The Senior Class colors were white and gold. The Class flower was a daisy. The Class Motto was "We are so far ahead we are lonesome."
Publication of a yearbook, named "The Axiem" was began with the 1920-1921. It was published by the Senior Class.
Senior Class History: This was written by Cecil Barnett, the Editor-In-Chief of The Axiem.
It was in the year of "17 that we, the class of 1921, began to participate in this wonderful realm of learning. Prior to our entrance in high school, we were greatly divided; some coming from neighboring schools, others having just been promoted from the grammar school. It was with great anxiety and emotions after being submitted by the upper class men who occasionally persuaded us to affirm the good tasting qualities of cigar snips, grass and other paraphernalia of mother nature, that we immediately set to work endeavoring to obtain the name we now possess. As all other "fish" we were unable to realize our insignificance, but after that sensational fear and dread had been overcome we adjusted ourselves to surroundings and consented to confront the difficulties of school life. Among other important activities which were highly endorsed by our superior class mates we organized a "pep" class to encourage our football stars on the gridiron.
Entering into our Sophomore year with more easiness of mind and a clearer conscience, we learned two powerful elements in school life which should be closely investigated by succeeding classes. These are: co-operation and unity. It was in this class that obtained the school spirit which indirectly caused our success.
Our Junior class enrolled with a number that exceeded the past two years, but immediately after being classified many of our classmates were eliminated, leaving much responsibility on the remaining few. After increased encouragement and determined ability we gave the Seniors a farewell banquet with joyful realization that we had attained the name "Senior." Then we concentrated our thoughts towards the next year's tasks.
This proved to be very beneficial because at the very beginning of the year we decided to produce an annual, in which, our predecessors had been unsuccessful. We possessed the ability but lacked experience, which caused us to confront many difficulties that will benefit our successors. This undertaking has proved to be the the cause of a more friendly attitude toward one another that had never existed before. This congenial feeling will remain strongly impressed upon us for many future years. "Tho' we may all be scattered, Fond memories will turn back. To the friends and gay companions Of the "Crimson and the Black."
The Class of 1922 includes:
Josie Lee Maddox
Lida Mae Wills
Jack Womack, Jr.
In nearly every class, a member is claimed by death before graduation. This was the case of Zack"Doc" Goolsby." A loyal pal and one of the Seniors of "22." It had always been "Doc's " ambitions to be a Senior "22, even in his Freshman year, and a although he was denied this privilege on account of ill health, The Class of "22 made him an honorary member, and dedicated their volume of "The Axiem" in his honor.
The growth of Mexia during the oil boom required the contrustion of the new high school on Red River Street. The cost of the High School building, modern in every particular, cost about $180,000. The School Board voted to increase salaries and the number of teachers; four in High School and 14 in Grammar school, making 31 in the faculty this year.
The view of Mexia in June 1921, would have revealed a thriving little town of about 4000 people; schools, churches, and commercial interest in keeping up with the size of the town. The discovery of oil -- due to the faith and the untiring energy of our beloved citizen, Colonel A. E. Humphreys -- transformed over night, the town of Mexia into a city of 30,000 people. Mexia was know as the "Tulsa of Texas."
There was no class list for 1923.
Miss Mary Porter Travis was chosen Queen of the Carnival.
Football "sponsors" evolved to football "sweethearts" --- perhaps the second best honor a senior girl can win. Only "Homecoming Queen" carries more prestige. The 1922-1923 football sponsor, Melba Petty, remained in Mexia as a businesslady.
The class of 1924 included:
Frankie Mae Roach
J. L. Gatlin
W. B. Kendrick
The Class Colors were pastel shades. The Class Flower was the Sweet Pea.
The Class Motto was "The ropes we pull today will ring the bells of the future."
The Class of 1924 was the first graduating class at the new nigh school on Red River Street.
There was no list for the Class of 1925.
The school magazine for the 1920's was called "The Black Cat Magazine." A listing of the staff included:
Editor-In Chief - Ray Thomas
Associate Editor - Jesse Mae Sherrer
Business Manager - Jack Simmons
Advertising Manager - Mack Walters
Assistant Advertising Manager - George Blitch
Literary Editor - Mary Porter Travis
Comic Editor - Carlos Clover
Exchange Editor - Ellen Smith
Literary Advisor - Mrs. Edgar T. Staton
Financial Advisor - Mr. G. W. Evans
Society Editor - Eleanor Moore
Athletic Editor - Rufus McKenzie
The contents of the school magazine included: Editorials, literary musings, school news, athletics, humor and poems by students, including "A Junior's Prayer" by Ruby Hitt.
There was no list for the Class of 1926.
The Class of 1927 included:
W. T. Posey
Artie Mae Hammont
Dannie Lloyd Bowers
Annie Fae Hendon
Mary Belle Hickerson
Willie Mae Stewart
The Black Cat Magazine had a dedication to the memory of Jim Seely Karner. "We mourn his loss as an athlete, a student and an enthusiastic supporter of every phase of high school activity."