John Tate, Treasurer; Garnett Phibbs, Secretary. V Pulaski High School boasts this year of one of the largest Junior Classes ever enrolled in y the school. At present there are eighty-four members. It is ' deeply regretted that several members have had to drop out, but it is hoped they will not be permanently out of school. On the other hand, it is with a great deal of pride that several new members have been wel- comed into the Junior ranks — namely, Estil Lambert, Elk Creek, Virginia; Betty Billig, York, Pa.; Frances Cale, Wytheville, V a.; Margaret Rash, Dublin, Va.; Mary Ann Ratcliffe; Virginia Painter, Draper, Va. The students interested in the commercial course were en- rolled with Miss Katherine Michael, while those pursuing the academic course enrolled with Miss Elizabeth Blair. The officers and members are: Miss Michael ' s room: Presi- dent, Agnes Cornelius; Vice President, Weldon Amburn; Secretary-T reasurer, V i r ginia Painter. Members: Garland Carper, Roy Chatman, Rob- ert Flinchum, Melvin Hall, Jordan Howard, Kermit Jack- son, Billy Mumpower, Fred Owen, Price Preston, Ralph Tester, Nedra Akers, Edna Baker, Shirley Black, Jewell Bolt, Mary Bouldin, Mary Louise Cassell, Laura Clark, Viola Craig, Beulah Fagg, Nel- lie Farmer, Kathleen Hall, Sa- rah Hudson, Helen Jackson, Ella Lee Johnston, Mildred Keister. Eloise Long, Sarah Lu- gar, Frances McCall, Mildred McCall. Peggy Martin, Mary Sue Miles, Margaret Owen, Kathleen Owens, Mary Ann Ratcliffe, Mabel Riggs, Peg- gy Vaughan, Ida Wallace, Myrtle Wa ' ddell, Nell Wright. Miss Blair ' s room : Presi- dent, Anne Morehead: Vice President, Garnett Phibbs; Sec- retary-Treasurer, JdJhn Tate. Members — Kemper Baker, Ned Bane, Edward Carney, Curtis Christley, Russell Cline, Albert Folden, Berman Grantham, Edwin Grantham, C. J. Hais- ip, Franklin Hiltzheimer. Charles Michele, Sonny Mil- ler, Roy Reese, Bill Steger, Jim- my Strauss, James Vinson, Ombree White, Douglas Whitesell, John Walker, Estil Lambert, Elizabeth Adair, El- oise Adams, Betty Billig, Eliza- beth Brown, Margaret Bunts, Frances Cole, Alice Carney, El- aine Eggert, Isabel Gilmer, Katherine Harman, Leta John- son, Margaret Kegley, Dorothy Manuel, M i 1 d a Morefield, Audrey Murphy, Frances Plunkett, Margaret Rash, Elva Ryan, Doris Webb, Betty Whitaker.
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