Turlock High School - Alert Yearbook (Turlock, CA)

 - Class of 1924

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Time sped by until 1917, when the faculty had increased to fifteen and the need for more room became a problem to be faced with action. ln 1921, three bond elections were held, averaging Sl20,000. At each election the bonds were emphatically voted down. At these trying periods, the students worked long and faithfully helping the campaigners. In 1922 a larger bond election was held. This, too, ended in defeat. The towns- people could not see see lit to appropriate a few thousand dollars for a new school. The High School Board after seeing that it was useless to try to get an appropriation of any large amount from the people by a bond election, de- cided to build the high school directly by taxation. They formulated plans and finally decided to move the whole school over to the new site. planning ln save money on thc upkeep of the school. The school was moved in the summer of l922. Even in face of the fact that the buildings were nothing more than shacks, the comfort and equipment was so much better 1 :N 1 IJ: fore, that all concerned gave a sigh of relief as if a great victory had been XVUll. There are now about thirty teachers in the faculty and nearly six hun- dred students enrolled. But that is not all. VVe have two new buildings, the prospect of a new and wonderful auditorium, and some beautiful gardens. Our laboratories are not to be excelled anywhere in the state. And we have teams in athletics that have upheld the prestige of our school in evervlhing. Sadly we are going to have one leave us who has ever been faithful, expedient and loyal in carrying oul his duties to our beloved scho nl, and who has been the foremost ligure in this community for the past few years in the light for the new high school. Those that really know him, know that thc people of Turlock are losing a mighty line man in the person of vl. Perry Ratxell. lle has accomplished whai many have called the impossible lit the face of fire and criticisms from warring factions in this city he has come through with a clean record of never favoring either faction, except that he has followed the straight and narrow path and has brought our high school through the smoke and mist to the dawning of better days. This was all dont- through self-sacrifice and loyalty. Mr. Ratzell may be compared to the old law-giver, Moses, who guided his children through the forty years in the wilderness but was not allowed to enter the promised land. It is not without a tear that we witness the passing of our leader. However, we are com- forted in knowing that we have a good man to fill his place. LeRoy Nichols, and we believe that he will lead our school to still greater heights than it is now. XYl'lEI1 we look back upon 'hese two men we may have the conception of one leading his children through the dark days and the other taking control and leading through days of peace. prosperity and expansion. Turlock high school has inestimable possibilities and iudging by the progressiveness of the past, the fn'ure will be wonderful. i --l..amar ll ack son, '2-el. I Page 61

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The History of Turlock Union High School Back in the days before many of us were born, a small group of students, about twenty in number, assembled in an old building called the Opera House. This old building was located on the corner of Broadway and Olive streets in the city of Turlock. lt would have been almost a crime against organized society to call that shack a school, and yet that is what those twenty young people were glad to call it. It was not the latest thing in the way of architectural beauty but it represented to them an organ by which they could acquire a higher education. A higher education was a very rare thing in those days, and it is with little wonder that they were willing to call that old auditorium a high school. Not only that, but it seems that the town of Turlock was just as backward then in giving the younger generation a decent high school. as they have been in the last few years. The first principal of the Turlock high school was a Miss Clark, who held her position from the time the Turlock high school was established in 1906 until 1911. Miss Clark had only one assistant that first year, a man by the name of S. R. Douglas. In the year 1907, the new school building was completed, a beautiful building but considered much too far out of town. It was located in that rural district which is now the corner of High and Locust streets. No new en- rollments were made this year, but the faculty was increased from two to four, thereby giving the students a more diversified course. The school year of 1907-1908 rolled by and the fruits of Turlock's labors began to come forth when Chesley Osborn graduated, the first student to graduate from the Turlock high school. lt seems to be quite an honor to be the first one to graduate from this high school and Mr. Osborn can justly feel proud. There was nothing new in the high school from the years 1909 until 1911. except that the old annex which still clings to the grounds of the high school was built. and the cry went from the students for a new gymnasium. The en- rollment had also increased to ninety-one students. There were now six members in the faculty, offering still more courses to the students. T. J. Penfield replaced Miss Clark as principal in 1911. The Dramatic Club and the Band were organized. The fight for the new gymnasium was almost won. The new gymnasium was completed and ready for use at the beginning of the term of 1912-1913. The old study hall was built and the agricultural and manual training quarters also created. And last. but not least, the good folk of the benevolent city of Turlock had given the high school a new and complete set of encyclopedias. In general this proved a very successful year. Mr. Penheld was replaced by VV. E. Hester as principal in 1914. Every- thing went fine until the students began to feel that they needed more elbow room and forthwith proceeded to let the peace-loving community know of it. The faculty had now increased to ten. ln 1916 LeRoy Nichols. our next year's principal, came to the school and taught History and Biology. IPage 51

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