Springfield Trade High School - Beaver Yearbook (Springfield, MA)

 - Class of 1948

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Springfield Trade High School - Beaver Yearbook (Springfield, MA) online yearbook collection, 1948 Edition, Page 12
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1185 boys cmd g1rls under slxteen employed rn Sprlngfreld But w1th the begrnmng of the depresslon perlod 1n 1929 the flrst to be lard off by the lndustrles wer the young employees As the depresslon progressed the number of youths under sxxteen who were employed dropped to almost nothlng Th1s s1tuat1on brought about the consol1dat1on of the Trade and Contrnuatlon Schools as the authorrtxes thought thrs would enlarge the fac1l1t1es and the teachlng staff of Trade School Nlneteen hundred and th1rty four marked a new epoch 1n trade educa t1on 1n that trade courses for glrls were organ1zed and the Old Hooker School became known as the Grrls D1v1s1on of Trade School At that t1me Trade School offered the followlng courses for glrls Trade Dressmak1ng Foods Vocatronal Homemakrng Power St1tch1ng Short Un1t Courses 1n Multl Occupatrons Mrs Margaret C Ells who had been asslstant pr1nc1pal of Contxnua hon School xn charge of g1rls was now appornted Assrstant Prlncrpal of Trade School rn charge of grrls Agam the school authorltres declded there must be a new burldmg of larger sxze and the erectlon of our present bu1ld1ng was begun 1n 1938 By Iuly of 1940 xt was ready for occupancy and all d1v1s1ons glrls boys and contlnuatlon became one un1t under one roof That same year the enrollment reached a total of 1911 students The next year 1941 the country was 1n the throes of World War I1 Trade School felt another slackenlng 1n tts regular day courses But there was no slackenlng ln the afternoon and evenlng courses as the school had set up a program of Adult Tra1n1ng for War rndustrres Between Iuly 1940 and the end of 1943 there were over 16 000 adults enrolled rn the varrous un1t courses of the school Machme Shops of Trade School were operated on three erght hour shrfts Two thlrds of the enrollment were men one thlrd women Three thousand of the men enrolled were umformed soldrers Over 1400 soldrers were tra1ned here 1n co operatlon wrth the 'I'ra1n1ng Camp and Provlng Grounds at Aberdeen Md They were sent to Spr1ng held from every state 1n the Unron for prelrmmary trarmng rn groups of 200 About 1000 mductees were tra1ned 1n rad1o fundamentals and approxlmately 600 paratroopers from Westover F1eld were tra1ned ln Morse Code and Radxo Servrce For nearly two vears the school tra1ned men and women for the airports 1n thrs area namely Westover Bradley Freld and others Wllh the war s end most ot these spectal courses were dlscontrnued and the regular courses re establlshed Courses dropped durlng the war have now been re organlzed and new ones added Enrollment 1n the day school now totals 900 and 1S xncreasrng dally Followlng are lxsted the courses now offered by Trade School Courses for Girls Dressmak1ng Foods and Catermg Bakery Beauty Culture M1ll1nery and Noveltles Power Machme Strtchrnq Vocatlonal Homemakrng 'Co operat1ve Retall Sellrng Sc1ent1f1c Launderxng Dental Asslstlng for Hxgh School Graduates 1 . o V . 1 1 .1... . . . 1 - 1 . ... .1 1 .... . 1 I , - - 1 1 , . 1 ' ' 4 - 1 1 . 1 . . . u , . 'I Q

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