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Browing School

16, January,  2008



Browning People Have Cause To Be Proud of School – “People of Browning feel they are to have a great loss in the fact that this is the last year of their three-year high school. The board of education, however, is doing everything possible to maintain the highest standard possible in the school.

“Browning has been very fortunate in having an accredited three-year high school for the past 18 years. In the year 1928, Ralph O. VanOrmer was hired as principal, and to him goes much of the credit for the advancement of the school. Thru the untiring efforts of Mr. VanOrmer, the board of directors and other progressive citizens of the community, a third year was added to Browning high school. When school opened in the fall of 1929, it was with two teachers in the high school, Mr. VanOrmer and Angus McPhail as assistant.

“During that year the gymnasium was built and dedicated and Browning had its first basketball tournament. In the spring of 1930, the first class, which had finished three years in the home school was graduated.

“Members of the class of 1930 were: Florene Everhart Webster, Jeanette McCombs Gottlieb, Wilma Mercer Shaw, Helen Sherrill Smith, Georgia Spillers, Lavina Waters Walton, Cecil Gibson, Hope Trone Merriek, Mildred Harris Wilcoxen, and Gerald Bryant.

“It was also during the year 1929-1930 that with the help of Prin. VanOrmer, Mr. McPhail and Mrs. Ladd, district director, that the Parent-Teacher association was organized.

“Browning school has made many advancements twoard higher education. This year, under the leadership of Principal John Snyder, a home town boy, one of the new, worthwhile addition to the school is the new projector which is being used for visual education. The children enjoyed the use of it last Wednesday for the first time.

“Browning’s school building has been newly redecorated this past year, and many new additions made which help for the building of a better school. New equipment was installed for more modern kitchen facilities for use in the hot lunch program for the school.

“All in all, Browning school is equipped both with modern facilities and competent teachers, and it can be proud and able to boost it school as one of the best in the county. Losing the third year of high school now makes the building an ideal place for a grade school consolidation, which would be of the greatest advantage to Browning children, as well as those coming from the nearby districts.” The Rushville Times, 29 May 1947


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Genealogically Speaking  16, January, 2008 - copyright 2008 The Rushville Times - Written by Edie Fishel
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