Nee Hy Nuz
By Virginia Paulson
Publication of a student paper began in the fall of 1924 at Negaunee High School. According to the 1925 edition of the Negauneesion, the school yearbook, it was found that the student body was not displaying the proper amount of school spirit. In order to enliven the daily routine and arouse interest in school activities the junior class decided to publish a school paper. The committee selected Nee Hy Nuz (Negaunee High News) as the name of their publication. There would be four issues a year. Five years later the paper was firmly established and in 1929/30 the staff published a bi-weekly periodical. The paper equaled the newspaper of leading schools in Michigan. Most issues consisted of at least six pages. One of the features was the Inquiring Reporter, a column in which students and faculty members gavea their opinion of problems concerning school life. One page was devoted to sports news.Specila holiday issues were printed for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A request was received from Kenosha High School in Kenosha Wisconsin, wanting to pattern their paper after Negaunee. Competing against 644 High School publications, Negaunee received a second honor rating from National Scholastic Press Association. The paper was published into the 1960’s. This joke appeared in a 1931 issue. Florine: “What’s wrong, you look ill?” W.B.: “I am, the waves in your hair are making me seasick.” The students of the former Prince of Wales and Queen Mines schools started this year off with a brand new school bus. It does away with the middle seat and they have real stuffed leather seats. The bars on the windows were placed there to prevent the smaller children from falling out. In a 1943 issue, Music pins will not be given out this year as a result of the shortage of metal due to the war. In the 1951 issue, the graduating seniors class will is printed.. For anyone that remembers class wills you can take them tongue in cheek. Here are a few, Pat leaves skipping out of 7th hour study hall to anyone who can get away with it, Elaine leaves her love magazines to the junior girls, June leves the bookkeeping class in peace, Ruby leaves her geography assignments to anyone who can finish them on time. William leaves his clarinet in the class as usual, Jerry leaves his car to anyone who can budge it from the front of the Vista, Violet leaves her giggles to Elaine. William is so quiet no one will know that he has left. 1953, Have you noticed the new look of the high school girls, the soft, fuzzy angora collars, sweaters with angora trim and luxurious angora sweaters? Cold weather doesn’t faze these gals, as you can see the skirts are getting shorter. The favorites in skirts this year seems to be corduroy and pleats. 1954, The latest rage of the High School girls is white bucks, white buckskin shoes with leather buckskin flaps. The girl’s blouses are worn with leather collars or trimmed with colored pom-poms. 1955, attention all boys! Wait! Won’t you please read this article? We want to congratulate you for becoming clothes conscious. Most of you deserve compliments, however there are some who are not being as particular as they should be. There are some boys who could show a little more modesty in their wearing apparel. Those skin tight Levi’s that a few of the boys are pouring themselves in are a sight to behold. You’re not Marlon Brando! Your shoes are showing, is a favorite advertising slogan. Boots worn in school are not appropriate, They are for farmers, miners and hunters. Do you fit in this bracket? Let’s make Negaunee the best dressed school. 1956, A statement that the Salk vaccine was successful and effective. At long last we have good reason to hope for control of polio. High School age persons represent 51/2 percent of annual polio cases.Give to the March of Dimes. Negaunee gained its fifth straight win over Ishpeming 52 to 40. Bob Herman was high scored with 19 points. The Girls Athletic Association held its first meeting. Thirty- five girls were present. Wednesday September 14 was pledge day. Each pledge could not wear make-up or talk to boys. The had to wear two signs which said,” I am a pledge” They had to worship each teacher they met.Then of course there was the “Is it True “column or “Cupid’s Corner.” This is where you knew who was going with who,and who wasn’t together anymore. Who was traveling to Ishpeming, Gwinn, Palmer and even Republic. I’m not printing those details but you are welcome to find out that information if you read the Nee Hy Nuz at the museum. Along with the Nee Hy Nuz we have the High School yearbooks dating back to the first publication in 1902. We do not have yearbooks for the 1940’s. They were not published during the war years but were published again in 1953.