Just a random page from The Owl, the yearbook for Queens’ William Cullen Bryant High School, 1916 edition. June is graduation month, and it’s neat to look back at some high school seniors who were students in an era when earning that diploma was no small achievement.
It’s hard not to like these kids, especially with the girls dressed in stylish middy blouses and the guy wearing a bow tie. I like the way they refer to one another as “chap” and “a pleasant companion.” And the school had its own gun club! Well, Long Island City was relatively rural at the time.
Bryant High School still exists, but no address is listed in the yearbook, so I don’t know if the same building has housed the school all this time. Here’s a photo of that school today.