As reported 55 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Jan. 17, 1957:
Harlem High School walked off with first prize in Athens Friday in the Class C division of a Tenth District competition for one-act plays.
Harlem also won an outstanding individual award when Jean Cox, member of the winning cast, was voted “best actress” in the Class C competition.
With Miss Cox in the performance of a play entitled When the Fire Dies were Jane Kipp, Virginia Kelly, Henrietta Bass and Keith Walls.
Harlem, the only 11-grade school competing (all others have 12 grades) placed second in the district competition last year.
T.E. Kipp, Harlem principal, pointed out that Harlem has won five cups in the past five years in district and state competitions. Kipp credited much of the success in these competitions to Mrs. James Griffin, director of dramatics and speech at Harlem High School.
After 20 years of continuous service on the city of Harlem police force and as superintendent of water works, J.C. Brooks has retired from the force to become good citizen Brooks.
On Jan. 1, 1937, Brooks assumed the duties of his office and has served conscientiously and well. It has not been an easy task and he has had some physical difficulties to overcome, along with other experiences attendant upon his office, but he has done it all with courage and a spirit to win.
He leaves the city service with the honor and respect he so richly deserves and the gratitude of many whom he sought to serve even beyond his strict line of duty.
He will find much to do around his home and in other capacities of an unofficial nature. His neighbors and friends wish him well.