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The Junior High
Those of us who have lived and worked for five years in the spirit of
the Jefferson Junior High rejoice in the fact that our Superintendent, H. S.
Weet, more than a dozen years ago, caught the vision of the possibilities of
this new educational institution and was able to inspire our Board of Ed-
ucation with the enthusiasm that resulted in every section of the city being
provided with junior high school opportuities for its boys and girls.
Seventeen classes from school No. 5, 6, 7, 17, 21, 30, and 34, with their
teachers, were moved into the new Jefferson, September 1919 and gradually
one type of work after another was added, until in September 1920 Jefferson
became a full-fledged junior high school.
The plans for this school were drawn in accordance with such building
needs as had been dictated by experience in the Washington Junior High
School. The cost of Jefferson Junior High School was 2B736,994.30. Its work-
ing capacity is approximately fifteen hundred pupils. The building is not
complete for junior high work, however, since it does not possess the re-
quired provisions for health education. The site at Edgerton Park was pro-
vided by the city authorities. At the time this building was erected the city
planned to build adjacent to the school a recreation building suitably equip-
ped with gymnasiums, plunges, and other essentials in this field, this build-
ing to be used by the school during the day and by the adults of the com-
munity at such times as the school was not in session. Unfortunately for
the school this plan has not yet been realized.
During the seventh grade the pupils are all given the same subjects. At
the end of the seven A they may elect the commercial, foreign language or
technical course, continue the same until graduation, or change to another
course at the end of any semester. At the age of fourteen a boy may elect
the industrial course and a girl the household arts course, both described
later. Here three hours a day of shop work are given to the boys, and three
hours of cooking, sewing, millinery, or other hand work to the girls. Three
hours of academic work are given in addition to the handwork.
Club work one hour a week, when the pupils do the thing they want to
do with the companions they want to be with, helps in the performance of
the more arduous tasks of the so-called book work.
The Friday auditorium meeting brings the various grades together, de-
veloping a community spirit and esprit de corps that makes for democracy.
The junior high aims to make school a place where boys and girls live
the life they should live at the time the school has them, doing the things they
should do. learning the things they should learn, developing along all lines
rather then merely academic: for the education that best fits for the future
is the education that best fits for today.
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Jefferson Junior High
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