Hinds County Agricultural High School
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, HINDS COUNTY AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL
W. N. Taylor, Superintendent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teacher Training Department
J. C. Trealor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Department of Agriculture and Manual Training
Nat Golding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dept. of Mathematics and Director of Boys' Athletics
Miss William E. Trotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Department of Home Economics
Miss Irene Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Department of English and French
Miss Leland B. Reid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Department of History and Latin
Mrs. N. E. Cox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matron
The Board of Trustees has endeavored to obtain the services of the best faculty available. The faculty positions have not been let out to the lowest bidders. The first consideration in the selection of teachers was efficiency. All members of the faculty are graduates of high-grade colleges, and each one has had successful experience as a teacher.
The Hinds County Agricultural High School was established by the County School Board in the fall of 1916. Measures were promptly taken by the Board of Supervisors to provide funds for erecting the buildings and equipping the school. The schools will be in readiness to launch its first session in September, 1917.
The school is located at Raymond, the county seat of the Second Judicial District. It is practically at the geographical center of the county. Gravel roads are being built in every direction from Raymond to connect up with gravel roads leading into all other parts of the county. The town of Raymond is to furnish the water supply for a period of five years. The water is to come from an artesian well, furnishing an inexhaustible supply.
DORMITORY A (in course of construction), HINDS COUNTY AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL
BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT:
The buildings and equipment of the Hinds County Agricultural High School are the most extensive and most ample that any county in the State has ever provided for this purpose. The administration building is a handsome structure, containing necessary class rooms, auditorium and superintendent's office. The two dormitories have capacity for one hundred and fifty boarding pupils. The power plant is a brick structure containing boiler, dynamo and engine for steam heating and electric lighting. A well equipped laundry is also located in the power house. In addition to these four brick structures, a splendid home has been erected for the superintendent. All these buildings have been furnished with the best equipment on the market. The entire plant has been constructed at a cost of about $80,000.00. Photographs of two buildings are shown in this book, in process of erection. There are three other buildings going up, all of which will be completed before the opening in September.
FARM AND FARM EQUIPMENT:
The school owns 160 acres of splendid farming land. The farm is being equipped with necessary improvements, such as barns, fencing, wagons, agricultural implements, etc. It is also being provided with mules, brood mares, blooded hogs, chickens and dairy cattle. It is the purpose of the school to demonstrate to the best advantage the various lines of farm activity.
FUNCTIONS OF THE SCHOOL:
1. The school is to furnish for its pupils a good literary education of high school grade. It provides a standard high school course in English, Mathematics, Science, History and Modern Languages.
2. The school will furnish to its pupils thorough training of high school scope along industrial lines. The boys take a required course in Agriculture, covering four years, and an elective course in Manual Training, covering two years. The girls take a required course in Home Economics covering four years. Theoretical instruction along these industrial lines is supplemented by abundant practical work in the laboratory, work shop, kitchen, dining room, and on the farm.
3. A most important function of the school is to stimulate the agricultural activities on the farms of the county. To this end, a thoroughly organized extension department is provided. This extension department in cooperation with the government forces and the authorities of the A. & M. College ought to be of immense aid in helping to solve farm problems of the county.
4. The school will serve as a clearing house of useful information to the farmers of the county. To this end, a mailing list of the farmers of the county will be kept, in order that all useful advance information along agricultural lines may be properly disseminated.
5. The school is to serve as the Poor Man's College. Before the advent of the Agricultural High School, it was practically impossible for a majority of the farm boys and girls to obtain a high school education, on account of prohibitive prices. The school offers the opportunity to every boy and girl in the county to get the benefits of its training at the very minimum of expense.
6. The school is to serve as a training center for rural school teachers. A teacher training course, covering two years, is provided, and this course is peculiarly adapted to meet the needs of the young men and young women preparing for the important work of teaching in the rural schools.
DORMITORY B (in course of construction), HINDS COUNTY AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL
BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
The school is fortunate in having a Board of Trustees, composed of broad gauged, progressive and successful men. The administration of the affairs of the school has been entrusted to men who have been successful in their own affairs, and who arc broad-minded enough to appreciate the needs of an institution of this kind.
No tuition shall be charged. The law provides that board shall be given in the dormitories at its exact cost. This is not likely to exceed $10.00 per month, and may be considerably less. An incidental fee of $3.00 per session is charged each pupil upon entrance and each boarding student is required to deposit $3.00 upon entrance as a breakage deposit. This latter is returned to the pupil upon withdrawal from school, if there has been no damage to the school. The charges indicated above are the only charges made by the school. Expenses additional to these are entirely under the control of the pupil.
LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR:
The school year covers forty-eight (48) weeks of work, and is divided into four terms of twelve weeks each. Hence, any pupil attending the full four terms each year should finish the full four-year high school course in three years. The fourth term each year will run through the summer months, when other schools are in vacation. Therefore, high school pupils from other schools in the county, who desire to make up certain branches through the summer months, will have the opportunity of doing so. Many teachers in the rural schools can take advantage of the summer term for taking special work in agriculture, manual training, home science and educational subjects. The operation of the school for forty-eight (48) weeks in the year will not work to the disadvantage of students who desire to remain in school for the regular session of nine months.
TO PROSPECTIVE PATRONS:
If you are interested in sending your boy or girl to one of the best Agricultural High Schools in the country, the superintendent of the Hinds County School would be glad to discuss the matter with you, either in person or by letter. Write him at Raymond for any information you may want in regard to the school. The first session will open on September 11, 1917.
POWER HOUSE (in course of construction), HINDS COUNTY AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL