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Page 49 of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal v.9 n.1-2

Part of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal

History of the Perry A. Cline High School Pikeville, Kentucky Negro education in Pike County received its meager start during the early nineties through the foresight of the late Superintendent Perry A. Cline, who certified Effie Walters, a native resident, as the county's first teacher. Because of the sparsity of our group's popula- tion, and lack of industries for making a livelihood, and isola- tion from higher racial institu- tions of learning, very little progress was made for the en- suing three decades. As new built highways lessen- ed the isolation, as coal fields were opened to the members of our group, as the State Depart- ment of Education took renewed interest in outlying districts, education began to take its rightful place in this section. New families slowly came in to increase the school's enrollment. In 1929, a two-room frame struc- ture was built to house forty- five pupils. In the meantime, four other schools were estab- lished to take care of the other sections of the county. Through the splendid cooper- ation of the Pikeville City Board of Education, headed by Sup- erintendent T. W. Oliver, newly elected president of the K. E. A., and the Works Progress Ad- ministration, the present $75,000 building was built to take care of the ever-increasing needs of this section. Our school now offers a regu- lar accredited four-year high school course. Along with the regular academic curriculum, full- time courses in industrial arts are offered, not only for stu- 49 dents regularly enrolled, but also for those who unfortunately have been forced to seek employment before the completion of the regular four-year term. A pre- school nursery has also been es- tablished. For the parents who wish to further their learnin_, a night school is being taught. Extra-curricula activities consist of athletics, student clubs, regu- lar vesper services each Sunday afternoon, a P. T. A. that. in- cidentally, entertains the Ken- tucky Congress of Negro Par- ents and Teachers next April. The present school year looks promising. In all departments, one hundred and seventy-six are enrolled. The faculty now con- sists of six teachers with a spe- cial dietitian for pre-school chil- dren. Perry A. Cline High School, serving the educational needs of Pike County, is doing all it can to give to those entrusted to its care, their rightful chance to live efficiently. WILLIAM R. CUMMINGS, Principal. K. N. E. A. ANNOUNCEMENTS Our future depends more upon the youth that we develop than upon the teachers and other civic leaders of the present. The time has come when the youth must be encouraged to think about the pertinent prob- lems that are confronting the world of today. If he is to have a rich and full life, if the com- munity is to be made better by his presence, he must think seri- ously of his place in society and of his duty to society. The idea of organizing a junior

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