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Page 14 text:
TWENTY YEARS AFTER
ln addition to the school in Victorville, there are now two
other high schools in the district-Big Bear High School,
located at Pine Knot, and Twenty-Nine Palms High School at
Twenty-Nine Palms. ln l933-34 Big Bear High School was
accredited. This year the school is housed in its own plant.
The district voted a special tax for the purpose of securing a
site, and the Eureka Camp was purchased. Through the assist-
ance of the WPA it has been possible to provide a building for
each of the three teachers, a social hall, a recreation hall for
the girls, garages, and a physical education room. When the
WPA project is finished the school will have an athletic field
and tennis courts.
Last summer the board accepted the Twenty-Nine Palms
district in order to provide the children with the opportunity
of securing a high school education. High school classes had
been maintained in the grammar school previous to this year.
Since the state law does not permit more than two years of
high school work to be given in a grammar school district, it
was necessary for them to unite with a high school district.
From a small beginning of nineteen pupils and three teach-
ers in l9l 5, our high school district has grown to one of three
high schools and fourteen teachers and 287 pupils-Victor
Valley Union High School at Victorville with nine teachers
and 225 pupils, Big Bear High School at Pine Knot with three
teachers and forty pupilsg and Twenty-Nine Palms with two
teachers and twenty-two pupils.
The district maintains seven school buses--six at Victor-
ville and one at Big Bear. Some students ride as far as seventy
miles a day.
We hope that the next twenty years will see as much
change and development in our school as the last twenty
years. We feel sure that changes will come and that our school
will continue to progress with the needs of its pupils in order
that it may educate for living.
-Condensed from an article by Principal M. l. Harkness
in the December 20 number of the Victor Valley News-Herald
Page 13 text:
TWENTY YEARS AFTER
just twenty years ago last fall-in l9l5-the Victor Valley
Union High School was organized, with a faculty of three,
Will W. Green, principal, H. B. Humeston, instructor of his-
tory and agriculture, and Lucy jane Rowe, teacher of English
and Home Economics.
The following names of the first pupils were taken from
one of the teacher's class rolls: Miriam Bailey, Edna Byron,
Ruby Cook, Francis B. Clark, Madge Davis, Edna May Dunford,
George Goulding, Harry Muller, Elizabeth Penn, Frieda Phil-
lips, Hattie Raephael, Doris Talmadge, joe Turner, Corinne
Van Slyck, Mareta Westphal, Ruby Wilson, Wallace Williams,
and Marjorie Young.
ln l9l7 the high school graduated its first pupil, Ruth
Sanborn, now Mrs. A. C. Lester of this city.
School was first held in the Richardson house. ln l9l6 the
present main building was started, and was completed in l9l 7.
During the past several years the school plant has grown
and the grounds have been landscaped. The work was made
possible by the CWA and the SERA. To Walker jones goes
the credit for the beauty of the school grounds. ln the years
he has been on the board the grounds have. been his hobby,
and each year has seen part of his plans go into effect. The
school has been fortunate to have had Charles Feuhrer as the
first gardener, and after his death Lee Hunt, the present
superintendent of grounds, to carry out our work.
,A large part of the success of the school has been due to
the fact that the board has been able to secure and keep an
excellent faculty. In the last few years, when conditions have
been crowded and classes have increased beyond the most
desirable size, the reason that school standards could be main-
tained and raised has been the fact that our faculty has
remained unchanged for several years. The curriculum has
been greatly enlarged. Courses now offered include four years
of English, three of Spanish, World History, United States
History, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, General Science,
Chemistry, Physics, Art, Piano, Glee Club, Latin, Typewriting,
Shorthand, Bookkeeping, Business Methods, Wood Shop,
Auto Shop, Mechanical Drawing, Biology, and Physical Educa-
tion for both boys and girls. '
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