Thelma Thompson arrived on the MAD campus in the fall of '49 to teach
English and journalism. She served as department chairman, faculty club
president, and school correspondent to community newspapers. When she
retired at Bicentennial time, she wrote a history of our high school,
and it was printed at the school print shop.
Alice Lindsey Browne
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR
MAD ALL-CLASS REUNION
ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS MIDWAY MUSEUM
OCTOBER 1 -2, 2010
(Editor?s Note: I had to split what was originally
planned for this installment, due to length. So next week we will hear
about the teachers? bobbing their hair. Also, this was the year my
mother graduated from MHS, and I am including her senior picture,
scanned from her copy of the 1924 Monrovian.)
As written by Thelma Thompson, former MAD faculty member:
?It was the year of decision for Monrovia High girls, 1923-1924.
By more than the necessary 2/3 majority they voted to adopt a uniform
consisting of a white middy and a blue skirt.
Not to be outdone were the boys. In a September issue of the Wild
Cat (yes, still spelled as two words) the local taylor, Ira D. Smythe by
name, advertised that the ?prevailing styles for high school men will be
similar to those worn by the Prince of Wales,? and to encourage them to
wear tailor-made clothes, he offered suits from $40 to $60.
In October a Wild Cat story exclaimed, ?Auto mechanics building is at
last completed?is a veritable sun parlor?absolutely earthquake proof.?
It cost $2.50 to be a student body member, and the student-set detention
rules were strict: congregating in the halls, 45 to 90 minutes;
smoking, 45 minutes up; swearing, 45 to 135 minutes; fighting, 45
to 235 minutes; whistling in halls, 45 to 135 minutes; defacing school
property, restoration plus 45 to 225 minutes.
This is the year that Lurene Tuttle was elected queen of the Arcadia
Exposition, that students called themselves shieks and shebas, that Mrs.
Potts? girls? glee adopted a uniform of white linen dress, black bow at
the neck, black belt, black shoes and stockings.
An issue of The Business Educator commended Monrovia High pupils for
their resourcefulness in composing sentences for penmanship exercises.
Two were ?Aphrodite annually asked for Apollo?s apology,? and ?Zachariah
Zuffenbach zoned Aululand zealously.? A half pound of sodium exploded in
C. E. Cowen?s chemistry laboratory, but the fire was quickly confined.
Musical hits were ?Heavy Sugar Papa? and ?Tell Me Egyptian Moon.?
The annual was ?dedicated to Miss Grace Osborne, a friend of girls, and
George K. Hester, a regular fellow.? It was the first yearbook to be
published by the Associated Student Body instead of by the juniors.