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Published by the Journalism an Printing Classes
Of Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kansas
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During its 25 years of growth and development,
M. H. S. has seen many changes.
The size of the graduating classes has increased
immeasurably. There were 51 members in the first
graduating class in 1917. This year's class will
have about 191 members. Including ninth grade,
the enrollment in 1915 was 375, in 1925 it had jump-
ed to 7653 and last year it was 888.
Since 1913' numerous changes have been made in
the course of study. At that time three fields were
followed-general course, college preparatory, and
normal training. Latin, French, English, and Ger-
man were taught, chemistry, physics, and botany
were offered, manual training, foods, clothing, art
and music were also taught. Agriculture was in-
stalled in 1916, and 1918 saw the first commercial
course. The first classes in public speaking and
debate started in about 1927. These were dropped
during the depression and resumed in 1936 by Ted
Many and varied clubs have been organized
through the years. M Club, one of the oldest, was
organized in 1914. A high school branch of Y. W.
C. A. was organized in 1917, while a group of boys
became affiliated with Hi-Y in 1918. La Societe
Francais, Art Club, G. A. A., Blue Dragons, F. F.
A., Senate Club, and Science Club followed. Those
organized since 1936 are Music Club, Commercial
Club, Etta Kette Club, and Aviation Club.
Beginning in 1936, the first Student Council was
called the School Council. This body did no actual
goerning, but debated on worthy issues. In '33 its
name was changed to Student Council, and in 1936
the Council was reorganized to give students di-
rect voice in governing affairs. Hurst Majors drew
up a constitution passed in 1938.
School dances came about largely due to the work
of the Student Council. The first school dance,
the Sr.-Jr., came in 19361. That same year the Jr.-
Sr. was a banquet-dance. The next year dancing
was extended to the all-school party. This party,
being such a success, has been continued and called
the Pigskin Prom in honor of the football team-
Football history in M. H. S. has been colorful.
Winning teams have come in cycles. In the early
'20's we had good teams. One season's team hung up
thai record of seven games won, none lost, and two
M. H. S.
The Blue M. has been compiled in the hope that it
will in the coming years be a memento of the many
memories of 1938-39 in Manhattan High School-
As it comes to the seniors and underclassmen. the
staff hopes that it records the highlights in the
school year of 38 and 39 in a way which is pleasing
and interesting to all.
620 students entered the gates of M. H. S. in the
fall of 1938 to make a slighty smaller enrollment
than last year. The new teachers who joined the
faculty were Coach Frank Prentupg Miss Snider,
Latin and English, Mr. Hopkins, public speaking,
dramatics and debate, Miss Wilmore, home econom-
The most enjoyable affairs of the year were the
Pigskin Prom, the annual all-school football dance,
the Senior-Junior, a military ball which was well-
attended by seniors and juniors, and the Junior-
Senior, a formal banquet and dance using the Ha-
During the year three worthwhile plays were pro-
duced under the able direction of Mr- Hopkins. The
Hi-YH-G.R. play, "Take My Advice", was a comedy
whose cast was composed of seniors. "The Night of
January 16th", the junior play, p1'esented a triai
scene in a courtroom. "The Torchbearers," was a
comedy involving the loves of actors with part of
the action taking place backstage.
Neither the football nor the basketball season was
entirely successful, but the boys played their best
and the student body appreciated their efforts. Man-
hattan was runner-up in the regional basketball
tournament at Clay Center in March.
The basketball team was honored at the basketball
banquet given by the Pep Club March sixth. About
160 students and teachers attended.
The exchange orchestra concert with Topeka was
the high light of the year in a musical way. For
the first time in several years, the chorus classes
presented an operetta, "The Chimes of Normandy".
In May selections from "The Mikado", a light opera,
With an increased enrollment in the senior class.
the National Honor Society increased its member-
ship to 28. Last year the membership was 25.
The members of the 1939 class elected to the society
were Lawrence Alden, Mary Margaret Arnold, Jo-
anne Aubel, Denzil Bergman, Barbara Bouck, Bar-
bara Bower, Faye Clapp, Norman Crook, Edith
Dawley, Audrey Durland, Mary Louise Emery,
Betty Ann Faubion, Marjorie Goldstein, Edith
Hanna, Bill Hines, Aileen Hostinsky, Ruth Jenkins,
Ruth Kretzmeier, Margaret Mack, Marian Penley,
Merrill Peterson, Dorothy Ratliff, Norman Ross,
Wilma Jean Shull, Helen Stagg, Dorothy May
Summers, Donald Sollenberger, and Sara Winkler.
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