A “Bit” of Looking Back – School To Open in Malakoff on 5 September,1961

Schools to Open Here on Tuesday, Sept. 5th
Starkey Begins Eighth Year as Superintendent

From The Malakoff News
Friday, September 1, 1961

The Malakoff Public Schools will open classes for the year 1961-62 next Tuesday, September 5th, as Norris Starkey begins his eighth year as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The outlook for this coming year, Mr. Starkey told the News, is very good.  The faculty for the new year is complete, and the scholastic census, he said, shows a fair increase over last year’s enrollment.

Registration of the elementary school students will be held today, and the busses into the rural areas will make their runs this morning.  The lunch room,  however, Mr. Starkey said, will not be open for the registration day as the students will be at school only part of the day.  The classes will start on their full day’s schedule next Tuesday morning.

Faculty Complete

The school faculty for the high school and elementary grades and the Lincoln High School have been completed and the stage is all set for the first day of the  new fall and winter terms.

The faculty, much the same as that of last year, has been named by Supt. Starkey as follows:

HIGH SCHOOLS – Bob Farmer, Principal; Mrs. Alice Cartlidge, English; Mrs. Dorothy Hardy, social studies and choral music; Mrs. Bernice Sturgeon,  business administration; Charles Wetzel, band; Bill Loggins, coach and science; Mrs. Fahy Lewis, home economics; H. H. Cade, vocational agriculture; S. R. Quattlebaum, counselor.

GRAMMAR SCHOOL:  Neal Lawson, principal and science; Mrs. Kathryn Jenkins, first grade; Mrs. Loverne Moyer, second grade; Mrs. Peggy Farmer, third grade; Mrs. Flarra Larkin, fourth grade; Mrs. Gladys Lawson, firth grade; Mrs. Ollie Loggins, sixth grade and Spanish; Miss Anne Pope Gilreath, seventh grade and math; Mrs. Cecelia Tindell, eighth grade; Mrs. Inez Starkey, language arts and librarian; Mrs. Berwyn McAdams, health education.

LINCOLN HIGH: L. E. Orr, principal, math and science; Mrs. Maude Orr, third grade; Mrs. Georgia Brown, first and second grades; Mrs. Jesse Barron, fifth and sixth grades; Mrs. Fayretta Anderson, seventh and eighth grades; Carl Anderson, social science; Mrs. Eunice Cannon, language arts; B. W. Tatum,  counselor; and Mrs. Doris Price, librarian.


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One thought on “A “Bit” of Looking Back – School To Open in Malakoff on 5 September,1961

  1. There are many fond memories of the days when Mr. Starkey was our school leader. I shall never forget the day when the “Great Plan” for the ’57 class was squashed before it ever got started. Our student council called a meeting of the junior and senior classes and we setup plans to have a Junior/Senior prom. Committees were set, location suggested, date set, all was put into motion. Bu;, as I headed back to class, feeling good about our accomplishments, I was called to Mr. Starkey’s office. He told me in no uncertain terms that it could not happen. No Dance for Malakoff. Of course, back then, there was no argument, no protest. We just knew that we followed the rules and did what our adults told us. I am thankful to Mr. Starkey for his gentle hand and outstanding leadership. Too bad students don’t respect authority today. After 40 years in education myself, and looking back on our Malakoff education I can truly say, we were blessed to have such dedicated teachers. administrations and board members.

    Thank you and thank God for sending them to us.

    Don Henderson 1957

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