16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, March 14, 1912: I wrote out the meaning of that wonderful poem today. I hope I have it as it should be. Am coming to some terrible hard propositions in geometry. The one we have for tomorrow seems so hard for me.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Did Grandma’s high school courses prepare her for the life she lived?
Grandma attended McEwensville High School—a small classical 3- year high school. She studied geometry (and Latin)—and literature. Grandma did not go to college—and never had a career.
In the early 1900’s there was a lot of discussion about whether a classical high school education met the needs of some students.
About five miles from McEwensville a modern high school was being built in Milton. There was a movement towards larger 4-year general high schools that offered a wider range of courses and different tracks (commercial, home economics, etc.).
Over the next few years, more students from McEwensville attended the more modern high school in Milton (as well as the high school in Watsontown). And, in 1921, McEwensville high school closed because of lack of students.
(The building continued to house an elementary school until 1958.)