Schools of the Past: McDonough - The Union School, Part II

Returning again to the above, there are instances when new information/research surfaces and with this information, the photo of the interior of the Union School was extracted from the files of the historian. Donna J. Robb. She is most fortunate to have found this interior photo without students, as these photos are not common. You will note in the photo the prominent display the American flag (48 stars) which indicates since Arizona was the 48th state to be admitted in 1912 this photo was taken after that time frame. There are no less than nine flags shown in this photo and you will note the “bunting” draped around the top of the room. This may be an indication that the room was decorated for perhaps Memorial Day, Veterans Day or even July 4th celebrations. We will leave that to your discretion.



The historian is fortunate to have in her files the annual catalogue of 1922-1923 for the McDonough Union School. This article will relate the historical information from this catalogue as an effort to acquaint the readers of the assorted persons, academic courses, members of the class, etc.

For the academic year above the Board of Education consisted of Robert Emerson - President, Grant Fairchild - Treasurer, Claude Purdy, Julius Meeker, and Herman Barrows - members, Mrs. Claude Purdy - Clerk and John S. Childs, District Superintendent.

The faculty consisted of Paul J. Slate - Principal (teaching Mathematic, History, and Latin) - Laura M. Tubbs (teaching English, French, Biology, 7 & 8 grades), Lena S. Harrington (teaching grades 4-5 and 6), and Teressa M. Skillman (teaching grades 1 -2- and 3).

The rates of tuition were as follows; Primary department - $16 per year. Intermediate Department - $18 per year. Grammar Department -$20 per year and additionally written The Academic Department-tuition is paid by the State if the pupils hold a Regents Preliminary Certificate, or its equivalent. The school began on Tuesday - September 5,1922 and Regents Exams were held June 18-22,1923.

The Academy Court of Study was printed as follows with the number of Regent counts after completion that each student was entitled to.

First Year - English 1 (4) - Latin 1 (5) - or French 1 (5) - Biology (5) - Algebra (5) total 19 credits.

Second Year - English 2 (4) - Latin 2 (5) - or French 2 (5) - Geometry (5) - History A or B (5) total 19 credits.

Third Year - English 3 (4) - Latin 3 (5) - History B or A (5) - French 2 if not taken 21”1 year (5) - total 19 credits - This would total if all were taken and passed of 57 credits. Additionally the law required Civics (2 % counts) be taken before the end of the second year. The class in penmanship was planned for1/2 of the year and would include all pupils of the high school and those of the seventh and eighth grades. Note: this is something that should be resurrected in today’s high-tech, high speed world.


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