Wednesday, May 18, 2011

School History and Traditions Highlighted

Do you ever wonder where the school traditions come from? Or what might lurk in the school's past? Our Archives Manager Ms. DiModica an the enviable position: our history is literally at her fingertips. Whenever she finds especially delicious nuggets, she lifts the veil in her Archives blog posts.

For example, in her latest post, Mrs. DiModica quotes a speech by Headmaster Doggett revealing the origins of two graduation traditions (jumping the Mansion House wall and marching around the Milestone). We also have records indicating Govs alumni involvement in the Civil War, and of various student building projects. Sports activities like fencing and the existence of a rifle club on campus are also described.

Ms. DiModica highlights some of the items held in the archives as well as papers, photographs, and paintings. There is a genuine antique sword from the 1800s that belonged to an officer in the Dummer Guard, a cherub weather vane, and a 1937 lacrosse stick, to name just a few.

Please have a look at the Archives blog. There really is such an unequaled wealth of history there. If nothing else, you have got to see the donkey basketball photos from the 1980s!

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