Grad Party!

Congratulations Graduates!  Caps and gowns, valedictorians, graduation presents and parties. The Mansfield, Ohio Class of 1941 bid their final farewell to high school, as documented by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

“Top left: Valedictorian was red-haired, freckled Julia Loraine Fishback who diligently won the majority of graduation awards, also a scholarship to Swarthmore. She will take up occupational therapy. Top right: ‘Prettiest Girl in the Class’ by popular election is Lililan Art, 16, whose widowed mother works for Mansfield’s largest industry, Westinghouse Electric. She plans to become a secretary.”

“Graduation present for Jim Gorman was this second-hand Ford, piled high with friends in front of high school. Jim’s father, a well-to-do manufacturer, gave it to him, will send him to Lehigh.”

“Hayride and class picnic took place at novelist Louis Bromfield’s farm three days before commencement. It was a great lark for seniors, who contributed $.25 each toward the cost of food. Later in the evening, Bromfield gave them a barn dance.”

All images and captions via LIFE Magazine