From the Miami News-Record, 1951

Picher Schools Will Open On Sept. 3-Teachers Listed


PICHER, Aug. 11—Independent school district No. 15 will open the 1951-52 term Sept. 3, Ray E. Harrell, superintendent, announced Saturday. The teachers will meet at 9 o'clock August 27 in the high school auditorium for instructions. The following schedule has been set up for the junior-senior high enrolment:
Seniors and ninth graders, 9 a. m. until noon, Thursday, Aug. 30; juniors and eighth grade, 1 to 4 p. m., Thursday afternoon; sophomores and seventh graders, Friday morning. The grade school children will enroll At 9 a. m..

The school system's annual renovation program now is in full swing and all painting and repair work is scheduled for completion before the term opens. 


High school teachers were announced as follows: John Adams, oach; Roy Rousey, assistant coach; Robert Highland, band and vocal music; Paul Douthitt, drivers  training and science; Mrs. Billy Douthitt, physical education, English and music; Vernon Gill, industrial arts; Mrs.. Bertha Deal, social science; Mrs. Mae Bray, English and social science; Mrs. Cleo Harrell, commercial arts; W. L. Hail, science and Spanish; Mrs. Emma Matter, science; Miss Flora  Shryock, mathematics; Miss Emaline Collins, mathematics; 0. L. Hoover, history and social science,

Mrs. Alma Rogers, history and journalism; Roy Boyce Pennington, speech; Miss Burdetta Russell, library and English; Odis Quaid, auto mechanics, trade and industry, and Mrs. Willo McLain, home economics.
Grade school teachers are A. B. Smith principal and fifth and sixth grades at Mineral Heights,  Mrs. Algia Hail third and fourth grades; Mrs. Vera Wood, second and Mrs. Audrey Testerman, first.          

C. H. Kerr, principal, will teach the fifth and sixth grades at Cardin; Mrs. Virginia Irwin, fourth, Mrs. Elizabeth Adams, third, Mrs. Ruth McGeehee, second and Mrs. Lila Colvard, primary.        

Pete Russell, principal, will teach the sixth grade at Whitebird.  Delbert Lovelace, fifth grade and  physical education director; Mrs. Vivian Snyder, fourth; Mrs. Jean Colvin, third; Mrs. Ruth Williamson and Mrs. Lucille Bullock, second; Mrs. Genobia Douthitt, third and fourth; Mrs. Eula Mayfield and Mrs. Vernon Gill, primary and Mrs. Billie Douthitt, music.

Harold Jones, principal, will teach the sixth grade at Central; Mrs. Georgia Cronk, fifth; Mrs. Beulah Stanley, fourth; Mrs. Katherine Montgomery, third and music; Mrs. Nora Daugherty and Miss Mary Martha McIntire, second; Mrs. Lorene Spencer and Mrs. Alta Estus, primary. 

Mrs. Lillian Raoul?(unreadable)?Ruth Hanna will teach at the Douthat school.


  Mr. and Mrs. Paul Douthitt were former teachers and have returned from Davenport, Okla. Pennington is a graduate of East Central State College at Ada. He was in charge of the boys dormitory at Ada this summer.


A new school bus will be in operation. A $40,000 bond issue was voted this spring to make possible the extensive school repairs on both high school and elementary buildings, including new floors, windows and redecoration inside and outside. This project is being supervised by Melvin Perry.

The drivers training course is a new school feature.