May 11, 1909
An attempt to ginger up school spirit was nipped in the bud at Manual Training high school by Principal D. Phillips yesterday morning, when an effort was made by enthusiastic students to give the Manual yell while assembled in the auditorium. The occasion was the presentation of cups and trophies won in athletic contests with their rivals at Central high school. A special assembly had been called for the purpose.
Suspension of the ringleaders had a tendency to dampen the youthful ardor of the high school boys and girls. The desire to exercise their lungs on the part of the students came from the very laudable ambition to create a stronger school spirit. After the last basketball game between Manual and Central, Manual students crowded the lower halls of the building and gave their yell. Some of the teachers applauded, which gave them encouragement to try their lung power in the auditorium yesterday.
It had been previously agreed that at a certain signal the entire student body would join in the school yell. Seven or eight of the ringleaders clustered together to lead the "rah-rahing." As soon as the presentation speech was concluded was the agreed time to start. For some reason the main body of the students were left "holding the sack."
Faculty members had little difficulty in picking out the few who shouted "I yell, you yell, all yell, Manual." The disturbers of the dignified decorum were notified that they would be called up on the carpet. A special meeting of the faculty was held at noon, after which the decision was announced.
George Berry and Harry Sims, senior students, and Roscoe Reimer, junior, were suspended. Conditions imposed with the suspension made it imperative that the students' parents should be notified. Professor Phillips insisted that the boys would not be taken back unless the parents of the students accompanied them and guaranteed future "good behavior."
It was rumored that some of the girls had joined the boys in the school yell, but for various reasons were not included in the suspensions.