Turlock High School - Alert Yearbook (Turlock, CA)

 - Class of 1924

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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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