Central High School - Red and Black Yearbook (St Louis, MO)

 - Class of 1947

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mas program which told about the three previous Christmases and the different places where our boys in service celebrated them. An event that we didn't wel- come so eagerly was our CWR's or comprehensive written re- views. These were our term examinations and it seems that the hardest ones always come on the same day. We studied and struggled through them much the same as we had done i. for the past three and a half , years. These were practically I the one and only thing that we didn't appreciate about our senior term. We got a real thrill the day when our rings came. We had all been hoping that they would come before Christmas, and when they did we were over- joyed. How proud we were, and how care- ful with them! We went around showing them off to people all day and we thought that they were the most beautiful school rings we had ever seen. , ! all- Class of January, 1947, Senior Prom. And now, tonight! Tonight, which com- pletes not only our senior term, but also four years of high school. This is the goal for which we have worked so long. We realize, however, that tonight is not the end of our education, but only the beginning of our real education-the education of life, itself. What l-ligh School l-las Meant to Me By MILTON WELLER Primarily, high school has been to me a place to study collected and classified knowl- edge of various types suitable to the advance- ment of my education. It has been a place where I could receive the aid of teachers who had followed the same paths and were quali- fied to help others. There, with the aid of teachers, books, and equipment, I was given the opportunity to study the efforts and works of those before me in order to set standards for myself as Well as broaden my mind. Next, high school has been a place to meet and learn to get along with people of various kinds, not only in classes but also in sports and school organizations. Some became in- fluences of great worth. Others lifelong friends, while others helped only by their mistakes from which we profited. Another important gain was in citizen- ship. We have not only had a chance to learn the principles of citizenship, but also have had many opportunities to practice them. In classes we learn what citizenship is. In the care of the school and respect for fellow students, we practiced it. The Stu- dent Council, an organization for the govern- ing of the school by the students, helped many along this line. Our clubs and sports gave students with special interests a chance to enlarge and exer- cise them. Other students have found hob- bies and friends as well as knowledge by par- ticipating in these extra-curricular activities. As you have seen in these color slides of our activities, smiling through four years of high school has been a lot of fun and excite- ment, but it had another side-plenty of work. All in all, high school has given me a broad view of education, a basis for college work, and an understanding of some of the fundamental principles of life. THE STYLE IN SMILES 1931 New J. Daughter: Mother, I just love gym! Suspicious Mother: Jim who?

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Central Band on parade. tralite, now starring in the role of Justice Holmes in the play, The Magnificent Yankee. His talk was a feature of our American Broth- erhood Celebration. Helen Johnkoski was informed on March 10 that she had been awarded Hrst prize for her pencil drawing in The Scholastic Magazine contest sponsored by Stix. Baer 8 Fuller. Over one hundred boys answered the call of Mr. Miller and Mr. Ingerson, the new track coaches, while Mr. Bradburn, the baseball coach, was gratified to find his baseball squad the best in several years. On March 27 the alumni held a din- ner in honor of Mr. Walker, who retired last September. The athletic captains and the senior class officers attended as special guests. The principal events in April were the Fashion Show and the Pan-American Pro- gram. The many events scheduled for May in- cluded the Town Meeting broadcast, the Spring Concert of the musical organizations. a visit from the Culver-Stockton College Cilee Club. and a Minstrel Show by the Boys' Lit- erary Society. The track and baseball teams both battled for the championship. The Senior Prom was held at the Congress Hotel on May 30. Graduation comes on June ll. THE STYLE IN SMILES 1923 First boy Ito one just coming out of the principal's office! 1 Have some trouble? The other: No. thanks: just had some. Thoughts at G ra cl u e tio n By SHIRLEY ALTHOFF The theme of our program tonight is "Smiling Through the Years". This is also the theme of our 1947 yearbook, THE RED AND BLACK. When you think about it, it's quite appropriate: isn't it? Our school has smiled through a great many years, and a great many gradua- tions just like this one, which is the l57th. Tonight I should like to tell you about a few of the events which have helped our class smile through our senior term. Our first day as seniors was Registration Day. Besides the joy and excitement of see- ing old friends after a summer's vacation, there was the additional excitement of being a senior. Another day that I am sure my classmates and I shall always remember, one that was second only to tonight, was Color Day- Colar Day, when we received our red and black ribbons which were our ofiicial recog- nition as seniors. That day, I am sure, all of us thought a lot about our graduation as we walked down the aisle of the school audi- torium almost exactly as we did tonight. That day was the fulfillment of four years of working and waiting. We had been fresh- men when we first saw that wonderful cere- mony of tradition when the colors of our school are handed on from one class to an- other. Can you wonder that we shall re- member it as long as we remember tonight? Besides this event, which set us apart as seniors, there were daily activities in which we participated as members of the regular school body-the football games, for in- stance. How we yelled and cheered for our team! One of the most pleasant things that I know of to do is to sit in the cool autumn air and watch a football game. As the last game came, some of us felt a little sad as we realized that that would be the last time we ever cheer for our team as members of the school body. Auditorium sessions were also very impor- tant to us during our senior term. How we all waited for them! To me, two of the most outstanding ones were the Walker Hancock aud session, when Mr. Hancock told us about his experiences in recovering lost and stolen art treasures in Germany: and also the Christ-

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A scene from the Pan-American Program. And. so, along with other members of the class, I offer to our Alma Mater a smile of sincere thanks for the past, a smile of joyful appreciation for the present, and a smile of hope and determination for the future. After tonight the members of this class will all take separate paths of life. Some will go into industry, some into the business world, and others on to higher education. Whatever direction each may choose, the class expects all to do their best to uphold the honor and high standards of our school. Although our stay at Central has been rela- tively brief, her influence and training will follow us for many years to come. TI-IE STYLE IN SMILES 1947 have you been doing?" "Thirty days." Vile are indebted to many people for the opportunity of attending high school and our free education will always be greatly appre- ciated. On behalf of my classmates, I should like to offer our sincere thanks to the tax- payers of this community who have carried the expense: to our teachers who have handed down their knowledge so willingly, and have so patiently helped us over the rough spots: and to our parents for their aid in furthering our education, thus giving us a better chance to achieve success. We will all try to repay this great debt by becoming good citizens, and by helping to make this a better world for everyone re- gardless of race or creed. St. Louis Central I-Iigh School "I haven't seen you for a month. What Our own, our dear old school! thy praise we sing. lVith deepest gratitude our hearts are filled, For lessons by thy tender care instilled, Which through the years have never ceased to ring Like fog bells on a rockbound coastg they bring A needed warning note: our souls are thrilled With dread of danger lurking near. So skilled Thy work, it taught with finished art the thing That men most need to know, how best to live The truth that makes them free to choose the life That more abundant is. untouched by strife Of warring passions-strong and fierce, constrained By love of righteousness themselves to give To service of mankind, with wisdom trained. -W. J. S. BRYAN. 14

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