Paris High School - Arena Yearbook (Paris, IL)

 - Class of 1942

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OUR NEW GYM From the architect’s drawing. 11

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PARIS TODAY In 1841 Reverend Henry I. Venable organized the Edgar Academy on a six-acre tract where the Catholic Church now stands. Scarcely a family in Edgar County from 1841 to I836 failed to be represented in the clientele of that school. In 1848 a Methodist Seminary was erected on the present Mayo School site; the church built the first two stories and a temperance society built the third and used it as a meeting ball. When the Paris Union School District was organized in 1860. this building became a public school. In 1875 the site was purchased from the Methodist Church, and the building was used for school purposes until destroyed by fire in 1881. It was replaced by a three story brick building erected on the same site in 1882. This building was used for both grade and high school until 1909. In 1871 the new district opened its first free publicly supported high school with Professor Alfred E. Harvey as superintendent. Grammar, rhetoric, ancient and modern history, four years of Latin, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, chemistry, botany, zoology, physiology, and mental philosophy were taught. The high school department moved into a new two-story building on South Main Street on February 9. 1909. At this time there were nine teachers in high school and a student body of two hundred fifty. The new building contained about twenty-



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five classrooms with laboratories for chemistry and physics, biology, and domestic science. Rapid growth in this department soon rendered the new building inadequate, and in 1922 two wings were added, which gave an auditorium with a seating capacity of eight hundred, a modern gymnasium, and ten more classrooms. After the high school department was moved from the old building in 1907. the name was changed to Mayo. This building was occupied by the grades until 1927 when it was so badly damaged by fire that the walls were razed and a new building erected on the same site in 1928. In 1936 the high school was again enlarged by the addition of a new library, built between the assembly and the gym, ami new dressing rooms were added to the gym. By 1910 we were again overcrowded, and the taxpayers voted money for a new gvm-nasium and classrooms. The new gym is now in the process of construction. It occupies one-fourth of a block behind the main building with entrances on Madison Street and Central Avenue. When completed this building w ill have a seating capacity of approximately four thousand. The music and home economics departments w ill he moved into this new building. At present we have a faculty of twenty-nine members and a student body of approximately six hundred fifty. A viewr of tin square.

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