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                                                         -- MHS Alumni Historian, Judy Cupp Schultz ‘58


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Honored Visitor:


Anyone who had attended a Newton County school prior to 1951 may remember the day that County Superintendent, Mr. W.O. Schanlaub visited their classroom.  It was to be an honor to have him visit and I am sure we were on our best behavior.  After reading the following story, I realized how the efforts of Mr. Schanlaub had to do with the education we received in Newton County.


Mr. Schanlaub retired in 1951, and Mr. R. D. Norris replaced him as County Superintendent.

In 1962 the Newton County Schools were consolidated and Mr. Lawrence Bannon became the

Superintendent of the North Newton School Corporation.  At that time high school students from Ade had to attend Brook high school. The Ade students, who were seniors, were allowed to attend the ‘62-‘63 school year at Morocco.



Dreams Come True:


Old Gold and Black October 22, 1946 by W.O. Schanlaub


Years Ago I decided to be a teacher in the public schools. The opportunity came when I was hired to teach the pupils in “Decker College”, a one-room school in Beaver Township. On the opening day, I was greeted by 48 boys and girls distributed rather unevenly into eight grades.  In addition to a wage of $45 per month, I received 10 cents per day for janitor work, which included daily sweeping of the school room, dusting, building stove fires and keeping the coal burner filled with fuel during the day.


From the very first, I liked my job but the bleak walls of the schoolroom, the absence of library and reference books, and an organ, did not impress me. I began to dream about a schoolroom with appropriate pictures on the walls, books for the children and an organ to be used during opening exercises and community meetings. Basket suppers and entertainments were planned which netted enough money during the year to provide all the things about which I had dreamed and for which township funds were not available.


After two years of service in this school, I was elected to a position in the grammar department of the Morocco school, serving two years, when I succeeded E.E. Giltner, as principal of the school, which included an all time teaching job.  One class of students was reviewing the eighth grade subjects preparatory to teaching; the other was studying miscellaneous high school subjects.

This program did not seem to meet the needs of the day.  Three other schools in the county had state high school commissions, which was a challenge to be met.  I began to dream about a four years’ commissioned high school course and with the help of interested people began to do something about it.  An additional teacher was secured and a program was made for two regular years of high school work, only to be met with opposition from the Board of Education.  The principal was given the choice of sponsoring the old program or changing locations.  He chose the later, only to be informed the next day that the Board had re-considered and had approved the new plans.  It seems that a certain doctor who believed in higher education, had contributed much to the decision to reverse the previous action.  From this time on the sailing was rough but not too discouraging, except in 1907 when the school became an applicant for a state commission. It was discovered that $500 would be needed to purchase a library that would meet state requirements. The School Board agreed to provide $250 if the school would raise a like amount.  A contract was made with a Lyceum Bureau of Chicago, which furnished talent for a series of entertainments that netted $150, but the time was too short to raise the reaming $100 before the close of school. Imagine our surprise when a friend, the late Delmar Law, contributed the $100 with the remark, “Now, see your school board and get the other $250.”  And again dreams came true and the school was commissioned before its close in the spring of 1907.


A few months later having been elected County Superintendent of Schools, my residence was changed to Kentland.  Besides the schools in the towns, I had 65 one-room schools to supervise, not even knowing the location of many of them, as was evidenced one day when I visited a school in Iroquois County, Illinois.  Those were the “horse and buggy days.” During certain seasons of the year, travel over bad roads was quite difficult.  The one-room schools with their poor heating, lighting, dilapidated desks and seats, water buckets with dippers or tin cups, and the general unsanitary conditions of outbuildings preyed upon my mind.  I began to dream about better things for the boys and girls enrolled in these schools.  With the assistance of newspaper publishers and the opportunities offered to talk to groups of people at various meetings in the townships, ideas were crystallized in the minds of many people.  The late Geo. H. Hillis and A. B. Tolin, extensive landowners in Colfax Township, were the first to become active in a movement which consolidated all the schools in their township.  Other townships followed by taking similar action until the year 1927, which marked the close of all one-room schools. (Norway was the last one-room to close.)  A modern, brick consolidated school building had been erected in every town and township of the county.  The splendid co-operation of patrons and other friends of education had made another dream come true.


Space will not permit detailed accounts of other dreams and their subsequent realization.  Suffice it to say, they included motor buses for pupil transportation, electric lights, Victrolas, pianos, radios, moving picture machines, equipment for shop work, electric cooking stoves, electric sewing machines, band instruments, laboratory equipment, well equipped libraries, playground apparatus, and splendid new buildings for athletics and community meetings of all kinds.  In addition to the basic academic courses offered to students, elective courses, such as vocational home economics and agriculture, commerce departments, vocal and band music, and shop work, have been added as rapidly as patrons and students expressed a need for them.  Medical school inspection, hearing testing programs, student guidance clinics, musical festivals, athletic contests, school newspapers, hot school lunches, Hi-Y and Sunshine societies, student councils, and P.T.A. organizations are some of the extra curricular activities that have helped to keep youth in line with the requisites of living in a rapidly changing world.


I am dreaming now of a special school to be located in the central part of the county, where boys and girls who have to fight the battle of life with a broken weapon, may be instructed at public expense by specially trained teachers who will be provided with everything needed to keep these children happy and to fully develop all their inborn capacities and capabilities.


If students are to gain anything from this personal account, it will be the fact that youth is the time to attempt the impossible: that young people should dream and then try to realize their dreams; that they should know that people dreamed about all the mighty changes that have brought benefit to the would before they took shape in actual form.


Life will be dismal indeed when youth no longer dreams and dares. I challenge the boys and girls in the Morocco school and surrounding territory to square their shoulders, to lift up their chins and to cast their lot where American Youth have always cast it, on the side of those who give before they take –the creators and builders, the contributors of energy, talent, and service, whose reward is not something they take out of American life, but something they share and put into it.


I am proud I chose to be a teacher!                                 -- W. O. Schanlaub

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The Heritage From the Students of Yesterday:


OLD GOLD and BLACK, November 26, 1946


Morocco High School has not always offered the opportunities it does today. But through the years, students, teachers, and people of the community found that anything worth working for deserved to be done well.


(Building Chronology)

-- The first building was a small frame schoolhouse built in 1864?

-- Then in 1899, a brick building was erected. (The one that is now the grade school)

-- In 1922, the present high school building was completed when Charles Timmons was trustee.

-- In 1936, the gymnasium was built under the trusteeship of Henry Brandt.

(School Sports Chronology)

-- In 1907 Morocco became a commissioned high school and that same year students participated in football for the first time.

-- In 1909 through the efforts of the class, which was graduated in 1910, Morocco was admitted to the Indiana Athletic Association. The school stood its ground with the best teams in the state. Her young men were working hard to make a name for their school.

-- In the fall 1917 the first basketball team was organized. In those days the boys played in what is now the assembly room in the grade building.

-- In 1922, they played in what is now known as the “old gym” in the high school building.

Since 1936 the boys have had one the finest gyms in this part of the state in which to play.

-- The class of 1907 chose Maroon and Gold for their colors.

-- Later the class of 1910, in their senior year, selected Old Gold and Black which have remained the colors to the present day.

(School Spirit Chronology)

-- In 1927 the first school paper was started. To secure a name for the paper a contest was held and the name “Old Gold and Black” was selected by James Best, Edith Yoder Johnson was the first editor-in-chief.

-- That same year the name “Beavers” was given to the athletic teams. The name was submitted in a contest by Elbert Archibald, Bill Williamson, and Jim Best. The name of course, had originated from Beaver Lake and Beaver township.

-- Two years later in 1929, a school song “Faithful and True-Hearted” was written by Ruth Robinson Graham, who also wrote the yell “Venus, Neptune, Jupiter, Mars” which is still used today.

-- In 1939 Mr. Jacobson, band director suggested “We the Students of Morocco” which is now the official song, but “Faithful and True-Hearted is known as the Alma Mater song.

(School Crest & Societies)

-- In 1936 the Beaver crest designed by Herff-Jones Co. which is used on pins and rings was chosen by the 1937 graduating class.

-- In 1937 the Sunshine Society was organized by Mrs. McPhail. In January of that year girls form the Kentland High School installed the Morocco Chapter. Wiladene Brandt was the first president.

-- The Hi-Y became a school organization in 1937 with Mr. C. A. Grayson as sponsor. Elmore Bartholomew was the first president.

-- In 1939 the History Club, affiliated with the Indiana Student Forum was organized by Miss Corbin. The first president was Stanley Davis.


Thus through the years, Morocco has progressed from the days of the little frame school house to the fine institution that is is today The students of today are as proud of Morocco as those early students of yesterday. Each class has, and is, contributing in some way making it an honor to attend Morocco High School. She ranks near the top in all qualifications of the state, whether they are athletic or scholastic and may her proud record continue.        -- by Nancy Miller

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Henry’s Great Foresight:


OLD GOLD and BLACK   March 11, 1947


While serving Beaver township as Trustee, I learned I had many responsibilities about which the lay public knew little.  For instance, in the fall of 1935, Cecil A. Grayson, principal of the Morocco school/ Roscoe Pierson, industrial arts and physical education teacher; Walter Atkinson, an alumnus, and John Colbourne, and athletic fan, and several other alumni and citizens frequently reminded me that Morocco’s “pit” gym was very inadequate for modern school purposes. I agreed with them but my chief worry was where and how to get the money to build a new community building and gym, and whether or not, the people desired such an addition to the school plant. About this time the government through W.P.A. appropriations, offered to assist the communities desiring to provide such facilities for their citizens, and this seemed to be my opportunity.


The Lions Club and the Farm Bureau were used as sounding boards and the sounds that came forth seemed to voice approval for the new project.


Principal Grayson, Coach Pierson, John Colbourne and myself went to Lebanon to inspect a gym which had been praised quite highly by state officials. We like it very much and got some good ideas which were later used.  As soon as we were able to get a  promise of a government grant to pay about forty per cent of the entire cost, we became really interested.  The matter was referred to the Advisory board who authorized me to hire an architect and an attorney and start proceedings at once for the new building.  After many headaches, induced by two unsuccessful attempts to get bids to construct a building with our appropriations, we made a third attempt which happily proved successful and the contractor and all others connected with the construction and equipment of the building, worked very hard in order to have it ready for use during the school year 1936-1937.  The building was formally dedicated December 3, 1936.  The general approval of the public on that day made the advisory board members day in carrying out our plans to provide recreational and health facilities for the student body and a center for all kinds of community activities.  When completed, the gym had and still has the largest seating capacity of any building with the county.  It will seat 2600 people. The playing floor will seat 1000, the bleachers 1400, and the stage 200.


When I first observed the foundation of the building, 130 feet long and 92 feet wide, I was panic stricken. It seemed altogether too large. It did not require, much time after completion, however, to prove that this personal alarm was unfounded.


It should be of interest to readers of “Old Gold and Black” to know the distribution of the costs of the building which amounted to $54,850.60.  Advertising and printing cost $234.03: building supervisor, $858.00; general construction, $40,776.35; plumbing and heating, $7,351.00; electrical work, $1,337.00;  architect,  $2,473.12; equipment, $360.00; and legal services, $1,350.00.  The government paid $23,771.00 of the costs; leaving only $31,079.60 to be paid by local taxes. In the light of present day prices for construction, it perhaps would cost this community five times as much money to duplicate the project.


I had hoped, for the benefit of posterity, to place a plaque in the building, showing the date of construction and the names of officials having charge of same but the architect failed to make good on this part of his agreement.


The many purposes for which the building has been used, have exceeded my expectations, I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to serve the school and the township and to know the money invested is now paying big dividends to us all.                  -- by Henry Brandt

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Ninth Child Graduates From Morocco H.S.


Looking Back      Morocco Courier  May 30, 1963


Commencement exercises held at the Morocco High School on May 23, struck a nostalgic note as the end of an era to Mr. Harrison Bingham of Enos as his youngest son, Dennis, a member of the Class of '63 graduated. Dennis represented the ninth child of Mr. Bingham to graduate from M.H.S.


The five sisters and three brothers who preceded Dennis in order are: Lenore, Raymond, Alice, Juanita, Audrey, Dottie, Larry, and Gary.


Open house in honor of Dennis and Mr. Bingham was held at the Kaupke's home immediately following the commencement. All the family were present except for Audrey and Gary of California, who telephoned their greetings and spoke with everyone. Also present for the occasion was Mrs. Ann McPhail, former English teacher at Morocco High, who at some time during their high school education had taught each one of the nine. Although not a graduate himself, after having nine children attend and graduate from Morocco High School, Mr. Bingham is to be congratulated for his accomplishment.

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Honor Classes of the MHS Alumni:







1920 - 1925 – 1930 – 1935 – 1940 – 1945 – 1950 – 1955 – 1960 - 1965




Morocco Courier, May 14, 1920



Commencement exercises for the Morocco high school will be held in the Methodist Episcopal church on Friday evening, May 21, and Prof. George H. Tapy of Wabash College will deliver the commencement address. The class of 1920 if composed of seven boys and eight girls.

An interesting program has been arranged for commencement night, which will be a fitting climax to a most successful school year. The program follows:

                    Song, “The Blue Alsatian Mountains”…  ….  …..Seniors

      Invocation…………….…..…..Rev. G. T. Smith

                    Song “The Bees”……………………

      The Class Address, “The New Americanism”…   Prof. George H. Tapy

      Saxophone Solo…………………Charles Bassett

      Presentation of Diplomas……..….George F. Lewis, Prin.

      Benediction…………………….    ..Rev. Eiler

Baccalaureate services will be held at the M.E. church on Sunday evening, May 16, and the sermon will be delivered by the Rev. A. L. Brandenburg.


Morocco Courier, May 28, 1920



One of the most successful terms in the history of the Morocco high school came to a fitting close last Friday night with the annual commencement exercises, when fifteen of our young people were presented diplomas by Supt. George F. Lewis. The exercises were held in the M.E. church, which had been artistically decorated for the occasion, and every available seat was filled. The affair was one of the most pleasing and successful held in recent years.

Music for the commencement was all provided by the high school students, and consisted of songs by the graduating class and a saxophone solo by Charles Bassett, one of the graduates. The invocation was given by the Rev. G.T. Smith, after which the speaker of the evening, Prof. George H. Tapy of Wabash College, was introduced.

Prof. Tapy’s subject was “The New Americanism,” and for more than an hour he held the attention of the large audience. In the course of his remarks he emphasized the need of higher learning and greater mental development, rather than mental decline. As an illustration he cited the typewriter and adding machines, which are now almost universally used to do the work once done by our brain and hands. In the olden days the user of a farm wagon knew how to and often did make its every part, but with the new Americanism no one man knew how to make more than one small part of the whole.

Following the address Supt. Lewis then presented diplomas to the following graduates: Clay Christain Baird, Sadie Elnora Baird, Bernard Francis Baker, Charles Ephriam Bassett, Gladys Marguerite Bassett, Velma Ethel Bassett, Harry Elliot Brandenburg, Victor Sydney Carlson, Viola May Deardurff, Comal Helen Gobbel, Mary Elizabeth Lymon, Albert James Moore, Emma Lee Robinson, YoLande Louise Templeton, Francis Vernelle Unzicker.

The benediction was then pronounced by the Rev William L. Eiler, and the class of 1920 took their place in history with the many classes preceding them.


Other news items at that time….

MOVIE PROGRAM at the Clarendon:

     Sat. May 28- Special program, Nazimova in “Stronger Than Death.” Century Comedy.

9 reels.  15c & 35cents.

     Mon. May 31- Robert Warwick in “Told in the Hills.”

                   Mack Sennett comedy; “Back to the Kitchen.”

     Tuesday, June 1- Alice Joyce in “The Third Degree,”

     Wednesday, June 2- Mary McLaren in “The Pointing Finger.”  Universal Current Events.

     Thursday, June 3- Wallace Reid in “The Roaring Road.”


County Eighth Grade Graduates


The annual county commencement for the EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATES of the township schools will be held in the Community Building at Brook, Thursday afternoon, June 3, beginning at 2:30 o’clock. On this occasion “70 young people will receive diplomas.

Dr. Byron W. King, president of King’s School of Oratory, Pittsburg, Pa., will deliver the address to the class. Dr. King is a genius, a man of highest rank in his profession. He will entertain, amuse, and hold the undivided attention of every person who hears him.

All friends of education are invited to be present, and seats for 1200 will be provided. No admission fee will be charged. Following is the program for the afternoon:

       March, “Pomp and Circumstance”. …      . Laura Darroch and Edith Hall

       Invocation…………………….…...Rev. J. J. Wilson

      Vocal solo, “Loves Garden of Roses”…..………...Vivian Taylor

      Vocal duet, “The Sunshine of Your Smile”..Vivian Taylor and Edith Hall

      Vocal solo, “Dawn” and “The Sweet O ’the Year”…..….Edith Hall

Presentation of Diplomas……………….

Benediction………………….…… Rev. E. B. Chancelor



The names of the graduates, by townships, are as follows:

JEFFERSON Township: Russell Henderson, Dortha Kenoyer, Doris Kenoyer, Harold Burton, Maythel Wolverton, Harris Wolverton, John Krug,

Grant Township: Lorine Bower, Louise Hall, Naomi Hanmann, Joseph Bower, Arthur Remsburg, John Polen, Ethel Polen, Berniece Chapman, Ralph Johnson, Florence Johnson, Grace Bohanan, Fern Wildasin:

WASHINGTON Township: Clifford Russell, Clifford Clark, Herschel McClatchey, Cecil Whaley, Vernon Buswell, Ruth Barlett, Mamie Dowers, Leslie Dawson, Ralph Ribbands, Bertha Sentz, Freda Myers, Earl Gerrich, James McCabe, Janice Hood, Truman Franklin, Truman Sell.

IROQUOIS Township: Villa Hartong, Darold Fleming, Lincoln Reed, Alice Currans.

BEAVER township; Adeline Dexter, Lora Derflinger, Clifford Guinn, Louise Potts, Vaneta Potts, Fred Conn, Bunnetta Baker.

JACKSON township: Edith Hufty, Elsie Morton, Kenneth Lynch, Faith Lambert, Everette Fleming, Mary Donaldson, Walter Brunton, Lloyd Blankenbaker, Clara Brunton, Virgil Elijah, Edna Blankenbaker, Charles Murphey.

McCLELLAN township: Flossis Johnson, Lucile Cox, Opal Hendryx.

LAKE Township: William Brown, Verda Hickman, Mable Philips, Cleon Bingham.

LINCOLN Township: Anna Kruizenga, Duke Kruezenga, Sena Walstra, Johann Douma, Esther Benson.

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Morocco Courier, May 15, 1925



Twenty high school students received their diplomas at the annual commencement exercises, which were held in the high school auditorium Monday night. The speaker, State Superintendent Henry N. Sherwood, talked almost an hour to an appreciatiative and attentive audience on the subject, “What Shall I Do With MY Life”. He pointed out that each person should follow that vocation which he liked best because any work, which administers to the needs of the people is honorable. He said that education is not to train young people to live an easy life but to enable them to do more work and do it more efficiently. Mr. Sherwood considers the home the most important of all institutions because the influence of the home upon children is lasting.

The music consisted of several selections by the high school orchestra and a piano trio by Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Daddow and Miss Pruitt.

Monday night the following graduates received their diplomas: Norma Ackors. Biythe Archibald, Nila Baker, Geneva Camblin, Dorothy Clarkson. Frances Cox, Bernadene Don, James Dutcher, Lora Hamilton, Lillian Hagen, Roger Harwood, Leland Holley, Samuel Honn, Orville Hunter, Harry Larson, Hayden Martin, Charles Murphey, Margaret Protsman, Raye Travis and Meril Tuggle.

Ora Dick received the five dollar gold piece, which was presented by the D.A.R. This prize is given each year to the eight-grade pupil having the highest grade in American History. Blanche  Sizelove, Ethel Graves and Ora Dick all received the same grade. Blanche and Ethel very kindly volunteered their share to Ora. The prize was awarded Class Night.

The following students were placed on the Honor Roll for being neither absent nor tardy during the school year:

Kathleen Ahern, Carl Deardurff, Bert Deardurff, Ray Deardurff, Clarice Holley, Pauline Howell, Orville Hunter, Letah Pfrimmer, Lorene Roadruck, Lila Robinson, Edna Robinson, Loretta Sheets and Robert Starr.


School Notes

These are the last school notes of this year.

The Senior Play was very well given and all participating deserve many praises. Miss Reeves deserves a lot of credit for her efforts in coaching the play. The has a personality which makes one want to do for her what ever she asks. The receipts at the door were $92.45.

The Junior Reception was one of the nicest ever given in Morocco schools. The auditorium was beautifully decorated in blue and gold. The orchestras  “Doc’s Aces” were exceedingly pleasing. Miss Norma Justice from the Metropolitan School of Dramatics at Indianapolis gave several readings, which were received with much applause. A four-course dinner was served.

Baccalaureate services were held Sunday night at the Methodist church. Rev. Lord delivered the sermon and Rev. C.C. Hagen read the scripture reading. A mixed choir consisting of members from the different churches furnished the splendid music.

The eight-grade had a surprise party on Mr. Stephens last Monday night at the Methodist church. 

The seventh grade had a picnic last Thursday at Kessler’s woods, Chaperoned by Misses Corbin, Pruitt and Ruby Agate.

Class night was held Tuesday. Blythe Archibald gave the Valedictory and Norma Ackors the Salutatory. These pupils held the two highest grades for three and a half years. Lora Hamilton gave the History of the class, Frances Cox gave the Prophecy, Nila Baker read the Will, Lillian Hagen recited the Class Poem. The Class Song was a parody to Flag That Train. The Seniors were dressed in the colors blue and gold, girls in clown suits and boys in overalls. The Juniors dressed in red and white, red ties and white waists and shirts gave us a good hearty yell with two class songs. The Sophomores dressed in blue and white, girls white middies and blue ties and boys white shirts and blue ties gave us several good jokes, read twenty-third Psalm and two class songs.  The Freshman, in purple and gold, gave us a three-act play. Mrs. Hafstrom played the march for all the classes.

Examinations are being held Thursday and Friday of this week.

Commencement next Monday night at the High School auditorium. State Supt. Sherwood will deliver the address.

The following students will camp Saturday and Sunday on the river near Delphi, Bernadene Don, Alice Triplett, Lucy Davis, Edna Vayette, Vivian Swanson, Inez Smart, Hazel Morton, Dorothea Brunton, Hazel Bell, Vera Baird, Roseline Ackors, Delores Baker, Ester Holley, Thomas Hancock, Ray Baird and Ray Norris chaperoned by Misses Corbin and Pruitt.

Orville Hunter will entertain the members of the senior class at his home Friday evening.

 Last Thursday evening about 5:30 the freshman class, in charge of their sponsor George Ray, started for Cedar Lake in Adelphus Howell’s truck. Everything went lovely until they got about two miles north of town when the truck broke down. Mr. Ray bravely came to the rescue with his trusty Ford, and with several trips transported the crowd to Bogus Island where a wiener and marshmallow roast was enjoyed. Four freshmen, who preceded the truck, drove to Cedar Lake and missed the fun at Bogus Island.



LOOKING  BACK:         


Morocco Courier, August 23, 1929


MOROCCO SCHOOLS OPEN on Friday, August 20 for 1929-30

Our local school will open this term on Friday August 30. The buses will run their regular routes at the regular scheduled time and will return all country children at 11:30. After the enrollment the pupils will be at liberty to return to their homes. There will be no school in the afternoon. All the schools in Newton County will carry out this program, which was established by the county board and County Superintendent Schanlaub. It is also used in practically every other part of Indiana.

All the teachers for Beaver Township have been employed for the coming year. They are as followers:

F.E.Stephens, Principal; Wallace Bush, manual training and coach; Miss Ruth Connelly, commercial; Miss Dorothy Odell, Latin and English; Miss Irma Greenham, domestic science; Miss Eunice Hill, history; J. Plummer Schooley, science; Alvin Stoner, mathematics; Miss Anne Younger English; Miss Mary Chamberlin, music and art . ….

This is the first time that Morocco High School has a corps of teachers who are all graduates. This is an unusually well qualified group of teachers and will enable us to apply for membership in the North Central Association; the highest rating a school is able to hold.

The state adopted new books in the grades for reading and arithmetic. These books will be used this year throughout the entire state for the first time, replacing the Winston readers and Thorndyke arithmetic. The high school books are the same.

Our high school has a second hand bookstore that has enough books for all the pupils who desire to use second hand books. Patrons will be able to save more than half the cost of books by purchasing at the schools second hand bookstore. All the books were purchased last spring and only good books were bought. The bookstore will be open Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31 and every school day after this. It is hoped that the parents will send their children here to buy their books. This bookstore is operated without profit purely for the benefit of the pupils and parents.

Our school buildings have been thoroughly cleaned and will be ready for the opening of school, Patrons are invited

To visit the building at any time and see the improvements inn our equipment and school buildings.


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Morocco Courier, September 13, 1929



Next Saturday afternoon the Morocco high school football team will play its first game of the season with the Kentland high school tam. While this is Morocco’s first game in some time the boys promise to make a good showing.

The following have been training and from these a team will be picked to pay in the game Saturday; Parker Hancock, Bill Williamson, Clair, Norris, Maurice McClatchey, Robert Starr, Gerald Goddard, James Best, Duane Swanson, Estil Chapman, Glenwood Hammel, Carl Deardurff, James Davis, Ralph Puett, Francis Stoner, Oscar Locke, Herschel Harrison, Delos Best.



Morocco Courier, September 27, 1929



In a hard fought game, last Saturday September 14, on the Blaney field, Morocco opened her football campaign of 1929. In many ways her first attempt for some time at the manly sport was quite a success. Both teams however showed a great lack of experience and practice.

To start the game Morocco kicked to Kentland. During the first quarter the play was almost all in the Kentland territory with first one having the ball and then the other. Both teams were very nervous and lost the ball repeatedly by fumbling. Morocco threatened once in this quarter but lacked the punch or drive to carry the ball over.

In the second quarter Kentland was forced back to her goal line. Here Morocco took the advantage, blocked a punt and fell on the ball back of the goal line for the first touchdown. The extra point was added by a drive through the line. Kentland elected to receive again after the touchdown. She fumbled, lost the ball deep in her own territory and Morocco soon had added another six points to her score. An attempted line plunge for the extra point failed.   Score 13-0.

The second half started with Kentland again receiving. She started, determined to even up the score and returned the kick twenty yards before finally being stopped. Here Kentland took to the air and had Morocco backing up. Things began to look bad until Morocco intercepted two of her passes and put an end to this attack.

The forth quarter started with the score unchanged. Morocco pounded the line until they reached Kentland’s one-foot line where they were stopped by a determined effort of the Kentland forward wall. This was the last threat of either team and the game ended with the score still Morocco 13, Kentland 0.

The greater share of the credit for the victory should go to the Morocco line. They opened the holes hereby making it possible for the men in the backfield to drive through for the gains. All Morocco was well pleased with the outcome of the game. However, there appeared many ragged spots both in the line and backfield, which need to be smoothed out before our boys meet a heavier, more experienced team.



Morocco Courier, March 8, 1930       


                                               Basket Ball Tournament

The following is the outcome of the district tournament held at Rensselaer last Friday and Saturday:

       Brook, 21;                 Remington, 18

       Wheatfield, 26;          Kniman, 13

       Kentland, 37;            Tefft, 15

       Hanging Grove, 16;    DeMotte, 9

       Rensselaer, 23;         Morocco, 20  (overtime)

       Goodland, 28;           Fair Oaks, 13

       Brook, 63;                Wheatfield, 17

       Kentland, 34;            Hanging Grove, 4

       Goodland, 17;           Rensselaer, 16

       Brook, 37;                Kentland, 18

       Brook, 24;                Goodland, 12  (final game)

Morocco’s team put up a stiff fight with their score 10 to 14 the first half and 20 to 20 the second half. It took five minutes overtime play to finish the game when Morocco lost by three points.

Morocco’s loss is attributed to their having a small room for practice, which throws them out of line when they get to play on a regulation floor. This demonstrates the fact that Morocco needs a larger gymnasium in which to play and practice basketball, the leading high school and college sport of the day.



Old Gold and Black April 21, 1930


Seniors in School Activities

 In four weeks school will be over and we will never again see the faces of the Seniors inn our halls unless as visitors. We certainly hate to see the Seniors leave us as they have been an important factor in our school life.

 In Basketball we will lose many good players from the Senior class. Dutch who was captain of the squad, Bill who made the Little Seven Conference team and we will also lose Bob Starr, Hersh Harrison and Duane Swanson.

The Seniors have also been active in other lines besides Basketball. Elizabeth Padgett represented Newton County in the Discussion contest at Lafayette, Although she didn’t win a prize she did her best. Alice Purdy and Josephine Eickman have been making our Honor Roll since school started.

Bill Williamson won second place at Brook in the Oratorical contest.

Doris Anderson, Mazie Vayette and Doris Potts have been acting as Mr. Stevens’ secretaries and we are sure that he will hate to have them go.

Besides all these things and others that I have probably forgotten to mention the Seniors have been putting out the High School paper with the Juniors and a few of the under-classmen.



Last Friday the Track and Field team went to Kentland to take part in a triangular meet between Kentland, Lowell and Morocco.

The meet was won by Lowell with 42 points, Morocco was second with 39 and Kentland was third with 16.

Bill Williamson of Morocco was the high point man of the meet with 18 points, Clair Norris made 11 points. These two boys are the best track and field men that have been in Morocco for a long time.

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Monday morning Mr. Schooley and Br. Bush awarded Minor letters to the members of the Girl’s Basketball team and the boys B team.

This is something that has never been done before in Morocco and I am sure it will be a big improvement over the proceeding system.

As it was the Girls received no recognition, nor the boys B team. After all it is the B team that makes it possible for the first team to win games for if the A team didn’t have somebody to play against in practice they wouldn’t win very many games.

The girls who received awards were: Carrie E. Murphy, Ruby Fleming, Elsie Atkinson, Madonna Roush, Joan Padgett, Mable Best, Nellie Graves and Alma Merchant

Boys who received awards were Herschel Harrison, Duane Swanson, Ralph Puett Albert Brewer, Earl McClatchey, Willard Stoner, Vance Clark, Floyd Purdy, and Bob Williamson.

Major letters to our yell leaders, Wilma Hanger and Ardis Hood.

This year we had the two best looking yell leaders who ever led a yell in Morocco High or any other high.  At our basketball games many comments like this were heard, “Boy, aren’t those yell leaders good looking, I wich our were that good.”

Being a yell leader, formerly, was a thankless job containing lots of hard work and no reward but now with these awards the girls have something to work for and I am sure that it was a good idea to give the yell leaders letters.



Morocco Courier, May 16, 1930



The closing exercises for the high school which center about the graduating class which is composed of: Kathleen M. Ahern, Doris K. Anderson, Alvin L. Bruns, Ruth Irene Deardurff, Carl A. Deardurff, Josephine Eickman, Louise Goddard, Margorie Hastings, Evelyn Mae Hayworth, Hershel E. Harrison, Elizabeth Padgett,

Alice Lorene Purdy, Doris Potts, Rexford Rust, Ruth E Robinson, Robert Starr, Evelyn Stoner, Dorothy Sellers, Duane Swanson, Alva Smart, Harold Severs, Mazie Vayette and William Padgett Williamson; began on Friday night with the banquet and prom which was given by the Junior class in honor of the graduates.

This, the outstanding social feature of the year was held in the assembly. The room was decorated to represent a garden scene, and with the small tables at which were seated 150 guests, was most attractive in the color scheme of red and white, the senior colors.

Miss Edna Hunter, Junior class president presided and gave a hearty welcome to all.  This was responded to by William Williamson, Senior class president.

Talks were made by County Supt. W.O. Schanlaub, Trustee, F.L. Morehouse and Principal, Frank Stephens.

A Gary orchestra furnished music after the banquet and dancing and games were enjoyed until the midnight hour.

On Sunday night the Baccalaureate service was held in the Methodist Church at which Rev. E.C. Reidenback, pastor of the United Brethren Church gave the Address. He was assisted by Rev. Roush and Rev. Julian. The High School Orchestra played and hymns were sung by a Union Choir.

Three special musical numbers were Gertrude Stillabower, accompanied by Mrs. Inez Washburn, a vocal solo by Mrs. Washburn accompanied by Mrs. Stillabower and a vocal solo by Porter Garmong accompanied by Mrs. James Daddow.

The class night program will be given tonight (Thursday.) Each class will appear in some stunt of their own planning, and there will be no end of fun.

Miss Alice Prudy, who is convalescing from and operation, has received the highest grades for the year but will be unable to give the Valedictory address and this will be given by William Padgett Williamson, Who ranked second in scholarship.

The Commencement exercises will be held on Friday night in the high school auditorium.

Dr. Lambert of Uhrichsville, Ohio, a very able speaker will give the address.

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The Beaver township schools closed one of the best years in its history on Saturday morning with the distribution of the report cards.

The High School Commencement Exercises were held on Friday night in the school auditorium.  The address was given by Prof. Lambert of Uhrichsville, Ohio, who took for his subject, “Junior Citizenship.”

The High School Orchestra, Glee Clubs and a quartette composed of Misses Virginia and Norma Rich, Joan Padgett and Gartha Hanger furnished music.

Principal, Frank Stephens present the Diplomas to the 22 graduates present. Miss Alice Purdy, who received the highest grades in the class, was given hers previously at the Jasper County Hospital where she has been ill for nearly two months.

hursday night was “Class Night” and the auditorium was packed. Each of the four high school classes put on a stunt. All were most clever and greatly enjoyed. The orchestra and glee clubs furnished music.

Bill Williamson gave the Valedictory and Josephine Eickman the Salutatory addresses. Miss Elizabeth Padgett presented the Key to the Juniors, Miss Marjorie Hastings and Herschel Harrison gave the prophecy. Miss Ruth Robinson the class poem, Miss Doris Anderson the class history and Rex Rust the class will.

Prin. Stephens presented to Elbert Archibald the five dollar gold piece that is given by the Kentland chapter of the D.A.R.  Each year to the eighth grade student making the highest average in American history.  Elbert made a straight “A” for the year. However he had a close contestant in Katherine Robinson.



Morocco Courier – May 30, 1930



The work on Henry Brandt’s new garage has been rushing along until it now looks as though it would be completed soon. The building is 60 x 80 and built of tile and brick and will have a cement floor.

Mr. Brandt states that he will equip the building with all necessary machinery and tools to take care of all kinds of automobile repairing as well as carrying a complete line of Chevrolet parts.

This gives Morocco two large garages on road 41 besides four filling stations and the traveling public should be well taken care of in that respect.



Morocco Courier – August 1, 1930



Friday and Saturday nights will be the end of silent pictures for Morocco. The Clarendon Theatre will be closed until about August 15 when it will be reopened again with talking pictures.

This is a move Mr. Werner has had in mind for some time but not until the past week had he decided to put in the talkies. From the best information he can get he will have the best sounding theater in the section.






Morocco Courier - September 5, 1935



Morocco High and Grade schools to Open with sixteen Teachers

Morocco schools open tomorrow following the summer vacation with prospects for another large enrollment this year.

Repainting and decorating of the high school and grade building together with other minor necessary improvements have placed the buildings in good serviceable condition for the year’s work.

There are four new teachers on the staff this year to replace three of the old teachers and one additional to take up physical educational work required this year for a commissioned high school. This makes a teaching staff of 16.

C. A. Grayson, who has served as principal for the past four years to the satisfaction of the community and the upbuilding of the school, again heads the corps and under him are several others who have labored long and efficiently in the local schools.  Mrs. J.N. McPhail will again teach English; Miss Dorothy Odell, English and Latin Miss Ruth Corbin, history; Alvin Stoner, mathematics and geography; Miss Violet Curtis, commercial; Miss Carolyn Williamson, home economics and physical education; Roscoe Pierson, physical education and industrial arts; Otto Smith, Misses Emma Ketcham and Mary Helt, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades; Miss Bethel Murphey, fourth grade; Miss Cora Kalfise, second grade; Miss Frances Cox, first grade; Miss Mary Hayes Chamberlain, music and art.


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Morocco Courier  - September 26, 1935


Two More Games Added to H. S. Football Schedule

Two more games have been scheduled for the local high school, eleven for this year, one more game here and one away. On October 15, which falls on Tuesday and is the week of the state teachers; meeting, Milford, Illinois, will appear on the local field. The local school will return the game at Milford next year. Another game has been scheduled which takes the locals to Indianapolis on Saturday, October 19, where they play the Indiana state school for the deaf. Next season that school will appear on the local field. This game will be more than interesting and unusual and we are told tea the boys of the school have an exceptionally good team.


Griffith Here Friday

Griffith will appear on the local field Friday afternoon with the kickoff scheduled at 2 o’clock. With the experience of the game last week and the type of ball that they played, a good game is to be expected by local fans.


Momence Wins by 6-0 Score

The Morocco high school eleven went down in defeat Friday afternoon before Momence by a 6-0 score in one of the best-played games ever witnessed on the local field. The lone score of the game came in the final three minutes of play after play had been made in the middle of the field all afternoon by both teams.

Momence kicked off to the Morocco 20 yard line where the ball was taken by Long and brought up to the 7-yard line. On the first play Roadruck swept around the left end for a 17 yard gain, putting the ball on the 48 yard line in Momence territory. After making no more headway Morocco punted to the Momence 22 yard line. The opponents failed to make their second first down and punted to the Morocco 30 yard line. Meyer drove hard through center for the seven yards needed for a first down. A Morocco penalty for five yards was followed by a gain of 11 yards off left end, the ball being carried by Roadruck. On the play Roadruck was injured and was replaced by Denton. After a fumble by Denton, Morocco punted to the Momence 20 yard line. Momence gained a first down and tried a pass as the quarter ended.

Roadruck was put back in the lineup in place of Higer to start the second quarter and on the first play Momence fumbled with the locals recovering the ball. The locals were again penalized, this time for 15 yards and punted the ball to the center of the field. Momence tried a pass that was incomplete and then fumbled the ball. 

 Morocco kicked off to the Momence 10 yard line to start the third period.  Momence made a first down from the 30 to the 44 yard line to open the final period. An incomplete pass from their 48-yard line and Momence punted to the Morocco 25 yard line from where it was carried out to the 38-yard line. Morocco failed to make a first down and punted. Momence tried several passes from the 49-yard line, which was incomplete, and they punted. The ball went out of bounds on the 6-yard line. With only three minutes to play the locals attempted to punt out of danger but the punt was blocked and Momence recovered the ball on the Morocco one yard line from where they pushed over the line for the only marker of the game as the try for the extra point failed. Very little happened in the remaining minutes of play although the play remained on Morocco’s end of the field.

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Morocco Courier – March 28, 1935


Senior Class Play Makes Decided Hit Friday Night

The senior class play “Big Hearted Herbert” which was under the direction of Mrs. Anne Younger McPhail on Friday night at the high school auditorium, was received with much enthusiasm.

The play was quite different from anything the high school has before presented. It dealt with the modern problems of a typical American family, and was abounding in laughable situations together with scenes that gripped the heart, as the ideal modern mother tried to maintain her loyalty to her selfish egotistical husband and yet give her children the advantages they craved and which he determined were unnecessary.

The play ended happily with the father’s conversion to his patient wife’s viewpoint.

The stage, which presented a living room scene, was most attractive in white, blue and red and was designed and decorated by Miss Dorothy Odell assisted by members of the class.

The cast was composed of Robert Hagen, Betty Hagen, Robert Grayson, Howard Kessler, Jeanette Yates, Maynard Hammel, Rebecca Purdy, Ethel McClatchey, Donald Clarkson, Jack Williamson, Marjorie Padgett, Wyle De Bryant and Florence Mashino.

Miss Mary Hayes Chamberlain presented the grade school orchestra at the opening of the program and between acts. Patty Brunton and Mary Irvin gave a clever pianologue.



Morocco Courier – April 4, 1935



On April 12 the Morocco High School Glee clubs will present “Bitter Sweet Anne,” a musical play in two acts, full of alternating lively tunes and comic conversations, with also a serious sentiment.

The story has its setting in a certain kingdom of the east where the people are ready to declare a republic but because of the arrival of Princess Diane at the bedside of her grandfather, the King, they decide to wait until she returns to school Meanwhile two pretenders to the throne arrive to steal the crown jewels, adding merriment and confusion to the plot, but are finally discovered. For an evening full of musical entertainment, come to “Bitter Sweet Anne.” The cast is as follows:

                   Papa Jules, chosen leader of the people,………………Don Clarkson

                   Steffan, his friend,  ………………………………..Delbert Williams

                   Drigger, a disturber,  …………………………... Max Ketcham

                   Molly, a maid,   ……………………………..Mary Katherine Johnson

                   Noel, helper on Jules farm,………………………Chester Perkins

                   Mama Jules, wife of Papa Jules,……………………Dorothy Brandt

                   Zeta, their daughter,…………………………Lucille Russell

                   Duchess de Grasse and Duke de Grasse, pretenders to the throne,......Florence              Mashino and Robert Lowman

                   Princess Diane,……………………………….Ethel McClatchey

                   Hubert, betrothed to Zeta, ………………………..Maynard Hammel

                   Captain Roger Lee, of the American Aviation,……………Vane Harrison

                   General Zozo, of this majesty’s army,…………………. Dee Bryant

                   Queen of Dreams, ……………………………...Marjorie Padgett

                   King Gus,…………………………………...Elbert Archibald

                   Anton Jules………………………………….Rue Gene Starr


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Old Gold and Black May 1935


The Staff

       Editor-in-Chief…..Jack Williamson

       Sports Editor……Elbert Archibald

         Reporters…Max Ketcham, Betty Hagen, James Hope, Dorothy Redden, Vance Stine, Jean Harris, Maynard Hammel, Lucille Russell, Robert Lowman, Delbert Williams. 

         Faculty Advisor..Miss Corbin



The sophomore class has finished a study of “The Merchant of Venice” and is going to begin a study of grammar.

Mrs. McPhail has appointed a committee to make arrangements for reward to be given to the group which won the Better English contest which was staged about a month ago.

The public speaking class has been studying from textbooks and giving oral reports on the material, which they read.

The parents of the juniors and seniors were given an opportunity to vote on the question as to whether the prom would be invitational or restricted to the juniors and seniors. The vote was thirty-four in favor of an invitational prom and seventeen opposed.

The senior girls enjoyed a delightful picnic dinner last Wednesday noon. Plans were made to eat in the park, but because of rain, they were forced to retreat to the kitchen, which didn’t hinder their good time in the least.



A GROUP OF THE SENIOR BOYS MET AT Vane Harrison’s sandwich shop Monday night of this week for a “bean feed” They reported a good time and plenty to eat. These with the assistance of Mr. Grayson are working toward the organization of a Hi-Y club.



The 1934-35 basketball girls, coached by Miss Reynard, received letters for the fine spirit and co-operation. The girls receiving major letters were: Betty Hagen, Dorthea Brandt, Jane Roadruck, Mary Spradling, Mildred McClatchey, Bonnie Hammel, Ruth Padgett, Dorothy Redden, Una Bell Yates, Evelyn Purdy, Margaret Lash and Wiladene Brandt (Mgr.)

Those receiving minor letters were Jean Hafstrom, Frances Lash, Bernice Russell, Ruth Bryant and Mary Grayson.



Tuesday evening a party was held in the high school building for the members of the Press club and the library staff. Dinner was served at six o’clock after which an enjoyable evening was spent in playing games. The honor guests of the evening were the seniors who have acted as librarians or served on the Old Gold and Black staff: Max Ketcham, Maynard Hammel, Delbert Williams, Robert Lowman, Jack Williamson, Rue Gene Starr, Betty Hagen, Dorothy Brandt and Tom Downs.



During the past four years the policy followed in directing the high school extra-curricular activities finances is outlined in these four ideas: First, these activities should be carried only so far as they serve an educational purpose: second, schools, should teach thrift rather than extravagance; third, activities should be required to pay their own way; fourth, the profits from these activities, such as plays, operettas, games, carnivals, etc., should be used to improve the educational facilities of the school.

In 1932 the senior class used the residue of its funds as a junior class (a part of which were class dues) to apply on the rental of the caps and gowns for commencement. The class of 1933 did likewise. After that time no class had funds that were in any part dues paid in by members of the class. The class of 1934 had a balance in their candy sale fund, which they used to cover the difference in price on the class pictures. This difference arose through a misunderstanding of the contract but by this solution of the question no pupil had to pay more for his pictures than he had expected to pay.

The practice of collecting class dues has been abolished. Where the class wishes to send flowers to the sick or to a funeral, an assessment of 5c or 10c has been levied to meet the expense.

The expenses of the junior-senior proms have been paid out of the profits of the candy sale conducted by the junior class throughout their junior year. This year’s junior class has been more successful in their sale than have the last three preceding classes. To date they have made $51.01. The “All-School Party” was financed by selling tickets of admission to the students at 13c each.

The school paper “Old Gold and Black” was discontinued because it was an activity that id not pay its way, as it had to be subsidized by the merchants through advertising. To provide an outlet for this same educational activity arrangements were made with the publishers of the local newspaper whereby the high school press club furnished the copy for an “Old Gold and Black” column or section in the “Morocco Courier’…...

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Morocco Courier – May 23 1935



The Baccalaureate Services was held Sunday evening, May 19, at 7:00 p.m.

The Methodist church was full to capacity Sunday evening when Rev. O. I. Uncapher of the United Brethren church delivered the annual baccalaureate sermon to the class of 1935 of the Morocco high school.

Rev. J. Oliver Carder presided at the service. The Christian church orchestra, a large union choir and mixed quartette furnished appropriate music.



State Superintendent to Speak as 35 Graduates from Local High

Tomorrow evening another class of graduates goes out from Morocco high school. Commencement will take place at the high school auditorium at 8 o’clock.

Floyd S. McMurray, state superintendent of public instruction, has been secured by Principal C. A. Grayson to make the commencement address. The 35 members of the class, teachers and parents are looking forward to the address by Superintendent McMurray and to the event which marks the end of four pleasant years of training in Morocco high school.

        The complete program for tomorrow evening is as follows:




                           High School Orchestra

                   Water Lilies………..Buck-Linders

                   Freshmen-Sophomore Girls

                   Invocation…………Rev. O.I. Uncapher

                   At the Close of the Day …Nevin

                   Melvin Roadruck, Chester Perkins, Elbert Archibald, Max Ketcham

                   Address……………”The Fountain of Youth”

                  State Supt. Floyd I. McMurray

                   Speedwell………….. Taylor-Brahe

                   Presentation of Awards and Diplomas

                   Benediction…………..Rev. J. Oliver Carder

                   March……………. Gounod

                            High School Orchestra


Class of 1935

                               Dorothe G. Brandt                      Robert E. Hagen

                               Wyle De Von Bryant                  Maynard Hammel

                               Donald Lee Camblin                   Vane L. Harrison

                               Donald G. Clarkson                    Delores M. Henderson

                               Rex R. Conklin                          Howard E. Kessler

                               Owen Deardurff                          Luther Manning Kessler

                               Cora Elizabeth Dexter                Max H. Ketcham

                               Thomas E. Downes                    Sylvia J. Lampera

                               Elizabeth Hagen                        Robert M. Lowman

                               Ethel Rilla McClatchey               Milton L. Shuey

                               Bernard Martin                           Rue Gene Starr

                               Florence Mashino                      Milton D. Storey

                               Jean E. Odle                             Phyllis Jean Triplett

                               Marjorie G. Padgett                    Delbert Williams

                               Chester F. Perkins                    Helen Lucille Wiltfang

                               Harold R. Purdy             Jeanette Yates

                               Rebecca M. Purdy                     Russell E. Yoder

                               Joseph Michael Williamson



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CLASS of 1940



Morocco Courier – September 7, 1939



Enrollment statistics in the Morocco Schools would indicate that there is a temporary decrease in the population of the early school ages in Beaver township.  Enrollment this year totals 383, eight less than last year, which represented a slight loss over the previous year.           Transfer pupils are coming in as strong as ever and there is no loss in the high school enrollment, which is exactly the same as last year – 166.



The 1939 football season will be opened at Morocco field Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock when Crown Point

Invades the local gridiron. Several veterans of the team that upset Crown Point a year ago will be on had to repeat that triumph.

Coach Pierson has arranged an interesting schedule, 3 games of which will be six-man football. Kentland will be played twice with six men and Wheatfield once.

The following boys have reported for football this year: Freshmen – Howard Cox and Bob Thiel. Sophomores – Don Hosutt, Dick Smart, Jake Collins, Jack Hafstrom, Buster Reames, Paul Harper and Mack McCurdy.

Juniors – Dale Merchant, Charles Garmong, Evart Kessler, Clay Blaney, Bill Blaney, Gaylord Hickman, Given Padgett and Paul Bailey. Seniors – Harry Lane, David Hanger, Rex Deardurff, Lloyd Goddard, Darwin Vanderwall, Victor Hagen and Adelbert Cool.         


Old Gold and Black:  Editor, Virgina Sheldon; Associate Editor, Clay Blaney; Society Editor, Ruth Graefnitz; Class Editor, Eugene Sheldon; News Editor, Martha Spradling; Feature Editors, Delores Manchester, Shirley Tolin; Exchange Editor, Norma Porter; Sports Editors; Gaylord Brunton, Richard Augustin; Make-up Enlen Brandt; Typist, Genola Porter; English Critic, Louise Smart; Staff, Darwin Vanderwall; Theda Padgett, Dorothy Bloomquist, Paul Bailey, Gaylord Hickman, Patty Brunton, Roberta Russell, Nonetta Padgett, Ida Jean Carter, Helen Kessler, Dorothy Bernwanger, Lorraine Nightlinger; Sponsor, Miss Corbin



Morocco Courier – October 19 1939


M.H.S. Football Team Wins Last Home Game

Morocco walloped Wheatfield Friday at the local field, 51-6, in a six-man football game. The invaders were playing their first game of football and were badly outclassed by their more experienced rivals.

Morocco kicked to Wheatfield who lost ten yards on the first two plays. Wheatfield had to punt and the ball went out of bounds on their own 10 yard line. Dale Merchant tossed a forward pass to Buster Reames for the fist touchdown of the game. The try for extra point was good. Morocco kicked off to Wheatfield and they punted out to the 50 yard stripe. Dale carried the ball on the fist play to the 20 and lateraled to Dave Hanger who carried the ball across the goal line. A drop kick for extra point failed.  After the kickoff Wheatfield tried a pass, which Dave Hanger caught and ran for a touchdown. After a series o f fumbles, Morocco gained possession of the ball and Dave scored another touchdown. Try for extra point was no good.

Morocco got a safety soon after the start of the second half…..

 Reames, Cool, Hagen, Merchant, Hanger and Garmong were Morocco’s starting lineup.

Morocco has finished the home schedule and the rest of the games will be played on foreign gridirons, Tomorrow   night they go to Lowell for an eleven-man game.



Morocco Courier – February 29, 1940



Morocco ran its string of consecutive victories to eight Friday night against Crown Point, winning by a score of 43-27. Pierson’s outfit has been defeated but once since the New Year’s tournament – by Lowell on January 5.

Lineup for Morocco: Hafstrom, F;  Blaney, F;  Hagen, F; Reames, C;  Merchant, G; Garmong, G.

Morocco’s team at the sectional will be composed of the following players: Buster Reames, Clay Blaney, Jack Hafstrom, Dale Merchant Chuck Garmong, Evart Kessler, Enlen Brandt, Vic Hagen, and Jake Collins.

Morocco will play Tefft, game two Thursday at 8:00 p.m. 

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Morocco Courier, May 16, 1940


M.H.S. Girls win First and Second Ratings at National

A wire received from Battle Creek, Michigan stated that Patricia Brunton, Morocco entry in the national solo contest, had received a first division rating on the bass clarinet yesterday.

Miss Roberta Russell, Morocco’s other entry, received a second division rating on the bassoon.



Old and Black – May 1940


Attend Indiana High School Forum

On Friday, May 3, 24 members of the Social Studies club and Miss Corbin, the sponsor, went to Jefferson high school in Lafayette to attend the Indiana high school student forum. 426 students and teachers were there, representing 21 schools. Stanley Davis and Martha Spradling represented the Morocco school by giving talks in the panel discussion groups. Other members attending were John, Ed Velander, Genola Porter, Wanda Purdy, Nonetta Padgett, Virginia Corbin, Darwin Vanderwall, Lois Watt, Doris Severs, Dorothy Roadruck, Carl Tebo, Louise Smart, Charlotte Clark, Virginia Sheldon, Clay Blaney, Maxine Kay, Gaylord Brunton, Charles Garmong, Dolores Manchester, Leo Bernwanger, Theda Padgett and Ruth Graefnitz.



The junior prom, which was held on May 4, was deemed a success by all of the seniors and persons attending it.

The decorations were different from any that have ever been used here or near here.  The whole gym was made to represent an aircraft carrier. As guests came up the gangplank they saw the white cable and sailors on watch around the entire floor. At the end of the ship the American flag was flying while at the punch booth four freshman girls dressed a sailorettes served delicious punch. On either side of the punch booth were the smoke stacks and large guns. Behind the punch booth in the distance was a lighthouse with the blue waves lapping around it: and its beacon shining brightly across the water. The stage was a night scene with large and small airplanes dotting the landscape. In the middle of the ceiling hung three large, brightly colored sacks and at about 11:30 these sacks burst open and filled the air with brightly colored balloons and confetti. The decorations were completed by the large model airplane, which was suspended from the ceiling.

The music furnished by the Wabash Collegians was very popular with the dancers and the vocalist was considered excellent.

Martha Spradling, the president of the junior class and her escort led the “grand march” while the orchestra played “Anchors Away.” Shortly after the grand march the orchestra dedicated to Roy Merchant and Ruth Graefnitz whose engagement was announced.

And so a most interesting and enjoyable prom came to a close. Alvin Stoner of the high school faculty is the junior class sponsor. About 150 couples attended.



Senior Incidentals

Congratulations, juniors, the prom was very lovely. The clever and unique decorations plus the delightful music made the evening very enjoyable.         

The seniors to be congratulated for their part in the Terre Haute broadcast are Dolores Manchester and John Cox.

The seniors had a class meeting Monday to decide how to spend senior week. A ball game, roller skating, and hike, a hayride, a show and a supper have all been included and it should prove to be a grand week….

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Morocco Courier – May 2, 1940



Saturday Morocco’s 41 piece high school band goes to Whiting to enter the state band contest. Awarded a first division rating in Class C  at the regional contest at LaPorte the youthful musicians will compete against 18 bands. In class B, which includes bands from larger schools only eight are entered. In Class D, which includes first year bands, three are entered including Brook, which received a first division rating at Laporte.

The contest will include marching and student conducting. Director and Mrs. H.E. Jacobson, several members of the school faculty and many parents and patrons of the school will accompany the band to Whiting. The Morocco band will play at 9:55 a.m. standard time.

Members of the band are: June Christenson, Evart Kessler, Victor Carlson, David Carlson, George Blann, Buna Kessler, Virgina Sheldon, Richard Augustin, Dana Gulley, Wilbur Peters, Gaylord Brunton, Elsie Smart, Clay Blaney, Margaret Christenson, Elvin Smith, Buster Reames, Mary Graefnitz, Harry Lane, William Blaney, Don Moore, Dorothy McClatchey, Patty Brunton, Roberta Russell, Joe Hayworth, Evelyn Christenson, Ronald Carlson, Lorraine Clark, Luella Davis, Norris Deardurff, Gordon White, Norbert Brown, Jack Hafstrom, Bernard Hanger, Dale Merchant, Gailord Hickman, Enlen Brandt, James Collins, Donald Hosutt, Carroll Russell, Richard Smart, Russell Garrard.



Morocco Courier – May 9, 1940




Baccalaureate Services

Sunday Evening, May 12, 1940

H.S. Gym, 8:00 p.m.


Music……………..                          High School Band

Processional – “Triumphal March”….         .  High School Concert Band

Hymn – “Let Us, with a Gladsome Mind”…   .High School Chorus

Invocation…………………..      Rev. David Pellett

Hymn – “O God of Live, O King of Peace’        High School Chorus

Scripture Reading………………    Rev. V. E. Squibb

Hymn – “Prayer from Hanensel and Gretel”…High School Chorus

Sermon – “Building for Life”…………. .Rev. Homer Cloud

Hymn – “All People that on Earth Do Dwell”    High School Chorus

Benediction…………………… Rev. Ivan Wood



Morocco Courier – May 16, 1940                                                                                                       



Morocco High School

Friday Evening, May 17, 1940

H.S. Gym, 8:00 p.m.


Music…………………High School Concert Band

Overture – “Traveler”……          High School Concert Band

Invocation…………….       Rev. Ivan Woods

Overture – “Dreadnaught”…..         High School Concert Band

Presentation of Speaker……..        Supt. W. O. Schanlaub

Address to the Class………..      Dr. W. P. Dearing

Overture – “Fortuna”……               High School Concert Band

Presentation of Diplomas…..              Principal Harland W. White

Benediction………….               Rev. V. E. Squibb


                   Leo Bernwanter                          Enlen Brandt

                   Lyle Clarkson                            Earl Coatney    

                   Adelbert Cool                             Virginia Corbin

                   Stanley Davis                            Rex Deardurff

                   Lloyd Goddard                           Ruth Graefnitz     

                   Dana Gulley Jr.                          Victor Hagen

                   Audrey Hammond                      David Hanger

                   Lillian Hiveley                             Harry Lane                   

                   Edward Velander                        Lois Watt         

                   Dolores Manchester                  Theda Padgett

                   Genola Porter                            Wanda Purdy

                   Margaret Rainford                       Dorothy Roadruck

                   Carroll Russell                           Doris Severs

                   Virginia Sheldon             Carl Tebo

                   Forrest Tolin                              Darwin Vanderwall                     

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LOOKING BACK:                


Old Gold and Black - November 1944


The original Old Gold and Black

From 1922-1924 there was no “Old Gold and Black” paper. Instead, there was a yearbook known as the “Moroccan” which gave the students from each class an opportunity to contribute their talent.

Finding the yearbook an unsatisfactory means of keeping the parents informed of the school activities the first “Old Gold and Black” paper was begun. The students like the idea immensely and heartily responded to the call for articles. So many students wished to contribute to the paper that a Press Club was organized. To be a member of this club the students had to be apt and reliable and have some ability to write. That club still exists.

After a time the “Old Gold and Black” was issued as a supplement to the Morocco Courier.

Once again, however, the paper has become a student issue, thriving on student and faculty news, music, athletics, editorials, and jokes.

The need for original material is ever present, Cartoons, editorials, jokes stories, and articles of interest, are needed to help make the paper a success…   by Rosemond Hammel



 Morocco Courier May 10, 1945


Junior Prom A big Success

     The annual Junior Prom turned out to be a huge success last Saturday evening. The grand march, which started at 9:30, was the highlight of the evening and was very well performed by all couples.

The gymnasium was decorated in grand style. A white tree with blue stars on it was at the north end of the gym and a blue fence surrounded the floor. The stage background behind the orchestra was decorated like the milky way. The theme song of the Prom was “Stardust,” which was played just after the grand march.

     There were scores of spectators and scores more of elegantly dressed couples that danced to the exotic music of Billy Michaels and his orchestra. Dance programs were given to all couples from neighboring towns enjoyed the festivities also.

After the Prom several couples enjoyed a bacon and waffle breakfast at the Ross Hagen farm as the guests of Rex Hagen.


Last Week for Graduating Class of 1945

The Baccalaureate service for the Morocco high school will be held at the gymnasium Sunday evening at 8:00 o’clock. Rev. E. D. Thistlethwaite of the Methodist church will deliver the sermon. All local ministers will have a part in the program.

The music will be furnished by the Girls High School chorus and the High School Brass ensemble, Miss Ruth Tilton directing both.

Tuesday evening, May 15, the commencement at 8:00 o’clock, the speaker for the occasion being Dr..F. Marion Smith, pastor of the Central Avenue Methodist church of Indianapolis. Dr.  Smith was president of the Evansville college, instructor at Butler university, delegate to recent conference in Cleveland and Washington on a “Just and Durable Peace,” and lieutenant in the navy in World War I. His wide experience and his unusual ability as a speaker, make his address truly inspirational to all who hear him. He will address the class of the subject, “Tools of Tomorrow.”

The music will be furnished by the high school band.

There are twenty-eight members in the graduating class this year as follows: Mary Patricia Bianco, Ethel Jessie Boulden, Martha Jean Bower, Pauline Evelyn Boyd, Hazel Irene Bushman, Betty Jane Etheridge, Louise Cecelia Flatt, Harold Wayne Gentry., Warren Dale Graefnitz, Neva June Hammond, Dorothy Lee McClatchey, Alvin R. Milton, Phyllis Jean Zoborosky, Helen Marie Merchant, Anna Mae Milner, John Arthur O’Brien, Bessie L. Padgett, Wencel Bayard Padgett, Joseph C. Parrish, Glenwood Roy Perkins, Chester L. Rainford, Betty Blythe Russell, Vera Clara Scheel, Mary Catherine Severs, Esther Marguerite Schuler, Elvin LaVerne Smith, Ruth Thistlethwaite, Leonard C. McClatchey.


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Morocco Courier Thursday May 17, 1945


Twenty–eight Seniors Receive Diplomas

Tuesday evening diplomas were presented to the twenty-eight members of the class of 1945 at the gymnasium.

The program opened with a processional, “Triumphal March from Aida,” by Verdi, played by the high school band with Miss Ruth Tilton, directing, followed by invocation by Rev. E. D. Thistlethwaite, after which the band played “Schubert” by Hildreth. Principal E.E. Glenn introduced the speaker, Dr. F. Marion Smith of Indianapolis, with a few introductory remarks. The overture, ‘Argentina,” preceded the presentation of diplomas by Principal Edward E. Glenn, followed by the “Star Spangled Banner.” Rev. Ivan R. Woods gave the benediction and the program concluded with the recessional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” by Elgar, and Played by the band.

At the close of the exercises the class members received congratulations from relatives and friends.

Mrs. Albert Graefnitz of Lake Village accepted the diploma on behalf of her son, Warren Graefnitz, S. 2/c, who is in the navy and stationed at Norman, Ok. who was unable to be present.

(Historial note: additional members of the Class of 1945 had joined the service and finished their education at a later time)


                                          CLASS NIGHT WELL ATTENDED

A large crowd attended the senior class night last Friday evening at the Gymnasium. The program began with the welcome by Louise Flat. The history of the class was given by Leonard McClatchey. The freshman class gave a stunt, imitating one of Mrs. McPhail’s classes. The will of the class was then read by Jessie Boulden. Neva Hammond gave the prophecy of the class twenty years hence.  The sophomores gave an imitation of all the teachers of MHS> Then Pauline Boyd presented the mantle and Betty Russell presented the gift from the Senior Class of 1945.

The valedictorian, Dorothy McClatchey, gave the hopes of the future for the class. ……      


CLASS of 1950



Old Gold and Black January 1950



Now that the season holidays are over, the M.H.S. students are trying hard to become interested in school again, but the staff of Old Gold and Black wishes to take only a minute to review some of the outstanding events.

Mr. Stouder, Miss Tucker, the high school choir and the grade school students started the season with the annual cantata. From the comments, this musical performance was pleasing to both the audience and the participants.

Following the cantata was the school dance sponsored by the Sunshine and Hi-Y. Among the many students to be found dancing to the music of the “Four Hits and a Miss” were several alumni.

Not to be forgotten, of course, is Mrs. McPhail and her speech class who did such a fine job in Presenting their two holiday performances, Maxine Kenoyer held the attention of the student body when she sang “White Christmas” between plays. Mary Augustin accompanied Maxine on the piano.

And then everyone remembers Mr. Harold Heyer for his holiday spirit. Mr. Heyer was host to the entire Morocco school body at a free movie. As the students left the theatre, each was presented with a candy bar and an apple.

Friday brought only a half- day of school but lots of good cheer. The students were allowed to go to the gymnasium to watch basketball practice, play ping-pong or visit with their friends. Each student was presented an apple from the school.

Although the holiday seasons are over, the student body still has the right spirit. Again they wish to thank everyone who helped make their holiday a success.


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The student Council met last Thursday to discuss many troublesome subjects.

Norma McCord, Dean Dawson and Gordon Born were appointed as a committee to promote a Boosters club at Morocco and have a section in the gym for seating.

The council voted on the topic of girls wearing blue jeans to school. The decision was that the girls may wear blue jeans if it’s their desire to do so.


“BLOODY 41’ Topic of Speech by Trooper E.E. Turnpaugh in Recent Address

Did you know that most of you students travel to school on the most dangerous section of “Bloody 41” between the Canadian border and the keys of Florida? According to Gene Turnpaugh the section from Schneider, Indiana to Kentland, Indiana has the highest accident rate on U.S. 41. The rate is per mile, three times that of Chicago’s outer drive, which is also part of 41.

Officer Turnpaugh also stated that about 40 per cent of these accidents occur while driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

During the part of his discussion he opened his black case containing the drunkometer and proceeded to demonstrate and explain its value in determining the amount of alcohol in a person body. After a person has four ounces of a strong beverage in his system he is considered under the influence of the alcohol. He gave as an example this true story….

 “There was a group of four persons in Chicago that decided to go to Purdue to watch a football game. After borrowing a car from a friend and buying a few drinks they proceeded to the game. They got as far as the fist curve south of Morocco and their car upset. The driver of the car was killed and one passenger will not walk for the rest of his natural life.”

The statement “Drinking and driving don’t mix” summed up his talk.


                               MOROCCO SUNSHINE SOCIETY TO SPONSOR TAG DAY

The Sunshine society of M.H.S. is sponsoring a tag day sale Saturday January 15 to raise money to help send three girls to Sunshine camp this summer and for a contribution to the Riley hospital at Indianpolis.

The girls who will sell tags in Enos are Dottie Bingham and Rita Styck; in Lake Village, Carol DeVelde, Kathryn Arbuckle, Betty Manes and Carolyn Sirois; and in Ade, Joan Porter, Maxine Kenoyer and Mitzi Lock. In Morocco the Sunschine will be represented by Bobbie Carter, Ruth Parrish, Nancy Colbourne, Norma McCord, Shirley Filnovich, Rosemary DeGroot, Beverly Wiser, Joanne Skinner, Betty Carter, Mary Wiltfang, Janice Heyer, Laura Lucas, Janet Sue Andis and Barbara Ralston.


Plans Near Completion for Second Annual Morocco Student Legislature

Norma McCord, Mark Mahan, Sophey Lazaraton, Jack Snell and Gordon Born made the plans for the second annual Morocco student legislative assembly. The legislature will be held Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon April 5 and 6.

A meeting of both the senate and the house was held last Tuesday during which the president fo the senate and the speaker of the house were elected. They were Mark Mahan and Bill Heyer, respectively.

Bills to be presented concern labor, foreign aid, agriculture, and the direct election of the president. Committee chairmen are Marge Cobb, Barbara Elijah, Sophey Lazxaraton, Jack Snell, Jack Van Niman, Bill Reddel, Nancy Colbourne and Jackie Johnson.

The clerks will be Verle Sypult in the senate and Eugene James in the house. Sargent-of-arms in the senate are Don Watt and Bob Goddard; in the house, Charles Gibson and Richard Geller.

Acting governor will be Jonathon Richards, Silas Johnson, and Phil Colbourne.  Jack Warne, and Jack Rush will act as pageboys. Advisers are Virgil Robbins and Ruth, teachers at Morocco.


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Old Gold and Black March 21, 1950


                                REVIEW OF ’40 – ’50 HARDWOOD SEASON

                  (pictured) back row – Mahan, Stoner, Hendryx, Klein, J. Warne, Dawson, G. Warne.

Front row – Clements, Doty, VanNiman, Sypult, Goddard, Watt, Brownfield, LaCosse,

                                         Reddel, Rainford, - Coach  F. Goodnight

Two bright, shiny trophies, one of which is pictured above, have been added to the trophy case, thus completing eh 1949-50 hardwood season of the Morocco Beavers

The Fowler Invitational tourney and the Newton County tournament account for the two trophies. Eight wins and eight losses constitute the results of the scheduled games.

The season got underway in November when the Beavers met the Kentland Blue Devils on the local hardwood floor. Using a zone defense, the Beavers decisively defeated the Devils by a score of 50 to 29. After reviewing the rest of the season, this game was no doubt the easiest victory for M.H.S.

The second game proved a real thriller to both the Beavers and the Boswell team. The score at the half showed a 22 to 12 score, the Beavers slightly trailing.  However, both teams began to tire, the Beavers retaliated and by some miraculous effort, the Beavers won 35-33.

The biggest upset of the season was received from Earl Park. Morocco played a fast game but Earl Park played a possessive game and the latter proved more effective. The final score found the Beavers trailing 33-28.

The next two games both ended in defeats for M.H.S. The Crown Point team was victorious by a 32-22 lead, while the Monon Railroaders steamed to a close 26-24 victory.

Morocco then broke her losing streak by shuffling those Brook Aces around to a final score of 24-21.

Once again, the Beavers slowed down to two more defeats. The Lowell team won a fast and furious game by three points 42-39.

A smooth-playing Otterbein team, which proved to be the toughest opponent of the season, slid through to an easy 31-22 victory over the Beavers.

The new year, 1950, came with welcome tidings by the Morocco Beavers. Eight consecutive victories were chalked up before the Remington defeat.

The Invitational tourney provided two of these victories, plus one trophy. To obtain this well-deserved trophy, the Beavers defeated a new opponent, Brookston, 37-36, thus reaching the finals, where they downed the Fowler team 36-33.

Overtime: That’s what the second Kentland game ended with. However after one of the fastest games of the season, the Beavers chopped their way out in front during the overtime to win 45-42.

Again the Beavers entered a tourney and returned with a trophy. This time it was the Newton County tournament which required defeating Mt.Ayr 37-22, once again those Kent Blue Devils, then the Brook Aces 55-37. The second team also received a trophy in this tournament.

Two more victories were recorded after the Beavers met Covington and Goodland and defeated them by respective scores of 46-44 and 38-28

February found the Beavers in a stale, but exciting moods. Another overtime, but with less thrilling results summarizes the Remington game. The Beavers got off to a good start but in the lst quarter, two regulars on the M.H.S. team fouled out, the Rifles very definitely outscored the Beavers, and the final score read 56-49.

The Brook Aces dealt the Beavers their second February defeat 41-40. Then the  Beavers balance up the February record by defeating Mt. Ayr 38-23 and Oxford 54 to 37.

The final game of the season brought another defeat. The Fowler team was in the lead by a score of 57-52 when the final shot was fired.

Again the sectional brought great hopes for the Beavers, which steadily increased with an announcement that the Beavers had received the bye. However, all hope were shattered when the Rensselaer Bombers flew in for a 57-41 victory over the Beavers.

Wheatfield obtained the 1950 sectional championship title.

All in all the 1949-50 basketball season proved to be a success. No one can win every time and it’s not the way you win, but how you lose.

The Beavers showed a great improvement throughout the year. During the first half of the year, they won three and lost eight games, but from January on they came up with a smooth-playing team to win eight in succession. As a whole, the team played a good year of basketball considering the loss of five first team members from the previous year.


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Five seniors and one junior receive their basketball honor sweaters March 10. Don Brownfield and Dean Dawson have participated in basketball four years and track three years. Buzz Stoner, Don Watt and Charles Turner each received three stripes for basketball and Dale LaCosse received two stripes for basketball. Congratulations, fellows!

Not to be forgotten is Bobbie Carter, cheerleader for four years, who is patiently awaiting the arrival of her honor sweater.


Old Gold and Black April 4, 1950 



Presenting the three-act comedy, “Mother is a Freshman,” on April 21 is the greatest concern of the Morocco high senior class. The presentation will take place at 8 p m.

Tickets for the performance are on sale now and may be purchased from any senior. Prices are 60 cents for adults and 35 cents for students. There are no reserved seats.


                                                Fifteen Compose Cast

Fifteen seniors, nine girls and six boys compose the cast. The attractive mother named Abigail Fortitude Abbott is portrayed by  Sophey Lazaraton. Susan, the eighteen year old sophisticated daughter, is depicted by Clara Tindall.

Johathon Richards will represent the dignified Dean Gillingham. The good-looking Professor Michaels, who falls in love with Abby, is depicted by Vern Denton. Buzz Stoner portrays Beaumont Jackson alias “Bobo,” as Susan’s conceited suitor and the campus big-shot.

Other supporting cast members include Maxine Kenoyer, the indignant housemother. Mrs. Miller;Barbara Carter, the scatterbrain Clara; Marge Cobb, the studious Sylvia; Carol Bohler, the cute, naïve Bunny; Kate Watt, a happy-g-lucky Carrie; Ruth Parrish, the gal named Helen who appreciates her men more than her studies; Dottie Bingham, the Marge who is overweight because she likes sweets; and the three college boys – Jack, portrayed by Dale LaCosse;  Bill, depicted by Jim Borem; and Howie, represented by Jim Harrison.

In charge of the entire affair, including the ticket sales, are Don Brownfield and Dean Dawson.

Jackie Johnson and Virginia McMillan will serve as wardrobe managers, while the stage properties rest under the supervision of Verle Hanford, Richard Geller, Charles Gibson, Tom Vent and Charles Turnner.

The publicity agents are Barbara Christenson and Evaleen Watt.

State managers for the presentation are Jackie Johnson, Tom Atkinson and Gail Kaupke.

Avis Faurot, Barbara Elijah, Annice Peevey, Jeannine Donaldson and Melvin Rady will serve as class ushers.


Old Gold and Black April 25, 1950


                                MEL BAER TO PLAY FOR JUNIOR PROM MAY 13

                    “Moonlight and Rose,” Selected As Decorating Theme for Annual Affair

Mel Baer and his eleven-piece orchestra are scheduled to play for the Morocco junior-senior prom of 1950. This occasion will take place on May 13, in the Morocco gymnasium from 9 pm to 12 pm.

The junior class president, Bill Heyer, announced the theme as “Moonlight and Roses.” This theme will be depicted by a garden setting, which will include a stonewall, many garden flowers and a rock-garden fountain under colored lights.

A blue crepe false ceiling, sprinkled with silver stars and balloons, will add to the dreamy motif.

Outlining the dance floor will be small tables, each to be centered with a tiny single rose in a bud vase. These tables are reserved for the juniors, seniors, faculty members, chaperones and their guests.

At ten-thirty Bill Heyer, junior class president, and his guest, Doris LaCosse, will lead the grand march. Don Brownfield, senior class president, and his guest, Carolyn Sirois, will be next in the procession.

The public is invited to attend.



         Sunday         May 14 – Baccalaureate

       Monday         May 14 – Weiner Roast and Hayride at Lazy L

       Tuesday        May 16 – Skating at Ade Rollaire

       Wednesday   May 17 – Commencement

         Thursday       May 18 – Pot Luck Supper and Show at Morocco

       Friday           May 19 – Bowling

         Saturday       May 20 – Alumni Banquet

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Old Gold and Black May16, 1950


CLASS NIGHT HELD in Assembly May 10

On Wednesday night, May 10, in the high school assembly the seniors held heir class night program. To differentiate the program from former years the seniors asked each class to present a special number instead of the usual skits.

After the singing of the school song, Dottie Bingham gave the welcome address. Clara Tindall read the personal histories and the class then sang their class song.

The underclassmen varied the program by presenting a five piece swing band. Then, after the prophecy was read by Ruth Parrish, Mary Ann Augustin represented the sophomores with a piano solo.

Bobbie Carter read the class poem. The freshman added a touch of humor to the program with their musical readings about the class of 1950.

Naturally no class night would be complete without the Class Will which Evaleen Watt read. Margaret Hardy, a junior, recited an original poem.

Jonathon Richards, Maxine Kenoyer and Evaleen Watt then rendered several vocal selections.

Bring the program to a close,  Sophey Lazaraton delivered the farewell address.



(class night)

Parents, Friends and Schoolmates;

We salute you, one and all, on this happy occasion. It is for this coming event that we have labored in the realm of learning that we might be counted acceptable by those whose authority must be satisfied before we could be classed as graduates. We do take considerable pride in our achievements and we feel honored by your presence, which is recognition of our attaining the objective, which has long been before us. Along with our pride we feel humble, realizing that with all our learning we are not learned. We have only begun. Our coming commencement has gained for us a new meaning and we realize that what we have achieved has been only preparation to go on. As we bid you welcome we also take this opportunity to express our thanks to all those who have made this occasion possible. You do not expect us to stop here; if that were the end you would be disappointed. We do not know how much more you may anticipate for us, but whatever it is we join with you in future hopes. Not every community in our enlightened America is so blest with the material resources and with public-spirited citizens willing to liberally use their resources for educational objectives. We have been highly favored by those who have unselfishly given for our benefit. This indeed is the great American heritage – such a heritage as no other people are able to enjoy. These are happy days for us because of our deep appreciation. We are sincerely glad to welcome you our friends, her tonight to help us make this a gala occasion.



(class night)

Parents, Teachers, Friends and Schoolmates

 With a few brief words I shall bring this program to a close. There are three things I wish to do: to express to you the appreciation and thanks of the graduating class of 1950 for your presence and generous applause; to declare our undying allegiance to our school, teachers and parents; and last to briefly sketch the future of this unusual and brilliant group of graduates.

We appreciate the guidance and excellent training that our teachers have shown us through these four years of school.

As for our school, it is needless to say that she will always reign supreme in our hearts. She has meant so much to us that we can never hope to fully repay her for it. Our debt to her will only grow larger with the passing of the years. We may be able to pay the interest on this debt but we shall never be able to pay the principal.

And now a word about the future. As we look upon these handsome and intelligent faces, I believe we can leave the future of our country entirely inn the hands of this small group of students without the slightest worry on our minds.  Their characters are unimpeachable, their principles beyond criticism and their lives an open book that all may read. That is the farewell promise of the Class of 1950.

Goodbye to all, teachers, friends, and schoolmates. We have no more time to waste. The world needs us and me must be on our way. … Farewell!

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Friday, May 5 at three o’clock in the morning seventeen seniors accompanied by Prin. J.E. Stewart, Mrs. Mittie Watt and Mr. Leroy Hickman left on a 1300-mile trip through the south.

The group arrived about 1:30 at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, where they spent the night. While there they went on a three hour tour of the Mammoth Cave, Saturday morning they drove to Nashville, Tennessee and stayed at the Maxwell House Hotel, Saturday night choice of entertainment was optional and several visited the Grand Ole Opry.

Driving Sunday the party went through Chattanooga, to the top of Lookout Mountain and Rock City. They drove through North Carolina and visited the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Sunday afternoon the group went through the heart of the Smoky Mountains and continued to Knoxville, Tennessee, where they spent the night.

Starting for home Monday, they drove through the Cumberland Gap in the Cumberland Mountains, and through the central part of Kentucky.

The party arrived in Morocco midnight Monday. The trip covered five states.



Donald Brownfield was selected by the Student Council to receive the Emily Post Good Manners Award. Principal J.E. Stewart and the senior class sponsor, Mrs. J.N. McPhail, approved the selection.

“Blade” as he is known to his classmates, will receive a heavy board certificate with his name and the school printed on it. He will also receive an autographed copy of Emily Post’s book, “Etiquette, The Blue Book of Social Usage.” These will be presented at the commencement exercises May 17.

The recipient of the award was chosen on the basis on conduct in halls, classrooms, sports and etiquette at banquets and good manners in general.

Don, a 17 year old senior, entered Morocco high from Lake Village grade school. his freshman year. Since that time “Blade” has been vice-president of his sophomore class, president of the senior class, basketball captain of 49-50, participant in track for three years as a high-jumper and runner in the half mile relay and outfielder either center or left field and in softball for two years.


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Old Gold and Black May 16, 1950



By B.C.

 Tell us not these years are ended,

 Years in which we laughed and learned.

 Tell us not that we must part now,                

 Leaving friendships sweetly earned.


 How these rooms are filled with mem’ries,

 Mem’ries now so sweat and dear.

 How these empty halls re-echo,

 Bringing footsteps soft and near.


 Now we leave familiar places,

 Yearning for the years now o’er.

 May we keep these years forever,

 May they linger, not depart.


 May these years at Morocco High School

 Live forever in our heart.


                                                          CLASS SONG

When we think of the gay and happy times we spent here with our friends

      And then recall our freshman year, how happy we were then.

The junior prom proved to be a very big success

  … But now we’re the seniors of M.H.S.

Now we’ve come to the end or our high school days with Mem’ries fond and dear.

      And we must part and go our ways to meet inn coming years.

For this is a tribute to our friends who helped us reach our goal

      And we’ll always remember ever more our days at Morocco school.


                               COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

                                           Morocco High School

                               Wednesday Evening, May 17, 1950

                               High School Gymnasium 8 o’clock



                   Medallion--------------------------------------Harold M. Johnson

                                           High School Band, Vincent Stouder, Director

                   Invocation-------------------------------------Rev. Robert L. Bond

                   The Voyager-------------------------------- K. L. King

                               High School Band, Vincent Stouder, Director

                   Address----------------------------------------Dr. E. Burns Martin

                   Valley Forge----------------------------------K. L. King

                               High School Band, Vincent Stouder, Director

                   Presentation of Diplomas---------------J. E. Stewart, Principal

                    Benediction----------------------------------Rev, John Richards



In the year of 1946 and 47 there were 45 students enrolled in the freshman class. Sophey Lazaraton was elected pres. Jim Harrison sec. Kenneth Madison, treas. The student council members for the year wer Bobbie Carter and Charles Turner with Vincent Stouder as the class sponsors. During the year Edward Ulm withdrew and June McHolt entered.

In the sophomore year 46 students were enrolled and Quintin Purdy was elected president: Don Brownfied, vice-pres. Jim Borem, sec. Dale LaCosse, treas. Sophey Lazaraton and Charles Turner were the student council members and Gerald Roudebush was the sponsor. During the year Alfred Spurgeon, Edward Mead, Dale Carlson, Barbara Lane, Eileen McClanahan, Kenneth Madison, Don Early, Faye Bannister, Mary Logsdon, Russell Penrod, Barbara Robinson, and Mary Mattox withdrew. Also during the year Melvin Rady and Jonathon Richards entered.      

In the junior year there were 39 students enrolled. Dottie Bingham was elected president; Dean Dawson, Vice-president; Dale LaCosse, treasurer, Jackie Johnson and Vern Denton were the student council members and Forrest Kester was the class sponsor. During the year Ellisworth Hansen, June Mcholt, Quintin Purdy, Marilyn Scott, Marie Scott, and Betty Hayslip withdrew. Annice Peevey, Jeannine Donaldson and Robert Hixson entered during the year The class had their prom May 13, 1949. The theme was “To You, Sweetheart, Aloha” with Ed Loveless and the Satisfiers from Frankfort furnishing the music.

As the class entered their senior year there were 34 students enrolled Donald Brownfield was elected pres: Barbara Christenson, vice-pres.,Annice Peevey, sec. Dale LaCosse, tres. Student council members for the year were Dottie Bingham and Dean Dawson. Mrs. Ann Younger McPhail was the class sponsor for the year. During the year Wayne Glass, Robert Hixson and Bethel Starnes withdrew while Carol Bohler and Gail Kaupke entered.

On April 21, 1950 the class presented the play “Mother Is a Freshman.” On May 5th the seniors started on a four-day trip through the southern states.

The class of ’50 left the school approximately $150 to be paid on the new stage curtains.


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Morocco Courier, May 18, 1950



At the beautiful and impressive commencement service held last night in the gymnasium of the Beaver Township high school, thirty-two graduates were awarded diplomas indicating their successful completion of public school work. The program opened at eight o’clock, with the spacious room filled to near capacity.

Music by the high school band opened and interspersed the impressive program. Invocation was made by Rev. Robert L. Bond, pastor of the Christian church. The address of the evening was presented by Dr. E. Burns Martin, who with an unusual clarity of thought and splendid choice of words presented an appeal to the graduates that should be a lasting source of inspiration.

Principal J. E. Stewart presented diplomas to the class of thirty-two graduates, who presented a striking appearance in their traditional caps and gowns of gray. The class included: Tom Atkinson, Dottie Bingham, Carol Lee Bohler, James Borem, Donald Brownfield, Barbara Carter, Barbara Christenson, Marjorie Cobb, Dean Dawson, Vern Denton, Jeannine Donaldson, Barbara Elijah, Avis Faurot, Richard Geller, Charles Gibson, Verle Hanford, Jimmie Harrison, Jacqueline Johnson, Gail Kaupke, Maxine Kenoyer, Dale LaCosse, Sophey Lazaration, Virginia McMillan, Ruth Parrish, Annice Peevey, Jonathon Richards, Dale Stoner, Clara Tindall, Charles Turner, Tom Vent, Evaleen Watt and Kathaleen Watt.






Old Gold and Black November 6, 1954


History Club

The Morocco high school History club met Thursday, October 28 in Miss Corbin’s room.

The new members were voted into the club. After they entered, Miss Corbin explained the meaning and purpose of the History Club.

The next item on the program was the election of officers for the present school year. The officers elected are as follows: president, Sandy Merriman; vice president, Shirley Bassett; secretary, Marian Johnson; treasurer, Linda Potts; chairman of board of directors, Neal Barnett.

The new members this year are; Shirley Bassett, Ann Mahan, Tom Rainford, Stanley Elgas, Junior Miller, Susan Triplett, Dave Geller, Dick, Gene Hendryx. Joe Manes, John Kessler, Harry Fitzgerald, Dale Purkey, Joe Ramsey, Bill Arbuckle, Arema Henderson, Charlene Bridgeman, Mary Ann Villanova, Linda Potts, Jim Hoffman, Martha Clark, Dennis Speer and Jim Snell.


                                                                 S.S.S. Tag Day

The Sun Shine Society held its Tag Day October 23 and they wish to thank the people of the community for their generosity in giving the contributions. The sum of $102 was collected and will be donated to the Riley Hospital.                                                                                                                                                     

Latin Club Initiation

On Tuesday October 20, the Latin club net at Mrs. Smart’s house for a potluck supper and initiation. After a very delicious supper the formal initiation was held. Neal Barnett, Marian Johnson and Joan Spillar conducted the very impressive ceremony. Seventeen new members received their membership cards and pins.

Ann Mahan, Susan Triplett, Carol Gentry and Junior Miller, planned the informal initiation. Each new member had to show his knowledge of Latin by declining a known or conjugating a verb with his mouth stuffed with crackers. All the members then participated in some games.


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Old Gold and Black, November 23, 1954


Guests at Supper by Local Businessmen

The football boys were honored at a steak supper Monday night, November 14, by two outstanding men of the community, James Best and Edwin Robinson. After the meal the coach, Jim Lods, gave a speech on the accomplishments of the team this year. The team won the Kankakee Valley six-man Conference Championship and are the unofficial State Six-man Champs. The win and loss record of the season was 9 wins to one loss with the loss being an eleven- man game.

Letters were awarded by the coach to twenty players and a manager. The boys who received letters were: R. Baird, B. Bower, R. Gibson, D. Kaupke, D. Lazaraton, R. Rush, R. Surprenant, C. VanCleef, J. Wagner, C. Wiltfang, K. Clark, D. Goddard, G. Hendryx. J. Kessler, L. Klein, D. Purkey, J. Storey, D. Wiseman, E. Cady, C. Schultz and P. Baird, manager.

Although Morocco was not eligible for honors in the eleven-man Northern State Conference, Lester Klein was picked as an outstanding player in the Conference and for this honor he received a very handsome medal. His acceptance speech hinted of a better season next year. Ronald Rush and Dan Lazaraton were given honorable mention in the conference.

Ronald Rush was elected honorary captain for the season and thanked the coach and all the players for the honor. His speech also had a tone of regret for leaving the team after four years of participation.

Coach Lods was then acknowledged by all present for his directing the boys so successfully. Mr. Best and Mr. Robinson both said that the team had played satisfactorily throughout the season. Coach Lods than thanked the cheerleaders, Dick Gilbert, the Courier sports writer and Roy Hickman, student fan-bus driver, for all their cooperation and spirit used to get the fans behind the team.


                               Seniors Serve Supper to raise Funds Saturday, December 4

The seniors of Morocco high school are having a supper Saturday, December 4 with serving starting at 5 o’clock and continuing until 7 o’clock.

The menu is as follows: baked ham loaf, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots, perfection salad, hot rolls, pie and coffee or milk.

The tickets are $1.25 for adults and 75c for children under 12. They may be purchased from any senior.

Every year the graduating class has suppers, paper drives and any other work they can get to do to make money so that they can take a trip to New York and Washington.

Every student looks forward to taking this trip, which is made possible by the cooperation of parents, teachers and people of the community who are willing to save paper and attend the suppers.

Let’s not let them down this year. When a senior approaches you with a ticket, buy it, come to the school cafeteria, have a good meal, meet your neighbors and spend an enjoyable evening.



Old Gold and Black, January 23, 1955


“Window of Wisdom”

Gift of Hi-Y Boys

How many of you have noticed the “Window of Wisdom” located over the assembly door? This addition to the school is a gift presented by the Hi-Y. Every day it contains a new though provoking slogan.  Which we would do well to follow.

The initial slogan presented was “The man who watches the clock never becomes the “Man of the Hour.” Of course this means if you are always wanting to know the time or watching the clock, you cannot be doing your work properly and will never excel among your fellow students or fellow man.

The second slogan concerns our attitude toward life – “A grouch is a man who thinks the world is against him – and it is.” If we take a defeated attitude toward life we will never succeed.

 “Easy street never leads anywhere” was the third slogan. This slogan means that those people who are always seeking the easy way of getting out of situations will never become successful. Those students who try to “just get by” have little chance of success in school or later in life.

The slogan that appeared last Friday was “Everyday something is being done that couldn’t be done.” We could fill books by listing the things we have today that our ancestors of one hundred years ago said were impossible.

It will be interesting to watch the “Window of Wisdom” from day to day and ponder the ideas presented. No doubt all of us will be able to profit from them.

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Old Gold and Black April 12, 1955


SENIOR CLASS PLAY Set for April 22nd

The senior class of Morocco high school will present the senior play on April 22. The play in “The Importance of Being Young,” given by permission of Samuel French.

This rollicking comedy takes place at Overland, a small co-educational college, to which comes Freddie Cooper, the famous child movie star and his bodyguard, Tugger MacCoy.  Freddie, to put it gently, is a “heel” and instead of becoming the most popular boy in college, a position promised by his charm and wealth, becomes the most disliked. Finally, when he interferes in the romance of Kit and Amy and causes Kit, who is working his way through college, to lose his scholarship, the boys set out to kidnap him, besmear him with yellow paint and deposit him on the upper floor of the girls’ dormitory. Dean Valentine head of the College, and a widower with one son, is be smitten with Mrs. Hall, the house-mother of Clover Cottage, where the play takes place. She has a daughter. The children are mortal enemies and when they hear that their parents are engaged, stop at nothing to hinder the marriage. They, too, plan a kidnapping. How these two enterprises become unbelievably tangled provides most of the hilarity of the play. Not all of it though, for the uneducated Tugger and his try at words in the English language, adds their share, as does his affairs with Emily, the wallflower of the college, and Corn, a wisecracking member of the student body. More fun is provided by Midge, the fattest girl in school and her attempts to reduce and by the Dean’s son, Comic, who believes in “free speech,” and is arrested for picketing. It’s not all farce, of course, and Freddie comes through, finally, proving himself a man and winning the respect of the college, but not until the audience has had a lively evening, gay with lighthearted laughter at the seeming importance of being young…  The characters are: Amy, Florence Augustin;  Midge, Sandy Merriman;  Emily, Rosalie Clark; Susan, Joan Spillar;  Jan, Eileen Flatt;  Betty, Shirley McGregor;  Clare Owens, Carolyn Swartz, all co-eds at Overland college. Mrs. Marilla Hall, house-mother of Clover Cottage; Marian Johnson; Umbrella, a colored maid, Dorothy Doohring;  Kit Spencer, Don Andis;  Pauline Hunt , Joy Madison;  J. Orlando Valentine; the Dean of the College, Dan Lazaraton;  Debbie, Mrs. Hall;s small daughter, Karen Robinson;  Hugh Maitland, Donn Kaupke; Gil Stephens, Bob Gangala;  Cora Williams, Eileen Faurot;  Freddie, Ronnie Baird;  Tugger MacCoy, Bob Gibson;

Mortimer “Comic” Valentine, Neal Barnett;  Eleanor , a philanthropist, Evagene Doohring;  and Kellogg, of the local police, Bill Bower,  The business managers for the play are Lois Emmrich and Jerry Wagner. Peggy Swartz and Charlie VanCleef are in charge of advertising and publicity. The wardrobe will be taken care of by Barbara Woods, Linda Allen, Shelby Shear, Bob Surprenant and Bill Wiltfang. Stage directors are Jim Potts and Glenn Flatt. The ushers will be Joyce Brown, Audrey Schanlaub, Karen Sypult, Marvin Flagg, Ronnie Rush and Clifford Wiltfang.

Eight o’clock will be starting time for the play and tickets are 60c.

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Old Gold and Black, January 19, 1960


Homemaker of Tomorrow

The 1960 Betty Crocker Home make of Tomorrow in Morocco High School is senior, Mary-Helen Bower.

She received the highest score in a 60 minute written examination on homemaking knowledge and attitudes taken by graduating senior girls.


Band Presents Concert

On January 17, the Morocco high school concert band and vocal ensemble gave their annual winter concert.  Included in their program were two soloists. Flute soloist, Alex Leasur played “Carnival of Venice: accompanied by the band. He is the woodwind instructor at Moorehead State Teachers College, Moorehead, Kentucky.

Herb Barnett, first horn in the Morocco high school band, was the featured soloist in “Hornascope” He has been studying French horn for three years and was first horn of the honor band at the Midwest Band camp at Purdue this summer.



Morocco Courier February 18, 1960                            


                                     Morocco Wins 35 Firsts At District Band Contest

Thirty-five first place ratings were won by Morocco High School band students at Monon, February 6. Sixty-three students participated in sixty-six events; there were also twenty-two seconds and nine third placings.

Winners in the First Division: Kay Babbitt, clarinet; Lois Morgan, cornet; Sue Lynch, clarinet; Pat Schanlaub, trombone; Bonnie Boyd, clarinet; Darlene Hickman, clarinet; Carmen Sell, flute; Mary Elgas, alto saxophone; Gloria Holderby, clarinet; Sandy Clarkson, clarinet; Pat Borth, clarinet; Sandi Lindlow, bass clarinet; Joyce Hoskins, clarinet; Dick Borth, trombone; David DeKoker, cornet; Dan Vanderwall, French horn; Ricke Stucker, cornet; Herb Barnett, the French horn; Nancy Bannon, alto clarinet; Tommy Hoagland, alto saxophone.

Second Division winners: Sue Plaster, flute; Nancy Deardurff, cornet; Phil Cox, clarinet; Evelyn Clark, clarinet; Don Potts, cornet; Karen Samrt, Clarinet; John Henry Hess, cornet; Janet Barnett, bassoon, Ronnie Dowty, cornet; Marilyn Rainford, clarinet; Donna Holley, clarinet; Roslynn Merchant, baritone; Louann Baird, baritone.

Winners in the Third Divison: Patsy Woods, trombone; Beverly Sheldon, trombone; Linda Tebo, cornet; Judy Holderby, clarinet; Janet Warne, clarinet; Janis Deardurff, clarinet; Rex Haste, Cornet; Gary Plaster, trombone.

Winners in the Ensembles, First Division:  Cornet Trio No. 1, Lois Morgan, David DeKoker, David Gulley; Cornet Trio No. 2, Nancy Deardurff, Don Potts, John Henry Hess;  Cornet Quartet, Don Potts, Nancy Deardurff, John Hess, Linda Tebo;   Baritone Duet, Roslynn Merchant, Louann Baird;  Trombone Quartet, Dick Borth, Beverly Sheldon, Patsy Woods, Linn Brown;  Brass Quartet No. 1, Lois Morgan, David Gulley, Dick Borth, Louann Baird;  Woodwind Quintet, Carmen Sell, Gary Bouse, Janet Barnett, Evelyn Clark, Herb Barnett; Flute Trio, Shirley Storey, Mary Sheldon, Sandy Padgett;  B flat Clarinet Quartet No. 2 Evelyn Clark, Linda Thurston, Pat Borth, Linda Shirer.

B flat Clarinet Quartet No. 1, Linda Shirer, Bonnie Boyd; David Elijah, Sam Robinson;  Woodwind Ensemble No. 2, Judy Tebo, Glenda Andis, David Elijah, Pat Borth;  Clarinet Trio No. 3 , Bonnie Boyd, Sam Robinson, David Elijah;  Clarinet Trio No. 1, Sandy Clarkson, Gloria Holderby, Donna Ketcham;  Mixed Clarinet Quartet No. 1  Evelyn Clark, Karen Smart, Nancy Bannon, Sandi Lindlow;  Clarinet Duet, Dandy Clarkson, Pat Borth.

Winners in the Second Division of the Ensembles contest;  Flute Quartet, Carmen Sell, Mary Sheldon, Sandy Padgett, Shirley Storey; Brass Quartet No. 3 David DeKoker, David Henderson, Roslynn Merchant, Lin Brown; Cornet Duet,  Ricke Stucker, Ronnie Dowty; the Clarinet Duet, Karen Smart, Nancy Hayworth; Clarinet Trio No 5, Linda Thurston, Sandy Clarkson, Nancy Bannon, Jody Tebo; Woodwind Enxemble, Sue Lynch, Janet Warne, Joyce Morgan, Sandi Lindlow;  Saxophone Quartet No. 1, Darlene Spurgeon, Mary Elgas, Leann Merchant, and Sharon Abraham;  B flat Clarinet Quartet No. 3, Phil Cox, Gloria Holderby…………

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                                                 Old Gold and Black March 1, 1960

                                        Senior Play “Don’t Ever Grow Up”, March 18th

The senior class has chosen for their play this year a delightful new comedy about youth. It will be March 18, at 8:00 o’clock in the gym. French, the publisher, has in the past, demonstrated his striking ability for portraying American youth, and now, in Mimi Meadows, central figure of “Don’t Ever Grow Up”, he has created one of his most interesting characters. Mimi, on the threshold of sixteen, is unsophisticated, charming and naïve. She manages the “Bulldogs” the local football team, and all her energies are bent toward aiding the team to its first victory in years over its hated rivals, the “Panthers.”

Mimi has wheedled her mother into letting her use the lawn to celebrate with a Victory Bazaar. But things are complicated somewhat when Mimi falls headlong into the first crush of her young life-on Hal Kenny.  It seems the latter is being used as a foil by Elaine, Mimi’s elder sister, to arouse the jealousy of Glen Stevens her wealthy young suitor. Mimi is willing to go to any lengths to prevent Hal from throwing himself away on the heartless Elaine. In a scene as novel and hilarious as any you’ve ever witnessed, she makes her supreme sacrifice and Hal much to his amazement, is saved from himself.  Much more happens, and at the close Mimi discovers that being sixteen is indeed the “something special” she has looked forward to all her life.

The entire senior class has a part in the play. Molly, one of those possessive servants, is played by Mary Sheldon; Mrs. Meadows, understanding, sensible, but not a very efficient mother, is played by Rose Marie Mashino; Mimi, almost sixteen, I played by Linda Parks, Cravath, unmistakably Mimi’s brother, is played by Lin Brown. Dud, another normal seventeen year old, is played by Dick Borth; Elaine, attractive and strong-minded, is played by Joyce Martin; Carrie, portrayed by Sandi Lindlow; Velma, Shari Brunton; Rae, Nancy Haywoth; and Debbie, Karen Smart, are all pretty typical girls of sixteen. Jean the group dissenter, is played by Mary Griffith. Mr. Meadows, a moderately successful business man is played by Jim Styck.

Glenn is a slightly eccentric-looking young man of twenty-three is played by David Elijah. Hal Kenny, third All-American, is played by Charles Gonczy. Judy, about nineteen, rather gushy and pretty, is played by Janice Garmong. Jack Fitzgerald plays Johnny who is 16 and short. Slim is also 16 but tall, he is played by Stewart Hammel.

Glenda Pike, Theresa Koutny, Joan Lowe, Judy Lowe, Dan Bertram, Matt Parker, John Hunter, Mike Myers are all in the party.

Lighting will be done by Douglas Camblin and Matt Parker, Frank Bushman, Tom Lucietta, Wesley Odie, Allan Cox. Bill Shafier and Mike Deardurff are in charge of the stage scenery. Those in control of the curtain are Dave Riley, and Jim Hansen. The ushers will be Darlene Doyle, Carolyn Webb, Jane Bigger, Mary-Helen Bower and Linda Thurston. The business managers are Jo Miller and Mike Williamson.



Old Gold and Black March 22, 1960



The senior class play “Don’t Ever Grow Up,” which was presented Friday evening at the high school gymnasium, was attended by a very large crowd and was one of the better plays in recent years.

The lend was carried by Linda Parks, who did a remarkable job in the memorizing of so many lines.

Thanks goes to Blankenbaker’s Railroad Salvage store for the beautiful furniture that was loaned to the class as stage furniture and also to Doug Camblin for the splendid lighting effects.

At the close of the play the class presented Mrs. Anne McPhail, the director, with a lovely potted plant.


MHS Seniors Enjoy Washington Trip

The seniors of Morocco high school boarded the New York Central train at Beaverville and were Washington bound. The train was very well equipped. By the time the group was settled, they had to change trains at Cincinnati, Ohio. From there the Chesapeake and Ohio took them to Washington, D. C. where they were met by a very nice bus driver who was with them most of the trip. Although the rush, rush and high prices were trying on them, the, hospitality and scenery were good.

To most of the seniors, the Casino Royal was the highlight as here they saw Frankie Avalon.  A moonlight cruise down the Potomac River was also enjoyed. The Bureau of Engraving, the Capitol building, Luray Caverns, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Arlington Park, Monticello, Mt. Vernon, the White House and University of Virginia were among the highlights of the trip.

Chaperones on the trip were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Sheldon and Mr. James Howell, with the seniors claiming that they were the best of company.

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                                       BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

                                                       8:00 p.m.

                                           Sunday, May 15, 1960

                                           High School Gymnasium



Invocation…………………………………..Rev. Paul Coates

“Praise Ye The Father”…………………...Vocal Ensemble

Sermon……………………………………..Rev. Calvin Owens

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You”…….Vocal Ensemble

Benediction…………………………………”Golden Wave”


Class Flower:  Orchid - Class Colors:  Brown and White – Class Motto: “Today we sail: where shall we anchor?”


                                                                                                                                                                                     COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

                                                       8:00 p.m.

                                           Wednesday, May 18, 1960

                                           High School Gymnasium


Processional…….”Pomp and Circumstance”….High School Band

Invocation…………………                 Rev. Maurice Bonecutter

Carnival of Roses…………………… High School Band

Runestone Overture…………………...High School Band

“Halls of Ivy”……………………..    Vocal Ensemble

Presentation of Diplomas……………..        Lawrence R. Bannon

Benediction………………………   Rev. Maurice Bonecutter

Recessional…..”Youth of America………..    High School Band


Class Officers:

President………..   .   Linda Parks

Vice-President………..Lin Brown

Secretary…………...Rose Marie Mashino

Treasurer…………..Sandy Lindlow

Sponsor………….. . Mrs. Ann Younger McPhail

Co-sponsor…………Mr. James Howell


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Morocco Courier, May 12, 1960


Harland W. White

Prof. Harland W. White, director of admissions at Purdue University who will speak at the Morocco High Commencement, Wednesday May 18, at 8: p.m. Prof White has been engaged in work dealing with admission of students to the University since 1945. Bringing to this work a background of teaching and school administration, he is keenly alert to the problems the student faces in his transition from the public schools to the higher education field. He is one of the state’s outstanding leaders in this work.

A native of Indianapolis, Prof. White obtained his elementary and secondary school education in the schools at Vallonia in Jackson Co. He obtained his bachelor of arts degree with a major in physics from Indiana University in 1930 and his Master of Science degree in education from that school in 1934. He has done graduate work at Purdue and the University of Hawaii.

After a tour of Navy duty from 1943 to 1945 in World War II, Prof. White came to Purdue in 1945 as assistant to the Director of Admissions becoming Assistant Director of Admissions in 1947.  Assistant Registrar directing Admissions in 1948.  Associate Registrar Directing Admissions in 1951.  Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School in 1956 and Director of Admissions in 1957.



                                                          CLASS OF 1965



Old Gold and Black, March 9, 1965


Seniors to Give Play March 12

This years’ senior class, under the direction of Mrs. Ann McPhail, will present a comedy play “Andy Hardy,” March 12, at 8 p.m.

Ronald Dowty will be playing the lead part of Andy. Accompanying Ron on the stage will be Kathleen Yoder as Mrs. Hardy and Sam Kocoshis as the honorable Judge Hardy. Bill Smart, as Grandpa Hardy, adds a light note at the beginning of the play as the plot is being set. Susan Plaster plays the part of Marion Hardy, a girl of intelligence and deep feeling who finds romance with Wayne Trenton, portrayed by Rodney Rich. You’ll laugh at Andy as he works to make an impression on Miss Polly Benedict, portrayed by Vicki Kessler, The part of Aunt Milly an old maid and a school teacher who has managed to preserve her wit and warmth, will by played by Marsha Wynn.

In the play you’ll meet Andy’s closet friends, Ronny Newcomb, a handsome football hero, played by Cliff Riley; Les Granger, Played by Don Wilson; Michael Stone., played by Don Glenn and Alec Palmer, played by Woody Hammel.

The other characters in the play will delight you with their warmth and personality ]. Miss Madsen, a real estate saleswoman, will be played by Nancy Brunton; the part of Mary Connor, a boy struck teen, by Judy Holderby and Don Best as Oscar Stubbins campaign manager for the Judge. You’ll meet the girls in Polly’s set also; Judy Warrick as Betty Lou; Donna Cady as Sally Wade; Kay Babbitt as Patsy Brown; JoAlice Warne as Mary Jones; Barney Belt as Dick Smith; Terry Potts as Ray Jones; Wilbur Doty as Bob White. Voice and sound man is Danny Hayworth.

Entertainment between acts will be provided by members of the senior class; on the committee are Carol Hall and Shirley Penkala.

Business manager for the play is Nancy Ludlow. Advertising committee is Donna Mashino. Donna Holley and Florence Bertram. The ticket committee is Brenda West, Pat Schanlaub and Janice Deardurff. The stage hands are Dave Collins, Lyle Warne, Jim Sellers, Chuck Hall and Bob Bennett. The ushers for the play will be chosen from the junior class. The seniors decided this year to have a coat check for which the charge will be 10 cents per coat.

This play is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

       Admission to the play is 75 cents for adults and 40 cents for students.

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Morocco Courier, May 2, 1965


Choir Concert May 2nd

The Morocco High School Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Gordon Resler, will present on May 2, at 2:30 p.m. their Spring Concert in the Morocco gym.

The choir in presenting this beautiful, hour-long musical concert will begin with selections from Lion Bart’s “Oliver,” “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me” and ‘Who Will Buy.” The Girls’ Choir will sing “Exodus” and the son made popular by Barbara Stristand, “People.”  The choir will present the beautiful Ray Charles arrangement of ‘Dear Heart” that is sweeping the country today.

From Oscar Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” JoAlice Warne and Randy Barnett will sing a duet “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” All through the course of the program you’ll hear such old favorites as “That Old Gang of Mine,” “San Antonia Rose,” “Smile” and Unforgettable.”

Variations of ‘Saints Go Marching IN” will be sung by the mixed ensemble to these tunes: “An Old English Madrigal,” “Hollywood Extravanze,” “Viennese Waltz,” “New Orleans Waltz.” The number will be narrated by Kathleen Yoder.

The choir, in patriotic chords, will sing Irving Berlin’s “This Is a Great Country.” The Girls’ Ensemble will sing the popular Petula Clarks’ hit “Downtown.” A soft shoe dance, “Me and My Shadow” featuring Rhonda Hale and Lyle Warne, Joe Castongia and Juanita Davis, Tim Geller and Cheryl Hatten, will be one the highlights of the program.

There will be no admission charge. The community and school appreciate the choir’s fine contributions of music throughout the year and are looking forward to its spring presentation.


MHS Band Concert to be May 9th

The spring concert will be given Sunday May 9 at 2:30 pm. The junior band is going to play a variety of numbers this year. Their selections will be played before the senior band presents their numbers.

There are now 88 members in the band with 18 seniors who will be leaving. They are: Janis Deardurff, Clarinet; Kay Babbitt, clarinet; Sue Plaster, flue; Vickie Parrish, flute; Don Best, bass; Bill Ackers, bass; Richard Whitlow, bass; Judy Holderby, contra-bass clarinet; Donna Holley, bass clarinet; Joyce Hoskins, baritone saxophone; Vicki Kessler, tenor saxophone; Donna Cady, tenor saxophone; Judy Warrick, cornet; Ron Dowty, cornet; Woody Hammel, drums; Rodney Rich, drums; Kathleen Yoder, drums.



The annual Roman Banquet was held April 13 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. The freshmen, who were the slaves dressed in tunics, served the typical Roman meal to the upper classmen who were dressed in togas. After the meal, the president Florence Bertram presented Mrs. Olive Smart with a potted plant from the club. The presiding officers then installed the following officers for next year: Pres., Kerry Jones; VP. Merrill Wynn; the sec/tres. Mary Beth Ludlow; historian, Juanita Davis; reporter, Janet Blann.

The toastmaster, Sam Kocoshis, led the members in several toasts which were to Mrs. Smart, the past officers, the new officers and to the guests, Mr. Snell and Mr. Smart.

Mr. Snell, Mrs. Smart and Sam Kocoshis were the judges for selecting the most properly dressed slaves and the best dressed Roman citizens Randy Barnett and Judy Merchant were selected the most properly dressed slaves while Kerry Jones and Cathy Smart were chosen as the best dressed Roman citizens.

Bobby Brown then presented the club with a Latin word game that proved to be very interesting.

The success of the Roman banquet was due to the very capable guidance of the sponsor, Mr. Olive Smart and the cooperation of the following committees: Nancy Brunton. General Chairman; Decorations, Vicki Kessler, Pat Schanlaub, Joyce Hoskins, Jill Anderson; the menu, Pat Henderson and Mary Bertram; food, Rhonda Hale and Cathy Smart; prizes, Joe Castongia and Mary Lou DeKoker; kitchen organizers and clean-up , Kerry Jones and Nick Smart; toastmaster, Sam Kocoshis.

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Old Gold and Black May 18, 1965



The Junior-Senior prom was held May 8 from 9 to 12 pm, in the Morocco gym. The theme of the prom was “Moon River.”

The gym was beautifully decorated with forest scenery. The stage was made up as a mountain view with waterfalls. The bank of the river on the stage had Moon River written in flowers. The river was continued along the right wall of the gym with trees and a lighted moon used as background. The band was encircled with a white picket fence draped with flowers and greenery. A blue curtain was draped with blue and sliver streamers and had Moon River written in sliver glitter. The other side of the gym had a wall decorated with blue daisies and blue and silver streamers. The entrance was lined with evergreen trees and flowers. The tables were decorated with a white centerpiece, which was covered with stars and had a half moon in the center. Blue ruffles edged the centerpiece and Moon River was inscribed on the moon. Each table contained a small memory book and a remembrance piece to take home. The punch tables were white skirted with blue net and stars. Roses decorated the punch tables.

After the grand march the King and Queen wee crowned. Strangely enough the Queen’s date was also the King. The prom Queen was Laurie Pike and the King was Don Wilson. The Queen was crowned with a jeweled tiara that she will deep and the King was crowned with a gold and white crown. The Queen received a dozen roses; the King a set of cuff links and tie bar.

The delightful entertainment was provided by the Deb Tinkle band.

The gowns worn by the girls were lovely and becoming. The girl’s dates were handsome and debonair in their formal attire.

After the prom many couples attended a movie “Beckett,” shown at the Brook Theater.  A luncheon was served in the cafeteria for all juniors and seniors and their dates that attended the movie.

The inscription in the back of the little memory books describes the evening perfectly: “Nothing now is left but Majestic Memory.” – Longfellow


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Morocco Courier, May 13, 1965



The Morocco high school seniors left by two chartered buses in the early morning hours on Wednesday for a trip to the Wisconsin Dells. They were chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Elliott and Paul Dowty.


                                         Mr. R. M. Stewart to Speak at Commencement

The principle speaker for the commencement program to be held in the Morocco gym on May 19, 1965 will be Mr. Reed M. Stewart, son of Judge Stewart of Brazil, Indiana

 Mr. Stewart is currently a senior and honor student at the Garrett Theological Seminary and has an extensive background as a public speaker, debater and participant in public affairs such as Boy’s State, American Legion Oratorical Contests and debating groups all over the United States. He is a Howes Memorial Scholar and is presently serving as pastor at the Fillmore Methodist Church. The title of the address will be “Cloud Nine.”


                                                      BACCALAUREATE SERVICES

The Morocco High School auditorium was well filled with relatives and friends of the 1965 graduating class for Baccalaureate Services Sunday evening. The Rev. Donald Crellin, pastor of the local Baptist Church, gave the invocation. Music was furnished by Mrs. Gordon Resler and the MHS chorus.

Topic of the sermon was “The Bible” and its everyday use in the lives of people. It was given by Rev. Kenneth Samuelson of the Lake Village Baptist Church.

In closing Rev. Crellin gave the benediction.



Morocco Courier, May 20, 1965


Morocco High School Graduates Largest Class

The 1965 graduating seniors, 75 in number. Will constitute the largest class ever graduated from Morocco High School according to Principal Robert L. Smart.

As a class, the Class of 1965 has been an excellent in all respects.  Fourteen scholarships were won by the group. Scholarship winners are Nancy Brunton, Florence Bertram, Wilbur Doty, Ronald Dowty, Judy Holderby, Kay Babbitt, Donna Mashino, Don Wilson and Kathleen Yoder.

Two of the boys, Ronald Dowty and Don Wilson achieved the maximum possible score on the Air Force Qualification Test. It is most unusual for a school this size, and reflects great credit on the students involved.

Approximately 66 percent of the class is going on to college or other post-high school educational institutions.

Eighteen of the class were band members and eighteen were in the high school choir. The group was also well represented in athletics and all other activities of the school.


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Old Gold and Black, May 18, 1965 



By S. K.

How does one say farewell to his dearest possession, the time whose heartaches and disappointments were more than allayed by its joys and happiness—his childhood?   This question is, in all probability, passing through the minds of most members of the Morocco High School Class of 1965, for Morocco High represents our fading childhood. As we seniors walk down the aisle at our Commencement, we will see our childhood slide away into memory. Oh, of course, we won’t acknowledge the loss of our childhood; we will try from time to time to return to those days, but in our hearts we know that we can never return. 

We must be content to keep in our memories thoughts of the teachers, who prepared us academically for this time, of the parents who prepared us socially, of the ministers and counselors who prepared us spiritually, and of Morocco High School, that brown brick building which seemed to us a living, breathing, vital entity, that brown brick building which we knew and loved much as one might know and love a person.  

As we go through life, whether we become successes or failures, whether we find wealth or poverty, whether life treats us kindly or cruelly, Morocco High School will always remain uppermost in our minds. As, year after year, we return, not as students but as spectators in the drama of life, we will taste the tears of nostalgia.  As one day we will see the inevitable reduction of Morocco High School to rubble, we shall, I have no doubt, weep; we shall weep for our lost childhood, for a time which shall have been no more and for that brown brick building our, Alma Mater. 

We the members of the Class of 1965, as our motto implies, have obtained during high school not only knowledge but also wisdom. not the wisdom which comes from experience, but rather the wisdom which will enable us to go out into the world and blunder and fail and profit from our blunderings and failures. 

I previously stated that we will be asking ourselves how to say farewell. Perhaps though, we should not say farewell.  Life is too full of farewells. Perhaps, instead we should say “Thank you,” thank you for football and basketball and track and cross-country. Thank you for Hi-Y and Latin Club and Sunshine and F.F. A., thank you for Band and Chorus, thank you for making us do the things we didn’t want to do, thank you for teaching us to live! 


Historian note: The Class of 1965 was the largest class to graduate from M.H.S.                         


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Honor Classes of the MHS Alumni:







1921 – 1926 – 1931 – 1936 – 1941 – 1946 – 1951 – 1956 – 1961 – 1966



CLASS of 1921


Morocco Courier, May 13, 1921…


School Closes May 21

  The Morocco public schools will close on Saturday, May 21, after another very successful year. Sup. George F Lewis, who has been at the head of our school for two years, will not return again next year, and it is with genuine regret that many of our people will see him and his family depart for another field of labor. His successor has not been announced, although it is reported that one has been employed. Neither has it been announced who of the teachers will be here again next year, other than that several of them will not return.

  The usual social affairs mark the closing week of the school term. The baccalaureate exercises will be held at the Methodist church next Sunday evening. The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Wm. L. Eiler of the U. B. Church the complete program being printed below.

  The commencement exercises will also be held at the M.E. Church at 8 o’clock on Friday evening, May 20. The address will be made by the Rev. L. E. Brown of Rushville, who made the commence address here about seven years ago. Tickets for this event will be placed on sale at the Gay-Tuggle Co. store today. The commencement program is also set out in full below. There are eleven graduates from the high school this year, as follows: Jessie Conn, Grace Corbin, Pauline Cox, Herbert Hunter, Clifford James, Ethele Knopinski, Ethel Martin, Harry Martin, Christopher Murphey, Marguerite Skinner, Ansel Webber.

  The annual Junior reception for the Seniors was held at the high school auditorium last Friday evening, and was a very pleasing affair. The auditorium was beautifully decorated with the senior colors – red and white – and the music by Newton’s Four was greatly enjoyed by all. At 9:30 the Juniors presented a short play entitled “The Laughing Cure.” At 11 o’clock all went to Bowers’ Café, where a four-course dinner was served. Here also the color scheme of red and white was carried cut, and this proved to be not the least of the evening’s festivities. Ora Hough, president of the Junior class, presided as toastmaster, and toasts ere give by Ethel Knoplaski, president of the Senior class: County Superintendent W.O. Schanlaub, Superintendent George F. Lewis, Mill Emily Dodson, Miss Ruth Ferguson, Miss Fletta Gobbel and George E. Ray.

  On Tuesday night, May 17, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis will entertain the senior class at their home. Class night will be observed at the M.E. Church on Wednesday evening, May 18. The program has not yet been announced.

  The Senior class enjoyed a picnic Sunday, going to Water Valley in a motor truck, where they spent a very pleasant day. The amusements of the day consisted of boat riding and taking pictures. The subjects seemed to be “ain’t we got fun” and Hurrah for our side.” They returned home about 7 o’clock, tired and sunburned, but in the best of humor.



Song – “The Lord Is Great……………………...Class

Invocation…………………………………………….Rev. Hargrave

Piano duet……………………………….…………..Grace Corbin, Pauline, Cox

Address……………………………………………....Rev. Wm. L. Eiler

Song -  “The Lost Chord”………………………..Class

Benediction………………………………………..…Rev. Hargrave





Match………………………………………….………Olive Lewis

Song – “Summer Fanciers”…………………….Class

Invocation…………………………………………….Rev. Hargrave

Song – “Carmens”…………………………………Ansel Webber

Address – “Seeing the Elephant”……………..Rev. L. E. Brown

Song – “Morning Ramble”………………….……Class

Presentation eight grade diplomas………..…J. J. Lasher

Presentation of Senior class…………………...Miss Dodson

Presentation of his school diplomas………….Geo. F. Lewis

Acceptance of diplomas……………………….…Ethele Knopinski

Benediction………………………………………..…Rev. Hargrave






Morocco Courier, September 11, 1925:


                                      School Opened Monday With Enrollment of 418

  School opened Monday morning with a total enrollment of 418, (222 in the grades and 196 in the High School.)  There is an increase in numbers in the grades but the High School shows a slight decrease. This is due to the fact that the Jackson Township High School students are attending school at Mt. Ayr while last year they were transferred to Beaver township.

  The same dependable bus drivers, O.A. Brown, F.A. Camblin, Lawson Camblin, Grover Potts, Melbourne Garrard, Frank Billings in place of Harry Billings and Ed Russell, were on hands with buses all “spic and span” with new paint and in fine repair.

  New pupils enrolled in the grade school from distant states are Homer and Mary Jones who come from Leavenworth, Kansas, and Chester and Norline Perkins from Kremlins, Okla. The Perkins children are the grandchildren of Mrs. Fred Jessen.


Morocco Courier, November 27, 1925:


Morocco School Notes, reporter Ester Holley

  The High School Orchestra will go to Brook to play for the Corn Show December 8. All of the schools in the county will be represented.

  Our Basketball boys are doing fine this season. Friday night they played Mt. Ayr, the score was 27-5, our favor.

  This week was “Educational Week” in all the schools of the United States so Mr. Rouch called all to the Assembly on Friday where a few numbers on education were given. Woodrow Martin read President Coolidge’s Proclamation and Miss Younger gave a talk. By way of illustration she showed us a jar filled with nuts of various sizes. After shaking this jar she explained that the big nuts went to the top and the little nuts went to the bottom. She told us that life is a jar filled with nuts and that we are all like the nuts – large or small.

There is something wrong with us if we rattle in our jars of life. If we “Grow Greater,” we no longer rattle. By taking advantage of our educational opportunities we are able to grow greater. There is always room at the top for the boy or girl who strives. Our parents can’t buy this greatness for us. We must work for it. She told us to shake our jars of life to see whether we were holding our places, shaking up or rattling down.

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Morocco Courier, December 4 1925, Morocco School Notes by Evelyn Garrard and Hallie James, reporters.

  We greatly enjoyed the Thanksgiving program given Wednesday, November 25 with Miss Younger, the English teacher in charge. The following numbers were given:

 Orville Russell…………………………..President’s Proclamation

 Nedra Ackors………………………..…147 Psalm

 Floyd Harden……………………………Origin of Our Thanksgiving

 Mabel Best……………………………….Landing of the Pilgrims

 Blanche Ethel Sizelove……………….Thanksgiving Story 

 Gayle Porter.…………………………...Her First Thanksgiving in America

 Ethel Graves…………………………….James Waldwin’s Thanksgiving

 Hazel Morton……………………………Five Reasons to be Thankful


Basketball Schedule: The following basketball schedule has been arranged for this season.

  Dec.  4 – Raub, here                                                  Jan  29 – Goodland, here

  Dec. 22 – Brook, here                                       Feb.  5 --  Kentland, here

  Dec. 18 --Reynolds, here                                   Feb. 12 – Chalmers, there

  Dec. 31 --Wolcott, there                                    Feb. 13 – Francisville, there

  Jan     8 – Brook, there                                      Feb. 19 – Lowell, there

  Jan.  15 – Kentland, there                                  Feb. 20 – Goodland, there

  Jan. 16 –  Raub, there                                       Feb. 26 – Wolcott, here

  Jan 22 --   Lowell, here                                      Mar. 5 & 6 District tourney


Morocco Courier, Feb. 12, 1926

Morocco Trims Kentland By a Score of 30 to 18.

  Last Friday night Morocco won from Kentland 30 to 18. In the first half Morocco completely outplayed the visitors. We held them to two points and those were both fouls. In the last half Kentland came back stronger, but not strong enough to win. Morocco played the fastest brand of basketball they have shown this season. By the time we go to the tournament we should give the best of them plenty of trouble.

  Lineup and Summary:

Morocco                                     Kentland

Russell                    F                   Amos

Long                       F                   Richcreck

Best                        C                   Ramsburg

Norris                     G                   Sorrells

Puett                      G                   Cunningham

  Substitutions: Kentland – Healy for Amos

  Field goals – Russell, 6: Norris, 4: long, 3: Amos, 3 Healy, 2: Ramsberg, 1; Sorrels, 1.

    Referee: Lyons of Brook



                                                   MOROCCO GIRLS WIN

  Friday night, Morocco defeated the Raub Girls 15 to 6. Our girls showed up fine. This was their first game on the home floor.   

  Lineup :

Morocco                                Raub                 

R. Ackors                                Garrison     

Holley                                        J. Donohue 

N. Ackors                                F. Donohue

Robinson                                Wilhite      

Baker                                     Shonkwiler 

Smart                                    Sproull       


Referee: Clarkson of Morocco


Morocco Courier, April 2, 1926      

Morocco School Notes, Gayle Porter and Ethel Graves reporters

  The preliminary declamatory and oratorical contest will be held Friday morning in the high school auditorium.

  Ruth Tuggle and Algie Padgett took the Latin examination at Rensselaer Saturday. There were about sixty contestants, Newton County was well represented. …


The following are the more important events of the closing weeks of school:

County Oratorical and Declamatory Contest     April  9

Music Recital                                                            April 21

Musical Contest                                            April 23

County Track and Field meet                          April 24

Senior Class Play                                          May  7

Junior-Senior reception                                              May 14

Sectional Track and Field meet                                   May 15

Baccalaureate Sermon                                               May 16

Class Night                                                   May 18

Commencement                                            May 21


Morocco May 7, 1926, Morocco School Notes, Bessie Vayette, reporter

  A few months ago the Seniors were confronted with the question of a Senior gift. After due deliberation they decided to present the school with a velour stage curtain. This initiated the raising of a considerable sum of money. Mr. Kessler bought the material for the track the rest of the money was raised by the class. Ray Norris designed the monogram. Clarice Holley, Verda Hickman and Grace Cox sewed this monogram on the curtains. Ray Deardurff and Adrin Kay built the track and hung the curtain.


  Be sure to see the senior play “Peg O’My Heart” on Friday night, May 7 at 8:00 o’clock. Tickets 25c and 35c.


Morocco Courier, May 14, 1926, Morocco School Notes, Ray Deardurff and John Smart reporters.

  Charles W.Whiteman has been obtained for the commencement. The date is May 21.

  The Baccalaureate sermon will be delivered by Rev. Pence on Sunday night May 16

  The Following is the Class Night program,  which will be held May 18 at 8:00.


Station SER

Morocco High School Auditorium

Today’s Program:


6:30 – Setting up Exercises                              Freshman boys

8:00 – Morning Address                                   Clarice Holley

9:00 – Markets Reports                                              Sophomores

10:00 – Poem                                                             Ellen Roadruck

10:30 – Recipes                                              Sophomores

11:00 – Father Time’s Radio Message               Caroline Herriman

12:00 – The Legal Document of Station SER         Florence Richmire



3:00 --         Afternoon Frolic                        Juniors

6:00 – Bedtime Story                         Wilma Conn

10:00 – SER Appreciation                  Adrin Kay

11:00 – H.S. Orchestra                                  Freshmen

12:00 – SER Staff Ensemble               Seniors

12:00 – Presentation                         Senior President

Signing Off

John Smart is the day announcer and Adrin Kay is the evening announcer.



Sunday evening, May 16  

Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m.


Processional…“Miriam Gavotte” Bernard             Imperial Orchestra

Hymn 81…………                                           Congregation

Invocation………..                                          Rev. J. A. Lord

Anthem  ”I Was Glad When They Said” Solly      Choir

Scripture Lesson, Luke 14:7-35……                 Rev. Paul E. Millions

Hymn 145…..                                                            Congregation

“Vesper Bells”           Clark…                                     Imperial Orchestra

Anthem        “I Fear No Foe” Gabriel                  Choir

Sermon…..”Paying the Price”….                                  Rev. H. G. Pence

Anthem..     “Rejoice Forevermore”….             Choir

Benediction………..                                        Rev. N. E. Blackwell

Postlude…. “Heads Up”   Klohr                                    Imperial Orchestra


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Morocco Courier, May 21, 1926,

                                          School Exercises Close Present Term of School

  The public exercises for the graduating class of 1926 from the Morocco High School began on Sunday night with the Baccalaureate service at the M. E. church. The interest the people in this community have in our school activities was as usual demonstrated by the large audience in attendance.

  This year’s class composed of Adrin Kay, Clarice Holley, Florence Richmire, Georgia Shuey, Ray Deardurff, John Smart, Caroline Herriman, Wilma Conn, Bessie Vayette, Ellen Roadruck, Ella Parks, Viola Rainford, Verda Hickman, Grace Cox, Loueva Gorman, Dorothy Ellson, Ray Norris, Orville Russell, Chester Lock, Reginald Best and Lloyd Merchant together with the High School teachers and led by the four ministers. The Imperial Orchestra played as the class marched down the aisle and seated as the audience stood to honor them.

  A large choir of voices from all four of the Churches furnished several beautiful numbers. Rev Pence of the United Brethern church gave the address, which was indeed a most appropriate and inspiring one.

  The Class Night exercises which were given at the school auditorium on Tuesday night, attracted a large crowd, more than could find seats,

  The stage was set for a Radio Broadcasting Station with Ray Deardurff the man behind the machine, John Smart and Adrin Kay as announcers.



LOOKING BACK:                                     CLASS of 1931

Old Gold and Black, May 21, 1931

                                           CLASS PLAY

 Wasn’t it funny? Didn’t the characters take their parts well” Wasn’t Patricia Prentice just a scream and Mr. Rose uproariously funny?  Didn’t Peggy Rose look sweet” And say, can’t Edwin Robinson take any part good? These were some of the remarks made concerning the Senior Class Play.

  The senior Class presented to a very large audience, “Climbing Roses” a comedy, in the high school auditorium, April 30th. This play was a story of the common Rose family who tried to make an entrance into society, Mr. Archer the noted author, was expected to arrive in town. A reception was planned for him at Joyce Belmont’s home. Miss Belmont was one of the society ladies of the town. Mr. Archer came incognito and worked for the Rose family under the name of Watson, He brought with him, his friend, Ferdie.

  Watson teaches the Roses the manners and customs of society people. None of the people in the neighborhood had given the Roses anything but snubs and sneers and had even offered to buy them out and send them back to their old home, paying them an allowance to get rid of them. Watson decides to do something to try to get the people to treat the Roses with at least a little respect so he invites his friend. Prince Rudolph, to come and see the Roses. The prince is unable to come so Watson hires a prince. On the evening of his arrival many neighbors were present at the home of the Roses and to the delight of the neighbors and the chagrin of the Roses, the Prince is triplets.

 On the night of the reception Watson declares himself Mr. Archer and the reception is held at the Roses. Hazel Sommers has captured Ferdie as her possession and Archer has fallen in love with common Peggy Rose. She finally accepts Archer, institution and all.

  Miss Younger must be given a lot of credit for the success of this play for her patience with the characters during practice.


                                           CLASS SONG

                                Tune: That Little Boy of Mine

Our high school days are through

We all have work to do,

We owe success to you,

Dear old Morocco High.

Teachers and students too,

We take our last Adieu

We’ll all be true to you

Dear old Morocco High.

And as we now embark

Upon this puzzle called life

You’ve taught us how to smile

In spite of sorrow and strife.

And as we drift apart

There’s lodged within our heats,

A love that can’t depart

For old Morocco High.


                                           CLASS NIGHT

 On Wednesday night, May 20, 1931 the auditorium of the High School building was filed to overflowing, the occasion being Class Night of the Morocco High School.

  To the strains of the march played by Miss Chamberlain, the classes lead by the Seniors, sponsored by Miss Younger, marched to their places. An address of welcome was given by Violet Roadruck,  followed by the Sophomore Class impersonating the seniors in grade two.  The senior poem was read by Juanita McClatchey and the class prophecy was given by Gartha Hanger and Willard Stoner. These were followed by a mock trial presented by the Junior Class. This proved very entertaining to the spectators. The key oration was given by Blanche Meyer and the class will was read by Shirley Guilford after which the Freshmen cleverly impersonated the Faculty and the Seniors.

  Presentation speech by Edna Hunter, told of the lighting system, the gift of the seniors, which was demonstrated by two Senior boys, Edwin Robinson and Carl Wamsher.

  The Farewell Song was sung by the Senior class which was followed by the presentation of the History prize, awarded to Maynard Hammel and Jack Williamson, by Mr. Larew. The Valedictory was read by Doris Hitchings and the High School song ended the entertainment for the evening.

  The Senior Class wishes to thank the Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen for their splendid cooperation in putting on the program. And in this final issue of the Old Gold and Black we bid you all a fond “farewell.”

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                                                       CLASS POEM

As Seniors of 1931

   We have come to the end of the way,

This is when we drift apart,

   But hope to meet again someday.

For twelve long years we’ve been together,

   Working hand in hand,

Helping each other out of the rough spots,

   Like one cooperative band.

We’ve had our trials and troubles,

   And days when we felt very blue

But we also had along with the rest

   Our parties and wiener-roasts too.

In our freshman year we were lonely and blue,

   And laughed at by all the rest,

But now we know we enjoyed it all,

   And remember it as one of the best

The Sophomore year was a hard year too,

  With Geometry and Latin, combined,

But these were off-set with parties and fun.

  And teachers both good and kind.

The Junior Reception came the next year,

   As well as the Junior play,

We enjoyed them both, and we think you did,

   At least that’s what you say.

Now, other dear friends do not give up,

   Take you work as well as you play,

And someday you’ll rise and find yourself

   Where we Seniors are today

Though the road be long and tiresome.

  Take it with a laugh and a grin,

Just smile your way through these four long years.

   And you’re almost bound to win.

And when you have come to the end of the road,

   And reach the place where we are today.

You’ll look back over those four long years,

   And with us you’ll gladly say


   Those days we loved so well,

We could have all the money in the world,

  Those days we would not sell.


                                           CLASS WILL

  We the Senior Class of 1931 of the High  School of Morocco, County of Newton and State of Indiana, hereby construct our last will and testament.

  We, the Senior Class of ’31 will and bequeath our remarkable influence over the faculty, to the Junior class.

  We, the Senior Class of ’31 will and bequeath to the Sophomores as great a success on their class play as we had on “Climbing Roses.”

  We, the Senior Class of ’31 will and bequeath to the Freshmen, our fondness for late parties, providing they don’t have to use toothpicks for eye-openers the next morning.


Morocco Courier, May 15, 1931                                             

         School Activities For Closing Week of School Announced: Commencement Next Thursday

  The annual closing time for the Morocco High School is here. There are twenty members of the Senior class who will graduate this year consisting of seventeen girls and three boys. The events for the Senior week are about the same as usual.

  Tickets will be issued to the immediate families of the Seniors for both Baccalaureate and Commencement. By doing this less confusion will be caused in seating.

  Gala week for the Senior class this year begins May 15 with the Junior-Senior reception and ends with a farewell party May 22.

       Junior Reception             May 15

       Baccalaureate..                          May 17

       Senior Theatre Party..                May 18

       Examinations..                           MAY19

       Senior Picnic                              May 19

       Examinations                            May 20

       Class Night                                May 20

       Commencement             May 21

       Senior Farewell Party                 May 22

       School Dismissed                       May 23


                               Junior Prom Held Friday

         Seniors Honored By Junior in Outstanding Social Function of School Season

  The Junior Reception, which is the outstanding social event of the school year was held on Friday night at the high school auditorium.

  The seniors were honor guests and each was permitted to take one guest. As were all teachers and Juniors. An invitation was also extended to Supt. W.O. Schanlaub and Trustee and Mrs. Elmer Padgett.

  The large assembly room was a pretty sight with the many beautiful flowers, the hundreds of gay balloons that were used for decorations, and the small tables with their pretty candies from which the freshmen girls served the three course dinner.

  Porter Madison, president of the Junior class was toastmaster and welcomed the guests. Miss Edna Hunter, senior class president, gave the response. County Superintendent Schanlaub and Principal Larew gave pleasing talks. Others in the program were Marjorie Larew who gave two marimba numbers. Miss McClatchey who sang with guitar accompaniment and Betty Osborne who sang and danced.

 A five-piece orchestra from Flower provided music during the dinner and for the dancing which was enjoyed by the young folks after the program.




  The program for the Baccalaureate services to be held at the M. E. Church Sunday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m


Song……..Union Choir

Invocation…………… .Rev. J.H. Julian


Scripture Reading……..Rev. E. C. Reidenbach

Violin Solo…………… .Mrs. Stillabower

Sermon……………Rev. R. E. Ross

Song………………..Union Choir

Benediction…………... .Rev. C. V. Roush


Old Gold and Black May 22, 1931


  The annual commencement exercises of Morocco High School were held in the High School Auditorium Thursday evening, May 21st. The program was as follows.

March :                                                                                School Orchestra

Invocation:                                                               Rev. C. V. Roush

Commencement Song:  “Lurette”                                Boy Glee Club

Address:       “Planting Time”                                     Prof. Robert Phillips, Purdue University

Song: “When June Comes Along with a Song”  Cohan  Mixed Chorus

Presentation of Diplomas..                                         Supt. W. O. Schanlaub

Song…. Speed well—Brabe                                        Girls Glee Club

Benediction:                                                             Rev. E. C. Reidenbach


The graduates this year are as follows:

Doris Hitchings                                  Violet Roadruck

Nellie Boston                         Alice Garrard

Shirley Guliford                                 Edith Gessa

Doris Graves                         Edna Hunter

Wilma Hanger                                   Maxine Irvin

Bernice Kain                         Juanita McClatchey

Blanche Meyers                                 Bernadine Miller

Florence Purdy                                  Madonna Roush

Dorothy Shuey                                  Oliver Deardurff

Edwin Robinson                    Carl Wamsher

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1936  - 1941 - 1946

MHS Alumni 2011 Honor Classes



CLASS  of 1936

Morocco Courier Sept 5, 1935…

                                          Back to School Day, Tomorrow

              Morocco High and Grade Schools to Open with Sixteen Teachers

  Morocco schools open tomorrow following the summer vacation with prospects for another

   large enrollment this year.

  Repainting and decorating of the high school and grade building together with other minor necessary improvements have placed the buildings in good serviceable condition for the year’s work.

  There are four new teachers on the staff this year to replace three of the old teachers and one additional to take up physical educational work required this year for a commissioned high school. This makes a teaching staff of 16.  

  C.A. Grayson, who has served as principal for the past four years to the satisfaction of the community and the school, again heads the corps and under him are several others who have labored long and efficiently in the local schools. Mrs. J.N. McPhail will again teach English; Miss Dorothy Odell, English and Latin; Miss Ruth Corbin, history; Alvin Stoner mathematics and geography; Miss Violet Curtis, commercial; Miss Carolyn Williamson, home economics and physical education; Roscoe Pierson, physical education and industrial arts; Otto Smith, Misses Ema Ketcham and Mary Helt, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eight grades; Miss Bethel Murphey, fourth grade; Miss Grace Dixon, third grade; Miss Cora Kalfise, second grade; Miss Frances Cox, first grade; Miss Mary Hayes Chamberlain, music and art.



Old Black and Gold, April, 1936.. 

         Senior Class History

  In the fall of 1930 a group of seventh graders, who are now know as the class of 1936, entered the halls of the high school building for the first time. They chose Miss Chamberlain for their sponsor. Red and white were chosen as the class colors, and the rose was chosen as the class flower. The class motto, “The elevator to success is not running; take the stairs” was also chosen at that time. One party and one weiner roast was enjoyed by the class that year. The year we spent in the eighth grade was imperatively uneventful.

  On that happy day when eighth graders returned as freshmen, the class was somewhat enlarged by the entrance of students from Enos, Lake Village and Ade, most of whom remained with the class through the high school years. The freshman class was as follows; Jeanne Albertson, Samuel Atkinson, Ivan Babbit, Maxine Bassett, Lenore Bingham, Lawrence Boyd, Opal Brewer, Keith Brunton, Martha Coatney, Maurice Cox, Elouise Davies, Virginia Ellsworth, Pauline Gorman, John Hagen, Carolyn Hammel, Jean M. Harris, James Hope, Glenn Howell, Clara Hunter, Robert Jackson, Mary Kathryn Johnson, Robert Kessler, Howard Kllimer, Ralph Lane, Lola Lawbaugh,  LaVerne Long, Charles Meyer, Ruth Plott, Joseph Porter, Virgil Potts, James Printy, Gaylord Rainford, Dorothy Redden, Jane Ardis Roadruck, Melvin Roadruck, James Roush, Lucille Russell, John Sheppard, Charles Sinks, Harold Sinks, Donald Smart, Hazel Smart, Virginia Smart, Mary Spradling, Vance Stine, Sarah Styck, Roger Tebo, Donald Tincher, Thelma Warrick, Thomas Williamson, Lloyd Wiltfang, Catherine Yahl, Edward Williams. The outstanding event in the freshman year was the production of “Baby Steps Out.”

  The sophomore year was marked by hard work on the part of all the class.

  With the beginning of the school year 1934-35 began the first of the two busiest years in high school life. At the beginning of the year the following officers were elected; John Hagen, president; James Hope, vice president; Dorothy Redden, secretary-treasurer. The first outstanding event of the year was the class-play “Mama’s Baby Boy.” Preparation for the junior prom was the next thing to occupy the attention of the class as a whole. This closed the class activities of the junior year.

  With the beginning of the senior year came the election of class officers who were elected as follows” Gerald Rainford, president’ Lucille Russell, vice president; James Hope, secretary, and Dorothy Redden, treasurer. The class went to Attica to have their pictures taken in October. The next activity of importance was the class play, which was given in April…

  Eight of the students who started in the first grade have gone all the twelve years together. They are Opal Brewer, Lucille Russell, Mary Spradling, Carolyn Hammel, James Hope, Vance Stine, Lloyd Wiltfang, Jane Roadruck. Dorothy Redden started with the group, but she went to Ade for a year, then she came back in the third grade and continued the rest of the time


                                    SCHOOL CALENDAR

May 1 – High school operetta

May 5 – Senior order for invitations close

May 18-19-20 – Senior exams.

May 20 – Seniors excused from classes

May 22 - Junior prom

May 24 - Baccalaureate services

May 26 – Commencement

May 25-27 – Under-class exams

May 29 – Last day of school

Report cards given out at 8:30 on the last day of school


   Morocco Courier, May 14, 1936..   

              Last Issue of High School Old Gold and Black

  This issue of the Courier brings to a close one of the regular weekly features, The Old Gold and Black, edited by the press club of the high school

  Lucille Russell has been editor-in-chief and Tell Shuey assistant editor. To assign the various news items to the staff and collect them each week has been no small task. Lucille has proven herself a reliable student capable of assuming responsibility. Tell has had charge of the paper several times and has done equally as well.

  The staff made up of Thelma Warrick, Imogene Best, Wiladene Brandt, Lura Russell, Grover Padgett, Bethel Coatney, Mary Grayson, Jean Hafstrom, Damon Bernwanger, Jane Hancock, Jane Roadruck and Verlen McCord have accepted responsibility in trying to write the type of news items that would be of interest both to M.H.S. students and patrons of the school who read the Courier. They are to be congratulated in their loyalty to the school in helping maintain the standard set for the Old Gold and Black.


                               BACCALAUREATE SUNDAY NIGHT

                  Sermon for High School Graduating Class at M.E. Church

  Baccalaureate exercises for the 1936 graduating class of the Morocco High School will be held in the Methodist church this Sunday evening, beginning at 7:30 o’clock.

  The services were originally set for the following Sunday but were moved up on account of a conflict with the Memorial Sunday services.

  The program for the exercises is as follows:

Prelude……High School Orchestra

Processional….High School Orchestra

Call to worship

Hymn……..                 Union Choir

Scripture…..    Rev. L.M .Rasmussen

Special music, ……     .Carder Bros.

Prayer…….. Rev. L.M. Rasmussen

Hymn…………    Union Choir

Sermon……   Rev. J. Oliver Carder

Special music……… Carder Bros.

Benediction……..  Rev. Rasmussen

Recessional………...Union Choir

Music…………       Orchestra

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            Prof. J. Raymond  Schutz  Will address the 1936 Graduating Class

  The graduating exercises for the class of 1936 of the Morocco High School will be held at the high school auditorium on next Tuesday evening, beginning at 8 o’clock. Prof. J. Raymond Schutz will address the class.

  Prof. Schutz is head of the economics department at Manchester college in North Manchester and on several occasions in recent years has been the speaker on various programs in the county. He is a graduate of Otterbein college and the University of Chicago and has taken post graduate courses in other colleges and has studied in European universities. The local school is very fortunate to secure such an able speaker as Prof. Schutz for the commencement address.


  The commencement program has been tentatively outlined as follows.

Pilgrim’s Chorus…..Wagner

March…………Hill                   High School Orchestra

Minuet in G……..Beethoven         High School Orchestra

Great I Thy Love…Gohm       Freshman-Sophomore Glee Club

Invocation…………….                    Rev. L. M. Rasmussen

Excerpts from the Opera  by McCabe.            .High School Orchestra

Address………………...           Prof. J. Raymond Schutz

All the World is Asleep   Chopin….

Presentation……………..                              C.A. Grayson

Benediction…….                                            Rev. O. I. Uncapher

March……Greenwald……..              .High School Orchestra


  The graduating class is as follows: Ivan Babbitt,  Maxine Bassett, Lenore Bingham, Opal Brewer, Bethel Brunton, Keith Brunton, Martha Coatney, Maurice Cox, John Hagen, Carolyn Hammel, Jean M. Harris, James Hope, Clara Hunter, Robert Jackson, Robert Kessler, Harold Marlin, Ruth Plott, Gerald Rainford, Dorothy Redden, Jane Roadruck, Melvin Roadruck, Livian Lucille Russell, John Sheppard, Hazel Smart, Virginia Smart, Mary Spradling, Vance Stine, Roger Tebo, Donald Tincher, Thelma Warrick, Lloyd Wiltfang..



CLASS of 1941

Morocco Courier September 26, 1940

                              Beavers Win from St. Anne 13-0

  The Beavers won Friday afternoon, 13-0, from St. Anne, Illinois, on their home field.

  The game opened with Morocco kicking off to the visitors 13 yard line. On the first play Morocco was penalized 5 yards for off side. The Black and Gold boys got the ball on the 15 yard line. The next 2 plays Morocco pushed over the goal, Garmong making the touchdown, Morocco tried a kick for the extra point which was blocked by a St. Anne  making the score 6-0…….

  St. Anne kicked to Morocco’s 49 yard line and gained possession of the ball again when the Beavers tried a pass. The final whistle blew with the ball on St. Anne’s 43 yard line.

  Morocco’s starting line up was: Kessler, left end; Hossut, left tackle; Harper, left guard; Colllins, center; Smart, right guard; Deardurff, right tackle; Griffin, right end; Merchant, quarter back; Brunton, left half back; Garmong, right half back, and Hafstrom, full back.


Old Gold and Black Feb. 21, 1941,,,  Athletic Article

  Come on you loyal Beaver boasters! Now’s the time to parade you colors: Morocco is going to put on the best tournament ever held in this section and the Beavers are going straight through in a blaze of glory to win on Saturday night in the finals. Besides having the best all around team, the Beavers have all the breaks, so they can’t help but win!

 By now we’re sure all of you have been hit up to buy a season ticket for the tournament. We’re sure that most of you already have yours, but those of you who don’t have had better hurry around to get them before the sale closes. It will be the best $1.25 you’ve ever invested. You will get more thrills and see better ball playing than ever before….


Old Gold and Black March 6, 1941..  Senior News

  The seniors seem to think they have some up and coming salesmen in their class after hearing about George Blann & Co. winning the ticket contest. Also did you see William Blaney, George Blann and Wilbur Peters selling Coca-Cola at the tournament?

  We all understand now the way Mr. Kline wants our notebooks. We received them Monday morning with all kinds of grades on them.

  The seniors have only eleven more weeks of school left, and are now planning for senior week and a few parties.

  We were sure proud of the way the seniors on the basketball team went down fighting in the game against DeMotte at the tournament. The seniors who played their last game were Dale Merchant, Charles Garmong, Clay Blaney, Evart Kessler, Gaylord Brunton and Gailord Hickman. Carroll Ketcham and “Doc” Padgett finished their job as managers of M.H.S.


                                                       Agriculture News

  The agriculture class attended the small grain and swine exhibit held at Goodland last Thursday, Feb. 27. The boys won several prizes in the corn exhibit with single and ten ear samples. Those winning with single ear samples were Gaylord Brunton, third: Donald Griffin, fifth and Bill Blaney, sixth. Those winning with ten ear samples were Gaylord Brunton, tenth; Condon Mashino, fourth: Clark Parrish, sixth; Evart Kessler, seventh; Carl Guthrie, eight and Joe Honkiss, ninth.

  Others were Paul Gulley winning third with an exhibit of oats. Carl Guthrie won eight on some soybeans in the open class, and Dale Merchant won second on clover in the open class…


                                           Sunshine – Hi-Y Banquet

  The annual Sunshine-Hi-Y banquet was held on March 12 after their guests were seated at the candle-lighted table Miss Ardashier sang “My Sunshine Girl.”  The first and second courses were then served and preceding the last course Margaret Christenson and Mary Graefntz led in the singing of some Sunshine camp songs.

  Then the president of the Sunshine society, Martha Spradling, acting as toast mistress, called on the speakers by giving them one of the letter in the word Sunshine.

  Mr. Schanlaub as the first speaker took the letter S and spoke on the characteristic of the Sunshine girl. Those who followed with other interesting talks were Mr. White, Mr. Brandt, Mr. Kline, Mr. Millis, John Cox, Clay Blaney and Betty Garrand.

  At the close of the banquet Martha Spradling introduced the newly elected Sunshine officers, after which dancing was enjoyed by all.


                                           A New Club Being Formed

  Last Friday Lyle Constable talked during activity period to the boys that wish to become Future Farmers of America. He told some of the requirements of a Future Farmer and what the club can do in the community.

  There are four Future Farmer degrees and the four advancements are from Greenhorn to Future Farmer and then to State Farmer and finally National Farmer….

  The Rensselaer Future Farmers will give the Morocco boys their first degree of Greenhorn degree around the first of April….

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                                           Morocco Has Track Team

    Morocco high will be represented with a track team this year after not having track for a few years. The first track meet of the year will be held at Morocco with Wheatfield on April 11 at 3:30p.m. The public is invited and no admission will be charged.

  More than twenty boys have reported for track and they are all working hard in order to get ready for their first meet.

  The track is being laid out around the football field and the pits for broad jumping, high jumping and pole vaulting are being dug on the west side of the high School building. In case of rain the meet will held on the Kentland track.


Old Gold and Black May 15, 1941

               Junior Prom A Big Success

  The junior prom, which is always the high light of the Morocco high school social season was one of the most enjoyable and successful proms held in recent years. Morocco’s spacious gym was converted into a race course with mutual, betting booths and a judge’s stand. The stage from which the orchestra played, was flanked on either side by a large horseshoe. The background was decorated with colorful jockey caps, boot and center painting of a horse’s head.

   Punch was served from the betting booths by Phyllis Hammel, Jean Manning, Betty Hendryx, Agnes Swartz, Pansy Squibb, Roberta Russell and Juanita Wells.

  The prom committee used decorations of confetti, balloons and streamers to add to the festiveness of the occasion…..

   Excellent dance music was furnished by Earl Detourne’s orchestra

The grand march was led by Don Hosett, president of the junior class and his guest, June Christenson, both of Lake Village.

  Mr. Stoner as sponsor of the junior class was in charge of the arrangements. He received splendid cooperation from the officers, committees and members of the junior


                                           Senior Week

  The senior class of 1941 has been very busy the last few days getting ready for commencement and senior week

  The baccalaureate service will be held in the gymnasium, Sunday evening at 8 o’clock. Rev. Marvin E. Smith of the local Christian church will deliver the sermon.

  Some of the events of senior week are a picnic at Ideal Beach, a movie, a pot- luck supper and a trip to a state park. The highlight of the week will be on Wednesday when the Morocco Lions club is sponsoring a trip to Chicago for all seniors. Among the places the Lions club will take the class will be a tour through the Stevens hotel, a trip down Maxwell street, a conducted tour though Tribune Tower, a visit to the stock years and Swift & Co., a radio broadcast, a trip to the Merchandise Mart and a movie at night. This is the first time that the Lions club has sponsored anything of this sort and the senior class appreciates it very much for they are giving the seniors a chance to see things many of them have never seen before.

  Friday night at 8:00 p.m. the commencement will be held in the gymnasium. Dr. A.L. Sachar of Brooklyn, New York, will deliver the address. Music for both commencement and baccalaureate will be furnished by the Morocco high school band and glee club under the direction of Mr. Jacobson.


Old Gold and Black May 22, 1941…Athletic Banquet

  Last Monday evening at 6:30 the basketball and track boys were honored guests at a banquet in the cafeteria.

  After the delicious dinner served by the band parents club the toastmaster, Mr. Mills, started the evening off by group singing of the school song. He then introduced Mr. James, Mr. Hanger, Mr. White, Mr. Schanlaub and Mr. Brandt, who all spoke a few words about the past season. Next “Mud Slinger” Blaney and “Jerk Knee” Merchant, captains, were introduced.  After very interesting talks by these boys, Mr. Kline introduced the speaker of the evening. Glenn Curtis of Indiana State Teachers college.  He told of many of his experiences which were amusing as well as interesting and gave a very inspirational talk.

  The banquet was ended by the awarding of the honorary letters and sweaters, which was done in a very interesting way by Mr. Kline. He told some incident or gave some bit of advice to the boy as the token was given. Charles Garmong then presented to Mr. Kline an honor sweater as a token of the boys’ esteem and appreciation.

  The very enjoyable evening was ended with the singing of “God Bless America.”

                                           Pictures Presented

  Last week the high school was presented with several beautiful new pictures by the senior class of 1941. They add much to the appearance of the rooms because of their bright color.

Pictures presented were: A snow scene (Mr. Stoner’s room), Autumn scene (Miss Corbin’s room) Flowers (Miss Blank’s room), Smoking mountain scene (Mr. Kline’s room), Pastoral scene (Mrs. McPhail’s room), Autumn scene by Bundy (assembly). The students and faculty appreciate this

gift very much.




May 1, 1941         Morocco High School Band Enters State Contest Saturday

…Morocco high school’s 49 piece band which plays in the state contest at Hartford City Sat.

Members are: Arthur Augustin, Betty Hendryx, Joe Hayworth, Betty Russell,  Luella Davis,  Ruth Deardurff,  Lorraine Clark, Wilbur Peters,  Glenwood Perkins, Evelyn Christenson,  Gaylord Brunton*  Norris Deardurff,  Roland Carlson,  June Christenson,  Wilma Blann,  Evart Kessler*  Victor Carlson,  Margaret Christenson,  Norbert Brown, George Blann*  Mary Graefnitz,  Gordon White,  Elvin Smith, Buna Kessler,  Jack Hafstrom , David Cox,  David Carlson,  Paul McClatchey, Don, Moore, Richard Augustin,  Bernard Hanger,  Joan Manning,  Clay Blaney* Helen Merchant,  Dale Merchant*  Dorothy  McClatchey,  Betty Garrard,  Patty Brunton, Martha Garrard,  Roberta Russell, Wayne Gentry, James Collins, Donald Hosett,

Gailord Hickman* and Martha Lee Brunton.             

* seniors    


May 10 – Junior

May 13 – Sunshine Mothers tea

May 16 -  Senior examinations

May 18 – Baccalaureate     

May 20, 21 – Final examinations

May 23 – Commencement


                                           Baccalaureate Service     

                                      Sunday Evening, May 18, 1941

                                         H. S. Gymnasium, 8:00 p.m.         

Music……………………                     High School Concert Band   

Processional – “Monarch” – Olivadote.. ………... High School Concert Band           

Hymn – “Tis the Evening’s Holy Hour”- Beethoven… High School Chorus     

Invocation…………..                                      Rev. V.E. Squibb  

Scripture Reading……….                              Rev. Ivan Woods

Hymn – “Now Thank We All Our God” – Bach…          High School Chorus  

Sermon – “Faith, Hope and Love’…..                          Rev. Marvin E. Smith

Hymn – “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”- Lutkin    High School Chorus

Benediction…………….                                 Rev. Homer Cloud

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                                           Commencement Exercises


                                                      Morocco High School    

                                             Friday Evening, May 23, 1941

                                                H.S. Gymnasium, 8:00 p.m.

Music………………               High School Concert Band

“Horizon Overture” – Buys….             High School Concert Band    

Invocation……                                              Rev. Homer Cloud

‘Now Thank We All Our God” – Bach…           High Scholl Concert Band

Presentation of Speaker…………..     Sup. W. O. Schanlaub      

‘Roads to Security”………………...Dr. A. L. Sachar

“Eroica Overture” – Beethoven……..   High Scholl Concert Band

Presentation of Diplomas………                     Prin. Harland W. White

Benediction………………                  Rev. Ivan Woods    


 1941 Graduates

Paul Bailey, Alice Bingham, Clay Blaney, William Blaney, George Blann, Dorothy Bloomquist,   

Norma Bloomquist, Gaylord Brunton, June Campbell, Margaret Christenson,  Charlotte Clark,  Phyllis Conn,  John Cox,  Charles Garmong,  Donald Griffin, Maxine Hanford, Gailord Hickman,  Maxine Kay, Evart Kessler,  Carroll Keetcham,  Dale Merchant,  Nonette Padgett,  Norma Porter, Audrey Potts,  Elsie Smart, Louise Smart,  Ruth Anne Smart, Martha Spradling, Patricia Williams,  Benjamin Wiltfang,  and Elenor Yott. 



LOOKING BACK…                           CLASS of !946


Old Gold and Black  May…                Seniors of ‘ 46

  The Seniors of ’46 started on the “high” part of Morocco High School in the freshman year with Johnny Brunton, president of their class; Lexie McDaniel, vice-president and Frances Taylor, secretary and treasurer. Miss Davis was their sponsor and there were 54 in the class.

Incidentally, the freshmen of ’42 were the last freshmen in Morocco High to be “painted “ with green paint for initiation into high school.    

  The class officers during the sophomore year were Earl Gulley, president; Kenneth Klein, vice-president and Betty Zoborosky secretary and treasurer. Miss Hamilton was their sponsor and there were about 45 in the class.     

  In their Junior year they again had Miss Hamilton as sponsor and Kenneth Klein was president; Johnny Brunton, vice-president and Bob Chapman, secretary/ treasurer. The class put on a minstrel for their part in senior class night and had “Stardust” as their theme song for the prom.       

  At last they became seniors and inherited Mrs. McPhail as their sponsor.  They elected Jim Murphy as president, Frances Taylor, vice-president; Wilma Blann, secretary, and Jean Jonkman, treasurer.  The seniors took an eventful trip to Chicago to see the stage production of “Blossom time,” and on top of worrying about their credits they gave the class play  “Buttered Side Up.”  Of course, last of all they will participate in their on baccalaureate and commencement which will end their career in Morocco High.     

  Ours is the only class that came close to completing 12 years of school under one U.S. president’s administration.


       Graduation  by L. Whaley

Take one last look around before you go;

  For future memory regard these friends, 

And friendly objects of a day that ends,

  Then pray that memory will undergo,

A mellow change to dull the edge of truth.

  Forget defeats and regrets,

   For he is wise who purposely forgets

The petty sorrows that infest our youth.


In memory these glad days will seem,

 Happier still;  their subtle joys revealed,

The golden memories of our past will gleam;

Brighter than now, their beauty unconcealed,

 Shining through time-with glory unforeseen,

With saddened hearts we leave the scene.



  Blue and White


Living to learn and learning to live


White Rose

High School Faculty

Fausttanna Brinson               Marian Hamilton Doris Hodde Brunton

Nanna Chestnut                    Ruth Corbin                    Ann McPhail

Gerald Roudebush                Olive Smart                   Alvin Stoner       


W.O. Schanlaub, Co Supt.    Luther Kessler, Trustee       J.E. Stewart, Principal      



   The Junior Prom sponsored by the Juniors of 1946 was a great success. Using the song “Moonlight Serenade” as their theme, they cleverly decorated the gym.  The state wall was decorated with a thistle and a clover dancing on a toadstool against a blue back-drop. A large full moon was on the east end of the wall across which an enchanting fairy was dancing.  Other fairies were dancing across the background.  Tables ere placed around the gym floor with a small white fence separating them from the dance floor.

  At ten-thirty the Grand March was held with the Junior president J.R. Sheldon and his guest Betty Deardurff, leading and with the Senior and Junior class officers following.

  Refreshments were served by Freshman girls. At 11:30 balloons were dropped and everyone had a wonderful time trying to get them.

  The Prom was attended by an enormous crowd of both the younger and older people. Billy Michael’s Orchestra was well-liked by every one and he played all the popular pieces – many with a vocal accompaniment.

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                               SENIOR CLASS PLAY

  “Buttered Side Up’ a comedy in three acts by John Young, will be presented by the senior class Wednesday April 23, at 8:00 in the high school assembly.

  The play is about a week-end with the Diggs family. The week-end begins very innocently but complications arise, make the plot hilariously entertaining. 

  Mrs. McPhail, sponsor of the class and director of the play  has carefully selected cast. Those who are taking the leading parts in the production are: David Cox, Alberta DeVelde, Paul McClatchey, Helen Styck, Morris Brunton, Kenneth Klein, Wilma Blann , James Murphy, Frances Taylor, Betty Zoborosky, Beverly Conn, and Mary Spencer.


                      Band Prepares for Contest and Concert

  The Morocco High School Band is now rehearsing for the District Band Contest and a Spring Band Concert.

  The District Band Contest will be held at Francesville on April 6. The numbers that the band will play are: THE MIDNIGHT SUN, an overture, SEEDS OF CADMUS, an overture and INVERCARGILL, a march.  The band is classified as a Class C Band because of the enrollment of the school.

  On the same day, the solo and ensemble contest will be held. …The following students are planning to enter the solo events: Wilma Blann, cornet; Martha Garrard, trombone; Betty Zoborosky, French horn; Harold Martin, piano and bass clarinet; Ruth Ann LeGrand, voice; Nancy Colbourne and Bobby Carter, twirling. Marjorie Carlson and Harold Martin will play accompaniments. A brass sextet – Wilma Blann, cornet; Dave Cox, cornet; Betty Zoborosky, French horn; Betty Deardurff, baritone; Martha Garrard, trombone; and Georgie Purdy, bass.

A clarinet quartet -= Arthur Augustine, Marjorie Carlson, Barbara Hunter, and June Wiltfang will enter the ensemble contest.

  The spring Band Concert will be held March 20 at 7:30 p.m in the high school gym. The band will play the three contest numbers, famous chorales, several marches and light program numbers ..

  The public is cordially invited to attend the concert. 



  Morocco was victorious by a good margin over Goodland by a 42-23 score. The Beavers had a very comfortable lead at the half 17-6 but they came back with a fiery attack and scored 18 more points the third quarter maintaining the lead.

Morocco                                          Goodland

Severs                                                         Frohreieh

Miller                                                           Troup

Hammel                                           Simonin

Colbourne                                        Deno

Purdy                                                          Welsh

Whaley                                                        J. Johnson

Purkey                                                         W. Johnson

White                                                          Cox

Storey                                                         Bresson

McClatchey                                                  Green



  Morocco High School was honored to be host to the sectional tourney held in our gymnasium February 21, 22 and 23.  The gym was filled to capacity throughout the whole tournament. Approximately 2000 people witnessed each game. Fair weather enabled people from all section to attend.

  The large crowd was handled very efficiently by the Principal Mr. Stewart and by the American Legion under the direction of Boyd Smart.

 Twelve teams from Jasper and Newton County participated in the tourney, each struggling to be the victor. Each game was a hard struggle as each team fought determined to win. But the Bombers won the victory over the teams and have won the honor of going to Hammond, Saturday March 2 and participating in a game with LaPorte.



1951 – 1956


CLASS of 1951

Morocco Courier, Nov.9, 1950

                                     Football Boys Feted At Supper

  The first fourteen of the Morocco High School football boys and their coaches, Francis Goodnight and Gerald Rainford were feted at a supper at Phil Schmidt’s in Hammond on Thursday evening, by Trustee Luther Kessler and members of the Advisory Board, Delos Warne, Leonard Carlson and Glenn Morgan. ….

  They had a choice of either chicken or fish dinner with ample servings.

  The event was given in appreciation of the fine record the boys have attained this year for an undefeated season of football.


Morocco Courier, Dec. 7 1950…

                                     Football Boys Guests of Honor At Banquet

  On Thursday evening of last week many gathered to pay tribute to the boys who represented the school during the football season just past. The event was at least partially to celebrate the fact that the local squad was the undefeated Kankakee Valley Champions.

  Thursday’s festivities began with a pot luck supper, after which Dick Gilbert presented a program with interesting features, among them being the highly enjoyable accordion music of Betty Stouder: a short talk by Bob DeMoss, former football great of Purdue, and who now is a member of the Purdue coaching staff. DeMoss also showed movies of the 13-0 victory Purdue won over Indiana on November 25th.

 Other events of the evening included brief remarks by Principal Cronk and the senior boys of the team. These talks were followed by the presentation of mementoes of a successful season by Coach Goodnight and Assistant Coach Rainford. The Kankakee Valley trophy was presented to Co-Captain Bill Reddel and Bob Goddard and individual awards of gold footballs were made to the fourteen members of the team:  Bill Reddel, Bob Goddard, Jim Kay, Bill Heyer, Gene Warne, Jack Kessler, Bob Doty, Bob Wooten, Jack Snell, Verle Sypult, Jack VanNiman, Eddie Elements, Clayton Klein, Bob Ramsey and to the two student mangers, Tom Clark and Mark Mahan.

  The four girl cheerleaders, Carolyn Sirois, senior: Dianne Hanger, junior; Doris LaCossse, sophomore; and Wilma Porter, freshman, were each awarded gold megaphones.

  A benediction by Tom Hancock closed the enjoyable evening, which was afforded the group through the efforts of the Men’s Fellowships of the Morocco churches. These groups collaborated to provide the entire entertainment, including the purchase of the award.

  The table decorations were provided by the hostesses, Mrs. Goodnight, Mrs. Bond, Mrs. Ralston, Mrs. Turnpaugh, Mrs. Gilbert and Mrs. Cronk. These ladies were assisted in the kitchen by Lois Russell and “Cookie” Zoborosky.

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Morocco Courier April 5 1951

                               Morocco Band Takes a First In Contest Here

  The Morocco high school concert band under the direction of Vincent Stouder was a first division placing in the district band contest held at Morocco Sat. March, 31.

  This is the first time Morocco has ever held the district contest, and it was said that is very well operated.

  The members of the winning Morocco band are: Dianne Hanger, Sue Andis, Gene Warne, Gerald Born, Florence Augustin, Janet Baird, Linda Potts, Marlene Styck*, Sandra Merriman, Mary Augustin, Neal Barnett, Bill Heyer*, Eddie Clements*, Gene Dunfee, Jerry Warne, Karen Robinson, Dewayne Chapman, Archie Mark Mahan, Wanda Storey, Katherine Arbuckle, Virginia Holtz, Rosemary DeGroot*, Norma McCord*,  Joyce Zoborosky, Verle Sypult*, Jim Kay*, Dick Clements, Nancy Colbourne*,  Jack Van Niman*,  Mary Wiltfang,  Silas Johnson, Peggy Storey…

. *seniors

  Practices were held in the evenings for two weeks before the contest, also every period a student had free he practiced individually.

  High school band and choirs from high schools of this district in Indiana competed in the contest.  Students entered in the contest totaled 829.

  The following is a list of bands from various towns of the district:

CC classification – Otterbein, Goodland, Fair Oaks, Brook, Remington…..

C band class – Kentland, Fowler, Wheatfield, Hebron, Morocco,

BB band class - Lowell, Rensselaer

D band class -  Gilboa

CC Girls Glee Club – Brook, Boswell

C Girls Glee club – Fowler

CC Mixed Glee – Fair Oaks, Remington, Brook

Jr. High bands – Kentland,  Fowler

The State finals are to be held at Knox in April 14., thus the high school gym will be the scene of evening band rehearsals for another week.

  For the contest the members not only had to learn their music but they worked for the planning of a perfectly organized contest. The week before the contest everyone was assigned jobs to do and they learned the most efficient ways of carrying them out. On Friday night before the contest the gym was made ready for the visitors, the high school was cleaned and every thing put away, and signs were put up to indicated where the various events were to be held.

  Mrs. Estil Chapman, president of the Band Parents, and the active members of the Boosters served food in the school cafeteria.


Morocco Courier May 10, 1951

                   Junior-Senior Prom to be Saturday Evening at the Gym

  An elaborate old-fashioned garden scene is the setting for the annual junior-senior prom to be in the gymnasium Sat. May 12…

Sun bonneted silhouettes will be featured amidst a profusion of hollyhocks and silver background. The theme predominating the affair will be “Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk.” The usual enthusiasm is prelude no less, for the 1951 Centennial Prom.


Old Black and Gold Tuesday May 11, 1951

                    Fifteen Seniors Make Three-Day Trip To Chicago

  On Saturday morning May 5, fifteen members of the senior class went by Greyhound to Chicago to spend three days.

  Rooms had been reserved at the Palmer House and upon arrival the group was taken on a tour of the hotel.

  A tour of the city was made by bus on Saturday evening with an interesting stop made in Chinatown.

  On Sunday, a variety of sights were seen. Several members attended church in the morning, then in the afternoon the White Sox baseball game was attended by a few while the remainder went to the theatre. In the evening the group went to the Oriental theatre and saw Gloria DeHaven in person.

  “The Breakfast Club” was attended Monday morning and four members of the group were called to the stage.

  Everyone stated that they had a wonderful time..


                               CLASS NIGHT WINDS UP WEEK’S SCHOOL EVENTS

  The Morocco Schools will have a busy time this last week of school. Class night program will be in the assembly hall at 8:00p.m tonight, the Sectional Track meet at Lafayette on Friday May 11 and the Junior Prom Saturday evening. Then there is the Baccalaureate Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. and the Commencement exercises Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening May 19 is the Alumni Banquet.

  The cafeteria is closing for this year on Fri. May 11. All are urged to present any bills due for payment from any school activity as the school “books” will be closed on May11.

  On May 16 and 17 school will be in session in the mornings only. On Friday, students will receive their report cards at 10:00 a.m. and be dismissed for summer vacation.


Class Night Program:

Welcome…….                      Bill Heyer

Introductions……      Mark Mahan

Class Prophecy….    Rosalyn Patrick

Song – Quintet……   Carol DeVelde, Norman McCord, Dareldean Beckwith,

                                           Jack Snell, and Donald Watt


Morocco Courier May 17, 1951

       COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Tells M.H.S. Class of ’51 “Your Life Counts”

  The 1951 Graduating class of Morocco high school, totaling thirty-four splendid young men and women, were honored last night when a host of their relatives and friends gathered in the gymnasium for the traditional graduation ceremonies. An excellent program had been prepared for the occasion and was executed capably and smoothly by the cast of local ministers, Principal of the school, the high school band and Joseph G. Wick.

  The seniors marched in to the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” clad in the traditional caps and gowns that it is their right to wear. They were seated in places of honor on the stage to listen to the brilliant address of the evening – a fitting farewell to their public school days.

  The speaker of the evening was Joseph G. Wick, Director of Christian Foundation from Purdue University. His subject was “Your Life Counts,” and his very interesting and inspiring remarks left no doubt in the minds of his audience of the importance of the individual in the over-all social program. This year’s seniors were very fortunate to have been able to procure a speaker of Mr. Wick’s caliber.

  At the close of the program, just prior to the benediction by Rev. Smitley, the graduating class was presented their diplomas and a word of congratulation and appreciation by Principal of Morocco Schools,  John G. Cronk.


Graduates of 1951

Dareldean Beckwith, Gordon Born, Bertha Bushman, Tom Clark, Nancy Colbourne, RoseMary DeGroot, Carol DeVelde, Richard Falk, Shirley Fillnovich, Robert Goddard, Margaret Hardy, Harold William Heyer, Daniel Johnson, Jim Kay, James Kessler, Clayton Klein, Stella Linderman, Mark Mahan, Norma McCord, Rosalyn Patrick, Joan Porter, William Reddel, Jerry Ringer, Marilyn Ross, Byron Sandberg, Carolyn Sirois, Jack Snell,  Sue Storey, Marlene Styck. Rita Styck, Jack VanNiman, Joyce Warne, Robert Wooten and Donald Watt.


Morocco Courier May 17,1951

                               Senior Class Play Plan To Offer Matinee Tuesday

  The long anticipated class play, produced annually by the senior class of Morocco high school, will open with a matinee performance Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock for the convenience of grade school pupils and others who will be unable to attend the regular evening performance. The admission prices will be the same for each performance.

  The seniors have selected a clever skit for this year’s production; “The Seventeenth Summer,”

and the well selected cast together with the competent coaching of Mrs. McPhail assures the event to be one of the high spots of the season’s entertainment activities.

  Tickets may be purchased from any member of the senior class.


                   Physics Class Visit Museum of Science and Industry

  The Physics class of Morocco high school spent Monday in Chicago where during the morning the students made a tour of the Museum of Science and Industry. Exhibits of interest, which they saw, were displays by the U.S. Navy and other branches of the service. Another was the cancer and polio detection and cures. In another exhibit of “Television and Telephone”, the students had a thrill of seeing themselves on television.

  The group made a tour of the Inland Steel Works at Indiana Harbor during the afternoon. The blast furnaces were seen, also the open-hearth furnaces, the largest building of its type in the world housing 24 furnaces. The rolling mill where large blocks of metal are rolled into sheets was visited by the class.


  Those who went on the tour were; Mrs. Chestnut, physics instructor, Mr. Cronk, principal, Verle Sypult, Bill Heyer, Jack Van Niman, Tom Clark, Gene James, Mark Mahan, Bill Reddel, Gordon Born, Jack Snell, Nancy Colbourne, Carol DeVelde and Lois Gulley.

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Morocco Courier: Tuesday, January 31, 1956


  Plans are being made for the Eighth Annual Morocco Student Legislature, which is to be held on March second and ninth. Committee meetings are set for March 2nd with the Legislative sessions of both houses to be held on March 9th. These sessions are held for the benefit of all the students so they will have a fuller understanding of how our legislative bodies of government work. The legislature is sponsored by the two sections of government and history club,  and visitors are cordially invited.

  A committee consisting of Joyce Warne, Judy Brunton, Dave Boyd, Les Klein and Dale Purkey, chairman were appointed to make out the details of the legislature. This committee selects the different people as officers, rules and regulations and the cutting of certain bills which seem to appear in every legislature.

  The two sections of government elected Ann Mahan as President of the Senate and John Kessler as Speaker on the House. Ann was the assistant President of the Senate last year and has attended the Purdue Student Legislature two years.

  A new rule set up by this year’s planning committee is having only sophomore and junior students as speakers for bills and rebuttals by seniors. This will give the underclassmen a larger responsibility….

  Bills were cut by the committee, include those on; giving the voting privilege to eighteen year olds, the problem of Hawaiian and Alaskan statehood, and the question of toll roads.

  Harry Fitzgerald will act as governor at the opening session of the legislature, by giving a speech.

  The Senate committee chairman are; Agriculture and Forestry, Bill Arbuckle; Education and Labor, Linda Potts; Interior Affairs, Junior Miller; Foreign Aid, Stanley Elgas, and a fifth committee headed by Kenneth Clark.

  The House committee chairmen are Agriculture and Forestry, Jack Storey; Education and Labor, Judy Brunton; Interior Affairs, Harry Fitzgerald; Foreign Aid, Dave Boyd; and Dennis Speer who will head the fifth committee.

  The clerks of the House are Norma Deardurff and Pauline Doty. Those in the Senate are Janice Flynn and Sandy Kessler.

  Shirley Bassett is the librarian of the House and Martha Clark of the Senate. These librarians keep all materials of reference concerning the bills if there is any question about the bills.

  The Parliamentarian of the House will be Mr. Lods and of the Senate Mr. Rainford. Dick Goddard and Gene Hendryx are the sergeants-at-arms of the House and Joe Ramsey and Harold Hough are in the Senate.


Electric Typewriter Procured for M.H.S.

  The Morocco commercial department has recently received a new Remington Electric Typewriter for the benefit of students who need the experience for future office work.

  The students sure have been enjoying typing on the new typewriter and have found it to have a completely different touch and no carriage throw lever. The experience is wonderful for those who plan to go into the business world as many up to date offices have installed electric typewriters.

  The commercial department, Mrs. Mathew and Mr. Smart wish to thank our trustee, Daryl Brandt, for buying us the new electric typewriter. It will certainly be put to good use.


 Morocco Courier March 1956.


  The Morocco Beavers defeated Rensselaer in the final game of the Sectional Tourney 65 to 58. Morocco trailed Rensselaer most of the first half but managed to leave the floor at the intermission with a one-point lead, 31 to 30.

  The Beavers, playing their best ball of the tourney, led by twelve points at the end of the third quarter and held on to win 65 to 58.

  Five seconds after the game was over, half of the student body was in the center of the floor, hugging, pounding, kissing, ten happy ball players. Tears of happiness were much in evidence. The wild demonstration lasted about ten minutes before anyone thought about cutting the nets down. Then just about everyone got in the act.

  The team finally got its picture taken and headed for the showers. Back in Morocco a bonfire was built in the center of the town. Students snake danced. The fire trucks loaded down with the conquering heroes and many admirers blew sirens.  Automobile horns honked, the town siren blew. The Trustee decreed one hour of school Monday and every one was deliriously happy.

  For the students it was the first time in their lives that Morocco had won a sectional. For the adults, it had been twenty-two long years. The tradition that Morocco just does not win sectionals was broken.

  Monday morning a big pep session was held. The boys made speeches. The teachers made speeches. Some students made speeches. Even Galen Deardurff was called on to speak.

  After an hour of singing yelling and speech making the student body was given its promised vacation with a few exceptions. The boys had to practice to get ready for Logansport.

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  One of the finest gestures came from a Fair Oaks Booster as Lyle Warne presented Morocco with an exceptionally fine stuffed Beaver. It’s a honey, Lyle, and all of Morocco truly appreciates it.



The unfavorable draw.

The cautious first half in the Mr. Ayr game.

The fleeting instant that Mr. Ayr led at the beginning of the second half.

The poise of the second five during the last four minutes of the game.

The Kentland team that wouldn’t give up.

DeMotte upsetting Goodland.

Les Klein coming through with 11 points when the chips were down during the last quarter of the DeMotte game.

Dale Purkey quarterbacking the team during the whole tourney.

Gene Hendryx and his free throws in the final moments of the championship game.

Dave Boyd’s steady performance though out the tourney.

Calvin Schultz and his brilliant performance against Rensselaer.

John Kessler on the business end of a couple of fast breaks.

Rybarski hugging Schultz during each time out in the final game.

Don Hunter on pins and needles concerning the outcome of the final game.

Tom Shuey scoring a crucial basket during the final game on his only attempt.

Dave Brandt hitting 5 out of 6 free throws during his two appearances.

The poise of the whole team when the going was tough.

Gene Deardurff – a pop eyed manager.

Mr. Lods – A dedicated coach..

Mr. Stucker and his “That’s not a big enough lead.”

Nancy Cox and Linda Mashino doing a magnificent job as cheer leaders.

The Morocco Fans and their quiet confidence in the team’s chances of winning.

Les Klein’s concern about the little boy he had crashed into.

The bench standing in the huddle at every time out.

The four Beavers – two stuffed and two otherwise on the floor before game time….

The tears of joy from students, players and adults.

Mrs. McPhail during her bit in cutting down the nets.

……----Gerald Rainford


The Old Gold and Black April 10, 1956

…..  This is the first year Morocco has ever had an Athletic Banquet and Dance. Everyone is cordially invited……This year the Morocco Beavers won two football conference titles; they won the six-man Kankakee Valley championship and the eleven-man Northern State conference. The greatest thrill and their biggest triumph this was the winning of the Sectional tournament. With these two high spots of the athletic season, the Pep Club thought it only right to have a night in honor of these boys.

  A big part of the honors go to those who will not be playing for MHS any longer… The seniors who have played and helped attain the aforementioned goals are: Dale Purkey, Les Klein, Gene Hendryx, John Kessler, Dave Boyd, Bill Arbuckle, Kenneth Clark, Dale Wiseman, Joe Ramsey, Jack Storey, Dick Goddard, Charles Bridgeman and Harry Fitzgerald. Our sincere congratulations to all of these senior boys – they did a great job for old MHS.


OLD GOLD AND BLACK April 24, 1956

                                           ATHLETIC SUPPER, DANCE ENJOYED

  On April 14, a great crowd gathered in the Morocco gym for a potluck supper and dance

The gym was decorated with tables forming a large M in the center of the floor with centerpieces of flowers and clack and gold crepe paper. Place settings were made with gold nut cups and a football goal or basketball net made out of pipe cleaners and either a basketball or football with the word champs printed on it. The stage curtains were adorned with pennants with the names of the basketball and football boys, the Coach Lods, Coach Stucker and cheerleaders.  Judy Brunton, Pep Club  president.…

  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mr. Herb Barnett who did a very fine job. Mr. Barnett opened the program and introduced Terry Madison who played two selections on his accordion, Mr. Clyde Gentry, principal of Tuttle Grade school at Crawfordsville, gave a very interesting speech. Miss Sharell Shultz then sang two songs. Mr. Lods gave a short talk and introduced all of the senior athletes and other members of the squads.

  Following the supper the floor was cleared and Paul Gates orchestra furnished music for the dance……


Old Gold and Black April 10, 1951

“Too Many Dates” As ’56 Senior Class Play

 Senior play time is here again. “Too Many Dates,” a comedy in three acts, that depicts modern youth in surprising and hilarious situations has been chosen by this year’s senior class to be given on Friday evening, April 20 at 8 o’clock.

  When the curtain rises, lively lovely Louanne Miller in battling her way out of another boy friend and when he leaves she finds herself without social security for the next evening’s party. The trouble begins when Louanne allows herself to be talked into a blind date by her three girl friends, each of who is having her own difficulties with the troublesome element (boys).

Louanne has promised to sit with the neighbor’s baby on the same night the girls have scheduled the blind date. Louanne’s mother, who is active in Girl Scout groups and a host of trouble with younger sister Betsy, is against blind dates …..

  Everyone in the class has been assigned his part in producing the play. The characters are as follows: Louanne Miller, Judy Brunton; Paul Chase, Dave Boyd; Mrs. Miller, Joyce Warne; Mr. Miller, Harry Fitzgerald; Eleanor, Susan Triplett; Floyd, Dode Purkey; Alice, Linda Potts; Irviin, Lester Klein; Carolyn, Martha Clark; Howard, Jack Storey; Betsy Miller, Shirley Bassett; Flax, Dale Brandt; Miss Esther Jones, Sandra Kessler; Norman, Stanley Elgas; Mrs. Hayes, Diana McCord; Mr. Hayes, Junior Miller; Reader, Ann Mahan, Delivery Man, Bill Arbuckle; Jessica, Judy Madison; Mike, Jim Hoffman; Laura, Charlene Bridgeman; Stan, Dave Boyd; Ruth, Shirley Anderson; Carl, Dale Wiseman; Harriet, Ann Berry; Andy, Kenneth Clark; First Girl Scout, Norma Deardurff; Second, Pauline Doty; third, Barbara Doty; fourth, Claire Kuster; First Boy Scout; Gary White, 2nd, Larry Bingham; 3rd, Charles Bridgeman; 4th Terry Hunter.

  The business managers are John and Dennis Speer; advertising, Barbara Stone and Carolyn Pike; ushers, Joyce Bushman, Judy Caul, Janice Flynn, Richard Neibert, Eleanor Sorenson, Percy Styck, and Jean Bigger. The wardrobe department is composed of Beverly Claywell, Karen Phillips and Mary Ann Villanova  The stage managers; are Dick Goddard, Harold Hough, Joe Manes, Joe Ramsey, Jeremy Treado, Dale Bassett, Tom Rainford; the electrician is Delmar Pufahl and the curtain man is Gene Hendryx.


Morocco Courier April 26, 1956

                                           Junior-Senior Prom

  Come one, come all, to the 1956 Junior-Senior Prom May 5th from 9 to 12 o’clock. You will dance to the music of Jimmy Hill’s ten-piece orchestra plus a vocalist. This year there will be a photographer to take pictures of the couples for only $2 and you get two framed pictures.

  The gym will be decorated with orchid and white crepe paper to make “the best prom ever.” The stage will serve as a beautiful setting for the crowning of the King and Queen.

  All the juniors are busily working on items for the prom everyone seems to be running off to the book room to help make paper orchids for the decorations. It has been estimated that approximately 500 orchids will be used in decorating the tables, the stage, the punch stand and the doorways.

  The invitations, place cards, napkins, streamers and balloon net have arrived.

The juniors are hoping to exchange courtesy tickets with the Kentland and Brook juniors so the upper classmen can see how the other proms are decorated without having to pay.

  After the prom the junior mothers have made it possible for the kids to go to the show at Brook which is “Blood Alley.” Tickets may be purchased from the juniors. Any parents who wish to attend the show will be admitted free of charge and also chaperones will be welcomed. Also the junior mothers are going to serve a smorgasbord breakfast for juniors, seniors and their guests at the Conservation clubhouse directly after the prom and after the show.

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Morocco Courier May 10, 1956

                   Senior Class to Take Trip East

  All of the fifty-seven students of Morocco high school senior class and three chaperones will be Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Rainford and Mrs. J.N. McPhail.

  They will leave here Sunday, May 13 and will return here Friday, May 18.

  They plan to go to Washington D.C. to tour the city and also tour the capitol building. They will visit Mr. Vernon, tour the George Washington home and then go to Annapolis, home of the U.S. Navy.


Morocco Courier May 17, 1956

         Graduation Exercises to be Sunday, Monday, May 20 – 21                    


                           BACCALAUREATE SERVICES

                                           Morocco High School

                          Sunday Evening, May 20, 1956   

                      High School Gymnasium, 8:00  o’clock. D.S.T

Processional……..                            Lynn Russell

Invocation…..                                   Rev Robert Walker

“Now the Day is Over”….                   H. S. Chorus

Sermon……                         Rev Stanley Rolston

“Prayer Perfect”…..                           H. S. Chorus

Benediction…….                              Rev. Wm. Schuster


                               COMMENCEMENT EXCERCISES

                                 Monday Evening May 21, 1956 

                                           High School Gymnasium   

                                           8:00 o’clock D.S.T.  

Processional….Pomp and Circumstance”  . Band 

“Pacific Grandeur Overture” ……             . Band

Address…..”A Decade of Security”….    Col. Wm. P. Williamson

“Little Jumbo March”…………….Band

Presentation of Diplomas…                      John G. Cronk

Benediction…..                                        Rev. Stanley Rolston

Recessional…….                                     Band


 Class Sponsor:…… Anne McPhail

 Class Colors:…..     Gray & White

 Class Flower:…….  Sweet Pea

 Class Motto….        .”Within yourself your future lies”

 Class President:              Jack Storey;

 Vice-President:               Harry Fitzgerald.

         Secretary:   Linda Potts;    Treasure:,  Joyce Warne

         Student Council:    Judy Brunton  and Lester Klein


R.D. Norris, Co. Supt.                                   Daryl Brandt, Trustee

John Cronk, Prin.                              Ruth Corbin

Carol Leuck                                      Robert Lloyd

James Lods                                     Anne Mathews

Anne McPhail                                               Gerald Rainford

Gordon Richardson                           Carroll Russell

Olive Smart                                      Robert Smart




                   MHS 1961 &1966


                                           LOOKING BACK

                                            CLASS  of 1961


 Old Gold and Black May 21, 1957 

                    (57-58) Freshman Visit M.H.S.  (Class of 1961)

 April 29th the eighth graders from Lake Village, Enos, Ade and Morocco had an all day orientation program. They started the gala day by listening to the high school band. Mr. Egli took the time to identify the sections of the band and to explain the instruments.

Each “Class of ‘61” member received a tag on which he wrote his name. Games were played that helped the classmates get acquainted.

  Mr. Bannon, school principal, then took over the program by discussing the curriculum available to the students. Cards were given to the students on which to write their choice of study, such as commercial academic, home economics and agriculture.

Duplicate cards were also given to the students to give to their parents.  If through discussion a “new“ course is decided upon, it may be changed.

The students were then taken a walk though the town which ended with a survey of the new football field.

  At 12:00 the visitors and regular students were served a free luncheon in the cafeteria.

 After the luncheon a talent show was held in the gym. Janie Miller played her guitar and sang. Terry Henderson sang and played his guitar and also accompanied Efrain Solis. Melva Babbitt favored the group with a piano solo and Nancy Bushman sang a song …

  All of the teenagers then enjoyed the rest of the day by participating in several games …Some of the games were Wink’em; Two-Dup; Pennsylvania; Lost His Hat; Nip-Zap. Run for you Supper. Refreshments were served in the mid- afternoon and free Old Gold and Blacks were distributed.

  Those enjoying the day were: Rick David, Earl Kessler, Dennis Boyd, Robert Speer, Sharon Abraham, Bonnie Boyd, Peg Styck, Judy Tebo, Sandra Padgett, Darlene Spurgeon, Sharon Gulley, Evelyn Clark, Linda Shirer.

  Roslynn Merchant, Sammy Robinson, Herbie Barnett, Clifford Russell, James Bingham, Robert Sellers, Janie Miller, Melva Jane Babbitt, Gail Bertram, Leolla Guedesse, Leann Merchant, Leonna Guedesse, Melody Collard, Ina Sapp,

  Edna Merrill, Nancy Bushman, Shirley Brownfield, Delbert Wayne Kay, Rita Emmrich, Linda Deardurff, Michael Jones, Celia Loys, Larry Cady, Jerry Sellers, Keith Borem, Ronnie Wilson, Rudy Watkins, Keith Nuest, Edward Bushman.

  Chester Kwiatkowski, Terry Henderson, Raymond Geller, Danny Vanderwall, Jerry Brown, Jack Taylor, Charles King, Denny Rush, Ronald Madison, David Henderson, Larry Volyes, Walter, Zelivetz, Jim Elijah.

  Thomas Plunkett, Charles Laffoon, Ted Hayes, Roger Abraham, Oscar Solis, Efrain Solis, Kenneth Delaney, Jim Doyle, Barbara Bridgeman, Jackie Hayes, Connie Brown, Ruby Slayton, Sally James, Sandy Winkley, Mary Shireley.

Old Gold and Black December 6, 1960

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                                           PIT SERVES MANY PURPOSES

  The pit is where the students of Morocco High School may go at noon for recreation. The seniors have a juke-box located there that anyone may play for a nickel. The candy cage, a profitable enterprise, is operated by the junior class. Here you may buy various kinds of candy or obtain change.  Along side the juke-box is a Pepsi-Cola machine where the students may buy a soft drink and in warm weather this is a very busy machine.   

  The pit is a project which was financed by the township and Centennial funds.  It was built from the floor of the old gymnasium,which was left vacant when the new rooms were built above it in 1954.

 The pit serves many purposes.  The students who do not take hot lunch in the cafeteria usually eat their cold lunch here.  During the noon hour anyone may dance or simply sit on the benches placed along the walls.  The majority of the students go to the pit just to visit or watch the others dance.  

  Many of the teachers show movies to their classes in this convenient place and occasionally   

In warm weather you may find a class that has adjourned to this cool spot.

  The pit is the center of a variety of activities.  It is here that the student pictures are taken,  eyes tested, the majorettes and cheerleaders practice.  Scouts and many other clubs have meetings and the different classes have their parties.

  The popularity of the pit is proven by the large number of students who congregate there every noon. It is very orderly and well supervised by different teachers.             



Old Gold and Black April 18, 1961


 The 75 member Morocco High School Band, under the direction of Royce A. Armstrong, received a superior or first division rating, both on concert playing and sight reading lst Saturday. The contest was held at Lowell where 38 bands and 38 choral groups from northern Indiana auditioned for judges that were chosen from the ranks of outstanding college and high school music teachers in this and other states.

  Of the 20 bands in Class C, Morocco and six others received the superior ratings. Other first division bands in this area were Brook, Remington and Otterbein. The bands are judged on tone quality, intonation, rhythm, stage appearance, interpretation, balance and technique.

  Transportation for the 75 band members was provided by parents and interested patrons. The band is very proud and appreciative of the local community support which it receives. It is only through this support and cooperation of the community teachers and officials of the school that a successful band program is possible.


  The band is composed of fifteen seniors, five juniors, twenty sophomores, fifteen freshmen, eighteen 8th graders and two 7th graders.

 Flutes – Carmen Sell, Sandy Padgett*,  Shirley Storey, Sue Plaster,  Donna Deardurff, Vicki Parrish.

  Clarinets – Evelyn Clark* Bonnie Boyd*  Pat Borth, Linda Shirer*,  Janet Warne, Sandy Clarkson , Sam Robinson*, Marilyn Rainford , Phil Cox, Gloria Holderby,   Donna Ketcham, Kay Babbitt, Phyllis Schultz, Joyce Hoskins, Bob Schanlaub, Larry Schanlaub., Judy Plunkett, Darlene Hickman, Janis Deardurff*, Donna Holley, Joyce Morgan 

   Alto clarinet – Nancy Bannon, Sue Lynch  

   Bass clarinet – Judy Tebo*, Judy Holderby

  Oboe – Gary Bouse

  Bassoon – Janet Barnett

  French Horns – Herb Barnett*, Dan Vanderwall*, Marsha David, Mike Hayworth 

  Saxophones – Darlene Spurgeon*, Mary Elgas, Leann Merchant*, Lois Tebo, Sharon   


  Trombones – Patsy Woods, Beverly Sheldon, Jim Elijah*, Gary Plaster, Pat Schanlaub 

  Baritone – Roslyn Merchant,* Louann Baird, Linda Tebo.

Cornets – Lois Morgan, David DeKoker, David Gulley, David Henderson*,  Rex Haste, John Henry Hess,  Ricke Stucker,  Dick Lipa, Nancy Deardurff,  Ron Dowty,  Bill Ackors,  Rodney Rich,  James Green

  Basses – Bob Smart,  Don Potts, Don Best, Richard Whitlow

Percussion – Kathy Hayes,  Terry Jackson,  Karen Harrison,  Woody Hammel, Kathy Yoder, Bob Bertram, Lane Hotchkiss*.


                               LEGISLATURE COMMITTEE MEET to Plan Assembly

  On April 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the Legislative Assembly will be in session   

Roslyn Merchant will preside as Speaker of the House and Herb Barnett as President of the Senate.  The public is cordially invited to attend both the Senate and House of Representatives. The school has received word that some students and adults from Kentland plan to attend, so why don’t you?   

  On Friday April 14 at 1:00p.m the committees and advisors of the various bills for the Thirteenth Annual Morocco High School Legislative Assembly met in the gym for the opening ceremony of the legislature.

  Following the opening, the committees will divide into the various groups and go to the selected rooms to plan their bills…..


                               Morocco honored its athletes Tuesday night

  A great number of Morocco high school athletic fans gathered in the local gym Tuesday night to pay tribute to the Beavers at all levels who have given them such fine entertainment during the past school year.  The gala affair opened with the invocation  by Rev.  Maurice Bonecutter and those present devoured the mounds of food which had been carried in by the feminine athletic fans.  

  Following the dinner Morocco Lions Club President, Ezra Castongia emceed a fast moving program which opened with an address by Coach Duane Kleuh, Indiana State Teachers College, at Terre Haute, Indiana Then came the awards with Coaches Jones,  O’Neil and Ehrick presenting Jr. Hi. And high school awards for the three major sports in the local school -     

football, basketball and track.  Miss Charlene Molter presented cheerleader awards.  Coach Ehrick, the trophies to the foot ball captain and the boy with the most tackles last fall  O’Neil the free throw trophies for the freshman , B team and Varsity and named the  basketball co-captions:  Coach Jones the  “Most points” trophy for track and named the boys elected co-captains for the track season;

  The Lions club for the  “point leader” in track for the past season;  Dick Gilbert, the Out standing Senior Athlete Trophy and the affair was closed with remarks from Athletic Director William Jones…….

                   Trophies Presented

Honorary Football Captain -    Dennis Rush    

Most Football Tackles -             Roger Abraham

Varsity Free Throw -              Dennis Rush

“B: Team Free Throws -         Jim Klassen

                   Outstanding Senior

  The outstanding senior boy who participated in athletics received the Dick Gilbert Outstanding Senior Athletic Trophy which annually goes to the senior boy who is outstanding in ten different categories running from grades to athletic ability with the selection made by the administrative and athletic staffs of the school and this year the honor went to Dennis Boyd who not only is outstanding in the school as a whole but also majored in two sports, basketball and track. …

                   Senior Awards

  Ten senior boys collected a total of fourteen major awards; Dennis Boyd in basketball and track; Dennis Rush in football and basketball; Ron Wilson in football and track; Ron Madison in football and track; Herb
Barnett in football; Tom Plunkett in track; John Warring in basketball; Dan Vanderwall  in football; Roger Abraham in football; Walt Zelivetz in football….  


  Morocco Courier  May 11, 1961

                               SENIOR CLASS To Present Play on Thursday Apr. 7. 

  The senior class of 1961 will give “We Shook the Family Tree,” on Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the Morocco high school gym.

  The play, a three-act comedy, was taken from the book written by Hildegarde Dolson. The play evolves around the Dolson family and especially Hildegarde, the problem daughter, She is portrayed by that terrific actress, Mary Ferkins. Mrs. Dolson, the mother is played by Evelyn Clark. Mr. Dolson, the father, who works at a bank and is continually getting into trouble because of Hildegarde’s action is played by Herb Barnett.  Sally Hildegarde’s sweet little sister, is played by Linda Shirer.

  Bob, the old brother, is Dennis Boyd, Dan Vanderwall plays Jimmy the younger brother. Ellie May, who is Bob’s heart throb, is played by Rita Emmrich. Jill, her friend, is Roslyn Merchant. Freddie Shermer, the only boy in school who wears knickers, is portrayed by Rick David. Mr. Shermer, who is Mr. Dolson’s boss at the bank is Lane Hotchkiss. Mrs. Shermer is played by Melva Babbitt. Paige, a little six year old girl, is none other than Darlene Surgeon…

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                                      8:00 p.m.   Sunday, May 14, 1961

                                        High School Gymnasium

Processional………  piano - .Marilyn Rainford

Invocation                                         Rev. Harold Hotchkiss

‘The Lost Chord”                               Chorus

Sermon: “Lest You Forget”….                        Rev. Paul Coates

“Bless This House”                           Chorus

Benediction….                                  Rev. Harold Hotchkiss

Recessional…                                  piano -  Marilyn Rainford


                   Class Flower….CARNATION

                   Class colors….  BLUE and WHITE

                   Class Motto…..The past is forever gone, The future still our own



                                           Morocco High School  

                                  8:00 p.m.    Wednesday, May 17, 1961

Processional:     “Pomp and Circumstance”    Band

Invocation…..                                               Rev. Maurice Bonecutter

“The Student Prince”….                                 Band

Address:   “The Brighter Side of the Coin” ..    Jesse Owens

“Halls of Ivy”….                                             Chorus 

   Presentation of Diplomas….                                   Lawrence R. Bannon

Benediction….                                              Rev. Maurice Bonecutter

Recessional…”Graduation Day”..                   Band


                                           CLASS OFFICERS

                               President                      Jerry Brown

                               Vice President               Herbert Barnett 

                               Secretary                      Judy Tebo

                               Treasurer                       Roslynn Merchant

                               Sponsor                                    James F. Howell



Old Gold and Black May 15, 1961


  Tired but happy seniors returned from a week’s tour of the nation’s capital, sites of interest nearby and New York City Saturday morning. Highlights included a panoramic view of Washington D.C. by night, guided tour of Washington Cathedral, watching the change of the Guards at Arlington Cemetery, a guided tour of Gettysburg. A dress parade was a feature of the tour of Annapolis. At New York City, the Statue of Liberty, bird’s eye view of surrounding aria from the Empire State Building and the United Nations were among the outstanding sites viewed while on Manhattan Island.

 The following is a summary of the tour: the seniors left Morocco high school Sun. afternoon, May 7, by Greyhound bus. Enroute they stopped at Columbus, Ohio and Wheeling, Virginia. They spent approximately two days visiting the most important governmental buildings, and sites in and around the District of Columbia. All agreed that Mt. Vernon, Washington and Lincoln Memorials as well as the Capitol Building and White House in them selves made the trip worthwhile.

  From Washington the class went to New York City, arriving Wednesday evening. Thursday was occupied with a guided tour of the city. Free time was offered to the touring group Friday morning until eleven o’clock when they departed on the homeward journey via the Toll Road and New York Lincoln Tunnel. Stops included Mechanicsburg, New Jersey Pleasant Valley, Ohio, Akron, Ohio, Indiana Meadow and Valparaiso, Indiana, as well as an hour and a half delay because of a bus breakdown, resulting in a change of bus.

  The Senior Class appreciates the support and cooperation of school parents and the general public. Special appreciation is extended to Mr. James Howell and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Merchant.



                   A DEDICATION TO THE CLASS OF  (61)  by I. Nominus

We’re going to miss you, seniors,        You always set the pace.

In fact, you rushed around so much,    You almost wrecked the place.

You’ve treated us so ‘justly…           What else could we demand?

You set up an example,                        That all of us have banned.

The title of the Senior Play,                 “We Shook the Family Tree,”

Showed folks how determining ,           The senior girls can be.

Your money-making system,                Really won you fame.

(That monkey and the organ,              Were driving US insane.)

The teachers..they all loved you,          How else could they react?

You went on strike so many times,      They’ll never want you back! 

The bills you wrote in legislature,        Had us all confused.

But when voted on and passed,            We all were quite amused

This poem, written all in jest,               Is very far from true.

Of all the classes you’re the best,          There’s no replacing you.




CLASS  of !966


Morocco Courier August 12 1965

                               Reveal Program, Faculty for North Newton Schools

  Morocco High School – Prin. Robert Smart; P.E. Health & Safety, Thomas Allen; Social Studies, Bernard Baker; English, Dorothy Barnett; Band, Paul E. Fitch; Music, Mr. Glenn Steele, Art, Lucille Foster; Speech, English, Emily Furrer; Spanish, Luis Garriga; Science & Math, Merle Gunkle; Librarian, Bertha Holley; Math, Janice Kiger; English, Margaret Merchant; Social Sc. & P.E.  & Coach, John Noak; Commerce, Joan Plunkett; Commerce, Mr. Joe Elliott; Dr.Ed., Ind. Arts, Coach, Larry Pohlman; P.E. Health & Safety, Cafeteria, Elizabeth; Social Studies Guidance, Jack Snell; Agriculture, Richard Wright; Home Ec., Jean Thompson; and Science & Math, Warren Stephenson.


 Morocco Courier March 20 1966

                                          MHS Seniors Will Present Annual Play

  The annual senior class play will be presented March 11 at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Miss Emily Furrer, The title of the Play is “To Blush Unseen.” The admission is general $1.00 and children 50c.

  The plot of the story is about Smedley Brandon,  a student at the Sweetberry College, apparently invents a chemical solution that will make people invisible.  This is very disturbing to him, because he is a serious-minded young man who would like to stay out of trouble, but every time he  lifts a finger he piles one complication upon another.  Of course as soon as people begin to disappear, hilarious confusion takes over and dear old Sweetberry College comes awfully close to being a madhouse.  Finally no one knows what to believe. A psychologist is summoned and also the F.B.I. and even mowed down in the on rush of events, and it is really a fake psychologist (one of the students dressed up) who helps bring order out of chaos. The play is a high farce; it involves a cast of wacky characters, most of whom remain visible, but some who don’t.

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Man from the F.B.I.: Tim Geller;        

Dottie Finiston, a student working way through school: Juanita Davis;

 Glorainna Day a student: Betty Sapp.

Marabella Simpson, a student, her roommate: Janet Blann;

Hanover Banks, one of three roommates: Nick Smart;

Pres. “Prexy” Eckman, Pres. Of the College: Joe Clarkson;

Gutzy Butterworth, another one of the roommates: Joe Castongia;

Cora Mulligan, a girl who talks too much: Linda McClatchey;

Smedley Brandon, the Third roommate, always in trouble; Tim Fox;

Lee Wilson, an “A” Chemistry student, Smedley’s ex-girl friend: Cathy Smart

Wanda Fishe, Smedley’s present girl friend: Sherry Samuelson;

Dean Haggenbeck, the Dean of Women: Rhonda Hale:

Dr. Herman Boltsy, a psychologist: Lester Laffoon;

Daisy Forrest, a new girl: Donna Deardurff

  The public is cordially invited to attend. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a pleasant evening of entertainment.


Morocco Courier May 12, 1966

                                           Junior – Senior Prom is Big Success

  “Moonlight and Roses,” was the hem of this years’ Junior-Senior held from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. on May 7th in the gymnasium in honor of the Seniors given by the Junior Class.

  The guests entered the lovely garden through an arched rose trellis. A Brick wall encircled the dance floor with rose trellises leading upward from the wall. The sky was a net sea of blue scattered with small moons. In the center of the garden a basket of cascading roses hung from the blue sky. Tables with centerpieces of moons and roses lined the walls. The band was located on the stage in a small garden scene with the prom theme in the background.

  A large number of spectators were in attendance to see the beautifully decorated gym and also to watch the grand march.

  Pictures of couples were taken by the photographer present.

  The highlight of the evening was the crowning of the King and the queen by Prin. Robert Smart…..

The grand march was led by the junior class president, Tom Kocoshis, and his date. The girls were charming in their beautiful formal gowns. Wrist and shoulder corsages added to their loveliness. Many fellow ere dressed in dinner jackets of various colors coordinating with their date’s gowns. Boutonnières of various colors donned their jackets.

  Punch, cookies, mints and nuts ere served from a wood-framed wishing well. The servers at the well ere Mary Sue Blaney, Ruth Ellen Blaney, Becky Hatten, Patty Lynn, Brenda Morgan, Lisa Bennett, Debbie Bannon and Rhonda White. Each girl wore a flowered print “granny” dress. The handsome ushers were Mark McClatchey, Denny Wynn, Bob Merchant, Rick Kaupke, Jim Cox, Bob Kemp, Dale Graefnitz, and Joe Deardurff. The fellow wore Derby hats, garters on the sleeves of their white shirts, and black dress slacks.

  Many couples then attended the movie, “The Rare Breed,” at the theater in Brook.

  Sleepy-eyed, beautiful and excited, the couples returned to the cafeteria to attend the after-prom breakfast of juice, hot chocolate and sweet rolls. So came to an end an unforgettable evening of enchantment.


Band Presents Concert

  The Morocco High School Band under the direction of Mr. Paul, gave a fine performance last Sunday afternoon at their annual Spring Concert.  Special features were a clarinet duet by Pat Williamson and Carolyn Holley; also Nick Smart played a solo on the bass tuba horn.              

   Mr. Fitch presented silver medals to Gary Schultz and Nick Smart, both seniors, for their fine cooperation, participation and outstanding work in the band.

  Mr. Fitch asked all the senior members of the band to stand, as this was their last time to play in concert with the high school band. We detected a look of sadness on some of the faces.

  There was a large crowd present to enjoy the concert put on by this fine band.


  Band members:  Donna Deardurff*; Mary Lou DeKoker; Pam White*; Cheryl Hatten; Beverly Morgan; Mary Beth Ludlow; Debbie Bannon; Jane Falk; Lisa Bennett; Paula Storey; Jena Anderson; Pat Williamson; Carolyn Holley; Janet Blann*; Judy Deardurff;  Cheryl Merchant; Sandy Hickman; Janis Hoskins; Carol Hancock; Patty Lynn; Ron Murphy; Rick Kaupke; Joyce Miller; Tom Castongia; Virgie Sapp; Randy Barnett; Sally Hanger; Becky Hatten; Rhonda White; Cheryl Swartz; Joyce Lowe; Mike Plaster*; Gary Schultz*; Barb Whaley, Sandy Deardurff; Rhonda Madden; Sonja Davis; Betty Holley; Gary Brandt; Melvin Fisher; Clyde Legg; Joe Clarkson*; Nancy Reid; Pat Smart; Terry White*; Kathy Bartholomew; Sherri Calaway; Laurie Jackson; Karen Lomax; Tom Hancock; Bobby Merchant; Denny Blann; Karen Lindlow; Susan McCord; Marilyn Babbitt; Steve Storey; Nancy Lowe; Mary Sue Blaney; Becky Falk; Cathy Smart*, Nick Smart*; George Deardurff; Jim Falk; Mike Guzman; Lynn Severs’ John Broderick.



Morocco Courier May 25, 1966                     

Fans Appreciate Beaver Athletes

  One of the largest crowds ever to attend a Morocco Athletic Banquet filled the local gym Tuesday evening to partake of the plentiful supply of food, hear a fine speaker in the person of Jim Arneberg puts a lot of stress on “clean football,” because he feels this is ‘safe’ football but does firmly believe that every one connected with the game  (….) must have a violent, desire to win.  He told many amusing experiences during his playing and coaching career, brought out the importance of having the confidence in your own ability to do a bit of gambling in a ball game and this is something he does believe in as any one who has watched his teams play and attest – they gamble at the drop of a hat and many times it works out to their advantage. At least the boys playing the game and those watching certainly enjoy this kind of football.

  First in the way of awards were those for the cheerleaders with Mrs. Paul Hittle (the former Miss Janice Kiger), cheer sponsor, presenting the Jr.Hi,  “B” and Varsity cheerleaders with their awards, introduced the gals who will do the “Jumping” next year and was in turn presented with the beautiful floral centerpiece from the speaker’s table by the girls with “graduation” Cathy Smart “making the speech of appreciation.”

  Then it was basketball coach John Noak’s turn at the wheel and he expressed his belief in basketball, introduced his Cross Country team of last fall, presented Gale Moody with the “Coaches Award” which was a track shoe, introduced the “B” and Varsity basketball teams and had many kind words to say about the effort, advancement and attitude of the lads even though they didn’t have what could be termed a successful season. Coach Noak had one other special award to hand out and it went to the very deserving Roger LaCosse for his tremendous and consistent work which made him one of the toughest in the area by the time the season was over. The award was a basketball charm with an “M” on it. He also paid tribute to his managers, Ronnie LaCosse, and Mike Shireley.

  Coach Tom Allen and Coach Larry Pohlman collaborated on their awards which covered football, baseball, track and the Jr. Hi. Sports. First the Jr. Hi lads were recognized and given their letters ….the track squad was presented, then the baseball team, with the trophies going to Terry White for the highest batting average and to Tom Lukes as the most valuable player.

  Football came next with special emphasis and recognition given the senior boys who have done such a grand job during their high school careers. Co-Captain trophies were handed to Joe Clarkson, Jerry Wagner and Terry White, the “Most Tackles” trophy for a Varsity player went to Jerry Wagner ..

  A delayed award by Coach Allen went to Terry White for the most points scored on the track team this season and Coach Pohlman presented a special football award a football charm, to one of the most willing, ambitious, cooperative and able graduating seniors- Ralph Schultz.

  The “Most Valuable Senior Athlete Award,” was presented to Joe Clarkson. Principal Robert Smart closed the meeting.

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                                           COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES


                                                  Morocco Gymnasium

                                            Sunday May 15, 1966 – 8:00 p.m.

Choral Anthem, “Let Thy Holy Presence”        School Chorus

Invocation….                                                            Rev. August Stork

Music, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”….               School Chorus

Sermon ….                                                  Rev. Glen Ramsey

Benediction…                                               Rev. Eldon Shingleton



                                       Morocco Gymnasium

                               Wednesday, May 18, 1966 – 8:00 p.m.

Musicale Prelude….School Band

Processional, “ Pomp and Circumstance”…….Rev. Kenneth Samuelson



Commencement Address……            Professor Thomas Ryan

                         ”Climb Every Mountain, Ford Every Stream”  

Presentation of Diplomas….  Mr. R. L. Smart

Halls of Ivy………………..      Senior Class

Benediction                          Rev. Donald Crellin

Recessional……                   School Band


                    Class officers

President….             Jerry Wagner

Vice President…      Oscar Reyes

Secretary….             Pam White

Treasurer                 Laurie Pike

Sponsors                 Mr. Joe Elliott  and  Mr. Glen Steele

Principal                  Mr. Robert L. Smart

Superintendent                     Mr. L.R. Bannon

       Class Flower…             White Rose

       Class Colors                  Blue and White

       Class Motto                   “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”






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Honor Classes of the MHS Alumni:







1922 – 1927 – 1932 – 1937 – 1942 – 1947 – 1952 – 1957 – 1962 – 1967



From The Moroccan - 1922

                                                                   SENIOR CLASS HISTORY

  On September 5, 1918, soon after the sun had topped the horizon, one score and thirteen mothers brought their boys and girls to the Morocco High School. After seeing them to their seats and cautioning them to be good, left them to the tender mercies of the upper classmen. This began their long journey to the city of desire.

  We were somewhat the color of green but like the Amelia, we soon changed our color. We slipped in the halls, fell up the stairs, and got into the upper classes, but we didn’t mind the laughs and jeers of the upper classmen, for we knew that the M.H.S. couldn’t get along without us.  Very early in the year a large sign appeared on the black-board which stated that all freshmen and all freshwomen were to meet in the north recitation room at 4 o’clock. After much confusion and running around the building, we found ourselves in the north room. Here we elected Ora Hough, president; Lula Moor, vice-president; Gladys Stockton, treasurer and Harley Smart, secretary. To our pride Old Gold and Purple were chosen as our class colors and the American Beauty Rose as our class flower.

  In athletics we were well represented, Hendricks, Flemings and Hough were regulars on the football team and Hendricks and Hough were of the quintet in the winter.

  Our first class party was held at Marie Larson’s home and we had a W-I-L-D time playing Jacob and Ruth and Ring Around the Rosy. As green and ignorant as we were, we looked ahead at goals to be attained. First, seemingly near at hand, yet far away, was the goal of Sophomorism: second, still farther away but near enough to be seen, was the goal of Juniorism and last, so far away that none but the wearers of intellectual glasses could see it, was the Olympic goals of Seniorism.

  Having obtained the first goal, we Sophs., began our school year with many faces minus. At a class meeting the officers of the preceding year were re-elected. This year we had no Football team but Lucus, Hendricks, Brunton, Archibald and Hough, sophomores represented OLD M.H.S. at the tournament. Although too young to be recognized and yet too old to be ridiculed, we managed to give a class play. “ARON GO BROUGH,” and a few parties.

  As Junior we entered the third lap of our journey. This year, fewer in number than ever, we started the steady march. At the class  meeting Hough, Stockton and Smart were elected for their third term. Lawson Brunton was elected vice-president to succeed Lulu  Moore who moved away. This year we gave a class play, “LAUGHING CURE,“ and were hosts at the Junior reception which I think everyone who was there will long remember. We had our few parties which ended our third year.

  With the first goal far, far behind, second goal not so far, and the third goal attained, we now are beginning to tighten our belts, pull down our headgears and sharpen our spikes for the glorious touchdown. This year we had a new member, Mary Jane Phillips, who proved to be a live wire for her class.

  At the usual class meeting officers were elected to carry on the business of the SENIOR year. Hough, Brunton, Stockton and Smart, who had proven loyal to their class for three years, were given the responsibility again for their fourth term. At this meeting the Seniors undertook to advance the Morocco High School in an educational way by publishing an annual- THE MOROCCAN.

    Ora T Hough, ‘22

                                           SENIOR NIGHT

                               Monday May 15, 8:00 p.m.

President’s Address………………..Ora Hough

Salutatory…………………………. Mary Jane Phillips

History…………………………….Grace Russell

Will………………………………..Cora Wampsher

Prophecy…………………………..Gladys Stockton

Solo………………………………..Mary Jane Philips

Poem………………………………Burton Harwood

Motto Colors and Flower………….Harley Smart

Creed………………………………Nora Stoner

Oration…………………………….Lawson Brunton

Quartette…………………………..Senior Boys

School Days……………………….Marie Larson, Bessie Peters

Presentation……………………….Ora Hough

Acceptance………………………..Clifton Hendricks

Valedictory……………………… .Ruth Hunter

Presentation of Credits…………….Gladys Roberts

Class Song……………………………..

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  One of the ideals of our school is winning athletic teams. Those classes which handed down the cup won on the track and state championship of the football fields represented a type of strength to which we believe the Moroccan aspires. Our shortcomings this year we assign to the disbanded teams of the last two years rather than to the personnel of this one

  Our first football game, September 24th, was played at Rensselaer under a downpour of rain. The team was newly organized and was the first game that some of our boys had ever undertaken. We have no apologies to make, but confess that our 8-0 defeat came from a stronger team. However, throughout the battle a daring spirit was manifested. Twice the eastern army dropped their arms only to receive relief from the shot which ended the half, and the injury which a Moroccan received. We remember the abrupt refusal which we were given when we attempted to schedule another game after our boys were “hardened down.” We always enjoy games with such teams as are put out by this town. We extend an invitation to them for the coming seasons.

  On September 3, Monticello came to our field with a “brand new” team. We found theirs to be a clean cut, sportsman like team with the markings of a real good aggregation. The boys played real team work and showed the Moroccans a good time. But our team showed the advantage of experience by launching four touchdowns. The final score gave us a 26-0 victory. This demonstrated the unique strength of the line and the good work of the backfield. Hough’s line plunging and McClatchey’s end runs supplied the fans with rotating thrills.

  On October 15, our return game with Monticello resulted in an 18-0 victory but was won with some of the substitutes and a weakened force. We received the same generous treatment and decided to exchange games again next year. We feel as if these will be royally supported.

  On October 29, our fourth game, was the best played. St. Viators brought over a line-up of extremely athletic men. They boasted of having a practice game but when Hough placed a nice drop kick over and their “carriers” that failed many times to break the line of Moroccan’s the boast fell to fabrics. It was with extreme plunging and sacrificing that they finally put over a touchdown. When the final whistle blew, the score stood 7-3 in favor of the visitors. Every fan witnessed the struggle wistfully, saying that the Moroccans played a remarkable game and deserved credit for holding firm such a heavy, well trained corps of men.

  Friday, November 4, the next game was won at Lafayette. Jefferson sent out a husky battalion to meet the rumored force. Their rough and violent tactics stayed our line through three quarters but the last quarter called forth the old pep which led to a neat and definite seven points. The battle was won 7-0 and the laurels were unmarred.

  The zenith was reached November 19, when Kentland and Morocco met on the former’s field. It was indeed a grid meet. The occasion of this gathering was accompanied by its usual public gathering nature. The pond in the center of the field was not commendable but even under this handicap, Kentland fell far short of their expected walk away. They battled for protection. At last when their line of recruits was nearly exhausted and our regiment long past use up. They managed to score two touchdowns and a goal kick. It was obvious that Hough was the best individual player on the field. We lost, but we fought to the end…… by Mgr. Geo Ray



  Morocco, Goodland Game, on April  29, the Morocco baseball team motored to Goodland. The game was called at 2:30 and the score ended 6 to 4  in favor of Goodland.

                   Line Up

Ora Hough………………………Catcher

James Dutcher………………….Pitcher

Clifton Hendricks………………1st base

Lawson Brunton………………..2nd base

Hayden Martin…………………3rd base

Glen Murphy………………..…short stop

Burnette Archibald…………….center field‘

Herschel McClatchey………….left field

Clifford Russell………………..right field


  Bryon Harwood , pitcher

  Meril Tuggle

  Paul Walters

  Paul Roadruck

  Zeland Holley

  Eldon Howell                      


                                                       Sunday May 14, 7:45 p.m.

                                                           Methodist Church

       Prelude…………………………...Ruth Richmire

       Hymn-Battle Hymn of Republic…M.H.S.Chorus

       Invocation………………………..Rev. R. S. Lantz

       “Holy, Holy, Holy”………………Choir

       Scripture Reading……………… .Rev. W.F. White

       Send Out Thy Light………………Girls Chorus

       Sermon, “Conditions on Which Prize of Life is Won”….Rev. C.C. Cole

       “Sail On, Sail On”……………….Choir

       Onward Christian Soldiers………Congregation

       Benediction………………………Rev. W.L. Hargrave



                                                       Friday May 19, 8 p.m.

                                                       School Auditorium


       Invocation…………………….Rev. E.L. Hargrave


       Address……………………….Dr. Louis J. Rettger


       Presentation of Diplomas…….Supt. Geo. O. Nichols


       Benediction…………………..Rev. R.S. Lantz




FACULTY;         George Otha Nichols,        History

                             Gwladys Roberts,              Latin and English  

                   George Edward Ray,         Mathematics and Science

                   Hallie Coxiene Weathers, Manual Training and Commerce, 

                   Fleta Lovenia Gobbel,      Music , Art, and Domestic Science

                     John J. Hasher;                  Seventh and Eight  Grades


Superintendent of Newton County Schools;  William O. Schanlaub

Trustee Beaver Township                               Charles W. Timmons

Advisory Board;    Peter Z. Kalfise - George Gay - Charles E. Brunton

  Legal Advisor;    Fred G. Richmire

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LOOKING BACK; Morocco Courier May 26, 1922

                                           TWELVE RECEIVE DIPLOMAS

  One of the most successful terms in the history of the Morocco high school came to a fitting close last Friday evening when diplomas were given twelve young men and young women.

  The commencement exercises were held in the assembly hall of the new school building, and was largely attended, affording many their first opportunity to inspect the interior of this splendid new structure, which will mean so much to the future generations of Beaver township. The room was decorated in the class colors and exercises were most impressive throughout.

  The address of the evening was made by Dr. Louis J. Rettger, professor of psychology at the Indiana State Normal. Dr. Rettger is a broad-minded man and a clear, deep thinker, and the gist of his talk was the value and necessity in modern times of a higher education, and he admonished the members of the graduation class to ever push forward toward higher ideal and plans of learning.  In presenting diplomas to the graduates, Supt. Nichols spoke briefly concerning their school life and the joys of graduating, yet mingled with pangs of regret at parting.

 The members of the graduating class follow:

       Ora Theodore Hough

       Mary Jane Phillips

       Lawson Owen Brunton

       Ruth Etta Hunter

       Byron Leslie Harwood

       Nora Marguerite Stoner

       Ellen  Marie Larson

       Harley Ambrose Smart

       Mildred Grace Russell

       Bessie Zeolona Peters

       Cora Ethel Wamsher

       Gladys Ann Stockton


                                           THE NEW SCHOOL BUILDING

  We intended having a picture of the  “new high school building”  (in the 1922 Morocan ) but weather was such, until too late, that we were unable to get a good one taken. The building is one of the finest structures in the northern part of the state. The interior is fitted with modern furniture; the equipment is complete……

 We as seniors, are almost sorry that this is our last year, for we did not get to attend school in the building, However, we held our Commencement there  on Friday, May 19th.

 Many new courses of instruction will be offered, thus the better preparing the students for wider fields of service. The Seniors of ‘23 have the important responsibility of establishing many new precedents and they ought to do a great work. As the outgoing Seniors, we believe that we leave the ideals, tradition and the responsibilities of the Morocco High School in safe hands in the persons of the undergraduates.

    M.H.S.  May she live long and prosper.



                                                                   CLASS OF 1927

LOOKING BACK;  Morocco Courier, September 3 1926

                               SCHOOL OPENS MONDAY

 School will open Monday morning with but three changes in our faculty. One of these is a Newton county young woman and a former Morocco girl, Miss Lucile Sizelove of Kentland. Out trustee has always given our local teachers a preference when he considered it at all the wise thing to do and most of our teachers are local men and women.

 They are: S.E. Rouch, Principal, Miss Younger of Chalmers, Assistant Principal; Ernest Clarkson, Manual Training, he will also be our athletic director; Mr. Schooley, Science; Mill Lucile Sizelove, History; M rs. Ruby Smith, Domestic Science; Miss Ann Clift of Terre Haute, Latin; Alvin Stoner, History and Geography; Miss Dorothy Frank of Albany, Music and Art.


LOOKING BACK; Morocco Courier, February, 18 1927

                               MOROCCO SCHOOL NOTES  reporters Inez Smart and Gurthie Long

  The superintendents and principals of the different schools in the county spent Wednesday visiting our high school. In the forenoon they visited various high school classes. Dinner was served by the freshman domestic science class and a business meeting was held in the afternoon.

  Saturday evening the basketball girls of Morocco high school won another victory when they defeated their old time rival, Kentland, the score was 17-11. Socks Henry referred.

   The Morocco high boys won another much sought for victory Saturday night, when they defeated the fast Kentland team with a score of 26-30.

  The Senior English class will give a short Lincoln program, at which time the Lincoln medal will be awarded. It has been customary for the Lincoln Watch company to present a medal to the schools participating in the Lincoln Essay contest. The medal will be presented to Some Senior at this program.

  The local Latin contest will be held Friday. All those enrolled in the classes will participate. All others wanting to take part may.

  The local Latin club will meet Monday evening with Miss Blanche Ethel Sizelove.

  The Morocco girls and boys will play Raub, Friday night, on the home floor.

  The Junior play “Putting it up to Patty;” was well attended Friday night, in spite of the rainy weather.

  Those receiving their credit in Bible study the first semester were: Gerald Purkey, Violet Locke, Howard Martin, Hazel Morton, Alice Purdy, Zada Furr, Pauline Howell, Blanche Purdy, Doris Anderson, Charles Gates, Chester Potts, and Gailord Fox. ……

  Monday there was a meeting of those boys who are interested in having football re-established as a major sport to our  high school.

   All patrons and friends of the school are urged to pay us a visit next week. This has been designated Patrons’ Week in Newton county and an effort will be made to have every patron of the county visit his or her respective school. We want the silver loving cup which is being offered to the school having the largest percentage of its patrons listed as visitors during the week. Will you help us? A committee at the north entrance will take the patrons where they want to go and will try to make them feel at home.

  Darrel Bartholomew, Ray Statton, Harold Hawkins, Albert Best, Bert Deardurff, Carl Deardurff, Billy Williamson, Woodrow Martin, Algie Padgett, and Francis Coffman have been certified for the district basketball tourney which will be held at Goodland on March 4-5. O the ten certified eight will be selected to participate in the tourney.

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LOOKING BACK: Morocco Courier March, 4, 1927

                               MOROCCO SCHOOL NOTES   reporters Dewana McClatchey and Ena Graves

  The schedule for the basketball tournament at Goodland is as follows:


 2’00 p.m. Telft vs Rensselaer

 3:00 p.m. Remington vs Fair Oaks

 4:00 p.m. Morocco vs Brook

 7:30 p.m. Wheatfield vs. Hanging Grove

 8:30 p.m  Knieman vs Kentland


 9:00 a.m.  Goodland vs. Winner 2 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Winner 3 p.m. vs. Winner 4 p.m

 2:00 p.m.  Winner 7:30 p.m vs. Winner 8:30 p.m.

 3 :00 p.m. Winner 9 a.m. vs. Winner 10 p.m.

 8 :00 p.m. Winner 2 p.m. vs. Winner 3 p.m.

Officials: Clarence Fauber and Clyde Cunningham

 Morocco is sure having two participants in the district Latin contest as Evelyn Garrard and Hallie James are the only Cicero students in this county.


  The Senior play, “Cyclone Sally” will be given April 1. This is a comedy of three acts written by Eugene Hofer.

  Mr. Morehouse has made it possible so that any department may avail themselves of the opportunity of securing slide from Indiana University. Monday the English classes used such slide illustrating the work that has been done in Shakespearian drama the last four weeks.


  Morocco girls basketball team played Wolcott girls team at Wolcott, Friday evening, Feb. 25. At the insistence of the Wolcott girls and their coach, the first half of the game was played on the two division court, although the Morocco girls had not practiced that way since the first of Nov.  The Wolcott girls had been practicing thus for only two weeks. The score at the end of the first half was 7-17 in Morocco’s favor. At the end of the second half, played on a three division court, the score was 29 - 19 in favor of Morocco. ….  Team members: R. Ackors, E. Holley, N. Ackors, E. Robinson, H. Best, and R. Shuringa


                                                        Boys basketball

  In a game that proved entirely too fast for Wolcott, the Morocco high school quintet scored another victory. Hawkins and Statton having a hitting streak, piled up the score so that Wolcott was unable to overcome the lead: Best doing good work at center, getting the tip off and  his offensive work something that Wolcott could not stop; the guarding of Deardurff and Potts making them look like real veterans of the game; Captain Bartholomew being a very good utility man taking the place of Hawkins at forward and playing at guard. The score at the final was 42- to 28 ..   Team members:  Bartholomew, Statton, Hawkins, Potts, Deardurff, Best…..

  Morocco, running true to from, has drawn the best team in the tourney, Brook, as her first foe. For several years Morocco has been unable to beat Brook , but there is a first time for everything and we feel like this is the time. Back the boys for they will do their best.


LOOKING BACK: Morocco Courier Friday, May 20, 1927

                                                       CLASS NIGHT

 The Class Night exercises which were staged on Tuesday eight at the High School auditorium were perhaps the best the school has ever given.

  Each of the four high school classes put on a stunt. All were indeed clever and were received with much appreciation and loud applause by an audience that more than filled the assembly. Every number was good but the two act comedy “Arrested for Speeding” which was presented by the Junior class showed that much time and pains had been given to its preparation.

  The Senior class honors were won by Miss Ester Howell who received the highest average for scholarship and Miss Zada Furr the second highest.

  The $5 good piece which is awarded each year to the 8th grade pupil who makes the highest average in American History, by the Kentland chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was presented by Mr. Rouch to Parker Hancock.


                                           Teachers Give Dinner Party In Honor of Principal  Rouch

 The teachers from both the high school and the grades gave a most delightful dinner party on Monday evening at six o’clock to honor their superintendent and wife.

 The delicious meal was prepared in the kitchen at the high school and a long table with pretty decorations was spread in the entrance hall.

 The perfect harmony and spirit of cooperation and good will that has existed between Mr. Rouch and his teachers during the four years in which he has been at the head of our school is unusual and it was as an expression of their appreciation and esteem for both him and Mrs. Rouch that this social function was planned.


                                           BACCALAUREATE SERVICE

  The Baccalaureate service for the graduates of the Morocco High School was held in the Methodist church on Sunday night. Rev. Million, pastor of the Christian church gave the address, drawing many beautiful and practical lessons from the text “And He washed the disciples feet,” warning the young people not to despise the most humble service and that only through what might seem the most menial services do men rise to the big things in life. The bigger the man the more humble is his attitude toward others.

  Rev. Abbott and Rev. Niell assisted in the service. Splendid music was furnished by the Christian Church orchestra and a Union Choir of voices, led by Porter Garmong with Mrs. Elmer Padgett at the piano. Mr. Garmong also gave a beautiful vocal solo.

  Those in the graduating class this year are Ira Harden, Phillip Hastings, Louis Graves, Nedra Ackors, Eva Storey, Juanita Swanson, Nettie Johnson, Helen Best, Jeanette Pence Best, Charles Gates, Chester Potts, Ester Howell, Zada Furr Wallace Murphey, Gerald Purkey, Hazel Morton, Edna Vayette, Harold Hawkings, Albert Best, Victor Lawbaugh, Angelus Kocoshis.

  Members of the Junior class acted as ushers.

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LOOKING BACK; Friday , May 27, 1927

                               COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES FOR Class of 1927

  The graduation exercises for the class of 1927 of the Morocco High School were given on Friday night in the High School auditorium. Ten young men and eleven young women were awarded diplomas.

  The High School Orchestra which has done such splendid work, under their director, Miss Dorothea Frank, opened the program with a pleasing number. Four orchestra members, Helen Best, Edna Vayette, Phillip Hastings and Harold Hawkins were among the graduates. Rev. Niell, pastor of the Methodist church gave the invocation. Juanita Swanson sang “A May Morning” in a pleasing manner after which Prof. Rouch presented the speaker for the evening. The Honorable Albert J. Hall, representative to Congress from the 11th district, a former county

Superintendent of the Marion county schools, a man whose interest has been centered in the public schools of Indiana for so many years that he truly understands the school problems. He brought to the young people many helpful thoughts and suggestions centered about the theme “Know Thyself”. Mr. Hall is a very able speaker and this is the first time he has appeared before a Morocco audience but they will indeed be happy to welcome him back again at any time.

  Following the lecture Evelyn Garrard and Marion Smart gave a saxophone duet accompanied by Ruth Tuggle. Mr. Rouch then presented the diplomas. The orchestra gave the concluding musical number and Rev. Blackwell, pastor of the Baptist church, gave the benediction. Thus closed perhaps the most successful year of Morocco’s school history.


                               Prof. Frank Stephens Elected New Superintendent of School

 Prof. Frank Stephens has been elected to the superintendent of the Morocco school for the coming year. He needs no introduction as he was a very popular teacher and athletic coach here for two years, resigning in 1925 to become, superintendent of a school at Marseilles, Illinois, where he has been since that time.

 Mr. Stevens has married in the mean time and this community will be very glad to welcome him, with his wife, back into our school.

 Mr. Stephens expects to attend school this summer at Ames. Iowa.

 Mr. and Mrs. Stephens will occupy the Mrs. W.O. Thompson property vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Rouch.



                                                                   CLASS OF 1932


LOOKING BACK: Morocco Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1931

                                           SCHOOLS OPEN SEPTEMBER 4th

 Morocco’s greatest institution, our high and graded schools, opens on Friday, September 4, this year, with a large enrollment in prospect.

 The building is being cleaned out and a few necessary improvements being made in the way of redecorating in preparation for the opening. It is the plan of Trustee Elmer Padgett and the advisory board to run the school this year as economically as possible without reducing its efficiency.

 Cecil Grayson, who comes here from Lowell, is the new superintendent, and J.R. Leish, Franklin, the athletic coach.  Other new teachers are Helen Best, third grade, who taught at Warren, Ohio, last year; Frances Cox, first grade, Morocco and Grace Dixon, fourth grade, Lafayette, who taught at Ade last year.

 The returning teachers are R.A. Plowman, manual training, Alvin Stoner, mathematics and history; Ann Younger, English; Ruth Connelly, commercial; Roth Corbin, History; Dorothy Odell, Latin and English; Irene Greene, domestic science; Mary Hayes Chamberlain, music; Anna Ketchem, principal grades; Adeline Buege, second grade; Bethel Murphey, fifth grade.



 LOOKING BACK:  Morocco Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1931

                                           SCHOOL HEADS ABOLISH PROM

       Move for Economy in School Activities, Made at Superintendents’ and Principals’ Meeting

  The Superintendents and Principals club, composed of all school executives of Newton county schools met in Kentland Wednesday of last week and discussed matters relating to various school activities. All members of the club agreed that strict economy must be practiced in the purchase of school supplies and that everything possible be done to reduce expenditures. It was agreed to limit the number of class plays, parties and other events. Yielding to the demands of organized groups representing the public, the club voted to discontinue for the present, the county declamatory contests, the oratorical contests, and the county musicale. This action was reluctantly taken, however, because the contests do have much value in a full educational development of students. The major thing accomplished in the meeting so far as economy is concerned and which should merit the approval and support of all people of the county, was the eliminations of the Junior banquet and prom from all schools in Newton county for the present year. This one act of the club will save several thousand dollars.

  Because of the popularity of these events, adults especially will need to extend encouragement and support to the movement.

  Another recommendation made by the club was that all class jewelry should be tabooed for the present. The school can not prevent parents from purchasing class rings, pins, etc. But it is well for them to know that the schools; are not urging or recommending such purchases…..


Looking Back:  Old Gold and Black, October 26, 1931

                                                       Student Council Meets

  The student council met Monday morning to discuss matters of general interest in the high school.

     A pep session will be held Friday to arouse enthusiasm for the football game to be played with Attica Saturday. With a few speeches from the faculty and several peppy yells, we will make the auditorium show the appreciation we have for the team

  The Scout band will assemble on the main square Saturday afternoon, to play for a few minutes. Then it will lead a parade to the Blaney field where it will play until the is called.

  Saturday night, ,November 14, the high school will give a carnival for the benefit of the athletic association. The date of the carnival, falls on the Saturday ;night between the end of the football season and the  opening of the basketball season. The help of every student in school and the support of the public will be needed to make this carnival a success.


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                               MOROCCO HOLDS STRONG LOWELL TEAM 20-7

  The MHS football team went to Lowell Saturday where they were defeated by one of the strongest teams in the Little Seven conference by a score of 20-7. Morocco came close to scoring three times but they were successful only once.

  In the first quarter Lowell kicked to Morocco. The ball hit one of the Morocco players and bounded back where a Lowell player fell on ;it. Lowell made good two passes totaling 28 yds. Then on a fumble Deardurff recovered the ball for Morocco. After a few successful runs Morocco was stopped and were forced to punt. McClatchey got off a beauty for 40 yds. Lowell was penalized on their first play for backfield in motion. On a good pass Lowell zipped across for a touchdown, and also made their extra point good by a plunge. Lowell kicked off again to Morocco. Purdy received the ball tearing back to our 35 yard line. Halfstrom made a good run through center, and a good pass from McClatchey to Hammel gave Morocco a first. Morocco then punted to Lowell but regained the ball shortly on a fumble. A run by Starr and a Pass from McClatchey to Purdy gave Morocco a first down. McClatchey sent a beautiful long pass to Hammel and he ripped up the field for a touchdown. The attempt for an extra point was made good by a line plunge. Morocco then kicked to Lowell. Lowell put in a different team at the time and the quarter ended.

  In the second quarter, Deardurff showed the Lowell line that he could get through them every time. He stepped several plays. Lowell punted to Morocco , who punted back to Lowell after losing several years. It was then Lowell’s ball on Morocco’s 45 yard line The ended the first half.

  In the third quarter Lowell made several good plays and several bad ones. They made several passes and fumbled quite a few times. Deardurff, Hammel and Halfstrom did some good tackling. Finally by a long pass, Chase of Lowell went across for a touchdown, but failed to make the extra point. Lowell kicked to Morocco and were penalized for unnecessary roughness. The quarter ended with a pass..

  On the first play in the fourth quarter Lowell made a first down, Starr intercepted a long pass of Lowell’s running back 5 yards. McClatchey made a long run of 35 yards but was stopped by two safety men. Morocco fumbled but recovered the ball. Then Lowell intercepted a Morocco pass but was penalized on the first play. After making a first down, Lowell was penalized 25 yards for clipping from the rear. The only causality  of the game came at this time. Harley Williamson was knocked out by hitting a man too hard. Shuey took his place in the line, McClatchey attempted to punt but was blocked. The game ended with a pass made by Lowell.

  Basketball Schedule for 1931-32

Nov. 20 Reynolds……..…here

Nov. 25 Wolcott………....here

Dec .  4 Hobart………..…there

Dec. 11 Brook……… ..…Here

Dec. 18 Earl Park…...  ….there

Dec. 19 Goodland…… ....Here

Jan.    8 Chesterton….. …there

Jan.    9 Lowell……… ....Here

Jan.  15 Kentland  ….. …Here

Jan.  23 Lowell……… ...there

Jan. 28 Lew Wallace……here

Jan. 29 Hammond  Tech..here

Feb . 5 Fowler………  …there

Feb.  6 Earl Park……  …here

Feb. 12 Brook………  …there

Feb. 18 Remington…  …here

Feb. 19 Goodland… … .there

Feb. 26 Kentland… … ..there


LOOKING BACK; Morocco Courier, March 31, 1932

                               SENIOR PLAY TO BE PRESENTED FRIDAY NIGHT

  “Be An Optimist” as presented by the senior class of the Morocco high school is in the last stage of development.” Every performer has successfully mastered his part and is awaiting the raising of the curtains Friday night. The seniors have labored for two weeks spending several hours everyday in preparation and the play should be the best ever given is the Morocco high school.

  The ticket management has been handled very nicely by Louise Triplett and Harley Williamson. Albert Brewer, stage manager, has worked continuously to have things in readiness for the big performance. The ushers are ready to perform their duties. Miss Mary Hayes Chamberlain is to be complimented for the work of presenting the between-act-performances. Miss Greenham and her advanced class in sewing have kindly assisted in making the costumes.

  Remember is you want to have on thrilling evening of entertainment don’t fail to see, “Be An Optimist,”

The cast of characters follow:

Isaac Golditch, antiliquor of the Golditch art shop……………………………….. .James Best

Pietro, D’Angelo Cacciolino, expert wormholer……………………………….......Glenwood Hammel

Jimmie Maynard, “the poor mastiff“…………………………….............................Porter Madison

Mildred Clinton, who is in love and likes it………………………………...............Edith Cummings

Mrs. Clinton, why mother-in-law jokes are true………………………………........Ethel Yoder

Mike, just what his name suggest………………………………...............................Melvin Elgas

Ray Hudson, a friend in need, but scarcely in deed………………………………...Maurice McClatchey

Miss Hull, interior decorator………………………………......................................Lucille Sheffer

Maggie, not green, ……………………………….....................................................Myra Harwood

Ethel Peabody, who defies love to affect her………………………………........... ..Lucille Williamson

Spencer, a paid guest………………………………...................................................Delven Brandt

Madame Gopher, dispenser of spirits………………………………..........................Virginia Rich


                               COMING EVENTS

April 1.……..Senior Class Play

April 1-2.….”The Big Shot” at the Family Theatre.

April 2-3.…”Emma” at the Clarendon.


Looking Back: Morocco Courier April 28, 1932

                                           JUNIOR - SENIOR PARTY

   At a meeting of the Newton County Board of Education last fall it was ruled that the annual proms and receptions that given by the Junior class for the senior class be eliminated this year as these affairs had become most elaborate and expensive. With the consent of those in authority the Juniors were permitted to entertain the Seniors and the faculty on Friday night at a simple party in the school auditorium which proved to be as enjoyable as any former elaborate entertainment.

  All the young ladies were attired in pretty cotton dresses. The assembly was made very pretty into a rustic scene with apple blossoms and rustic benches.

  Music for the dancing was furnished by the high school orchestra. Cards were also enjoyed and refreshment of cake and ice cream were served .

  County Superintendent W.O. Schanlaub and Miss Johnson of Kentland were guests….


                               MEMBERS OF SHORTHAND CLASS WIN HONORS

  Ten members of the first year shorthand class have received certificates from the Gregg school in New York. Specimens of their work was submitted to be judged and out of the thirteen sent in, one received a pin an ten merited certificates. These certificates made them members of the Order of Gregg Artists. Louise Eickmann, whose work was the best of that submitted received a pin. Those getting certificates are Louise Eickmann, Carrie Evelyn Murphey, Gartha Hanger, Eloise Kessler, Velma McClatchey, Marjorie Irvin, Nelda Odle, Alma Merchant, Marjorie Jackson and Julia Dunkin Brown.

       School Calendar

Apr. 29.…...Operetta

May  6 ……Mother’s day program

May 11-12 ..Senior examinations

May 13.…. .Close of senior’s regular class work

May 13.…...Junior-Senior Party

May 15.… ..Baccalaureate

May 16-17-18.. Final examinations

May  18 …..Senior convocation

May 20.……Report cards given out

May 20.……Commencement

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LOOKING BACK;  Morocco Courier  May 19, 1932

                               Two High School Athletes Qualify For State Meet

 Two Morocco high School athletes qualified for the state track and field meet to be held at Indianapolis this Saturday by their showing in the sectional track meet held at Boswell last Saturday.

 Porter Madison and Bob Williamson will represent Morocco at the state meet, Madison in the 100 and 220 yard dashes,  and Williamson in the high jump. Each were victorious in those events at Boswell Saturday as they were the week before at Monticello.

 In the meet at Boswell Brook took first honors, Fowler second and Morocco third, in total points.

 On Saturday the Morocco golf team was defeated by the Attica golfers at the Harrison Hills country club at Attica.


                                           COMMENCEMENT TOMORROW EV’G

                               Dr. Paul E. Million to Address Graduating Class of Twenty-Two

  Tomorrow night the class of 1932,  composed of twenty-two members, will be graduated from the Morocco high school.

  Dr. Paul E. Million of Schelbyville, a former pastor of the Morocco Christian church and a speaker of note, will deliver the commencement address. His subject will be, “What of the Graduate of 1932.”

  The commencement exercises, which are open to the public, take place at the high school auditorium at 8 o’clock. Seats have been reserved for the immediate relatives of the graduates.

  Although the class is somewhat small in number in proportion to the enrollment of the school, it has distinguished itself in scholarship as well as all branches of school activities and is composed of as fine a group of young people as have ever left the local schools. Next year’s class promises to be much larger, there being 45 enrolled in it this year.

  The class is made up of ten boys and twelve girls. They are Delven Brandt,  Edith Cummings, Ethel Yoder, Porter Madison, Lucille Sheffer,  Maurice McClatchey,  Lona Cory, Virginia Rich, Lucille Williamson, Ruby Fleming, Myra Harwood, William Archibald, Albert Brewer, Melvin Elgas, Louise Triplett, Glenwood Hammel, Darrell Sellers, Lavere Brunton, Delos Best, James Best, Chas. Ewan and Opal Ruth Hagen.


  Tomorrow night’s program follows in detail.

 “Allegiance,” Zamecnik, “ March,” Zamecnik, “Cavalry Charge,” Zamecnik……   Orchestra

“Allah’s Holiday,” (Frimi-Riegger)…………………………….............................   .Girls’ Glee Club

Invocation………………………………................................................................   ..Rev. Reidenback

“Night” (Listzt-Parks………………………………............................................... ....Boys’ Glee Club

Address, “What of the Graduate of 1932?” ……………………………….................Rev. Million

“Novelette,” Reynard………………………………....................................................Orchestra  

Presentation of Diplomas

“Violet Lady,” Redman……………………………….................................................Girls’ Glee Club

Benediction………………………………...................................................................Rev. Roush

“Sky Bird,” Wellesley………………………………...................................................Orchestra



                               BACCALAUREATE SERVICE

  Rev. C.V. Roush addressed the class of 1932 of the Morocco high school for the annual baccalaureate service at the Methodist church on Sunday. Rev. E.C. Reidenbach assisted in the service. A chorus of voices from the four churches furnished music as did the Christian church orchestra.


                               PRACTICALLY SAME FACULTY

  With the distribution of report cards on Friday the Morocco public schools for the year 1931-32 will be brought to a close.

  The fact that all members of the faculty, with on exception, have contracts with Trustee E.L. Padgett for the coming year is proof of the success of our school and the satisfaction our teachers have given the patrons…..

…….Miss Adeline Buege who has been our second grade teacher for the past five years, will now be at Enos.

Miss Margaret Dickinson of Goodland who taught at Roselawn the past year, will succeed Miss Buege.



                                                       CLASS OF 1937

LOOKING BACK; Morocco Courier, Oct. 8 1936

 During the football season. Mr. Stoner will have charge of the selling of tickets. Those chosen to assist him are Damon Berwanger, Dean Manchester, Marvin Laffoon, Donald Warrick, Evan Whiteman and Jack Wells.                                      

                                                       The Team

As a help to our supporters of the Morocco high school team the following list of the first fourteen has been prepared;

C.    R. Larrison         Soph.   

RG. E. Bartholomew  Sr.

LG.  Jack Brunton      Soph.

RT. G. Deardurff       Jr.

LT. Lloyd Lane         Jr.

RE.  LaVerne            Long    Sr.

LE.   J. Garmong        Sr.

QB.  Tell Shuey         Sr.

QB.  Paul Higer          Sr.

FB.  M. Vanderwall    Sr.

HB.  Jim Dick Sr.

HB.  B. Atkinson        Sr.

HB.  Clif. Garrard       Jr.

HB.  Ansel Best         Jr.


Looking Back; Morocco Courier, Nov. 19, 1936

                                           Basket Ball News

 Basket ball practice is getting Will under way now with only two weeks until the first game. The following are the boys who have reported for practice: Grover Padgett (caption); Bud Long, Ancel Best, Bud Garrard. Warren Gorman, Jack Brunton, Tell Shuey, Jim Dick, Bernard Atkinson, Graig Uncapher, Roy Merchant, Howard Padgett, Dean Manchester, Ernest Smart, LaVerne Marlin, Martin Vanderwall, Galen Deardurff, Lloyd Lane, Kenneth Merchant, Joe Padgett, Dave Hanger, John Shuler, Irvin Mashino, and Eugene Parrish.


Looking Back:           Morocco Courier, May 13, 1937

                               HIGH LIGHTS OF CLASS OF ‘37

Freshman:   Pres. Grover Padgett;   VP, Martin Vanderwall;   Sec/Tres., Lura Russell

Sophomore: Pres. Grover Padgett;  VP Martin Vanderwall;    Sec., Lura Russell;  Treas. Elsa Mae Parrish.

Junior:          Pres. Grover Padgett;  VP. Martin Vanderwall;  Sec., Lura Russell,   Tres. Elsa Mae Parrish.

Senior:        Pres. Grover Padgett;   VP Martin Vanderwall;    Sec..Lura Russell;    Tres. Elsa Mae Parrish

Sponsors of Class of ‘37:  9th grade-Miss Odell:    10th grade-Miss Odell “girls”, and Mr. Stoner “boys”

                                         11th grade-Miss Curtis:   12th grade- Mrs. McPhail

                                           Activities of Class of ‘37

 Operettas:  Freshman--”The Lucky Jade”

                  Sophomore--” Bittersweet Anne:”

                  Junior       --  “The Charm School”

                  Senior       --  “Everybody’s Crazy”

                                           Social Activities

 Senior banquet for football boys given by senior girls and Mrs. McPhail. Party after the Kentland football victory in 1936.

Freshman party, sophomore party, junior prom given for the class of ‘36 called “Tulip Time:-- music furnished by Jerry Fellman’s orchestra.

Junior -Senior prom given by the class of ‘38.

                                           Class Gift Given to the School

 Contribution toward caps and gowns curtains for the stage of the new high school auditorium.

                                           Senior Week

 Cooperative supper at the school house with Mr. Grayson as guest of honor. Theatre party at Moroke theatre with H.A. Heyer as host. Class party at the home of Maurice Blann. Trip to McCormick Creek park. Weiner roast.                                                


                               Morocco high school auditorium, May 21, 1937

                               Address by Professor Robert Phillips, Purdue University .


                                           BACCALAUREATE SERVICE

                                           Morocco High School Auditorium

                                           Sunday Evening, May 16, 1937

Prelude………………………………..June Roses 

Processional…………………………  National Champs

Lyric……………………………….....Son of The Brook   

                                                     High School Orchestra

Nearer, Still Nearer…………………..Union Choir

Invocation……………………………Rev. J.O. Carder

The Lord is My Shepherd……………Union Choir

Scripture……………………………..Rev. O.I. Uncapher

Fight  The Good Fight With All Thy Might……Union Choir

Sermon………………………………The Quest of the Ages

                                                    Rev. Roland Sheafor

Now the Day is Over………………..Union Choir

Benediction………………………… Rev. O.I. Uncapher

Postlude……………………………..Here Comes the Band

                                                   High School Orchestra


                                           Class Roll

Bartholomew, Elmore            Marlin, LaVerne

Best, Imogene                      Merchant, Eva Mae

Blann, Maurice                      Padgett, Grover

Brandt, Wiladene                  Parrish, Elsa Mae

Brunton, Harry                      Parrish, Ernestine

Bryant, Ruth             Russell, Lura

Dick, James              Sellers, Mary Frances

Garmong, John                     Severs, Esther

Henderson Helen                   Severs, Evelyn

Higer, Paul               Shireley, Evelyn

Kessler, Margaret                  Shuey, LaTell

Long, LaVerne                      Vanderwall, Martin


Faculty:  Cecil A. Grayson, Principal, mathematics,

       Ann L. Younger McPhail, English, public speaking

       Dorothy T. Odell, English, Latin

       Ruth V. Corbin, social studies, library

       Alvin Stoner, mathematics, social studies

       Violette Curtis, commercial

       Roscoe Pierson, industrial arts, physical education, coach

       Carolyn Williamson, home economics, physical education, coach

       Otis Smith, science and social studies

       Bertha J. Moore, music and art

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                                                       CLASS OF 1942 

LOOKING BACK;  Morocco Courier October 2 1941

                                           Morocco Football Opener

  The Morocco Beavers lost their first football game of the season to Crown Point Friday. The game was played on the home field, and the Klinemen were overwhelmed by a score of 20-0

  In the first quarter of the game Crown Point made two first downs but lost ground when they fumbled the ball.

  The first touchdown of the game was made when Crown Point received the ball on Morocco’s 40, made two first downs and then pushed over for a touchdown.

  The second touchdown came in the second half. The Beavers made a first down and kicked to the Crown Point 30. G. Hurst caught the kick and ran 70 yards for a touchdown, making the score 12-0.

 After the start of the third quarter Crown Point again started a drive on the Beavers 45 and drove over the goal line. A pass

Made the extra point good and made the final score 20-0.

 Morocco’s lineup consisted of: left end, Joe Hankisz; left tackle, Hosutt; left guard, Smart; center, Bartholomew; right guard, D. Wilson; right tackle, Deardurff; right end, Purdy; quarter back, Hafstrom; left half back, Hanger; right half back, Harper; full back, Hayworth. Substitutions; R. Carlson, V. Carlson, Edwards, N. Dick, Spencer and E. Wilson


LOOKING BACK; Morocco Courier  Jan 15, 1942

                               SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT TO BE PLAYED HERE

  Morocco will be host town to the sectional basketball tournament this year, according to announcement made by A.L Trester, Indiana high school  athletic association commissioner..

  Trester announced the sites of the 64 sectionals the first of the week and Harland White, principal of the Morocco schools, received the contract Tuesday. The sectional will be played February 26, 27 and 28th. Regional will follow March 7 and the winner of the local sectional will be entered in the Hammond regional.

  Six teams from Jasper and five from Newton county are expected to meet in the Morocco event.


LOOKING BACK;  Morocco Courier May 7, 1942

                                           Bob Fowler and Orchestra Coming for Prom

  The annual Junior Prom is to be held in the high school gymnasium Saturday night. Bob Fowler and his orchestra have been engaged to furnish music for the event.. This outstanding union organization, established twelve years ago, is composed of youthful artists, including eleven men and a girl vocalist and has long been considered one of Indiana’s most modern and distinctive dance bands. …

  The band has a special section known as The Bob Cats, a small swing combination featuring vibra-phone, clarinets, tenor sax, trumpet, piano, bass and drums.

  Sharon Lynn, soloist with the orchestra, possesses a delightful personality and an unusually pleasing voice, and a style of song presentation that never fails to please.

  The public is invited to take part in this event, both as spectators and by dancing. 


LOOKING BACK;  Morocco Courier May 14, 1942

                                                       M. H. S. to GRADUATE 29 TUESDAY

  Next Tuesday evening 29 young men and women will be formally graduated from Morocco high school as the class of 1942.

  The commencement program will be held in the gymnasium auditorium at 8 o’clock and Dr.  Dearing, president of Oakland City college, will be the speaker. The subject of his address will be “Our Commencement.” This is not his first appearance in Morocco and he is well and favorably known from previous visits.

  Music for the occasion will be furnished by the high school concert band under the direction of Miss Louise Schueffner. The complete commencement  program is as follows:

 Music…………………..     High School Band

 Overture “Pleasant Life”.    H. S. Band

Invocation……………..      Rev. Homer H. Cloud

Brass Sextets ‘Gastillit…..   Concert Band

Presentation of Speaker……Sup. W.O. Schanlaub

Address…………………… Dr. W. P. Dearing

Overature “Pomona”………H. S. Band

Presentation of Diplomas…..Harland W. White, Principal

Benediction……………….. Re. V. E. Squibb


 The class includes: Richard Augustin, Norbert J. Brown,  Patricia M. Brunton,  Victor E. Carlson,  Evelyn Christenson,     June Christenson,  James Collins,  Norris Deardurff,  Eleanor G. Dubea,  Pearl Julia Earley,  Betty Garrard,  Mary Graefnitz, Jack Hafstrom,  Paul A. Harper,  Marcheta A. Hamilton,  Rexford A. Hendryx,  Donald Hosutt , Loretta D. Manter,           Velma Marlin ,  Wilbur Peters,  Marjorie A. Robinson,  Roberta Russell,  Gordon Sipe, Hubert F. Sutton,  Richard Smart, Mary Helen Watt,  Juanita Wells,  Ruby M. West and Lois E. Wood.



                                           Service Sunday Night

  Seniors will attend baccalaureate service at the gymnasium Sunday night when Rev. E. Wm. Remley of Lake Village will address the class and a union congregation of the churches of Morocco. The service will open at 8 p.m. Sacred music will be furnished by the vocal department of the high school under the direction of Miss Louise Schueffner. The complete program follows;

  Processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,”…………Louise Schueffner and Roline Reifsnider

  Hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy:……………………… ..High School Chorus

  Scripture Reading and Invocation………………….Rev. Ivan Wools

  Hymn, “God Ever Glorious”……………………….High School Band

  Benediction………………………………................Rev. V. E. Squibb

  Piano Postlude………………………………............Louise Schueffner



 Harland White,  Principal                               Virginia Bland Home Ec.  - P.E.

Louise Schueffner, music  -  English      Paul Crooks, Vo. Ag.

Helen Rybrook, commence Latin,                      Frank Kline,   Math. - coach

Alvin Stoner, Math. - Social Studies,     Otis Smith, English

Ann McPhail, English,                                       Ruth Corbin, Social studies

Margaret Ardishile, Art.

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                                                       CLASS OF 1947


LOOKING BACK; Old Gold and Black Sept 24, 1946

                               Many Candidates Report For Football Practice

  On September 1, thirty-one boys responded to the call for football recruits. The junior class has ten men out which gives them first place. The freshmen are second with seven and the sophomores and seniors are tied for third with six men each.

  From these recruits, the coaches, Gerald Roudebush and Virgil Robbins, have been busy welding together a team that will put Morocco back in the football realm where it rightly belongs.

  The boys now training are: freshmen: Charles Mead, Charles Turner, Tom Vent, Charles Gibson, Kenneth Madison, Quintin Purdy, Russell Penrod; sophomores: Donald Severs, Donald McCord, Gerald Purkey, Charles Kay, Arnold Wooten, Richard Deardurff, juniors: Donald Deardurff, Eugene Bell, Leslie Hammel, Malcolm Cory, Bill Miller, Howard Lane, Lon Skinner, Dick Colbourne, Bernard Thompson, Bob Koerner; seniors: Maynard Rich, Dick Franklin, Leonard Storey, Delbert Purdy, J.R. Sheldon, John McMIllan.

                                           CLASS ELECTONS HELD

 Class meetings were held by the sophomores, juniors, and seniors, Monday September 9, in their home rooms. The officers for each class were then elected with last your’s president officiating.

  Seniors; president, Marjorie Carlson; vice-president, Jim Rainford; secretary, Melissa Perkins; treasurer, Junior Sheldon; student council members, Richard Franklin and Barbara Rainford……..


LOOKING BACK; February 11, 1947

  During a recent pep session a number of the seniors were unexpectedly thrilled when Coach Roudebush awarded the honor sweaters, These sweaters were given earlier than usual so that the boys and the cheerleaders could wear them during the recent 4-way tourney and the remainder of the basketball season. They are coat-sweaters of black with an old gold “M” on the left side. Chevrons representing basketball are on the right sleeve, while those for football are on the left sleeve.

  The seniors that received the sweaters include Delbert Purdy, three years of football and four years of basketball; Jim White, one year of football and four years of basketball; Richard Franklin, one year of football and two years of basketball; Leonard Storey, one year of football and four years of basketball; J.R. Sheldon, three years of basketball; and four years as manager of the basketball team; Floyd McMillan, one year of football and two years of basketball; Maynard Rich, one year of football and two years of basketball; Betty Heath, two years as cheerleader; and Helen Stone, one year as cheerleader.


LOOKING BACK: February 25, 1947

                               SENIOR BAND MEMBERS AWARDED SWEATERS

  The student body and faculty were pleasantly surprised when it was announced that Mr. Stouder had invited them to the gym to see the senior band members receive their sweater.

  This is the first year that sweaters have been awarded to the band members in M.H.S. and both students and teachers think; it is a grand idea, and wish to thank Mr. Stouder for his alertness and work on this project.

  The sweaters are black coat-style with an old gold lyre on the left side and chevrons on the sleeve.

 Those receiving the sweaters were; Martha Garrard, 4 years; Marjorie Carlson, 4 years; Melissa Perkins, 4 years; Shirley Boyd, 3 years; Betty Deardurff, 4 years; Doris Merchant, 3 years; and Leonard Storey, 4 years


Looking back;  Morocco Courier April 8, 1947

                                                       Senior Class to present Play

  The senior class will present “Cash and Carrie” April 18 at 8 o’clock in the assembly hall. This play is a three act comedy.

  Carrie, a widow with four children, an inquisitive but kindly neighbor (Jenny) and a dogmatic and blustery Uncle Omar, has trouble balancing her household budget. The blackboard on the wall is the family notebook. And right next to “Darn you, Alberta, that pie in the icebox is mine!” one may find, “B.R.M.--C.O.D. and $40 will we needed.

  But somehow the $40 got itself spent. The problem then becomes how can the accounts be balanced before Uncle Omar gests back from the state capital. You see, Uncle Omar has promised Carrie and the family a new home up on Cherry Hill--if for a specified time she can make her bookkeeping come out even. Taking in roomers seems to be the only solution and a convenient one, since workers for the new plastics plant have begun to invade the town.

  That’s all very well as long as Uncle Omar is away visiting his friend, the Senator; but when he returns to find the home full of strangers--and wearing Union buttons, at that Carrie knows there is going to be an explosion. She doesn’t want to be around for that. But Jenny doesn’t care a hang about Uncle Omar’s explosions‘, She rather relishes a good scrap. Well, Uncle Omar doesn’t disappoint her. The plot fairly bristles with action until the third acts happy conclusion (that you will enjoy the more if too much isn’t told here)………………



Carrie Ferguson…………………… Mellissa Perkins

Ann Ferguson………………………Nancy Miller’

Marilyn Ferguson………………… .Jean Pratt

Trig Ferguson………………………Richard Franklin

Judy Bowen………………………. .Betty Heath

Jenny Wharton……………………..Shirley Boyd

Uncle Omar Gully………………….J.R. Sheldon

Bradley Kirkwood………………….Jim White

Dorthula…………………………… Betty Deardurff

Earl Cornick………………………..Louis Vraniak

Gorty………………………………. Marceline Ware

Hon Jackson ……………………….Martha Garrard

Sweetie Jackson……………………Jim Rainford

The play in being directed by Mrs. Ann Younger McPhail


LOOKING BACK;  Morocco Courier, April 24, 1947

                               Spring Concert by High School Band Friday Evening

  A Spring Musicale will presented by the Music Department of Morocco High school in the gym on Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase new instruments. ..


National Anthem;  march, “The Foot lifter,” overture, “Mandalay,” piano solo, Harold Martin, “Clair delude.” ..

Clarinet quartet, “American Sketch”, ..Marjorie Carlson, Barbara Hunter, June Wiltfang, Harold Martin; vocal solo “The Man I Love”, Joan DeVelde; twirlers’ routine, Barbara Carter, Nancy Colbourne; vocal solo, “The Lord’s Prayer,” Maralynne Ringer; Dance Band - Dick Colbourne, Don Deardurff, Marle Scott, Jack Vanderkolk--- a. “Dream”, b. “Heartaches; c. “Seems like Old Times.” trombone solo, “Diamond,”  Martha Garrard;  “May Overture,”  the High School Band. Vocal solo, “Pale Moon,” Ruth Ann LeGrande;  “Stars and Stripes,”  High School Band. Accompanists -- Marjorie Carlson, Harold Martin.

Narrator - - Maralynne Ringer


Looking Back; Morocco Courier, May 1, 1947

                                           Annual Junior Prom Saturday Evening

  The annual Junior-Senior prom will be held at the gymnasium Saturday night May 3 from 9 to 12 p.m. c.s.t. with Ronald Young and his 10 piece orchestra of East Chicago providing the music.


Looking Back; Old Gold and Black May 6 1947

                                              “Prittle Prattle” about the Prom

  Of course, with the prom just around the corner there was much ado about who was going with whom, but as usual everything turned out ok…… Then too, something should be said about those snazzy decorations, Using the “Penthouse Serenade” as the theme song the junior class really made some darling decorations. In the background a white screen could be seen on which had been painted a large musical staff in black. Scattered across the staff were black notes sprinkled with silver and of course there was a large musical clef. On the curtain was a tall skyscraper on top of which could be seen a cute little penthouse with flowers blooming outside the windows. On the other curtain were musical notes and a traffic sign saying ”5th Avenue” The decorations were really super-sonic! And the orchestra was out of this world! ……… 


LOOKING BACK;  Morocco Courier, May 8, 1947

                               Morocco High School Commencement Exercises

  The Morocco High School commencement exercises will be held on Tuesday evening, May 13, at the high school gymnasium at 8 o’clock  C.S.T. 29 seniors will receive high school graduation diplomas

  Rev. Myron Pontius of Ashley, who is most worthy grand chaplain of the Masonic Lodge of Indiana, is the speaker. Rev. Pontius is the guest-speaker, who was well received by the large assemblage at the Masonic banquet in November, honoring W.D. Martin, a member for 70 years.

  Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday evening, May 11, at the high school gymnasium at 8 o’clock. The Rev. Garner will deliver the sermon.

                                                       BACCALAUREATE SERVICES

       Now the Day is Over………….High School Chorus - Mr. Stouder,Directing

       Invocation……………………  Rev. James Ellerbrook

       Come Thou Almighty King …Congregation

       Sermon…………………   ……Rev. Paul W. Garner

       Abide With Me……………… .High School Chorus - Mr. Stouder, Directing

       Benediction……………………Rev. Wesley E. Smith


                                                       COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

Processional “ Pomp and Circumstances”………………..High School Band - Mr. Stouder, Directing

Invocation………………………………............................Rev. Wesley E. Smith

Overture Eroica………………………………....................High School Band

Address: “ The Road to True Dominion”…………………Rev. Myron Pontius

Hall of Fame………………………………........................High School Band

Presentation of Diplomas……………………………….....J. E. Steward, Principal

Benediction………………………………..........................Rev. E. D. Thistlethwaite


                               Class Motto:  Love, Labor and Laugh

                                Class Colors: New Gold and White

                                     Class Flower: White  Rose


Faculty : J. R. Stewart, Principal;   Marian R. Hamilton,  Vincent Stouder, Faustianna Brinson; Ann McPhail,  Ruth V. Corbin,  Olive Smart, Gerald T. Roudebush,  Virgil Robbins, Nanna Chestnut, Alvin Stoner,


Class Roll: Guy Anderson,  Marjorie Barker,  Shirley Boyd,  Marjorie Carlson,  Betty Deardurff,  Richard Franklin, 

Martha Garrard,  Betty Heath,  Robert Kenoyer,  Barbara Lock,  Doris Merchant,  Nancy Miller,  Floyd McMillan,  Melissa Perkins,  Jean Pratt,  Delbert Purdy,  Barbara Rainford,  Jim Rainford,  Maynard Rich,  Maralynne Ringer,  Paul Russell,  Leroy Sheldon,  Robert Smith, Helen Stone,  Leonard Storey,  Louis Vraniak,  Marceline Ware,  James White  and Ora Whiteman.

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LOOKING BACK;  Old Gold and Black May 13, 1947                                           

                                                    HISTORY OF CLASS OF 1947

  The school year of ‘43 and ‘44, forty-six green freshies entered the doors of good old MHS. Scared stiff, we were assembled, for the usual ritual of initiation, in the high school assembly and given a through going over by the graduation class of ‘44.

  That year, we chose as our president, Allen Myers. Miss Ruth Tilton sponsored the class.

  Our class, like all other freshmen classes before us led the traditional lives of dogs. Secretly we thought it was fun, for at last we had entered high school.

  Six or our class-mates with drew that year; Phyllis Hobbs, Norman Carroll, Virginia Mills, Kenneth Wood, Ronald Davis, and Clyde Minagear.

 Richard Franklin entered the class from Lansing; Marceline Ware came from Rensselaer, and Jim White rejoined his classmates that fall after his recovery from an injury.

 We might say our outstanding feat for that year was the “Amateur Hour” which our class sponsored on class night.

  The sophomore year was begun with 48 members. Three new students had entered; Stanley Morgan from New York, Maynard Rich from Donovan, and Louis Vraniak from Chicago

  Marjorie Carlson was chosen class president and Mr. Alvin Stoner sponsored our class. That year we presented two Christmas plays, and at the close of the year a majority of the class was  voted into History Club.

 Ten members of our class withdrew that year. Robert Christenson, Marshall Faucher, Dorothy Flatt, Marcella Hough, Donald Love, Stanley Morgan, Robert Rainford, Ruby Starnes, Earl Young, and Robert Gutherie.

 The next year we were juniors -- at last. But the summer before, the army had taken two of our boys: Donald Robinson and Willis Parrish, while three other members of the class withdrew: Richard Styck, Allen Myers and Robert Lomas. Mary Lowery and Jeanette Hixson joined our class. That year was prosperous, for we sold soft drinks, candy and ice cream during noon hours and at the sectional tourney. In addition we sponsored the annual junior prom. J.R. Sheldon was chosen as our class president and Miss Marian Hamilton sponsored the class. Class colors of new gold and white were chosen so that we might order class sweaters.

  Then finally--Seniors! Now we were going to get back on some of the under classmen. We had a great time initiating the freshmen. Although we had been scared to death when we were freshies, we didn’t spare the rod where those poor freshmen were concerned.

Mrs. Mc:Phail  sponsored the class of 33 members and Marjorie Carlson was chosen as president. At the beginning of the second semester, Jean Pratt who had been a former student, returned from Texas. Jewell McCord, Leland Mayhew and Mary Lowery with drew and Gerald Illff and Earl Swartz received their Diplomas after the first semester.

  We sponsored a senior dance and presented an annual senior play “Cash and Carrie”. Along with winning the class tourneys for the past three years, we were honored by s\receiving the class banner for the year 1947.

  During the latter part of the year we planned trips to Lafayette and Chicago. We, as all other seniors before us, ended the year with the traditional “Kid’s Day”, “Senior Week” and “Class Night”.

  We are happy to graduate, but we regret the fact that our high school days are over.

  We the graduates of the class of 1947, sincerely hope that in some way, we have left MHS at least  a little better for having spent our years here.  

                                           CLASS POEM by Maynard Rich

                                                Life Ebbs On

We came to a time when our heats were sad

 When all the thing go wrong,

But our faithful parents with a helping hand

 Have guided us along.

We came to a time that has troubled us

 In worries and in pain

But they were all like a cloud of dust

 Washed away with the rain.

We came to a time when we lost our faith

 And, knew not where to turn,

But our inborn courage and the will to win

 Have been the guiding stern.

We came in a time when we’ve needed God

  As well as all the rest,

When we’ve had to fight and to struggle hard

  To be among the best

We’ve came to the time when we stand alone

 As a large eternal light

A shining symbol to the young and old

 Ready for life’s fight.

We come to the time when we have to part

 And go along our way.

To face life with a determined mind

 To make a sunny day


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                                                       CLASS  OF 1952


LOOKING BACK;  Old Gold and Black, March 11 1952

                                    SENIORS to present “ Our Miss Brooks”

  Mrs. Ann McPhail, senior sponsor, has selected “Our Miss Brooks” for the annual senior play. The presentation, a three act comedy, will be March 31.

  The play includes five boys and twelve girls, Miss Brooks, an attractive English teacher in her late twenties, is very well liked and respected by the students. She is portrayed by Kathryn Arbuckle.

 Gilbert Jones takes the part of Hugo, the coach, who is sincere, hardworking and very concerned about his star-player, Ted Wilder. Ted, who manages to get into every activity and have two steady girls, is played by Verile Sypult.

  Acting as Mr. Wadsworth, principal, will be Darwin Whaley. Determined for perfection in his school, Wadsworth never lets its importance be forgotten.

  Two other members of the faculty, Miss Finch and Miss Audubon are Joannie Skinner and Sarah  Dawson.

  Mary Ann Augustin, as Jane Drew and Rhonda Allen, played by Betty Manes, are in a constant conflict over Ted. Always to be found in activities concerning Rhonda is Mrs. Allen, Lois Gulley. Mrs. Allen, also head of the school board, is not satisfied until she sees her only  daughter happy with her part in the play.

  Others in the play are Elsie, Patty Wendling; Elaine, Dianne Hanger; Sylvia, Carmen Bratt; Doris, Jean Bohler; Faith, Virginia Holtz; Stanley, Eugene James; Martin, Charles Harrison, Marge, Maydell Williams, the basketball team composed of Adrian Behrens, Gene Warne, Gene Dunfee, DeVere Storey, and Stanley Madison.

  Business managers are Jerry Borem and Joyce Zoborosky.

Prices are 60 cents for adults and 35 cents for children. They may be obtained from any senior.


         Old Gold and Black March 11, 1952

                                           BEAVERS LOSE IN OVERTIME

                                           Kentland Victorious in Final Bout!

Kentland won the Sectional Tourney in the hardest fought battle the St. Joe Field house has ever seen. The Kentland scorers came from behind in the fourth quarter to tie the score and eventually win the game but Morocco’s scorers also made many points.

  The first quarter began with several fouls being called on both teams. The scoring started when Wagner made a foul shot. Then the Beavers began sawing wood. Kentland called time out for the second time as the score stood 13 to 7 in Morocco’s favor    ……………

  In the third quarter Morocco’s attack started to slip as Kentland began using their full-court pressure game……Kentland closed the gap to 4 points 44 - 40.

  As the fourth quarter progressed, Kentland continued their old tactics of fencing in the Morocco Player before they were across the ten second line…………………with less than one minute to play Morocco had possession of the ball and a one point lead, but a traveling ball gave Kentland possession. Curran of Kentland was fouled and the fans held their breath as the ball arched toward the basket. It was good and the gun went off the score tied 54 all.

  In overtime Hougland scored 4 points and Wagner scored 1, the score stood 58 to 55, Kentland ‘s favor.

 Kentland with a 3 point lead started to stall. Morocco fouled frequently in their attempts to get the ball. Kentland took the ball out of bounds each time and stalled until time ran out with Kentland the Sectional champs.


LOOKING BACK; Morocco Courier April 8, 1952

                                                       MHS Physics Class

  This year there are eleven students enrolled in Physics class, ten of them are seniors: Kathryn Arbuckle, Joanne Skinner, Louise Gibson, Sarah Sawson, Charles Harrison, Jr. Schultz, Don Rybarski, DeVere Storey, DeWayne Chapman and Gene Warne and on junior: John Wendling.  Dean Buzzard is the instructor.

  The class has made numerous experiments on static electricity, direct and alternating current, power, sound, magnetism, energy and electrons.

  At the present time the class is studying lens and light waves. They are going into a complex study of concave and convex lenses.

  Before the semester ends, the class hopes to make a tour of Inland Steel in Indiana Harbor and The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.


LOOKING BACK;  Old Gold and Black, May 13, 1952

                                                        MEMORY LANE

                                             Highlights of Four Wonderful Years

FRESHMAN YEAR: The first important thing that happened to us green little freshies was initiation at the hands of the seniors. We had to wear all sorts of weird things including strings of buttons, and beer can bustles. Another thing which most of the freshman enjoyed was the trip to Chicago where we visited the Museum of Science and Industry and the Museum of Natural History, Later that same night, quite a number of the students went to see the national barn dance at the 8th Street Theatre.

SOPHOMORE YEAR; This year was a year of peace and quiet during which we rested  up for the hurly-burly of our junior and senior years to come. About the only notable thing we accomplished was the ordering of our class sweaters. They were maroon with white numerals and letters.

JUNIOR YEAR; We were busy little people this year. First we ordered our class rings. Next came the sale of magazines to help finance our junior-senior prom and our senior trip. We were the proprietors of a candy “cage” in the cafeteria where we sold candy, gum and ice cream. This also helped to defray our expenses. We had a party at the Lazy L Dude Ranch to celebrate the big sale of magazines. We square danced and had a wiener roast. Mr. Kester was our sponsor who helped so much with the party and the prom.

SENIOR YEAR; This year was really a busy one! First of all came our senior pictures-the girls looked lovely in their pretty clothes and the boys were very handsome in their new suits. Then came a flurry of money-making ideas, such as the three paper drives we had and the two very successful senior suppers.  The trip to Washington D.C. was perhaps the most momentous thing that happened to us in our school life. We had a most wonderful time and were sorry when we had to come home.  Next came the Junior-Senior Prom which was given in our honor.. It was very lovely and we wish to thank the juniors for such a nice time. Two days after the prom came baccalaureate and then Commencement! That was a time of both gladness and sadness-- gladness that we were at  last graduates, and sadness that we were at last leaving our old school and all of our friends. Class night was an enjoyable occasion. The prophecy, will and history were read on Class night.

 So we, the seniors of 1952, bid a sad and fond farewell to this, our alma mater and to all the dear friends we have known here.



 The dream of the class of 1952 has finally come true. Yes--they have returned from their trip to Washington, D.C. Since they were freshmen these students have had their hearts set on Washington, D.C. This year they have worked harder than any class every before has worked. Their funds reached over $1000--the first time in the history of MHS.

  Going on the trip were thirty-two seniors and their five sponsors, Mr. Henry Brandt,  Beaver Twp. Trustee, and Mrs. Brandt, Mr. John Cronk, principal of MHS and Mrs. Cronk and Mrs. Ann McPhail, senior class sponsor. They started for Washington from Brandt’s station at 6:oo p.m Wednesday, April 23,. They stopped at Indianapolis, Columbus, Ohio, Wheeling, West Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pa. and finally at the destination - Washington, D.C. at 4:30 p.m on Thursday. They stopped at the Hotel Annapolis, one of the better known hotels in that city which has 400 rooms.

  The next morning was free and many of the seniors and Mrs. McPhail were at the Pentagon which is the largest office building in the world  In this building are stores which are just like stores in any large city. ..The group saw the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Pan American Building, Congressional Library, Capital Building and the Smithsonian Institute. The group was especially pleased with a short visit from one of Indiana representatives, Charles Halleck.

  Friday night many of the  students went to a show, walked around or just stayed at the hotel as it was raining every minute.

  Saturday morning the group was taken for an all day tour. They visited the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, White House, Arlington Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Mt. Vernon. While riding in the bus they saw legations, embassies, famous hotels and homes of famous person including those of John L. Lewis and Shirley Temple.

  After returning to the hotel, again they had the evening free. As they were leaving the next morning, many of them packed.

 Sunday morning at 9:00 the seniors started on their way home, stopping at Gettysburg, Pa. and touring the Gettysburg Battlefield. Many interesting spots were seen and the guide told the story of the Civil War there on the battlefield.

 On the way to Pittsburg. Because they were ahead of schedule, the group decided to remain there for three and one half hours. While there, they were very surprised as Mrs. Joseph Donovan, a former resident of Morocco, came to the bus station to meet them She also brought a box of chocolates which were passed around inn the bus later.

  After leaving Pittsburg, they made stops in Wheeling, Columbus and finally Indianapolis at 9:00. There they had a stop-over of a half hour to eat breakfast.

  They arrived home at 11:00 Monday morning. Pictures were taken by Enlen Brandt as the students and sponsors got off the bus.

                                                       SENIOR CLASS SONG

                                                       “Halls of M. H. S.”

       O’ WE’LL soon be alumni of dear old M. H. S.

       We’ve shared our work and talents to make this year the best.

       Soon we’ll take our different places in the world far and wide

       And go onward to our goals in life, No duty will we chide.

       One day a hush will fall, the footsteps of us all will echo down the hall

       and disappear, but as we sadly start our journeys far apart,

        A part of every heart will linger here in the sacred halls.

       Of M H S, where we lived and learned to know that through the

       Years we’ll see you in the sweet after glow.


                                           CLASS POEM

       It’ll make us feel so very blue,

       When all our school days are through,

       When for the last time, we can walk

       Down the quiet halls and talk.

       Slightly we pause in front of each door,

       And we knowingly see all the knowledge in store

       That we so carelessly let slip away from us

       Much like the breeze that lifts the dust.

       We’ll wistfully dream of days gone by,

       And wish we were again at Morocco High.

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LOOKING BACK,  Morocco Courier, Thursday, May 8, 1952

                               Sunshine Society Honors Mothers at Afternoon Tea