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The "Thirties" begin with a new school song, sung at every subsequent graduation ceremony for fifty years, and end with a new tradition still in existene, The Compass yearbook.  It is the decade of the Depression, moving towards a second World War.  Within the school it is again a period of growth, necessitating "double sessions" before a new building addition is completed.  To quote some graduate recollections: "a wonderfully happy time," "caring teachers, challenge, companionship."  The school is a focal point in the town with the Annual "Merchandising/News Fair" organized by Carl Nemetz (teacher and GHS grad '27) and the Student Shop, operated by students in the Commercial Department.  Musical productions are popular.



First appearance of the High Schoool Band on the newly improved football field.
"Greenwich, Alma Mater," written by Evelyn Charlotte Wilmot (GHS '30) to Elgar's Pomp and Circumstande," is sung at the June graduation.


Lindberg baby

Track team organized.  Archery is popular.  Town School Committee is renamed Board of Education and votes for 3 junior high schools.
The Francis N. Macy Trophy, known as the Macy Cup, is awarded to the Senior selected for fine qualities of character and wholesome personal influence.  The first recipients are Edward S. Ryerson and Gilbert T. Shanks.


Normal school day is 8:55 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but in this year "double sessions" resolve overcrowding problems.  Juniors and Seniors attend classes from 7:00 a.m.  to mid-day; Freshmen and Sophomores follow until late afternoon, while the building program is under way.
Federal grant of $165,000 is accepted for the 5-story structure providing 25 classrooms, a gymnasium, and a library.


First two girl cheerleaders - up to this time boys had led the cheers and  yells at games.
First hot dogs served at football games.
The News, GHS newspaper, first appears.


New addition complete.  High school population: 1660 students, one principal, 60 teachers, one librarian, one cafeteria manager, and two office clerks.
Installation of radio/speakers in classrooms.  ("Pop" Folsom speaks to all classes twice a day).
Photoplay Club organized to study and produce films.


Abdication in Britain, George VI becomes king.

New courses of study announced for January:  Classical, General, Science, Commercial, General College, and Home Economics.
Strong ice hockey team with players mainly from Cos Cob (noted for its many ponds).  Practices and games at "Playland" in Rye, N.Y.


Dress for graduation changes:  In January the traditional white dresses, long or short, for girls and suits for boys are worn.  From June 1937 caps and gowns become the tradition.
First meeting of GHS P.T.A. 


Photoplay Club production "Trouble or Nothing" wins award for Best Amateur 16mm film in the U.S.
Opera Club formed.
Truman Capote is a student reporter for GHS News and writes stories for The Green Witch, encouraged by English teacher, Miss Catherine Wood.



George E. Shattuck becomes principal.
First Compass yearbook, cost $2.
First "Sadie Hawkins" day and dance, originating from Al Capp's "L'il Abner" comic strip.
Radio Club sets up transmitting and receiving station on the 3rd floor.

George E. Shattuck, born in Providence, Rhode Island, graduated from Brown University in 1922.  He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University.  Before coming to GHS as principal in 1938, he taught social studies and was principal of various New England high schools. Dr. Shattuck believed that students needed "wider experiences, participation in school citizenship, stimulation of creative gifts, and the realisation of immediate aims."

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