Vassar High School - Echo Yearbook (Vassar, MI)

 - Class of 1938

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Administration

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Donald Henry Yonker-a true friend thorough in all things-whose con- stant searching for truth not only in physical sciences but in the science of humanity, and especially of youth, is a genuine inspiration to those with whom he Works-Whose sense of duty admits no limit to the time and energy devoted to the interests of the students-who has aided mater- ially and spiritually in the produc- tion of this Echo-whose strength of character and integrity of purpose are reflected in the highest ideals of Vassar High School, this book is respectfully dedicated by the Class of Nineteen Thirty-eight.



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Page 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: Slafter. 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. Eight

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