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Nor without places in which is still lovelier learning
In 1923 the Slate Department of Publis! lnSIrllCtion made a survey of Antigo schools including sug-
gestions for improving our school facilities. Several of these suggested improvements were carried out,
especially in the senior high school building where numerous changes were made in class room schedules
in order to make the best possible use of the present building,
In 1924 the junior high school building was erected and in the school year 1928-1929 the high school
was reorganized to form the present junior-senior high school system,
The extra-curricular activities in the high school have had a very interesting history. From the
earliest days the students were interested in athletics, especially football and basketball, and debate. The
popularity of other activities has changed from year to year but almost every conceivable type of activity
has been given a trial in our school.
Our success in athletics has varied greatly from year to year, of course, but we have a good record
of championship teams in football and basketball. Track and baseball have been important in some
Soon after debate work was begun, by 1905, the the idea of an annual Junior-Senior debate was con-
ceived and that has become a tradition which is as eagerly supported today as it was in the beginning.
The Hrst school paper, "The Mercury," has already been mentioned. After the publication of it
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Facilities for carrying on school work were immediately provided. Business places, lodges, and
churches offered rooms for the use of the school. A special meeting of the board of education was called
and the president appointed a committee to secure rooms. Most of the offers already made were ac-
cepted. The Palace theater was used as an assembly hall for the whole student body,
Plans for a new building were discussed at once and Robert Messmer, a Milwaukee architect, was
asked to prepare plans and specifications for a high school building to cost not more than Sl00,000.
On May 18, 1916, the building contract was awarded to the Immel Construction Company of Fond du
Lac, for S96,000. The contracts for heating, Ventilating, and plumbing were let to the General Heat-
ing and Ventilating Company of Milwaukee and L0ui5 Peters of Amigo,
The cornerstone was laid with impressive ceremonies in July, 1916, The building was 61-st used
in the spring of the MX! Year- The l2Ck of 3 ZYmnasium had meant lack of interest in school athletics
so that the new building with its gymnasium meant a great deal to the student body. All the buildings
S22l'l12Cl W0l'lCl2l'fl1l I0 those SIlld0nIS who, the Y021' before, had had to meet in various buildings around
Following the dedication of the new building. 2 change was made in school administration. The
PfiHClP3l'S P0SiliOI1 WHS made 8 SCPBIHIC 0110 f1'0m that of superintendent of schools, requiring two men
to hold the ofhces. The deaf school and the ungraded fogm were added tg the school system at this
Neither is our city without architectural loveliness
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was abandoned there was no paper for several years. In 1914 and. 1915 a group of students published a
journal called "The Scrap Heap." It, too. was short-lived, but in 1922 a paper called "The Aston-
isher" appeared. The name was later changed to "The Antigonianf' the paper which we have today.
The first "Graduate" was published in 1909. It was a publication of the Senior class only until
1926 when it was changed to the annual as we know it. published by students from the whole Senior
Like the Junior-Senior debate tradition, certain other traditions have stayed with us through the
years. Proms and class "spreads" and Class Night programs have been traditions for so many years
that we have forgotten how they were started. For several years now it has been the custom to award
a mirror, a spoon and a spade to chosen members of the Junior class on Class Night. The mirror is
awarded to the most popular Junior girl, the -spoon to the most popular Junior boy, and the spade to
the Junior having the highest scholastic average. These awards were once quite different, however.
Formerly a ladder was given to signify success, and a horseshoe, for luck. The story is that one year
the horseshoe was not to be found. The idea of awarding a mirror, a spoon, and a spade originated
at that time.
As we look back over the years we have reason to be proud of our city's record in education and of
the record our high school has made. To us, as pupils now and as citizens in the future, is the task of
maintaining this record of progress.
Nor without the decent dignity of law
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