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For the Academic Year 1927-1928

Office Hours

rHE Principal may be seen personally at
the school from 9:00 A. M. to 12:00
M. and from 1:30 to 4:30 P. M., on
any school day; at other times by special ap'

During the summer vacation a representa-
tive of the school may usually be found in the
office from ten to twelve each morning, or at
other times by appointment.

The buildings are open to visitors through'
out the day.

Information and Catalogues

If requested, a representative of the school
will call upon those interested, in order to give,
in person, whatever special information may
be desired.

Requests for catalogues and for information
about the school should be addressed to the

Tor\ Collegiate Institute, Tor\, Pa.

School Calendar


March 30, Friday Spring vacation begins, 3:45 P. M.

April 10, Tuesday Spring vacation ends, 8:45 A. M.

April 14, Saturday Founder's Day.

May 28, Monday Senior final examinations begin.

May 30, Wednesday Memorial Day; holiday.

June 4, Monday General final examinations begin.

June 10, Sunday Sermon to Graduating Class.

June 11, Monday Meeting of Trustees, 9 A. M.

Class Day Exercises, 8 P. M.

Alumni Reception, 9 P. M.

June 12, Tuesday Commencement, 8 P. M.

June 13, Wednesday Summer vacation begins.

September 10, Monday Fifty-sixth year opens, 8:45 A. M.

November 28, Wednesday. . .Thanksgiving vacation begins, 3:00 P. M.

December 3, Monday Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:45 A. M.

December 19, Wednesday. . . .Christmas Carols by school, 2 P. M.

Christmas vacation begins, 3 P. M.


January 3, Thursday Christmas vacation ends, 8:45 A. M.

January 21, Monday Midyear examinations begin.

January 25, Friday First Term ends.

January 28, Monday Second Term begins.

February 22, Friday Washington's Birthday; holiday.

March 22, Friday Spring vacation begins, 3:45 P. M.

April 2, Tuesday Spring vacation ends, 8:45 A. M.

April 14, Sunday Founder's Day.

May 27, Monday Senior final examinations begin.

May 30, Thursday Memorial Day; holiday.

June 3, Monday General final examinations begin.

June 9, Sunday Sermon to Graduating Class.

June 10, Monday Meeting of Trustees, 9 A. M.

Class Day Exercises, 8 P. M.

Alumni Reception, 9 P. M.

June 11, Tuesday Commencement, 8 P. M.

June 12, Wednesday Summer vacation begins.

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Board of Trustees


Samuel Small, Jr., President
Rev. C. a. Oliver, D.D., Vice-President
Donald H. Yost, Esq., Secretary
Samuel Small, Jr., Treasurer

*Samuel Small York, Pa.

George S. Schmidt, Esq York, Pa.

Joseph S. Miller, M. D York, Pa.

Rev. Charles A. Oliver, D.D York, Pa.

Alexander M. Grove Muddy Creek Forks, Pa.

Samuel Small, Jr York, Pa.

Rev. W. J. Oliver, D.D York, Pa.

Francis Farquhar, Esq York, Pa.

Donald H. Yost, Esq York, Pa.

Rev. Walter J. Hogue, D.D York, Pa.

George Hay Kain, Esq York, Pa.

William H. Kurtz, Esq York, Pa.

Rev. T. Edwin Redding Stewartstown, Pa.

J. Roy Showalter Woodbine, Pa.

Frederick G. Dempv/olf York, Pa.

Executive Committee

Samuel Small, Jr., {Ex officio) Chairman
George S." Schmidt, Esq.
Francis Farquhar, Esq.
Frederick G. Dempwolf
Donald H. Yost, Esq., Secretary

*Died September 12, 1927.

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A. B., A. M., Sc.D., Wittenberg College, Ohio;

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Litt.D., Gettysburg CoUeg?.



A. B., Wilson College — Latin.

A. B., Dickinson College — Mathematics and Physics.

A. B., Smith College — English.

A. B., A. M., Harvard University — History and Mathematics.

A. B., Mount Holyoke College — French and Spanish.

B. S., Lebanon Valley College — Physical Director; Biology.

Graduate, York Collegiate Institute — Principal of Preparatory Department.


Graduate, West Chester State Normal School.

Assistant in Preparatory Department.


Graduate, MillersviUe State Normal School.

Assistant in Preparatory Department.

Graduate, Baltimore Friends' School.
Assistant in Preparatory Department.

York Collegiate Institute — Principal of Primary School.

Graduate, York Collegiate Institute — Assistant m Primary School.


Graduate, York Collegiate Institute

and of National Park Seminary — Physical Director for Girls.

Graduate, York Collegiate Institute — Secretary and Librarian.

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York Collegiate Institute

Historical Sketch

rHE York Collegiate Institute has had a noteworthy-
history of more than half a century. Founded in
1871 by the venerable Samuel Small (1799-1885), one
of the foremost philanthropic citi2;ens in the history of the
city of York, the school has striven to fulfil the lofty purpose
of the Founder. His aim to provide for the academic
instruction and moral training of the youth of the community
is most fitly expressed in his own words :

"Being deeply impressed with the importance of increasing
popular facilities for the intellectual and moral culture, and
especially for the Christian education of youth, I would lay the
foundation of an enterprise for affording instruction not only in
the ordinary branches of literature and science, but also in regard
to the great end and business of life."

To fulfil this purpose he acquired the tract of ground
where the school is now located, and, in 1871, ground was
broken for the erection of the first building. From the
excavation came most of the materials of construction, the
limestone rock being used for the foundation walls, while
the clay was burned into the bricks that formed the super-
structure. The building was completed in 1873 and the
surrounding grounds were beautified, the present great
trees bearing evidence of the foresight of the Founder.
He then conveyed the whole property to a Board of Trustees
in trust forever, and provided a liberal endowment. The
latter was afterwards increased through the generosity of
his widow, Mrs. Isabel Cassat Small.

The Board of Trustees was legally organi2,ed on April
14, 1873, and this date has since been observed each year
as Founder's Day. On September 15, 1873, the doors of
the school were opened for the admission of students and
the beginning of educational work.

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In December, 1885, within five months after the death
of the founder, the school building was destroyed by fire.
For the remainder of the school year the sessions were held
in the York Hospital building, then just completed, and
not yet opened for hospital use. The following year a
new building was erected and completely furnished and
equipped by the nephews of the Founder, Messrs. George
Small, W. Latimer Small and Samuel Small, as a memorial
to their lamented uncle. This is the present beautiful
main building, standing, as it does now, amidst a group of
stately trees and adding dignity to the architecture of the
city of York.

The Aim of the School

The distinctive aim of the institution is to train the
student to think clearly, to develop high ideals, and to
cultivate the moral along with the intellectual and physical
faculties, thus fulfilling the purpose of the Founder to
establish a thorough course of academic instruction and
training, combined with practical Christian culture.

The design is based on a broad and liberal catholicity,
which is maintained strictly without sectarian bias; and
the administration of the school is pledged to absolute
impartiality in regard to religious faith. In all that per'
tains to this feature of the Institute the purpose is simply to
maintain the wholesome atmosphere of a Christian school.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants twelve years of age or those presenting a
satisfactory certificate from another school are admitted to
the First Form of the main school without examination.

Other applicants for admission must pass an examination
in spelling, reading, writing, geography, English grammar,
and arithmetic through fractions and decimals, compre'
bending the work usually covered in the sixth grade of the
public schools.

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Applicants for admission to any of the upper Forms will
be examined in those subjects that are necessary for ade-
quate preparation for the advanced grade, covering the
subjects the class has already completed.

Boys and girls of about eight or nine years of age, with
satisfactory references, are admitted to the Preparatory
Department without formal examination, but they should
be prepared to do the work of the third grade.

In the Primary Department the children are given the
usual beginning work of the first and second grades, and no
preliminary work is required for entrance.

Buildings and Grounds

The buildings are grouped in the centre of the campus
at the corner of South Duke Street and College Avenue,
distant about four city blocks from Continental Square, or
five blocks south of the Pennsylvania Railroad station.

They are all heated by steam and lighted by electricity.

Main Building

The present main building, completed in 1886, occupies
the same site, and stands partly on the same foundation as
its predecessor; but in the new design many improvements
were made which add greatly to its capacity and conven'

Immediately inside the front entrance of the building is
Memorial Hall, dedicated to the memory of the beloved
founder of the institution. His life'siz;e portrait and a
memorial tablet in brass occupy the central panel of the
wall above the massive open fire-place. On either side
there are two other memorial tablets placed by the Alumni,
one to the memory of the founder, the other to the first
president, the Rev. James McDougall, Ph.D. A life'si2;e

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portrait bust in bron2;e of the late E. T. Jeffers, D. D., LL.D.,
second president of the Institute, also occupies a conspicu'
ous place in Memorial Hall. Recently there has been
added an appropriate bronzie tablet to commemorate the
service of Prof. Albert Bigelow Garner, who held the chair
of mathematics from 1876 to 1910.

On opposite sides of the Hall are two very interesting
historical relics. They are, the doorway of the Court
House in which the Continental Congress met in York in
1777'78, and the coat'of'arms of Pennsylvania, painted by
John Fisher, a local artist, in 1796, that hung for many years
in the same building.

On either side of the main doorway are separate en'
trances for boys and girls. Connected with these entrances
are cloak rooms provided with wash stands and sanitary
drinking fountains.

Communicating with Memorial Hall, and also by corri'
dors with the cloak rooms, is the Main School Room. This
is on the ground floor, and is spacious, properly lighted and
ventilated, and comfortably furnished with individual
desks. The walls are tinted with soft green, restful to the
eye, and about the room are distributed numerous portraits
of historic personages and reproductions of noted examples
of art and architecture.

There are eight ample Recitation Rooms, four on each
side of the building. These are all furnished with suitable
chairs, tables, maps and whatever equipment is required in
the teaching of the several branches.

The Auditorium is on the second floor, immediately
above and equal in sizie to the main school room. It is
equipped with comfortable opera chairs and has seating
capacity for about four hundred.

On the second floor, adjoining the Auditorium, is the
office of the Principal.

The Cassat Library and the Philosophical Hall are on
the third floor, occupying two large rooms connected by

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wide sliding doors and together equalling in si2;e the Audi'
torium below. They are equipped with handsome cases
for housing the books and apparatus and with other re'
quisite furniture. These rooms are also used for holding
receptions, Alumni reunions and other social functions.

In the basement are two large rooms fitted out as club
rooms for the boys and girls respectively, for their use out'
side of study hours. They are comfortably furnished and
contain tables for magaziines and other reading matter, for
luncheon, games and general use.


The Laboratory building is adjacent to the main struc
ture and is connected with it by a corridor. This building
contains both the chemical and physical laboratories and
also, in the basement, the heating apparatus for the entire
school plant.


Connected with the main building by an arcade enclosed'
in glass is the Gymnasium. This structure is in archi'
tectural harmony with the other buildings, is modern and
complete in its appointments, and is in all respects of the
highest grade.

The interior walls are finished with pressed brick, in
two colours, while the ceiling is in natural wood. At one
end there is a gallery for spectators and, to the right of the
main entrance, an office for the physical director.

The floor is laid upon a concrete base and is finished in
hard wood. For basket ball it provides a playing floor of
standard size, as well as ample space for classes in physical

The lighting of the room is admirably arranged with a
system of high windows and a skylight for daytime and
with ornamental electric lamps of indirect type for night.

The artistic wrought iron electric lantern over the front
doorway is the gift of the Class of 1916.

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Locker Buildings

At opposite ends of the corridor leading to the gym'
nasium are two buildings containing dressing rooms for
the boys and girls respectively. These rooms are equipped
with shower baths and wash stands with hot and cold
water, sanitary drinking fountains, modern toilets and
individual lockers. The entire construction is fireproof
and sanitary.


At the rear of the main building is the school yard with
facilities for out'door athletics. There is a short'distance
cinder track and sufficient room for tennis and the minor
field events.


The Cassat Library, containing five thousand carefully
selected volumes, affords opportunity for private research
and collateral work in history and literature. Constant
additions are being made and donations are solicited.

It is also a repository for the various valuable scientific
publications of the United States government.

A special working library, located directly in the main
school room, contains dictionaries, cyclopedias, atlases and
works of general reference.

There is also a special science library in the laboratory
building for convenience of access to students in chemistry
and physics.

The Chemical Laboratory occupies a large room equipped
with tables having individual lockers for students. Gas,
electricity and running water are available for experimental
and practical use. There is an ample stock of glassware and
chemicals. The equipment includes sensitive balances and
graduated vessels for accurate work.

The Physical Laboratory is adjacent to the chemical
laboratory and contains tables and other working appliances
and a dark room for optical and photographic work. There

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Continental Congress Doorway

The Tower Main Entrance

Laboratory Building

Boys' Entrance

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are also, in addition to all the ordinary apparatus for labo'
ratory work in elementary physics, a high grade spectro'
scope, an accurate barometer with vernier scale, calipers
and other instruments of precision for making quantitative

Each year additions are made to the equipment of both
the physical and chemical laboratories.

The Philosophical Hall and the Museum contain physical
and astronomical apparatus, biological specimens, a valuable
collection of ancient coins, an herbarium of over five hundred
species, and a large and valuable collection of minerals,
fossils, and typical rocks, and many valuable curios.

The Mathematical Department includes in its equipment
an excellent transit and other necessary instruments for
field work. There are also geometrical models, a four-inch
refracting telescope, a large celestial globe, and other
astronomical apparatus.

A large assortment of maps including a set of Kiepert's
classical maps materially assist in the study of history and
the classics.

A large relief map of Palestine brought from Europe
and presented to the school by Mr. Samuel Small, late pres-
ident of the Trustees, stands in an alcove of the Library.

The school possesses a fine modern stereopticon of highest
grade. For use with this instrument there are hundreds of
slides to illustrate different phases of instruction. There is
also a reflectoscope of standard make, enabling printed matter
to be thrown clearly upon the screen. This entire equip-
ment was the gift of the late Dr. E. \V. Brickley, an alumnus
and trustee of the school.

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Recent Presentations

Miss Gladys Knaub, '26, presented a modern, handsome
desk for teachers' use.

Jacob Davis, ex '89, gave to the museum a valuable relic
from the Gettysburg battlefield; also an American Indian
war club of unusual design.

Morton Jandorf, ex '06, presented to the chemical
laboratory a large number of salts and compounds of the rare

Mrs. Philip B. Spahr, '77, who presented a set of the
Encyclopedia Britannica some years ago, completed the set
by presenting the three supplementary volumes issued
recently, constituting the 13th edition.

Mr. Elmer E. Wentworth, of the Y. C. I. Faculty, pre'
sented rock specimens from Kansas.

Mr. L. P. Gross, a patron of the school, presented, on the
opening day of the present school year, a new American
flag, handsomely mounted with an ornamental standard.
This flag stands on the platform of the chapel.

Mr. E. J. Sinclair gave to the school library a copy of
Schrotter's "The Growth and Development of the Pennsyl'
vania Railroad Company."

In recent years each class, at the time of graduation, has presented a
parting gift to the school. The list is as follows:

Class of 1916 — Ornamental lamp at front of gymnasium.

Class of 1917 — Sun dial in front school yard.

Class of 1918 — Stained glass window in Chapel.

Class of 1919 — Stained glass window in Chapel.

Class of 1920 — Stained glass window in Chapel.

Class of 1921 — Complete set of stage fittings and scenery for amateur

Class of 1922 — Stained glass window in Chapel.

Class of 1923 — Stained glass window in Chapel.

Class of 1924 — Stained glass window in Chapel.

Class of 1926 — Endowment for an annual prize in English.

Class of 1927 — A beautiful glass case for housing some of our most
recent athletic trophies. This case is now permanently placed in
Memorial Hall.

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Outline of Courses of Study

The studies regularly prescribed in the upper school eni'
brace a Classical Course, a Scientific Course and a General
Course. These courses are planned not only to prepare
students for the freshman class in any American college,
university or technical school, but also to impart a liberal
education and a broad mental training for any phase of Hfe
work. It is prc'eminently the purpose, in all departments
of instruction, to train the student to think clearly.

The English studies comprise spelling, reading, grammar,
composition, literature, history of literature and supple-
mentary reading. The work in grammar and composition
aims at correctness and facility in the expression of the
pupil's ideas. Topics are taken from every 'day life, from
literature studied in class, and from outside reading.

The instruction in literature is intended to give that
wider culture which acquaintance with the best writers
brings to both mind and soul. With this in view the
classics required for entrance to college are read. The
style of the great authors is studied so that the student may
better appreciate its claim to excellence, and so that he may
know good Hterature when he sees it. Attention is also
given to the biography of these writers, and to their place
in the history of literature.

First Form

Ward and Moffat, Junior Highway to English; Bolenius,
Literature in the Junior High School; Oral and Written

Second Form

Ward and Moffat, Junior Highway to English; Shakespeare,
A Midsummer l^ights Dream;Koss,Adventures in Literature;
Written and Oral Themes.

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Third Form

Ward, Sentence and Theme; Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities;
Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice; Homer, Odyssey,
Hiller translation; Irving, The S\etch Boo?(; Written and Oral
Themes. Book Reports.

Fourth Form

Ward, Sentence and Theme; Franklin, Autobiography;
Scott, Ivanhoe; Eliot, Silas hiarner; Arnold, Sohrah and
Rustum; Shakespeare, Julius Caesar; Written and Oral
Themes. Book Reports.

Fifth Form

Tanner, Essays and Essay Writing; Ward, Theme Building
(Grammar Review); Shakespeare, Macbeth; Addison and
Steele, Sir Roger de Coverley Papers; Macaulay, Essays on
Johnson and Addison; Tennyson, Idylls of the King; Written
and Oral Themes. Book Reports.

Sixth Form

Shakespeare, Hamlet; Milton, Minor Poems; Palgrave,
The Golden Treasury; Lowell, On a Certain Condescension
in Foreigners; Palmer, Self-Cultivation and The Glory of
the Imperfect; Written and Oral Themes. Book Reports
on Outside Reading.


The Latin course is extended through four years and con'
sists of work in grammar, composition, prescribed readings
and selections for sight translation. All college entrance
requirements are covered. The work in composition aims
at facility and correctness in writing simple and connected

The entire course is intended to give facility in translation
with the acquisition of a fair working vocabulary, and also
a general historical and geographical knowledge of the times,
places and people referred to in the writings of these authors.

Third Form

Collar and Daniell, First Tear Latin, complete; selected

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translations from passages given in the appendix. Drill in
syntax, vocabulary and inflections.

Fourth Form

Rolfe and Dennison, Latin Reader; translation of selections
from Roman History, l^e^os^ Lives, Caesar's Civil War;
Gallic War, Boo\s I and II, and selections from III and IV.
Composition, about sixty lessons from among those in the
Latin Reader.

Fifth Form

Bennett's J^ew Cicero, the Catilinarian Orations, Pro
Archia, Prosecution of Verres, Manilian Law, and selections
from Cicero's letters.

Composition, Allen and Phillips, Part I.

Sixth Form

Greenough, Kittredge and Jenkins, VirgiVs /Eneid,
Boo\s I'lV, selections from Boo\ V, and all of Boo\ VI.

Roberts and Rolfe, Ovid's }Aetamorphoses, selections
covering the college entrance requirements, 1929, from
Deucalion and Pyrrha, Phaethon, The Golden Fleece, Philemon .
and Baucis, and Atalanta's Race.

Composition, Allen and Phillips, Parts I and 11.


The Greek language is offered as an elective in the Classical
Course, and is carried through the three upper classes.

The course, when given, covers all the requirements for
college entrance. Careful attention is given to drill in
declensions and conjugations, oral and written exercises in
translation, study of the grammar and to prose composition.
The latter is continued throughout the course.

While in recent years there has been no request for in-
struction in German, this language is retained as an elective
modern language for students who have planned some specific
work in which a knowledge of the German language is
essential. The course, when given, includes frequent drill

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in pronunciation, grammar and syntax, the memorizing of

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