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that we have never been able to get ahead of the demands of modern high
school education. We have attempted to keep the traditional subjects up
to their former standard, making additional provisions so that a student may
qualify for entrance to any of the colleges of the University of California.
We have doubled the possible units of work to be done in commercial
subjects, in drawing and in science. The work in music, making a modest
beginning four years ago, has grown to include a regular course in theory
and harmony and another in orchestra. We have not been able thus far to
undertake work in manual training, domestic science, and physical education,
courses for which there has been a persistent demand on the part of pupils
The need of vocational or pre-vocational work in high school, of the
type to correspond with the industries of the locality, and large enough
in scope to enable each pupil to give from one-fourth to one-half or more
of his high school period to direct preparation for a vocation, is unquestioned.
We have at our door a State Normal School, which means that a large
number of our students will prepare for teaching. There are definite require-
ments for Normal School entrance in accordance with which we must adjust
our curriculum. We have a considerable number preparing to enter training
schools for nurses, the requirements for which are high school graduation
with certain prescribed subjects, provision for which must be made in our
course of study. Humboldt Bay region with its railroad and water-shipping
facilities is destined to develop rapidly as a commercial and manufacturing
center. This means a corresponding increase in the need for young people
trained for business and technical pursuits. The agricultural and live stock
industries have great possibilities for the scientifically trained young man.
Northern California offers increasing opportunities for those equipped to
take up scientific forestry in its manifold phases. The development of water
power and all that goes with it is another industry that will claim the atten-
tion of the young people now in our schools.
Thus have I enumerated a few of the many occupations in our own
region that will require technically trained young people. Our high school
should contribute its part for their equipment. If we do not train our own
boys and girls to take the lead in these industries, they will have to give
place to those trained elsewhere. The high school is the avenue that leads
to all these occupations. The nature of the technical work and the sentiment
of business men demand high school training as a pre-requisite to employ-
ment. It gives a general knowledge and should give the basic elements of
the training needed in their vocation. It gives the young people a vision
that frees them from the fetters of narrow-mindedness and slothfulness. It
trains them in the principles of co-operation, commonly known as the
ability to get along with their fellow beings. Perhaps the social and moral
training in our high schools derived from drill in the class room, from the
student-body activities, and from the athletic field, constitute the most import-
ant element in the preparation of our young people to take their places in the
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A. O. Cooperrider
The ready response of the people of Arcata
and vicinity to anything that will further the
1 Q 1 interests of the high school is ample evidence
that they are interested in the school and anx-
ious that it succeed. The fact that it was
organized twenty-three years ago, when a
comparatively small number of California com-
munities had high schools, is another proof
of the strong sentiment here in favor of giving
the boys and girls every possible educational
Knowing that the people are in sympathy
with the school, and that they have faith in
what it is doing and destined to do for the
youth of this community, has made us feel
keenly the responsibility resting upon us. It
has been our aim to promote the growth begun
in the earlier years of the school, a growth
not only in numbers but also in traditions,
variety of courses, general influence and repu-
tation. We have endeavored to study the
A. o. coopemuer, Principal needs and adopt the best available means for
Science satisfying those needs. When the present
seniors entered four years ago, they came a class of thirty-five. It was
immediately evident that a force of five teachers could not efficiently handle
the work with the enrollment now above one hundred, and a sixth teacher
was promptly authorized by the Board. This enabled us to organize first
year science work, to give increased attention to commercial work, draw-
ing, language and music. A new difficulty now confronted us in the way
of lack of room. A second story had been added to the building a few years
previous, and further expansion in that direction was not possible. With a
few make-shifts we managed to get along for two years, when a much
needed assembly hall was completed.
It proved, however, that these were only temporary measures of relief.
Whether from an increase in the number of teachers, with the consequent
increase in variety of courses offered, or from a general recognition of the
need of high school training, the fact remains that instead of an entering
class of 'thirty-five in 1913, we had to provide for a freshman class of fifty-
five in 1915, the year the assembly hall was completed, and a like number
of first year students appeared again in 1916. It was necessary to secure
a teacher for part time in 1915 and she was employed for full time in 1916.
For the year ending in june, 1913, the average attendance was ninety-two.
This increased by june, 1914, to ninety-seven, and in June, 1915, it averaged
ninety-eight. In 1916 it jumped to one-hundred and twenty-three, and for the
first eight months of the present school year the attendance averages one
hundred and thirty-six.
The figures above show that while we have increased the number of
teachers from five to seven, and increased the room and other facilities,
these increases have not kept pace with the growth in attendance. We feel
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SHIRLEY M. RUSSELL
Drawing, German, Algebra
ERA CHAMBERLIN, Vice-Principal
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