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New prep school starts classes, 26 kids enrolled


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From the Sept. 19, 1957, Steamboat Pilot.

New prep school starts classes, 26 kids enrolled

Colorado's newest preparatory school, dedicated to giving a solid education background to those planning to enter college, has started its first term at Steamboat Springs.

The Whiteman-Gaylord school has started classes with 26 boys and girls from numerous states, Hawaii and Mexico.

Classes are being held at the Julie Harris Theatre at Perry-Mansfield camp. The girls are housed at the Lake Trail Guest Ranch and the boys have their quarters at the Whiteman Ranch Camp for Boys.

Lowell Whiteman and Garth Gaylord, sponsors of the new school, are enthusiastic with the reception the new educational institution has received and say they are well satisfied with the enrollment the first year. It is believed possible that with this small beginning the school will expand into a much larger preparatory school.

The school with its Steamboat location offers many advantages from an educational and recreational standpoint that cannot be found at larger schools.

The Whiteman-Gaylord school runs on a six-day class schedule emphasizing academic subjects for their students who this year range in grades from 8 to 12. Four languages are taught; general science, chemistry and physics; ancient, world, U.S. and modern history; algebra, advanced mathematics and plane geometry with required subjects in English, civics and spelling. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday and Saturday are elective days with special classes and tutoring scheduled in astronomy, mechanical drawing, drivers education, speech, photography, creative writing, crafts, sewing, art, woodwork and drama.

Heavy equipment digging new three-lane pass road

It takes a huge crew of men, tremendous equipment and methodical organization - besides perhaps some of the proverbial "faith" - to move the mountains like the Rockies in the Rabbit Ears pass construction areas.

Viewed from a mountain top, the Amis construction company's three-mile engineering zone with its massive cuts, fillings and side roads looks like a giant race track with its "racers" being the powerful Euclids and PR-21s which rumble down the steep banks one after the other carrying tons and tons of dirt which are emptied into the 100-foot man-carved holes.

About 11,000 cubic yards of dirt are scooped out of the mountain daily and hauled, most of it uphill, to one of the deep fills. To date, about 185,000 yards of dirt have been moved.

Town budget calls for more highway expenses

The 1957 town budget providing for no change in the present levy of 13.9 mills on each $1 valuation is on file in the office of Town Clerk Gates Gooding and will be given final consideration by the board on October 11.

The budget calling for the raising of $43,017 for town purposes is open for public inspection and written or oral objections can be filed.

In 1956 the same levy raised $43,195 but there was a slight reduction in valuations in Steamboat because of the abolishment of taxes on household goods voted last election.

The budget calls for the expenditure of $6,700 more on town street improvements next year with $4,000 earmarked for oiling. It is planned to raise the dam at the new Fish Creek reservoir by five feet at an estimated cost of $3,500.

Sailors defeat Carbondale; ready for Tigers tomorrow

The Steamboat Sailors meet Hayden Friday night for their first out of town game and the first game of Hayden's season. The Junior Varsity team meets Granby Saturday night on the Granby gridiron.

The Steamboat lineup is still suffering from severe mud and lime chafing incurred in last Friday's wet, cold game which may keep backfielders Loris Werner, Leonard Swanson, Maurice Harvey and Joe Maguire and linemen Richard Stone and Don Smith from seeing any action against Hayden.

Steamboat swimming pool closed until May

The Steamboat swimming pools and baths were closed Sunday for the season. They will be opened again May 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Shaw, managers, left Tuesday for Denver where they will spend about a month before making their home for the winter in Mesa, Ariz.


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