Manhattan High School - Blue M Yearbook (Manhattan, KS)

 - Class of 1939

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-if at A 'A" -,.1,. l - fx, - f Past Times 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 Skinner- 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 'tie . 2 M. H. S. SILVER ANNIVERSARY 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. Present Times 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- ics. 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- waiian theme. 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, were given. 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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B L U E E 1 XT? E EEE ' 14 X 1939 d 1Q I ,, , Published by the Journalism an Printing Classes Of Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kansas May 1939

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3 TIME HONORED The particular appropriatness of dedicating the Blue M to Mr. Earl G. Darby is threefold: it lies not only in the fact that Mr. Darby has been a teacher in Manhattan High School since 1923, and has during all those years given excellent training in all kinds of wood-working and in mechanical draw- ingg but alone because he has been a definite instru- ment in character building among the students who have worked with him, and in his shop, but also it it fitting that we extend him this honor because he is a product of Manhattan High School, and what's more, a member of the first class to attend classes in this building. This being the twenty-fifth annversary of the first commencement held in this building f1914J,and this BLUE M being an anniversary issue, makes the staff proud to dedicate it to one who has been con- nected in such a splendid manner with the develop- ments, the successes, and the general improvement of Manhatta High School. It was in the fall of 1913 that Mr. Darby entered Manhattan High School. Working his way through school delayed his graduation some, and a year in the navy intervened between high school and col- lege. He taught one year during his college career and upon being graduated from K. S. C. in 1923, obtained a teaching position in M. H. S. In the sixteen years since that time, Mr. Darby has seen many things happen in M. H. S.g has known many boysg has been an instrument in developing self-re- 'iance, enlarging capacities and instilling qualities f sterling character in the lives of countless num- bers of individuals in a most effectual manner. Mr. Darby understands youth and puts into practical ope1'ation very workable theories regarding their education. His shop one of the best equipped wood-working shops in Kansas is always open for anyone's use: his knowledge and skill as a master workman he glady shares with those who ask him: he has the knack of letting those who come to him he they stu- dents or adults do their own work all the while chal- lenging them to do the best they can with the job at hand. Evidence of the effectiveness of his inspi- ration among his students are the large and elab- orate pieces of furniture they make now. Five years ago for a student to attempt the construction of a bedstead a vanity dresser, a desk or a gate-leg table, to say nothing of buffets, dining tables, and many in- tricacies such as in-lay work, was the unusual-al- most the unheard of thing. Mr. Darby's own con- struction of entire suites of furniture, and the dem- ocratic spirit of individual choices and development which pervades his shop have resulted in the mak- ing of many beautiful pieces of work as a regular feature of the achievements of his boys. Mr. Darby has the respect of his students, he has their friendship, he is a true teacher in every sense of the word, and we are proud here and now to do him the honor of dedicating this Blue M to him as a gesture of recognition of the many years of fine, constructive work he has done among students in Manhattan High School's twenty-five years of his- tory.

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