From the Gate City of the South and the Birthplace of 0. Henry
GREENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL, SEPTEMBER 28, 1928
PLANS FOR NEW HIGH
BY N. Y. ARCHITECTS
School Board Prefers Group
Plan of Five Buildings
to Single Structure
ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
The Torchlight Society held its
first meeting of the year Tuesday,
Si'iitoniber 25, in room 101.
to BE BEST IN THE STATE
Buildings Are to Be Ready for Occu
pancy by September If Work Is
Begun by December
The board of education of the
Greater Greensboro scliool district has
readied !in agreement as to the iilans
of the new central high school iilant.
The proposed five buildings will be
erected on the Scales property at a
cost of .$850,000. Detailed phuis are
now being completed by the architects,
according to an announcement made
Monday, September 10. by the building
committee of the board.
The board decided, after long con
sideration, upon the group plan of
buildings instead of a singie structure.
It was indicated Monday that definite
action would be taken very soon in
order to have the buildings ready for
occupancy as soon as possible.
The contractors for the large build
ing program are Angle-Blackford com
pany. The contractors have informed
the school board that if actual work
can be begun before December 1 that
the buildings can be occupied by Sep
The new school has long been looked
forward to, and is now about to be a
reality. When completed it will be one
of. if not the best, high school buildings
in the south. Now since tlW plans
have actually begun they have been
running very smoothly. Architects from
Columbia T’liiversity have come down
to help perfect the plans.
Th(‘y decldCHl to meet alternate
ly ‘vory two weeks on Tuesday at
chapel period. This will alternate
with the Girls' Council.
!Miss Mitchell presided over the
Mary Daily Williams was elected
liresident ami (piite an argument
was hehl as to whether there
woulfl be a vice-president. It was
decided that it was unnecessary.
Kathei'im* Nowell was elected
secretary and treasurer for the
'I'lie honorary society plans to do
many interesting and worth while
projects during the coming seme.s-
ter It was also discussed that
the pupils eligible for this organi
zation be selected by the old mem
bers. Between now and the next
meeting the members of the
Torchlight Society will look up
the past record of the eligible
candidates. The upper fourth of
the two senior semesters can make
HAVE ANNUAL DRIVE
Session Room Teachers Respon
sible for Subseriptions in
Their Rooms This Year
INSTALLMENT PLAN USED
MISS NELLIE K. DRY
STARTS FIELD STUDY
Course Includes the Personal
Observation of All Plant
and Animal Life
IS NEW COURSE AT G. H. S.
PARENT TEACHERS HOLD
FIRST MEETING OF YEAR
Plans for Securing New Members and
Encouraging Athletic Events
The first P. T. A. meeting for
year 1928 wdll be held next Mond;
October 2, This meeting will be an
informal supper at 7 o'clock in the
school cafeteria. Teachers will in this
manner come to know the parents.
Members of the exeputive committee
planed this entertainment at a meet
ing held September 2l^ at the home of
Mrs. S. O. Lindeman, president. Meet
ings for the entire year will-be held at
8 o’clock evei’.v first Tuesday of the
month. The November meeting will be
postponed to a biter' date due to the
election on that date.
Plans were discussed’ and practically
completed for securing more members.
The P. T. A. is taking every possible
step to ehcourage athletic events and
are backing the students by attending
Another undertaking for the year
will be the sponsoring of special
speakers. These are all men of note
and some have already been scheduled.
Phillips Plaits Meeting
C. W. Phillips will preside over the
first teachers’ meeting on Saturday,
September 29. This meeting will be
the first one to be held since school
started. Mr. Phillips has planned many
interesting features for the program.
“To understand nature is to gain one
of the greatest resources of life.” This
is the endeavor of the field study
course at G. 11. S. under the direction
of Miss Nellie K. Dry, high school
This course is entirely new at Cen
tral High, and if the experiment is a
success, will be a permanent course
which includes reference work and
field trips. There are IG students
now enrolled, and they are allowed to
carry on individual projects. Full
credit is given for this course wiiicli is
held only at the sixth period.
The study of nature includes per
sonal observation of all plant and ani
mal life, their habits and surroundings.
The ultimate aim of the cour.se, accord
ing to Miss Dry, is to cultivate the
power of acute observation ami to
build up within an understanding of
Members of the class are now getting
acquainted with the various trees of
North Carolina. Before this phase of
work has been completed they will
have collected leaves, fruit, and baVk
of 25 native trees.
"I'his coiu’se will aid scouts in pass
ing off merit badge work.
Miss Mary Ellen Blackman’s Session
Room Is First to Report 100 Per
>Since September 11 the publication
staffs have bi^en in the midst of the
annual subscription campaign. Instead
of the staff members managing the
drive, each session room teacher was
responsible for her room.
By this plan the students could sub
scribe and make full paj-ment or use
the installment plan. The latter plan
sfauned to work in several junior
rooms. The total number of students
subscribing is 500, while the teachers,
alumni, and interested citizens of
Greensboro makes a sum total of 400
Miss Mary Ellen Blackmon's session
room 102 was the first to report 100
per cent. Two students failed to sub
scribe, but seven outside subscribers
were secured, thus making a total of 48.
The three other senior rooms, 107,
lOG. and 105 reporttxl a majority num
ber of students as subscribers. The
junior class responded partially, while
the lower classmen had a still lower
Today ends, this special drive, but
students who enter late, or others who
desire to subscribe, may still do so.
Tliey will receive all the other issues
of the paper and magazine published
MU. F. A. AIKTIEU
COMEDY, IS GIVEN
Henry K. Burtner Post of the
American Legion Sponsors
Play at National Theatre
CHORUS OF TWENTY-ONE
DICK DOUGLAS RETURNS
WEDNESDAY FROM TRIP
Each Scout Bagged Lion in Africa
. While Guests of Mr. and Mrs.
G.H.S. STUDENT COUNCIL
MEETS SEPTEMBER 26
The student coimcil met on Wednes
day, September 2G, 1928, for the first
meeting of the year. Charles Rives,
the president, presided at this meeting.
The representatives from the different
semesters were elected last year.
Katherine Lambe was recently chosen
a representative from the Girls’
Council. Mr. Phillips will appoint the
other some time in the near future.
TWO OTHER SCOUTS ALSO RETURN
Robert Dick Douglas. June graduate
of G. ri. S.. landed in New York Tues
day, September 18, on the liner, Ue de
France, after having spent six weeks
of adventure in the heart of Africa.
Young Douglas, with his two com
panions, say that their greatest thrill
was experienced while hunting lions.
Each scout bagged a lion in East
.Africa while the guests of Mr. and
Airs. Martin Johnson. They brought
with them the lion skins and also the
skin of a gazelle, better known as an
antelope, a gift for the scout executive,
James E. West.
The scoLits, Robert D. Douglas, of
this city: David R. Martin. Jr., of
Austin, Minn.; Douglas L. Oliver, of
Atlanta, Ga., were entertained by vari
ous high officials while in France.
The scouts are being detained in
New York at the country home of
George Palmer Putnam, to perfect their
diary account to be published in
These boys were selected for the trip
in a general competition among the
Boy Scouts of America.
Douglas is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
R. D. Douglas, of Fisher Park Circle.
While in high school, Dick, as he was
called, proved himself worthy of dis
tinction by being voted the best all
round student in the senior class.
“Cool Knights,*’ a musical comedy,
and reputed to be one of the best musi
cal shows in many years was pre
sented Friday night. September 21, at
the National Theatre. The Henry K.
Burtner post of the American Legion
sponsored the play.
The comedy dealt with American
college life, and Charles Lipscomb,
G. II. S. alumnus, and Anue Bishop
were the stars, supported by Ralph
Hodgkin, Hoyt Boone, Frank Warner,
Hellene lludnell and a bevy of chorus
G. II. S. music talent was a special
feature. Twenty-one high school girls
were in the chorus work. Practically
all of these girls were In the 1928
Purple and Gold Revue. Those in the
chorus work were: Gladys Young.
Martha Abercrombie, Ruth Barton,
Virginia Miller, Claire Ilartsook, Louise
Thacker. Dixon Thacker, Lillian Hauck,
Trudy Carver, Alice Grubbs, Margaret
McLean. Mary Thomas, Mamie Leak
Parson. Katherine Williams, Jacque
line Alderman, Meredith Watt, Alice
Ilayues, Helen Haynes, Polly Moore,
Margayet Smathers, and Jane Crabtree.
ARCHER RESIGNS AS
C. W. Phillips, Principal of
G. H. S., Will Serve Tempo
rarily in This Office
SCHOOL CALENDAR MADE
F. A. Archer Has Acted as Superinten
dent of Greensboro City Schools
for Eleven Years
Frederick Archer, for 11 years super
intendent of Greensboro City Schools,
has resigned in order to complete his
doctor's degree at Columbia Univer
sity. Ills resignation becomes effective
on October 1, and C. W. Phillips,
G. II. S. principal, was appointed by
the board of education in July to serve
in that capacity temporarily.
The school calendar for the year has
been made and Mr. Archer’s policy,
which has been inaugurated for this
year, will be closely followed by Mr.
Phillips. School authorities are hope
ful that the retiring superintendent
will return next September. Wherever
his going is talked among school folks,
they will not receive a final no.
The hardest work of the school year
has already been accomplished. Mr.
Archer worked all summer long on pre
paring the new buildings and remodel
ing the old ones.
Since graduating from the University
of North Carolina in 1904, Mr. Archer
has served in four different city schools.
From 1904-0G he had charge of all the
city schools at Windsor, N. C. The
following year he was employed as an
English teacher in Winston-Salem High
School. For the next six years Mr.
Archer was principal of the Wilson
High School. Following his stay there,
he was superintendent of schools at
Selma. From there he came to Greens
boro, and from 1917 until this year he
served in the capacity of superintend
ent of city schools.
He received his A.B. degree at
U. N. C. and in 1924 completed work
for his M.A. degree at Columbia Uni
versity. Now he expects to complete
Ills doctor’s degree by next September.
SEMESTER SEVEN HOLDS
FIRST MEETING OF YEAR
NEW STUDENTS OF G. H. S.
GO TO CHAPEL SEPT. 13
Charles Rives Explains Traffic Rules
and Workings of Stu
The freshmen and new students of
G. H. S. met in chapel Thursday, Sep
tember 13, for the first time.
Mr. C. W. Phillips welcomed the
pupils. He then introduced Charles
Rives, student council president, who
explained traffic rules and other
phases of the student council.
Elizabeth Boyst.-‘ 'a’csident of Girls’
Council, was introduced. She ex
plained the Girls’ Council and “Big
Clyde Norcom, managing editor ))f
High Life, told the students High Life
and Homespun plans for the year.
Rachel Lipscomb, chief cheer leader,
talked about athletic life.
In that way the outstanding activi
ties of the high school were brought
before these students.
Carmen Patterson and Katherine
Lambe Discuss Plans for
Semester 7 held its first meeting of
the year Thursday, September 20, in
103. The newly elected president, Er-
vine Stone, was compelled to resign as
he has been promoted to semester 8.
The vice-president, Carl Jones, pre
A nominating committee composed
of Carmen Patterson, chairman, Louis
Brooks, and Kate Harrison, was ap
pointed to nominate a new president.
The next meeting was scheduled for
Monday, September 24, at which the
president will be elected.
Carmen Patterson was chosen to
represent this semester on the Student
Council. Katherine Lambe was elected
to represent the girls on the Girls’
Plans for the Reflector were dis
cussed, and the possibility of doing
away with it was brought up. Very
little discussion was carried on; but
this idea is generally bitterly opposed.
The meeting then adjourned.