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Springfield High School class of 1914 (graduation brochure)

The 116 graduates in Springfield High School’s class of 1914 held their commencement ceremonies at the grand Chatterton Opera House. Slightly over half were women. The graduation brochure was provided by the family of graduate Alice Blumle.       … Continue reading

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First Black high school graduate

The first African-American high school graduate in Springfield wanted to be a schoolteacher, but it would be 80 more years before the local public schools would employ a Black teacher. So Gertrude Wright (1861-1931) became a teacher in St. Louis, … Continue reading

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Robert S. Fitzgerald: Poet, translator

┬áRobert Stuart Fitzgerald (1910-1985) was an educator, poet, journalist, translator, editor and author who lived in Springfield for 20 years in his youth. While Fitzgerald was a student at Springfield High School, his talent for poetry came to the attention … Continue reading

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