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GNE HUNDRED years ago the Forty-
niners sot forth to find gold in the hills of California.
Not everyone found this gold, for all Were not of hard-
ened caliber, but all work-ed hard. Some who Went
found gold-perhaps not in the nugget form, but as
"life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," as a feel-
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God. As they Worked and sweated and toiled in their
search for treasure, so must We in our explorations of
life work hard, in order to fulfill the brave example
set by those Forty-niners Whose name We bear.
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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
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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
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