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Pearl High School Notes (1 Mar 1907)

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Pearl High School Notes

The regular Normal meeting of the city teachers took place in this building Tuesday, the 10th Inst.  The entire body of teachers was divided into two classes,  Prof. H.C. Weber, Superintendent of the city schools, made an interesting talk to the teachers, in which he advised them to teach the Manual Training as laid down in the Handbook on Manual Training.  He stated in his address that everything pointed to its introduction next year in the colored schools.  He then introduced Mr. Eugene Gillilland, who has charge of Manual Training in the white schools and Mr. D.M. Andrews, his assistant, to the teachers.  Mr. Gilliland was then placed in charge of the teachers of the higher grades and Mr. Andrews in charge of the lower grades.  Both of those professors gave a hasty and consise review of the Manual Training work as done by them in the white schools.

It is understood by your reporter that the Pearl High School will be made the Manual Training Center for the colored children.  It is current among the teaching fraternity that all the seventh and eighth grades in the city, and possibly the sixth grades also, will be transferred to this building and located here.  The primary grades already in the building will be sent to one of the new school to be erected, or to any of the old schools, which may be most convenient.  Just exactly how this will work, or what is to be done with the old teachers on the first floor of Pearl, your reporter has not heard.  It is believed , however, that the fertility power and resourcefulness of the Superintendent’s mind will suggest a plan which will be successful.

This school was favored with a visit from Mrs. F.G. Smith, the wife of the principal, last Thursday.  It has been a long time since Mrs. Smith has peeped in on the school, and she is invited to call again.

Miss Charlie Rosenerg and Miss Grace Frank, students of Fisk University, also honored us with a visit on Washington’s birthday. Those ladies visited every classroom and expressed themselves as surprised and benefited by what they saw.

Additional Information:

  • H C Weber, Superintendent of Schools, was Henry C. Weber, born abt. 1860 in Tennesse. His father was born in Germany, his mother in North Carolina.  He and wife Beulah (Beaumont) Weber, married around 1885, and had more than 6 children.  See the family in 1900 & 1910.
  • See previous post on Prof. F.G. Smith

Professor F.G. Smith

Yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday post contained a picture of Prof. F.G. Smith – a former principle of Pearl High School.   The picture was taken from the August 23, 1903 issue of the Colored American, a black newspaper out of Washington D.C.  Prof. Smith was from Selma, Alabama and attended Fisk University graduating in the class of 1877.  At the time of this article, he had been principle at Pearl High School for 8 years.

This article mentions several accomplished businessmen of Nashville, one of which I have blogged about before.   The accomplishments of Prof. F.G. Smith are many; some taken from the article include:

  • through the combined efforts of his and the teachers the school was ranked as one of the first high schools in the south for the exclusive education of blacks
  • Prof. Smith liked continuing education – took a course at Meharry in Medicine & Pharmacy, as well as a course in Shorthand & Typewriting from Fall’s Business College
  • was the first man in the state of TN to pass the State Board of Pharmacy held at Vanderbilt University
  • held three degrees but was humble, never attaching degrees to his name
  • was an accomplished orator

In looking through posts I’ve made so far, I found one mention of Prof. F.G. Smith from notes of Pearl High in February 1907 noting that he’d named the high school’s valedictorian and salutatorian.

Wordless Wednesday: June 25 2008

Pearl High School Notes – 22 Feb 1907

Nashville Globe – 22 Feb 1907

  • A department of Manual Training and Domestic Science will in all probability be added to this school next September.  Superintendent, H.C. Weber is heartily in favor of such an addition, and steps are now being taken for the introduction next school year.  The principal and faculty are  in favor of it on condition that the manual training course be additional and elective, instead of a substitution for something we already have.  Your reporter understands that the idea of the superintendent and of the faculty is identical in this matter, and that the Manual Training Department will be strictly a new  and added fixture to the old course.
  • Prof. F.A. Mott, accompanied by Prof. J.W. Sewell, visitd the High School last week.  Prof. Mott is Superintendent of the city schools of Richmond, Ind.  In his address to the school he paid the pupils a high compliment on their neat, intelligent appearance, their fine order, and the superior excellence of their singing.
  • Misses Emma and Johnetta Terry were absent from their posts of duty two days last week on account of the sudden death of their mother.  They were missed by teachers and pupils, who had a heart full of sympathy for them.
  • Mr. B.W. Payne of the Senior College Class of Fisk University, taught Higher English in the High School Thursday and Friday of last week.  Mr. Chas. Montague acted as substitute for Miss Johnetta Terry, teaching the Fourth and Fifth Grades.
  • The struggle for class honors is over.  Prof. F.G. Smith, the principal, has notified Miss Everil Frazier that she is to be the valedictorian of the class of 1907, and Mrs. Chas Greer, the salutatorian.  Great credit is due these two young people for winning these honors.  They have studied long and hard and will no doubt reflect credit on their teachers, school and parents on the night of commencement, when they deliver their addresses.  In this school the honors are won by scholarship and not by vote of the class  – Hence personal popularity counts for nothing in seeking these honors.  They must be won by merit.

News of Nashville – November 10, 1917

    From the Chicago Defender November 10, 1917

  • President G.W. Hubbard of Meharry Medical College has returned to the city after a visit to New York, where he attended the meeting of the National Association of Dental Faculties
  • “The Model Home” was the subject of Rev. W. S. Ellington’s discourse last Sunday morning.
  • An attendance of seventy-five was reported for the Meharry Bible class at St. Paul’s A.M.E. church Sunday
  • E.L. Dunnings, A.B., senior medic, Meharry Medical College, was the guest of F.J. Myles, the Defender reporter, at 3528 West End avenue, Saturday.
  • Capt. M.V. Boutte and Lieut. H.A. Cameron left the city for Rockford, Ill. Tuesday night. They will be stationed at Camp Grant and will assist in training the Race men at that place.
  • The various educational institutions were visited during the week by Secretary Fabius of the YMCA international committee, together with two assistants, Belchaer and Evans, in the interest of the student friendship war fund. Fisk, Walden, Roger Williams universities, Meharry Medical College and the A & I State Normal were all visited and several hundred dollars in cash was tendered by the student of each institution.
  • L.E. Brown, the K. of P. secretary of Tennessee, whose home is in Memphis, was in the city this week.
  • Monroe Jordan of Pulaski, Tenn., is a popular junior dentist at Meharry Dental College.
  • Last week 150 men left the city for Camp Meade, Md. Some of Nashville’s best young men answered the country’s call.
  • Miss Hattie S. Hendly, 111 36th avenue South, was a visitor in North Nashville Sunday.
  • Mrs. Nelson G. Merry, wife of the late Rev. Nelson G. Merry, is dead.
  • The Chauffers’ Instructive association will hold a stag on Nov. 15 at the German-American hall.
  • Pearl High School had a dance last Saturday night at the German-American hall.
  • Miss Bertha Stevens and Ethel Mayberry, Louisiana, have returned for study at Roger Williams university.
  • Leonard Jones and Miss Gordon Officer were guests of Roger Williams university in a big cadillac.

Pearl High School Notes

Pearl High School Notes
January 25, 1907
Pg. 7

Examinations are over, promotions have been made and the school reorganized. The school has the best organization ever known in its history. The sixth and seventh grammar grades, which formerly sat on the High School floor, have been transferred away and now the High School floor contains only the High School and the eighth grades. The Principal has worked hard to obtain this condition amid many obstacles and has at least succeeded. He has always held the opinion, and has advocated that if grammar pupils must sit with High School pupils, thus making two schools on one floor, they ought to be the highest grammar pupils. He has at last succeeded.

The following is a list of the High School graduates of the January Division: John M. Dean, Blanche Perkins, Chas. H. Grier, Annie L. Robertson, Hettie Fowler, and Mabel L. Scott. There was not as much general sadness among the pupils this time after the reading of promotions as is usual. More pupils passed their grades and a higher scholarship average for the school was made. This speaks well for the efficient High School Faculty. A list of those who made the highest marks is appended.

  • Highest average Scholarship in four studies: Miss Everill Frazier, 90 1-4; Miss Eva Murrell, 88 1-2; Miss Hattie Hodgkins, 88 1-3; Miss Lou Willie Baugh, 87 1-2; Mr. Percy Nelson, 85.
  • Highest mark in Latin; Miss Everill Frazier 100; Miss Eva Murrell, 100; Ira Scott, 96; Miss Hattie Hodgkins, 95; Percy Nelson, 95; Chas. Grier, 95; Miss Amanda Perkins, 95.
  • Highest mark in Higher English: Miss Everill Frazier, 100; Herman Matthews, 95; Miss Lou W. Bough, 95; Miss Mackie Hardison, 90; Ernest Alexander, 88.
  • Highest mark in Mathematics: Miss Hattie Hodgkins, 93; Miss Viola Flagg, 93; Miss Nina Murell, 86; Ralph Cary, 81; Miss Mabel Scott, 76.
  • Highest mark in Science; Miss Everill Frazier, 91; Miss Viola Flagg, 90; Overton Carter, 88; M.E. Jackson, 80; Miss Hattie Hodgkins, 71.
  • Eighth-A Grade: George Drew, 91; Lawson Williams, 87; Alberta Ross, 84; Beatrice LaPrade, 83.
  • Eighth-B Grade: Elizabeth Clark, 86; Myrtle Sanford, 84; Annie Baugh, 83, Myrtle Buford, 80.

The school now enters upon the Spring semester with prospects bright for success.