Get Behind The Blackbirds THE BLACKBIRD Sell Magazines Help Your Class Published by Journalism Class of Rocky Mouint Senior High School VOLUME xxvn ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 27, 195S NUMBER 1 Photolith Features 1955 Hi-Noc-Ar, According to Fred Harris, editor, of the Hi-Noc-Ar, last year’s an nual has been submitted to three different groups for judging and is to be featured by Photolith, a national magazine. Copies of the Hi-Noc-Ar have been sent to the Columbia Scho lastic Press Association. New York, N. Y.; the National Press Asso ciation. Houston, Texas; and The Southern Intercollegiate Pi’esa Association, Lexington, Virginia; for rating. The mark actually re ceived Is yet to be known. Last year’s accomplishments of fer a chalenge to the present staff, but Miss Alma Murchison and Miss Frankie Sharpe, co-advisors, pre dict that this year’s book will be the best ever. Fred said that this year’s an nual will be priced the same asi last year’s ($3.50) and that the support of every student will be needed of its quota is to be raised. The class plans to use the same printer. Delmar of Charlotte. Staff members are Fred Harris, editor; Charles Sanders, business ruanager; Pay Batts, circulation manager, other senior members are Judy Kabo, Tony Turner, Tommy Vaughn and Cathy At kins. Junior members are Adam Maples, Lan'y Warner, Lee Newby, Bettie Ann Whitehurst, Jean Kd- Vt'ards ' Black, Bruce Miller and E. M. Delamar admire new uniforms^urchased by Band Boosters. Mr. Photo by Barringrer. Boosters Secure Suits Two-toned gold coats, gold hats, amount will be raised, and black pants ... all trimmed in Uniforms From 1927 white make the new band unifonns quite stylish and outstanding and will give the band the “new look” when they wear them for the first, time at the Rocky Mount-Wil- mington game this coming Friday, September 30. Apply Nowl New Rules In Effect Regulations regarding clubs for the new school year have been announced by Mr. C. M. Edson, principal and are now in effect. ’ Application blanks have been placed at the disposal of ail students who desire to join the group heretofore considered “closed clubs.” Unlike previous years any student is now eligible for membership in these or ganizations and thus he or she may have his name placed on a list for consideration by applying. Seventy-five uniforms were ord- ^Get Your Sweets' Since homemade candy sold so well last year, the Musettes have picked this as a money making project again this year. Sales will begin in the mid- le of October. Kathei-yn Batten suggested that a .permanent candy booth be set up, because the cafeteria no longer sells candy. However, the admini stration will have to approve this. proximately fifty dollars each. Mr. Ernest Black, band director, ask ed school-spirited citizens of Rocky Mount to help raise money to obtain these uniforms. Civic- minded groups formed the Band Boosters and began their cam paigning last spring. Though the unifonns still are not completely paid for, Mr. Black and everyone who has helped him have done a tremendous jab for RMSHS. V\^ith the detei-mination and the aggressiveness the feand Boosters have already shown, it shouldn’t be too long before the needed A Wee Bit Of Scotland' Here For Pd. Assembly Ehiring half-time at the Rocky Mount-Salisbury game, Mr. Black displayed the different band uni forms of the Rocky Mount bands from 1927 until the present. The first band uniform was merely a black coat and a black hat. That year Mr. Spud Parker was the b8.nd leader For a'lnost twelve J .si.- -rr ^ Two Changes Made Twenty years after the firbt uniforms were adopted another cliange was made in 1947 by Mr. H. T. Parry. This time the color of the uniforms changed to the fami liar solid black with gold trim. Now in 1955, with Mr. Black as director, the band again has a change. Certainly these new band uniforms place the local band members among the well-dressed group. Trampoline acts, variety show, pets on parade and a “wee bit ’o Scotland” are the types of enter tainment students may expect for the quarters they brought for paid assemblies this year. Tihe Lenpatricks with little Pen ney Sue are the trampoline per- ifomers, and their program prom ises a thrill a minute. Their acro batics are the best and Penny Sue, a darling little girl, will pre sent clever tricks on the trampo line. Dorothy and Fred Smythe are a piano duo who give a perfor mance including popular music, semi-classics, light opera, grand opera, Latin American music, and musical novelties. They mually captivate their audience with their ^cellence, variety, and uniqueness. Requests from the audience will also be given. Reports say the per-1 according to Mr. C. M. Edsoh^ formances provide top flight music, top-flight entertainment and are definitely in a class by themselves. “A Wee Bit of Bonnie Scot land” comes with Hamiah and Catherine MacGregor. Their folk songs, ballads, dances, and bag pipes are direct from Scotland, and these famous Scottish Artists appear in their riative costume of the Scottish Highlands They will swing ontoHhe spirit of their native land as the bagpipes add a tangy ‘breadth o’ heather’ to their unusual program. Valentine’s Pet Parade,” the greatest novelty performance of em all, has already been seen lu part on Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” by those TV addicts among the student body. Exact dates for each of the above performances will be set later. C. H. Doak Urg es Positivie Approach “We should use a positive ap proach and not leave out a single angle if we hope to increase our magazine campaign sales over last year’s,” said Mr. C. H. Doak to the student body in his speech initating the magazine drive Thursday. The students listened with inter est as he expressed his ideas for the campaign. He refreshed their minds with the proper approach and explained how the money would help the school. Mr. Doak drew a loud cheer from the audience as he spoke of the football team in comparison to the coming rival Goldsboro. As he, a former coach of the “Earth quake Eleven” put it. “Goldsboro has lost a coach and Rocky Mount should gain a victim.” Goldsboro doubled the magazine salec of Rocky Mount last year, according to Mr. Doak, but he olfered encouragement that the school "would improve Leaving this note he offered a prize of a hun dred and fifty dollars if the school would double last year’s sales. ] Enrollment Of 654 Surpasses Record With 654 names so far on the rolls for this year, the school has ‘he largest membership in its history. Of course, the sophomores, with an enrollment of 240 pupils, leada the school with the junior class and its 216 members running se cond. The seniors have the smallest number with a total membership of 198 students. If no one falis to meet the grad uating requirements, however, the •Class of ’56 will be the largest to graduate in the history of Rocky Mount Piigh School. Last year there were 188 and untill then it was the all-time ^largest class, rtftr* eiiiiaumen»'’OBt;ii mam- tained through the first ten days of this session, the school would have been able to secure an extra teacher. However, due to the fall ing attendance, the administration was unable to do this. The new instructor would have been placed in the social sty dies, depaa'tmen, of in othei'’ over-crowded courses Due to membership limitations the adviser and former memtoers compose a committee to consider the applications and vote on those who have applied. If applications for any one club so far exceeds the number th« club can accommodate, a similar group may be organized to take care of the overflow. Students may be a member of only one activity club. This is to provide a greater distrltoution of activities for more students. Mem bership in honor groups, however, is based on the individual achieve ment. 1 here will oe no pledging or initiating of any kind In any club as was found in various groups last year. These regulations were set up by the school board to provide a more democratic system and to eliminate social organizations. Three Join RMSH Faculty One New, Two Return Here Three figures, one new and two returning after a short absence, are seen on the teaching staff, replacing those who resigned after last year’s work. Mrs. Bettisue Hunt of Magnolia, N. C„ DE coordinator, replaces Miss Charlotte Reid who accept ed a position at Averett Junior College. Mrs. Hunt received her education at RPI of William and Mary, Richmond, Virginia; East Carolina College, Greenville, N. C.; and Woman’s College, Grensiboro, N, C. With the exception of her practice teaching at Princess Anne High School, situated between Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Mrs. Hunt has had no actual teaching experience. However, she has done retail work at Miller and Rhodes, Richmond, Virginia; Cramer’s Dept. Store. Wallace, N C.; and Hunt’s Dept. Store in Magnolia N. C. Mrs. Hunt Praises Department “I am very pleased with the size of the DE department and hope to see it grow larger.” says Mrs. Hunt. T like the school system and admire the enthusiasm and willingness to work that my stu dents have shown thus far,” she continues. Coach Lundy Returns After two years at Junior High School, Mr. C. V. Lundy rejoins the faculty, this time as Athletic Director, assuming the duties of Coach “Knocker” Adkins, who re signed to accept a position with the YMCA Mr. Lundy is by no means a stranger to students or faculty. He is loved and well-known for his affable manner and good basket ball teams. His duties as Athletic Director will take much of his time, so he will not have a home room. He has however, several gym classes. Mrs. Cuthrell’s Back Mrs. Hiram Cuthrell, Spanish and English teacher, returns to classroom here after only one year’s absence, during .which time Mrs. Opal Ross taught these class es. Mrs. Cuthrell is known to the .‘.eniors but is new to sophomores and juniors. However, her friend ly manner and happy smile will soon become familiar, and she will then be a stranger no longer to any student.