The Annual Anguish (Lee Newspaper) and Ads from 1938

 The Annual Anguish

VOLUME   II                                                                                        ROBERT E. LEE HIGH SCHOOL               


A pleasant addition to our dramatic calendar this year was brought to us through the efforts of Miss Fuller and the English Department. The first production, "Miles Gloriosus", proved so hilariously funny, we were convinced that we couldn't afford to miss the following productions. The next play, "Everyman", fell in line with our Senior course of study, and "Twelfth Night" made us heartily approve of Shakespearean Drama. We also had the opportunity of seeing "She Stoops to Conquer" and "The .Girl of the Golden West". The acting is so well done, the scenery and costumes so beautiful, and the choice of the plays so appropriate that we are indeed very grateful for the opportunity of having these plays presented in our own auditorium. We all hope that we may have the pleasure of having these players continue giving plays in our auditorium.


This year under the able direction of Miss Irma Ruff, Senior Girls' sponsor, and Doris Glenn, the president of the Senior Girls, the Pat Club became something very special. Instead of its being an exclusive group, it has become an organization in which every Senior girl holds membership, and to which every Junior girl is invited to join.

On Friday, February 18, an assembly was called of all Senior and Junior girls. After an impressive talk by Doris, the torch of friendship and service was passed by her on to the Junior Girls' president, and the Junior girls filed out upon the front lawn. One by one the Senior girls followed, called the name of her "Pat", pinned the yellow and white friendship bow upon her shoulder, and walked away with her to join the celebration of a gay week of initiation.

For five whole days no Junior dared to wear rouge or lipstick. Inexpensive gifts, home-made lunches, and trips to the movies helped to create a bond of friendship, which was climaxed in a lovely luncheon at the Hotel Seminole, and a big theatre party afterwards.

Somehow the club represents more than just a week of fun, gifts, and luncheons. Underneath there is a feeling of better understanding and a satisfaction that each is doing something truly worth while for the other girls at Lee.


"Students not taking city-wide tests this morning are requested to remain outside the building until 9:15."

This was the notice greeting the poor unfortunates on test days, January 21 to 31. The ones taking the exams had to have pencils and brains sharpened before 8:30 in the morning. But here's the silver lining in the well known cloud; the students not partaking in the early morning workout could sleep one whole extra hour.

To our utter surprise they were not difficult at all! Still, we were all relieved  when the last test was  over.


Every day there are dozens of things about us that we could enjoy if we only knew about them. I found one the other day which I wish to pass on to you. Have you ever seen the school scrap books, five of them, chuck full of old pictures, news clippings, programs, personal items about athletics, students, teachers, and notable events that have happened at Lee during these eleven years? I almost missed them, but don't you do so. Ask in the library about them and you will spend many an interesting hour looking them over.


In a column by itself goes a special tribute to Jean Marie Faulkner, our most competent and talented artist, who is greatly responsible for the attractive appearance of this year's annual. We wish to express our deepest and most sincere appreciation for her unceasing efforts and the time she has put forth.

Soon, on special days we shall have a chance to attend assemblies and commune with nature instead of sitting in a crowded auditorium. Construction of an amphitheatre at the north of the building is on its way to completion.

One day two  years ago the  person who  seems to be  continually thinking of ways to beautify Lee visited a very beautiful    school    amphitheatre.      She took  kodak views,  obtained  an architect's drawing and presented the matter to  the   Garden  Clubs  of the  city. The   Dahlia   Circle   became   interested and with the assistance of the P. W. A. Mrs.  C. E. Royce directed the placing of cement for stage and seats.    Shrubs have been planted and in due time the spot will grow into one of beauty, but of course, such a big project does not leach its completion in one or two years. Mr. MacGowan has planted native wild flowers.    Coach Kirkham has inspired ,*,ome of our football huskies to lug rocks to their proper places and some day Lee students will be able to sit outside in the manner of the Romans and view the class day programs and dramatic production   as   directed   by   Miss   Marion Hendry.     If  you have  any   shrubs  to contribute, why not do so and add your bit to beautify the spot, making Lee a better  school  because  you  have  been here.


Each year it is the custom for the graduating class to leave a gift or sum of money with which to buy something needed by the school. As you look about, you will discover stage equipment, a piano, the auditorium draperies and velour curtain, trophy cases, office furniture, a speaker's stand and other items all bought through contributions from the students. Last year the graduating class under the direction of Mrs. Gerard Franz left sufficient funds to purchase a public address system. We already have discovered that it is indispensible at pep meetings out on the bleachers where previously one could scarcely be heard above the uproar—or as might be said, "the natural enthusiasm of the students". But most important of all it will be used at our commencement so that everyone may hear the speaker and our names, too, as we receive that long hoped-for diploma.

It is with real regret that we see Miss Edith Adams, who took Miss Chenoweth's place, leave but we wish her the best of luck and success in her new position at Kirby-Smith.


 In the manner of Walter Winchell we think it would be nice to distribute a few armfuls of orchids to those people who have done so much for us.

 First and foremost, the Senior Girls wish to give Miss Irma Ruff a veritable flower garden for being the very wonderful person and all-around sport she is.

 Then there are those thoughtful mothers and daughters who phone Mrs. Culp and say, "We should like to help some unfortunate girl but please do not use our names." There is that man who wishes to remain anonymous but sends a nice check to the Annual. Speaking of the Annual, there are four members of the staff who deserve very special mention; our capable Editor-in-Chief, Jack Mathews, and that very efficient Business Manager, T. L. Cely, as well as Joyce Kehoe and Jeanne Walker.

 Next there is Miss Hendry, who, by her fine direction, made our Jubilee a grand success: the cast of "Little Women", who spent such long hours in rehearsing, and Miss Sproull, who spent so much time and thought on those lovely costumes.

 An orchid should go to every student in school who helped make our Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets a success; and to the Honor Students, who are the nicest people ever and not at all the proverbial book worms.

 Orchids to Miss Graff as our Senior Sponsor, and our love and admiration to Miss Fuller for making the standards of our English department so high; and to Miss Venable for her own special humor. To Miss Hughes we wish to express our appreciation of the sheer joy she has in teaching and to Miss Walker for her many acts of kindness, and to "Mary" (Mrs. Light-foot) for her years of intelligent and loyal service.

 There is also Mrs. Leighton, who provides radio programs for the .Glee Club so it may go to Tampa and bring more honor to the school; Mrs. Frank Bryant, who has been such a loyal and faithful P. T. A. President, and Mrs. Cely, the best Membership Chairman ever. To Mrs. Lorenzo Baldwin we send our gratitude for conducting free classes in Art, and to Mrs. Bryan for coming to us with her splendid lessons on the Bible.

 Remember the time the Senior Girls were down to their last nickel? How Mr. Gilbert saved their lives by giving them that dollar some one had owed him for so long? Another very fine person, Mr. Harden, who does not say very much, nor get much glory but whom we all love and trust because we know he is always with us and helps this school to be its best, and our Dean, Mrs. Culp, with her broad understanding and sympathy for girls and their problems.—To these we give our choicest gifts.

 We have distributed a great many orchids   but   now   we   come   to   those

things to which we cannot give flowers. Those intangible things that have played and will play such a part in our lives. We shall never forget such things as the memories of fairness, school spirit, friendship and companionship with not only our classmates but our teachers, and the joy we have received from the knowledge that we have been a part of the school and that we have helped to build it. All these things mean so much to us and we can only say, "Thank you, teachers, helpers, advisors," and with a pull at our hearts, "Thank you, Lee."

In view of the fact that there has been no newspaper in Lee recently, this Anguish is designed to recount a few events of our senior year. We are pleased to announce that for the remainder of the term a publication will appear every two weeks under the sponsorship of Miss Margaret Lee Hughes and  Mr.  W. F.  Bloise.


 Recently a Sophomore named Bill and I spent an evening together discussing our school experiences. The question arose as to why Lee High did not have an honor system. It rather stumped me at first for I know many high schools do have the honor system.

 Bill seemed to think we could easily have one, but I wasn't so sure. I figured an honor system wouldn't work because there is such a large group of students to whom it would mean nothing.

 Bill asked, "Why can't we campaign for it, say, for two weeks, and create interest in it?"

 I told him I didn't think that a long enough time. A whole year might be required to make it a success.

 Bill is very persistent and he wanted to know why we couldn't start now in certain classes. There I had to do some fast thinking, but I answered, "To be of any real use to the students, the system would have to include every phase of school life."

 Bill asked, "What do you think Lee would be like with an honor system that worked?"

That was simple to answer, "Why, that would be a scholastic Utopia. There would be study halls without supervision; teachers could have a period off for rest or study; book reports would be honestly done; home work would be prepared not to just "get by", but because we felt the need of more information; tests would be given with no instructor in the room; and halls would be without monitors."

"And what about cheaters?" asked Bill.

"Oh, cheaters? There would be so much public disapproval of cheating that everyone would have to be honest."

 A sudden thought came to me. "Bill," I said, "you are a sophomore. Why don't you and the other sophomores think this over and talk it up? It would be the finest thing in the world that could happen to the students of Robert E. Lee; and somehow, I believe that the fine old gentleman, whose name we bear, would be mighty proud of us."



             HONOR ROLL

             (All A's)

First Semester Average:

Armstrong, John. Caldwell, Ervin. Cowan, Jane. Ernst, Eleanor. Jenks, John. Mathews, Jack. McCormick, Sheldon. Pohl, Marian. Smith, Marianne. Walker, Jeanne. Wright, Robert. Walker, Dick.


Now, as graduation draws nigh, begins the annual trek of the mother and daughter through the jungles and wilds of the town dress shops to hunt for the graduation dress. The mother's hair begins to grow a little grayer, and a haunted look appears on the face of the daughter, as one dress after another is tried, but still not the right dress. Pink dresses, blue dresses, white dresses, sophistocated dresses, demure dresses, but still no  luck.

Finally, in desperation, they return to the first dress shop they visited. Oh, what is that dress? Yes, that one there! The dress is quickly slipped over daughter's head. Thrill, thrill, and heartflutter, this is exactly what she wanted all the time. The sales lady leans forward and whispers something in the mother's ear. The mother shrieks, then quietly faints. It was the first dress the saleslady had shown them three weeks before.

                                                    AN OPEN LETTER

Dear Annual Agent:

In reply to your letter asking that I complete the payments on my subscription to the Annual, let me say that my financial condition makes it almost impossible to do so. My obligations at Lee and the few that I have elsewhere take all my money.

I am forced to pay club dues, history dues, science dues, French dues, homemaking dues, math dues and typing dues, all leading to my boo-hoos.

My amusements have become drudgery. I am taken in by the Senior Girls' play, the Federal play, the Senior Play and foul play. I spend money at football games, basketball games, tennis games and ????? games.

I help make a success of Amateur Night, Bank Night, Screeno, Fathers' Night, Mothers' Day, Kid Day and Tag Day, Pennant Day and any old day.

Organizations stay awake nights thinking of things for me to buy; candy, tickets, news bulletins, football pins, class rings, football pencils, skull caps, candied apples, colored post cards and stationery. I even have to pay for chewing gum during class.

I pay out money during the first week of school, during Thanksgiving week, Christmas week, College test week, Pat Club week, and during Commencement week—all of which leaves my pocketbook very weak. I would not be able to pay this bill at all if I had not been a good shot. I shot the wolf that is always at my door and sold his fur for $2.00.

Very truly yours,


During this last term the students of Lee have been saddened by the death of Truman Cole, a former student at Lee and a boy whose qualities of leadership gave him a lasting place in our hearts. His high ideals and fine character have become a permanent influence in the lives of his friends.


Gayle Johnson's Czechoslovakian shoes that came close to looking like bedroom slippers.

Betty Clarkson's gold charm bracelet.

Harriet Foster's ring of petrified wood.

Jean Goshorn's all-over embroidered coat.

Patty Paulk's high-heel shoes.

The Nebel sisters' orange angora sweaters.

Mary Boiling Duncan's Daniel Boone chamois blouse.

The brown and white shoes that EVERYBODY wore in the winter time.

Portia Spalding's screaming socks.

Betty Ann Purser's Russian embroidered blouse.

The hair ribbons, pushed-up sweater sleeves, and pearls that were so popular with all the girls.

Charlie Towers' checked trousers.

Johnny Greene's super-white shirts.

Sonny Sabiston's beer jacket.

Steve Freel's blue satin shirts.

Coach's blue sweater with a picture of Robert E. Lee on it that Ted Bout-well wore all the time.

Those luscious sky blue trousers of Harry Piatt.

                                                       SENIOR CALENDAR

May 6—S. F. C. Vodvil.

May 13—Senior Fellows' Banquet.

May 20—Senior Play.

May 28—G. A. A. Luncheon.

June 3—Junior Prom.

June 4—S. G. C. Luncheon.

June 5—Baccalaureate Service.

June 8—Class Night.

June 10—Graduation.

                                                     FAMOUS AFFAIRS

Blount—Lynch. Knauer—Christie. McConnell—Wilkinson. Exline—Dobargantes. Lippitt—Arnold. Davis—Powell. Evans—Faulkner. 



Faith is a thread,

Slender and frail,

Easy to tear;

Yet it can lift

The weight of a  soul

Up from despair.




JEANNE WALKER Editor-in-Chief



THE STUDENT BODY Associate Editors

The Opportunities That Are Offered at Lee

Have you ever thought just what really wonderful opportunities are offered us as students of Lee High School?

Beyond the regular curriculum there are many unusual features. As in all accredited high schools, we may choose from three courses of study—the college, the general, and the commercial course.

Our biology course is one of the few in the country to offer a detailed study of heredity. In our fully equipped science laboratories students have the best facilities for performing experiments. Shorthand and typing train students for professional and business work. Special courses in business, law and salesmanship supplement this. Public speaking classes were introduced this year. Musically inclined students are provided with a glee club, a band, and an orchestra. As a valuable addition to all these things, Lee has the finest school library in Florida.

Through the extra-curricula program of Lee, we may enjoy those activities in which we are particularly gifted. The clubs of the school are numerous and cover a wide range of interest. The Debating Club is active and carries on debates with other schools. New scientific developments are discussed in the Science Club. The Latin, French, and Spanish Clubs present plays and reading programs, and give opportunity for informal conversation in these languages. The Dramatic Club presents the Senior Play and the Senior Girls' Jubilee every year, besides numerous one-act plays on special occasions. In the Photography Club camera enthusiasts discuss their problems and conduct contests. The Banking Club conducts all school banking. In addition to these, Lee has a fine Athletic Department which offers a complete intramural program. Our teams are maintained in football, baseball, basketball, track, tennis, swimming, and golf, and in competition with other schools they win more often than they lose. The Girls' Athletic Association and Archery Club give all girls a fine opportunity for recreation.

The Cooperative Educational Plan at Lee offers the students opportunity to gain practical experience in business. This type of training is available to all seniors and juniors with a high scholastic record, attending school for two or three periods a day to take the necessary subjects related to their work. They work for four hours in some business firm, bank, store, broadcasting station, or hotel. Thus business methods are studied at first hand and the actual work is done. This enables the student to select more intelligently his life work. Two credits each year are earned for this work. More than eighty-five per cent of all graduates from this course find permanent occupation. Forty-seven and one-half per cent of these are employed by the very agency in which they received C. V. E. training.

We are indeed fortunate to have had the privilege of attending Robert E. Lee High School, and we are deeply grateful to the excellent faculty that has guided us. May each of us by our future accomplishment be a credit to this institution which we leave with such deep regret.               JACK MATHEWS.

One columnist thinks jazz was discovered by a dog with a tin can tied to its tail chasing a second-hand flivver.

The greatest factor in any man's success is enthusiasm. Without this important element in your being, you will forever remain on the bottom of the heap.


When slanting shafts of golden yellow light

Dip through deep pools of pink and rose hued dye

And splash the stretch of glowing western sky

With deep'ning mists of pastel shaded light

That tint with fading shades of violet

And etch with gray the sails of clouds that sift

Across  the  sky   like  dream boats  set adrift,

Twilight is gently veiling the sunset;

So, when a song becomes a faint echo

And something that did burn in glory bright

Seems to be but a far and distant glow Kind time is drawing down a veil across The memory of beauty that is gone And mercifully dulling pain of loss.


                    DON'T BE "PUNNY'

What does the big rose say to the little rose?—Hi, bud!

Says the bottle of cream to the lemon, "Let's go over and curdle in the corner."

As the optician goes to work every morning  he   says,   "Bi-focals."

Says one eyebrow to the other eyebrow, " 'Lo, brow."

"What does the bride think of when she walks into the church?" "Aisle, Alter, Hymn."

A half-breed is a fellow with a cold in one nostril.

Says the little chair to the big chair,   "Hi,  chair".

When the little ear of corn asked his mother where he came from, she said, "The stalk brought you."

And then there was the girl who was so dumb that she thought Vat 69 was the  Pope's telephone  number.

Said one stamp to the other, "I'll lick you."

Then there was a girl who thought that stagnation was a country where only men live.


If anyone thinks life at Lee is monotonous, just glance over this list of events and put them down in your date book. 


Organization of Clubs

Junior-Senior Girls'  Tap Week

Senior Girls' Tea

P.-T.  A.  Card Party

Football  Games and  "L"  Club Dances

Armistice Day Parade.


Amateur Night

Thanksgiving Baskets

Lee-Jackson Football  Game and Dance

Football Banquet

C. V. E. Open House

Blue  and  Gray  Subscription Campaign.


Senior Girls' Club Jubilee

Tuberculosis Seal Contest

Christmas Baskets

Christmas Candlelight Service.         


Robert E. Lee Memorial Assembly

Midyear Exams.


Midyear Class Night

Midyear Banquet

Missionary Chain Assemblies

Annual College Day

Alumni Homecoming

Fathers' Night, P.-T. A.

College  Placement Tests.


Junior Girls' Special Activities

Basketball Tournament. 


Sophomore Party

Spring Varieties of Glee Club

University of Florida Glee Club Concert

Confederate  Memorial  Day Assembly

State  Musical Concert.

G. A. A. House Party. 


Blue and Gray Published

Senior Fellows' Vodvil

Senior Fellows' Banquet

Senior Play

G. A. A. Luncheon.

Class Night

Junior-Senior  Prom.

Final Exams.


S. G. C. Luncheon.

Baccalaureate  Service


                                                                             SKIT NIGHT

The Robert E. Lee High School Dramatic club, under the able direction of Miss Marion Hendry, presented a Skit Night in the school auditorium, April 5 at 8 p. m., sponsored by the Senior Girl's club.

Amid cheers and boos, the melodrama in three acts, Driven from Home, was presented. Although rotten eggs and spit balls were not allowed, the enthusiastic crowd did give the villian his just reward in verbal combat.

                                        OUT WITH THE OLD, MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW

Back in 1928 one of our greatest needs was a piano, so the Senior girls decided to meet that need just as they have met other needs each year since. They raised two hundred dollars and found a second-hand Knabe Grand piano, and placed it in the gym. It proved to be of so much use as a grand stand that it was moved to the auditorium where it served many a Jubilee, Vodvil and assembly program. But it was ever a debatable question as to which was the largest, the auditorium or the piano. In the way of all good and faithful things, the time came when it had to go for it occupied too much space with our increasing orchestra. At our Homecoming this year one of our former students offered to take our Knabe in exchange for a smaller piano, so that now resides in the music room, and the question of the moment is, which is the smaller, the piano or the bench?

We shall hear from Kathleen Curtis some day, for her dramatic skill can be compared with professionals.

Harold Wexter uttered "never darken my door again" with such determined emphasis that he became heartly disliked at once by the audience.

But Robert May, as he "snuck" around in the Gay Ninety Villian fashion brought the crowd to their feet with boos.

Others assisting were:

Misses Claude Annie Rhodes, Emily Ann Morgenstern, Bessie Rhodes, Patty Frederick, Jean Walker, Anna Marie Simpson, and Maxine Armistead and  Walter  Smith.

The Hillbilly Harmonizers, pleasantly sounding like offkey fog horns, were "gathered from the steps of the old  General store."

A solo, Frankie and Johnnie, was sung by Bill Morton.

(Miss) Jack Mathews, taking the part of Frankie, was attractively dressed in a flowered chiffon and a corsage of one blood red gladiola which was placed at her chin and drooped beyond the waist.

The dramatic Johnnie was played by Jimmy Powell.

But it was Nellie, who really is a flapper at heart and has been holding out on us, that was dressed in the height of style(?). Gowned in a blue velvet tea dress that hung gracefully below her knees, she wore a plumed hat that fell off at the fatal moment when Johnnie kissed her.

Others taking part in this delightful program were: Misses Marcia Hinley, Evelyn Irey, Mary Anderson, Althea McGinnis, Portia Spaulding, Troy Tibbs, Annie Lee Stagg, Dot Sims, and Finley Tucker, Hall Harris, Erskine Walker, David Archibald, and members of the Dramatic club.

The staging committee for the production were: Fender McLeod, Richard Brown, James .Godbold, and Dearl McLeod, under the direction of Ralph Barbour.

                                                   THE BEST LOOKING SENIOR GIRL

We tried to choose one Senior girl who was perfect in looks, features, and personality, but when we came right down to it we could find no one absolutely perfect. We decided that the best thing to do would be to take the best features of several girls to make one perfect girl.

A  composite  Senior girl. Elsie  Jones'  hair. Betty Payne's eyes. Sue Bate's nose. Anne Walton's mouth. Patty Paulk's skin. Mary Boiling Duncan's figure. Beverley Nalle's legs and feet. Sister  L'Engle's  personality. Carol Bettes' neatness. Jeanne Walker's intelligence. Norma Boatright's voice. Bonnie Robinson's charm.

If  you  keep  your  nose  to  the  grind stone  rough And keep it there long enough, In   time   you'll   say   there's   no   such thing  As brooks that babble and birds that

sing  These  three  will your world  compose Just   you,   the   stone,   and   your—old




                                                  FOR   SALE

ATTENTION STUDENTS—One brain in first class condition to be used for test.    See I. Nosum Anserz.

UNIMPROVED PROPERTY —One Political Science class. Has positively shown no improvement in the last 7 months.    See teacher in room 202.

                                                HELP WANTED

A GOOD BARBER—First job will be to   clean   up   History   Department   by shaving Beard and Beard. 

CADDIES—To  carry  books.       Hours from 8:30 to 3:00.    See student body.


NEW RECORDS—For typing.   Tempo of "The Volga Boatmen" preferred.

 SKINS—For our "Tanners"

. ALIBIS—To  get  out of   7th  periods. Must be original and convincing. 

SLEEPING   POTION —See   Macbeth. Inverness Castle.


ONE HAND FULL OF HAIR—While trying to learn memory work. Color— Gray.