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Stratford centennial

Stratford schools,   pp. 92-100

Page 100

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
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

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