THE STUDENT BODY
When we of Polytechnic speak of the
Student Body we mean the eighteen hundred students who attend this
school; for during the spring term 99.7% of all the pupils enrolled
paid their dues and became voting members of the organization. This
is indeed a fact of for all of us to be proud of, but it is a very
special triumph for Treasurer James Rolph, who planned and carried
out the membership campaign to so successful a conclusion. . . The
comparatively large sum realized from dues enabled the governing
body to give more ample assistance to various activities. . . It has
always been a settled policy to make generous allowances to all
forms of athletics and to encourage the teams in every way possible.
. . Dancing is now a school function, sponsored by the Student Body
and carried on to the music of a school orchestra.
This term has been
successful one for the Polytechnic Bi-Weekly. For the first time in
several terms it has lived up to its name, and has been distributed
every two weeks to its expectant readers. . . beginning Journalism
class under Miss Gleeson. . . Departments [included] R.O.T.C.;
Jokes; Social Notes; Exchanges; Girls’ Sports; Boys’ Sports [with
. . The
largest paid circulation of any San Francisco High School paper. A
new tradition was also inaugurated this term when a Senior edition
was published. This proved so successful that it will doubtless
become a biennial custom.
R. O. T. C.
On the green
fields of France the white crosses rise, marking the resting places
of those who sleep the long sleep. To them the song of the lark and
the silence of the night are the same, and only the sound of feet
above recalls the past. They gave their lives to make the world
better. It is to perpetuate the spirit of these dead that the
Reserve Officers Training Corps was formed; not to train for future
conquest, but to preserve by preparedness the place America has
gained among the nations. At first organized only in the
Universities, the R.O.T.C. was later extended to the larger high
schools, and this year marks the sixth term in Polytechnic [so the
program began ca1918].
two extra platoons of Company M. . . A carefully picked medium sized
unit is held preferable to a large division. The program for the
term provided military work on five periods. . . theory was given on
Monday, drill with a Battalion Review on Tuesday, and gymnasium on
Wednesday and Thursday. . . Athletics with company baseball teams. .
. The rifle team won third place in the Ninth Corps Area shoot, in
which all the Universities in the Area participated. The R.O.T.C.
has been allowed to use the State Armory for shooting every
Wednesday. On Dec. 14, 1920, Colonel Falls reviewed and inspected
the unit and declared it to be the best in the city. The Fort Baker
Easter camp was attended by 43 Polytechnic men. . . Each year
innovations are made in the R.O.T.C., and each year sees a better
spirit among the men. After all, it is the individual, not the
machine, that the Reserve Officers Training Corps seeks to build.
has completed its eleventh successful term under the capable
leadership of Mr. C. J. Lamp. . . three groups, advanced,
intermediate, and beginning. The organization has proved its worth
and ability by winning first honors for two consecutive years at the
Orchestral Competition held at the University of California. This
year it won second place. The Polytechnic Orchestra is complete,
including many instruments seldom found in school orchestras.
Besides ordinary instruments such as the violin, viola, ‘cello,
bass, flue, cornet, French horn, trombone, piano and tympani, it
includes the bassoon, oboe and clarinet. Many of the players have
become so proficient that they are today connected with the leading
orchestras of San Francisco.
QUARTET appeared before the wounded soldiers at the Presidio and
Palo Alto Base Hospitals and also sang aboard the dreadnaught [sic]
‘Mississippi’ where they were heartily applauded.
produced the Merchant of Venice; THE FORUM CLUB promotes oral
expression; DEBATE awarded numerals for first and second
place; POLY POSTER CLUB helped to advertise all the
activities of the school. Only twenty members, it has been
organized for three years; H.M.S. PINAFORE was presented by Miss
Keohan’s music classes. . . with an almost professional standard.
During the late
war, much was heard throughout the country about the necessity for
thrift and saving. Responding to the call that was then issued, the
students of Polytechnic brought thrift and war saving stamps, saved
old newspapers, old clothing and tin foil, and in every way showed
great enthusiasm in this matter of thrift. But with the close of the
war our eagerness in this direction died and a need was manifest for
something to take the place. . .
the Anglo California Trust Company instituted a savings system in
the high schools of San Francisco. Although such a system had long
been in use in the grammar schools it had never been tried in the
high schools. The experiment, however, has proven to be a great
success. . .
At present Girls
High leads in the amount of deposits, with Poly running a close
second. Next term we hope that Polytechnic, which has the largest
enrollment in San Francisco, will also have the largest amount of
money in the school bank.
THE RADIO CLUB
organization in 1919, the Polytechnic Radio Club has steadily
progressed. . . A complete honeycomb tuner and a two-step amplifier
have been added to the receiving set; while the transmitter is being
redesigned for operation with the new antennae which is to be
erected soon. It has always been the aim of the club to encourage
the members to obtain a fuller understanding of the intricacies of
This semester has
proved that the students and faculty appreciate a lunch room in the
school building where wholesome, well-prepared, moderately priced
food is available. On an average, 350 students are served each day
in the main lunch room and at the counters. A boy’s counter has long
been a regular thing, but recently a girl’s counter was established
where hot dogs, ice cream, pastry and candy are sold. Cafeteria
committee. . . fifty student workers. . . three women who prepare
the food under the supervision of the Household Arts Department.
The feature which
distinguishes the Polytechnic High School from other high schools in
San Francisco is its complete set of shops, in which the students
may obtain instruction in any of the modern crafts.
Wood working is
the first of the shops entered. Grammar school manual training is
enlarged upon by allowing the boys to build their own projects. This
is made possible by Polytechnic’s three shops equipped with such
up-to-date machinery as wood-turning lathes, a single surface
planer, a model double arbor circular saw, and a thirty-inch band
saw, all controlled by individual motors, using both D.C. and A.C.
current. Besides these machines there are wood working benches, with
a complete assortment of wood working tools. Such equipment enables
this school to offer one of the most practical courses given on the
Pacific Coast, the students making almost everything from
handkerchief boxes to automobiles and boats.
From the wood shop
the student goes to the forge, the pattern shop and the foundry. The
former contains about sixty forges, a trip-hammer, and other
machinery such as is found in modern commercial blacksmith shops.
All the equipment in the pattern shop, with the exception of five
lathes, has been made and set up by the boys themselves. The foundry
finds all its problems in equipment work, for which patterns are
made by the pattern shop. The foundry contains a furnace, an
electric crane, a brass furnace and a core oven. The classes are now
working on lockers for this room.
The next shop in
order is the machine shop. Polytechnic has the most completely
equipped shop in the San Francisco schools. In it are found lathes,
ranging in size from eight-inch to twenty-inch, two universal
milling machines, three sharpers, a planer, a twenty-inch drill, a
sensitive drill, a drill grinder, and a tool grinder. The beginner
here is given a series of problems to familiarize him with the
various machines, and then he is advanced to practical problems of
machine work. Wood work and forge or foundry are prerequisite to
At the present
time, the electric shop has the poorest equipment of any of our
shops, Mr. Tinsley being unable to get the proper tools for the
instruction he wishes to give. Nevertheless, the work turned out by
the boys in conjunction with the Radio Club and Mr. Jordan’s
electrical classes is very commendable. The work done is the
construction of transformers, small motors, electric toasters,
wireless instruments, and various other small electrical machines.
The art-metal shop
is open to both girls and boys. Preliminary work includes the making
of bookends, trays and other small ornaments; advanced work gives an
opportunity to design and make objects of use and beauty.
Plans are under
consideration for construction of a sheet metal, welding and
plumbing shop [which would] open up a new field of instruction.
games were played on the Coliseum court; UNLIMITED TEAM: These
unlimited players started the season by defeating Commerce 26-21,
after playing them two games, due to Commerce using an ineligible
player. Lowell, our old enemy, was victorious by a close score in
one of the best games seen in San Francisco this year. The Red and
Black fought desperately for ten minutes of extra time, but came out
loser in a 20-18 score. This game later proved to be for the
championship, as each team easily won over all other rivals.
THE 145 lb. TEAM
opened the season by defeating Lowell; THE 130 lb. TEAM were our
best bet. . . In the semi-finals Lowell and Poly met in the third of
the basketball games between these rival schools. Poly proved too
strong for the Red and White after ten minutes of extra play, and
the game was ours by a score of 29-26. St. Ignatius won the
championship game 32-17.
TEAM There was a Poly tumbling team way back in ‘17 [note: only
four years previously], when a boy from Los Angeles began practicing
with half a dozen old-timers. The team as we all know it is directly
due to the efforts of Mr. Elmer Harris, who changed it from an
all-around gym team to a straight tumbling team. This group has put
on exhibitions in all the Bay cities, at Y.M.C.A.’s, schools and
Another term has rolled by and still Poly has not won the swimming
championship. But we lost by a scant eleven points, 53-42, and Poly
put up one of the best fights ever staged at Sutro Baths. . .
Several times Poly was in the lead, only to lose it again. . . The
relay pulled the big surprise of the day when our team defeated the
Lowell aggregation for the first time in seventeen terms.
Polytechnic’s hopes for the baseball championship are not bright
this term. We have held the trophy for two years, and this must
reconcile us to the loss of it in the third year. . . St. Ignatius
is the best contender so far.
TENNIS is a
sport which seems to be gaining rapidly in popularity. . . Two
tournaments for boys were held, one by the Gymnasium Class and the
other by the Journalism Class. . . We started the S. F. A. L. series
with success. . .
team picked its hardest meet first. They did very well against the
California Freshmen, considering the fact that only six of the team
were present. . . The Poly-Cogswell battle ‘over there’ in ‘no man’s
land’ at Cogswell’s field proved a hot one. Poly came out on the
long end of a 67-54 score. . . On April 26 the team met Berkeley
High and Oakland Technical High at the California Oval. . . Francis
has broken the discus record in every meet this term.
Polytechnic alumni is still unorganized, it has been unusually
active this term. The class of December ‘20 headed by Bruce Wale and
‘Bones’ Sorenson gave a very enjoyable reunion dance at the Century
Club on April the 23rd. . . Some of the alumni attending the
University of California are: Dorothy Mansfield, Virginia Williams,
Ottilia Bindewald, Consuelo Swan, Loretta Street, Eva Schwartz,
Mabel Wiles, Ann McKee, Sybil Bouton, Juliette Graff, Frieda Sievert,
Romelda Kennedy, Edith Hyde, Rosalia Burge, James Cronin, Jimmy
DeWitt, Budd Dixon, Harold Heinicke, Gus Hoffman, Julius Goldsand,
Delbert Radke, Henry Brann, Marshall Davies and many others.
Harold Toso and
Phil Fawke are both passing time at Santa Clara College.
claimed many also. Among them are: Sidney Hawkins, Ethel Mohr, Cecil
Van Wyck, Lee Prior, Theodore Hesselmeyer, George Lysaght, Elmer
Collett and Roland Tognazzini.
There is also to
be found a group who could not break away from Polytechnic so
suddenly and so are back taking post graduate courses. These are:
Willard Auger, Phil Code, Harre Demoro, Wesley Gardiner, Charles
Hennessey, Ed. Hogan, Paul Jaccard, Russell Sievers, Will Hocking
and Eugene Coburn.
Zara Witkin, an
honor graduate of four years ago, has been elected to numerous
scientific honor societies at U.C.; and she is one of four students
selected to speak at Commencement this year. Rizal Musser, after one
quarter at Stanford, has gone down into the oil fields, accompanied
by Nat Spieller, a former Poly boy.
always represented at the California School of fine Arts. James
Hyde, the editor of last year’s Journal is there now, as is also
Emily Michels. A large number of graduates of December ‘20 are
working temporarily and expect to enter college in the fall. Such
are: Ernest Holmes, Percy Peterson, Sumner Dodge, Ford Myers,
Linwood Ginder and Harry Witt.
A trip around the
world was all that Roy Tregaskis wanted when he graduated in June
‘19, and he has it now. He shipped from San Francisco on a freight
boat as a quartermaster, and in April landed in New York, thus
practically completing his voyage. ‘Hoot Mon’ Miller, one of Poly’s
former star football players and member of the champion unlimited
basket ball team of 1919, took a fancy to see the country whence
came his popular name. About this time he is en route to London, and
we hope he isn’t seasick.
“Mexico is a nice
place, but the rattle snakes are too chummy,” says bill Garrett, one
of our former swimmers. Anyway, there was no place to swim in Baja
California, so Bill came back and is now with the Otis Elevator
Company right near the water. Bill Tomlinson, Student Body President
during the spring term of 1920, is now working for the Robert Dollar
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