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Catalogue of High Point Academy, Session 1903-1904, With Announcement for 1904-1905

Calendar for 1904-’05


Fall Term opens Monday, September 12th
Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, Nov. 24th
Fall Term ends, Friday, December 2nd
Winter Term begins Monday, December 5th
Christmas Vaction, Dec. 23rd, to Jan. 2nd


Celebration, Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 22nd
Winter Term ends February 27th
Spring Term begins March 2nd
Spring Term ends May 22nd


Advisory Board

Dr. J. B. McKee, Grant, Va.
Cicero Plummer, Grant, Va.
Oscar Grubb, Grant, Va.
Wm. Boyer, Grant, Va.
Dr. W. J. McGinnis, Grant, Va.,


N. E. Young, Principal, Senior and Junior Classes
J. J. Watkins, Intermediate Department
Miss Maude Thomas, Primary Department
Miss Pearl Booker, Music Department
Miss Hattie Walker, Elocution and Art Department

Course of Study

Primary Department

First Grade – Speller, First Reader, with written exercises, Observation Lessons
Second Grade – Spelling, Second Reader, First Lessons in Numbers and Penmanship, Simple Exercises in Composition
Third Grade – Spelling, Third Reader, First Lessons in Geography, Primary Arithemtic, Penmanship, Lanugage Exercises.
Fourth Grade – Spelling, Fourth Reader, Elementary Geography, Intermediate Arthimetic, Penmanship, Language Exercises.

Intermediate Classes

Fifth Grade – Spelling, written: History of Virginia, Elementary Geography and Grammar, Map Drawing, Intermediate Arithmetic, Penmanship, Language Exercises, Mental Arithemetic, Beginners Physiology.
Sixth Grade – Spelling, written: History of U.S., Manual of Geography, Intermediate Grammar, Practical Arithmetic, Penmanship, Physiology
Seventh Grade – Practical Arithmetic, Higher Grammar, Advanced History, Elementary Algebra, Beginner’s Latin, Elementary Composition.
Eighth Grade – Higher History, Advanced Grammar, Advanced Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and Latin, Elementary Composition.

High School Department

Junior Class

Fall Term – General History, Advanced Rhetoric, Advanced Algebra, Plane Geometry, Caesar.
Winter Term – Virgil’s Aeneid, Plane Geometry, Higher Algebra, General History, Rhetoric, Practical Exercises in English Composition.
Spring Term – Virgil’s Aeneid, General History, Plane and Spherical Geometry, Rhetoric, Advanced Algebra.

Senior Class

Fall Term – French Grammar, Plane and Spherical Geometry, Physics, Cicero, Literature
Winter Term – French Reader, Literature, Physical Geography, Cicero, Trionometry (Plane)
Spring Term – French Reader, Geometry and Sperhical Trionometry, Surveying, Cicero, Physics.

Our Aim

The object constantly had in view by the Faculty of the Academy is thoroughness in all the studies pursued in all the Departments. The Senior Class is intended to prepare pupils for entrance upon the advanced course of the best colleges. We believe young men and young ladies can be well and economically educated in such a school; nor to we lose sight of the fact that the moral tone in a proper country community is often superior to that whcih prevails in many colleges, no matter how hard the authorities of such institutions may essay to inculcate morality. Too many young persons are sent away from the parental roof into large aggregations of students before they are properly prepared in mind, or steady enough in moral purpose. It is doubtful step for a parent to send his child out into the college world infirm in character, and unappreciative of better educational facilities. Many failures in scholastic effort can be traced to such dubious indulgence. It is an error too frequently committed in our country. A good home preparatory school, in this view of the case, becomes a necessity in preparation for successful endeavor.


High Point Academy is situated at Grant, Grayson County, Virginia, four miles from Troutdale on the Southern Va. Railroad. Is is surrounded by a rich agricultural and grazing territory inhabited by a moral, intelligent, progressive and hospitable people. The resident scholastic population will support a good attendance during a long session. The location of the Academy is, from every standpoint, a most eligible one for a educational center. The average attendance during the session of 1903-1904 was one hundred and sixteen for a period of six months. The public and private terms together continued for eight months. Succeeding terms will be of nine months duration.

Expense Statement

Outside Public School
Item Amount
Primary Department, 1st and 2nd Grades per month $1.00
Primary Department, 3rd and 4th Grades per month $1.25
Grammar Department, 5th and 6th Grades, per month $1.75
Grammar Department, 7th and 8th Grades, per month $2.00
Junior Class, per month $2.50
Senior Class per month $2.75 and 3.00
Elocution Class, per month 1.50
Incidental fee, per month .10
Board and Washing per month $6.00 to 7.50

Music Department

The course in Pianoforte follows Matthew’s Standard as the leading outline of work, to which are added studies as indicated by the course.

The course pursued in Harmony and Composition comprises a thorough knowledge of all Scales, both major and minor; Intervals, Chords in all their various relations, Part writing, and modulations, Composition and Analysis of Musical Works.

Text Books used are Practical Harmony and Composition by Ruebush and Hall, Richter’s Harmony, Mathew’s Popular History of Music and Musicans. The Music journals are “The Muscian,” “The Musical Messenger” and “The Musical Million.”

Instruction is given in cultivation of the voice, Solo Singing, Singing at sight, Chorus Singing, etc. Special attention will be given to prepare students for playing organs in churches, and conducting. All music pupils are expected to take Harmony and Vocal music in class. At the opening of the school an Orchestra will be organized, and pupils may use any instrument they may have.

At Commencement a medal will be given for most improvement during 1904-’05; and all entering the contest are required to take full course, i.e., Harmony and Composition, Theory, History of Music and Musicians, Vocal and Instrumental Music, and must have been connected with the music department six months of this session.

Item Amount
Vocal Music, daily, per month $.025
Organ, 2 lessons per week, per month 2.00
Piano, 2 lessons per week, per month 2.00
Violin, 2 lessons per week, per month 2.00
Guitar, 2 lessons per week, per month 2.00
Piano rent, 1 hour each day, per month .50
Piano rent, 2 hours each day, per month .75
Enrollment – 1903-’04
Piano Violin Organ Guitar
Gracie Anderson Willie B. Greear Lucy McCarroll Denton McKee
Virgil Boyer Willie W. Greear Logene Parsons Ida Plummer
Earl Greear Eva Hash Pearl Thomas Grover Plummer
Denton McKee Willie McKee Iva Thomas Maude Thomas
Ola McGinnis Willie McGinnis Ruth Thomas Walter Young
Ida Plummer Wayne Thomas    
Ursie Plummer Grover Thomas    
Willie Padgett Jones Walton    
Okie Thomas      
Ruth Thomas      
May Young      

Vocal class enrollment 70.

Roll of Students 1903-1904
Male Female
Adams, Alex
Anderson, Braxton
Anderson, Grover
Anderson, William
Boyer, Howard
Boyer, Virgil
Cornette, Bruce
Cornette, Cone
Cornette, Estelle
Cornette, Phleete
Greear, Baker
Greear, Dean
Greear, Earl
Greear, Phleete
Greear, Willie
Grubb, Bayne
Grubb, Beryl
Grubb, Claude
Grubb, Evan
Grubb, Wiley
Haga, Kelley
Hash, Fielder
Hash, Joseph
Hash, Paul
Hoffman, Lee
Livesay, Cleveland
Mayberry, John
McCarroll, Fred
McGinnis, William
McGrady, Fitzhugh
McGrady, Garfield
McKee, Harry
McKee, William
Osborne, Grover
Padgett, Willie
Perkins, Allen
Pierce, Frank
Plummer, Charles
Plummer, Grover
Porter, Charles
Porter, Levi
Porter, Marvin
Price, Roy
Thomas, Earl
Thomas, Grover
Thomas, Ralph
Thomas, Wayne
Thomas, Wiley
Tompkins, Roscoe
Walker, Tom
Walton, Jones
Watkins, Claude
Wells, Bruce
Woods, Cicero
Wright, Hobart
Young, Hurley
Young, Joseph
Young, Luther
Young, Otis
Young, Walter
Young, Wiley
Anderson, Grace
Anderson, Martha
Anderson, Pearl
Anderson, Rose
Anderson, Verlie
Barker, Annie
Cornette, Ida
Gore, Dora
Gore, Wanda
Grubb, Gertrude
Grubb, Kate
Grubb, Ora
Hackler, Bertie
Harrington, Ethel
Harris, Ennis
Harris, Maggie
Harris, Verlie
Hash, Eva
Hash, Samuella
Hash, Vergie
Johnson, Donie
Mayberry, Bertha
McCarroll, Clementine
McCarroll, Lucy
McCarroll, Sadie
McGinnis, Edith
McGinnis, Hallie
McGinnis, Ola
McKee, Denton
McNeil, Laura
Murray, Claudia
Murray, Belle
Parsons, Edith
Parsons, Georgia
Parsons, Logene
Pierce, Ennis
Pierce, Xina
Plummer, Ida
Porter, Blanche
Porter, Mattie
Porter, Verda
Pugh, Byrd
Pugh, Winnie
Pugh, Zenna
Thomas, Clyde
Thomas, Iva.
Thomas, Okie
Thomas, Ossie
Thomas, Pearl
Thomas, Ruth
Tompkins, Susie
Walker, Lula
Walker, Mabel
Walker, Nellie
Williams, Berty
Wright, Ethel
Young, Ada
Young, Ella
Young, Elsie
Young, Grace
Young, Haddon
Young, Mary
Young, May


While our school is preparatory in character, yet diplomas will be awarded those pupils who satisfactorily complete the whole Academic Course. A moderate fee will be charged for those diplomas.

Literary Societies

Two Literary Societies; the Creston and High Point, have been organized. Boys and gentlement have chiefly been the participants in the public exercises; yet the young ladies have also taken prominent parts on public occasions. We predict, for both these organizations increased future usefulness, and reputation.

Medalists for Session 1903-1904
Category Student
Contest in Debate Grover Thomas, Grant, Va.
Contest in Declamation Bayne Grubb, Grant, Va.
Contest in Recitation Miss Denton McKee, Grant, Va.
Intermediate Contest in Recitation Miss Okie Thomas, Grant, Va.
Primary Contest in Recitation Miss Hallie McGinnis, Grant, Va.

Honor Roll in Music Department
Category Student
The Greatest improvment on Piano Virgil Boyer
The Greatest improvement on Organ Miss Iva Thomas
The greatest improvement on Violin Miss Eva Hash
The greatest improvement on Guitar Miss Denton McKee
The Greatest improvement in Harmony and Theory Miss Iva Thomas
The Greatest improvment in Primary Class, Piano Miss Okie Thomas
The greatest improvement in Primary Class Organ Miss Lucy McCarroll
The greatest improvement in sight singing Miss Pearl Anderson


In the preparation of this catalogue for the public, we have tried to be modest in our assertions; yet in the convenience and healhfulness of location of the Academy, in the intelligence and morality of the citizenship of the Grant community, we have the essential elements for a permanent and successful institution of learning. We feel assured the Faculty has succeeded in its labors in the past; and we feel equally confident of public approbation in the future.