TAZEWELL HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY
During the first decade of the 1900s Tazewell High Schools student magazine, The Pep, is born. The magazine contains student written literary essays, students' news, and even a gossip column. Harriet Scott serves as one of the first editors. The daily recess routine at THS consists of lining the entire student body up two by two in front of the high school building on Main Street. Next the group marches down Fincastle Turnpike around the bend to the intersection with Carline (Tazewell Avenue). The students then proceed down the avenue, then up Pine Street, and back to the high school. Social life at the school centers on parties that are held at the high school building. Students dance the Waltz, the Turkey Trot, and the One Step. At the high school, students dance in the long hallway on the third floor of the building. Students also dance in a large room located above Greever Hardware and another hall located in the building across the street from the Bank of Clinch Valley. In December of each year the third floor hallway at THS is the location for a Christmas Bazaar sponsored by several different community groups. Thirteen students graduate Tazewell High School in the class of 1919. All 13 students take part in the ceremony; playing the piano, speaking, or singing. At the end of the ceremony the younger students walk to the stage and present the graduates with gifts consisting of wrapped packages or flowers. Graduates in 1919 include two sets of twins, Katie and Mary Hurt, Mary and Martha Coulling. In addition, Miriam Buchanan, Elizabeth Gillespie, Vera Jones, Jesse Gillespie, Harriet Scott, and Elmo Peery are listed among the graduates. Mr. Carson is the principal at Tazewell High School. The salary schedule for teachers in Tazewell County during this decade varies from $30.00 to $50.00 per month depending on the teaching certificate held.
Girls' basketball team in 1919.
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