Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA)

 - Class of 1940

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Our high school days are past a fid o ' er, Life ' s highway lies before us; But ere we leave these precious halls, Sweet mem ' ries linger o ' er us Of our dear P. II. S. Through four dear years you ' ve guided us, You ' ve shared our joys and sorrows; Your spirit, like a candle flame, Will brighten all our ' morrows, Our own dear P. II. S. Well ne ' er forget your fond ideals Nor standards you have taught us. Forever we ' re indebted, too, For benefits you ' ve brought us, Yes, you, dear P.II. S. So as we sadly say " Farewell , " In true, sincere devotion, Our voices raise to laud and praise, In real, heartfelt emotion For our dear P. II. S. Ilail to your colors, orange and black, Close to our hearts we hold you. The time has come to say " Adieu, " May honor e ' er enfold you. Farewell, Farewell, dear P. II. S.

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UT our ’39-’40 Juniors were plenty jolly enough. Yes, sir ! The fireworks started in their Freshman year three years ago. In reality, at that prehistoric date, they knew absolutely nothing about high school life; but you wouldn’t catch them admitting it — oh, no! And so they tried to put away some of their childish ways and act, with small degree of success, quite grown up; but they still retain some of their frivolous manners. There were 171 of them who gloriously made their famous debut in F. II. S. and they found as their “Modern In- structors ot the Untutored,” Miss Louise Bondurant, Mr. D. I). Farth- ing, M Alderson Propps and Miss Laura ' alton. Of the four, Miss Laura Dalton was the only one who could stand their pressure, for the others left after teaching them just one year. Many of them obtained some experience in journalistic work when they edited a Freshman newspaper, which was most powerful. They end- ed that first year by adding units of Science, Civics, Matfi. and F ' irst Year English to their credit. One hundred and sixteen of them survived their first crucial term and were ready to take the next hurdle, much the wiser. It took three teach- ers to handle them the next year: Miss Lynnwood Kinder, Miss Mary Helen Crosswhite, who was forced to retire because of ill health, and Miss Elizabeth Painter. In addition to their studies, they put in a quite versatile program, taking part whole- heartedly in sports activities, club and student-body affairs. The home stretch was in view as they entered the second half of their career as veterans of P. H. S. and 106 stepped into the ranks as Juniors at the beginning of this last school year. Their regular routine was chang- ed somewhat with a new principal, Mr. Edgar G. Pruet, and many new teachers. But happy high school careers were father pepped up by our large, adequate gym and new Home Ec. cottage. As their Senior year looms ahead there are many of their number who will hold down school and club offices: Billie Kirchner is the new State Hi-Y President; Johnny Wygal is Captain of the 1940 edition of our Football team ; Howard Golden and Hubert Groseclose w ill be Editor- in-Chief and Business Manager re- spectively of the 1941 Oriole, while Nichol Eskridge has already been elected President of the ( lass ol ’41. Miss Elizabeth Blair, Mr. Ralph O’ Hair and Miss Catherine Wood w r ere the Junior home-room teachers and truly deserve a lot of credit for it. On May 10th of this exciting year the class presented a J unior play entitled “When Sally Comes to Town,” a Stark comedy, with Ann Andring in the lead. Other “Jolly Juniors” in the cast were Sonny Eggert, Wilma Carter, Doyle Strain, James Romano, Nickie Meredith, Ruth Rhea Landis, Lois Russell and Elizabeth Vaughan. They now consider themselves a little “grown-upish,” bu t that, of course, is just their opinion. Some of the faculty insist that they’re “just children in men’s clothing.” All in all, they’ve led a most active school life for the past three years, and naturally look forward to the last round when soon they’ll be “(un) Dignified Seniors.”



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THE O NCE upon a time, ’way back now wait a minute — when was it ? Oh, yes, back in 1 936, about 117 bewildered young things came up the street and gathered to- gether to start out on a long journey. They weren’t going far away — in fact, no farther than Third Street in the middle of town ; but the four years that were to be spent there were to prepare them f or an important jour- ney, indeed, and one that would last as long apj they lived — the journey of Life itself. Yes, they were going to school, and, to them, not an ordinary school hut High School. They gath- ered, -excited and noisy, in the au- ditovRi m to be assigned to their re- spective teachers, who were Miss Laura Dalton, Miss Crystal Frye, and Miss Louise Bondurant. After they had become used to the routine of school and had ceased to be excited over the new and seemingly foreign subjects — mathematics( ?) , algebra( ?) , general science(?), civies(?) — which turned out to be just plain old arith- metic, civics, and English that they had in grammar school (a slight disillusion- ment), they elected class officers — President, John Tate; Vice-President, Elmer Robinson ; Secretary and Treas- urer, Sarah Lugar. In the fall of ' 37, after a sum- mer’s rest, a goodly number of the happy group returned as “Sophisti- cated Sophs.” No longer bewilder- ed, they considered the school as their rightfid property, and looked with disdain no the “ignorant Freshmen,” who seemed to be bewildered by the whole thing. Aims and ambitions seemed to be creeping into conver- sations and thoughts, as a slight divi- sion was made by some taking Latin and some ancient history, while other ambitious people took both. This year was rather uneventful, as sopho- more years are likely to be, except that at the end the class found itself, unbelievable — JUNIORS! By the time school convened again our heroes and heroines had dwindled to eighty-six in number, and again they were divided, accord- ing to those taking the commercial course (ably taught by Miss Kath- erine Michael, who was admired by all) and those taking the academic course, taught by our beloved Miss Elizabeth Blair. During the year the group was enlarged by four new members who were destined to play a large part in the class’s activities. These were Betty Billig of York, Pennsylvania, FrancesCaleof Wythe- ville, Virginia, Mary Ann Ratcliffe of Dublin, Virginia, and Virginia Painter of Draper, Virginia. The groups of “Jolly Juniors” worked hard and had lots of fun, but the en- tirely happy year was saddened (at its close) by the resignation ot their beloved principal, Mr. Hensel Eck- man. Without his great wisdom and understanding, the foundations of their various careers, and of their class as a whole, could not have been as firm or as lasting. Practically the same group, les- sened slightly, that came up the street a little nervously on that Sep- tember day in 1936 came up the same street quite determinedly and anything but nervously on Septem- ber 14, 1939, for now they were “ Dignified ”(?) Seniors! The only

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