THIS IS SURRATTS
2008-4 OF APRIL 1, 2008
Here are some items that may be of interest:
1. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINEES SOUGHT.
The Foundation Board is seeking nominees for the Foundation's 2007
Achievement Awards. These are the awards given to members of the
greater Surratts community who have especially distinguished
themselves in their professional or civic endeavors. Photos of past
Achievement Award recipients -- who range from beloved School
staffers to distinguished graduates from an almost
-- and their extremely impressive bios, are found on the web site at
(Please email any nominations for the 2007 Awards to
And, speaking of Achievement Award recipients, a reader sent us this
link to a great story about 2005 Achievement Award recipient,
Marcia Gay Harden (76):
2. HORNET BAND MEMORIES.
We received this note from Surrattstock performer Dave Danielson
(73): "Henry: I enjoyed the note about the Hornets going to Disney
World. I remember that Butch Mortimer took our Hornet Band in the
spring of 1973 down to Disney World to do the parade. It was a
great trip and a fantastic experience for the band. I think this
might be only the second time that the Hornet Marching Band played
at Disney (not sure though). Take care, Dave"
[Ed Note: I believe there might have been other Surratts Band
out-of-town adventures. Maybe our readers can share some memories
3. AND SPEAKING OF "HISTORICAL
MUSIC" .... For you music lovers,
Leslie St. Clair (70) forwarded us this item about a historical
jukebox web site: "There's a jukebox site at
The site will pay songs from 1950 through 1982. Each year has a
scroll or drop down box that shows all the great songs for that
year, and most years have over 40 songs. When you click a song it
will play and when it finishes it automatically plays the next song
on the list and continues until it has played all the songs. One of
the best features is that it will play in the background while
you're using your computer."
On a similar note, another reader sent this link that might be of
interest to those of you who lived through the 1960s, especially
those of you whose memories might need a little refreshing:
4. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SURRATTS
HISTORY. Surrattsville High School
turned 100 last year. Specifically, the first high school graduate
was the sole member of the Class of 1907. (There is a stunning
photo of who we believe is a 2009 graduate on the Foundation's web
To celebrate Surrattsville's first century, we're looking for facts
and stories about Surrattsville's history to include in e-Notices
and add to the Foundation's archives. If you have any, please send
To start the historical ball rolling, here's an excerpt on Surratts
history from a booklet that the Prince George's County Retired
Teachers' Association put together to celebrate the American
bicentennial in 1976:
"Surrattsville Elementary and High
School. The Surrattsville School was
established on a county knoll, at what today is the intersection of
Route 381 and Surratts Road. It was built shortly after the War
between the States and most appropriately, the school colors were
blue and gray. The school took the name of the community which was
in the election district of Prince George's County named from the
Surratt family. Mrs. Mary Surratt who was victimized and paid with
her life in the hysteria following President Lincoln's assassination
was from this family. The Board of Education minutes of August 14,
1906 read as follows: "ordered that Surrattsville School be
hereafter run as a district high school and primary school combined
at an additional cost not to exceed $400 per annum." Thus, the
second high school in Prince George's County was authorized for the
sum of $400. However, physical property needs of 1906 dictated a
large shelter for 10 horses and buggies; two enlarged outhouses with
extra accommodations; a new pump and well; and an increase in the
campus to allow baseball to be played. Note these actions of the
Board of Education:
9/25/1906 - Mr. Eugene Burroughs, later to become Superintendent of
Schools in 1914, was appointed Principal at a salary of $500, raised
in 1908 to $800.
5/5/1914 - Mr. Burroughs appointed Superintendent, and Mr. F. B.
Gwynn, later to become Superintendent of Schools in Charles County
in 1921, was made Principal.
8/16/1917 - Mr. J. A. Carrico was placed "at head of the elementary
9/25/1906 - Board ordered that "manual training" be taught.
1/21/1907 - Board ordered that "principal be allowed to establish a
military organization at Surrattsville High"
9/24/1907 - Board ordered that French be taught.
7/21/1908 - Board authorized a "Commercial Department".
10/5/1915 - Board ordered "Commercial to be dropped and that
domestic science and agriculture be emphasized".
3/21/1909 - Board ordered that a building committee of six people be
appointed for the Surrattsville area.
7/11/1919 - Special meeting of the Board at Surrattsville to accept
the building. The old building sold at auction for $200.
9/2/1910 - Ordered that floors for Surrattsville High be oiled.
1/27/1911 - Ordered that $69.45 raised by pupils be used to grade
the school grounds.
1/11/1927 - Board recommended a bond issue for an assembly hall.
Part of the money was marked for inside plumbing and sanitary
This one building continued to serve the elementary grades of school
for this area until after
World War II when separate facilities
were built for elementary, junior and senior high students.
Award of Diplomas:
On May 14, 1907, the Board "ordered that diplomas be awarded to the
graduates of the Surrattsville High School." There was only one
graduate in 1907 and also one graduate in 1949 when the transition
from 11 to 12 grades occurred.
One June 8, 1909, among the five graduates of Surrattsville was
Avis Middleton (Thomas S. Gwynn, Jr.'s
mother). She was the first of three generations to graduate from
the same school. Thomas S. Gwynn, Jr. And his seven brothers and
sisters graduated from
Surrattsville High as have three of his
Miss Middleton in the September following her graduation from the
Surrattsville High School became the principal of the Forestville
One of the opening day daily rituals was to take the first three
grades outside to the pump and have everyone clean his teeth.
Little collapsible tin cups were used. This ritual focused on
A big job, sought by many pupils, was to go on top of the two-story
building to lower the flag at the end of the school day. Actually,
it enabled the selected students to leave the classroom a few
minutes early in order to perform the chore.
The custodian had a favorite trick of telling the children he kept a
bear in the dark, cavernous basement and to prove it, he would make
it growl -- which was done by shoveling the coal!
The chief games at lunch hour were "Fox and Dog" and "Prisoner's
Base" -- both entailing much running and pursuit. The big outside
bell could be heard a half-mile and time was allowed for all to get
World War II this school plant and its
site became the junior high as a new senior high was built one-half
mile away and a new elementary building was built one-quarter mile
away." [Ed Note: I believe the "new" high school was completed in
1960. Does anyone know when the "new" elementary school was
completed? Perhaps the elementary school was completed closer to
the end of
5. LEONARDTOWN CONTINUES EVENING
EVENTS. For you arts and culture
lovers in the Southern Maryland area, the City of Leonardtown is
continuing its "First Friday" events on the first Friday evening of
each month. Many of the shops and galleries in Leonardtown open
5 to 8 p.m. for these monthly events.
6. HORNET FEATURED IN RADIO
INTERVIEW. We learned that Chris
Spell Buckingham (70) and her Safe Harbor Counseling program were
featured on a radio interview recently on WPGC's "Marsha Sumner
Cross Talk/Urban Style Show". (The link to Ms. Sumner's show is at
7. MAILING ITEMS TO AFGHANISTAN (AND
ELSEWHERE). We received this
mailing tip from Talaya Osborne Simpson (88): "Henry: In response to
the e-Notice items about mailing school supplies to Rix Mills (62)
for the Afghan kids, the Post Office has new Priority Mail boxes
that are larger for military mailing. The cost to ship them is $2
less than the domestic price, if you are sending them to an APO/FPO
address. They can be ordered at
or by calling
800-610-8734. It's an incentive offered
for military families who are sending care packages to the honorable
soldiers who are valiantly caring for our freedom. Thanks, Talaya"
[Ed. Note: School supplies for the Afghan kids can be sent to Rix
Regional Training Center (RTC)
APO AE 09354]
8. SEARCHING FOR 58 GRADS.
The Class of 58 Reunion Committee (c/o Jean Merriman Beardmore (firstname.lastname@example.org))
is searching for three classmates they cannot find: Joy Irving
Kearney, Eva Pearson, and Kathy Hummer Grumbling. Please contact
Jean if you have any information about these Hornets or members of
9. CLASS OF 62 ACTIVITIES UPDATE.
Please don't forget to contact Len Owens (62),
if you have info on Class of 62 grads of their family members, or to
learn about all the activities of the Class of 62.
10. CLASSES OF 78/79 PLANNING
REUNION. And, if you're interested
in the joint reunion plans of the Classes or 78 and 79, or have info
on 78 or 79 grads or their family members, please contact Jeanne
Hoffman LaRoque (78) at
11. DWIGHT REED (81) MEMORIAL GOLF
OUTING. Dawn Reed Schumaker (84)
reports that the 6th Annual Dwight Reed Memorial Golf Outing will be
on Friday, June 28, 2008 at The Links at
Challedon in Mt. Airy,
Maryland. Anyone interested in
registering a foursome or sponsoring a hole should contact Dawn at
All proceeds will be donated to cancer research.
I hope you're all well and enjoying a great start to Spring 2008!
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
MANY THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS
TO THE FOUNDATION'S 2008 CAMPAIGN
Steve Profilet (71)
Chuck Teubner (64)
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)
Vivian Bounds Edelen (Former Faculty; 1938-1942)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
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