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September 9, 1997
Pu’Dlished I^i-^Veekly by the Students of
'rui: Grek.\si50ko High School
Greenslxu'O, X. C.
Founded b,/ the ('lass of ’21
Entered as Second-Class IMatter at tbe
Post Otlice, GreensboTO, Xb C.
BusUk'sh MuiWjcr .
I )ick Burrougbs
. J. I). McNairy
.... Ed Davant
. . Jack Kleeineir
.1 ssocki te E(El tors
Henry Biggs Louis Brooks
John M. Brown
Ella May Barbour Irene Mc-Fadyen
Margaret Britton IMargaret Betts
Art E(Etor Ed Turner
Virginia Simmons Itutb Stinnett
Jules Squires J'heresa Marks
Mary L. Benbow
Mary 11. Robinson
Alma Garrett Coltrane
Miss Nell Chilton
A New Tendency
A new system has been introduced in
G. II. S. whereby a student may make
his own schedule; that is, he may
•hoose tbe subjects he desires to take,
)ick the teachers which he wants, and
lave his lessons at the hour which he
likes if they are available at that hour.
Besides relieving the principal, the
lean, and the teachers of much un-
aecessafy work and worry, tliis plan is
highly beneficial to the student. It
leaves the pupil to use his own intiative
and judgment in arranging his diiily
work; it gives him a share in the man
agement of the school in so tar as
his schedule is concerned, and it does
much to eliminate one of the most deli-
■ate and difficult problems of school
life, that of a student having a teach
er who is tempernientally or otherwise
unsuited to him. X'aturally in a facul
ty of forty or more there are certain
teachers which a student would rattier
have tlian others; now he may get
EDUCATING THE EDITOR
(The real education conies from a
knowledge of life in all of its phases.
It is from his meager acquaintance
with life, gained through experience,
observation, and conversation that the
editor will draw his material for this
column. He is being educated—a task
that will never he completed.)
“AN OLD, OLD STORY”
A SONG OF THE FRESHIE
I ain’t never seen the big sights.
Ain’t never seen the towns,
Ain’t never seen the bright lights.
Nor heard the wicked sounds.
I ain’t never been to school before,
Ain’t never read no books,
Ain’t never heard the teachers roar
X"or seen them dirtj’ looks.
I’ve learned my simple lessons
And I’ve done by little task.
I’ve always got the hlessin’
From the great God that I ask.
’Lliis plan is only a part of a great And so I’ve come to school today
movement which is su'eeping our With many adulations,
, 1 1 It nuiN And I’ll always he a fool, they say,
schools and colleges of todaj. mis i
Is known as the “Youth Movement.’
It tends to secure more liberty of
thought and action for the individual
student. More and more educators are
coming to realize that the iron-hand
ruled school of our fathers and grand
fathers did not fulfil the purposes of
education. Today the teacher is not a
king M'ho rules cruelly from his throne,
but a guide who directs and helps a
student in his attitudes of life as well
q’ill I git my education.
BACK TO SOME BACKBONE
“Back to school again,” I greeted my
friend, John McGrundy, as we returned
“Yes,” he replied, “always back to
“M'ell,” I observed drily, “what do
you think of the modern backward
“Oh, yes, backwardness and dumb
ness are synonymous. ’They are quite
Each year the opening of school
brings among other things a new group
of students and new teachers. ’To all
of these High Life wishes to extend
a welcome, and offer encouragement
for their work in this new environment.
’fo the Freshmen we say, that the
paddles exhibited by worthy members
of the upper classes do not offer all the
trials and tribulations at which they
hint. Neither will the same upper
classmen, once their acquaintance is
made, prove to be the wild horde they
at times seem. ’True, you will be
looked down upon on occasion by the
potentates, on occasions seemingly be
ignored, yet withal we know you are
here, and we will not disregard your
merits. And again there is the consola
tion that in due time you will your
selves be upper classmen.
’To the new teachers we would say
that we are not as incorrigible as we
often appear, neither are we as lack
ing in ability. Ours are the weak-
nessess—or be they the virtues—of
youth, yet as our veteran instructors
have learned, we are neither wholly un
worthy, nor unappreciative of your
efforts in our behalf.
Ills book studies. The teaoher ot the in't"'nleiit I should say.
1 “You dont get
present day suggests and persuades
rather than drives and dominates as
of other days.
’The innaugaration of this plan of
making schedules is the .first clear-cut
sign of the new movement having
reached our school with the consent
and approval of the authorities. AVe
hope that this will be only a beginning
toward allowing the students to have
me.' I mean the
backward intellectual and artistic
movements. There is a ‘Back to Na
ture,’ ‘Back to Art.’ ‘Back to Methuse
lah,’ and back to ‘anything you want
movemjpnt on evprv .hand,”
“’These are quite worth while,
think,” replied John. “It’s a good
movement if it tends to get back to the
reality of life.”
“’That’s just what they’re driving
for; to get away from this superficial
more liberties in their school. AA’^ith artificial, unnatural mode of existence
this the students will feel tlmt the | I'm tO‘' “ ■>«'' inovement, though, which
school is really their own. ’They will
I am thinking of launching in this
want to share in the responsibilities
of its management and help in shaping
its destinies. ’They will do it gladly,
sincerely, and agreeably.
Well, it is consoling
that experts now have the matter of a
new high school location in hand.
It is well to be back in the old stall.
’To he thrust into a palace after these
years of Avaiting might harmfully start
an epidimic of “agastasia."
For a sound preventative “AA'e’’ is
favored, and used here for that reason.
Not the editorial “we,” but the Lind
On second thought uplifters will pos
sibly find solace in masterful criticism
of the width and quality of the mod
ernized “Road to Roam.”
Like prodigals we have returned to
our alma mater. It matters not how
distasteful the change we console our
selves by saying that we “choose” to
’There will be a measure more of
freedom and responsibility on the stu
dents in the new plan of student
AA’e return to the task of learnin
how little we know. Perhaps begin
ning the grind again would be much
easier if we continued to know what
little we had learned.
’The one is ethical, and therefore
frequently used by journeymen; the
other is unasuming and is rarel.v used
in a spirit of frankness, candor, and
school, which tends to make individ
uals,” I asserted, warming up to my
“AATiadda yu want to be indiivdua
for’? It ain’t the style no longer.”
“That’s just the reason I want to
for us to know | start it, John. I ivant you to help me
make it the style. We want people to
have some backbone. Yes, backbone’s
the word. ‘Back to some backbone,
will be our battle cry. John, I think
it is your duty to join us and help put
this thing across.”
“Duty—ah, another meaningless
“You see,” I continued, “when stu
dents know that its the ‘thing’ to do,
they’ll start it.”
“But look here, Mr. Smart Fellow,
how do you know this thing is done. I
don’t believe people will do it. It just
“AA’ho cares whether it is done or
not’? Can’t we do it and then it’ll be
“Yes, and get yourself into a peck of
trouble with the authorities.”
“You’re so blamed practical. AATiy
not be martyrs to a great cause for
“Not for me. AVhen I know it isn't
A Plea for Loyalty
'To the Students:
I am enthusiastic about this year. It
seems to me that we are starting out
under unusually fortunate circum
stances in that this is a very fine group
of experienced teachers who are ready
to work with and for you. ’They have
worked and planned during the sum
mer to be more able to guide you.
Of course we don’t have everything
we want and need as far as a physical
l)lant is concerned, hut there’s a cer
tain joy in doing a thing well in he
face of difficulties. Let’s all plan to
have that joy when this year is ended.
I £im oiithusiastie for liiori - Lir-n,
scholarship, the handbook, debating,
athletics, Uoniespiin, etc., etc., every
thing that is of your plans and dreams.
My plea is for loyalty and conscien
tious work on the part of everyone.
Loyalty to your school, your teacher,
each other, and most of all to the high
ideals you have set for yourselves—‘
and conscientious work on every single
task that you set jmur hand to. Better
not start a task at all if you can’t put
your best into it.
I am for you in every noble under
taking and with you in your difficul
ties. Just keep in mind hat each of
us has a part to play and that all of
us are working ogether for a better and
C. AY. Phillips.
“THE OLD CLOCK ON THE STAIR”
Old Faithful, the tormentor of hu
man nerves, has been assigned to per
manent oblivion by some benefactor
who had the highest interest of the
high school at heart. For a number
THE ’27 REFLECTOR
’The story of the class of ’27, most
of whom are now freshmen to be at
various colleges, is permanently record
ed in the Reflector of 1927. ’This latest I done and the authorities won’t approve.
G. H. S. yearbook, edited by Beverly
Aloore under the faculty direction of
Aliss Laura ’Tillett, appeared in honor
of the mid-term and June graduating
classes of he past year. Copies were
distributed during the last week of
’The volume was dedicated to Mr.
“Bobby” AA’unsch, one time teacher at
G. II. S. and always a beloved friend.
The senior class pictures were effec
tively arranged and were supported by
an atractive art background beautiful
because of its simplicity and trimness.
well, I’m through.”
“All right, then,” I responded, almost
growing angry, “Mr. Rate-thee-well, go
your dark, unknown, conventional
standardized, authority-approved way.
I’m an individualist. I want some free
dom of thought; not just a lot of hot
air about liberty to fill up speeches
with. I’m going to put these nice little
chapel talk-advocated principles into
egect. Backbone will be our watch
word. ‘Back to some backbone’ will be
our battle cry. AA’e’re going to make
thinking popular even if it isn’t done.”
A Message From the Dean
’The new school year has started,
the registration has been practicaliy
completed, and the classes arranged.
Now all of us, teachers and pupils alike
are ready to “pitch in.”
It is a real pleasure to know that the
high school students were able and
ready to tackle the first big problem of
the year, the new method of registra
tion, in the spirit which they mani
fested. It was rather “hectic” of
course, but that was to be expected.
’The thing that counted was the fact
that each of you was willing to do his
part to make the new plan successful.
During this year I am going to count
on each of you to show the same spirit
in all of your high school work, and, as
a result, I know that this year will be
by far the most successful that our
school has ever known.
Thank you all!
Fannie Star Mitchell.
of years the whole morale of the stu
dent body has been visibly affected by
the persisent irregularity of this in-
fluenial malefactor. It was only dur
ing the last year, however, that the
party became unbearable; and steps
were taken to end the nuisance. Dur
ing the summer the frank-faced clock
in the main hall was removed. The
time experts announced it “a hopeless
A new system emphasizing at any
cost, has been inaugurated. Fire alarm
instruments have been attached to the
south wall of the main building. ’The
volume of noise will be sufficient to
awaken mummies ; he equipment is rea
sonably expected to aid he teachers in
keeping their students alert for this
reason. Prominent math instructors
have been reported as pulling their
hair with joy over this progressive
For safety the bell has been caged
in steel meshing. “Flappers seeking
shocks and new thrills by playing with
the wires might endanger their mar
cels,” it was explained. There was the
ever-present possibility of the “kids”
of the barns might use the bells as
“Mr. Charlie's” Congratulations
AA’hen Columbia doesn’t know how to
do a big task, why, they submit it to
our “Mr. Charlie” for solution. He
was up there this summer and showed
them his ability in all matters relating
to school work. All this is to say that
he received a letter from one of his
teachers, (really, you know, he has
teachers as well as we do) Professor
Briggs, telling him how smart he was
in class work!
AA’e welcom e the newcomers, both
freshmens and teachers, co-members of
our fold; we want them to enjoy the
new concrete prominade with us.
’There will probably be a scarcity of
Open Opinions because the plank walk
Is no more. Oh, ho! Think of the pos
sible stunted genuises among the fresh
A resume of the work of G. H. S.
for the past school year appeared in
the Oreenst)oro Daily Neirs on May 29,
1927. The news article recited all the
glorious achievements of the school for
the previous year in the various fields
of activity. Besides this there were
individual pictures of the senior class
officers, the junior chief marshal, and
the president of student government.