Kingman High School
Class of 1887

(The First Graduating Class)


From the Kingman Courier (yes, that was before the Leader and the Courier merged) April 30, 1887.

First Annual Commencement

The first annual Commencement Exercises of the Kingman Graded Schools and High School were held in this city, April 29, 1887. Owing to a storm, which was prevailing during the time when the event was to have taken place, the attendance was not near so great as was anticipated. Indeed, in prevented some of those whose names appeared on the program from being present.

Nevertheless, those who braved the storm of wind, sand and rain which prevailed for nearly an hour previous to the beginning of the exercises were amply repaid for their trouble and inconvenience in attending.

Of each separate parte of the programme at this time, it is impossible to speak. Suffice it to say that all members of the different departments acquitted themselves well, and that there have been few evenings spent in the Kingman Opera House which have given more general gratification. The work of the Kingman Schools will receive more attention in these columns hereafter.

From the May 5, 1887 Courier:

The presentation of diplomas to the High School class of two pupils, Levi B. Sly and E.J. Rhoades was made by Honorable S.S. Ashbaugh, President of the Board of Education. Professor Jenkins returned thanks to the audience. Rev. Marshall pronounced the benediction, and the assemblage dispersed.

From the Kingman Courier April 30, 1887

About May 10, 1887, E.J. Rhoades, who passed such a creditable examination at Hutchinson as an applicant for an appointment to the national Military Academy, will start for West Point to undergo another examination there, which in all probability will be more rigid than the one he has already passed. No fears are being entertained for his being able to pass muster either physically or mentally. He is a young man of superior mind and fine attainments. Dr. M.V. Yancey discloses him to be of sound body, robust, hearty and vigorous. The young man is to be congratulated on his attainments and good fortune. This may be but a very brilliant career as Generals Grant and Sheridan and many others began this way.

Does anyone know "the rest of the story"?

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