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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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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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I SENIOR OFFICERS (Left to rijtht) DAVID JAMESON VIRGINIA PAINTER HILLY MUMPOWER thing that was bewildering to them was the fact that this was their last year at “dear old P. 11. S.” This was a little disheartening, but never dismayed about anything for long, they plunged right in with a will and the determination to make their last year the best one yet. By now, my children, you should realize that I ' m talking about our own Senior class, which is, literally (or at least we think so), the best one yet. After a very few weeks of the new routine, we elected our very efficient class officers. David Jame- son, who is beloved by all. boys and girls alike, has ably led us through this year with humor and authority harmoniously blended throughout. Ann Morehead, who for two years carried the leadership of our class on her capable shoulders, gave the presidency over to David this year, but has been a cooperative and helpful assistant to him in her of- fice as vice-president of our class of ' 40 . “Jenny” Painter so endeared herself in all our hearts last year, that we all wanted her for one of our officers; and she has served efficient- ly and accurately in her position as secretary of this, the largest class ever to graduate irom P. PI. S. Our treasurer, Billy Mumpow- er, has been “just Billy” to all ot us for so long that there just wasn ' t anyone else in our minds tor such a responsible position. He has never failed to execute his office expertly and has come up to all of our pxpect- ations ot him. ANN MOREHEAD
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