ZHS '65

Zanesville, Ohio
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According to "The History of Zanesville High School," published by the late Norris Schneider in 1988
Comus was one of the traditions that originated in the second building.

Miss Zella Harris of the class of 1897 visited friends in Toledo.
 There she saw a school paper.
She presented her suggestion for a school magazine to the senior class.
Corydon Haddox moved that the class adopt the idea.

Who named the magazine?
Many years ago Roy Jordan, Sr., the first business manager of Comus, was asked that question.
He thought that David Leroy Ferguson selected the name.
David, a black boy, was admitted to membership in the St. James Episcopal Church and became a minister.
When he was located about forty-five years ago in Boston, where he was pastor of a church,
Rev. Ferguson could not remember naming Comus.
But he did recall that he had written a poem entit1ed "Comus" for an early number.

At that time and for many years later, a book entitled Milon's Minor Poems was required reading.
It contained "Comus, a masque." Comus was the god of revelry.
The first issue was published by the senior class in December, 1896.
Later, Comus became a literary monthly with some news and humor.
The art department made cover designs for each issue.

Also ....

"In 1925 the faculty advisor of Comus resigned and the duty was assigned to a young English teacher.
He suggested, that in order to avoid the burden of compiling the yearbook in the last month of the school year,
a separate staff should be selected for the Comus annual and a second staff for a weekly newspaper to be called The Zanesvillian.
It was published for five years.
Then local merchants could no longer afford to advertise during the Depression,
and The Zanesvillian appeared weekly in The Sunday Times Signal until 1970."

I believe the "young English teacher" was actually Mr. Schneider.

from Wikipedia
In Greek mythology, Comus or Komos is the god of festivity, revels and nocturnal dalliances.
He is a son and a cup-bearer of the god Bacchus. Comus represents anarchy and chaos.
His mythology occurs in the later times of antiquity.
During his festivals in Ancient Greece, men and women exchanged clothes.
He was depicted as a young man on the point of unconsciousness from drink.
He had a wreath of flowers on his head and carried a torch that was in the process of being dropped.
Unlike the purely carnal Pan or purely intoxicated Bacchus, Comus was a god of excess.



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