Ferguson High School - Crest Yearbook (Ferguson, MO)

 - Class of 1948

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Q m'Z6.46lfLi DEDICATES In 1898 the frrst class graduated from Ferguson I-hgh School In 1948 another class shall graduate th1s class shall have had a much more rounded educatron Our better school d1d not come about 1n one year or a few years therefore the CREST Staff dedrcates th1s book to flfty years of progress gulf' of If Pgf' I I 1 I ll I ll u A L, V f , 4 .. , . V .V 5'1" - 1. ff' 4 L W "f . "' , , 1 - ' 6 .1 4 -, H 8 5-4 .5 f . K Q' .' . ffl , 8 . , X, , Wg. L ,.x.vq1,, ' 1, 1' I I, ' rl' M X A Q- , A -4.4 L3 -1' ' L , 2 4! A " ' XX-1 I 3 . f fr 1 -, , , . H,-v W x , . , 1' ' "W fy 8 , fl J ,lv ,I tr' 1 V Auf 2' Z 1 g K' Q , f A 7, ' V Q Q ,Q I in , i 3 e ive

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TI-IE PAST RECALLS The first high school 1n Ferguson was estab lished in 1894 offering a two year course The classes were housed in a building now called the Central School erected in 1880 on a two and o ne half acres of land purchased from Amanda 1. D ovel for one thousand dollars on May 25 1877 The two year high school offered a limited but full program It consisted of algebra world and American history English literature Latin C2 yearsl and physics Botany was limited to a few students The first students to gradual from the two year program received their diplomas 18913 They were Charles E Howard leanette Skillington Mis Mamie Manget Ryan lrene Hill Nellie Clark Ella Thompson Grace Goddard Mabel Powell Bhoden Ricketts Mr I A Miller acted as principal and super intendent from 18961899 'le was succeeded by W D Grove the superintendent from 18991902 Progress for a school system can be correlated administration faculty board of educattons and community Since 1902 two administrators have directed the development of the Ferguson High School Mr W W Griffith superintendent from 1902 to 1900 and Mr Virgil C McCluer his able succes sor from 1930 to the present ln 1903 the curriculum was extended to provide for a four year program the first four year high school in St Louis County In 1915 the high school became a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools ln 1925 the gymnasium and schoolrooms were erected and Miss Alice Hall was appointed principal The year 1930 brought many changes Mr V C McCluer succeeded Mr Griffith as supermten dent and plans were designed for a ne h h w rg school building In that year the Community Hall association donated to the District the site where the present Iunior High School the lohn M Vo t q High School was erected and named in honor of Mr. Iohn M. Vogt who was treasurer for nineteen years and a member of the Board of Education for twenty-two years. Miss 1-lall resumed her osi- P tion as principal at the new high school. In 1936 , the Board purchased about 25 acres on lanuary Avenue just west of the Wabash Club grounds. The new high school was erected h ere and opened in Sept mber 1939 for sophomores un ors and seniors Mr Frederick A Schulze a member of the faculty since 1925 succeeded as principal Funds appropriated by the WPA enabled many protects to be completed which oth rwise would have been prohibited The gulch bet ween the school and athletic field were eliminated and 11 o grading was completed by the WPA Mr 'VlcC1uer has stimulated great progress in the development of the curriculum L b a oratory Chemistry and commercial subiects were added 1 l n 940 Home Economics and Manual Arts were introduced The schools have had access to a Health Counsellor since 1940 Bus service has been ro d d p V1 e for students through two means by the two school busses obtained in 1946 and con tract service with the Ferguson Broadway Bus Co In 1937 Ferguson became a member of the Visual Educational Cooperative Schools of St Louis County The high school can boast of its cafeteria with modern equipment which serves approxi mately 50 per cent of the enrollment 1 n 1944 Mr Iohn S McCollum a member of the faculty since 1935 succeeded Mr Schulze as principal As his predecessors had faced the problem of rapd expanslon so too does Mr MCC llurn ln 1930 the new building was constructed to accommodate 450 stude ts more than had been enrolled To alleviate the cost of maintenance the board accepted tuition students from nearby areas as Florissant St F Iohn M Vogt School erdinand Moline Red Light Black lack etc Furthermcre in 1943 tl'e freshmen from Vogt lunior High were transferred to the Senior High Today the enrollment totals 600 or more students The Board had designs for additions to the new building with Federal Aid however when the Nar ended the aid wa cancelled However in this f year o the golden annixersary the Board plans to put the plcns into effect 59 ,t an W PQI, ,,,3,X-r' " ,-'if 'Y I qvlo J 1 I ll 1' ffjlf llflllfwl fcflllfff f Mfff ff ff f fnflffllllfl Wffffh V f f 'W' f flllfllfff j Afj ll fl If f 1 I Wffffft' ftifiiy if iff I Qnbfff ff 4 ! ffl! WAHM, 041, lf f Ifffffffffffffbwllhmf 0 Ni A fluff V ff Q! It P H' ff fZ Aff XI!! 4 Page Four ' e , , . y f N . 1 1 , ' . .I '- . . y x E I V , ,.-, . , ' ' rg ' I . I - 1 I 1 , . . c K. I, , . '. I . , ' . s . , , ' ' I M 4 I A , 1 f , I A ' ' 'V in V ' 1 A 1 i f ' A . 1 1 If he ,723 It my 44 " 1 ., I ' I . . h f ly' if V, ' swif t' Iwjf yn fftfl 9 directly with the quality of leadership found in its - ' A ,- 1 , - " - ' V ' I I I c .4 JV. 1' . - l 1 ' , - - - t rt 3 If t ' 1 1" . t C K I 0 ll . .lf ' X I W V' U ,, A . . Q n I I 4 M - i X 1. 1. K I ' 1 ' 'ff 1, XXII, I ' ' - 1 1 nf if ff- if 1 frff' , . ' f v . VL R yo, 1 1 . . ' , , Q IM ,,,,N,-' ""'! i T Jff 1, If- ff l 1 X ,I 9,1 ,Qi N1:t1v:':'-T55 . .I ' ' I . ' ff' rf , MMM! -In g

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V C MCCLUER A tam1l1ar personaltty on the Ferguson Hrgh School faculty IS Mr I S McCollum whom we know both as a teacher and as an admlmstrator Mr McCollum recexved h1s Bachelor of Sclence and Master ot Arts degrees at the Untversrty of Untverslty of MISSOUII and UHlV9IS1lY of lll1I'101S Before comtng to Ferguson Mr McCollum spent eleven years tn Northwest Mrssoun teachmg mathematlcs sclence and phystcal educatlon He was super1ntendent ot schools at Parnell Mrssoun for four years At Ferguson Mr McCollum has taught mathematlcs SCIQHCS and phystcal educa tton Now completing hlS fourth year as pr1nc1pal Mr McCollum ftrmly beheves that hrs posrtron does not requ1re h1m to dtctate school pol1c1es but to employ those whrch emerge through the cc operatlon of students faculty and the commumty at large Durlng h1s term as prrnctpal extra cur ncular act1v1t1es have re e1ved mcreased 1mpetus especlally along the ltnes ot student parttctpatlon Notable accomphshments rnclude the develop ment of a student body organlzatlon an organrzed guldance and counseltng program and the publt catron ot a student Handbook Dunng hrs care r as a teacher Mr M Collun has beer called upon to coach many sports tn cludrng basketball baseball track and wrestlmg He has en1oyed the past tour years as pnncrpal at Ferguson but regrets the fact that he does not have the tlme to become well acauarnted wrth more of the students H has mrssed the fnendly student teacher relatxonshtps made poss1ble 1n the lassroom and on the athlettc held lll0Ql'll'llQfl enf ana! l"ll'ICll0d!llI'QLf For the past etghteen years Mr Vtrgtl C lVlcCluer has supervtsed the Ferguson School D1 tnct through the trymg years ot the depressron World War ll and the raptd postwar expansron Alter recelvrng h1s Bachelor ol Arts Degree at Westmtnster College Mr McCluer enllsted tn the Marme Avtatlon Corps durtng Worla Vtfar l Re urnmg hrs teachtng career he con rnued hrs araduate work at litrksvtlle Cao Glrardeau and Mtssoun Un1vers1ty He taught math and scrence at Klrksvllle and hen be arne supenntend nt of schools at Troy He recelved hrs Ma ter of Arts Degr e from Washlngton Unrverslty In luly l9't0 Mr McCluer came to Fergu son as tts new supertntendent ot schools Srnce then hrs admrnrstrattve responslblltttes have been dommated bv the contlnual ex pans on of bulldlngs curnculum and enroll ment ln sp1te ot contmual expanslon the chret postwar probl m once agarn IS the lack ot adequate space for the mcreastng enroll ment However Mr Mccluer marntarns that the aualtty of schools ts d1rectly dependent on the tea hlng staff rather than bulldtngs centratea tndtvtdual attennon tn keeptng and attatnlng supenor teachers K I s Mccorrutft bil' rf 'Q ' ' ' s ' Q ' , - li A l A I , F 9 f c ' e . ' ' s ec i ' ' I' - . . ' ' ' l - e ' ' . . . , A I - . V I C A I Missouri. He has done graduate work at the and eC1UiDIT19T1l- COT1S9OlU6HllY, he has COU- ' ' e , . c 1 . e ' l ,- C I I ' .. P ge L' ' ' ll

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