The gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1912-1925, May 22, 1924, Page PAGE FOUR, Image 4

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1924 Graduating Class of Heppner High School
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For a number of years there were two literary
societies in the Heppner school. These mere the
Ciceronians and the Philomathians. About four
years ago they were allowed to go down. This
year two new ones were organized, the Arions and
Heppnenans. The membership of these societies
embraces a large part of the student body. The
Arions maintain a scholarship requriement for en
trance while the Heppnerians admit any who are
interested and anxious to work along literary lines.
These societies have put on several programs be
fore the student body this year. Another feature
earned on by the Heppnerians has been the pub
lication of a mimeoerarhed rarer of interest to
the students.
Interclass debate has been greatly stimulated
through the presentation to the school by the Patron-Teacher
association of a cup to be awarded to
the winning class each year. Three classes entered
competition for it, Freshmen, Sophomores, and
Juniors. In the contests this year the honor was
awarded by the judges to the Freshman class.
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Commencement exercises for the class of 1924
began with the Junior-Senior banquet at the Hotel
Heppner, Friday evening. Under the leadership
of Miss Chambers, the Junior class advisor, the
banquet had been elaborately planned to represent
the idea of a ship finishing her voyage. The whole
scene was tastily decorted with the class colors.
The huge table, around which some 40 guests were
seated was designed to represent the ship of
"1924," while the whole program, toasts, favors
and all were in wonderful harmony with the sym
bolism which was being carried out.
Sunday evening baccalaureate services were
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held at the Christian church Rev. V. 0. Livingstone
delivering the sermon. Tuesday and Wednesday
the final examinations were scheduled while Thurs
day the annual school picnic was the order of the
day. Friday evening at 8 o'clock commencement
exercises will be held in the high school auditor
ium. Prof. N. H. Cornish of the Oregon Agricul
tural College has been invited to deliver the main
address of the evening.
The Senior class of 1924 consists of 18 members,
listed above. Four of the girls, Doris Flynn, Violet
Hynd, Dorothea Anderson, Fay Ritchie, with two
of last year's class, Reatha Owen and Frances Par
ker, have completed the teacher training course
and are entitled to certificates to teach.
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The Hehisch Staff
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K-'iitor in Chief . Bnines Manager Circulation Manager
Literary Atfiietic Jokei Society
Music and Drama AiUnt Editor Athletica
The Hchi&ch is the name of the Hepp
ner H:gh School annual. It is a word that
Webster never knew. Evidently it was
coined by Spencer Crawford who was the
first editor and put out the first edition of
the annual in 1915. In that annual he tells
us "how it happened "the word is made
up of the first Ictitrs of the words Hepp
ner High School.
The book has been put out regularly
each year since that time and with each
succeeding year the editors have endeav
ored to prolit by the mistakes of the past.
Tins year the annual contains &6 pages,
rich in cuts o( student life and made up of
articles on the social, literary, athletic and
other organizational activities of the
school. The book is purely a student pub
lication, the faculty having but little to do
with it. This year the editor-in-chief is
Austin Smith with Bernice Woodson as
business manager. These two students,
with a large corps of assistants and con
tributors have put out the book.
The cost of the 1924 annual is a little
more than $500. This is paid mainly from
two sources, the advertising and the sale
of annuals, with the student body making
up the deficit. Something over 200 copies
have already been sold at $1.25 each, and
indications are that the amount the stu
dents will be called upon to pay will be
For the first time in five years there has been
a change in the music department. Mrs. Bernice
Dafoe Hopper was granted a leave of absence ear
ly in November and Miss Isabelle Steele arrived
about the middle of the month to continue the
work. No drastic changes were made except the
addition of the orchestra work, which was formerly
in the hands of the students themselves. The
mixed chorus was continued and girls' and boys'
quartets chosen.
The mixed chorus is composed of nearly thirty
members who are always ready and willing to help
in any school entertainment. The chorus was or
ganized at the beginning of the school year 1923
1924. It consists of the following members:
First sopranos: Aura Gentry, Audrey Beymar,
Mary Farley, Violet Hynd, Grace Buschke, Kath
leen Mahoney, Kathleen Monahan, Marguerite His
ler. Lois Livingstone, Faye Ritchie.
Mezzo sopranos: Reta Crawford, Velma Huston,
Lucile McDuffee.
Altos: Marjorie Clark, Velma Fell, Louise Thom
son, Cecilia Kenny.
Tenors: Bruce Spalding, Austin Smith.
Baritones: Earl Merritt, John Turner, Francis
Basse"s: Emery Goodman, Duck Lee.
The Girls' and Boys' Quartets.
A girls' quartet and a boys' quartet have been
selected from the mixed chorus. Among the num
bers which have been prepared by the girls' quartet
are A Ltitle Pink Rose and Whisnenne Hooe.
The quartet expects to take part in the commence.
ment exercises.
Members of the girls' quartet are:
First soprano, Violet Hynd. '
Second soprano, Leola Bennett.
First Alto, Faye Ritchie.
Second alto, Marjorie Clark.
The boys' quartet was not organized until the
middle of the year. They have not as yet made
a public appearance. The members are:
First tenor, Bruce Spalding.
Second tenor, Austin Smith.
Baritone, Earl Merritt.
Bass, Duck Lee.
Students of the High School who satisfactorily
meet certain academic and athletic requirements
are awarded the gold letter H. Holders of these
letters are organized under the name of the "H
Club. This organization was formed in 1923. Its
objects are to preserve the best traditions of the
school, promote clean athletics and scholarship
in oraer io ne accepted into tne ciuo an H man
must be doing passing work in four subjects. When
,ie falls below this standard he is dropped from
the club. The present members are Carl Cason.
Francis Doherty, Harold Bccket, Ralph Moore, Eu
gene Doherty, Ed Bell, Crockett Sprouls, Emery
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From the standpoint of administration
and organization several changes and im
provements have been made in the school
system. First of all, the school district has
been enlarged somewhat by the inclusion
within its borders of four sections of land
lying along Hinton creek. This addition
slightly increases the number of children
and adds to the taxable valuation some
thing over $13,000.
At the beginning of last year, the com
mercial department which had been in the
discard for a number of years was re-established.
In re-placing the department
in the school it was the idea of the board
that it must function in a more efficient
manner than it had done in the past if it
was to justify its existence. Standards and
requirements for the department were ac
cordingly raised. Only those students who
by past performance in other lines showed
a disposition and ability to profit by the
work were admitted to the course. Some
thing over 30 students are now enrolled.
Miss Fleet has had charge of the work
which has been of a high order. This is
shown by the fact that in the typing tests
recently given, nearly every student was
able to demonstrate an efficiency 50 per
cent greater than the minimum required
by the state for the first year's work.
The science laboratory has been equip
ped with new material and apparatus for
the teaching of the sciences physics, chem
istry, biology, and general science which
the school offers.
The library, within the past two years
has also been greatly enlarged, re-catalogued
and accession records made. It has
the past year been admirably conducted
by student volunteer librarians under the
supervision of a faculay member. Some
member of the force is on duty there at
all hours of the day.
The Heppner High School offers four
years English, four years science, three
years mathematics, two years Latin, tea
cher's training, commercial, home econ
omics, and music.
A few weeks ago, the high school was
thoroughly inspected by Mr. E. F. Carlton,
representing the Northwest Association of
Secondary and Higher Schools who rec
ommended it for membership in that asso
ciation. Out of 255 high schools in the
state Heppner is the 27th to meet the
requirements. For a number of years the
high school has been recognized as stand
ard by the State Department of Oregon
and the colleges of the state. This new
recognition gives the school standing in
other states and enables its graduates to
be received without question in the col
leges and universities of those states.
In the grade school there have been no
radical changes. The main emphasis has
been in the direction of "taking up the
slack" and increasing the efficiency along
the whole line. Standard tests have been
given in the " principal subjects in all
grades in order to determine the amount
of work done during the year and to en
able us to compare the level of the work
done in the Heppner schools with that in
other schools throughout the country. By
the aid of these and other tests we endeav
or to discover in each grade the stronger
pupils who by special promotion are al
lowed to advance as fast as age and abil-.
ity will permit. This also allows the
teacher to devote more attention to the
slower pupils who remain in her grade and
gives the whole school a better and more
even classification.
In the recent state examinations for the
eighth grade, 25 pupils took it and only
one pupil failed in one subject.
The enrollment this year has been some
what large and conditions a little crowded
both in the grades and high school, al
though not to an extent that interferes ser
iously with work. Two hundred eighty
eight pupils have been enrolled in the
erades and 137 in the hi'eh school.
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All of the present teaching force has been re
elected for the coming year in both high school and
grades with the exception of Miss Christ, in the
4th grade, who was elected in Portland, and Misses
Steele and Melick, in the high school. These two
teachers came to us as replacements during the
year and were not applicants for re-election. The
faculty for the coming year as elected by the board
is as follows:
E. H. Hedrick, superintendent and Latin; I. A.
Mather, mathematics and science; Miss Johnnie F.
Fleet, English and commercial; Miss Harriet
Chambers, home economics and algebra; Miss
Josephine Kirtley of Eugene, history, civics and
English. Music instructor to be selected.
Breynton R. Finch, 8th grade; Miss Gertrude
Davies, 7th grade; Miss Lorena Wright, 6th grade;
Mrs. Breynton R. Finch, 5th grade; Miss Harriet
Case, 4th grade; Mrs. Opal Clark, 3rd grade; Mrs.
Elizabeth Dix, 2nd grade; Mrs. Edna Turner, 1st
This year Heppner High School sup
ported three major athletic activities, foot
ball, basketball and baseball. It is the
aim of the school to secure the participa
tion of all students in these sports who are
eligible to enter. From the large group
of try-outs the teams that are to compete
with other schools are picked.
Football enjoyed a very successful sea
son. In the upper Columbia league, seven
games were played and six of these were
won. This year the school loses three of
her first string men by graduation. They
are Buseick, Doherty and Cason, but oth
ers are on hand to replace them and with
the other men one year older in experience
prospects for next year are very bright.
The basketball season was also a suc
cess. Though a little hard luck was en
countered on the start, the school emerged
with the championship of the eastern div
ision of the upper Columbia league.
The girls' team, under the tutelage of
Miss Chambers and Miss Anita Turner,
played four garnes, winning three and end
ing the fourth in a tic.
In baseball Heppner won five of her
seven scheduled games and should have
done better had it not been that other
school and class activities operated to in
terfere with and shorten the schedule.
In basketball as well as baseball consider
able new material turned out for practice
this year and under the guidance of Mr.
Mather, learned the rudiments of the
game. Though there will be some loss
of material through graduation, Heppner
should easily be in the championship
class again.
Financially football is self-supporting,
but the other athletics are not. The rev
enue for carrying them on is secured very
largely through student programs, plays
and "smokers." In putting qn these plays
the High School has always been loyally
assisted by the local theatre and they have
been splendidly supported by the people
of the community. During the past two
years expenses have been rather heavy.
Almost the whole equipment was purchas
ed new but by the close of the year all
expenses will have been met and the stu
dent treasury will be able to show a small
In presenting this page of Heppner
High School departments and activities
during the past year, The Gazette-Times
is indebted to the Hehisch for the cuts, and
the co-operation of Prof. E. H. Hedrick
for the write-ups. The Hehisch, produced
in our plant, was placed in the hands of
the students last week. This year's edition
consists of 96 pages bound in a handsome
gold embossed, dark blue cover. It is
a fitting example of the progress of Hepp
ner High School under the supervision of
Mr, Hedrick,