One of the pleasures of working in the Archives is that sometimes a question will lead to a whole new line of inquiry. Or, to put it more simply, one will open a file and an idea for a blog post will jump out. Recently, research on behalf of a member of the Class of 1940 led to this photograph, from the first in a long tradition of Gilbert and Sullivan operetta performances. On May 5, 1939, the Glee Clubs of Williston Academy and Northampton School for Girls performed Trial by Jury on a makeshift stage in the basketball court. Chuck Rouse, Ruth Dunham, and Frederick “Binky” Hyde were co-directors; Howard G. Boardman provided scenery and lights.
Anticipating how future generations of alumnae would feel about Northampton School for Girls, roommates Frances Cashman and Katherine Burnett wrote the ‘Hamp School Song in the very first year, 1924-25. Frances composed the music, Kay the words. The march-like tune and stride piano bass are typical of the popular music of the time.
It isn’t sung much any more. We’d like to change that! Here are the words and music to the song.
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