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nected with the school several years. Their industry, enthusiasm, and thorough devotion to the interest of the school, have been a constantly increasing power for good, which has manifested itself by the steady advance both in the quality and quantity of work they have performed. The school has never done more work, nor better work, than during the past year.
Most gratifying evidence of the usefulness of the school is constantly coming in the reports concerning the success of the graduates of the school who are called for as soon as they are ready for the service in all the grades of the Public Schools. The demand for well qualified teachers from the school is constantly greater than can be supplied.
The boarding-ball has been fully occupied, and in successful operation. The health of the pupils has been uniformly good : a large majority of them increase in health and strength during their connection with the schools. The habits of regularity, cheerful work, full occupation, with proper recreation, which are here inculcated, tend to the improvement of both body and mind. Abner J. Phipps has given a lecture to the school on compulsory education. Three interesting and valuable addresses have been given by G. G. Hubbard, Esq., of the Board of Visitors, and one by Joseph White, LL. D., the Secretary of the Board.
The appropriation of $1,000, made by the last legislature for fitting and furnishing a chemical laboratory, and for chemicals and apparatus, has been expended for this purpose. The school has now an excellent laboratory, combining the most approved modern ideas, in which twenty-four pupils can work at one time, each pupil himself manipulating the apparatus and dealing with the substances which he studies. Eight mounted skeletons have been added to the zoological cabinet,—a valuable addition to the means of illustrating the structure of animals.
The special wants of the school at the present time are,
First. A manikin, of life-size. The study of the human body is of the first importance to teachers, and a knowledge of the internal organs and their functions cannot be gained without the aid of a manikin.
Second. A large globe three feet in diameter mounted with a compass on the frame to indicate directions.
Third. The school-building needs painting on the outside ; most of it needs two coats of paint, and the main school-room needs one coat. The painting cannot be deferred another year without serious loss to the woodwork.
Only the most pressing wants have been presented, and we earnestly recommend that appropriations be secured to meet these wants.
GARDINER G. HUBBARD,
The administration of this school continues, as heretofore, under the able principalship of D. B. Hagar, Ph. D. A few changes have arisen in the corps of instructors. Miss Mary A. Currier, who for several years successfully conducted the elocutionary department of the school, resigned her position at the close of the summer term, having accepted the professorship of elocution in Wellesley College. The loss of her services was deeply regretted by the school. Her place has been assigned to Miss S. A. Mayo, a graduate of the Boston School of Oratory.
Miss Mabel F. Hines, a graduate from the Advanced Course in the Girls' High School of Boston, commenced her labors in the Salem Normal School September, 1874, as teacher in the department of chemistry and natural philosophy. She labored with great zeal and with remarkable success, especially as instructor in chemistry. It is, therefore, deeply regretted that serious illness compelled her to resign her situation at the opening of the fall term, after one year of service. The vacancy thus created has been filled by Miss Mary B. Smith, of Beverly, who is a graduate of the school, and some years since was one of its teachers.
The instruction in drawing, which one year ago was satisfactorily given by Mr. Walter C. Goodenough, is now in the hands of Mr. Leslie Miller.
It is gratifying to state that the utmost harmony of feeling prevails among the faculty o the school, and both the principal and his assistants are laboring with great assiduity, energy, and success. A large amount of extra labor has been thrown upon them, in removing, replacing, and rearranging the entire cabinet and genen' ibrary, made necessary by changes in the school-building during the summer to insure its safety. It had become apparent a year ago that the trusses supporting the roof, though they had once been readjusted, were still defective. Mechanics were employed to carefully examine their condition, and estimate the nceded outlay. The $500 judged to be adequate was appropriated by the legislature. On entering upon the work, however, and laying bare the defects, some of which had hitherto been concealed, it was found that far more extensive changes than had been contemplated were imperatively called for, and the Board in its discretion ordered them to he made. The total outlay has been about $2,000, from which deduct the sum appropriated, and there remains about $1,500 to be provided for. The work appears to have been thoroughly performed, and great confidence is felt that it will now prove satisfactory.
The following are the statistics for the year :
Number of pupils admitted during the years 1874-75 :
First term, September 1, 1874, .
Total, . . . . . .
Of the 128 pupils admitted during the year, Salem sent 17; Lowell, 10; Gloucester, 8; Danvers, Lynn, and Saugus, 7 each ; Boston, 6; Malden and Newburyport, 5 each ; Methuen, Middleton, North Reading, and Peabody, 3 each; Chelsea, Essex, Medford, Nabant, and Rockport, 2 each; and Beverly, Cambridge, Charlestown, Everett, Freetown, Greenfield, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Marblehead, Melrose, Newton, North Andover, North Wilmington, Reading, Revere, Somerville, Wakefield, and Wenham, 1 each. The State of Maine sent 3 ; New Hampshire, 8; Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Louisiana, 1 each.
Number of pupils in attendance :
First term, .
Of the 273 pupils connected with the school during the year, Essex County sent 167; Middlesex, 53; Suffolk, 15; Worcester, 2; Barnstable, 2; Bristol, 1; and Franklin, 1. Maine sent 4; New Hampshire, 20; and Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and District of Columbia, 1 each.
The fathers of the 128 pupils admitted during the year are by occupation, as follows: Merchants, shopkeepers, and traders, 25; farmers, 21; shoe-manufacturers and shoemakers, 13; carpenters, 9; machinists and sea-captains, 3 each ; agents, blacksmiths, clergymen, custom-house officers, expressmen, manufacturers, masons, painters, ship-joiners, stair-builders, and teamsters, 2 each ; book-keeper, brickmaker, butcher, carriage-maker, civil officer, collector of claims, cooper, doctor, engraver, hunter, laborer, lawyer, livery keeper, marble worker, master mariner, mechanic, moulder, planter, policeman, printer, sailor, soap manufacturer, stevedore, stone-cutter, tailor, tanner and currier, watchmaker, and watchman, 1 each ; unknown, 4.
Of the class admitted September 1, 1874, 12 had taught school; of the class admitted February 16, 1875, 15 had taught school; total, 27.
Number graduated January 17, 1874, from the regular course, 17; number graduated July 6, 1874, from the regular course, 38; from the advanced course, 3.
The whole number of pupils since the opening of the school, September 13, 1854, is 1,848. Whole number of graduates (40 classes), 868.
Number of pupils connected with the several classes during the first term of the year: Advanced class, 14; Class A, (senior), 26; Class B, 50; Class C, 47; Class D, 74. Number of pupils during the second term : Advanced class, 12; Class A, 45; Class B, 49; Class C, 58; Class D, 64.
Thirty different pupils have received state aid during the year, and 24 have received aid from the income of the Bowditch Fund.
During the year 387 volumes have been added to the textbook library, -337 by purchase, and 50 by gift ; and to the general library, 2 by purchase and 17 by gift.
The school has been highly favored with lectures from several distinguished men. Prof. A. Graham Bell has lectured on
Visible Speech ”; Rev. E. C. Bolles, Ph. D., on " Polarized Light”; Prof. Edward S. Morse, Ph. D., on " Natural History”; and Prof. Dolbeare, of Tufts College, on " Illustrations with the Porte Lumiere.” These lectures were given gratuitously and were interesting and instructive.