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From the Gate City of the South and the Birthplace of O. Henry
GREENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL, GREENSBORO, N. C., SEPTEMBER 16, 1932
Successful Year For High Life Forseen By Faculty and Staff
Henri E. Lee
Miss Estelle Mitchell Sailed June
22 on He de France for Ply
mouth England. Was Student
at Sarbonne for Brief Period.
VISITS ITALIAN CITIES, TOO
Enjoys Week-end Tours to Nor
mandy and Britain. Spends
Night at Deauville. Tours
England and Switzerland.
Miss Estelle Mitchell, head of the,
French department in the Senior High
School, had the pleasure of spending
the summer months abroad. She
sailed from New York on the He de
France on June 22. Arriving in Ply
mouth, England, June 27, she went to
London, where she remained for four
Tours Shakespearian Country
While there she toured all of the
Shakespearian country which she said
was very lovely.
After leaving London she went to
Paris and remained there for six weeks,
where she was a student at Sorbonne.
July 14 in Paris is to the French peo
ple as the Fourth of July is to Amer
ica. Miss Mitchell said that one of the
most beautiful sights she saw while
away were the fii-eworks and lights in
Paris on the night of July 14. She
remarked that the French people do
not start their celebration until nine
or ten o’clock in the evening and last
ed until early morning. The Eiffel
tower was also lighted up 'especially
for the occasion.
Lives In French Home
While staying in Paris Miss Mitchell
lived in a French home and learned
many of their customs. During her
week-ends Miss Mitchell toured
R-ance. She visited Versailles, the bat
tlefields, and also went to Normandy
and Britaine while there; she spent
the night at Deauville, which is one
of the most popular beach resorts
there. She toured Switzerland and
See Blue Groto
Miss Mitchell said there could only
be one Venice; she had the pleasure
of seeing the Blue Groto and of look
ing into the pit of Mt. Vesuvius. While
in Florence she stayed at an Amer
ican hotel. She liked Rorence bet
ter than any other city in Italy be
cause of its being such a great art
center. While in Venice she saw the
Italians making lace and saw the glass
Sees Theaters and Shows
She came back up to Paris and sail
ed from Havre on August 24, reaching
New York on August 31. Miss Mitchell
said that she saw everything worth
seeing while she was away. She took
in some of the gay life in Paris, also
including many theaters and operas
and the Central Market in Europe.
Miss Lee attended Columbia Univer
sity last summer. She took up a very
interesting line of art, doing some cre
ative work. She made wall papering
designs and draperies. It is expected
that Miss Lee's art classes will be very
interesting this year.
While at Columbia Miss Lee attend
ed a Creative Design class. The in
structor asked that each person in the
class make a Wall Hanging represent
ing the section of the country they
came from. In and around Charles
ton, S. O., was chosen by Miss Lee.
Here it is a custom for the negroes
to carry large bundles on their heads.
South Carolina is also known as the
Palmetto State as well as fot* its large
output of cotton and melons. So the
central figure in the painting was a
large basket being carried by an old
colored women, on the top of her head,
the bo'*'-' being some melons,
cotton and a Palmetto
A piece of linen crash one yard wide
and one and one-half yards long,
which has the effect similar to tapes
try, was used. The oil paints used,
seemed to show up well, and several art
students have asked for some of these
points to use in their classes this
semester, with which they hope to do
some tapestry painting.
Maps Out Plans
The Girls Service League is not at
this early date prepared to announce
any definite plans for the current year,
in order that any possible conflict may
be avoided with the program used by
the new Student Council, as the latter
intends to follow a far different sched
ule from the one heretofore used. The
League is glad for the council to do
this and feels honored that they should
adopt some of its plans.
Mary Louise Jeffress, incoming pres
ident, is contemplating much good
work on the part of the girls, and is
willing to do her part in leading them.
Studies In N. Y.
Instructor Attends Designing
Class at Columbia University.
Paints Wall Hanging Repre
senting South Carolina.
Paul C. Lindley, Jr., and Sydney
Kelly Spend Two and a Half
Paul C. Lindley, Jr., and Sydney
Prince Kelly sailed as “workaways ’ to
Europe during the month of August.
Paul secured a job on the steamship
“Cody” of the Tampa Inter-Ocean
Steamship Co. Before embarking for
Europe the ship visited several cities on
the Gulf of Mexico including New Or
leans, Mobile, Pensacola and Gal
Sydney earned his passage, along
with five other boys, on the steamer
Gateway City which embarked from
Mobile, Alabama, headed for London
and different European ports.
Both ships required twenty-two days
to complete the trans-Atlantic voyage.
The Cody, on which Paul sailed, will
visit Malagra, Aliconte, Valencia, Bar
celona, Genoa and other Mediter
ranean cities, while Sydney on the
Gateway City, will visit Lietch, Rotter
dam, Antwerp, Hamburg and Bremen.
At each port the boys will have two
days shore leave. Both boys will re
turn in mid-October.
Paul is a senior and is planning to
graduate in June. On his return he
will resume his school work.
Sydney is an alumnus of this school
and is planning to enter the Univer
sity of North Carolina, to which he won
a scholarship. While attending this
school he was a member of the Mono
Schools Will Not Have
Half Holiday For Fair
No special holiday will be granted
the schools for the fair this year, ac
cording to G. B. Phillips, superintend
ent of city schools.
The fair committee will follow their
usual custom of distributing special
tickets for Riday the 23rd.
Leader Expects to Develop
Marching Music—Increase in
Enrollment from Junior High
Fills Graduation Gaps,
HOPES TO Win banner
Musicians Will Endeavor to Cap
ture Best Playing Cup. Char
lotte Previously Won Trophy.
The Senior band and orchestra of
the Greensboro high school started the
year with early rehearsals in their ap
pointed meeting places, September 6
and 7, respectively. The band, under
the direction of H. Grady Miller, is
striving toward a better band than in
recent years. Mr. Miller stated that
he intended to develop more of a
marching band,, excepting to make a
much better showing. He further stat
ed that each player would be required
to memorize one or several good
marches and be able to keep rhythm
viiem well. Most of tiua ...,rk
will be carried out during practices.
JuniM' High Students Fill Gap
Through graduation many of the
best musicians were lost though the
enrollment has Increased over the pre
vious year. Many students who entered
from the Junior high schools are re
placing their absence. These new play
ers will be especially needed in the
State Contest and other public ap
Rehearsals began with a group of
marches that will soon be played when
G. H. S. steps upon the gridhon to
defend her fighting fame. These
marches are also to be used in parades
and on many patriotic occasions.
Band to Play in Campaign
During the political campaigns this
fall, the band will furnish both parties
with musical entertainment. The funds
from this will probably go for the uni
It is hoped eventually that the band
will win the banner for the best play
ing that has been presented the past
two years, being won on both occa
sions by Charlotte, and bring it home
to G. H. S., attaining for her more
glory and fame.
Is New Course
Lane Barksdale entered the
Scholastic Contest this year amid
competition from ail over the Unit
ed States. He came out with a
certificate of honorable mention for
his short-stories. One group is
titled “Old Testament Stories.”
Students from Greensboro high
have been honored in similar ways
by the Scholastic Contest before.
In 1930 Elizabeth Blackwood won a
prize for Textile Design. In 1931
BUIy Edgerton was given two
awards for a poem' and a short
The Scholastic Contest has always
had very distinguished judges. The
foremost American writers are
usually chosen for this position.
Boys To Attend
W. C. of U. N. C.
Some of Last Year’s Male Grad
uates Have Signed Up at Col
lege for Courses. Nine Boys
KegisUred . .Far.
Miss Fannie Starr Mitchell Com
piles List of Subject to Help
Small Group of Girls Study
Facts of Interest.
Does it not seem a bit strange that
N. C. C. W. has attracted a large group
of male graduates from G. H. S.?
Upon further investigation it will be
found that the truth is often stranger
than fiction. Due to generosity on the
part of the state the privilege of
mingling with the girls at Carolina
College for Women during classes has
been granted to this group of boys.
It seems that not only are the lads
lucky as to social superiority which
will be felt over tlie other boys of the
town, but that with a little effort and
a great deal of pleasure they will be
able to acquire a (iollege education and
live at home at the same time.
Perhaps the reader will be interested
in knowing just who is representing
G. H. S. in the former half of N. C.
C. W. males and femal academy. The
list is headed by none other than that
eminent personality and successful
resident. Jack Nowlin. Even the mu
sic department will lend a few, name
ly Neil Jennings. Ed Lambethe and
Sir Speight Bird, former president of
the renowned Buccanneer Club, will be
there in all his pomp and glory. The
others who have entered into other
fields of adventure diaring their high
school days will answer the following
roll call: Robert Anderson, Harold
Kirk, Bill Murphy and last, but far
from least. Red Work.
Under the direction of Miss Fannie
S. Mitchell a new course called Pub
lic Relations Is being organized by a
small group of girls for the purpose
of having a study in which girls may
do what they are interested In doing.
Miss Mitchell stated that they would
visit the Childrens’ Home, Old Polks’
home and hospitals, gaining informa
tion and facts ai interest to the girls.
The girls will study first aid, etiquette,
budgeting, and facts of interest about
It is thought that this course will
be mapped out and made so helpful
and Interesting that many girls will
rush to take it. At present only 16
girls have been enrolled.
Greensboro Senior High Enrollment
Is Larger Than Two Raleigh Schools
How does G. H. S. compare with
sct^ools in other-large cities in size,
rating, and government?
Greensboro is one of the largest and
highest rated schools in the state. It
has a very large number of students,
considering the fact that there are
only three groups: Sophomores, Ju
niors, and Seniors. The school has the
largest enrollment of pupils in history
The school is governed by a student
government, the officers of which are
elected each year by the students. The
organization is composed of two main
bodies: the council makes laws and the
court enforces the laws.
Now let’s look at a city from which
the writer came that is different in
several respects from this industrial
city. Raleigh, which is the capital of
the state and which boasts of being
the educational center, is a.city some
what smaller than Greensboro and also
different in the occupations of its cit
izens, many of whom are employed by
the government, and the industries are
The combined enrollment of the two
high schools of Raleigh is no larger
than Greensboro’s senior, while each of
Raleigh’s high schools have from the
seventh to the eleventh grades. The
two buildings, located on the east and
west side of the city, have been built
The government is like that of the
Greensboro school which has the same
(Editor’s Note: This was written by
S. B. Marley, Jr., who just moved in
from Raleigh to Greensboro).
Senior high welcomes Miss Ruth
Campbell, new Rench teacher, into
Miss Campbell received her educa
tion at W. C. of U. N. C. She taught
Spanish and Rench at Daytona Beach,
Florida, for two years. Rom there
she went to Goldsboro, N. C. Last
winter she began work on her mas*-
ter’s degree in modern languages at
Harvard and completed it at W. C.
of U. N. C.
Mr. Mills, the woodwork teacher, is
also new to Senior high, however, he
has been in the city system for sev-
As many of the student body have
probably supposed, the play “Nothing
But the Truth,” that was on the verge
of production last year at the close of
school, will not be carried on this sea
Although J. H. Johnson, director and
producer of the plays that have been
presented by the students during the
past few years, has made no definite
decision as to the title of the next
‘HOME SPUN” STAFF
ADDS NEW MEMBERS
The “Homespun” staff held its first
meeting Wednesday, September 7. The
first meeting of Homespun held Sep
tember 7, was devoted to the select
ing of a new theme for this year’s is
sues, and to the selecting of new staff
The theme of last semester’s issues
were the four elements: fire, air, wa
ter, and earth. Although the theme
for this- year's has not been decided
upon, there is a large and Interesting
field to choose from.
The following students compose the
staff: EdItor-in-Chief, Lane Bardsdale;
assistant editors, Helen Crutchfield and
Edward Cone; literary editors. Hardy
Root, Louise Brown Michaels, Harry
Kuykendall, Charles Sharpe and
Charles Benbow; business manager, Ed
Benbow; art editor, Alwilda McLean.
Misses Tlllett and Craig are faculty
Frank Pittman Tells What Is
Expected From Students Dur
ing His Administration. Prin
cipal Gives Brief Talk.
The first chapel period was’ held
Wednesday morning. September 7.
It was opened by Miss Mitchell, dean
of girls, who briefly discussed the seat
ing arrangement for the different
Mr. Phillips then formally opened
chapel by leading in a word of prayer.
He told of the seating of the seniors,
and why they sit where they do.
Rank Pittman, president of the stu
dent body, announced the election of
semester officers and student council
representatives. He then gave a brief
summary of the co-operation he hopes
to receive from the students in his ad
It was announced that “High Life”
would be printed every two weeks, and
the price would be twenty-five cents a
year to students. The subscription
drive is to begin on Wednesday, Sep
tember 7, and the goal which is hoped
to be reached, is set at one thousand
C. W. Phillips 'says; -Sch'>oi Ls like
an old road. It has its rough places
and its smooth places. School is a
place to develop oneself from what
one is to what one wants to be.” In
a school where one should dev^op
oneself, three factors are necessary.
First, is ability. In that is included
our buildings, equipment, our own
ability, and the ability of others. Sec
ond, is leadership. Senior high has a
lot af teachers suited to the needs of
this group. Last, but not least, comes
agreement. If one can agree and do
the best one can, one would have no
According to “Popeye” the stu
dents may subscribe to “High Life”
for little or nothing, only twenty-
It is also presianed that G. H. S.
will use the dear old Thimble The
ater system for exchanging money
that its business manager will glad
ly put your name on the list of sub
scribers if the proper amount will
be payed in a short time, (time limit
It seems that if the advertising
division, through the efforts of Bob
Cole, Tommy Miller and Howell
Overton, is able to challenge you
through such an unusual medium as
“Popeye," that the student body
might respond in like equal spirit
and go one hundred per cent.
Music Instructor Is Optimistic
and Says This Year’s Offer
ing to be the Best Ever Pro
Nursing, Housework, and Illness
Claim Three Former Teach
ers—Miss Jones Takes Course
in Nursing in New York.
Only those who are new at the
Greensboro high school are unaware of
the fact that Miss Katherine Jones,
Miss Jo Causey, and Mrs. E. H. Strick
land are not included in the faculty
Miss Katherine Jones, of the science
department, is at present taking a
course in nursing at St. Luke's hos
pital in New York City. Incidentally
her selection was excellent, for St.
Luke’s is rated among the best in the
What her definite plans, if any, as
to the future are, have not been di
vulged to the writer, but the supposi
tion is that after completing this
course she will either take up nursing
or become a dietitian in one of the
New York hospitals.
Mrs. E. H. Strickland, of 329 Mclver
street, has resigned from her position
as head of the German department
of G. H. S. for the past few years. She
has decided that being a housewife is
better for her health than teaching.
Miss Jo Causey, of the Rench de
partment, has been confined to her
home on Asheboro street extention be
cause of illness. Miss Causey is great
ly missed by members of the Rench
department as well as by the Quill
and Scroll chapter of this school, of
which she, with Miss Catherine Pike,
was a faculty advisor.
Newly Bound Books
When the students of Senior High
reported Riday, September 2, to make
out their schedulg cards, everything
was found to be in good condition. On
entering the science building it could
be noticed how clean the halls were.
After being dismissed from the audi
torium, students reported to their old
classrooms, where, very much to their
surprise, they found that the desks
shone as if new. The floore also had
been waxed and everything seemed to
be ready for a new semester.
The condition of the books this year
is improved. There have been a few
new books added, whereas some of the
oldest have been discarded, many have
been rebound and cleaned up for fur
ther use, although there are a few
.still in bad condition.
Senior Class Selects
Officers by New Plan
Semester 7 formulated a different
plan for their election this year from
any practiced before.
The teacher of each senior session
room appointed two students to serve
on the nominating committee. This
committee was composed of Jack
Staples, Mary Ranees Walker, Doro
thy Stewart, Percy Bostick, Margaret
Cann and Harold Reele.
Any student who wanted a candi
date other than those named by the
committee could nominate him by pre
senting a petition for him, signed by
forty students. Carl Jeffress was nom
inated in this way. However, he was
forced to withdraw because as editor-
in-chief of High Life he possesses too
many points to hold both offices.
Returns from the election are: Pres
ident, A. C. Holt; vice-president, Jean
Watt; secretary. Lake Shelton; treas
urer, Paul Curtis, and student coun
cil representative, Ruth Jones.
^^nf^oUers” has been chosen
by Mr. Miller, :f music, to
be the seventh annual Gilbei b
Sullivan opera to be presented by the
Senior high glee clubs. This is the
last opera Gilbert and Sullivan wrote
together, and is claimed by many to
be their best.
Mr. Miller has had “The Gondo
liers" in mind for the past few years,
but until this year he hasn't felt that
he has had enough material to work
with. There are twelve major parts—
many more than has been in either
of the other preceeding operas. There
nearly 200 members in the com
bined glee clubs this year.
The greatest loss suffered by this
year’s glee club due to graduation is
John Ademy, who has played the lead
ing bass roles for the past three years.
Those students who played leading
roles in last year’s opera, and who are
still with us are: Hardy Root, L, H.
Dunivant, James Applewhite, Raymond
Zauber, Louis Ginsberg, Carlton Raper,
Martha Nell Carson and a few others'.
Mr. Miller is exceedingly optimistic
and says this year’s opera will be the
Richard Robinson, Dan Fields,
Frances Foust, Dudley Fos-
, ter, Form Receiving Line.
Principal, Advisers Present.
Before beginning their college ca
reers or what have you, the 1932 June
graduating class of Senior high met
at ■ Greensboro Country Club for its
first reunion Riday, September 2. Al
though it has not been a long time
since their graduation and inevitable
parting, the members have already
scattered a great deal.
The reunion was in the form of
informal tea dance. The officers of
the class formed a receiving line at
the entrance to the lounge of the club.
They were: Richard Robinson, presi
dent; Dan Fields, vlbe-president;
Ranees Foust, secretary: and Dudley
Foster, treasurer. C. W. Phillips and
the three advisers of the class. Misses
Evelyn Martin, Mary Morrow and lone
Grogan, came in later to bid their
once charges a fond farewell.
Bob England and his orchestra
played from 4 to 6. At the close of
the dance Mary Leigh and Archibald
Scales Invited the class to Lake Ham
ilton for a swim.
Eloise Taylor and Constance Black
wood were in charge of the arrange
ments for the affair. They had as
assistants: Kathleen Crowe, Rebecca
Jeffress and Mary Hearne Milton.
15 Issues of Paper
William S. Hamilton and Eight
Members of Business Staff
Place School Publication on
Sound Financial Basis.
ADVISER WELL PLEASED
Carl Jeffress is Editor-in-Chief;
Staff Experienced — Charles
W. Phillips Assists in Pro
moting Sale of Ads.
“High Life” is taking on new life
and energy. Many new plans are be
ing executed which will give to the
students the best paper at the lowest
rate in years.
Carl Jeffress, editor in chief, is ex
perienced in handling high school news
since he was acting editor in chief last
year. If a father can pass on to his
son any of his talent and genius, Carl
has inherited from his father, E. B.
Jeffress, President of the Greensboro
Daily News, journalistic ability ana a
fondness for the work which he in
tends to make his chosen field.
Experienced Staff Returns
Carl has fortified himself by a strong
and experienced staff which is pledg
ing the readers of “High Life" their
best efforts to give the school news
in a pleasing and appealing way.
Business Staff Works., ,
«lght members of - **
staff under the direction
tion of W. S. Hamilton, have'woi®*^
all summer on plans for placing “Higii
Life" on a sound financial basis.
Mrs. Coltrane Pleased
Mrs. Alma G. Coltrane, literary ad
viser of "High Life" for the past five
years, says she feels confident that a
successful year for "High Life" is as
sured, and that she is happier over
the outlook for the future than she has
been in at least two years. Mrs. Col
trane says that Mr. Phillips has assur
ed her that there will be fifteen issues
of “High Life” and that fact thrllLs
her more than any other one thing.
She declares that the staff will be
stimulated by the appearance of each
successive issue, to do better work,
and the joy of watching the Improve
ment of their own efforts, will be the
greatest incentive of all to do good
The. business staff is pleased with
the liberal response given by the mer
chants to solicitors of ads. The busi
ness staff believes the students and
merchants will be mutually benefltted.
It is the desire of the business staff
that the students patronize the adver
tisers who are interested in the stu
Fisher Does Printing
A new printer, W. H. Fisher, is
taking over the task of printing “High
Life.” He is able to give us the head
line schedule that the staff has want
ed for years.
Mr. Farthing, adviser of the debat
ing club, announced that plans were
definitely arranged for the first de
bate of the season which is to be an
intra-scholastic affair. In their initial
debate this group is experimenting in
cross examination debating, which, It
is hoped, will be more Interesting to
both debaters and listeners.
Last year the club’s chief accom
plishment consisted of organizing a
local chapter of the National Forensic
League. Any participant In a winning
debate with another school is eligible
for membership. Charter members of
this chapter are: A. C. Holt, Howard
King, Dick Cann, Edward Cone, Dor
othy Goss, Martha Burnside, Henry
Nau and Edgar Meibohn.
President of the club, as elected last
spring, is A. C. Holt. The prospects
for outstanding work this year seem
better than usual. Fifteen new mem
bers enrolled last spring and the de
baters now number around forty.
Males Wish For Home Economics
Bachelors Will Reign In 1945
Alas! Gone is the regime of the
bachelor, long will be upheld by local
furniture citizens the morals of a hap
py (?) family.
Quite a number of ambitious bache
lor by students of G. H. S. have been
sadly discouraged of leading lonely and
free lives by recent discontinuance of
“Boys Home Economics.”
Although it was not known at the
time of writing whether the valuable
study was discontinued so as to ex
clude the single men about town or
because of the shortage of members of
the faculty, several opinions have
been advanced, all of a reluctant tone.
If the school’s boycott on Home Ec
Boys’ classes continues it Is safe to
assume that 1945 will find the single
person just a memory and down
through the annals of local history
the bachelor will be termed a long ex
tinct species of man.