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A0029– Boynton High School Collection

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title: Boynton High School Collection
Date span: 1925-1991 (bulk 1929-1949)
Physical description: 5 linear feet (9 boxes)
Language note: Materials entirely in English

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Restriction on access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to complete a registration form and comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Separated Material: Additional information relating to Boynton High School is available in the Boynton Beach City Library Archives and Local History Collection, located in the following collections: A0046 C. Stanley Weaver Papers, A0063 Aileen Lewerenz Fowler Warner Papers, A0075 Senior Family Papers, A0076 Rosalie Alvaroe Morrissey Papers, and A0077 Mary Shook Lewerenz Papers.

Acquisition information: Accession numbers are noted on known gifts (accession numbers/donors are recorded in the digital accession log). Donors include Lenore Raborn Boonstra (2007.001), Ready Family (2009.002), Helen Meisenheimer via Boynton Cultural Centre, Inc. (2018.015), and MaryAnn (Bunny) Wilson via Boynton Cultural Centre, Inc. (2017.020). Items without accession numbers were “found in the archives”.

Custodial history: Much of the material was found in the archives between 2013 and 2018.

Citation Note: Collection title including series, box, and item numbers, Boynton Beach City Library

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Historical Note:
The Boynton High School building, built next to the 1913 Elementary school on Ocean Avenue, was completed in 1927. The 1928 Hurricane damaged the gymnasium roof, delaying the school’s opening date. By 1929, the school received accreditation and the first graduating class, comprised of only two students, obtained their diplomas. From 1934 to 1937, the building added Boynton Junior High School, combining grades seven through twelve into the Ocean Avenue building. The last year of Boynton High School was 1949, with fifteen graduating seniors. High school students from then on went to other schools and the building was then used for elementary and junior high education. In 1959, the Junior High moved as well, leaving only the elementary school. In 1989, the elementary school closed. The City of Boynton Beach procured the building from the Palm Beach County School Board in 1993 and remained in possession of it until 2007. That year, the city transferred ownership to the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). In 2009, the CRA shifted ownership back to the city.

Scope and Content Note:
Artificial collection of memorabilia about Boynton Beach High School, including photographs, scrapbooks, event programs, incomplete sets of yearbooks and high school newsletters, report cards, diplomas, and sports ephemera. Also includes a small amount of material concerning the original construction of the high school building and newspaper clippings about reunions held in 1973 and 1991.

Keywords:
Boynton High School (Boynton Beach, Fla.)
High schools
High school students
Student newspapers and periodicals
Class reunions
Commencement ceremonies
Diplomas
Scrapbooks
Printed ephemera

Arrangement Note: Arranged alphabetically by series and chronologically within each series. The collection consists of 14 series:

  • Series 1 includes awards to students, including several letters and certificates for sports and music. The series also includes an honor roll plaque, dating from 1939 to 1949.
  • Series 2 contains certificates of accreditation for Boynton High School (and Boynton Junior-Senior High School) from 1928 to 1942.
  • Series 3 consists of class reunion information, such as class rosters from 1936 to 1940 and news clippings about the reunions.
  • Series 4 includes construction specifications and a building contract from architects William Manly King and Kenneth M. Campbell.
  • Series 5 contains diplomas from Boynton High School alumni.
  • Series 6 includes ephemera from Boynton High School, such as a senior class song, a classmate card album, and a class ring from 1945.
  • Series 7 consists of event programs from occasions sponsored by Boynton High School.
    • Sub-series 1 contains programs from commencement ceremonies.
    • Sub-series 2 includes programs from plays, presented by the junior and/or senior classes.
  • Series 8 covers news clippings regarding Boynton Beach High’s building, students, and faculty.
  • Series 9 includes photographs of Boynton Beach High. Subjects include the building exterior, extracurricular activities, students (both posed and candid), and faculty.
  • Series 10 holds publications created by the students.
    • Sub-series 1 contains newspapers, such as Highlights of B.H.S., the Boynton Bugle, Hi-Lites of Boynton Hi, and the Tiger Rag.
    • Sub-series 2 consists of yearbooks
  • Series 11 contains reports cards from Boynton Beach alumni. It also contains one Palm Beach High School report card from Helen Adams.
  • Series 12 includes school projects completed by students, such as a composition book.
  • Series 13 holds a scrapbook created by Lenore Benson (Raborn Boonstra), a Boynton High School student from 1938-1941.
  • Series 14 contains sports memorabilia, including basketball and football.
    • Sub-series 1 includes ephemera, such as a basketball season ticket and tiger pennant (housed in the oversized box).
    • Sub-series 2 consists of programs from a football game and a basketball game.

Processing Information: Collection processed March-October 2017 by Kayleigh Howald and Susan Swiatosz.
Date of finding aid: April 2019 / gc

CONTAINER LIST

Box 1: Series 1: Awards to Students
Artifact 1: Robert Kraft ¬– Basketball, 1941
Artifact 2: Certificate, Gym Weeks – Baseball, 1946
Artifact 3: Two letters for football, undated
Artifact 4: Letter for music, undated

Box 2: Artifact 1: Honor Roll Plaque, 1939-1949

Box 3: Series 2: Certificates of Accreditation
Folder 1: Boynton High School certificate of accreditation, 1928-1942

Series 3: Class Reunions
Folder 2: Class Rosters – 1936-1940, undated
Folder 3: News-Journal, “Those Were the Days,” 1973 June 21
Folder 4: Palm Beach Post, “Memories Launched at 60th Reunion of Boynton Class,” 1991

Series 4: Construction
Folder 5: Specifications, 1925

Series 5: Diplomas
Folder 6: Helen C. Powell, 1938

Series 8: News Clippings
Folder 7: 1930 March 24
Folder 8: 2003 July 9

Series 11: Report Cards
Folder 9: Individual Subject Report Cards – Helen Adams, 1938-1939

Series 12: School Projects
Folder 10: Mabel Rousseau, Composition Notebook, 1929-1930

Series 14: Sports
Sub-series 1: Ephemera
Folder 11: Basketball Season Ticket, 1941-1942

Sub-series 2: Programs
Folder 12: “Boynton Beach Tigers v. Trinity Lutheran Indians,” undated
Folder 13: “Official Program,” 1946-1947

Box 4: Series 6: Ephemera
Folder 1: Senior Class Song and News Clipping, undated
Folder 2: Classmate Card Album (and class ring), 1945
Box: Class Ring (and class card album), 1945

Box 5: Series 7: Events:
Sub-series 1: Commencement
Folder 1: Program, Class of 1931, 1931 June 3
Folder 2: Program, Fourteenth Annual Commencement, 1941 June 4
Folder 3: Program, Sixteenth Annual Commencement, 1943 May 26
Folder 4: Program, Nineteenth Annual Commencement, 1946 May 29
Folder 5: Partial Program, Class of 1949, 1949

Sub-series 2: Plays
Folder 6: Program from “The Good Listener,” 1941
Folder 7: Program from “You’ll Die Laughing,”1945 April 13
Folder 8: Program from “Everybody’s Crazy,” 1947 November 21
Folder 9: Program from “Love Is Too Much Trouble,” 1949 April 21

Box 6: Series 9: Photographs
Folder 1: Undated – General, Building
Folder 2: Undated – Sports
Folder 3: Undated – General, Class Photo
Folder 4: Undated – Patsy Maddox
Folder 5: Undated – Boynton Seniors
Folder 6: 1929-1930 – General
Folder 7: 1930 – General
Folder 8: 1931 – “Boynton High School – Class of 1931”
Folder 9: 1939 – 1939 Graduation
Folder 10: 1939 – Sports, Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball
Folder 11: 1940 – General
Folder 12: 1940 – Elsie Menzel
Folder 13: 1940 – Sports, Drill Team
Folder 14: 1941 – General
Folder 15: 1942 – General
Folder 16: 1942 – Class of 1942
Folder 17: 1944 – General
Folder 18: 1944 – High School Gym Class, Boynton Beach, FLA
Folder 19: 1946 – General
Folder 20: 1946-1947 – Sports, Boys’ Basketball and Girls’ Cheerleading
Folder 21: 1947 – Sophomore Class
Folder 22: 1949 – General
Folder 23: 1949 – “49 Grad Class”
Folder 24: 1950 – General
Folder 25: 1956, February – General

Box 7: Series 10: Publications
Sub-series 1: Newspapers
Folder 1: High Lights of B.H.S., 1935-1936
Folder 2: Boynton Bugle, 1939 February 10
Folder 3: Boynton Bugle, 1939 April 7
Folder 4: Boynton Bugle, 1939 October 13
Folder 5: Boynton Bugle, 1939 November 17
Folder 6: Boynton Bugle, 1940 February 16
Folder 7: Boynton Bugle, 1940 March 22
Folder 8: Boynton Bugle, 1940 April 19
Folder 9: Boynton Bugle, 1940 May 17
Folder 10: The Boynton Bugle, 1940 May 28
Folder 11: Boynton Bugle, 1942 October 1
Folder 12: Boynton Bugle, 1942 October 19
Folder 13: Boynton Bugle, 1942 November 3
Folder 14: Boynton Bugle, 1942 November 25
Folder 15: Hi-Lites of Boynton Hi, 1943 November 17
Folder 16: Hi-Lites of Boynton Hi, 1943 December 17
Folder 17: Hi-Lites of Boynton Hi, 1944 February 24
Folder 18: Tiger Rag, 1949 February 25

Box 8: Series 13: Scrapbooks
Artifact 1: Lenore Benson (Raborn Boonstra), 1938-1941

Box 9: OVERSIZED
Folder 1: 1945 – Class of 1945

Sub-series 2: Yearbooks
Folder 2: Pat M. Murphy, 1949

Series 14: Sports
Sub-series 1: Ephemera
Folder 3: BHS Pennant/Banner