Polytechnic High School 1919


(From The Yearbooks)



This semester the Polytechnic Cafeteria, under the supervision of Miss Dills and Mr. Carniglia, exceeded all previous records and expectations. The Cafeteria is based on a co-operative plan, under the supervision of the Household Arts Department. The girls who serve the foodstuffs have been trained in the Foods and Cookery Departments. There are twenty-five student assistants, whose scholarship and efficiency qualify them for these various positions. There are also three salaried employees, namely, Miss Hansen, Mrs. Gupbill, and Mrs. Cowan. The work thus distributed results in co-operation by the student workers, and also affords them an opportunity of securing practical business knowledge. The plan of operation is based on the principle of supplying the students a well-balanced luncheon at cost and in attractive surroundings.

Presiding over the soup, meat and vegetables are four young maidens whose efficiency and diplomacy in proportioning the allotments endear them to many a hungry soul. At the cash register we have Toso and Levy, whose consistent ‘punch’ is something to marvel at. As cashiers we have Goldsand, Geldert and Heinicke. The rapidity in which the change is made prohibits a congestion at this corner. In ‘Moose’ Fawke and Coultrin we have two bashful, blushing young men who are consistently ‘digging in’ the ice-cream at the requests of the fair sex of the school.

We have, or ought to have, individually a keen interest in the progress of the Cafeteria. Therefore, your patronage is solicited so that it can continue to prosper and maintain its already established high standards and efficiency.
Harold Heinicke



An organization originated solely for the financial benefit of Polytechnic’s students, such is the Book Exchange. It owes its existence to the zealous efforts of Miss Stark. Hers was the hand that developed it into its present state of efficiency. During the first week of the term this organization handled over three hundred dollars in cash. Due to the negligence of some students in calling for money owing them, the Book Exchange was able to present the Student Body with seventeen W.S.S. The preceding fall term Polyites were even more careless and fifteen dollars was donated to the Red Cross, as well as seventeen dollars to the Student Body.
James Cronin



Polytechnic’s flourishing radio club was organized in September 1919 by Mr. Tinsley. . . The chief aim of this club is to bring the amateurs together and teach them the fundamental knowledge and theory of wireless telegraphy. The radio club has many ideas. . . They have already applied for permission to erect an aerial over the shop buildings which is to be larger and totally separate from the present one. Parts of their set are already in the process of manufacture. The receiving set will be an excellent one, while the sending set will be limited to 1/2 KW due to Government regulations.

The boys are divided into two groups, student and full members, the former having a receiving set and the latter having a set also but only able to receive at least five words a minute. . . Meetings every Friday evening. . . the Hams indulge in code practice. Membership is limited to persons connected with Polytechnic, Alumni included.
Roy Tregaskis



“Gee, wasn’t that some barbecue?” was heard echoing throughout the school the day after the “Senior time” at Mayor [James] Rolph’s ranch. Were we the guests of the Mayor? Well, we’ll say we were, for it was the Mayor himself who did most of the entertaining, not being merely the chief chef. Mrs. Rolph was there, too, and certainly saw that nothing was wanting.

Of course, the question is, “How did we get there?” Well, to begin with, it began at 9 o’clock in front of the school. It was here that twenty-five machines awaited the signal to make a dash for the ranch, which is located about fourteen miles out of Palo Alto. To be sure, there was a big surprise for us, for the Mayor was there with his big broad smile to greet everyone upon arriving.

“Me for the swimming tank,” cried Buck Filiberti, and it was not long before almost all were paddling around and enjoying themselves, although it seemed about 42 degrees below zero. Time was going fast and everyone was getting more or less hungry, so mess was sounded. Down in a little canyon, where plenty of spring water dripped down the banks, the barbecue was in operation. The Mayor, with two cooks, prepared broiled steaks which were done to ‘a queen’s taste’. During the day many things were enjoyed: a baseball game, horseback riding, dancing, rowing, milking cows and many wonderful doings. So the Senior class wishes to thank Mr. and Mrs. Rolph for the splendid outing given them at their ranch.
Jack Thompson


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