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1910s

A photo of an annoucement listing the new features brought to the school in the 1910's -- school garden, kindergarten, domestic science, brass band, demonstration orchard, penmanship.1910 - John Dixon is named president emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

May 11, 1910 - State Normal Schools resolve to convert to four-year programs starting in the fall.

1911 - School Code of 1911 accepted by legislature and signed by Governor John Tener. $200,000 was to be set aside by each session of the legislature for purchase of all the normal schools, and nine trustees from its service area would control each school.

June 1911 - Mr. Mitchell, president of the Board of Trustees, opposes rehiring Dr. Davis as principal. The board rehires Davis anyway.

Aug. 1, 1911 - Finances become desperate again; the school had borrowed $16,400 and the Boarding Department lost $15,300.

A photo of an egyption mask unearthered by archaeologists in the 1910s.1912 - Board begins salary cuts to improve the financial situation, and cuts two departments.

June 26, 1912 - Dr. Davis resigns effective July 1.

July 17, 1912 - Walter Scott Hertzog, son of G.G. Hertzog, elected as principal. He is the first graduate of the school to return as principal. His term as principal is begun with a public ceremony attended by many politicians.

Sept. 27, 1912 - John Dixon dies.

1913 - $400,000 appropriated to purchase schools, but a shortage of funds cuts this to $100,000. West Chester is the first to be purchased.

March 5, 1913 - Mr. Cunningham of the State Board of Education informs the Trustees of the requirements to qualify for purchase.

May 20, 1913 - Stockholder meeting to vote on the sale of the school is held.

June 4, 1913 - At the Trustee meeting, it is announced that the stockholders had voted to sell 422 to two.

Jan. 31, 1914 - Dr. Charles Ehrenfeld dies.

Feb. 17, 1914 - Meeting between Trustees and State Board of Education.

May 7, 1914
- State ownership complete; new board of trustees takes office.

May 1914 - Trustees approve program in Manual Training and authorize Principal Hertzog to purchase up to $1000 worth of tools and power machinery to convert the basement of Dixon Hall into a shop.

Aug. 1914 - World War I begins in Europe; the United States remains neutral.

Charles Linburg standing in front of his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis1914 - Brass Band formed.

Winter 1914 - Interscholastic basketball begins.

Oct. 20, 1914 - Stockholders petition the courts to dissolve the corporation.

July 20, 1915 - Stockholders have final meeting and dissolve the corporation.

Winter 1915
- Girls form their own interscholastic basketball team and resume field hockey.

1916 - School wins its third tennis championship in five years.

April 2, 1917 - The United States declares war on Germany.

1917 - 1919 - Athletics are suspended during World War I. 106 students and alumni served in World War I.

Nov. 11, 1918 - The Central Powers surrender, ending World War I.

1918 - G.G. Hertzog dies; the graduating class this year has only one male; the state and school refuse to convert SWSNC into an emergency hospital during a flu epidemic. Bitterness from the decision causes Principal Hertzog to resign.

Fall 1919 - John Entz elected to principalship.