Most high schools have a lot of clubs in order to foster the interests of their students. Since opening in 1927, Cranbrook School for Boys has had its fair share of extracurricular activities. There has been a Biology Club, a Pre-Med Club, and a club for the boys that had earned their Varsity letter (called the “C” Club). But, there have also been some clubs that were not so traditional.
Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, was quite popular at one time. The boys at Cranbrook started their own Radio Club with the help of Science teacher William Schultz, Jr.
Then there was the Model Club, which was for boys who enjoyed making models, judging from the picture, mostly of airplanes.
A Drama Club is not an unusual thing to have at a school, but Cranbrook’s club has an interesting name: Ergasterion Club. Ergasterion is the Greek name for the workshop of craftsman.
I guess a Rifle Club is not that unusual either, but their yearbook photo was just too great not to share!
In the great state of Michigan, we have a lot of lakes. That is what must have inspired the creation of the SCUBA Club.
Today, Cranbrook Schools (co-ed since 1984) continues to have a wide variety of extracurriculars; just ask the members of “The Beyond Earth Club (Space Club)” or the Namtenga Club.
– Leslie Mio, Associate Registrar
Cranbrook also had a Smoking Club in the 50’s. It was located in the basement of one of the dorms, near the Rifle Club indoors Shooting Range. I believe that you had to be over 16 and have parental consent. Most people don’t believe that these clubs existed. The day student members of the Rifle Club were even allowed to bring their guns to school on the Cranbrook School Buses, which were painted dark blue, in the days before the State mandated yellow.
Cranbrook also had some unusual sports besides Soccer. There was Cross Country, Winter Track, Tennis, Golf and Wrestling. Many of these sports were not played in Michigan Schools, but were played in Parochial Schools, Prep School Leagues and Canadian Schools.
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LESLIE, THE SCUBA ONE IN THE FOUNTAIN IS THE BEST EFFORT!!!! HAHA!!!!
Interesting. My High School was one LaSalle Academy in Providence, RI. I loved that school. If I run into some serious cash I may donate some to them.
The language instructor in the 1968 Cranbrook School SCUBA Club photo was named Edgar Soudek, not “Edward Soudeck.”