University High School - Nunc Dimittis Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1936

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NUNC DIMITTIS PREFACE TU LIFE CHAPTER SEVEN Unlike most seventh grades, we started out with a bit of experience. Several of us had spent a semester in the now non- existent sub-seventh, and therefore commanded much respect from the newer members of our class. Of the ten teachers new that year, Miss Harriman, Miss Saurborn, Mr. Walcott, Mr. Dunham, and Mr. Andrews have remained with us. Miss Regal, an exchange teacher for that year, was the boys' homeroom teacher: and Miss Henry, now Mrs. Sherman, piloted the girls. Bud Ruthven and Iean Wills were the presidents of their respective groups. Early in the year the eighth grade girls gave our girls a "Baby Party" at which we wore even more childish clothes than usual. In the fall we gave a shadow pantomime of Cinderella. We remember with great sympathy Cin- derella's CBeth'sl heavy tears of marbles, which rolled noisily from the stage. The new Elementary School provided us not only with a cafeteria, but new quarters for the Fine Arts Department where the girls discovered their artistic abilities. Since the boys' Mechanical Drawing classes met every week in the Elementary School, we all had a good excuse to explore the far corners of the building, in spite of many warnings from the principal's office. The basketball team, with the invaluable aid of our ardent support, reached the state finals where they were defeated by St. Augustine. The whole school celebrated the team's achievement with a gala after-school party in the gym- nasium. CHAPTER EIGHT After returning from summer vacation, the boys discovered that they were to have a new homeroom teacher. Miss Copass, with her soft Texan drawl, had taken Miss Regal's place. During a homeroom party in the "rec" room, which we gave for the seventh graders the first week, we looked over the newcomers and felt much older and more ex- perienced after a year in U. High. Our second celebration was a Hallowe'en masquerade party in which everyone was forced to walk through spooky tun- nels where paddles were ably manipulated by evil goblins. Those of us who were taking Latin attended the Latin Club banquet in the cafeteria, garbed in togas of hastily contrived sheets. Since classes next morn- ing were of meager proportions, it was generally concluded that Roman food didn't agree with us any too well. Our one assembly, given by the two social studies classes, contrasted the colonial life of the New England and Virginia settlements, and all of us par- ticipated in the Washington Bicentennial program. Our grade composed and acted the scenes portraying the youth of Washington and his experiences as a surveyor. The year ended with the boys well in the lead in the window-breaking con- test. CHAPTER NINE The high spots of our last year of junior high, outside of our dramatic attempts, were three. The boys upheld their record by breaking six plate glass windows. In November Miss Henry announced that she was now Mrs. Sherman. The only party we had was a rodeo. It required so much energy that no more social efforts were forthcoming. Two of the outstanding assemblies of the year were put on by our class. Members of Miss Cudlip's English class aired their budding theatrical ability in an artistic dramatization of The Odyssey. The colorful Grecian costumes and a stately pillared background were class projects and added greatly to the effec- tive staging. The girls' Physical Education class toured the world for assembly on the S.S. Saurborn, and dances of all nations were given on board. The pro- gram was so applauded that it was chosen for the exchange assembly with Iones School. Page Fourteen

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NUNC DIMITTIS CHAPTER TEN Again, the boys were given a new home- room teacher. This time it was Mr. Trytten, who has remained with them. The class organized immediately with Bud Ruthven as president: Iack Dobson, vice- president: and Frances Henderson, secretary. After several hectic weeks of preparation, filled with making costumes and practicing original rhumbas and tap routines, the girls' homeroom presented their version of what a musical comedy should be-"The Sophomore Revue"- with full orchestral accompaniment. Immediately before spring vacation we gave the "Spring Fever Frolic." As "the first party," it was a huge success, with the historic white trellises and the spring flower decorations. Exams were scheduled a week early because "No Retreat" practices were in full progress. The pageant, with which we celebrated the three hundredth birthday of the first American public school, was a synthesis of the ideas of the whole school. Besides having Beth O'Roke on the committee that wrote it, al- most our entire class appeared in the cast. At Newport Beach we welcomed vacation with the annual picnic and sunburn. CHAPTER ELEVEN As soon as the class officers, David Sleator, Mary Margaret Meloche, Virginia Osgood and lack Weller, had been elected, plans were made to purchase class rings. Our "Continental Cabaret," which was given between semesters, was the outstanding party of the year. The sober "rec" room simulated a metropolitan cafe when the lights had been lowered to a minimum, and the spot light played on the mirrored-ball hanging from the ceiling. The gay rhythm of "The Contin- ental" was caught in a modemistic staff which girdled the room. Our Iunior Play, Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's "The Schoolmistress," was both an artistic and a financial success. The class's one assembly program, a ready- made satire on opera matinee audiences, was given by the girls' homeroom. The class was increasingly active in school affairs, and was well repre- sented in all clubs and teams. We honored the departing Class of 1935 at the annual Iunior-Senior Prom to which outsiders were allowed to come for the first time. A Spanish atmosphere was attained by draping colorful shawls from the library balconies. Next morn- ing, after commencement exercises, we held a farewell reception for the seniors. CHAPTER TWELVE After a six-year climb, we reached that pinnacle slightly below the faculty Olympus, from which we could control events at U.H.S. The major part of all activity groups were seniors, and mem- bers of our class held all the key positions, Bud Dana, in the Council: Stan Swin- ton, in Broadcaster: and Beth O'Roke, in girls' sports. Our class officers, Phil Gordy, lean Langford, Virginia Lohr, and Armand Hewitt, chosen after a stormy election, have most successfully carried out our business during the year. We gave the Alumni a warm welcome at the Christmas party in spite of the wintry atmosphere and snow. Both Friday and Saturday night audiences were pleased by the class play, A. A. Milne's "'Mr. Pim Passes By." At semester time Dr. Iohnston took his sabbatical vacation, leaving Dr. Curtis to take his place and graduate us. The sophomores quite unexpectedly honored us at their "Paris in the Spring" party. The week before that, the Class of 1935 dedicated the furniture on the library balconies, announcing that it was for the particular use of seniors. But the last week was upon us. While the rest of the school was taking ex- aminations, we wandered disconsolately about. However, we had more fun than ever at the picnic which was held at Portage Lake. The class day program, a judgment day revealing our futures, had us all in stitches. After luncheon at the Michigan League, we returned to Honor's Assembly, sang our song, and filed out forever. The juniors lightened our sorrowing hearts with the Prom. After commencement at which Professor Preston W. Slosson spoke, we said good-bye. Page Fifteen

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