St Paul Academy - Review Yearbook (St Paul, MN)

 - Class of 1954

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05' 'VV 'W o ' - r 3- A .vp or og 7 Q . 'Sl PUBLISHED BY THE STUDENTS OF THE ST. PAUL ACADEMY, ST. PAUL, MINN. Vol. XLVII Monday, November 16, 1953 No. 4, TRUSTEES APPRCVE B ILDING PL NS Statement by John DeQ. Briggs It has never been the way of the Academy to build a large school building, and then struggle to find enough boys to fill it. On the con- trary, four times has it been neces- sary to enlarge the School because more boys than could be cared for in the building wanted the Acad- emy kind of education. That is again the situation-hence the new building plans. I am confident that, no matter ". . . Simply, Sincerely, Honestly." how great the growth of the School, the Academy will always strive to operate, as it has in the past, simply, sincerely and honest- ly, that it will strive to maintain the highest academic standards, and, in doing so, will not lose that characteristic informality nor that touch of whimsical humor which makes hard work easier, and the finished job better. John DeQuedville Briggs KICKOFF DINNER Tues., Nov. 24 Chess and Checkers Club Explained By Mike Foote, President The most frequent question ask- ed of members of our Club is, "What is the purpose of the Club ?" To answer this question we quote from our Articles of Association as follows: "The purpose of the Club is to foster the study and play of the ancient games of chess and checkers." Mr. Read has been of the utmost help in the founding of our Club. We collect an initiation fee and monthly dues from each member and this money goes into the schol- arship fund. We meet on Monday and Friday of each week. We are now in the process of finding a champion in each game. Their names will be posted as soon as the eliminations are completed. elected as fol- lows: President, Foote, M., Vice- President, Roy, Sec.-Treas., Wolff, twelve Earlier in the year we ofiicers. Their names are Ri. Our roll call includes members, ten of which have signed our Articles as charter members. Only students in the second form may become members. Prospective lCont'd on page 61 Students Receive Driving Lessons By Jim Neher All students who have turned fifteen are eligible for the annual fall driving course taught by Ed- mund Bray during the next few weeks. This course is designed to prepare boys for their drivers' tests. "We shall continue the course as long as weather permits," said Mr. Bray, "And main emphasis will be placed on sportsmanlike driving." Some students in the class al- ready have their licenses but are trying to further improve their driving skill. Mr. George L. Buck, president of the Grand Avenue Ford Com- pany, has loaned the car to be used. Comedy Opens Drama Season By Dick Hoskins t'Father of the Bride", featuring Don Bacon and Anne Duvall will open the Summit School and St. Paul Academy drama season, Fri- day evening, November 21, at 8:00 p. m. in Wheeler gymnasium. The play is by Edward Streeter and will be directed by John V. Chap- man, Academy drama coach. Anne Duvall plays Kay Banks, the bride, with Don Bacon cast as her harrassed father, in this witty comedy dealing with the trials and tribulations that beset a family in the process of putting on a wedding for their daughter. Mrs. Banks, played by Ellen Huse, and Jon Morgan as Buckley Dunstan, the prospective bridegroom, are also prominent in the cast. The Banks' sons, Ben and Tommy, are played by Walter Mayo and Dutton Fos- ter. The hilarious caterer, Mr. Massoula, is played by David Beadie. Stage manager, Bill Budd, will be assisted by French, Countryman, Mairs, Johnson, Driscoll, Brackett, Plowman and Weschke. Beginning Wednesday, Novem- ber 11, both Pete Frenzel and Bill Budd will be on ticket duty at the office window during the day. There are four hundred reserved seats for each of the two nights of the play's performance November 21 and 22, and reservations should be CCont'd on page 61 Seniors Given Reading Course Since colleges today assign ex- tensive outside reading, Mr. Read will again conduct a reading course for seniors. It will be held this fall during the between seasons period. Its purpose is to promote faster, more efficient reading, and to in- crease vocabulary. According to last year's senior class, this course was a great help to them in the College Board tests. At a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, October 29, plans were approved for the much talked about addition to the Country Day School build- ing. Approval was also given for a fund-raising campaign, for which a Kickoff Dinner will be held on Tuesday, November 24. Present plans call for the re- building of the present gymnasium, making an upper and lower section of it. On the top floor will be six new class rooms which will house the "Hoating" masters. Along the corridor, lockers for each student will be placed. The lower iioor will be used as a utility hall for drill, meetings and Glee Club rehearsals. With the addition of six new class rooms, it will be possible to connect one of the old rooms in the east wing to the library and to use it as a stack room. This will quad- ruple the book capacity of the library. In the eyes of the younger stu- dents fand also Mr Chapmanj the new wing is probably the most ex- citing addition. It will contain a new gymnasium with spectator space at either side, and at the end a new, permanent stage. On the ground floor there will be a spacious locker room. No more leaning over your neighbor to find your T-shirt and socks! John DeQuedville Briggs, Head- master of the Academy from its founding until he retired two years ago, last week expressed his ap- proval of the proposed addition, and recalled its early days and development into the school it has become today. "In 1900, the St. Paul Academy was a small proprietary school on Dale Street," he said. "In 1914 it was incorporated not for profit, and plans were made to convert it into a Country Day School, at that time a new type of school. It years to raise enough took two money to build, and in September, 1916, the School moved into the Randolph Street building." "There was real country on every side then-a swamp across fCont'd on page 61

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