|Miss Cook Sees
17 Years Of
Change At Grove
NOTE: The following is a recollection of years spent at Grove by the teacher who
has been here the longest. Miss Marian Cook.)
When Miss Marion Cook came to Grove as a teacher in 1942, things were quite different from
the way they are today. The only buildings on the Hill were the Tower building, the Jr.
High gym, and Cavitt Hall. The library was where Miss Brashear's room is now. Since there
was no auditorium, the present library served as one. It was filled with desks, and chapel
was conducted there each day. Because there was not enough room to accommodate all the
students at one time, chapel was held in two shifts. The lunchroom was in the present-day
band room, but only students who were
eating cafeteria food could go to the lunchroom. The ones who brought sack lunches had to
stay in homeroom to supervise, a menu was brought to them each they wanted for lunch. At
meal-time, they were served in their was built in the art room, and given the fun job of
supervising the fountain. The old lunchroom offered such conveniences as a coke and a
candy machine, and
even a nickelodeon.
Miss Cook recalls that before Weston Hall was built, a water tower stood at this
site. Water was pumped manually from town to the Hill. When something would go wrong in
operating the pump, the tower would overflow, like a fountain. In the winter, the
overflowing water would freeze. Finally under this pressure the water tower fell.
The building of Weston Hall brought many changes to Grove. As Weston Hall was built, new
floors were laid in the old building, and bulletin boards, which had never been used at
Grove, were installed.
At one time the room where Mrs. Rowe has her classes was made into an apartment for a
The ciriculum at Grove has also undergone changes. Three years of math were previously
required for graduation. One year of Home Economics was required-one semester of sewing
and one semester of cooking. Four years of Latin and two years of French were offered.
There was no business department. Because the science teacher was not qualified to
teach physics, an employee of the Mitchum Company came to Grove every morning first period
to teach physics.
For Miss Cook and Grove, change has been a part of life.
Twenty-seven years - This has truly been the "Cook" era at Grove.
COMET Says Thank You
The members of the 1968-69COMET staff would like to take
this opportunity to thank all the many people who have contributed
in some way to the COMET over the years. We especially
wish to thank the many students for their support, the advertisers
and the staff of the PARIS POST-INTELLIGENCE. Thank
you, for without you the COMET would not have flourished as it
ALINE LOWERY ~ center
EDDIE REYNOLDS ~ Editor-inChief ~ left
PATTY SONKA ~ Associate Editor ~ right
Devoted Sponsor Gives
Twenty Years To Comet
Miss Aline Lowry Sees Us Through
There is a saying that the best things come in small packages.
Miss Aline Lowry, COMET sponsor, is positive proof of the
truth of that proverb.
After graduating from high school in Hot Springs, Arkansas,
Miss Lowry attended Tennessee College for Women in Murfrees-
boro. where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude. She later earned
her degree in library science from
George Peabody College and did graduate work at Columbia
University in New York. During her college years she was circu-
lation manager for the school paper. This was her only experience in journalism until she
became sponsor for the COMET. In 1961 she attended a journalism workshop at the University
of Tennessee on a scholarship granted by the Wall Street Journal.
Miss Lowry began her teaching career in Bolivar, where she
taught English and French. Three years later she went to
Forrest County Agricultural High School in Brooklyn, Miss-
issippi, as librarian and teacher of English. She remained there seven years, during
one of which she was dean of girls.
Her next teaching position was in Atkins-Porter School in Paris, where she taught
third and fourth grades for twelve years. In 1949
she came to Grove to be librarian.
Miss Lowry has been sponsor of the COMET every year she has been at Grove. Under her
sponsorship the paper has three times received the rating of "good" from the
Tennessee High School Press Association.
If a person was asked to guess Miss Lowry's hobby, he would probably say reading, and
would be right. Although reading is her favorite pasttime, she also likes cooking and
traveling and has
traveled in all the continental United States and in Canada.
She is a member of the Happy Greer Delphian Club and of
Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society for
women teachers, of which she is past president. She has served
as a member of the state legislative committee of the Tennessee
Education Association and was instrumental in the passage of
the first tenure law for Tennessee teachers. She is a member
of the First United Methodist Church and sings in the church
Miss Lowry, the COMET staff wishes to say, "Thank you.
Thank you for all the work, determination, and interest you
have shown through the years. This is the last issue of the
COMET, and it is to you, Miss Miss Lowery that we dedicate
this final issue.