Title: Interview with Howard Bishop
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Title: Interview with Howard Bishop
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Language: English
Subject: Gainesville High School
Spatial Coverage: 12001
Funding: This text has been transcribed from an audio or video oral history. Digitization was funded by a gift from Caleb J. and Michele B. Grimes.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00007750
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Source Institution: Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, Department of History, University of Florida
Holding Location: This interview is part of the 'Gainesville High School' collection of interviews held by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program of the Department of History at the University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: GHS 49

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Interviewee: Mr. Howard Bishop

Interviewers: Scott Truby

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T: This is Scott Truby interviewing Mr. Howard W. Bishop, former athletic

coach, twelve years Alachua County Schoolt Superintendent /he man for

whom Howard Bishop Junior High is name, responsible for the acquisition

of Camp Crystal Lake. Mr. Bishop is now retired and divides his time

between his home here in Gainesville and his lake home on Long Pond

just south of Melrose. Mr. Bishop, when you attended GHS as a student,

the school system was organized on an eight-year elementary and four

years of high school. Do you think that was better than today's system

of six, three, and three?

B: Scott, this really takes us way back since I attended Gainesville High

School from 1918 to 1922, when I graduated. At this time, our small

enrollment, due to the small enrollment, the eight-four plan was

probably served GHS better than the present six-three-three pgram..

Iflf uf LHre important thing is to make a good school is not whether or

not it's organized on a six-three-three or a seven-five plan or an

eight-four plan. The two things that count most are how good are the

the teachers and how hard do the students work.

T: Where were Gainesville schools located in those days?

B: There were only two public schools in Gainesville at that time. The

black school was Union Academy and was located at the recreation center

and it went through the ninth grade. The white school was located at

the Kirby-Smith site.

T: There's been a great deal of questions raised as to how much emphasis

should be placed on sports. You were a four-letter man in high school ,

Did sports help your overall development?

B: Sports were very important to me, Scott, /nd to the school. They give

the students a rallying point around which they can develop school

spirit and good feelings toward their institution. Since I coached

Gainesville High School for ten years and all of the sports, sports

served as a means for me to make a living for my family. Every school

should consider all phases of the development of its students and this

takes into consequence physical development as well as mental, moral,

n4 and social growth.

T: You kept in close touch with education throughout the years. What

changes have been made in the subjects being taught?

B: Well, Scott, when I attended Gainesville High School, the program was

about the same for all of the students. There was two years of foreign

language, usually Latin; four years of math, which included algebra

one, algebra two, geometry, trigonometry, and solid geometry; four

years of English and four years of history, which included civics.

You can compare this program with the one that's now being offered to

you at Gainesville High School. It would take too long to point out


all the differences between these two programS,

T: I'm a senior now. Would you recommend going ahead to college for

additional education or would you advise specializing?

B: This apparently innocent question is really a loaded one. Today's

colleges and universities, particularly our junior colleges, are

changing their programs to meet the needs of human beings instead of

offering a program that is largely classical. Vocational, social,

physical, and mental needs are being met. I certainly advise that

every student go as far as his schooling, in his schooling as he or

she is capable of, vocational or otherwise. Specializing may or may

not be desirable. The last time I graduated from the university Dr.

Tigert was speaking on specialization. He said this student came to

school to be, to study science and science was too broad for him and

so he specialized further in biology. And after the biology, he

specialized again and again. And when he graduated from college, he

knew more about the belly of a frog than any living man.

T: Thank you very much. This has been Scott Truby with an interview with

Howard Bishop.

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