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In 1906 the renting system of book was installed.
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goods box" because of its shape.
Principal Marsh was ambitious to have a free highschool in Amigo and he held the first entrance ex-
aminations in October, 1883, Twelve Students passed me required state test. lt was necessary to
have twenty-five or more qualified students before A0030 WHS Entitled I0 2 free high school. S0 in 1384
a second examination was held, Finally rlqe eel-rifi.ate arrived from the State Superintendent of Schools
stating that the city of Antigo was entitled to a free high SCH001 Wim 3 three YW? COUISC and that lf Was
also entitled to S300 aid from the state.
The first graduate, Agnes Donahue, completed the three year course in 1885, with a record of never
having failed in recirarion, The following is the program of the first commencement. It is interest-
ing to compare it with more recent programs:
Music by orchestrag recitation, "Kentucky Belle," Sybil Cornish: essay, "Self Reliance," Edith Logan:
declamation, "Edinburgh after Flodden," George Porter: music: valecnctory essay, "Character," Agnes
Donohue: presentation of diploma: music.
The high school course was extended to cover four years in 1888, and it is interesting to note that
one student who had graduated in 1887. re-graduated me next year from the full course.
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FIIST I-HGH SCHOOL
The history of education in Antigo dates from 1879 when the first small, ungraded school opened.
The schoolhouse was a log cabin that the builder had intended to use for a private residence. Miss
Anna Sheriff, the first teacher, had six pupils during that first term.
By 1882 a new school building was under construction but was not to be ready for several months.
Until the completion of this building, a second floor room in the Ben Spencer hotel was used. The at-
tendance had grown and this room was provided with fifty seats for the pupils expected: however,
many more pupils came than had been provided for. In fact, before December of that year, one hundred
pupils were enrolled.
A young graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Byron Oakley, came to Antigo in 1882, looking
for a place to open a law office. Instead, he became principal of the school, and when the new building
was ready for use, Mr. Oakley graded the school.
The new building, which was located where the public library now stands. was a "modem" frame
structure of that time. It consisted of four rooms, on two doors, and basement equipment with a
furnace. The enrollment continued to grow and before the end of the year seventy-three students
were in one of the rooms and the others were also overcrowded,
Mr. C. O. Marsh, also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, was the next principal and super-
intendent of schools. In September, 1883, when Mr. Marsh came, the high school department was
added with a registration of forty-one students. A new wooden building was erected in the second
The Junior-Senior high school system was established in 1929.
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Typical of the natural beauty in which Amigo is placed
the game Sim 35 the present One, The Sire was presented to the city of Antigo for educational purposes
by the Honorable H. F. Deleglise. The block was covered with a thick growth of trees at the time and
a few of those trees are still standing.
Between 1890 and 1902 our lirst high school paper, "The Mercury," was published. During
those years also, Latin and German were added to me curriculum. ln the summer of 1902 the build-
ing was improved by the addition of several class rooms and the enlargement of the main room.
ln the year 1905-1906 our school was placed on the approved list or the North Central Association
of Universities, which meant that graduates of this school could enter any one of several colleges and
universities without taking entrance examinations. This fact was something to be proud of in those
days when camparatively few high schools in Wisconsin were so approved.
Between 1897 and 1906 live wooden school buildings were erected in addition to the high school
building. The first frame school building was moved to the fourth ward to make room for the public
The need for a new building and especially a new gymnasium, was felt for some time before the old
high school building burned. The building was destroyed by fire on the bitterly cold morning of
January 6, 1916. Many valuable school records and trophies were burned, most of which could
not be replaced.
Antigo is an abbreviation of "Nequeantigo," meaning "green balsam river."
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