DARBY SCHOOLS

1918
SCHOOL IS ACCREDITED
Darby School is Entitled to Four Years of High School Work Says Superintendent
Darby, August 8 - Professor White has been notified by the state superintendent that the Darby school is now fully accredited for four years of high school work, which entitles the graduates of the school to enter any college or university in Montana or elsewhere.
The Ravalli Republican, Friday, August 9, 1918

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1938
    Tuesday will be the beginning of the school year for all districts in Ravalli County. A.B. Cole, superintendent at Darby for many years, is again at the head of that town's school system with Alvin Kincaid, Alan Oliver, Mrs. Bessie Marble, Donald Puckett, Miss Margaret Johnson, Mrs. Xoa Dougherty, Miss Agnes Hannon, Miss Elizabeth Johnson, Miss Katherine Safley, Miss Evelyn Gibford and Miss Lorena Greenfield as instructors in the grade and high school.
Ravalli Republican, September 1, 1938


1939
Large Class to End School Course at Darby
    Darby, May 3, 1939 - Nineteen boys and girls will receive high school diplomas at commencement exercises which are to be held here May 17. The seniors are Lenore Cole, valedictorian; Wanda Daw, salutatorian; Russell Chapman, Dell Daw, Glenrose Ward, James Schwarzrock, Donald Robbins, Ronald Gibford, Margaret Jones, Vivian Hart, Isabelle Vaughn, Clifford Trollope, Grace Squires, Leo Norman, Raymond Gierdal, Edward Nicholson, Anna Carver, Fred Gierdal, and Betty Overturf. The class motto is "Hoping, Doing, Succeeding," and the colors of the rainbow signify the class emblem. All wild flowers serve as the class favorite.
    Superintendent A.B. Cole, Alvin Kincaid, Alan Oliver, and Miss Margaret Johnson are the high school faculty members. Commencement exercises will take place at the auditorium, the seniors to give their own program.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, May 4, 1939

DARBY ON ADVANCE
School House Improved in All Departments
Superintendent A.B. Cole to Open Term Tuesday With Three New Teachers; Many Changes
    Darby, August 30, 1939 - The Darby consolidated school will open Tuesday with Superintendent A.B. Cole again at the head. Three new instructors will join the faculty this year. Miss Alta White of Hamilton will teach the second grade and Mrs. Ada Miller of Dillon will care for the third grade, replacing Miss Evelyn Gibford and Miss Kathryn Safley, who were married during the summer. Miss Loretta Greenfield will again teach the primary grade, Miss Elizabeth Johnson, fourth grade; Miss Agnes Hannon, fifth grade; Mrs. Xoa Dougherty, sixth grade; junior high school will be the work of the senior high school instructors, who are Mr. Cole, Mrs. Bessie Marble, Alan Oliver, Donald Puckett, Alvin Kincaid, and Miss Verna Owens.
    Finishing touches to the remodeling of the school building are being made this week. Improvements made this summer include kalsomining and painting of the first five grade rooms and halls, completing a two-year renovation plan for the two main floors. All woodwork and floors now have new coats of paint and varnish and the walls are brightened with lighter tints. New metal folding chairs and desks have been purchased for the assembly room and an out-door drinking fountain has been installed on the west playground. Repairs have been completed and the foreground landscape has been a special delight to the Darby patrons this summer.
    The boys of the manual training department will construct additional shelves and cupboards for general use in the library. The garage, which has been used in recent years for storage, has been remodeled into apartments for teachers.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, August 31, 1939

1940
Darby High School Holds 26th Annual Commencement with Class of Fourteen
    The twenty-sixth annual commencement program of Darby High School was held last night in the high school auditorium at which time fourteen students were graduated receiving their diplomas from Superintendent A.B. Cole.
    Members of the graduating class were: Dorothy Christopherson, Hugh Clyde, Elaine Cole, Lee Cruson, Maisie Fadness, Leigh Goodrich, Arnold Hart, Sarah Hart, Velma Hart, Francis Hopkins, Dan Norman, Judy Overturf, Gene Shockley, and Ralph Skaw.
    Exercises included music singing and speaking by various members of the graduating class.
The Western News, May 16, 1940

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FOURTEEN IN CLASS TO GRADUATE FROM DARBY HIGH SCHOOL
    The 1944 graduation class at Darby High School will number fourteen of whom three are in the service of Uncle Sam and will consequently get their diplomas through an intermediary. Richard Brechbill is valedictorian of the class which will be graduated at Commencement exercises to be held in the high school auditorium at Darby starting at 8:30 the evening of Wednesday, May 17. There will be no outside speaker and the program has been prepared by the student body of Darby High School.
    Baccaulareate services will be held at the Darby Baptist Church at 11 o'clock Sunday morning May 14 with Rev. A.J. House delivering the sermon.
    Members of the graduating class are: Richard Brechbill, Lila Christensen, Kermit Cole, Del Cumley, Don Durland, Helen Hitchcott, Alvin House Jr, Gerald Lord, Thelma Lord, Vernon Langley, Leonard Lindquist, Dean Priestley, Marie Robbins, Gene Wetzsteon.
    Gerald Lord, Vernon Langley, and Leonard Lindquist are in the service.
The Western News, May 11, 1944

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Honor Roll for Darby High School Announced
    The honor roll for Darby High School as announced by V.V. Scudder, Superintendent, has upon it the names of the following students by classes, who distinguished themselves during the past 6-week period by the good character of their work in classrooms:
Seniors: Laura Abbey, Art Diehl, Joe Champine, Paul House, Barbara Langley, Margaret Maybe, Vern Personett, Juanity Rice, Grant Wanstrath
Juniors: Alice Buckallew, Bobbie Donica, Gwen Flightner, Jean Jaquette, Archie Lorentzen, DeLis Oswald, Carol Shockley, Belve Skaw, Paul Wetzsteon
Sophomores: Frank Bedey, Henry Brechbill, Jim Flightner, Anne Hannon, Junior Meskimen, Marie shook, Dennis West, Evelyn Whiting
Freshmen: Marian Campbell, James Goodrich, Maxine Jaquette, Ronnie Wilkerson, Sharon Zoske
The Western News, Thursday October 30, 1947

1948
Darby Graduation Exercises May 26
    Charles F. Hertler, associate professor of physical education at the University of Montana, will be the speaker at the Darby commencement exercises at 8 p.m.  May 26 when 16 seniors will receive their diplomas.
    Graduates will include: Clayton Buhler, Clifford Buhler, Joe Champine, Bill Cumley, Arthur Diehl, Joyce Donica, Keith Henault, Paul House, Katherine Kearney, Florence Leavens, Barbara Langley, LeRoy McCrossin, Juanita Rice, Kenneth Skaw, Grant Wanstrath, Ernie Wilcox.
    Music will be by the various groups from the Darby chorus and band. Baccalaureate services will be at 11 a.m. May 23 with the Rev. A.J. House delivering the sermon.
Ravalli Republican, May 18, 1948

1949

1950
Darby Graduation Exercises to be Next Wednesday
    Darby high school commencement exercises will be held at 8 o'clock next Wednesday evening at the school with Parker B. Lusk of Montana State University, Missoula, as the speaker. Twenty-three seniors will be presented their diplomas by Harold Irwin, chairman of the board of education. The eighth grade diplomas will be presented by Superintendent F.V. Scudder.
    Evelyn Whiting will give the salutatorian's address and Virgil Schultz the valedictorian's oration. Invocation and benediction will be iven by the Rev. Beryl L. Burr and musical numbers will be presented by Roger Wilkerson, the high school chorus and the high school trio.
    Marian Campbell and Durrel Rennaker will act as state ushers for the exercises and floor ushers will be Jim Algie, Betty Weeks, Bob Border, and Maxine Jaquette.
    Graduates will include Henry Brechbill, Philip Donally, Phyllis Jean Donally, LaVern H. Fadness, James Flightner, Margery Anne Hannon, Adeline Hansen, Alberta Henderson, Delia Howell, Barney Keely, Loma Lee Leavens, James Lofftus, Marvin F. Lundberg, Mary J. Martin, Elmer Meskimen, Jr, Lester Meskimen, Donald Pellett, Curtis Ray, Virgil Schultz, Bettie M. Shook, Edith Weeks, Evelyn Whiting, and Barbara Zilla.
The Western News, Thursday, May 25, 1950

1974
    Last Thursday, May 23, found 35 members of the Darby High School graduating class of 1974 listening as Donald Scothorn, president of the First State Bank of Stevensville, extolled the good uses of education calling upon the young people to meet the "challenge" of the world into which they are entering. John Hayes, chaiman of the Darby school board issued diplomas to the following class members: Lee R. Abbott, Mary Marie Cooper, Verna G. Wales, Mindy Sue Zeiler, Kari Darlene Rennaker, Terry Duane Schallenberger, Steve O'dell Christian, Donald Joseph Ray, Brett Franklin Parmenter, Luanne Raymond, Steve Hiatt, David Joseph Hummel, Connie Jo Henderson, Jody Louise Sargent, Michael Kim Johnson, Susan Mary Fifield, Karen Lynn Nash, Kay Marie Nash, Brad Lynn Johnson, Don Betts, Denise Margo Toth, Kathleen Kay Richards, Tari Ray Bodle, Amber E. Seitz, Connie Ann Furniss, Kevin Richard McLaughlin, Jayne Marie Lindquist, Andy DeRita, Sylvia Lyn Matthews, Kent L. Hopkins, John E. Tupa, Karen Marie McCrossin, Sonya J. Morton, Randy Scott Wildey, Patrician Henry Spurlock.
The Western News, May 29, 1974