W.C. Mepham High School
Opens Its Doors


September 8, 1937, 741 Students Enroll
Enrolled in the Wellington C. Mepham High School during the month of September were 741 girls and boys. Of these, 197 live in North Bellmore, 190 in Bellmore, 169 in Merrick, and 112 in North Merrick. The remaining 73 come from other than the four parts of the Central High School District. From Jerusalem come 4, from East Meadow 17, from Seaford 26, and from Wantagh 26. The enrollment by classes is as follows: 118 juniors, 268 sophomores, and 355 freshmen.    The Buccaneer, October 14, 1937


September 8, 1937, 8:50 a.m. The Students Hold Their Dedication Ceremonies
The pupils of the new Wellington C. Mepham High School marched to the auditorium for the first time, on the occasion of the student dedication held Friday morning, September 24, with Mr. Sanford H. Calhoun, supervising principal, presiding.

After an impressive entrance, the school band, organized almost one year ago, opened the ceremony with the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner." To celebrate this occasion they wore, for the first time, the new garnet and gray uniforms. Mr. Calhoun spoke, recalling the band's inception one year ago, and touching upon the milestones in its career. The next musical selection was the "Mepham March," written and directed by Mr. George L. Pritchard and dedicated to Mr. Wellington C. Mepham, district superintendent. See the Student Dedication Program

Junior Honors Wellington C. Mepham
Wilma M. Bahnsen a junior, then presented a placque which was the gift of the student body and faculty. At the close of her speech, turning to Mr. Mepham, she said, "With this token, the faculty and student body of Wellington C. Mepham High School consecrate themselves to the task of aspiring to every ideal and fulfilling every hope which, during your years as an educator, you have visualized for the students and faculties whose fate you guided. May the institution which bears your name ever maintain this pledge:

"To Wellington C. Mepham, through whose keen foresight, unfailing perseverance, and wise guidance this central high school has been established, we, the faculty and students, humbly and sincerely dedicate our efforts that we may advance the ideals which he has so deeply inspired."

Mr. Mepham responded, but apparently was too touched to say more than a few words of sincere appreciation. Mr. Walter Swenson, vice-president of the Board of Education, accepted the gift on behalf of the Board.    The Buccaneer, October 14, 1937


September 20, 1937, 8:50 a.m. New Students Hear Mr. Calhoun
Mr. Sanford H. Calhoun, supervising principal, addressed the 250 entering freshmen in the auditorium. Read The Buccaneer article about Mr. Calhoun's address.



September 24, 8:00 p.m. Evening Dedication Ceremony

With Mrs. Ethel V. Walker presiding as chairman, the completed Wellington C. Mepham High School played host to more than 2,000 persons who attended the dedication ceremony on Friday evening.

The Board of Education sent invitations to some guests for a limited number of reserved seats. As there were not enough seats in the auditorium to accommodate all those present, the gymnasium was opened. There the remainder of the audience was able to hear all the proceedings through the public address system.

The ceremony consisted of introductions, speeches, musical selections by the Mepham High School Band , and presentations of gifts to the school. For more information on the evening's activities see these articles:

The printed program of the evening's activities
Picture of the new band uniforms, from the Nassau Daily Review
The Buccaneer article about the evening dedication
Nassau Daily Review article about the evening dedication
Unveiling of Portrait
A portrait of Mr. Mepham was unveiled in the foyer. The portrait had been given to the Board of Education at an earlier time. Click for Nassau Daily Review article.

Students Discover Dedication Bible
In early November 2011 two students in Ms Kerry Dennis' "Uncovering the Past" class discovered this old bible in a storeroom of Mepham's William S. Christy library. From the gold printing on its leather cover it tells that it was part of the dedication ceremony.