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6 THE KENNEDY YEAR-BOOK IMtlMIIHIIMHItMIMtMIIIIMiniilHIMIMMIIIMniMiltlMllllltllMIIMIIIIIIHMIlMMIMtlMIIIIMIIIIMIIMItllllllMlllltllMMMIIMMMMIIMMMMIIMIIIIMIIIIMIIIIitllMHIMIIMltinMMIIIIIIMHIMItlMIIMIIIMIHIMlI TEN YEARS AT KENNEDY In tile year 1929. Windsor Collcjfiate branched out once more. The student body crowded it to overflowiiifj for the fourth time in a decade— a new school had to he built, which became known as the Honorable W. C. Kennedy C. I., named after the late Hon. W. C. Kennedy, who represented Windsor in the King Cabinet as Minister of Railways and Canals. .Much thought was put into the location of this school by the I’oard of h ' ducation of 1928, and as time has proven, tlie site is most suitable. Jack.son I’ark makes a beautiful complement to a I ' uilding carefully planned in its architecture, and in its capacity for accommodation for both academic and athletic needs. The brilliant opening of the school on October 9th. 1929. at 11 a.m.. by X ' iscount and Viscountess Willingdon. is a day long to be remembered, ' riiousands of citizens of Windsor, as well as our students, crowded through the halls after the school had been opened with a golden key by the Governor - General of Canada. Since then, many celebrities have signed our Visitors’ Hook, among them Cord and Lady Bessborough. Lieutenant-Governor Dr. Bruce. Premier Fergu¬ son, Dr. Sim])son, Minister of Ifducation, and many others. One of the first events in the school was a contest to find a suitable motto. This gave rise to our present .-Mtiora Peto, translated by Mr. Hooper, who was then supervising principal, as “Hitch your wagon to a star.” From that time our Kennedy C. L has endeavoured to live up to this motto. F ' rom the year the school was opened to the present time, we have never been without a championship W.O.S.S.. . team of some kind, in athletics, .spelling, or public speaking. In the o])ening years—from 1930 to 19.M, the Girls’ Basketball team was a consistent W.().S.S.. . and j)rovincial championshi]) winner. In 1936 and 1937 the Senior boys won both the W.( .S.S.-A. and the Senior Provincial Championship. In 1938 the Junior team won the W.f).S.S.. . cham- pionshii). . ' poi ular sport from the outset has been swimming. In tbe last ten years tbe girls have lost the City Chami)ionship but once, and the boys very seldom. Outstanding swimmers have been developed in our i ooL which is one of the finest in the province. The Kerr family, Ruth and Gordon, became internationally known. Ruth represented Canada at the Olympics in Los . ngeles and Gordon in Germany. Gortlon also took part in the Briti.sh Ivmpire Games at Ham¬ ilton, Ontario, and .-Vustralia. Track teams from Kennedy have alwa 3 ' s been among tbe best. Man ' of our students have broken W.O.S.S.- ' V. records in track and field event.s, ,md have brought honour to ns at Pro- viuci;il track meets. I ' he most outstanding stars who attended Kennedy were John Loaring and Bill I ' ritz. Both of these bovs represented Canada at the Olympic games in Germanv. Bill was with us only a verv short time in 1929, and then transferred to Walkerville C. I., but John completed his five ye;irs with us and won a Sir .Arthur Curry Scholarship at the L ' niversity of Western Ontario. He was fortunate enough to be picked as one of the twelve bf)ys chosen to represent Canada at the Briti.sh Empire School¬ boy Track and Field Games, held in .Australia in 1934. He returned to Australia later to re})resent Canada in the British limpire Games. The colours he wore as a representative of our school in •Australia ma - be seen in our trojjh} ' case. Hockey was first introduced into our school by .Mr. Wills in 1933 and in the season of 33-34, the Junior team won the local district cham¬ pionship, but lost the final W.O.S.S..A. game to Stratford by a 3-2 score—a splendid showing for a new sport. Since then Kennedv has had a Senior and a Junior liockej ' team which have alwa ’S given a good account of themselves. One of our boj’S, Harold Jackson, since graduating from the school, has been jdaying professional hockey in the National or Inter - National League. Harold was. incidentallv, the Inter¬ mediate W.O.S.S..A. Track Chamirion in 1934 and broke the records for the high juni]) and the pole vault. The Rugb ' teams have alwaj ' s pla ' ed a prom¬ inent ])art in school sports. In 19.10, Kenned ’ Seniors won the local .grouj) title, and in 1931. the W.O.S.S..A. Championshii . .Again, in 19.16 and 1937, the Senior team won the W.( ).S.S..A. title. The Junior I ' ootball team, n ot to be
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8 THE KENNEDY YEAR-BOOK ....Ill.I...I.....Ill.........I.mil........ DiiUlonc, won the Junior V.( ).S.S.A. in 19.H :m l 19.?5, ainl also in 19.?8 and 1939. I ' lius in ten years, Kennedy Koothall teams won the V ’.( cliain])ionshii) seven times—a record that is hard to duplicate. In this .si)ort. as in the others mentioned, we have had many outstand- injr stars. Alf Hurley. Brian Casey. Joe Krol. Bill ’I ' emkow. and ' Pony Ciolah. ' Pile first four (jf these al.so won the Sir . rthur Currie Scholarship at the L’niversity of Western Ontario. W ith the introduction of Music to our curriculum in l‘ 37, a Cilee Clul) was formed, and a school orchestra was developed. We can hardly think of .Music in our school prior to this time without associatiiifi the name of Bernard Yuffy with it— Bernie. as he is familiarly known. to|arether with his hrother, Murray, wrote our present school stno ' . Bernie and Walter ' Pronianko were honoured hy heiiifj chosen as two of four ()ntario schoolhoys to represent Canada in a British I ' .mpire Boys’ Hand at hondon, lvnj,dand. We continue to have outstandinjj musicians in our school, and this year, Donald MacCuaig was invited to go to New York to play over a National Radio I look-up. (Iratory has been a high light at Kennedy and no little credit can he given to the teachers of the h ' .nglish Department for developing .such outstanding winners in W.().S.S.. ' . competitions as William Lowe. Dick C.rayhiel. C.wyneth New- hold. Kenneth McIntyre, Jack Wheelton, .Mhert Cohen and Joan Hathaway. In this lime Kennedy has won the Junior Oratorical shield oftener than anv other school in Western )ntario, and thereby holds it in |)ermanent |)ossession. The school has alwa s been proud of our orators and essay writers. On many occasions «)ne or two students have won monetary prizes for writing essays. Imt it was not until this year, 1940, that Kennedy won prizes almost wholesale. In the Hydro h ' ssay contest, Kennedy students won twenty-three prizes amounting to si.xty-seven dollars, tint of a possible total of fifty-four i»rizes—a truly remark- al l ' feat. ' I ' he growth of the student body has heem very great. ' Phe school opened with a few more than six humlred students and this year our enrolment was over one thousand. Only once before in our .school’s history has this been the case. New teachers have been engaged from time to time, until we now have a staff of thirty-two. including our school nurse and the teachers of Home h ' co- noinics and Manual ' Praining. .Many of our students graduate with first class honours and each year sees several students winning University awards. ' Phe Sir .Arthur Currie Scholarship has been won by Kennedy boys five times; its winning depends on both academic and athletic ability. It has been our privilege to have a .scholarship student return to our school as a teacher of Classics—Miss I lughes. ICvery student should strive towards the goal of schoiarshii). . ll may not win, bnt in the striv¬ ing much success is gained. ' Phe efforts put forth and the habits formed are likely to carry over into other fields of endeavour. 1 have confidence that in future years Kenne ly C. I. will contimie to send out stinlents wlu) will bring honour and distinction to their .Alma Mater. So many activities devekip in a school the size of ours, that it is difficult to enumerate all. ' Phe Dramatic Society annually entertains the student body with its fine productions. ' Phe Literary Society, the League of Nations C.roup, the Junior Red Cross, the Chess Club, the Current Kvents Club, the Christian I ' ellowship Club, the Radio Club, the Camera Club and the Stamp Club are some of the organizations that have helped foster the sjiirit of good fellowship which has prevailed throughout the school since it was organized. In 19.?0 .Mr. .A. (L Hooper was called to the Department of lulucation in ' Poronto to become one of the High School Inspectors. .Mr. (L S. Campbell, the Vice-I’rincipal, then became prin- cijial. He held this position until November of 19.R), whe n he was appointed Superintendent of Schools for the City of Windsor. It was during .Mr. Campbell’s first year as Principal that the Forum was r»rganized. It is made up i ( the student body who elect their own officers at a general election in September each year. ' Phese officers, representing each grade in the school, a«hninister all student activities, through various committees, which raise money through dances and sports to finance trips of school teams, buy uniforms and awards, and sui»ply special needs of the school not otherwise provided. Mr. Knapp has acted as a capable adviser from its inception, bnt itearly every teacher in the school is associ¬ ated with it through committees. .Mr. Campbell was succeeded by .Mr. Leonard Wheelton, Princii)al of Patterson Collegiate Institute, who carried on in his usual efficient manner and maintained the high standards of his predecessors. ' Phe untimely death of .Mr. Camj)- bell in July, PH9, w:is very keenly felt by .all who had been associated with him ; the schools, especially Kennedy, lost a very dear friend, and the community at large an outstanding educator. In September of that year. Mr. Wheelton was .il)pointed by the Board of Ivducation to take up the duties of Superintendent of Schools and he, in turn, was succeede l by the jiresent Principal. .A decade has passed. I have tried to tell of some of the accomplishments of our school, but the future lies ahead. ' Phe last ten years were } ears of peace, but now that dread monster VY.ar iias raised its head and interfered with normal life, let us pray that we may be able to continue our democratic ways and hope that not loo many jf us may have to give our lives in serving its cause. We must be free. We must carry on our institutions as in the past. Our girls and boys must bear the t(jrch for the generations to come. VN ' hat sacrifices we may endure are not yet written, but what ever they be. I believe our stu¬ dents. instillerl with the desire to live u]) to the past, will accomplish greater deeds and write new records in the years to come. —.A. ]■ ' . S. ( ' iill)crt.
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