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in all extra extracurricular activities of the school was very competitive during the period and the Stratford students and teams made their opponents aware of their skills. The last decade of the 20th Century begins with a con- tinuing of the technological advances in the processing of data and the accessibility of the ever increasing wealth of informa- tion available to the student. The foreign language offer in the curriculum has changed from German to Spanish for the 1990-91 year and girl's softball has been added as a competi- tive sport. The number of computers available for student use in both the elementary and the high school has increased from the ten or twelve units of the 80's to fifty or more computers and many of the classrooms now have a terminal connected to the mainframe. The typewriter keyboarding is taught using the computer and the student grade report to the parent has been computerized. The school has on the average, one computer for each six students. The high school library has 10,000 books and 3,000 paper backs available for student use. The library card catalogue is going on computer, the reference encyclopedia will soon be on computer and the shelved books will be bar coded for ease in checking in and out and to inventory. The newest is the Instructional Television Fixed Service to be available in 1991-92 to the Stratford, Spencer, Loyal, Granton, D. C. Everest High Schools and other area schools in the future. The service will make available curriculum offerings that otherwise would not be offered due to inade- quate enrollment, no available teacher or excessive instruc- tional costs. ITFS will link together the students in the participating schools with the instructor and each can commu- nicate with one another via television as if it were an actual classroom setting. From Stratford Journal May 1976 Three Generations of One Family Awarded Diplomas For the past two years, Stratford area citizens have had the opportunity to fulfill the necessary requirements to be issued a high school diploma. This year three generations from one family will receive diplomas from Stratford High School. Mrs. Harry (Jennie) Laessig, Mrs. M. (Phyllis) Doll and Miss Pam Doll. From Stratford Journal May 25, 1977 C. Hougum is Oldest to Receive H.S. Diploma Clarence Hougum, a resident of the Stratford area for many years, became the oldest person to receive a diploma, signifying graduation from the Stratford high school this week. Pictured above (left to right). Grandson Larry Hougum, Robert Hubert and Clarence Hougum. Mr. Hougum, who successfully farmed for many years and sent all of his children through high schools and higher education, was denied a high school education because of economic conditions. He is the son of a minister and a half century ago and more, many ministers simply did not receive adequate pay. Mr. Hougum had to stay home and help while his brothers and sisters were given an education. It is rather fitting that much of the encouragement to go to school again to get a diploma came from Mr. Hougum's grandson, Larry Hougum who is pictured here with his grandfather and Mr. Heubert, superintendent of the Stratford High School. Larry is a graduate of the Stratford High School and he was the first to urge Mr. Hougum to go back to school to get a diploma and he kept up the encouragement during the year.
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