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Yearbook for Chevy Chase School (later known as Chevy Chase Junior College)
A residence for girls and young women at Washington, DC (Chevy Chase)
Headmaster: Frederic Ernest Farrington, Ph.D.
Table of Contents:
1. Chevy Chase and Its Setting
2. Educational Policy at Chevy Chase
3. Life at the School
4. Teaching Staff
5. Courses of Study
CHEVY CHASE AND ITS SETTING
Chevy Chase School is situated in the healthiest and most attractive suburb of Washington, the nation's capital. It thus possesses unique advantages for the training of girls and young women. Admittedly the most beautiful city in the United States and one of the most beautiful in all the world, with its broad streets and magnificent avenues, its extensive parks and stately public buildings, Washington offers a wealth of attractions that only continuous residence over a period of time can exhaust. Here one finds great collections of historic, scientific, and artistic value, as well as the largest and most valuable library in the western hemisphere. The theaters attract the world's great artists, and some of the most famous orchestras and singers in the land come here every year. Literally hundreds of lectures offer a never-ending round of opportunity to get in touch with the world's finest thought and greatest movements. Thus there is an appeal to every phase of intellectual and esthetic life.
One has only to tarry for a time in Washington in order to watch the life of the country pass in review. More really great people may be seen in Washington during a single season than one would encounter in months of travel, for sooner or later everybody comes to Washington. Washington is furthermore the seat of the national government, where history is made every day in our legislative halls or executive chambers. The President lives here, and Congress sits here. Such an opportunity to watch the pulse of the nation furnishes unrivalled advantages for first-hand contact with civic life in the largest and best sense of the word.
Here the north and the south meet. The girl from the north who comes to Washington to school receives a suggestion of southern life, incomplete though it may be, while the girl from the south catches a glimpse of northern life. Most important of all is the human contact with young women from all over the country. A glance at the list of patrons of Chevy Chase for any particular year will show how widespread is the distribution of the students, yet no one state is sufficiently represented to dominate. In this respect Chevy Chase is probably as nearly national in its clientele as any other school in the country.
An intelligently directed year or two in Washington thus forms a real part of a liberal education. A young woman who comes here during her adolescent years cannot fail to absorb something of this great pulsating activity and go away with broader sympathies, deeper interests, and a more intelligent conception of the real life of the world in this twentieth century.
Chevy Chase is the name applied to a district, lying partly within and partly without the legal limits of the District of Columbia. Properly speaking. Chevy Chase School is situated in the Maryland portion of this district, but inasmuch as our only rail connection is through Washington, our mail is distributed from the Washington post relic. Chevy Chase Club is one of the famous clubs of the world. Within its precincts, one may find the leaders of social and official life of the national capital at play. The President and members of his official family, distinguished diplomats from abroad. Senators and Representatives, officers of the Army and Navy, and prominent persons from civil life — all gather here for rest and recreation, forgetting for the moment the cares of state and business in the enjoyment of pure air and invigorating exercise.
Chevy Chase School, lying a few blocks north of the Chevy Chase Club and midway between that and the Columbia Country Club, is almost six miles northwest from the White House, on the line of the magnificent Connecticut Avenue highway. (Reference to the accompanying map will show this more accurately.) Yet frequent car service readily brings the Chevy Chase resident to the Treasury Building, in the heart of the city, in less than thirty-five minutes. We thus enjoy the advantages of metropolitan civic, social, and educational life without suffering from the congestion and distracting influences entailed by city surroundings. We are of the city, but not in the city. We are in the country, but not of the country.
The principal building of the school is a commodious, well-proportioned structure of Colonial architecture, situated on rising ground well back from the highway. All the indoor life of the students is Centered here, for the main portion contains the administrative offices, reception and living rooms, the library, and the sleeping rooms of students and resident teachers. In the central wing are the dining-room with its necessary kitchen appendages, while in the north wing are found the assembly hall and the class rooms. Students are thus safeguarded in any weather, for they can pass from one activity to another without the necessity of setting foot out of doors. In inclement weather, the spacious protected porches provide ample opportunity for exercise in the open air. Just across the campus stands the residence of the Headmaster. All the activities of the school are under the personal supervision of the Headmaster and his wife.
The main building is evenly warmed by the vapor system, heat being generated in two large boilers, either one of which is capable of supplying the entire establishment. Electricity is used throughout, and the wiring is completely protected by cable and piping. Such a system of heating and lighting reduces the fire hazard to the minimum. A thoroughly modem system of plumbing, perfect drainage on all sides, and a water supply pronounced by government chemists to be exceptionally pure guarantee that the sanitary surroundings of Chevy Chase students will be thoroughly safeguarded.
Bedrooms are normally intended for two girls, although in special cases a student may be allowed to occupy a room alone. Bathing accommodation is plentiful, and a few rooms have private baths.
Outdoor life is one of the features of Chevy Chase. Its well-turfed grounds, twelve acres in extent, with a frontage of six hundred feet on Connecticut Avenue, dotted here and there with trees and shrubbery, provide ample opportunity for the recreational side. There are courts for tennis and basket-ball, lawns for croquet and hockey, as well as a short seven-hole golf course. An outdoor cement basket-ball court forms a unique feature of the school. This is exceedingly useful for athletics during the open winter in Washington, and it may also be utilized for roller skating. A natural open-air theater with its background of trees offers splendid opportunity for dramatic productions and pageants. Arrangements may readily be made for horseback riding individually or in groups, and the possibilities for walking are boundless.
With its location at the national capital, its strong teaching corps, its suburban setting, its opportunities for outdoor life, its emphasis upon developing the womanly qualities in the girl and equipping her to take a woman's place in the world. Chevy Chase has advantages that few other schools in the country can equal.
Parents and prospective patrons are invited to visit the school at any time. Pictures and descriptive text can give but an imperfect idea of actual conditions. Wherever it is at all possible, parents owe it to their daughters to assure themselves by personal inspection that the institution which is to have a part in the education of their children is worthy of their confidence both on the physical and the personal side. The Headmaster and his wife much prefer to meet the school patrons face to face.