Collection # DRT-70.0-001
WA Graduation Materials, Eagle Awards,
and National Honor Society Material,
Main Entry: Academic Dean
Beginning in the 1960s, The Office of Academic Dean functioned
much like an assistant principal, assisting in student class placement,
faculty class assignments, permanent records maintenance, guardian
of graduation requirements and student awards, and counseling.
In the 1960s, Elmo Mitchell first served this position and then
Aaron Turner. In the early 1970s, Roger Sloan, who first began
teaching Social Studies in 1971, assumed these responsibilities.
As the Upper School counseling program was gradually expanded
from the 1970s, Sloan, as Academic Dean and Assistant Principal,
became responsible the entire underclass and college counseling
programs. By 2000, when the counseling department had grown to
nine full time positions, the job of Academic Dean had also become
the Director of Guidance and had wide ranging responsibilities,
including academic graduation requirements, grade distribution
and verification, student academic awards banquets, and college
placement. In 2000, Sloan also took a leading role in the establishment
of the first on-line computer grading systems. For many decades,
Sloan was also the official sponsor of the Randolph W. Thrower
Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Scope and Content:
An eclectic group of 54 items, this collection consists mainly
of items which reflect the widely varying activities and responsibilities
of the Office of Academic Dean. The majority of the collection
is items relating to graduation, including diplomas and caps and
gowns. In the 1990s, President Tom Jackson changed the WA diplomas
from the traditional large-style to a smaller 8.5”x11”
style with a red leather cover. To celebrate the school’s
Centennial, a special Centennial diploma was created, including
the signature of Col. Woodward and other aspects of the GMA diploma.
This collection includes two new WA diplomas and three Centennial
diplomas with cases and five without cases.
In the 1970s, the school supplied blue graduation robes and caps,
which were stored and reused for a number of years. In the 1980s,
the school switched to red graduation robes and caps, which the
students purchased and kept. This collection includes one blue
robe and cap and two red graduation robes and one red cap.
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