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October 21, 1937
Published Semi-Monthly by
the Students of Greensboro
Senior High School
Greensboro, North Crolina
Founded by Class of 1921
Printed hy McCulloch and Swain
Associate Editor—Marty Cockfield.
Business Alanager—Cassie Kernodle.
Circulation Manager—L. M. Clymer.
Sports Editor—Worth Holder.
Copy Editor—.Laura Spence.
Feature Editor—Paul Pearson.
Exchange Editor—Jean Yates.
Faculty Advisers—^Mrs. Betts, Mr.
Pike, Miss Sledge,
Reporters—Lois Baldin, Jean Ber
ber!, Nelle Bookout, Bob Byrd,
Janet Campbell, Doris Carr, Mar
garet Crutchfield, Priscilla Guth
rie, Laura Jane Liles, Martha Min-
hinnette, Rae Schumann, H. B.
Sewell, Jean Welborn, and Mil
The Purpose of High Life Is to
G et and preSierve the history 0‘f
H old individuals together under
1 eparate the worthwhile from the
worthless and promote the
highest interest of students,
teachers, and school.
Home Room Beautiful?
Clubs provide a wonderful op
portunity for leadership and re
sponsibility as well as social atmos
phere. There is advantage in club
organization because of the chance
to gain specific knowledge in fulfill
ing the purpose of a club by way
of the program, parliamentary pro
cedure, and etiquette. Citizenship
of the best kind may find root in a
club where government, knowledge,
fellowship, responsibility and unity
are essentials. Where else can one
find a truer example of society ? A
club indeed is like a slice of society
Here then in extra-curricula
activities students is your chal
lenge. Will you meet the test of
club affiliation now?
“ You would not throw paper on
the floor or mark on the walls in
your home, would you ? ’ ’ How
often we have heard that statement
made by our teachers from the first
grade on up. It seems as though
it would be drilled in by this time,
but some of us still persist in de
facing the building in which we
Iiave to stay.
There are some flowers left that
could be used to beautify our
school, and many rooms have made
use of them. However, some rooms
continue to give the appearance of
a barren cell, in which the prisoner
is doomed to work out his life. Pic
tures are a great asset to the beauty
of a room. Some home rooms have
pictures other than the portrait of
Washington so familiar in all of
our classes. One third floor room
has framed a picture cut from a
travel advertisement, which helped
the looks of the room a hundred
per cent. Be original with your
decorations and they will mean
much more to you!
What Does it Mean to You?
Bright - eyed jack - o - lanterns,
long - nosed broomstick riders,
bristled-back cats and lanky
masked creatures—does it suggest
anything to you?' Why of course,
it spells Hallowe’en with all of its
gayety and charm. A day which
is given over to the fun lovers of
this country, a time to pull playful
tricks, and a day to devote to frolic
and entertainment of a hilarious
But, each year when this sea
son of traditions and supersti
tions rolls around, a great amount
of damage is done to personal prop
erty by people who thoroughly
amuse themselves at someone else’s
expense. Not only are such deeds
unfair to the persons concerned,
but they are also a tax on our
parents who must assume respon
sibility for our conduct.
MR. J. STANEY JOHNSON
There may be a it of people in this
world with varioi and multi-colored
personalities, but ifter looking over
on Mr. Stanley
Johnson, we are
of the firm opin
ion that he can
give anybody a
stiff race for the
use of that very
“g 1 a m o r 0 u s,”
even though he
is of the male
species and not
at all like the
pretty boy movie
heroes whose face adorn every sign
board in the count'. Mr. Johnson has
lived and lived hard during his
After being raM in a small town
in the eastern partf this state, he was
just about to recem his high school
diploma, when, on he spur of the mo
ment, he joined tharmy. Hte thought
he was to be sent) the Mexican bor
der to stop any impding trouble there,
but in reality he vs dispatched to El
Paso, Texas, as i recruit for World
war service, at wch time and place
he became a cooMn the army. His
daily task was to ppare meals for 250
men, and at one me he prepared a
breakfast of coffeepotatoes, and fried
bacon for 3,000 Genan prisoners. He
did not bother to 11 us the where or
when or whyfore iout that last item,
and was way dowjthe hall before we
could stop gaping mg enough to ask
him. Anyhow, wdidn’t find out.
After three- yearof epicurean state,
be retmmed to hishome town, picked
up his high schoodiploma, and soon
knocked at the gas of Wake Forest.
He completed his urse there in three
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Aladdin s Lamp
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TO MR. AYCOCK
To say we are sorry would not be
right; for in the literal sense of the
word, which means to be grief stricken,
we are not sorry. What we feel is
rather a sort of chagrined amusement.
This we think we can admit, because
Mr. W. B. Ay cock has such a grand
sense of humor. We know for a fact
that he guffawed just as loudly as
every one else in the school when he
picked up the last issue of FHgh Life
and saw under his picture the caption,
“Captain Charles Baker.” And so,
knowing this, we shall not lament, but
simply promise “to do better next
irresponsible acts are done in the
spirit of fun. However, the other
persons involved may not appre
ciate your little “joke,” and so we
urge you to remember on Hal
lowe’en that your joys of today
may be someone’s grief of tomor
row. AVhy not think before we act ?
before we act?
Whafs in a Club
Many hundreds of years ago
clubs were organized by our ances
tors, and as we study history, we
learn of our forefathers’ purpose
in starting such organizations.
School clubs are more recent,
however, for it has been in the past
few years that clubs have been
formed in public schools. These
organizations are considered as
extra-curricula activities. The va
rious clubs are named according to
their special activities, and the
titles that have been given to these
groups are preserved and honored
by the members. It is indeed a
privilege to belong to many of
What We Expect of Our High
Enthusiastic cheers sweeping the
grandstand; shrill feminine voices
yelling themselves hoarse for the
home team; smaller boys, secretly
idolizing the hero of the game and
resolutely determining to be like
‘ ^ him ’ ’ when they grow up to high
school, the boy who is constantly
looked up to, followed,, imitated;
the boy who has it in his power to
influence the manners and morals
of the entire student body — the
leader of the Pigskin Parade.
It is true the hero was in perfect
form, that he played the game
fairly and squarely to the best of
his ability; that he was the one per
son most instrumental in winning
that game for his school—but is
that all we expect of the boys who,
nine times out of ten, form one of
the more popular groups in school?
The answer is no. Aren’t those
athletes who practice “hero-ism”
only on the fleld like popular
songs? They come and go, come
and go, come and go; while the boy
who combines the traits of a gentle
man with expert playmanship on
the football gridiron is admired by
everyone and holds his popularity
far longer than the sensational
years, receiving a".is. lu inaLiiTmiere^
upon he started t pedagogue’s career
by teaching matht Western Carolina
Teachers’ college After spending a
short period therihe came to Greens
boro high, where e has been teaching
For twelve yea he has been a pro
fessional baseballlayer, stealing bases
for various teamiuring summer vaca
tions. This yeaihowever, he retired
from the diamonias he wished to quit
before chance toidown the marvelous
reputation he hawon in this game.
He gave us a t of likes that would
reach from hereo the North Pole if
we had space 1 print all of them;
therefore, we w narrow it down to
these few. Heikes travel, radio,
Shakespeare, phics, home life, books
on ancient histo, and science.
His favorite fio program happens
to be Major B^es, and, since Mr.
Johnson is an lateur piano, violin,
and guitar playewe thought we would
try to get him a the “all right, all
right” program.Te says his- ambition
is to be a piano cordian player. That
might have see influence on the
Major, you kno'
At present inddition to teaching
physics and rat and working in the
office, he is fa'.ty chairman of the
program commie, coach of the var
sity baseball tei, and assistant prin
cipal of this seol. Accordingly, you
can see he is 11 living hard. And
that quality gB him that rare trait,
living to the fr wheih is the essence
of real giamoui
ALQTig TUITUJIE TRMLS
Speaking of the Harvest Moon
The general opinion seems to be that
the harvest moon is “nothing else but,”
of course it is assumed that it is a
beautiful large red ball of fire that rises
in the east and sets in the west, but
the Indians named it the “Mad moon of
October” because the animals acted
much more strangely during this month
than at any other time of the year.
Accordingly, the Indians blamed it on
the moon, and were very careful to
worship the moon god doubly well dur
ing October when the harvest season
was at hand.
Do You Sieve in Mental
Mr. J. Stan Johnson does. He
holds that a pon may be compared
with a radio— that he or she gives
out air waves hich can be absorbed
by another pen standing a few feet
away. “That ” Mr. Johnson adds,
“if both perso.have a high quotient
“I’ve seen itoved too many times,”
he continued. Caybe so, but still we
DEATH SOLVES A MYSTERY
“Ahl mystery,” said death,
“Why does man not love me?
I treat him gently as a lamb,
From cares of life I set him free.
“But when I chance to meet him,
Man turns a shameful eye,
He bitterly says, with fiery words,
‘Depart! it’s not my time to die.’
“Yet, when I insist on him,
Man’s heart shows resisting pain.
Perhaps life has something very dear.
That I, death, cannot obtain.
“But something dear as all this
Is a deep mystery to me.
I’ll have to search man’s very soul
And find what it could be.”
Have You Noticed Nature’s New Dress?
Nature within itself is a beautiful
picture. H^jve you noticed the change
in the dogwoods’^. They have discarded
Their robes of white and green in favor
of the brighter red hues. The tulip
poplars have changed to a warm shade
of yellow, while the black gums have
selected as their robe a combination of
red and yellow.
You say you haven’t noticed!
Well, open your eyes and enrich your
mind with the lovely picture nature has
painted for your benefit and mine.
A Parable: It Must Have Been
Now in the west enc: of the city of
Greensboro there was a bigh school.
One day that high school, known as
G. IT. S., was scheduled to play an in
vading football opponent in the Greens
boro Memorial stadium. And all were
urged to attend this game in order to
lend moral encouragement to the home
team; and it so happened that nearly
all turned out for the event.
Now the G. H. S. cheering squad,
which was exceedingly fine, said unto
itself, “Surely, with: this huge crowd
here, we shall have some spirited cheer
ing tonight.” And so the signal for a
favorite yell was given. But, lo, when
the time came for the student body to
take up the cry, no sound was heard.
Again the signal for the yell was given;
this time a few thin voices joined in.
And in Ike manner this sort of conduct
had free reign all evening.
It came to pass that the home team
won; but there was nowhere to be
found a sense of triumph, for the mem
bers of the team did not feel that they
had had the moral support of their fel-
The Praying Mantis
One of the most interesting insects
that has been studied by the nature
class is the Praying Mantis, or Devil’s
Riding Llorse. This insect is easily
recognized by the attitude of prayer
which it assumes; but this fact is very
misleading, as the mantis is the “canni
bal” among the insect family—the fe
male of the species will even go so far
as to eat the male—if no better ma
terial is at hand.
Most Important Trees
There are ten trees more important
than any others.
They are: the date palm, used
throughout the world; the cocoanut
palm, valued for its food product; the
lemon, the almond, the apple and the
fig trees, valued for their fruit; the
mulberry tree, chief food of the milk
worm; olive tree, used for its fruit
and oils; the cincorora, an important
medical drug; and the rubber tree, used
throughout the world for its rubberiz
low students. Whatever incentive the
team did have to fight, it had been
forced to pull out of its own heart and
Now the following day one of the city
papers carried a line to the effect that
the G. H. S. team lacked fighting spirit.
Did the reporter mean, as everybody
seemed to think, the varsity team? Or
was it not more probable that he was
referring indirectly to that student
group which sat silently and spiritlessly
in the bleachers?
With some of us it’s just, hair today
and gone tomorrow".