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KCKS Public School System, 1819-1961
by Nellie McGuinn
Copyright USD 500, Feb 1966

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The Dionne quintuplets were nine months old in March, 1935, and Dr. Dafoe and the five babies filled the news columns and illustrated pages.  The dust clouds in western Kansas gave the area the name "Dust Bowl" and sent hundreds of farmers in search of new homes.  The worst dust storm in history descended on Kansas City on May 20, causing early dismissals in outlying schools.  Europe was an armed camp with the fear of war overshadowing its people, and in New York college students planned a strike against the war.  Jobless men in St. Paul, Minnesota, mobbed the State House.

The Townsend Old Age Plan went down in defeat.  What was hoped would be a new era in river days was heralded on March 24, when the U. S. Steamer "Bixby" and barges brought the first pay cargo to Kansas City.  On May 8, the Grand Army of the Republic and its tottering survivors held its 52nd annual encampment and parade here.  Relief workers made the news when they found gold in a ditch at Cherokee and Southwest Boulevard.  The shaft arose for the Kansan's Radio Station, WLBF.  The Council of Clubs moved into a new home at 7th and Nebraska.

The depression seemed to be on the way out.  Thirty-three new teachers and librarian, Donald W. Kholstedt, were hired.  The government announced that the federal dole (direct relief) instituted in May, 1933, was to end on November 29.  The board faced a big program of construction and many candidates announced their willingness to be elected for the job.  The board wanted to lease the old high school grounds at 9th and Minnesota, but the legislature failed to authorize the renting.

On april 17 the government approved 300 pages of plans for the new high school.  The board praised Lewis Brotherson for his work on the arrangements for the new school.  Ground was broken in August.  The high school music department moved from Jayhawk Hall to 747 Minnesota Avenue.  In spite of the school's being housed in two buildings, the Wyandotte PTA celebrated the 300th anniversary of the founding of the American high school by presenting a pageant.

At Prescott School the first WPA nursery school was established for working mothers.  Mrs. Mary Jannsen and five assistants cared for an average of 25 children each day until 1939 when the school opened at Morse.  When Dr. D. W. Clopper, board member, died on March 15, flags were flown at half mast in honor of one of Argentine's leading citizens.  W. F. Shaw, for 14 years the principal at Central Junior, died during 1935.

Abbott district held its first reunion in 45 years on November 15.  The program for the people on the "Hill" was held in the London Heights Methodist Church.  Only those who attended before 1928 could be accommodated.  Chelsea patrons celebrated the 48th anniversary of old District 42 school on February 21.  Miss Elizabeth Miller observed her 25th year as principal since the school became part of the city system in 1910.

Teachers, meeting for the second time in Northwest Junior High School, were addressed by the superintendent on September 7.  Again he urged their acceptance of a changing educational world in which discussions were on philosophies rather than teaching methods.  As an illustration of the social upheaval occurring, he told of a convention held in Copenhagen in 1910 which was attended by leaders of various sections of the labor movement.  Newspaper reports labeled the meeting a "gathering of wild men."  Within 15 years, many of the so-called "wild men" had assumed places in the governments of their countries.  Twelve were premiers or presidents.

Since the World War, the teachers were told, personal liberty had been under attack.  The NEA resolved that schools must teach democracy, but academic freedom was necessary in informing students correctly about communism.  Teachers who ideas were apt to crystallize must study and appraise new educational ideas, Mr. Schlagle noted.

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