May 23, 1924

Article from The Portsmouth Daily Times, May 25, 1924.

Commencement night of 1924 at Minford High School will be long remembered, for it consisted of seven young women.  They were the first to graduate from Minford's first grade high school and the charter was presented to the school making it a first grade institution.

The graduation exercises were held in the high school auditorium, which was filled with the relatives and friends of the young people who have completed their high school course with honors and were assembled to receive the coveted diploma.

George Morris of the department of public instruction, Columbus, gave the class address in which he stressed education and said that social betterment should be one aim of the schools.  Civic improvement should also receive much attention, the speaker said.  He also pointed out that religion, morality and education are the three outstanding principles upon which this country is builded.

In conclusion he presented to the Board of Education their charter for a first grade high school.

County School Superintendent E. O. McCowen, in a short address, commended the work done in the school and the people for their loyal support of the school started under many disadvantages.  He presented to L. B. Poole, president of the School Board a check for $2,500, which brings the total state aid for Minford district this year up to $10,000.

Music for the evening was furnished by the Orpheus Male Quartet, of Portsmouth.

The class receiving diplomas from Principal A. B. Jones were Elta Allen, Ruth Coles, Edith Dixon, Gertrude Frowine, Beatrice McGraw, Grace Bradbury, and Eva Kuhns.