School Emblem adopted
On Feb. 28, students voted to adopt the school emblem. The cogwheel in the upper left hand corner of the shield symbolizes cooperation. The lamp in the lower right represents the lamp of knowledge.
First separate homecoming
Up to that year U-High’s homecoming had been part of ISU’s homecoming. Besides having their own celebration, U-High’s festivities included a snake dance and pep meeting Friday night, and a 3-block long parade and football game Saturday afternoon. A Homecoming dance was held in Fell Hall that evening.
First student council
1934: first school council. First action: provide juniors with the right to wear the school emblem.
The original 4 page paper came out every Wednesday. The first editor-in-chief was Elise Blumm.
In 1935, the Clarionette forecasted what the high school of the future might look like. Among other projections:
- -“the students will have a greater part in the management of the school.”
- -“many new inventions will cause changes in work…people will need to learn a new occupation in a short time”.
- -“with more liesure time, students will be taught an appreciation of music, art, literature and sports”.
In 1935, practice teaching was an integral part of U-High’s daily life. Advanced students from campus departments planned and conducted daily teaching activities; in addition, they helped schedule and run extra-curriculars. Meanwhile, U-High teachers served as critics and supervisors.
Sherman G. Waggoner begins his term as principal
Waggoner served as principal until 1945; teachers remember him for his friendliness and sense of humor.
1 Alice M. Eikenberry, Associate Professor of the teaching of social studies
Population of U-High includes 125 ISSCS students
June 30, 1937
“Meanwhile, the people of the state have provided funds with which to dress these 125 young men and women in a manner to give them confidence and assist them in fitting in the community…”1
1Twentieth Annual Report of the Department of Public Welfare
U-High wins its first Corn Belt Track Championship
Scoring a total of 7 first places, U-High won the first Corn Belt Track Meet which was held at McCormick Field.
Marching band makes first appearance at football game
Under the direction of Professor H.W. Peithman, “the band carried out some rather difficult formations” including forming the letter “C” and later “UH”.
Profile: Joe Poplawski
Joe Poplawski was one of many students who attended U-High from the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home. During his time at U-High, Joe served as the captain of the football team where he helped lead the team to a conference championship and was selected as a guard on the All-Central Illinois Scholastic team. He was also a basketball letterman, played baseball (despite having only 1 arm) and earned his junior Red Cross life-saving certification.1
1ISSCS Historical Preservation Society