IS PROUD OF HER NEW SCHOOL
of the Finest and Best Equipped in State
MADE POSSIBLE BY COMMUNITY'S ENTERPRISE
Which Could Add to Comfort of Pupils
Facilitate Work Has Been Provided
Avondale residents are looking with great expectation to a time
about two weeks hence when their grammar school will be moved from its
ancient quarters on Jefferson Avenue to the new, commodious and
beautiful building on Miller Street.
Incidentally teachers and pupils in the school itself are waiting
impatiently for the time when they will have large, light rooms in which
to operate with a sufficiency of elbow room.
While it is not known just when the new school house will be
occupied. It is thought
that it will not be later than April 1 anyway.
Situated as it is in a natural forest, with its second story
windows affording an excellent view of the surrounding country for miles
on the west, and giving an equally attractive perspective on the east
until Missionary Ridge rises and curtails the gaze, the new Avondale
school has an ideal natural location.
But all that man could do, all that the architect and the
esthetician could do in the way of supplementing with artificial
embellishments the natural attractiveness of an unusually pleasing
landscape, has been done. When
the Avondale school moves into the new house two weeks hence it will
occupy one of the handsomest, most convenient and commodious buildings
in Hamilton County, and Hamilton County schools on the whole are
superior in many respects to all others in the South.
But one thing is needed at the Avondale school.
That is, a grading of Miller Street on the west side of the
building, between the quarry and the school, down to the level of
Jefferson Avenue, with a retaining wall for safety and good looks.
Danger would lurk in the quarry if hundreds of children should
play in the west school yard, unless by grading and constructing a
retaining wall the danger should be removed, and of course the teachers
in the school and the Avondale community are very anxious that this work
be done. But they have the
promise from Judge S. M. Walker that it will be done, and therefore are
losing no sleep on this account.
Plan of Building
Constructed of red brick with stone foundations, the Avondale
building is two stories high with a basement, and cost approximately
$18,000. On the first floor
are entrances on the north, west and south, the main entrance being on
the west. The school faces
that direction. Immediately
to the left of the main entrance hall is the office and just north of it
is the eighth grade room. This
arrangement is specially convenient for the principal who can step out
of his office through a side door into the eighth grade room which class
he teaches. To the right of the entrance hall is one large for the second
grade. From the south to
the north entrance is a long hall.
The whole east side if the first floor is taken up by three rooms
of equal dimensions, the two southern rooms being for the first grade
and the northern apartment for the third.
At the north end of the center hall is the stair steps leading to
the second floor.
Arriving on the second floor, one enters a hall running from the
north end of the building to the large auditorium on the south, which
takes up half the second floor. On the west side of the hall is a large room for the fourth
grade and a small cloak room, while on the east is a large room for the
fifth and sixth grades, and a small cloak room.
On the east side of the auditorium is an elevated rostrum with a
dressing room on either side. The
north dressing room may also be entered from the cloak room south of the
fifth and sixth grade room.
All the interior wood work of the school is in leaden and
Bound to Be Fresh
By the system of direct and redirect heating used all the air in
the school is changed every fifteen minutes.
It is the only thorough system of hearing in Hamilton County, the
instructors say, outside of Chattanooga, and the City High School
building is the only structure in Chattanooga having the same system.
One of the most commendable points about the entire building is
the scientific lighting system. The
rostrums have been so constructed, and the seats will be so arranged
that the light coming in through the windows will be thrown upon the
pupils from the back and the left side.
Scientists have long contended that is the proper method, and
school officials by actual practice have found that their contentions
are well founded. The
Avondale school is the only one in Hamilton County which is thoroughly
up-to-date in this respect and so far as the instructors know, is the
only one anywhere.
of School at Present
Pending the time of removal into the new school, the Avondale
pupils and teachers are busy in the old building.
Professor Joe F. Benson is the principal, and he has five
assistants. He has been
with the same school five years already, and this is his sixth.
He likes the place, and he himself teaches the seventh and eighth
grades. The average
attendance for the seventh grade is 16, while the eighth's average is an
Mrs. M. A. Garber teaches the first grade, which is divided into
two sections, with a combined daily attendance of 60.
Miss Lola Webb, of St. Elmo who instructs the second grade, has a
daily attendance of 51. Miss
Stella Ward, of Athens, who teaches the young ideas of the third grade
how to shoot has even four dozen pupils in daily attendance.
Mrs. J. F. Benson instructs the fourth grade with 52 daily
attendance, while Miss Ethel Zeigler teaches the fifth and sixth grades,
with a combined daily attendance of 48.
All of the teachers do creditable work.
"We have a splendid corps of teachers who are specialists in
several lines," said Principal Benson to a Star reporter.
"But the faculty follows the County's regular course in
every respect. In harmony
with the County Superintendent's instructions."
Professor Benson believes a majority of all the pupils will make
passing grades at the end of the term.
The possibilities, he says, are that a greater per cent will pass
this year than was the case at the close of any previous year since he
has been with the school, which is rather a good showing.
The marvelous success attained by Professor Benson and his corps
of able assistants has been made possible in a great degree, aside from
the work of the County Superintendent and the County Board, by the
practical, timely assistance afforded by the citizens of the Avondale
community. The Avondale
Business League furnished $525 of the money that purchased the new
school lot and on this account may be said to have made the new building
a possibility. The Ladies
Aid Society of Avondale has done much in keeping children in school who
could not purchase books and clothes.
They also see that every case of measles, whooping cough or other
contagious disease which develops in the community is reported to
Professor Benson, so that in this way precautions are taken to keep the
pupils all in good health, not only in these ways, but in every
imaginable, the Avondale residents lend their utmost assistance to
Professor Benson and his assistants making it possible for him to
overcome many difficulties which he could not otherwise fight against.
Pupils of the Avondale school also take pride in the place of
instruction. As one evidence of their interest they have placed $54
worth of books in the building this year. When the new building is occupied, book cases will be kept in
each room and pupils and teachers will contribute to he department
libraries as they feel disposed to do so.
Watch Not Necessary
The walls of the Avondale school are ornamental with a number of
framed maps and drawings executed by the pupils.
Some of his work shows marked skill and intelligence on the part
of the young folks, while all of it is good.
In passing from one department to another The Starr reporter has
occasion to wait a few moments in a room where the instructor was not
present. The order here was
of the best and the pupils seemed all to be busily engaged work out
problems and studying lessons just as if their principal had been on