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1926 Graduation Ceremony Includes Performances in New Auditorium.

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Both the (fourth) Newhall School building and the Newhall School Auditorium opened at the beginning of the 1925-1926 academic year.

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Graduation Exercises.

The graduation exercises of the Newhall Eighth Grade class were held at the New Auditorium, Thursday evening, and the occasion was marked by an unusually fine program, participated in by practically every member of the school, and called "May Day Revels." The May queen, enacted by Miss Margaret Landell, was the figure around which the little play centered, beginning with the Villagers' Dance, and ending with the archery contest, by Robin Hood's men.

The "villagers" gave a fine exhibition of the dance, and received hearty applause. Elizabeth Lewis, Alice Bricker, Dosha Page, Marie LaSalle, Vivian Pierce, Ruth Markley, Margaret Gorham, Mary Gordon, Ruth Sanderson, Bernice Olme, Eleanor Lowden, Frank Dyer, Jimmy Haynes, Robert Schneider, Eddie Colman, Mervil Smith, George Smith, Beryl deCordeville, made up the group of Villagers. They concluded their number with the Maying Song.

Then followed a beautiful "Ladye" song, given by the flowers girls, who concluded by showering the queen with flowers. This group was composed of Betty Boggs, Bernice DeCordeville, Frances Heil, Louise Irby, Lorraine LaSalle, Nadine Smith, Vinola Smith, Louise Dyer, Mary Elizabeth Bogne, Velda Eaton, Dorothy Lewis, Isabelle Rivera, Jeanette Villenueve, Dorothy Duncan.

The "Maypole Dance" was different, and was splendidly timed by the group composed of Virginia Page, Alberta Lamoreau, Clorinda Cesena, Margaret Thompson, Daphne Dobbne Dobbins, Anna Mae Gifhorn, Jean Carr, Evelyne Eaton, Frances LaSalle, Rose LaSalle, Helen Walker, Rhea Sanderson, Alta Sanderson, Jean Turner, Hazel Brinegar, Amelia Gorham, Viola Boeker, Barbara Hendrix, Harriet Cheney, Benima Chaix, Chloa Vaughn, Alicia Dobbings, Rosella Sharp and Doriess Jones, made up the Queen's attendants.

A "Robin Hood" sketch was put on by the following, with the characters as given:

Robin Hood — Donald Wilkie

Maid Marian — Rose Boyer

Friar Tuck — Delmar? Bowman

Little John — Harry Rivers

Will Stuckley — Lynnorb Turner

Much, the Miller's son — Paul Bricker

Hobby Horse — William Lamoreaux

Foresters — Ernest Heath, Leslie Brown, Edward? Walker, Robert Matthews, Isadore Cooke.

Following this part of the program, Melvin Neal, inspector, introduced the speaker of the evening, Prof. W.L. Stevens, Superintendent of the Long Beach Schools, who gave a very fine talk on the importance of education, and of getting the right view of life in general. He complimented the young folks very highly on the program, and the class of its proficiency.

Prof. Neal in a few well-chosen words presented diplomas to the following, who had completed the studies required, to and including the Eighth Grade:

Stanley Thomas Boeker, Clyde Blankenshim, Naomi Belle Cooke, Alice Goodnow Coleman, Robert Cesena, Louise E. Gormley, Dorah F. Howe, Anne Marie Kornelissen, Lucille Thelma Lamoreaux, Ruby Neva Miller, Alfred Edwin Matthew, Helen Mariet Peterson, Carleton Charles Thompson, Irene Hortense Walker, Mary Louise Woodward, Raymond Alfred Wilkie.

Louise E. Gormley gave the Class History, Naomi Belle Cooke, as a fortune teller, the Class Prophecy, and Lucille Thelma Lamoreaux read the Class Will, after which the friends of the graduates fairly buries them in flowers.

Altogether it was an evening long to be remembered by all who were present, and by the way the auditorium was packed to capacity.

News story courtesy of Tricia Lemon Putnam.



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