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Glade Valley School, 1909-1985 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I am well aware of earlier times at GVHS and as a teacher I know the final days very well. Very disappointed too many allusions to celebrities of the world beginning with the Lindbergs. I can see and well know the impact that they and others caused, but they did not have a personal impact on the school. I feel that there were more personalities who gave a lot to the school over the years and yet were not found important enough to be mentioned. My years, '70-73, saw the school undergo strong financial and personal hardships and courage. Dr. Chilton was more than a president as I fully know his predecessors were as well. 'Daddy Bob' was a very kind and understanding man. Each youngster and staff member gave him a concern. He always wanted to know how each of us were doing. His leaving, to me, was the strong factor in the eventual demise of the school - as a prep school. Enrollment was very slim and student dismissals early on caused a deep woe. Along with this the youngsters were undergoing changes. But, apart from this many positive things happened. It seemingly is not felt that altho the young people scoffed at a lot of rules and rebelled at other things now look back with fond memories. They were testing life. We had our times but this book does not seem to convey a mutual admiration of the school for what it tried to do from day one to day last - that is as a prep school. The complexion of the 'learning school' was renewed by the young people and that is what keeps the glow of Glade Valley School present even to today. So, I think that teachers and staff members from the various eras should have been mentioned and in some way given a reward for being part of the school. The book seemed to hit some of the peaks and very few valleys. I fully realize by trying to cover a lot of ground it might have been the size of War & Peace. The celebrities were the students and faculty/staff at any given time. They are the ones that carried the school in their heart and soul then, and in their heart today. I still do.