SCHOOL DAYS
BY
ERV COPPI

"WE'RE LOYAL TO YOU ROYALTON HIGH
WE'RE BLACK AND WHITE ROYALTON HIGH
WE'LL BACK YOU TO STAND
'GAINST THE BEST IN THE LAND
'CAUSE WE KNOW YOU HAVE SAND
ROYALTON HIGH, RAH, RAH, RAH"

Most of the old-timers around Royalton remember the one room school house that dotted the area. Kids from the country attended classes in small buildings, in among other places, Osage, North Bend, "Lost Forty" south of Mulkey town and New Bush. The New Bush school building is the only one that remains. It looks today almost as it did sixty years ago.
The youngsters in Royalton attended school in a building located in the spot where the home of coach John Denosky now stands. It was known as the "Sims School". The land it stood on was once owned by the Sims family. II was a typical looking school for the years around World War I. It was a white frame building with a school bell and a large play-ground. The girls attended wearing gingham dresses, the boys wore bib over-alls.

In the early twenties the east side school was built. It was a large, rambling structure
that housed the high school and grade school for children who lived on the east side of town. Constructed of brick, many thought it would last a lifetime. The Logan school, a three story brick building at the north end of Pecan street, housed grade school students from the west side of town.

Because of accreditation problems students could only attend for 3 years in Royalton. Seniors finished their education at either Hurst-Bush or Zeigler.

In 1937 the east side school was condemned. Because of mine subsidence it began to crack and sink. The school board was ordered to abandon the building immediately.

Construction began on a new school building in the spring of l937. It was to be built with government funds by the W.P.A. a work project established by then president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It would be attached to the existing Logan school. While the school building was being constructed students attended class in make-shift school rooms set up in various store buildings around town. The high school classes were held on the upper floor of the Miner's Hall.

In the 1940's the Royalton Public School was one of the finest facilities in the state. Classrooms were clean and comfortable, the teachers were dedicated and student morale was very high.

Because enrollment was small,. R.H.S. couldn't field an eleven man football team so coach George Sauerwein entered our school in a conference that featured six man football. In 1942 they won the conference championship. The 1943 the gymnasium was built and basketball became a leading sport.

Through the war years, into the fifties and sixties the school prospered. But, in The mid-sixties the inevitable happened. CONSOLIDATION!!! The Royalton school Was consolidated with Zeigler. Royalton High School became Zeigler-Royalton High School. R.H.S. became Z-RHS. The Pirates became the Tornadoes.

The next time you're on the west side of town, take a look at the old school building. It is now the Royalton Community building. It houses the city government offices, library and is home to several civic groups.

High atop the south side of the building you can still read the words "LOGAN SCHOOL". Near the top of the east side of the building are the words "Public School". On the corner stone of the building, located near the entrance to the gym are the words:
WPA 1937
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Board of Education
A. MACKENZIE, Pres.
H. DABBS, Sec'y
E. PIERCE
L.ROSE
G. NANTZ
C. COPPPI
J. ROSZKOWSKl
J. L. KlMMEL Supt.

These dedicated men worked long, thankless hours to preserve a school system which would survive for over thirty years.