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The Spud


Published bimonthly, during the school year, by and for the students, alumni
and friends of the Alliance High School

Subscription price, fifty center per year.  Single copies, fifteen cents.

Staff of 1911-12

Mabel Worley......................................................Editor in Chief
Paul Thomas ......................................................Associate Editor
Charlie Spacht, May Nation ...................................Athletic Editors
Maybelle Pilkington ............................................Organization Editor
Maude McAllister ............................................... Exchange Editor
Fred Carlson ..................................................... Alumni Editor
Evelyn McBurney, Ethel Graham ..........................  Staff Artists
Martin Nolan ................................................... Business Manager
Merritt Chaffee ............................................... Asst. Business Manager
Emma Tash ................................................ Chairman Subscription Committee
Willie Eldred, Michael Nolan ..............................Chronicles

Class Editors

Nell Shrewsberry - 1912                            Hattie Renswold - 1914
Hazel Bennett - 1913                                Emma James - 1915


E    D    I    T    O    R    I    A     L    S

The Alliance High School has kept up to the usual standard this year and as this is the last number of The Spud for at least three months, we wish to mention the different successful features of the year.  In Basket Ball we again won the championship of Western Nebraska and a large blue and while championship banner was presented to the High School, May 13, by Mr. Meyer, in behalf of the managing board of the league.  The girl's team was not defeated in any of the games this year, but there isn't any league and pennant for them, or one would have ben added to our collection for each of the last three years.  The Latin Club has been unusually successful.  The regular number of meetings was held, and a play, "The Roman Wedding", given.  With the funds from this play, the club purchased two large pieces of frieze for the assembly room.  The Debating Team was good this year, but lost to Sidney 2-1.  In Declamatory work we secured two firsts and one second in the district contest.  At the State contest we won first honors in the humorous class.  Last fall our base ball team won about half the games played, and now the athletes of the school are practicing for the track meet.



In the Senior Class, which will soon be classed with the alumni, there are two boys on the basket ball team and four girls on the girl's team.  Two of the class won second places in the Declamatory contest, and one member was o the first Debating team.  By the departure of this class, some of the best pupils in High School leave.  A seven - course banquet was given them by the Juniors, May 11, in the gymnasium.  The room was decorated in a mass of pink and white, and pink and white carnations were on the table.  Music was furnished by the orchestra during the banquet.  An especially good toast was given by Miss Wirt but she is too modest to allow it to appear in print.  The class will give the play "Hicks at College," Friday, May 17.  The baccalaureate sermon will be delivered at the opera house by Rev. A. L. Godfrey on May 19.  The alumni banquet in honor of the new members will be WEdnesday, May 22, and the commencement address, given by Gov. Aldrich, will be on May 23.

We wish to thank the subscribers of our paper for their patronage and financial support given this year, also the business men who have aided us by their advertisements.

Mr. W. R. Pate has met with unbounded success since he has been superintendent of the Alliance Public Schools.

Before commencing his teaching career in the schools of our state, Mr. Pate attended Lincoln Normal University, and the University of Nebraska.  Since then he has been principal of the High School at Danbury, Nebraska, and he has been superintendent of schools in four progressive communities of our state, having been at Sidney five years and Alliance two.  For eight summers he has been engaged in Junior Normal work at North Platte and Alliance, having held the principalship of the Alliance Junior Normal for three years.

Mr. Pate has served as president of Western Nebraska and North Platte Valley Teachers' associations.  He is a member of the executive committee of the Nebraska State Teachers' association, also of Nebraska School Masters' club, and has just recently been elected president of the Nebraska State Declamatory Union 1912-1913.

Mr. Pate is a superintendent of great influence among his students and co-workers and will always achieve a most praise worthy record.

Boys Basketball Team


Basket Ball has again proven to be the most popular sport at High School this year.  The basket ball season of 1911 and 1912 was perhaps the best in history of the school.

The first game of the season was played on Thanksgiving day with the Alumni.  While the old timers played a fast game, they were unable to stand the pace of the fresher ones.  Score 53 to 20.

After this game practice started in earnest in preparation for the eastern tour.  Despite the fact that our games in the eastern part of the state did not all end in victories for us, we feel that the trip was a great success.  It was on this trip that the fellows learned to adapt themselves to conditions and to put up the best that was in them, even though the circumstances were the most unfavorable and even after traveling all day on a Missouri Pacific Freight.  Considering these facts we feel that the record made in the eastern part of the state is one to be proud of.  The experience received on this trip aided materially in bringing back to the A. H. S. the championship of western Nebraska.  In the succeeding series of games for the championship of this part of the state we were undefeated.  The athletic board showed its appreciation of the hard work of the tam by voting them sweaters.  Each player and the coach were presented with a beautiful blue coat sweater upon which was a large white "A".  WE hope the practice will be continued in the future.  The following are the letter men:  Nolan Schafer (capt.)
Keegan, Graham, Darnell, Spacht and Rennau.  There are the players to whom we are responsible for our 1911 and 1912 pennant.  Nolan as forward and captain played a great game this season and proved a phenom at basket shooting.  In all the games he was indispensable but perhaps will be remembered best as the hero of the Sidney game, at which time he acquired the title, "Old Ironsides".  The team will feel the los of Nolan next year as he graduates this spring.  Schafer, last year's captain, better known as "Bananas", was on the floor more than any other of Alliance's players this year, as he was out but ten minutes during the entire season.  During all this time he was helping to win fame for our school by his excellent field work and accurate basket tossing.  Darnell because of his jumping qualities has been dubbed the "Airship".  He easily outclassed his opponents in every game, getting the ball at will and his goal shooting added many points to our scores.  "Grape-nuts" Rennau although not in the game as much as Darnell delivered the goods at all times. Keegan, the husky, and Graham, the bronco buster, were always there at guard.  Their work on the defense was not equaled in any aggregation we met this year.  They were always on the job and had but few baskets thrown off them during the season.  A faster, grittier par of guards would be hard to find.  Blondie Spacht was always Jonnie-on-the-spot no matter where he was called upon to serve, whether at guard or forward.  His heady work was always an asset to the team whenever he was in the game.  He will be remembered most, however, for his stellar work at the Bluffs, where he went in to the game in the last 5 minutes with the score against us and scored two baskets from the center of the field.

                    Seasons Scores:
Alliance 44 - 26 Alumni                    Alliance 37 - 16 Sidney
Alliance 27 - 50 Wahoo                    Alliance 33 - 22 Scottsbluff
Alliance 20 - 23 Syracsuse                Alliance 40 -1 2 Broken Bow
Alliance 50 - 30 Fairbury                   Alliance ? - ? Sidney
Alliance 21 - 37 Auburn                    Alliance 27 - 25 Scottsbluff
Alliance 16 - 23 Peru State Normal     Alliance 70 - 7 Crawford
Alliance 53 - 19 Broken Bow

All honor to the team of 1911 and 1912 whose labor has returned the championship to the A. H. S. and who have won for us the beautiful blue banner that now graces the assembly wall.

Girls Basket Ball Team

Girls' Basket Ball

The girls' basket ball team were easily victors over both Sidney and Scottsbluff, their only opponents of this season.  Both games were decidedly in favor of the local girls.

The girls that represented Alliance were:  Ruth Rice (Capt.), Izaetta Renswold, May Graham, Dellight Uffurd, May Nation and Mable Worley

The girls team will be somewhat at a loss for material next year as all but two of the players will graduate this year.


Alliance 27 - 12 Sidney                       Alliance 9 - 1 Scottsbluff

Baseball Team

The Boys Base Ball Team

Domestic Science Class

The Domestic Science Class

Manual Training Class

Manual Training Class

Debating Team

The Debating Class under the direction of Miss Gabus began work soon after the Christmas Holidays with an enrollment of ten.  The preliminary debate occurred January 25, in the High School auditorium at which time Michael Nolan, Dorothy Smith and Ray Bigelow were chosen to represent the High School in all interscholastic debates.  The question debated on was, "Resolved: - That the movement of organized labor for the closed shop should receive the support of public opinion."  The Sidney team maintaining the negative, debating here Feb. 23, was successful in carrying off the honors.  Alliance has had a strong team this year and is proud of its work.

Declamatory Team                      

The Local Declamatory Contest was held at the Phelan Opera House, March 12.  About eleven contestants entered the work this year.  Those awarded first places were:  Fred Sweeney ('13), oratorical:  Pauline Montgomery ('14), dramatic; Leone Mallery ('13) humorous.

The District Contest was also held in Alliance this year.  The Alliance Contestants were again among the successful ones as Leone Maller and Pauline were given first prizes in humorous and dramatic classes and Fred Sweeney second in oratorical.  But the District Contest did not mean the end of glory for Alliance High School, since at the State Contest held at Kearney, May 3, Miss Leone Mallery received the highest honors in the humorous class, while Pauline Montgomery would have received first in dramatic except for the length of her reading, as she had been given first by two of the judges.


The Latin Club has had a very successful year during 1911-12.  Four sessions were held by the club.  The first one occurred at the High School in November.  The second meeting was held at the home of Miss Alta Young, Feb. 10, and a very enjoyable time was reported by all present.  The play, "The Roman Wedding", given by members of the Latin classes, constituted the third session and was held in the High School auditorium.  The play was one of the most interesting features of the school year and Miss Wirt, the Latin Instructor, deserves much credit for her untiring efforts in making it such a marked success.  The home of Miss Mabel Worley was the scene of the last Latin Club meeting of the year.  Nearly all of the Latin students were present and a very pleasant time was enjoyed.

1912 Juniors

The Junior Class of 1912

1912 Sophmores

The Sophomore Class of 1912

1912 Freshmen

The Freshman Class of 1912


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