Walter Hines Page
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And just who is Walter Hines Page?
He was an American editor, journalist, and diplomat, and a direct descendent of Robert Page, who came to the US from England in the 17th century. He was born in Cary, became a partner in Doubleday, Page and Company, and founded the magazine The World’s Work.
He was appointed by Woodrow Wilson to serve as US ambassador to Great Britain before and during World War I.
Page believed that a free and open education was fundamental to democracy, and that nothing – class, economic means, race, religion – should be a barrier to education.
Page High School is proud to have lived up to this belief in its first 50 years!
Read more about Walter Hines Page here.
In the beginning, Alma Pinnix garden consumed most of her time and energy, but as she got older, people learned of her “green thumb” and asked for her advice. Before long, she had taken over the installation and care of gardens all around town. So when I was a student at Page and head of beautification for my service club, I enlisted her help. On a Saturday workday in November 1968, she came to guide us in planting azaleas in Treasure Island. I can still remember a group of students standing around watching this 71-year-old grandmother place the azaleas, dig the holes, and mulch the plants while making plans for further plantings. From that day on, beautification at Page High School became her major project. She worked on the school grounds almost daily for the remainder of her life.
Luther Medlin was the first Principal of Page High School. Learn more about his love for the school in the previosly published article from John Graham in 2007.
It was my honor and privilege fifty years ago to serve as the first student body president of Page High School. My older brother Jim was the president of the student body at then Greensboro High School a few years before.
Read more from Ron here.
First Student Body President
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