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THE PANTHER'S CLAW
Greensboro—The Gateway of Education and Culture
the JAMES B. DUDLEY HIGH SCHOOL, GREENSBORO, N. C., OCTOBER, 1958
Dr. Tarpley Voices
Hope For Good Year
On the morning of September
3, 1958 at 9:30, Dr. Tarpley wel
comed students and faculty back
to school for the year 1958-59, in
a special assembly. He keynoted
his “altar chat” by stating that
“an educated person is one who
knows when to do what.” By read
ing from Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3,
verses one through eleven. Dr.
Tarpley impressed upon the body
the necessity for knowing of the
time to be gay, the time to be
It is easy to determine a wise
or a foolish act and to grow
gracefully into an admirable ma
turity, according to the speaker.
All indications point to a profit
able school year if each one will
do his “day by day tasks.’
The “new era” note was struck
when Dr. Tarpley outlined the
revised book distribution method,
predicted the early completion of
the dome-topped gymnasium, and
deschibed the beautiful band’s, ma
jorettes’, and cheerleaders’ uni
Enthusiasm reigned high as the
students sang the Alma Mater and
as Dr. Tarpley dismissed the as
sembly so that aech could start
on his first-day tasks.
Four Teachers Added
To Dudley's Faculty
Four teachers have joined the
Dudley faculty. The following in-
lormation tells of their former
experience and expresses their
feelings about coming to Dudley.
Miss W. L. Blackwell came from
Dillon, South Carolina. She at
tended the Voorhees Junior Col
lege in Danmark, South Carolina
and is a ’58 graduate of Saint
Augustine College in Raleigh,
North Carolina. She holds a B.A.
degree in Business Education. Her
working experience includes: sec
retary to the Registrar at Voor
hees Junior College and secretary
to the President at Fort Valley
State College, Fort Valley, Geor
Miss Blackwell expresses her
gratitude to the Dudley students
and faculty for the warm and
cordial welcome she received, and
accepts her first year of teaching
as a challenge.
A new addition to Dudley’s fac
ulty is Mrs. Mable Thorpe Wright
along with the other new teach
ers. Dudley heartily w^elcomes
Mrs. Wright; at Dudley Mrs.
Wright teaches U. S. History, Eng
lish and is one of the advisors to
the Panther’s Claw.
Her past experience include:
graduating from the Tuskege In
stitute, Tuskegee, Alabama, in
May, 1956, teaching in Boonville,
North Carolina; and secretary in
the Home Economics Department
at A & T College.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas,
Mrs. Wright now resides at 1515
Cunningham Street with her hus
band. During an interview, Mrs.
Wright said, “I consider it quite
an achievement and honor to have
been chosen a teacher at Dud
ley, and I am looking forward to a
very successful year.”
Mr. Dorestt, a former student
of Dudley, has come home to
He graduated from Dudley in
1944 and enrolled in A & T Col
lege. Mr. Dorset! served in the
Army for two years. Upon his
discharge from the Army, he
worked in the Charlotte School
System. At the Veteran’s Ad
ministration he worked as a Man
ual Art Therapist and has taught
in Winston-Salem at Carver High
School: In closing the interview.
Continued on Page Six
DUDLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Thursday, Oct. 11, West Char
lotte, Greensboro, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19, Carver (Win
ston) Winston-Salem, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26, Reidsville,
Greensboro, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2, Atkins High
School, Homecoming, Greensboro,
Thursday, Nov. 9, Concord,
Greensboro, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17, Wm. Penn, High
Point, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24, Stephens Lee,
Asheville, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 31, J. T. Barber,
New Bern, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, Salisbury,
Greensboro, 8:00 p.m.
Claudia Warren Reigns
As Miss Homecoming
Claudia Warren was elected
Miss Homecoming for the fall ot
1958. Why? She possesses quali
ties admired by stulents and fac
ulty. She is ladylike, demure, in
telligent, and attractive. Claudia
walks in grace and talks with
Loyalty and participation are
also important requisites for a po
tential Miss Homecoming. Well,
Claudia worked daily with the
cheerleaders. Dance group. Mixed
Chorus and Patrol Force; she is
a member of Mrs. Robinson’s 12F
Class. In her community Claudia
attends Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Continued On Page Five
New Gym Nears Completion
The construction of the new
gym is another step toward im
provement in this era of changes
we’re witnessing this year at Dud
ley High School.
Since 1954 the School Improve
ments Committee has been trying
to acquire a new gym.
Letters were written to the
Board and in the fall of 1955 the
County Commission of the Board
of Education sent inspectors to
evaluate the facilities.
Following inspection, it was de
cided that construction should be
gin before the school year, 1959.
Prior to this time it had been
necessary to use A & T’s and
Senior High's gyms.
The gym which is situated near
the south end of the main building
is built to seat 2,500 persons. In
addition to this there will be two
concession stands, a varsity lock
er room, prep room and a “skill”
Other added attractions will be
two trophy cases and storage space
for outdoor and indoor equipment.
There will be one main basket
ball court, two practice courts, one
volley ball court, a tennis court
and two badminton courts.
Yes, there will be classes in the
g3mi, but just for the boys: the
old gym will be renovated for use
by the girls.
Dressing rooms for physical ed
ucation classes will be luxurious.
There will be ten shower heads.
The gym is contracted to be
completed by December 30th.
1958. A rather outstanding fea
ture about this structure is the
dome-top that gives the gym quite
a modernistic appeal. This is truly
another great advance in the “big
ger and better” Dudley drive.
Mrs. Smith Missed
Mrs. Angeline Smith has
taught Journalism at Dudley
High School for 15 years. She
has been relieved of this class
recently. The Panther’s Claw
staff misses her; she was al
ways patient, considerate, kind
and helpful. The students who
worked with her will use their
training wisely in trying to con
tinue a paper that will be ac
ceptable to the Dudley family
Soph's Looh At Dudley
Dudley High School, (as seen
through the eyes of the Sopho
mores) has proved to be very in
teresting and rewarding. This class
which will graduate in 1961 has
already discovered likes and dis
likes about the Dudley system of
education and edification. Real
izing that a high school educa
tion is essential to cope with the
problems of today, the members
of the Panther’s Claw staff in
terviewed several sophomores, the
future scientists, educaotrs, gov
ernmental workers, teachers, doc
tors, nurses and homemakers.
Some views about Dudley are
brought to our readers’ attention.
“To me Dudley High School
represents the first of a series of
summits. For here I have em
barked on the road to higher ed
ucation. I think of Dudley as a
symbol rather than a place.” “To
me Dudley is an ideal school; in
some cases the teacher does not
make the class interesting enough
and one becomes bored.” “To me,
Dudley is OK, why? I shall be
here for three years. I might as
well like it.” “To me Dudley rep
resents all that I would want to
Continued On Page Four
Weaver Speaks As
Mr. P. J. Weaver, Superintend
ent of the city schools is truly a
transition figure—between the old
and the new. He is well-versed in
the art of school lore, having
been closely associated with the
retired superintendent, Mr. B. L.
Smith, who served Greensboro
for 22 years.
Mr. Weaver related to the
Panther’s Claw representatives, a
story filled with both joy and
pathos, a story which shows that
the man at the helm is a true ed
Mr. Weaver was born in Emory,
Virginia, the son of a Methodist
Minister. He attended high school
in Winston-Salem. His advanced
work was done at Duke Univer
sity where he received the B.A.
degree and 'the University ofi
North Carolina where he received
the M.A. degree. Mr. Weaver’s
teaching experiences have been
varied and rich; at all times he
showed a deep interest in young
people and was in several cases
particularly involved in sports—
e.specially baseball and basketball.
When Mr. Weaver first started
teaching, his salary per year was
the amount that the teacher with
a Graduate Certificate makes in
one month now. But he lived.
He married Miss Elizabeth Win
ston Cobb in 1943. There are two
children, Phillip, Jr. 11, and Car
olyn, 7. As the superintendent re
lated the account freely and cas
ually, one would never have
guessed that a member of his
family is handicapped. But this
Nor would one have guessed
that Mr. Weaver and family have
had no vacation during the sum
mer. But this is also true. He
has been busy getting lined up for
a stienuous school year.
Mr. Weaver concluded his in
terview by making the following
“I am dedicated to the cause
of public education. I want to
lend all of my energies, abilities
and efforts so that every child
v/ill have an opportunity to make
a success of his own life and
to make his best contribution in
“Education must be a coopera
tive adventure. Students, teach
ers, parents, administrators and
citizens must work together if we
are to provide the best in facility
and instruction for our youth. I
believe in our youth and in their
potential to make for us a bet
ter community, state, country, and
With these words, Mr. Weaver
closed his chat with the interview
ers but wished for Dudley High
School the best of everything.
Takes New Trend
One of the many innovations at
Dudley this year was the assembly
line, in the gym ,through which
the students passed, to receive
books and lockers.
In previous years teachers have
collected fees in home rooms and
distributed the books but this
year it was required of all stu
dents to pay fees before regist
ering. The importance of purchas
ing early lockers in order that one
might have a place to put sup
plies, was stressed, thus killing
two birds with one stone.
The whole process was carried
out with the precision of clock
work. A number of teachers and
students, solicited for help, col
lected money, signed fee cards, is
sued receipts and saw to it that
students had the necessary facili
ties with which to work.
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