ON September the twelfth, 1924, about one hundred and fifty young girls and boys entered the halls of Wilson for the first time as students. This marked the beginning of the Class of '28, of which nothing had been thought of in the past, but of which much would be heard in the future. On this September morning the minds of these students were not occupied with thoughts of Organization and misgivings of what life within the walls of Wilson b&d for them. The atmosphere in which we moved was charged with expectancy.
Immediately we began learning things concerning the system and from then on every day presented some new feature to be mastered. "Finding out," seemed a great hardship at first; but, seeing that the quest for information was essential to our happiness, we made this policy a habit and took it as a part of the routine. After the first day, obedience was our main characteristic.
That year was full of events for us, and high among these stood the play, "Seventeen," which, although being the annual dramatic affair, was considered by us an outstandingly important event and will long be remembered. It seemed that our studies demanded most of our time and that very little has left for organizations and athletics. Still, these were not neglected, and many of our group attained distinction in both fields.
Of that year, October the fifteenth is by far the most important date, for on that day our class was organized. Miss Lilias Hutchins, as faculty adviser, was wisely chosen to guide us through the hardships of the comin~ year. She is no longer in our faculty, as she did not remain for long in the state of single bliss. Soon afterward came the glorious finals, and we were no longer "Rats." The first mile post was reached, and all of us were glad that we had stayed in the race.
The next year began in an entirely different fashion from the first, for we were not walking on such unfamiliar ground. Still we were surprised at the number of things yet to be learned, and disappointed in finding that the life of an old student was not altogether one of ease and pleasure, as we had thought it would be. Of course there was much serious work to be done, both as individuals and as a class. Then Miss Katherine Timberlake was chosen to guide us through our hardships. In the course of the year, as in the first, we learned many things not contained in our books and acquired valuable experience. To our class spirit of pulling together we owe much for the successful completion of the second year in our high school life.
In our third year responsibilities increased. We felt that facts learned from past experience and from observation during this year would be very valuable when we should become Seniors and take up the position of school leaders. Miss Lois WiHiams was elected faculty adviser, to bring us through the year with great success. The under class viewpoint rapidly vanished and our minds took up more serious problems of school Life.
The big event of the Junior year, one which had been looked forward to for months with great pleasure, and one that will ever be remembered, was the Junior-Senior Banquet. This occasion means much to a Junior and every member of our Junior class felt that he had a part in the preparation for the sailing of the pirate ship '~Green Dragon." As Seniors we have felt that we have had some part in conducting the affairs of Wilson and we hope that we have functioned creditably. at the beginning of this term, to our sorrow, Miss Lois Williams was forced by ill health to surrender her active connections with the class. Miss Mildred James was unanimously chosen acting faculty adviser and Miss Zaidee Smith was elected the dramatic faculty adviser.
The first big event of this year, a ceremonial, so to speak, that knighted us as Seniors, was the putting on of our class rings. Then came the mid-year production, ~'Pitter Patter." Next came the Junior-Senior affair with its attendant enthusiasm looked forward to and pleasantly consummated. Fourth in line of big events was the Senior Class Play ; fifth the publication of ~'The President," and last and greatest of all, Graduation.
MARY EDNA KAY, '28.
Farewell, dear Wilson, our parting has come,
We continue life's journey which here we've begun.
New conquests beckon; a new era calls,
Sadly we leave your memory-filled halls.
Teachers and classmates, we love you each one,
We've shared hours of work and we've shared hours of fun;
But now we'd not shirk the part we must play
As new vistas open on life's great highway.
Our teams and our clubs, we wish you success,
We know you'll continue to strive for the best.
You may have your hardships, but count them as slight,
As you glorify Wilson with all of your might.
Although we depart, our thoughts will remain,
Always shall we honor your unequalled name;
Tn words, deeds, and thoughts our love we'll display,
We whisper "good-bye" on this long-yearned-for day.
Words by ANNIE ROWE. Music bv GRACE GATLING
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The Class Roster and pictures are as represented in the Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth, Virginia yearbook or annual of the year indicated on the page. The Roster may not be complete and pictures and names may have been removed by request of the person involved. Also, it does not offically indicate the year of graduation and/or that the party in question graduated. If you are not represented in your class, you will be added to the last page of the year and you may submit a photo to be added. John “Eddie” Lee ’68.