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From the Gate City of the South and the Birthplace of O. Henry
AH the Seniors!
GREENSBORO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, GREENSBORO, N. C., MAY 36, 1944
Tom Sasser, Popular
Student, Passes Away
Tom Sasser, beloved student of
Greensboro high sehool and son of
Rev. and Mrs. T. L. Sasser, quietly
passed away in his sleep Wednes
day night' at his home.
Tom had been fighting a losing
battle with diabetes since he was
eight years old. Without a com
plaint he had been giving himself
insiUin, a vital necessity in sugar
For several years he had been
planning to study medicine and to
specialize in diabetes and panonotic
functions and disorders, his own
disease, hoping that he might be
able to find a possible cui*e.
When the V-12 mental examina
tions w’ere given to all boys eligible
he took it and passed. He was
very happy over it, even though he
knew he couldn’t possibly pass the
Funeral aiTangements had not
been completed when High Life
went to press; however, his body
reposes at Forbis and Murray Fun
Principal A. P. Routh
Of Mrs. Beatrice Hall
According to an annoniioement made
by Principal A. P. Rontb this morning.
Mrs. Beatrice Hall, director of secon
dary school libraries in Greensboro
and Senior high librarian, is taking a
year oft' from her strenuous duties to
become better acquainted with her fam
ily. espe'ially her young son, aged four.
After coming to Senior in 1934, Mrs.
Hall, who was at Boyd .Junior high
school, Knoxville, Tennessee7 started a
campaign to clean up the bad condi
tions in the library which had been
closed the previous year. She cut the
number of books that were being stolen
a great deal by introducing the plan
of having the books checked before they
left the library.
During one of the years of her stay
at Senior. Mrs. Hall was elected presi
dent of the library section of the North
Carolina Education association. At
this time she was the only trained libra
rian in the Greensboro city school
Bob Jamieson Trophy
To Be Given June 2nd
Newest trophy to be added to Senior's
Valhalla of sports is the “Bob .Jamie
son Award.’ to be presented to the
graduating senior who excelled in foot
ball this year. Winner of the cup will
be announced next Friday night, al
though its anonymous donor will be
Committee to select the gridiron hero
is composed of R. B. .Jamieson, direc
tor of athletics at Senior: Smith Bar
rier, veteran sports writer for the
Greensboro Daily News; and Principal
A. P. Routh.
Although lettermen will be asked to
cast their votes, they will be used by
the committee merely as an aid in
making its final decision.
Jt is quite possible for any member
of the team to be named, and it is
definitely understood that he need not
have been the captain of the team.
Each player is considered.
Winner of the coveted award must
•>e a graduating senior who has shown
decided qualities of leadership as well
tis a competitive spirit. Moreover, he
must have been scholastically eligible
throughout his high school career for
bis particular sport. In addition, the
"inner of the award must have been
team player—that is. he must have
put the good of the team above all
desire for personal glory.
327 To Receive Diplomas at Commencement/
Junior-Senior Dance Will Climax Class Day
Luncheon and Play - r~~ IT^Iurner Will Deliver
To Highlight Other
Events of Program
Climaxing another highly successful
class day at Senior, the junior-senior
prom will be held tonight in the gym
with the senior class as host.
Dancing will begin at 0 o’clock and
festivities will continue until 12. Music
will be furnished by Baxter Westmore
land’s ever popular senior dance band,
the “Serenaders,” and the figure will
be formed by senior officers and one
.spon.sor from each .senior homeroom.
The ten sponsors who were elected
by popular vote in their session rooms
and will share the duties of host with
the senior officers are .Jean Milloway,
Virginia I^owman, .Jean Bradley, Sue
Brooks, .Jimmy Rawlins, Harry Mil
ler, Phyllis Fincher. .Jimmy Truitt,
Mary Harris and Anne Iveyes.
Script by Bell and Rawlins
Class exercises started at 9:30 in
the auditorium and were opened by
“The Passing Parade,’’ a history writ
ten, directed and staged by “.Jake”
Rawlins and Beverly Bell. Featured
in the cast were Itobert Tvewis and Pete
Miller, who took the parts of two sol
diers in a Berlin fox hole. The script
was written as a review of the past
year’s happenings at Senior, and its
cast numbers almost KKl students.
It opened on the two above-mentioned
soldiers in their fox hole and then
shifted to different scenes of the past
year's events as the soldiers recalled
them to mind.
After the program, the seniors were
dismissed until 12:3(), when they met
for a luncheon at the Ma.sonic Temple.
Allene Parks, class president, presided
at the luncheon, and special guests
were Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Routh, Mr.
and Mrs. Ben L. Smith, .T. Kimball
Harriman, Dr. .1. Clyde Turner, and
Miss Tuttle. Decorations, both tabic
and otherwise, were purple and gold,
the school colors. Dr. Turner said
grace, and no toasts or speeches were
The class day committee consisted
of nine students: Mary C. Bruff, Frank
Curran, Nina Smith, .Timmy Truitt,
Margaret Hudson, Virginia Lowman,
Billy Carr. .Julia Pinnix and Don Free
man. P'aculuy adviser was Mrs. R. B.
Officers of the graduating class are pictured above. On the upper
left is president. Allene Parks; upper right, Jim Allred, vice-presi
dent; bottom left, Mary Glendenning, secretary; and bottom right,
Marion Boren, treasurer.
Williams Appointed Editor;
Cochrane, Culton Associates
It was announced yesterday by Irwin Smallwood, editor of High
Life, that Adger Williams, well-known junior and president of room
301, will succeed him as editor-in-chief of this publication for the
^ “Williums has l>een a member of the
Eight Junior Rotarians
To Talk World Affairs
.All Junior Rotarians for the en
tire 1943-44 year will be present at
the weekly Rotary club meeting
next Monday, when the Senior
high guests will talk world affairs
in round-table style. A. P. Routh
will be in charge of this event in
which the seniors give their view's
to top business men of the city.
Senior Superlatives Revealed In Finale
Of Glass Day Program Here Today
According to the students, they’re
the bestJ'st! Veiled in deep secrecy,
the voting for senior superlatives was
held in all senior homerooms last week.
The 28 sui>erlatives, each tops in his
or her field, were at last revealed in
the final act of the Class Day phiy
Voted the best-looking pair in the
senior class were brunettes, Kay Hunt
and Bill Anton. Always dressed in the
latest and smoothest style, .Jean Millo
way and Ed Alexander were named
Because of their ready smiles and
easy-going ways, Sara Gwyn and Ray
Hepler were voted the class’ best
sports. .Jitterbugging Mary Glenden
ning and trumpet-playing George
Brown easily walked off with the title
of cutest. Petite blonde president of
the senior class. Allene Parks and
Numa Knight, who is known ’round
these parts for his singing, are the
“sweetest” in the class.
Class babies tins year are “half-
innt” Betty Cooley and Frank Curran,
big football tackle. I-Jecause of their
ability to “roll dem eyes” and their
way with the opi>)site sex, Sally Wad
dell and .Jimmy Glendenning were
crowned the biggest flirts.
Walking (;ff with the laurels for
what is perhaps the most coveted title
given a student were blondes Anne
Keyes and Jimmie Rawlins, most popu
lar of all students.
Torchlighters Thettis Hoffner and
J..eon Hayes, both of whom are honor
roll leaders, received the name of
most intellectual: while Ada Sue Mc-
Bane, Torchlight president, and Irwin
Smallwood, vice-president of the school
and editor of High J>ife were fitted
most likely to succeed.
Being widely known for their varied
and unusual flights of fancy, Ann
Overcash of the cheerleading squad
and Pete Miller, head of the local
Gestapo, w'ere given imsitions as the
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(lone outsiinding work in planning and
making up the paper.” stated Small
wood. “I feel that he is fully capable
of handling the editorial duties and
helping High TAfe to retain its one
rating in scholastic circles.”
Culton and Cochrane Associate Editors
As a.ssociate editors, which, we inighl
add, is no small job, Carl Cochrane and
Yancey Culton were appointed. Coch
rane held the position of assistant
sports editor during the year and was
editor of this, the senior issue: his
writing, especially in the feature field,
has been exceptional.
Culton, standout debater and presi
dential candidate in the last election,
has done his best work on editorials,
where be put his debating ideas into
Sports and Feature Editors
y. C. Bradley has written a great
amount of the sports copy this year
and has proved himself well qualified
for the office he received, that of sports
editor, while Sarah Allison’s good work
in offhand writing brought her the job
of feature editor which will be vacated
by Beverly Bell at the end of this
semester. Allison, like Cochrane and
Williams, was recently received by
Quill and Scroll, the national honor
society for high school journalists.
Ethel Williams, the business-minded
member of the staff, will handle the
advertising side of the paper next
year, and Sarah Allison will double
as business manager in addition to her
Jimmy IJoyd was appointed circula
tion manager. Jimmy is the brother
of last year's editor. Bob lAoyd. and
his work also has been above average.
Featured in the annual June gradu
ation exercises next Friday night aj:
8 :3() p.m. will be a pi'ograni with .the
theme, “The Freedom We Defend,’’
selections by the choir and glee club
after the diplomas are given to th6
327 graduating seniors, and the prer
.sentation of special awards by Super
intendent Ben I./. Smith and Principal
A. P. Routh.
During the processional, “Pomp and
Circumstance,” by the school orches
tra, directed by J. Kimbal Harriman,
seniors will march into the aLiditorium
wearing their cai)s and gowns. After
being seated, the group will hear Dr.
Ij. B. Hayes deliver the invocation.
Parks to Preside
Allene Parks, senior class president,
will giv(» greetings and emphasize the
fact that this particular .graduation
program is dedicated to all the boys
and .girls who have left Senior since
December 7, for the armed forces.
At tlu^ same time she will present the
new flag which represents the hundreds
of former students now serving their
country around the world.
Then members of the senior class
will present the patriotic program,
which is a combination of narratiou
and quotations from historical docu
ments and famous leaders. The script
sparkles with words of such American
greats as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham
lAncoln, Booker T. AVashington, Charles
B. Aycock, Susan B. Anthony, AVood-
row AA’ilson, and of course, President
Spealvers include Jim Allred. AVilbur
Turrentine, Pete Miller, Bob liCwis,
Irwin Smallwood and Carolyn Pleas
ants. Sally AA’addell will be the narra
tor, while some of the minor speeches
will be given by members of the choir.
Punctuating and heightening the va
rious .scenes will be music by the
choir, and in addition, the glee club
will sing a scdection from the balcony
with Numa Knight doing the solo i)art.s.
Superintendent Smith will shake
hands with each senior as he presents
diplomas, and following this. Principal
Routh will make the awards. They
include the oldest and most coveted
enp at Senior which goes to the “best
all-around student.” the O. Henry short
story award, the McDaniel Lewis ath
letic award, as well as the highest
Sunday. May 28. at 8 p.m., Dr. J.
Clyde Turner will deliver the bacca
laureate .sermon at the First Baptist
eliurcb. and the vested choir, under
Miss Eula Tuttle, will provide .specials
Bond lo Be Awarded
Story Contest Winner
Margaret Barnes, John Sevier, Brooks
Shuping, Nina Smith and Ted AA’illiam-
son are competing for the (). Henry
short story award to be presented dur
ing the graduation exercises, Friday
night, June 2.
The award is sponsored by the O.
Henry study club of Greensboro and
is given to the graduating senior sub
mitting the best short story.
The award is an annual affair, and
in former years it was a complete set
of the short stories of O. Henry, hut
now, due to war conditions, a $25 war
bond will be given instead.
Miss Sara Mims, head of the English
department, is supervising the contest