SOUTH DEERFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING DEDICATED WITH EXCELLENT PROGRAM
Splendid Structure Is Inspected
by Citizens, Who Greatly
South Deerfield, Nov. 21-The new Deerfield High School building which was dedicated
last evening is an imposing structure situated on the west side of Main street
in the vicinity of the Bloody Brook massacre and is believed to be the first
public high school building built and supported exclusively by the citizens
of Deerfield. The sum of $155,000 was voted about a year ago by the citizens
of the town for the purchase of the site, erection of the building and general
furnishings and equipment. The lot purchased compromises about 14 acres of practically
level land. The building sets back 150 feet from the street and the exterior
is constructed of texture brick, cast-stone trimmings and slate roof. The building
is rectangular in shape, being 112 feet by 98 feet 11 inches and is two stories
high. The U type was used with corridor running from the front entrance to the
rear, thus giving four exits. All interior walls are of masonry so that fire
will be confined to the section where it starts. The woodwork is of southern
hard pine, with oak finish, finished in Richardson oil polish.
The first floor contains three classrooms for 40 pupils each, two recitation
rooms for 25 pupils each, principal's office and supply room, library and board
room, women teachers' room, also a room for school physician. On the second
floor are two classrooms for 40 pupils each, two recitation rooms accommodating
24 pupils each, two rooms for the commercial department, combination chemical
and physical laboratory, with lecture and supply rooms with dark and lantern
equipment. On the ground floor are located the cooking school, with cabinets,
pantries, and all modern apparatus necessary, laboratory for agriculture and
biology, boiler and fuel rooms, a gymnasium and assembly room 35 by 62 with
stage 14 by 35 feet, showers and lockers adjoining. Indirect lighting is used
in all the rooms throughout the building and the interior decorations are most
attractive. The Peerless ventilating and heating unit is used. Bubblers to supply
drinking water are stationed at various places throughout the building. A master
clock on the wall in the principal's room regulates the bells in the various
classrooms. A fire alarm has been installed in the main corridor on the first
floor, the building committee having carried out to the minutest detail everything
for the welfare of the school.
The laying out and surfacing proper ball fields and tennis courts on the campus
is begun. The building committee in charge consisted of Walter F. Gorey, chairman,
Judge Philip Ball, and Edward A. Rice. Clarence P. Hoyt of Boston is the architect.
George H. Reed and company of Montague City were the general contractors, and
George V. Corsiglia of Greenfield, installed the heating and plumbing systems.
The school has been in session in the building during the fall, and there is
an enrolment of 70 pupils, 46 of whom are freshmen. Three one-act plays are
to be given in the gymnasium next Tuesday evening by students of the school.
The High school faculty includes Principal Alan W. Furber, mathematics; Assistant
Principal E. J. LaFranie, science; Miss Charlotte Hamilton, English; Miss Marion
E. Hulbert, history and biology; Miss Georgia I. Miller, commercial subjects,
and Miss Mildred A. Weeks, Romance languages.
A large number of townspeople and visitors availed themselves of the opportunity
to inspect the building, which was thrown open to the guests at 7.30 p.m., the
approach having been made most attractive by additional electric lights on the
campus. Students were at the doors to receive the guests and conduct them on
the tour of inspection. The various teachers were in their rooms ready to answer
any questions relative to the school and its work. The exercises were held in
the gymnasium, the stage having decorations of palms.
Walter F. Gorey, chairman of the
building committee, made the following remarks:
"Ladies and Gentlemen: It is a pleasant duty that I have to perform here tonight
in welcoming you to the exercises in honor of the opening of this building dedicated
to the cause of education. Everyone present here must rejoice at the completion
of this beautiful structure that will mean so much in shaping the minds and
careers of the younger generation. The public spirit manifested by our cit-citizens[sic]
when required to build so quickly in order to conform to the requirements of
the state is sufficient evidence of the enlightened feeling of civic responsibility
that characterizes our community. The architectural beauty of this structure
will have a powerful influence upon the pupils which it shelters, and its arrangements
for convenience, comfort and health, with its modern equipment, give assurance
that the work of teachers and pupils alike will be done under the best conditions.
For what does this school stand? It is the emblem of our civilization, and stands
for education which is preparation for complete living, and complete living
consists in earning a livelihood honestly and intelligently, in performing one's
duty to society and in making wise use of one's leisure time.
"In behalf of the building committee, I will simply state that we have
fulfilled to the best of our ability the
trust imposed upon us by the town
and now will present the key of this
your High school building to the
school committee of the town of Deerfield."
James Campbell, chairman of the
committee, accepted the keys with a
few remarks. The address of the
evening was given by Principal Roy
L. Smith of North Adams Normal
school, who spoke as follows:
"Our meeting tonight is typically American. Our first glimpses of American
life reveal an attitude toward school and education, which is unique in the
world's history. Nations, successively contribute great ideals toward a developing
civilization. The Ancient Hebrews gave us religion, the Greeks beauty and philosophy,
the Romans law and justice. Education and democracy are Americantributions.
In writing the Declation[sic] of Independence our forefathers spoke of the equal
rights of men, the right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Education
has given us the larger liberty, happiness and freedom. At the base of this
wonderful progress, which is wrapped up in the word America we find our wonderful
system of free public education. This building which we dedicate tonight has
its great message for us a we look about it and take note of its material and
construction and equipment brought from here and there near and far. They speak
to us for the learning for which this building is intended contributed throughout
the past and from infinite sources. As we stand and gaze at the walls it seems
to us that it is built brick upon brick, symbolizing how each individual rises
from life given by another, but if we look carefully we shall see that it is
not brick upon brick, but each one rests upon two, and these in turn upon three
and so on to the foundation.
"So it is, with our lives; we are supported by all that has gone before. But
there is more than brick in the construction of the building, and the mortar
and cement which hold the brick and make one building of the whole symbolize
the earnest and sacred idea of education that is necessary to make a real school.
So it is with us, the organization and perfection of individual lives will find
opportunity for future growth.
At the close of the exercises, refreshments were served by the students.