BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL OF DRAMA

The imposing building of the Boys' High School is situated in the north end of the town of Drama. When the construction of the building started the surrounding area was full of vineyards and obviously it was the farthest point from the town center, "at the foot of Corilovos Hill", as the old habitants used to say. The building site with the dimensions172.80km x115.20 that is a total area of 19.906,56 square metres adjoins the National Stadium on the north, Katakouzinou Str. on the south, Douka Zerva Str. on the east and Macedonomachon Str on the west.
That area used to be property of the Greek Orthodox Community, whose assets were administered by the Superior Parish Deputation. As it results from the certificate issued in 1961 by the land registrar, K. Sakkelaropoulos, with the decision number 1 of the introduced committee -"assigned to clearing and distributing the assets of the former Christian Communities…."- on 17 August 1959 it was decided to convey the site to the School Building Fund of Drama.
The construction of the building started around 1927-28 and it is considered as a part of the hundreds of schools, which were built during the four year government of El. Venizelos, that is 1928-32.
Of course, the construction of the magnificent school was not only a matter of the government's policy but also a demand of the society of Drama. From the beginning of the century, Bishop Chrysostomos had already decided the construction of large and proper schools with the support of the Fund Raising Committee, in order to compete against the large and luxurious Turkish Schools, which were housed in the buildings presently used as Military Hospital and Boys' Orphanage. But also for many years, the citizens of Drama in every given chance asked for a new school building. During the most important activity for this issue, on May 10, 1921, in a mass demonstration at the Eleftherias Square, they demanded the opening of a High School.The beginning of the function of the full six-class High School was a solution but not exactly what the people of Drama were looking for. Moreover this event, for which preparations had been made a long time before, was marred by the defeat of the Greek Army in Asia Minor (1920). The school was housed in the today's nursery at Ifestionos str. (former PIKPA) but it also had branches, at times they used the houses of Capala-Alexiathes, which was ironically called Capitolium by the students, or they used the orphanage as well as the upper floor of the Educational Institute. Mr Manolakis was the headmaster of the school (1924-25-26) and Mr. Charisiades was the assistant headmaster.

The new building was not only imposing but of a unique at that time construction, which was completed in a relatively short period. The facade is 56 metres long. The whole building is made of stone, while the foundations, the pillars, the joists, and the arches of the central and the two side entrances are made of cement. On the contrary, the window arches are made of stone.
Despite the fact that the school has been ready since 1923 it won't open straightaway, but in January-March 1932, as it is testified by the personal evidence of most of the old students we asked.
At the opening of the school, a marble slab was placed above the central entrance with an inscription which is attributed to the contemporary headmaster of the school: Greece, the Perfect Mother has built this Muses' Temple for her children to be a gentle struggle of the Spirit. The name of those who compete for the award is lifted up in the sky, and he, who succeeds, brings glory to his country.
Mr Therianos becomes headmaster of the new school, which has six grades and it is mixed. Up to the third grade the attendance is common but from the fourth grade the students separate to those who study exact sciences, in the east wing, and to those who study pure sciences, in the west wing, having in charge Mr Giannika.
At the first year there are 90 students in the 6th grade allocated in two classes according to their preference-one exact sciences and the other pure sciences. The boys wear a hat with brim and an owl cockade on it, while the girls wear black uniforms and a beret with a cockade on which the registration number is written. They are obliged to greet by taking off their hats.
In 1938 a statue was transferred to the schoolyard from the town square. We can still see it standing there, on the right hand side as you enter the schoolyard through the central entrance. It represents a Mother who shows her child the school.
During the second World War some preparations were made in order to be used as an emergency hospital. In the spring of 1941 The German soldiers settled in Drama but for a short time. The town was occupied by the Bulgarians and in the succeeding years 1942-43-44 the school is in the Bulgarian hands who stole books, furniture, teaching aids as well as the window and door frames and they transferred everything in Bulgaria. Some of them were returned back after the end of the war.

 
   
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