Racine High School

Racine High School was on the same block that the Racine County Courthouse is on now. It was built in 1852 and was the first public school in Wisconsin.

Racine High School

Racine High School’s curving rear section

Racine High School, 1911

Joan of Arc statue donated by the RHS class of 1904

 

 

Racine High School football team, Class of 1919

Racine High School football team, Class of 1919


Sample of the 1920 Kipikawi yearbook — 20 pages

More to come …

Notes:

  • Impressive about Racine High School
    • Large number of teachers
    • Large number of vocational teachers
    • Large number of school organizations with large student participation — see the Kipikawi staff listing
    • Large number of commercial teachers and staff
    • Large number of people in the Kipikawi advertising staff
  • Interesting notes
    • The captions for student pictures are carefully done, and often refer to who is pairing off with who
    • Many boys’ captions refer to them being distracted by a certain special girl
    • Many girls’ captions refer to their boyfriends, curling their hair and wearing dresses to please “him”
    • The photo collages between sections are some of the most interesting photos with identifiable backgrounds, such as the Unitarian Church at 7th and College, and the old YMCA on 7th street (page 84 of the 1926 Kipikawi).
    • “The old Meachem home on College Avenue was razed to make room for the new Y. W. C. A. building.” (Racine: The Belle City, Alice Sankey). According to my 1940 phonebook, J.G. Meachem (this would be the long-lived J.G. Meachem Jr.) lived at 905 Main Street. Hmm. I wonder who lived at College Avenue? Maybe his father, J.G. Meachem Sr.?

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