I met Jay Holmes the first time while
I was, a student at the
University of Dayton. As a requirement prior to student teaching, I had to
observe classes at several Dayton high schools. Even though I was a
theater major, the Wilbur Wright principle assigned me to sit in on a variety of
classes. The drama teacher and I became involved in discussing the plays he
was doing and I missed the next assigned class. Soon a
voice on the P.A. demanded that the University of Dayton student should
report to the principal immediately. I was subject to the first
of many reprimands that I was to receive from Jay William Holmes. "That teacher spent
two hours last night preparing a lesson plan especially for you and you did
not show up for her class. Why?" I decided I would never teach for such a
tyrant. Six months later I was on the staff of Wilbur Wright.
That fall, I was doing my student teaching at Stivers High School.
While there, I had applied for a permanent position in the Dayton system
upon completion of my student teaching. A week after I had submitted my
application, the Director of Personnel called me into his office and offered
me a teaching position starting the next day at Wilbur Wright. The
drama teacher at the school had resigned after a violent quarrel with Mr.
Holmes. The principal demanded that he remove a set for a play that he had
spent several weeks building so that there would be room for a science
assembly. My first assignment was to remove the scenery. The ironic part was
that the assembly only covered the apron of the stage, and the removal
of the scenery had been unnecessary.