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population of the city, or, in other words, we have about one High School scholar to every two hundred inhabiWe find also that the number of pupils in the High Schools is about fifty per cent of the number in the first class of the Grammar Schools. The number admitted during the year was 581; males 342, and females 242. The Grammar Schools sent up 268 boys and 171 girls; total, 439. The number sent up from the Grammar Schools was 146 less than the number of their graduates. The number of those admitted who actually joined the schools was 521; 305 boys and 216 girls.
The whole number of High School pupils who received, at the close of the year, diplomas of graduation, was 113; 52 young gentlemen, and 61 young ladies.
LATIN SCHOOL. The following table shows the attendance during the last year as compared with that of the preceding year:
It appears that there has been a slight falling off in attendance, and yet the number belonging is larger than can be well accommodated in the building. The first class had eighteen members at the close of the year. Of these, ten entered college, four left for other destinations, and four remained over. Only three young gentlemen were deemed worthy of the graduating diploma. The same three, and no others, received the Franklin Medal. One of the graduates who did not receive a diploma was admitted into the sophomore class of Michigan University with some condition in mathematics. The pupils who complete the work of the last year of the course of study are considered as entitled to the diploma.
At the close of the school year, Mr. William R. Dimmock resigned his position as one of the masters, to accept a professorship in Williams College. By this resignation, the teaching corps lost an urbane gentleman, an accomplished classical scholar, and a faithful and successful teacher. It is much to be regretted that an instructor whose services were so acceptable could not have been retained.
Mr. Dimmock's place as master has not been filled, but the number of teachers was made good by the appointment of Mr. Simmons, a recent graduate of Harvard University and an excellent scholar, as sub-master.
The following table shows the number and average age of boys admitted to the Latin School from each Grammar School, and also the number admitted from other sources, during the year ending September 8, 1868.
It appears from the above table that of the sixty-nine boys admitted during the past year, only thirty-two were sent by the Grammar Schools, averaging about two to a school containing boys. During the preceding year, seventy-two were admitted from the Grammar Schools, twenty-five coming from a single school, the Brimmer. The masters of the Grammar Schools have it in their power, without doubt, to determine to a very great extent what shall be the number and character of the boys who go from their schools to the Latin Schools. If a
boy is to go to our Latin School at all, it is best, as a general rule, that he should go when he is from ten to eleven years old. This is the opinion of the Head-Master, and it is confirmed by my own observation. By taking pains to give kindly advice to parents, in accordance with this view, a large number of promising recruits would be annually sent up. If boys are retained in the Grammar Schools until they complete the course, before going to the Latin School, they cannot fit for college at the proper age except by taking what is called the short course. To accomplish this, graduates of the Grammar Schools find it difficult. The ordeal is a trying one. The Grammar Schools ought to have credit for sending to the Latin School boys who go through creditably; and in order to accomplish this result, they must send good scholars, and send them young.
It is sometimes said that a boy should not go to the Latin School unless he is destined for a college course. This, it seems to me, is an error. If a boy is not expecting to go to college, and yet wants to get the best education our schools afford him up to the age of seventeen, the best thing for him to do would be to go to the Primary School from five to eight, to the Grammar School from eight to eleven, to the Latin School from eleven to fourteen, and to the English High School from fourteen to seventeen. Another excellent course, either for college or business life, would be to pass through the English High School, and afterwards through the Latin School. To do this within the proper age, the
boy should enter the High School at thirteen, and then, graduating at sixteen, he would be able to complete his fitting for college in the Latin School in two years. The discipline of the course in the English High School is such that a graduate of fair abilities can, in that period, acquire sufficient knowledge of Latin and Greek, for admission to college. This double course affords an admirable preparation for the college course.
The following is the blank of the monthly report sent to the parents of the pupils :
The studies for the month have been Reading, Spelling,
Penmanship and [other studies inserted here.]
Rank deduced from the aggregate of all his recitations,
Number of those marked 5, extremely good,
English Composition, (highest mark ever given, 20,)