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Long Ago and In a Land Far Away...
School Days - School Daze.......
Remember when you you just couldn't wait to grow up and be an adult? You'd get a job, get married, live in your own house, have a new car and at last you'd have it made and you could forget all those worries you had in school. Want to take a look back at the things that were important to us then and caused all those worries we had to shoulder?
Let's begin by looking at the world of 1950. Most of us were 6 years old and for most this was the first year of schooling. Kindergarten was available and optional, but only a handful of the class was fortunate enough to go, so this is the first  year for most of us. It's also the beginning of a great era in American history - The 50's !!!! It seems like only yesterday, yet so very long ago..............
1950 - U.S. Statistics
President: Harry S Truman

Population: 152,271,417
Vice President: Alben W. Barkley

Truman orders development of hydrogen bomb (Jan. 31).
Assassination attempt on President Truman by Puerto Rican nationalists (Nov. 1)
Era of McCarthyism Begins

Federal spending: $42.56 billion
Consumer Price Index: 24.1
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 5.3
US GDP (1998 dollars): $294.6 billion
Federal debt: $256.9 billion
Unemployment: 5.9%
Life expectancy: 68.2 years

World Series:  NY Yankees d. Philadelphia Phillies (4-0)
NBA Championship:   Minneapolis Lakers d. Syracuse (4-2)
Stanley Cup:   Detroit d. NY Rangers (4-3)
Wimbledon -Women:  Louise Brough d. M. duPont (6-1 3-6 6-1)
                        Men: Budge Patty d. F. Sedgman (6-1 8-10 6-2 6-3)
Kentucky Derby Champion:  Middleground
NCAA Basketball Championship:   CCNY d. Bradley (71-68)
NCAA Football Champions:  Oklahoma (10-1-0)
World Cup: Uruguay d. Brazil (2-1)


Saturday morning children's programming begins.

Phonevision, the first pay-per-view service, becomes available.

Broadway classic Guys and Dolls debuts at the 46th Street Theatre and becomes an instant hit. The show ran for three years and became one of the Great White Way's longest-running shows, with 1,200 performances.

Charles Schulz introduces the Peanuts comic strip.

Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, Born Yesterday, The Third Man


Paul Bowles, The Delicate Prey
Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and Into the Trees
Mary McCarthy, Cast a Cold Eye
Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Family Moskat
Wallace Stevens, The Auroras of Autumn
Lionel Trilling, The Liberal Imagination


Col. David C. Schilling (USAF) makes the first nonstop transatlantic jet flight in 10 hours and 1 minute (Sept. 22).

The first Xerox machine is produced.

The first self-service elevator is installed by Otis Elevator in Dallas.

Richard Lawler (US) performs the first successful kidney transplant at Loyola University.


Al Jolson        George Orwell           George Bernard Shaw
A Quick History of Waxahachie Schools
In 1904 a three-story brick edifice (Survey Site No. 155), known as Park School, was erected in front of the old main building of Marvin College. (This structure, after losing it's 3rd story to a fire, later became - to the Class of '62 - their 7th and 8th grades.)

In 1911 the Ferris or Fourth Ward School (Survey Sire No. 1231) was erected on Gibson Street near the textile mill.

The South Ward School (Survey Site No. 1391), a one story brick structure, was built in 1913 for students in Bullard's Addition and other neighborhoods in the south end of town.

The Austin-based architectural firm of C.H. Page and Brother designed the classically detailed High School (Survey Site No. 133) in 1918.

The Central Ward School  was built about 1920 near the Park School and faced onto Brown Street. (This was the 1st - 6th grade classroom section of Marvin Elementary)

Northside Elementary was completed  by the end of 1954 for grades 1-5 (the first new school in 35 years). Part of the Class of '62 spent one semester at Ferris Ward and the second semester at Northside. The following year, Northside was enlarged to include a 6th grade class.
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