Kensington High School
Grade 10 Students, 1927-28
Below, in no particular order, is a list of Grade 10 students in attendance at Kensington High School for the year 1927 - 1928. According to my grandmother, who was in this class, Grade 10 would have been the final year of high school available at that time.
One must keep in mind that it was rare in those days for most people to complete their secondary education, and especially less common for them to continue with post-secondary studies. Therefore, this list probably represents but a small number of the children of this age in the Kensington area at that time.
Attendance varied throughout the year, as can be seen from the table. For each student, I have placed a "Y" or "N" to indicate whether or not they were listed in attendance at the end of each month. I cannot state the exact reasons for the presence, or lack thereof, for any one individual. However, some likely dropped out because of poor marks, while others started later in the year due to responsibilities at home or work. Students from farming families in particular, especially the boys, were likely kept at home throughout the fall as harvesting was done and preparations were made for the winter. At the end of September, enrollment stood at 15. This number rose to a high of 19 in January, before falling to a low of 12 by the end of June.
Among the subjects they studied were: Spelling, Grammar, Composition, Latin, French, Geography, Algebra, Geometry, and Arithmetic.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to "decipher" the name of the teacher, usually signed with initials only.
|Grade 10 Students, Kensington High School, 1927-28|