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D.H.S. Holds Commencement
In Convent Auditorium
Over 500 persons attended the
Commencement program of Dou
glass High School even though
Thursday, June 4, the night on
Which it was presented was a
Stormy night. It had been planned'
to have exercises on the school
court, but this was impossible as
H was drenched with water due to
the unusual extensive rain storm
that raged in Key West for a num
ber of days. The play was finally
presented in the Convent Audi
The program this year was quite
different from the old stereotyped
plays presented heretofore in Dou
glass. It brought the school and
community together by presenting
real life scenes.
The Principal, Roy A. Allen,
spent quite a bit of time seeing
that the program would be' mean
ingful. To do this a pantomime of
real life scenes was presented. It
is believed that all who witnessed
the play agree that a true pic
ture of the work being done by our
young people was presented.
An ouUine of the program is
here given and a fuller explana
tion of highlights wUI be made.
Prelude Douglass High School
Processional “War March of
the Priests’' * Mendelssohn
Hymn “O Worship the King"
• Audience
Scripture and Prayer Kenneth
Selection —“Angelus” - E. De
Douglass High School Band
A Pageant “The Green and
White in Our Lives” v
Narrator, Shirley Roberts
Selection “Carnival King” -
M. D. Taylor
Douglass High School Band
Presentation of Candidates
Roy A Allen, Principal
Awarding Diplomas Mr. Ho
race O’Bryant, Superintendent
of Education .
Selection “Dawn of Destiny
. Ralph E. Williams
Benediction Rev. Alphonso
Recessional “Pomp and Cir
cumstance” - Elgar.
The first highlight on the pro
gram was the rendering of Uie
“prelude” by the Douglass High
School Band.
The people are very proud of
this band as there is quite a bit of
history behind it. George Dean,
the director and teacher had been
connected with the band during
the time that Melvin E. Russell
served as Superintendent of Pub
lic Instruction for Monroe County.
During this time he did an out
standing work. Through his untir
ing effort* some of- the members
of his aggregation went out to
make world fame. When I speak
of fame, it is eaay to recall the
most outstanding trumpet player
the world has produced who was
the late Theodore Navarro (Fats,
ton of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Na
yarro, Sr., Key West.
Theodore made fame in New
York City, California and toured
Europe with his trumpet. It was
George Dean who began him on
his career and wheraver he went
he told people so. The jazz world
mourned the early death of this
young man which occurred in New
York City in IMO.
Even though Mr. Dean hated to
leave home, it was necessary for
him to do so and he went to Fort
Lauderdale where he was employ- j
ed at Dillard High School. Hci
developed the bend of this school j
to the extent that tt ranked with
the very best to Florida.
With the leaving of Dean band
activities ceased to Douglass until
the coming of Mr. Jenkins during.
the administration of Superintend
dent Albury.
Jenkins, a graduate in Music
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with an M. A. degree by the Am
erican School of Music in Chica
go, did a wonderful job of revamp
ing music in the school. Under his
guidance the band grew and the
P. T. A. Board of Public Instruc
tion, and parents joined in helping
the children by purchasing instru
ments for them.
Jenkins, however remained but
two years when he left to join his
wife who was and still is employ
ed in the public school system of
Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Haithman, who served dur
ing the present administration of
Superintendent O'Bryant, was the
next to come upon the scene. He
was employed in the capacity of
combination elementary teacher
and band instructor. After serving
a short time, he married a local
girl, Miss Rose Marie Albury and
returned to his home in North
Carolina. With his departure the
school was without a band for a
time. This troubled the Colored
community and great effort was
put forward to secure an instruc
tor. This was quite hard to do.
Then the community thought of
Mr. Dean and wondered if he
would come back home. They ap
proached him and the result was
that he accepted the offer and
came to Key West with his wife
and four children.
Dean then began the work of re
vamping the band. The entire com
munity stood behind him in this
work. Many meetings were called
with the P. T. A. going on record
to stand behind him 100 per cent.
Instruments were needed and a
great amount of money in order to
get the necessary equipment for a
workable band.
The P. T. A. agreed to stand
responsible for the greater amount
of money and the School Board
assisted. Many efforts were put on
by the band to raise the money to
help the band, a program that is
still going on. There were many
workers, but those deserving spe
cial mention for their untiring ef
forts are Mrs. Lorraine Saunders,
Mrs. Annie Tynes, Mrs. Rowena
Pinder, Reynard McGee, Roosevelt
Sands, Samuel Roile, Mrs. Vande
lene Edwards, Miss Malvease Pin
der, Miss Alice Wallace, Mrs. Eli
za Austin, Roy A. Allen, Alphonso
Dean and Alfred Saunders.
The band is now a reality and
the people of Key West are proud
of Dean and what he has done.
To show their appreciation the
parents of the children whom he
instructs and not the Douglass
School Alumni presented him with
a purse on Class night.
The next highlight on the pro
gram was the presentation of a
pantomime by the Seniors entitled
“The Green and White Spirit (co
lors of Douglass School)- in Our
This pantomime was based on
“The Purpose of Education in a
Democracy,” Presented in four
scenes it touched on the following
cardinal points of Education - Self
Realization, Human Relationships,
Economic Efficiency and Civic
Miss Shirley Roberts, who will
soon be a member of the Woman’s
Air Force was a narrator for the
The main feature of Act 1 was
the address of the Salutatorian,
Miss Pauline Edwards. In her ad
dress she explained the cravings
of the youth of today and extend
ed a welcome to all present.
The main feature of Act I was
the explanation of “Human Rela
“The second important principle
infused in the Green and White
Spirit is that of Human Relation
ships. In the course of education
today's children have come to rea
lize the necessity of planning to
care for human relationships. We
must Uve together happily.
Package Store
Phone 2-9400
Phone 2-6342
The Douglass School Chorus
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ALL PICTURES read left to right.
Front row—Nancy Evans, Maria
Roberts, Rose Marie Davis, Mar
garite Perez, Dorothy Williams,
Lorene Jones and Mrs. Doris H.
Miller, director. Second row
Joyce Mounts, Pauline Edwards,
Visitors Come
To Key West
In the city last week were three
outstanding young men in the per
sons of Rev. Alphonso Edwards,
Franklin Neely and William Mc-
Rev. Edwards is pastor of Zion
Baptist Church, Washington, D. C.
He graduated from Douglass Jr.
High School in the class of ’24 and
then went to Portsmouth, Virginia,
where he enrolled in the I. C. Nor
con School. Because of his out
standing scholastic ability he did
not have to do eleventh grade work
Through our school life we have
learned to enjoy and preserve rich
and sincere associations. We have
gained a respect for humanity, the
great and the less great. We have
learned to appreciate the family
more as a social institution and to
conserve family ideals. We surely
need our families’ sympathy and
admiration. Aiso we have become
somewhat skilled in many of the
arts of homemaking. Through our
awakening by education we shall
safely preserve the high ideals of
the American Democracy.”
Part 111 stressed the fact that
experience, especially here in high
school, have taught the Seniors
that the economics of life are most
The highpoint of the closing act
was the deliverance of the vale
dictory by Alfred L. Saunders. In
his speech he told of the chaotic
times in which we live and the
necessity of the Seniors to prepare
themselves for a life of service.
The next point of interest was the
address of Principal Roy Allen who
thanked the public for having stood
by him in his two year stay in Key
Principal Allen will not be with
us next term as he will be work
ing in the capacity of principal at
Sanford, Florida.
The final and most outstanding
highlight on the program was the
annual address by Mr. Horace
O’Bryant superintendent of Public
Mr. O’Bryant told the public and
the graduates of the necessity of
making progress in whatever one
attempts. He said that he hoped to
see greater progress in Douglass
School as the years go by for it is
only in progress that we can know
that a good job is being done.
Mr. Earl Duncan and Mr. Car
lyle Roberts of tlto Monroe County
School Board were also prevent
MAM! PRRE2 - Prmp,
316 PBtronia Stmt
Phone 2-9272
Lincoln Tkealei
80S Emma Stmt
Phone 2-6642
Melba Sears. Caroline Montgom
ery, Mildred Roberts, Dorene
Pratt, Phyllis Sawyer, Yvonne
Roile and Anita Hannibal. Third
row—Jean Tynes, Thomas Dean
Castillo, Georgianna Clarke, Shir
ley Roberts, Sylvia Smith and
I but went immediately to the senior
high school class. Upon completion
of his high school work, he enrolled
at Clarke College, Atlanta, Geor
gia, where he received his A. B.
degree in ’29. After working for a
time he enrolled at Gammon Theo
logical Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia,
where he received his B. D. degree
in theology. He then enrolled at
Howard University, Washington,
D. C., where he received his M. A.
He is president of the Board of
Directors of S. W. Community
House and a member of the Board
of Directors of the Y. M. C. A.
Another member of the party,
William McGee, son of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Robert McGee of 412
Catherine Street, is manager of a
cabinet section of the National Geo
graphic Society in Washington, D.C.
where he also lives.
Like Rev. Edwards he is also
married and the father of one child.
The children of the two friends
attend the Toddler Kindergarten in
Mrs. McGee is a teacher in the
Aberdeen, Maryland, public school
Franklin Neely, son of the late
Mr. and Mrs. James Thaddeus Ne
ely is employed in the comptroller’s
office of the I. B. M. Equipment
Cos., in Aberdeen, Maryland, where
he makes his home. He is the
father of six children and is mar
ried to the former Miss Camille
Brooks of Key West. His children
are all very successful. One of the
girls is living in Europe and two
others expect to join her soon.
While here, Neely was the guest
of his mother - in - law, Mrs. Nel
lie E. Brooks Howard whom he
took back to Aberdeen to live with
her daughter, Camille - his wife.
Friends were very happy to see
these former Key Westers and in
vited them to many affairs. Among
those who entertained them were
Mrs. Bernice Thompson Gabriel,
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Saunders, Sr.,
Miss Ruth Rodgers and Miss Mal
vease Pinder. Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Edwards also gave a supper in
their honor.
Mrs. Floreile Navarro Taylor
spent * most enjoyable weekend in
Tampa as the guest of Vr. and
Mrs. David Burns.
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for Baddy Johnson's Orchestra,
is an outstanding sokML She is
still foiaf strong- She made
"Please, Mr. Johnson" and
"When My Man Cornea Home
Hal dealers
714 Thom Street
Key West Fla.
Nets Mods and Sold
Copelyn Carey. Fourth row
Samuel Hannibal, Roderick Roile,
John Saunders. Kenneth Carey,
Francisco Castillo. Hilton Wil
liams, Alfred Saunders, and
Edward Clarke. Citizen Staff
Enid Cripps
To Marry Law
Student Soon
LONDON-Wt-Enid Margaret (Peg
gy) Cripps. youngest daughter <rf
the late Sir Stafford Cripps, an
nounced Thurday her forthcoming
marriage “for love” to Joseph Ap
piah, Negro law student and son of
a Gold Coast tribal leader.
Miss Cripps, a toll, buxom brown
haired woman of 32, made the an
nouncement jointly with her small
er, bespectacled fiance, at a news
conference in the studio of Felix
Topoiski, British artist.
Appiah, who rocolvod part of
his education in England and is
the personal ropresentativo of the
Gold Coast prime minister in
Britain, smilingly declined to give
his exact age.
“In my country,” he said, “a
man’s age is always his own sec
ret.” Miss Cripps. however, inter
rupted to say “Joe is about my
age.” Peggy is the daughter of one
of the most distinguished men in
recent British public life. Her fa
ther, who died in 1952, was a mem
ber of British Labor government,
a leader in the Christian Church
and a distinguished lawyer. He
was the chancellor of the exchequ
er in the Attlee Labor government.
The couple said they first met
at an African Students Union
party in London nearly two years
“It wasn’t quite love at first
sight,” Miss Cripps said, “it came
later, but it came definitely.”
Asked if they plan to raise a
family, Miss Cripps smiled and
said “Well, if possible. . .”
Appiah quickly broke in to say:
“Oh, certainly wo will, in my
country, a family is very im
“Both Miss Cripps and Appiah
said their families approve of the
marriage. “My mother. Lady
Cripps, will most certainly attend
our wedding in London in July,
said Miss Cripps.
Mrs • M. Reynolds
Speaks At F.A.&M.
TALLAHASSEE - Mrs. Margaret
Reynolds, certificalon secretary
for the Florida State Department
of Education, recently addressed
the student body and faculty of The
Florida A and M College daring
the noon aembly hour. Her ap
pearance was in connection with
the annual chapel program of the
Future Teachers of America,
“A teacher's certificate is a very
valuable thing to hold, IMrs. Rey
nolds said. Teaching is a profes
sion, , .teachers can do. . they
must do . and they will do, she
Additional persons celebrating
birthday* to the month of May are:
Miss Copelyn Carey. Lkmeil Ashe,
Jerry Butler. George Fields, Le
roy Rivas. Jr.. Miss Angehfa Bar
gofey, Ms Lillian Robixuon and
Miss Alice Oates
72S Stmonitro Street
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Dr. P. Julian Will Deliver
Famcee’s Commencement Talk
Julian • the internationally famous
chemist - will deliver the com
mencement address at The Flori
da A and M College on Monday
morning, June 1. Dr. Julian is
currently director ot research of
. the vegetable oil and food division
of the Glidden company, Chicago.
A Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Julian
1 graduated from DePauw Universi
ty, Greencastle, Indiana, in 1920
as the highest racking student in
his class. He served as an Instruc
tor of Chemistry at Fisk Univer
sity from 1920 until 1922. From
the Nashville institution he went
to Harvard University where he
was an Austin Felipw in Chemis
try while pursuing work toward
the Masters of Arts degree which
ae received in 1923.
Dr. Julian remained at Harvard
from 1923 until 1926, first as a Re
search Fellow in Biology, then as
a George and Martha Derby Scho
lar, and the last year as a Uni
versity Scholar. Ht joined the
staff of West Virginia State Col
lege as a Professor of Chemistry
in 1926 and went to Howard Uni
versity the following year as an
Associate Professor and Acting
Head of the Department of Chem
Awarded a General Education
Board Fellowship in 1929, Dr. Jul
ian entered the University of Vien
na, Austria. This institution grant
ed him the Doclor of Philosophy
degree two years later. He rejoin
ed the Howard Faculty as Profes
sor ami Head of the Department
of Chemisiry in 1931.
Dr. Julian was a member of the
faculty of DePauw from 19.12 until
1936 as a Resebreh Fellow and a
Teacher of Organic Chemistry.
From his Alma Mater he went to
the Glidden Company as Director
of Research of the Soya Products
Division. And since this time he
has gained an international repu
tation as a chemist for his out
standing work. He has had 41 sci
entific papers published and has
applied for 25 patents on various
scientific developments and dis
Dr. Julian holds numerous mem
berships in scientific organizations.
They include the American Chem
ical Society, Beta Kappa Phi, and
American Association for the Ad
vancement cti Science. He has
been awarded both the Phi Beta I
Kappa Key and the Sigma Xi key
in the American Institute of
The eminent scholar has been
accorded numerous other recogni
tions. The Chicago Sun-Times
Newspaper named him “Chica
goan of the Year” in 1950; North
j eastern University presented him
I its “Centennial Distinguished Citi
! zen Award” in 1951; and six in
stitutions have given him honary
; degrees. Dr. Julian has been very
; active in civic affairs and is a
member of the board of directors
! of several Chicago religious, edu
cational, and medical institutions.
Mrs. Kathleen Hamilton, age 52,
who lived at 823 Baptist Lane died
June 8. Her funeral was held on
; the same day with burial in the
! City Cemetery. She is survived by
three daughters among whom are
June Rose and Patricia Ann An
Solomon Humphrey, about 40
years of age. address unknown, is
assumed to have died on June t,
by accidental drowning. Andrews
was found dead on June 8,
was in the City Cemetery Wednes
day, June 10.
Beatrice Powell, age 39, died by
accidental drowning May 31, Her
body was shipped to her mother in
Savannah, Georgia, on June 5.
Willard Albury (Dinah), age !, i
died on June 8. His funeral will j
be conducted on Sunday with bur
ial in the City Cemetery.
Reginald Williams, age 48, died
at his residence. 909 Pauline Lane.
His funeral will be conducted Sun
day, June 14, at the Seventh Day
Adventist Church. Burial will be to
the City Cemetery.
Alfred Duke Raymond. Jr.,
grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Wil
liams, 20$ Julia Street is * pending
a short vacation w the city.
Alfred is a member of the senior
class of the academy of Oakweed
College, Hunts* tUe, Alabama.
Mr and Mrs Lorn KeOy of Mi
ami are visiting. he* parents, the]
David Bains at 223 Eneas Lane. 1
Dry Cleaning
701 Thom** Stmt
Blanche Jones.
For many, many years, the Wo
man's Civic Club has been present
ing a gift of appreciation to the
valedictorian of each senior class
of Douglass High School. Owing to
the inclemency of the weather, the
presentation could not be made on
class night as scheduled, but that
made but little difference as the
community knows ere this, that
the Woman’s Club is composed of
women of integrity and principle
who would not under any circum
stance fail to make a presentation.
Therefore, it was a very great
pleasure to present to Alfred L.
Saunders, Jr., the gift for this
year as valedictorian of the class
of ’53.
Congratulations were also extend
ed to Miss Pauline Edwards, salu
tatorian and the entire class. The
Club wishes the members success
in their future careers and hopes
that they will come up to the ex
pectations of the community.
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Theodore Suarez are the two
leading Athletes of Douglass
School. They are members of
the junior class and are looking
forward to taking part in au
the major activities for the
coming term. Theodore receiv
Chorus Completes
Successful Year
The Douglass School Chorus un
der the direction of Mrs. Doris H.
Miller completed s successful
school year to fulfilling the many
engagements with various organiz
ations of the city, churches, and
radio programs.
The stage production of the mus
ical comedy “Wild Rose”, gave
many members the opportunity to
set as well as sing.
Due to a crowded schedule the
proposed tour to the mainland hod
to be cancelled.
With the graduating das*, *ev
eral cuuuadiag members will m
looser be with the group, but it is
hoped that they will be replaced
by others.
The group la composed of the fd
lowing persons: Joyce Mounts.
Dorethn Pratt, Nancy tins, Pad
me Edwards. Melba heart, tsetta
Scott, Carolyn Montgomery. Vert
Pale®, Lorraine Jeueo. Copdya Ca
rey. Sylvia Smith, Marva Alien,
Georgians# Clarice, Mafia Roberta.
FoUie Harm, Rear Maria Perga
•an, Jean Tyaes. DaroChy Wcßtam*.
Shirley Roberta, Yearne Reße,
Jean Sweeting. Loretta Mumford,
Anita Haneihal, MSdrol Robert*.
Phyttia Sawyer, Krwortli Carey.
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Mr*. Mextice Weed* Andrew* I*
m Miami far a hart period red
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Mr, Mr* Evelyn Thame*.
Gala Reception
For The Evanses
A gala wedding reception was
held for Mr. and Mrs. John Evans
Friday, June 5, at the home of
their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aler
Milton Evans, Sr. Those attending
the affair were Scotty M. Nem
mons, Mr. and Mrs. (River Rob
bins, Mrs. Helen Pierce (white),
Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Farrington,
Mr.- and Mrs. Samuel Pierce
(white), Mrs. Floyd Thompson, Mr.
and Mrs. Edwin Lampkins. Mrs.
Cecil Bain, Mrs. Emma Rice, Mrs.
Albert Bastian, Mrs. Annie Rob
erts, Mr. and Mrs. George Wash
ington, Mrs. Miriam Hannibal, Mr.
and Mrs. Rudolph Curtis, Mr. and
Mrs. Eugene Valdez, Mrs. Mary
Evans, Mrs. Carol Tynes, Miss
Alice Wallace. Mrs. Arkie Lowe,
Wallace Ferguson and Mrs. Wal
lace Ferguson, Mrs. Mamie Saw
yer, Mr. and Mrs. Erskin Sands,
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Vaughn, Mr.
and Mrs. William S. Perry, Rev,
Walter N. McLean, Mrs. Frank*
E. Blackman, Charles Neely, Al
phonso Edwards. William McGee,
Mr. and Mrs. George Dean, Mrs.
Jerome Carey and daughters, Fred
erick Roile, Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Albury, and Mrs. Janice Leggett
Mr. and Mrs. 'Evans were the
recipients of many beautiful and
useful gifts.
ed the award for the most out
standing boy in Douglass fur
the 1952-1953 term. Mias Scott
is s member of the Glee Club
and an outstanding actress
around the school— CtUaen
Staff Photo by Finch.
Mrs . Sands In Ohio
Ur*. Floasie E. Sand* left the
city on Saturday. June f. to visit
her daughter, the former Mian
Eiouiae E. Sand* who reside* It
Cincinnati, Ohio.
Her sontnlaw U Aivtn 0. Walk*
er alao of this ekf.
Friend* and relative* *ij,h Mr*
Sand* a very pteaaant vacation.
Airman Jc Jo**ph Da via. aon of
Mr. and Mrs, Jo*cth Davis. Sr,
of Fort Village. ta ndm* a abort
vacation uith hi* family After the
expiration of thi* vacation St nil!
return to Cattle Air Fore* Data,
California, where fee la stationed.
Davit Who Is graduate f
Dougiaas High School, data of H
baa bora to the Air Forco for
eight mouth*.
In the city over the we ah end
were Miss Miriam Smith Mr rad
Mrs Joseph Pies*. Sr.. Mian Mar
ea Fine, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Fine, Jr., ef Miami.
Hey were She gnaet* ef their
aunt. Mrs. Lauretta Smith of JUt
In the city last week were Wait*
er A. White, prmetgnl of the atm
mratery aeheoi of RxSaoM
Height# GStie WiJbm. pretidrat
of the P T A of Uut school Md
Mwi V*eia Crawford, sixth grade
The family ef *he tote Mrs Uni
tit Etta wtahea to Past eraryom
ndhnjanunJMM ■ them In flhah
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