Southside High School - Edsonian Yearbook (Elmira, NY)

 - Class of 1949

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O Q get J, t :o,'2s2 am -' s0.?l A as igblllfll Southside High School is this spring celebrating its 25th birthday. A quarter of a century-a generation of human life- has seen this institution, not grow old, but mellow as it has come of age. At its birth, Southside embodied the newest and best of everything that a progressive Iunior-Senior high school should present to its community. Under the inspired guidance of Mr. Frank Edson and the consecrated devotion of a chosen band of teachers, it offered a six-year plan of study embracing preparation for every phase of life. The Elmira Free Academy was relieved of its commercial and homemaking courses to become strictly academic in its program-Southside was equipped to offer the best in vocational work in every line. Particular stress was placed upon high ideals of conduct to reflect the pride of everyone con- nected with the school. lf at first there were some minus qualities-no front sidewalk, no flagpole, no shrubbery, no gray-haired teachers, no seats in the auditorium, faulty ventilation, and backfiring stoves in the Home Ec. kitchens-those purely material things were not important. Emphasis was on the future-upon those young humans who were being trained for the years to come. Five and twenty years have seen nearly 5,UOU graduates pass through Southside's doors, most of them to become the solid citizenry of Elrnira's Southside and the parents of the present-day students, many to become prominently identified with the city of Elmira as a whole, some to achieve wider fame, a noble number to serve their country in World War ll, with forty-three giving their lives for their country. From forty-eight in number the faculty has grown to seventy- three. Fifteen of the original staff are marking this year as ct silver anniversary of their service to Southside. They are the tried and true teachers that the old grads think of with affection, or with humorous or rueful remembrance of past encounters in class or study hall. Southside means Mr. McNaught, Mrs. Adams, Miss Brookfield, Miss Callahan, Miss Cole, Miss Grube, Miss Haupt, Mr. Hunt, Miss LaBurt, Mr. Lantz, Miss Lucy, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Parsons, Miss Smith, Mr. Tinney, and Miss Hoffman in the office. With the advent of second semester of this year Mr. Maynard announced his retirement from teaching. Iolly "Pop" Maynard leaves many happy memories for Southsiders. How his homeroom boys loved that spring picnic! lt seems fitting here to pay tribute to the late Henry I. Prechtl, who completed twenty-two years as a member of the Social Studies De iartment shortly before his death on April Z, 1947. Before his fatal illness, Mr. Prechtl was one of the most popular teachers . L! tl" li 1 1 it li 4f'9i.h, 9 sb? .22 ' l'X.l.. at Southside. He coached and refereed interclass basketball and was instrumental in introducing wrestling as a school sport. His genial humor and kindly interest in each student endeared him to all who knew him. This young school has already lived through a boom, a depression, and a world war. Changes have been inevitable. Growth in school population having made the use of Parley Coburn necessary for overflow classes for years, Southside became a senior high school only, in September, 1937. Until the remodeling of the Academy in 1939 to include facilities for vocational, com- mercial, and homemaking training, S,H.S. attracted students from all over the city in these courses. With each succeeding year Southside has become more independent and more mature until it faces its older sister school as a friendly rival in many fields, especially sports. Once the two schools met out-of-town competition with one Elmira High Schools' team. The Green and White has stood for a strong and separate football team since 1947, a basketball quintet since 1945-5, a baseball nine since the spring of 1946, a track team since the spring of 1948, and a varsity wrestling squad as of the 1948-9 season. Boxing, bowling, an electric scoreboard, bleachers in the gym, and more coaches-all are signs of the times, The E1-So-Hi, the Edsonian, the Student Council, the Ushers' Club were born early in Southside's life. They represent the school while they serve it. Many other organizations have had their place as the need arose, and given way to the ever-changing pattern made by 1100 restless young people in any one year. One thing is sure-Southside's activities are democratic in the fullest sense of the word. The Protestant, the Iew, the Catholic, the Negro and the white, the native son and the foreign born- all work and play together, with each taking his turn at high office, honor award, or sovereignty of the carnival. The shrubbery has grown up and embraced the pale brick walls, classrooms glow with color like gardens in summer, the guidance and the health rooms overflow with personnel to offer the student trained service on personal problems, "Mike" George has a second-floor suite in the Practice House as GHQ for Physical Education, Seniors can elect to take Driving at 8 a.m. and Drama in place of English 4, Visual aids tmoviesl are creeping in through Related Subjects, the Honor Society has budded, the Class of '48 captured five scholarships in the county-wide competition, the best of the school's intramural organizations go on forever, but too1ay's students are too busy to be bothered with the others. Southside faces the next twenty-five years. Long may she live!

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