Ground was broken for our new Longmeadow High School on July 1, 1954. It is situated on a 32 acre plot of land fronting on Grassy Gutter Road. The building is divided into five sections, each of which can be isolated for special activities. In the building are fifteen classrooms, a library, teachers’ rooms, health rooms, audiovisual aids rooms, administrative offices, guidance room, men’s and women’s gym, men’s and women’s locker rooms, cafeteria, cafeteria kitchen, faculty dining room, auditorium, music room, art and crafts room, comprehensive shop (wood, metal, power mechanics), mechanical drawing room, home economics rooms, boiler room, garage, basement room, checkroom, incinerator room, receiving room, and the necessary closets and supply rooms. Public toilet facilities are accessible from outside as well as inside the building.
The grounds include limited parking space for cars in the front and rear of the building, and a bicycle parking space on one side. There are three athletic and play areas to the rear of the school. The football field has a quarter mile track on its perimeter. Permanent bleachers, which will seat approximately 1,000 people, are to be installed. The portable bleachers, which will seat approximately 500, may be used in various sections of the area, as need arises. Much of the landscaping to beautify the school site has been done.
Special attention is directed to the equipment in various areas of the building. It is impossible to mention all of the items in this booklet. Attention is also directed to the use of colors in the building.
The library has a seating capacity of 64. It is equipped with a conference room which may be divided into two for meeting purposes. Behind the charging counter is a work space equipped with sink, electric eraser, and files. The charging counter has a case to display jackets of books. The furniture includes atlas cases, globe, newspaper rack, world time clock, periodical case, various sizes and shapes of tables, and reading chairs. The bookcases which line the walls will be filled rapidly. We have received about 500 of the 1,500 books ordered. The books are registered in the Library of Congress. As time progresses, more books will be ordered.
STUDENT ACTIVITY ROOM
This room is designed to hold student meetings such as newspaper staff, student council, and club meetings. It has a cabinet space to store materials. A typewriter has been placed in the room for use by students in the library if they wish to type work during a library period.
The teachers’ unit is divided into a faculty lounge, women’s room and men’s room. The lounge is designed to give maximum comfort during unassigned time and during teacher meetings.
AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS ROOM
The audio-visual aids room is a laboratory work shop where equipment can be stored and repaired, and students can learn to operate various pieces of equipment. The room has special black-out venetian blinds for film previewing. Some of the equipment stored in this room for school use are motion picture projectors, film strip and slide projectors, High Fidelity record players, tape recorders, opaque projector, Verifax copier, overhead projector, complete portable unit for public address system and microphones.
The nerve center of the school is the main office. The office has a telephone switch board, a public address system to all sections of the building, and inter-communicating telephones to the rooms in the building. The master clock automatically sets all clocks in the building. The fire alarm operates independently of the regular clock system. Other offices include principal, assistant principal (now used as an accounting room) and guidance director. There is a walkin fire-resistant vault to keep school department records. The conference room contains chairs, tables, and a guidance library. In the evening this room is used for various adult committee meetings. The Superintendent of Schools has a private office and a secretary’s office in this area.
GYMNASIUM AND LOCKER ROOMS
The gymnasium which is 96’ x 86’ can be divided into a men’s and a women’s gymnasium by electrically controlled door partitions. The folding bleachers will seat approximately 812 spectators. Installed in the gym are six basketball back-boards, climbing ropes, climbing poles, rings, and an electric scoring clock. The catwalks are to facilitate the changing of light bulbs, and the maintenance of heating and ventilating units. Stall bars, chest exercise machines, and a mirror for posture work are installed in the corrective exercise room. The equipment includes balance beams, adjustable and low parallel bars, adjustable horizontal bars, standards for badminton and volleyball, spring boards, horse, buck, beat boards, mats, massage table, uniforms, balls, and a physiotherapy unit.
The locker room sections are equipped with baskets and trucks to store physical education uniforms, lockers, teacher’s offices, shower rooms, team locker room, first-aid rooms, towel storage closets, equipment rooms, and drying rooms. Mixing valves control show water temperature. The floors are ceramic tile.
The cafeteria (72x52) seats 266 at one time. It is a bright and airy room with glazed tile walls, plastic-coated accoustically treated ceiling tile, and terrazzo floor. The tables have formica tops and there are chrome-satein finished legs on the chairs. All appointments provide the greatest possible cleanliness and pleasatness. The room lends itself readily to school dances.The faculty dining room seats approximately 18. A faculty serving window enables teachers to be served with maximum speed.
The kitchen area includes a manager's office, storage room, rubbish disposal room, and cafeteria workers locker room. the equipment includes electric range, refrigerators, deep freeze, ice cream chest, chefs table, electric dishwasher, stainless steel restaurant sink, plastic dishes silverware, storage bins, and heavy duty machinery for preparing food. the kitchen has tole walls, quarry tile floor, stainless steel counters, plastic tile ceiling, and portable electric serving tables. There are two lines for Cafeteria service. The kitchen may be closed off from the cafeteria
The Home Economics area is composed of two rooms. The food center ha six kitchens in a perimeter layout. The equipment includes gas and electric ranges, refrigerator, freezer, automatic washer and dyer, electric ironer, ironing board, kitchen tables and chairs, cooking utensils, and dishes. The clothing center has work tables, tote drawers and cabinets, sewing machines, ironing boards, three-way full length mirror, and storage space. At one end is a living room area with chairs,rug, and coffee table.
In the lobby near the auditorioum is a room for checking hats and coats. It contains coat racks which may be wheeled about. This gives us enough flexibility in the room to use it for the student bank. The ticket booth is in the front lobby. The public telephones are near the check room and public toilets.
The toilet rooms have gazed wall tile and ceramic floor tile. Pitched floors with drains enable area to be washed easily. All fixtures and partitions are suspended to faciliate cleaning.
The auditorioum seats 617 people. The seats are covered in aqua mohair, and spaced to give ample leg room. The orchestra pit area is approxamitely 35' x 22', eqipped with extension cords for music stand lightning. The non-slip title in the aisles insures a maximum of safety. Around the sides of the auditorioum are birch baffle boards backed with fiergles for acoustical treatment. Above the ceilings are catwalks to faciliate maintenence of healing and ventilating equpiment, as well as easier adjustment of spot and flood lights. The projection booth at the rear is equppied with an auditorioum moving picture projector. The stage is 60' x 30', with a 36' proscenium arch. A master panel controls all lighting, the 12' x 12' moving picture screen, and the curtains. The double door at the rear of the stage leads into the arts and crafts room, which faciliates the building and placement of scenery and props. The stage is equppied with a grand piano, and a custom-made lecturn.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
The Arts and Crafts room is laid out to include an office, finishing room, and storage cabinets. Basic equipment includes easels, art benches, tables, stools, drawing boards, kiln, soldering bench, clay benches, looms, modeling stands, pottery wheels, and various painting and hand tools to carry on a well-balanced arts and crafts program.
The music room has a sounding board and an angled wall for acoustical treatment. The portable risers may be used here or in the auditorium. The high fidelity record player is available for both vocal and instrumental music. The folding chairs, music stands, and various school-owned instruments are basic equipment in this area. An instrument storage room, a music library, and a small office open off the main room.
Considerable time and planning has been devoted to this area. Trees have been thinned and underbrush cleared from the site on both corners of Grassy Gutter Road. From a master plan some planting has been done at the front, back and sides of the school land. Both immediate beauty and long range.
The commercial rooms are divided into a typewriting room and a combination office-practice and bookkeeping room. Both rooms are equipped with electrical outlets for machine use. The typewriting room has oversized desk tops to accommodate typewriters, typing books, and copy. Posture chairs accompany these desks. The office practice and bookkeeping room has regular commercial desks, similar to those used in many offices. Extra files are avilable for office practice. Special attention is called to the commercial equipment, such as typewriters, office machines, and duplicators.
There are three science classrooms, a preparation room, and a dark room. One room, designated for general science, is equipped with tablet arm chairs and a teacher demonstration unit. The other two rooms are combination laboratories and classrooms. Each one has six laboratory stations on a perimeter plan, to utilize the natural light and space. Because an amphitheatre is the most desirable type of layout in which to teach science, two rows of tables and seats at varying heights have been installed to give each student the best possible view of demonstration experiments. When additional laboratory table space is needed, the taller tables, which are the same height as the permanent laboratory stations, are used. This layout gives flexiblility. Materials are stored and complicated experiments setup in the preparation room, and can be moved into any of the science rooms on wheeled tables. One of the most important aspects of any science layout is the equipment. Special attention is called to the electric panel, microscopes, anatomy models, charts, books, and supplies.
The typical classroom (24’ x 32’) is designed for a maximum of thirty students. the student desk and chairs have satin-finish chromium legs to prevent scratching. the desk tops are plastic, selected for long wear and mark-resistant qualities. the chalk boards are green for good visibility, and are made of baked enamel on metal for long use. the tack boards are self-sealing cork. the teacher has a desk with filing space, a work table, and a cabinet for storing supplies and equipment. each room has a closet for storage. running the entire length of the room on either side of the heating and ventilating units are built-in metal book cases. all rooms are equipped with an unabridged dictionary on a stand. the variations of pastel colors are for maximum light reflection and color sense appeal.
The classroom section has a single-loaded corridor with a maximum of natural light. individual lockers are available for the students. the remaining corridor space in the building has plastic bubbles in the ceiling, again utilizing natural light.
The health unit is divided into a waiting section, nurse’s office, doctor’s examining office, two isolation rooms, toilets and two dressing cubicles. With these facilities available medical examination can be given as well as care of emergency illness and accident cases. This area is equipped with an examining table, sterilizer, instrument cabinet, stretcher, cots, files, furniture, and medical supplies.
MECHANICAL DRAWING ROOM
A class room has easel-like desks and stools to sit in. There are also drawing boards, T squares, and cabinets. The desks are at a right angle, and the fluorescent lighting is at a 45 degree angle to the windows. This gives maximum light with minimum shadow and glare.
The basement section is under the men’s locker rooms. There is a general storage and work area. The garage stores the Driver’s Ed car, and the lawn mowers and snow plows. Two low pressured steam boilers and auto controls for various building areas are in the ventilated boiler room. The 20,000 gallon oil tank is outside, underground, behind the boiler room.
The shop is divided into an office, locker section, woodworking section, metalworking section, general power mechanics section, and storage space. Some of the basic equipment is as follows: work benches, circular saw, surfacer, joiner, bandsaw, wood lathes, drill presses, sander, shaper, jigsaw, sheet metal, metal lathes, milling machine, grinder, power-driven, anvil, and hand tools. All electricity for power equipment, runs overhead in a buss duct. This gives flexibility in the placement of equipment, as well as safety of operation.
Albert E. Mayer, Chairman
Longmeadow High School
Rev. Eugene M. Bushong D. D.
Pastor First Church of Christ
Charles Woolsey Cole,
Ph.D., L.H.D., Sc.D., Litt. D., LL. D.
President, Amherst College
Albert E. Mayer
Rev. John E. Doherty
Paster St. Mary's Parish, Longmeadow
Mr. Daniel E. Burbank, Jr., Chairman
First Planning Committee
Mr. Rudolf Kraft, Chairman
Second Planning Committee
Mr. Rudolf Kraft, Chairman
Mr. Albert E. Mayer, Chairman
Mr. James Greenwood, Chairman
Mr. Howard G. Herrschaft, Superintendent of Schools
Education Service Associates
Dr. john P. Tilton, Exectutive Secretary, Tufts College
Architects and Engineers
Alderman - MacNeish
E.J. Pinney Company, Inc
Clerk of the works
Mr. Frank Muldoon
Mr. Eliot Wight
Albert T. Wood Post, American Legion
Alderman - MacNeish, E.J. Pinney Company, Inc
Program Cover Design
Miss Lillian Erickson, Art Instructor
Hosts and Guides
High School Faculty and Students