GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
1908-09 SCHOOL PROGRAM and COMMUNITY DESCRIPTOR
J. Floyd Collins
Miss Pearl McGehee,
Miss Mary Parker,
Directress of Music
(To be selected.)
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Paris is a beautiful, well-kept little city of some 5,000 inhabitants, 116 miles west of Nashville, and 12 miles from the Kentucky line, on the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis and Louisville railroads. It is the county seat of Henry County. Being free from malarial influences, and with an abundance of pure water supplied from deep wells, it is a healthful place. One of the first impressions a stranger gets is a pervading air of cleanliness. Like so many of our Southern towns, the principal business portion is built around a square, in the middle of which sits the court house. Scattered over the city there are many lovely homes, that bespeak for their inmates the possession of refinement and culture. All these things, together with the usual church privileges, furnish important educational influences to young people reared at a distance from town.
Our building was erected by the county and city at a cost of $45,000, and has been pronounced by a well known educator "the finest preparatory school building in the South." It is of white pressed brick, two stories and basement. Besides the basement rooms there are 14 rooms, including a commodious chapel, all heated with steam and fitted with the necessary plumbing. The school is connected with city waterworks by special pumping arrangement, and has its own stand-pipe, or tank, from which fresh water is constantly supplied to the building.
Half a mile south of the square, on a hill which is said to be the highest point in West Tennessee. Grove School shows conspicuous from afar. From its front porch the view is one of almost unequaled beauty, with the shade-embowered city 119 feet below, and off to the west and north and east a semicircle of hills alternating with field and forest, among which a faint line of trees shows across the Tennessee River 20 miles away.
The school owes its existence to the generosity and unselfish public spirit of Dr. E.W. Grove, who resided in Paris for many years and remains a staunch friend of Paris and of Henry County. He gave for the founding of the school the sum of $80,000 as a perpetual endowment.
It was designed by the munificent founder that the school should furnish, absolutely free of cost, a first-class high school education to every boy and girl in Henry County. This laudable purpose was endorsed and confirmed by the honorable County Court and the city of Paris when they conjointly erected a magnificent modern building, well-fitted in every way to become a famous seat of secondary education.
WHAT IS EDUCATION?
It would be perhaps the part of wisdom to take our bearing at the outset, and ask ourselves what we propose to do - what ideals we have set before us. For instance, what is education? It is not, we take it, so much English, so much Latin, So much mathematics: but so much training. But what must be trained? The whole man - the body, the mind, the spirit. The body so that it may, with the greatest ease and excellence, meet with all requirements of the physical life; the mind so that it may properly guide the actions, and properly effect the most satisfactory solution of all the multifarious problems of life, and the spirit so it may, as nearly as possible, apprehend God as the source of all knowledge and inspiration of all worthy effort, and enable us to determine the scope and character of our relations to time and to our fellow man. Recognizing the existence of this three-fold nature, we shall endeavor to cultivate it in its entirety. The mind will be systematically and thoroughly trained, the body will be strengthened and built up, and spiritual training and development will be stressed as the most important of all.
While we shall do our utmost that our pupils shall excel in accurate and thorough scholarship, we shall not forget that there is something even better than making scholars, and that is making men and women. Therefore, the work of character-building will always be held of primary importance.
The discipline of the school will be mild and reasonable, but it will be firm. There will be no effort to adjust it to individual pupils who have never known restraint at home. The principal has usually accomplished all he wished by private, face to face reasoning and expostulation, by direct appeals to personal and family pride and the elementary principles of right conduct; but those failing, he will not hesitate to resort to sterner measures. In case any pupil is persistently disobedient or refractory, or refuses to avail himself of privileges of the school; or, through committing an overt act of disobedience or insubordination, makes himself habitually disagreeable, the right is hereby reserved to dismiss him without preferring any formal charge against him.
Just as soon as practicable, perhaps from the beginning of the session, a system of Physical Culture will be inaugurated and will be conducted on a physiological and scientific basis. The system to be employed is that devised and so long and successfully used by Prof. D. F. Dowd, of the Home School for Physical Culture, New York City. It is perhaps the simplest, as well as the most scientific and effective system, and its faithful and continuous use will result in the perfect development of every muscle of the body. Weak lungs may be strengthened, thin chests developed, weak backs made strong, and imperfect digestion corrected. Among the many salutary effects of the system, the Principal has succeeded in enlarging the chest girth and chest expansion of boys and girls several inches in as many months. When physical culture, diet and scientific sanitation receive in school attention which their importance demands, Materia Medica will go off on a long vacation.
We believe strongly in athletics. The mens sana is impossible unless it be in sano corpore. But the school was not established with the special purpose of fostering athletics. In other words we propose to teach English, Latin, Greek, et., rather than football, baseball, basketball and tennis. However, we deem it wise to encourage every species of healthful exercise in the open air, preferably those kinds that give to the participant a corresponding amount of pleasure and profit. Interscholastic games will nit be debarred provide no abuses creep in, and provided the trips, going and coming, can be made in one day - Saturday. But no boy whose class standing falls below 70 per cent will be permitted to take part in such games. This is our motto: Books First.
Paris is well supplied with churches - Baptists, Methodist, Presbyterian, Christian, Episcopal - and all students will be expected to attend on Sunday, both Sunday school and preaching services, at the church of their choice. Without sectarianism, we shall strive to impress upon students the fact that religion is the one thing more important than education.
The exercises will be open each morning with the roll call, reading of the Scriptures, singing and prayer. The principal will take advantage of this daily assembling of the whole student body to give informal lectures on sociological and moral questions - on anything, in fact, that may seem to bear on the building of character, or that may quicken or refine the spirit of the school.
Examinations are held at the close of each semester, and at such other times as may seem advisable.
Reports are sent out monthly to the parent or guardian with the standing of each student in scholarship and deportment.
The two literary societies, the Hamilton conducted by young men, and the Elizabeth Browning, conducted by young ladies, meet every Friday evening. The exercises, consist in reading, recitations, the reading of original essays, criticisms and debates. From time to time these exercises are open to the public.
Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A.
The Young Men's Christian Association and the Young Women's Christian Association meet in the chapel on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, respectively.
There will be a first class teacher at the head of this department, and those completing the four-years' course will be well grounded in the principals of music.
Intending patrons will please to remember that this is a High School, and only such pupils are desired who are ready for a high school course. A knowledge of the ordinary intermediate branches is required.
COURSES OF STUDY
There are three courses - Classical, Latin-Scientific and Scientific - covering a period of four years each, designed either for students who wish to take a degree at college, or for those who expect their high school course to fit them for the battle of life.
Latin - Pearson's Essentials
Mathematics - Practical Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, Mental Arithmetic
English - Grammar, Completed; Compositions
History - Ancient
Latin - Caesar, four books; Latin Composition
Mathematics - Higher Arithmetic; Higher Algeria; Mental Arithmetic
English - Rhetoric, Compositions
History - Medieval and Modern
Latin - Cicero, six orations; compositions and Sight Reading
Greek - White's First Greek; Anabasis
Mathematics - Plane Geometry
English - Rhetoric, completed; Composition; Classics
History - History of England
Latin - Eneid, six books
Greek - Anabasis, four books; Iliad, three books
Mathematics - Solid Geometry; Plane Trigonometry
English - College Entrance Requirements; Grammar, reviewed
History - History of the United States
LATIN - SCIENTIFIC
This course is the same as the Classical, with the exception that French or German is substituted for Greek.
In this course French and German are taken instead of Latin and Greek, and Science is taken in each year, viz.: First year, Physical Geography; second year, Physiology; third year. Geology; fourth year, Physics
Reading, writing and spelling will be taught throughout every course.
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