This year, under the pressure of
patriotic feeling which has taken hold of the country, we (or
rather, the editor) have decided to give, instead of the usual
outline of boys’ work, a list of the patriotic services rendered.
One bit of work done by the boys is the Y. M. C. A. pledges. One
hundred and seventy pledges have been signed by Poly boys.
Thirty-five have been paid in full, the total amount already paid in
being five hundred dollars.
Perhaps you may have noticed that
the empty space at the west end of the building is being rapidly
laid out in little oblong spaces, at the ends of which are tags with
words on them, looking remarkably like the names of vegetables.
These are the war gardens, planted by the boys under the direction
of Mr. Carey. We may yet have homegrown vegetables n the ‘Caf’.
Another branch of the boys’ work is the Boys’ Working Reserve under
Mr. MacTiernan. To date a large number of boys have signed up for
work in the country during the summer vacation.
Asa G. Palmer
Supremely earnest in their efforts
to help our country in this bitter struggle for the rights of
mankind, the Polytechnic girls have taken in hand the task of doing
their patriotic duty. Tied down by the obligation of staying with
their studies, they have given up the more romantic opportunities to
serve, and, the studies done, they have clicked their needles
speedily through socks and helmets, wristlets and sweaters.
Statistics from Mrs. Howe show
that sixty sweaters, fifteen helmets, nineteen mufflers, fourteen
pairs of wristlets, twenty-seven pairs of socks, fifty-five
wash-rags, and a number of spreads made from knitted and crocheted
squares have been completed since January second. In Red Cross
sewing the girls have been equally industrious, making two hundred
and six small bags, twelve bed jackets, eighteen pairs of bedsocks,
two hundred and nine housewives (convenient kits of scissors,
thread, needles and such), fifty unbleached muslin chemises, thirty
women’s blue serge one-piece dresses, as well as many children’s
garments for the French and Belgian reliefs.
This does not represent the entire
amount of work done by the girls this term, as the report was made
in early May. During the Rainbow campaign a fresh incentive and a
good boost were provided and have served to spur the workers on with
new yarn and materials that are constantly arriving. After making a
splendid record at school, the girls will not slacken up, but will
surely use their vacation time to our country’s advantage and for
the glory of our flag and democracy.
Polytechnic has done some enviable
work so far as athletics are concerned during the past season, and
the high and mighty seniors did more than their bit toward helping
the red and black bring home the bacon. Swimming, football, baseball
and basketball have come in for their share of attention and, as
usual, Poly has pulled down the honors. The senior class has a
perfect athletic honor roll. Veterans of four hard years, the husky
athletes are about to take their departure for regions unknown, and
it is going to take a lot of hard work to keep Poly at the front in
sports. Look at our list of stars!
For instance, there’s ‘Swede’
Iverson, heralded as Frank Sloman’s only rival. For those four years
he has romped around the track, the football field, the diamond and
the basketball court, capturing numerous laurels. ‘Duke’ Hetzer is a
modern male Annette Kellerman, and has paddled his way to fame in
the interclass and school swimming teams. Hetzie is an all around
water shark, being able to fill any position on the team should the
occasion arise. He starred in interclass football, playing rear rank
‘Twould be incomplete to go
without mentioning Leonard ‘Greek’ Geldert, valedictorian, gridiron
and track hero. Queer thing, but athletics don’t seem to affect his
standing along educational lines. Ray Shine can’t be forgotten. He
is a glistening star if there e’er was one. Being manager and
fullback on the football team and utility man in the baseball
aggregation, Ray got in fighting trim for service in Uncle Sam’s
army. He joined the Student Army Training Corps, and before he was
mustered out, was gently trodding the road to promotion.
‘Beef’ Minaker has played football for some time, and held down his
position on the line in a style such as Minnie only can do. Lack of
space prevents any further individual histories, so a sentence each
will have to be sufficient mention.
Eddie de Martini has performed
remarkable service for Poly on the baseball team; ‘Melba’ Turrini is
an extraordinarily good hurdler and a capable manager of the
120-pound basketballers. There’s also ‘Shorty’ Wilson, skipper and
forward of the century basketball bnch, who is a veteran of four
years with that aggregation. ‘Sol’ Leider, although no relation to
Wise Ole Solomon, is the shot-put who shattered the 130-pound record
some time ago. ‘Princess Pat’ Hickey intends to do something big
this year in running [and] he played on the champ basketball team.
So saying, we will have to take
leave of athletics with a parting word to future sons of the red and
black urging them to push for all they are worth for the colors
representing the best high school in San Francisco: Polytechnic.
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