Remembering Dorchester for Feb. 28, 2018

50 years ago
Thirty-two percent of the graduates of Dorchester’s high schools go to college or higher education, “but what about the other 66 percent?” asked Dr. Donald Malley at a meeting of the North Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, held at Eldorado.

The University of Maryland head of the Industrial Educational Department told the group that vocational education should serve to build a dignity for the student who chooses that course of education. He said vocational education should not be a dumping ground, but should serve to build the whole man.

Vocational education is the most costly physical program we can get into, Dr. Malley point out, “but that’s the end of the line for many students.” He asserted that the public continues to pay for the students who go on to higher education, and asked why should the public not pay for the student who chooses the vocational course.

Dr. Malley spoke of teachers, citing the lack of teachers returning to Dorchester County. He said, “If you send us the students, we’ll send them back.”

James G. Busick, superintendent of Dorchester Schools, who was a guest at the chamber meeting, made an impromptu talk after Dr. Malley spoke, telling those at the dinner he would “like to see what would happen if the school board asked for 20 or 30 cents increase in the Dorchester tax bill to pay for a vocational school.”

100 years ago
All the members of the Thrift Club in the High School and Grammar grades of the Seminary met in the assembly room this morning and heard the report of the secretary, which was very good. The report to date shows the following amounts bought:
High School: $262.25 Grammar Grades: $450

Colonel Phillips, county chairman, was present and highly commended the students on their splendid efforts, and received a hearty applause when he announced that he will give a theatre party for the school Thrift Clubs of Cambridge, and every boy or girl who has bought Thrift Stamps will be invited.

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Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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