April 8, 1938
Published Semi-Monthly by
the Students of Greensboro
Senior High School
Greensboro, North Carolina
Founded by Class of 1921
Printed, hy McCulloch and Swain
Jean Yates, Paul Pearson
Sports Editor—Worth Holder
Copy Editor—^Nelle Bookout
Rae Schumann, Dorothy Hendrix
Exchange Editor—Priscilla Guthrie
Jean Welborn, Doris Carr
Annis Hines, Catherine Paris
Staff Photographer—James Mitchell
Business Manager—Jean Berbert.
Associate Mgr.—Laura Jane Liles
Circulation Manager—L. M. Clymer.
Reporters—Jean Welborn, Bob Byrd,
Rae Schumann, Doris Carr, Eliza
beth Newton, Tom Wilkinson,
Dorothy Hendrix, Rebecca For
sythe, Dorothy Hall, Geraldine
Faculty Advisers—'Mrs. Betts, Mr.
Hucks, Miss Pike, Miss Sledge,
The Purpose of High Life Is to
et and presicrve the history of
'old individuals tOigether under
i eparate the worthwhile from the
worthless and promote the
highest interest of students,
teachers^ and school.
Noted Educator Dies
The people of North Carolina
were saddened recently by the
death of Dr. W. L. Poteat, presi
dent emeritus of Wake Forest col
lege. He w'as one of the greatest
educators our state has ever known,
and it will feel keenly the loss of
such an outstanding advocate of
wisdom, truth, and righteousness.
His contribution to education in
North Carolina will long be re
Peace! Peace! There Is No
Peace in This Easter
World—1938 A. D.
“Today we rush from one place
wdiere "we are bored to tears to an
other place where we are bored to
death.” As soon as Professor John
Ise finished the address in which he
uttered these words, he probably
rushed somewhere else, leaving his
audience free to go to lectures, par
ties, shows, or any place except the
one place most of them secretly de
sired to be,—in bed. I was not in
that audience; yet I feel sure it
agreed with Professor Ise, did noth
ing about it, and resumed the bur
den of living.
This is a mad century. We yell
for faster transportation; yet when
we do save precious minutes by fly
ing from one destination to an
other, someone gives a party to take
those. '‘ Of course we don’t have to
do everything ’ ’ is the argument of
fered. No, we do not; but, although
we know we will be bored, we are
afraid of missing something, —
afraid the other fellow will get
ahead of us. "We join everything,
are never on time, and we wish
someone would make a “eomplete-
meal-pill” so we could save the time
now necessarily wasted in eating
Now, as the Easter season ai:)-
proaches, crowds hurry from store
to store in a frenzied effort to buy
new “duds” before Easter Sunday.
The majority will be late to church,
and all will have to hurry home be
fore they can either see or be seen.
“Ah,” we say, “Grandfather
never had such modern con
veniences ! ’ ’
Ah, but Grandfather had time to
thinh,—time to enjoy life, time to
find out what it is reallj^ all about.
She is leaving. What will we do
without heiG Yes, it’s true, our
jack - of - all - trades. Miss Edna
Hyams, will no longer be here after
April 11. The West Market Street
Methodist church will benefit by
her services, while G. H. S. will lose
its capable secretary. During her
four years of service, she has been
the person to whom everyone from
Mr. liouth on down to the meekest
sophomore sought in time of
We’re sorry you are going. Miss
Hyams, but we w^ish you all the
luck in the world !
Popularity vs. Scholarship
Does it stunt your personality to
be a member of Torchlight f Is it
the popular thing at G. H. S. to be
a good student? What is wrong
with our scholastic standing here
at G. H. S.?
In answer to these quesions
which should be considered se
riously, we reply that a good all
round student will not allow his
personality to become stunted if he
is a good student. There are a
picked few who are good students
and have no personality and we
have taken them as examples of
what a scholar is like. However,
the fact that they have no person
ality is not the result of their good
Some of us have gotten the im
pression that to be a good student
and popular student at once is very
rare and next to impossible. Some
of our half-baked high school quar-
ter-wuts have jumped to the erron
eous conclusion that if you make
much above passing, you are a
bookworm, and it is a. good sign
that you are not popular. The
people who are good students but
are not popular are in the minority.
At a recent high school dance 75
per cent of the most popular girls
on the floor were honor roll stu
dents and 60 per cent of the seniors
of this group were members of
Torchlight. In this case let’s follow
the majority and raise our scholas
The records of the school show
that this report period there were
ewer high grades and more failures
than there has been for several
vears. Whv should this condition
exist? The attitude of the students
has a great deal to do with the
scholastic rating. Change, the atti
tude and the grades will change.
One person can’t bring about this
change but a group could. Why
not be different and bring about a
better scholastic standing in dear
old G. H. S. ?
Congratulations, students! Con
gratulations to you, traffic officers!
Much praise is due to everyone for
the fine cooperation shown since the
traffic rules have been changed.
Everyone should be able to get to
classes on time. Teachers, and stu
dents too, are commenting on the
effort saved in changing classes.
Again we say, congratulations! to
you, traffic squad!
The Scrap Bag
Spring is come to G. H. S. and with
it a desire in ns young: bucks to ex
press ourselves. You know the old say
ing : In the spring a young man’s fancy
lightly turns to what the girls have
been thinking about all winter. We
may be as innocent as lambs in hold
ing hands while walking down the
walk; but lon't forget that perhaps
some older folk are passing, to whom
holding hands meant something in their
day. It doesn’t mean anything to us
(well, not much), but let’s not give the
public the wrong impression of us.
Bagatails—Just in case you’re won
dering, that tall, good-looking blonde is
Carolyn Ballow . . . Personal nomina
tion for the most fascinating nose in
G. H. S.: Miss Pike’s . . . Looks like
Charlie can't make np his mind be
tween “Frankie’’ and .Jane . . .
Pat: Knock, knock !
Jack: Who’-s there'?
I’at: Jimmie. M'
Jack; Jimmie, who?
Pat; Jimmie-so me much these days?
. . . And they saj' that the “Bobbie”
and “Jeannie” combination is a thing
of the past. Too bad! . . . Jack Souther
land's latest is Mary Elizabeth Ed-
mundson, (better known as “Ed”) and
we can’t say that we blame him . . .
This week’s personality is Jean Yates,
because she does so much with so little
“to do” about it.
Have you ever noticed how many
doubles we have for movie stars at
G. H. S. Here are a few. Can you
see anj" i-esemblance?
Annis Hines—-Rosalind Russell.
George Miles—Clark Gable.
Carolyn Lassiter — Barbara Stan
Dot Ellington—Lupe Velez.
Bill Breiver—^Tyrone Power.
Catherine Paris—Loretta Young.
Frances Gwyn—Sonja Henie.
Helen Owubey—Dorothy Lamour.
A tree is all the beauty to me
Of life’s song at its very best
Her strength and height are the test
Of music—wild, sought-after carefree.
She directs the humming of the bee.
And welcomes musicians as her guests;
For robins, .joj-'S, and all the rest
Help form her symphony.
The winds deep cello fills the air
In harmony with a whip-o-will—
The leaves soft rustle inserted there
The drummer’s part to fill.
You see, life’s sweetest symphonies
Are all embodied in the trees.
-—Edna Caveness. .
Teachers to Hear Convention Reports
A general meeting of the teachers of
the city schools will be held Monday,
April 11, at 4 o’clock at the Central
Junior High school. The teachers will
hear the reports of their representa
tives who attended recent conventions.
7^/ie On)y Ll^kt
To the Student Body
Members of the Student Body;
I wish I could think of something to
say to you that would really make you
know just how I feel about being here
in the Greensboro Senior High school.
I’m going to try to give you the impres
sion I received before I came, and then
follow that up with what I think of
you now, after having spent seven
months in your midst. However, let’s
go back until this time last year when
I heard that I had the opportunity to
become a part of your splendid organi
There are manj’ times in life when
one is excited, you know, and there are
also many times when one is very
thrilled, but I shall never forget the
afternoon last spring when I received a
letter saying I had the opportunity to
teach in the Greensboro Senior High
school during the coming school year. I
was so impatient that I couldn't wait
until September to find out what it was
I don't believe there’s a boy or girl in
this entire .school who does not know
what I’m talking about when I mention
school spirit. I had it then, and I have
it now, and I don't believe I’m by my
self, either. Am I, boys and girls? I’m
sure I'm not. However, after being
with you for seven months, I’m just so
mu(‘h more interested in your welfare,
as a student body, than I've ever been
before, that I can’t sit back and be
quiet when I hear some one say some
thing about you. I find myself sitting
on the edge of the chair, and then ready
to get “on my toes” if every remark
that concerns you is not just the very
best compliment possible. And, because
I'm so interested in you being the very
“tops” in everything you undertake, and
because I know you can be, I'm writing
this letter to tell you how very glad
it makes mo to be able to work with
you. There’s nothing I’d rather do than
to go away fro’u Greensboro in June
with the feeling that the Senior High
school was -beyond reproach, from the
.standpoint of both scholarship and con
duct. I believe we can attain this goal,
too, if we work together, and work liard
The suggestions which have been
handed in by the scholarship and con
duct committees are for 3mu to think
about and to discuss. You see, we (the
faculty) are so interested in you meas
uring up to perfection itself, that you
are being given a “saj'-so” in your poli
cies. You will be asked to vote and ex
press jmurself concerning certain ques
tions pertaining to jmur life here in the
high school. I want jmu to understand
the questions asked, and then, I want
5’ou to answer them as sincerelj^ and
as honestly as you would have me an
swer a question of j'ours. Furthermore,
I want jmu to hand in suggestions con
cerning the things you want to express
an opinion about.
I could just write on and on, but I
knou^ it really isn’t fair to take up the
space that belongs to some one else. So,
I hope 3’ou will come over to my room
(24) and let us continue this talk to
gether. qjiere are just one or two
more things, however, that I want to
remind you of before I stop. When a
.stranger (as I was this time last year)
first hears about the Greensboro Senior
High school, he judges it, to a great ex
tent, b,v the record jmu make in jmur
scholarship grades, and bj’ the way you
conduct jmurself at all times in all
ways, Avhether you happen to be in the
class room, on the school grounds, or
representing the school as a member
of .some club, organization, or athletic
team. Now, as I said before, I’m for
you, and I'm here to help you. Will
you cooperate? Let’s pull together and
make Greensboro Senior ' High school,
not only the finest iii the two Carolina?,
but let’s make our school the best in
the entire South!
ANN C. HARBISON,
Chinn. Conduct Committee.
BEHIND THE SCENES
“Have jmu heard from Agnes Scott
3’et, tVilla?” Sue Wimbish anxiously
“Ye.s, Ave got a letter this morning,”
replied MTlla Jean, rather hurriedly.
“They’re coming,” he continued.
And so, for the past two months, the
College Day committee has been quietly
functioning and has made today the
success that it is. We are really giving
credit where credit is due, for every
one realizes what a tremendous task
it is to make contacts with some thirty-
odd college representatWes and provide
luncheon for them.
So, thanks to you, Willa Jean, and
the other members of your committee;
Sue Mhmbi.sh, Dick Fritz, James Dod
son, Mark Altvater, Shirley Weaver,
and Miss Lily Walker, faculty adviser,
for making College Day possible this
'Wallpaper, shirt, ties, hats, dogs, col
lege iiennants, bird,s, posters, and fish.
■What a combination ! It’s true, though I
As one enters Miss Lee’s room, number
nine, the walls are decorated realist-
icallj’ with these. One moment jmu are
in an interior decorator’s studio, the
next 3'ou are fishing. Then jmu are in
the great outdoors, now in a shirt shop,
and finallj" in one of Carolinas’ colleges.
True, the atmosphere is yaried, but
maj4)e some of G. H. S.’s art students,
such as Frances Noah, ivill be a wall
paper designer or perhaps Fred Wil
liams will sell shirts. (He should know
which ones to sell; that blue one he
designed with the red stripes even fools
Miss Lee occasionally). We might even
find Marion Morrison sketching birds
for a nature magazine!