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The New Building
HE new High School Building is to be placed south and a little west of the present building. It is to be of brick, with stone trimming.
The ground floor plans call for the gymnasium with a floor space of 75 feet 6 inches by 42 feet. On the east side of the gymnasium is placed a stage and dressing rooms, so that the gymnasium may be used as an auditorium also. On the south side is placed the boiler room and the boys’ dressing room. This room is fitted with toilet and shower facilities. On the north side is placed a similar room for the girls. In the northwest corner of this floor are the Domestic Science rooms, consisting of a lunch room, the kitchen, pantry, closet and model dining room. In the southwest comer are the Manual Training and Mechanical Drawing rooms. Entrances to this floor are provided both from the floor above and direct from the outside, so that the auditorium or gymnasium may be used without entering the other part of the budding.
On the first floor are placed five recitation rooms, a teachers’ room, the Commercial and Typewriting rooms, a large sewing room for Domestic Science work, and the Superintendent’s office.
On the second floor is placed the Study Hall. This is to be well lighted from the left and above, and has a seating capacity in single seats of two hundred and fifty. There are also boys’ and girls’ lockers, or cloak rooms, with toilet facilities, two recitation rooms, and laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Agriculture and Biology.
The building is to be of the best constiuction throughout. When finished it will furnish Toulon and the surrounding country with a thoroughly modern, well equipped High School, one of which the whole community will be proud and which will be adequate for good high school work with two hundred and fifty pupils.
TOULON HIGH SCHOOL, 1921
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Pierce, of Peoria, for the sum of §13,595.00, to cover every expense from the excavating for the foundation until the keys were turned over to the Board of Directors— Benjamin Turner, Stephen Lloyd and John M. Brown.
In February, 1875, the modern and commodious building was opened, and the school children of Ihe village were gathered under one roof. Frank Matthews was the first principal; Miss Watson, Grammar; Miss Sarah Berfield, Intermediate; Mrs. Amelia Johnson, Second Primary; and Miss Kate Keffer, First Primary. For many years an extraordinarily good school was conducted under the able leadership of such men as Frank Matthews, Frank Rossiter, J. H. Stickney, and others, with the enthusiastic support of the townspeople. In 1879 the first diploma was issued to Chester M. Turner. The succeeding years graduated classes, until in 1912 the Alumni numbered over two hundred.
In 1893 a lot was added to the school grounds, being purchased from the adjoining
property of J. H. Newton. A two-story addition of two rooms, the south wing of the
building, was completed soon after.
In 1919 a lot and a half were bought from the J. A. Johnson estate, further enlarging the play ground on the east.
In October, 1883, Toulon Academy was organized, which offered a course of study beyond that to be obtained in the High School. The next school year the Academy and
High School were merged, retaining J. W. Stephens, of the Academy, as principal. In
the fall of 1885 the two schools were again run on a separate basis, and continued in this way until the spring of 1912, when the Academy offered its property to the district for a Township High School, provided they would pay the small indebtedness on it.
Immediate arrangements were made for organizing a Township High School, which were so speedily executed that by the time school opened in the fall, the High School was installed in the Academy building, the Grades being given the entire use of the High School building. J. T. Kirke. principal of the High School, was transferred to the new organization and made City Superintendent, for the first year. April 12, 1913, by vote of the district, the site was accepted and purchased for the $3,200.00 indebtedness. So the second creditable attempt at a private school was, by the democratic spirit of the community, absorbed by the public school system. This was the first Township High School in Stark county—Toulon again taking the lead in this new educational movement.
E. L. Mendenhall was employed as superintendent for the next four years. He completed the organization of a Township High School; the Department of Agriculture was enlarged; Commercial and Domestic Science departments were started, the two latter holding their session in rooms on the second floor of the Caverly Building on Main Street; and Athletics received a new impetus under the direction of Professors Mendenhall and McKean.
In 1914 the law governing Township High Schools organized since 1911 was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. In order that the High School might continue until this was investigated, the Grade Board of Education carried both schools till the Legislature validated the law in April, 1915.
The accommodations being entirely inadequate to the growth and progress of the school, bonds of $40,000.00 were proposed for the improvement of the property. This was voted on December 20, 1915, and lost by a big majority. But the necessity was too deeply rooted in the minds of the people to be smothered in this way, and on November 15, 1919, a special election was called to vote on bonds of $100,000.00 for the same purpose, and the election was carried by a generous majority. On account of the great advance, during the war, in building material and labor, it was decided to postpone the building until a more propitious time.
The school is advancing in its work under the careful direction of Superintendent William Haw’kes and his corps of teachers.
DORA PLITER LONG,
Class of ’83, T. H. S.
TOULON HIGH SCHOOL, 1921
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