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Page 11 text:
Another small school
was built in 12569.
'1'n1s was known as
tne Townsend Norm
bcnool. 'ine build-
ing, on Maple Street,
has now been con-
verted into a two-
Catastrophe in the
form of a Iire, came
in 1917. Since it
happened at night
theie were no casual-
ties, but it was a
serious loss to the
community, as not
only tue school
building, but also
many valuable re-
cords, were destroy-
ed. A new school
building was imme-
diately started, and
completed in time for
the fallterm of 1918.
Recent progress in
Vassar Schools has
been the completion
and dedication ol'
the New Addition on
SECOND SCHOOL BUILDING
January 21, 1937. An ever increasing attendance has
demanded a larger building. The Addition was made possible through the
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efforts of Superintendent Brant and the Vassar Board of Education. Funds
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FIRST BUILDING ON SOUTH MAIN
Page 10 text:
PRESENT SCHOOL BUILDING ON NORTH MAIN STREET
History of Vassar Public Schools
The progress of Vassar has been marked. by the increasing ex-
cellence of its school system. The first school in Vassar was held only
a few months after the town was officially organized, in 1851. It was
started through the efforts of Townsend North, the well known founder
of Vassar. The "Curtis Shanty", 0.1 South Main Street, where the Vas-
sar Dairy now stands, was used for a school house. Miss Augusta Slafter
was hired to conduct school for three months during the summer, at a
salary of one dollar and a half per week and the privilege of 'boardinf
around' with the parents of pupils. It is an interesting fact that Tefl
Slafter and Ted Hart, Seniors this year, are distantly related .to Mis:
The next year a frame school house was built. D. G. Wilder.
Charles Fonda, and A. J. Leach taught here during' the terms of 1852
and 1853. This served as a school building for several years. In 1860
a brick school house was built on the place where the High School now
stands. Mr. Keyes was the t"rst principal in this new building. It was
graded in 1864 bv ex-congressman IC. P. Allen. but diplomas were not
granted until 1871.
An addition was made to this building in 1881, to provide for in-
creased enrollment. Later, excavations were made for basements, but
work was never completed. Cement steps were built to replace the
original wooden ones.
ln 1886 a school was built on the east side of the river. This was
later named the McKinley School in honor of President McKinley. At
one time the mothers of children in this school formed a lVIother's Club.
This organization accomplished, among other fine things. the remodeling
of the basement of the McKinley School into a playroom for the children.
Page 12 text:
were obtained through a
Public Works Administra-
tion grant and a local bond
issue. The building con-
sists of a combination gym-
nasium - auditorium seat-
ing 1,000 people, a modern
Home Economics depart-
ment, and an administra-
tion office. Splendid new
locker rooms for both boys
and girls are included in
the new building.
We are deeply indebted
to those early settlers who
realized the need for edu-
cation, and to all who have
helped our school system
grow throughout the years.
We are certain ihat the
same high standard of pro-
gress will be carried on in
Qld and New Courses of Study
One of the most important fields in which progress has been
made in the Vassar High School is in courses of study.
In 1904 there were tw0 courses: Language and General. The
Language courses required four years of foreign language, Latin and
English being offered. The other subjects were mostly English, Mathe-
matics, History, and Science. Commercial subjects were evidently just
being introduced, for one-half year of Commercial Arithmetic was offer-
ed with one-half year of Bookkeeping. Extra curricular activities were
rather frowned upon at that time, as detracting the pupils attention from
their other studies.
The Lyceum consisting of oratory contests, and a mixed Glee Club,
were greeted with enthusiasm.
When the present school building was erected in 1918, practical
courses had gained importance and provision was made for such subjects
as Agriculture, Manual Arts, Home Economics, and Commerce.
At present the high school offers five courses of study: ill
College Preparatory or Academic. f2J Commercial, C31 Agriculture,
C43 Home Economics, C53 Manual Arts. A wide variety of subjects is
offered under these headings so that every student may be able to select
an interesting schedule.
Each course of study requires a minimum of sixteen units of credit
Four full-time subjects completed successfully, over a period of one
year, give four units of credit.
It may be of interest to the reader to know that Vassar High
School fully conforms to the new college entrance reouirements, as re-
cently adopted by the University of Michigan and the North Central
Associationg and that this school has been accredited by the University
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