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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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B L U E
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' 14 X 1939
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Published by the Journalism an Printing Classes
Of Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kansas
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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
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-
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