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Back in days of grammar school we would come home from school for lunch at 11;45 and be back by 12:45. I lived about 5 blocks away, when we returned all the kids through 1st grade to 8th grade would gather in the school yard and mingle with the others till the bell rang.
Then the boys would line up in a single row and the girls would also and each went in a different way. That’s the way it was back then and stayed that way a long time, I don’t think they do that anymore but sometimes I might pass an older school and still see the wording “Girls entrance”and “Boys entrance” posted above the doorways.
Most of the public schools were named after Presidents, or Governor, There were a number of schools named after President’s Roosevelt, Washington, Lincoln and more.
The school I went to in 1950’s didn’t have a gym so the kids would play in the school yard mostly dodge ball or a few other exercises. But the best day of school was the last!
Yes the last day of school was the best day of the school year! It was always in early June between the 10th or 12th as I remember, and on the last day we would have a party where the kids would bring in 45 records and the teacher would bring in the record player, also known as the “Vitrola” in those days, most people had one at home then.
The teacher would the send a few of us kids to the store a few blocks away for Pepsi soda and potato chips, candy and more, and than the party would start! We got our report cards on the last day of school. Then we almost ran home happy that it was the last day of school!