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My grandmother, Mary Lucile Crowe, attended Junior High at Charles E. Emmerich Manual Training High School from 1939 to 1940 (apparently only 9th grade was considered Junior High). The first portion of the year, from September 1939 through January 1940, she attended classes in literature, composition, history, Latin, foods (?), physical education, and health & safety. Gramma was a fairly decent student. Not straight As, but she didn’t miss a day. I don’t think she was a big fan of health and safety.
Again, I have the signatures of both of her parents on the card!
A couple of other things are interesting about this particular record. It confirms the address where they lived at the time of the 1940 census. Another thing that I find interesting, but not surprising, is that they did not have a phone. This is pure speculation on my part, but my great grandfather worked as an auto mechanic during that time, earning about $150 per month. They lived in a rented home and paid $20 each month for that. With four children between the ages of 13 and 18, the country just crawling out from the depression, and WWII bearing down, money was probably spread a little too thin to spend it on something as frivolous as a telephone.
In any case, my grandmother is the only person I know who could make an A+ in Latin.
The second half of the year, “foods” was replaced with “clothing,” but everything else remained the same. History grades improved as did health & safety, but Latin suffered a hit. So, Gramma is human after all.
Probably the most interesting part of her report card was the back.You just don’t see anything like this anymore. Actually placing the responsibility of studying on the student? The horror! And … no such thing as an F. You either made a C or better, or you repeated the class. And no honor roll for A. You had to make an A+ to qualify.
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