States: California: Alameda
THE ANNA HEAD SCHOOL Among the famous educational institutions of the west, one of the best known is the Anna Head School, at Berkeley, which for over forty years has been in the front rank of schools of its class and has proven well worthy of the thoughtful attention of those who desire to secure for their daughters thorough training under ideal conditions. Miss Heads' School, as it was originally known, was founded in 1887 by Miss Anna Head, and continued under her management and ownership until 1909, when she sold the school to Miss Mary Elizabeth Wilson, who had been at the head of the English department for two years. In 1919 the name was changed to Anna Head School. Miss Head, who is no longer in any way connected with the school, still resides in Berkeley, secure in the respect and admiration of all who know her. The school still stands, as it stood during the twenty-two years of Miss Head's principalship, for earnest, honest work and all that tenth, towards cultured, upright womanhood. The school is situated in Berkeley, which has long been recognized as the educational center of California. As the Greek theater, the Stadium and Wheeler hall are within easy walking distance, it possible for the girls to hear and see the best athletic, dramatic and musical programs at California University. The trip to San Francisco takes only forty-five minutes, so that the advantages of a metropolis are also available. The course of study includes primary, intermediate, high school and two years of post-graduate work. Students enter without examinations all colleges using the accrediting system and those preparing for eastern colleges have without exception passed the college board examinations. The discipline of the school is founded upon the principal's earnest desire to develop character. To this end, arbitrary rules and regulations are avoided, and an effort is made to meet the conditions and the temptations which will be encountered in life after leaving school. Punctuality, orderliness, and consideration for the comfort of others are insisted upon. Student government has been introduced, both in the day school and in the boarding department. Student activities form the basis for a division of the students into groups, each group governing its own body and sending representatives to the school council, the highest court of student appeal. Many valuable lessons are learned by experience, both by the governing body and by those who are governed by their schoolmates. Simplicity of dress is insisted upon at all times, which obviously avoids what might be unpleasant comparisons and cultivates a spirit of democracy. The girls of the Anna Head School are given every opportunity to develop their initiative and to form a habit of employing their free hours to advantage. As previously suggested, each group manages its own affairs, and thus the "Nods and Becks" group plans finances and publishes the school annual. In order to secure the necessary funds for this project, they give a subscription dance at the school during the fall term and an afternoon bridge party in the spring. During recent years they have been so successful in managing their finances that the 1923 group presented the school with a beautiful copper and silver tablet, on which is engraved each year the name of the senior who excels in scholarship and service. Last year the "Nods and Becks" group presented the school with a beautiful grandfather's clock for the hall. The Social Service group attracts all girls who are interested in any form of service for others. The Hospitality group preside at all school entertainments and games. The hockey matches come in the fall, basketball holds sway during the winter months and tennis matches keep up the athletic interest in the spring. Throughout the year, however, the school's own tennis court is in constant use for lessons and games, and every Monday afternoon the eight best players of the year are coached at the courts of the Berkeley Tennis Club. Miss Helen Wills, national and Olympic champion, is a graduate of Anna Head School, as is also Miss Helen Jacobs, national junior champion in 1924. "Good Sportsmanship" is the school motto in all athletic contests. From a small beginning, this school has steadily grown until now it has an enrollment of three hundred girls and a faculty of thirty-four teachers and housemothers. Over eight hundred girls have graduated from this school, and of these, nearly five hundred have entered college. Many of them have done conspicuous work in various avenues of usefulness, in business, art and music, while others have become better wives and mothers because of the training and influence of the Anna Head School.
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