Before I launch into what was going on at Crothersville Schools in 1936, I want to first share another set of photos. As Denise Maxie was recently named 2011 Homecoming Queen, I thought this would be an excellent time to share this blast from the past. Congratulations, Denise!
Left is a copy, (courtesy of Joe Fielden), of page 3 of the First Volume of Crothersville’s own ‘The Conqueror’ from 1936. Due to size constraints, the verbiage is below:
True to the traditional school sentiment of Southern Indiana, Crothersville and Vernon Township have always maintained their public school at the highest efficiency possible. For the most part the outlying schools have been centralized in Crothersville, with a resulting enrollment of 280 grade children and 115 High School students.
Only recently the school outgrew its housing facilities and additions were made to the old building, one on the West side and one on the East side. On the West was added, on the second floor, a spacious assembly hall and an ample stage; while on the first floor were provided two modern classrooms. The addition on the East side provides us with four splendid classrooms and a basement in which is lodged the heating plant.
But, in spite of all this added room, our school again finds itself congested and threatens to overflow once more into the annex. The regular course of study, incident to any High School of our size, is provided. In addition to these, a full time teacher of Home Economics was added last fall. This teacher, under the Smith Hughes Act, is paid by the State and Federal Governments. In her department, any girl can take at least three full years of Home Economics. We heartily wish that a course in Manual Training may soon be offered to further the interest of the boys.
Our school is indeed a veritable beehive, for what with classroom work and the extra-curricular activities everyone is constantly on the go. The spirit of the school is all that could be wished for — friendly relationship, plenty of pep and hearty cooperation at all times. Surely each and every one is doing his best in order that the money paid for the support of schools shall not be wasted in Crothersville.