Albion High School Alma Mater
Alumni know this song very well……but did you realize it is 100 years old this year? The music was written by Frank R. Wassung, high school principal till June, 1914, but it is unclear who wrote the words that we all know and love. It is in honor of the June 27, 2014 graduation ceremony of the Class of 2014, where this song will surely be sung as it has for the past 100 years, that we share this information about our beloved Alma Mater.
In addition to writing our Alma Mater, Mr. Wassung had quite an impressive history and made amazing contributions to NY schools:
Audio clip of the High School Chorus singing our Alma Mater
Performed at an AHS graduation – year unknown
Poem found in the December edition of the 1914 AHS Chevron
Written by Nellie Mahoney, Class of 1916
One day our principal,
While strolling down the street,
Received an inspiration
Which would or favor meet.
He rushed off to the school,
And on the piano played;
until by some good fortune
A wonderful tune he made.
When our artist heard this air,
She set to work directly
To write some charming words,
To match this tune correctly.
When it was completed;
What a wonderful song we heard!
By its beauty, so elated,
We were left without a word.
Much praise should then be given
To their efforts, brave,
Which gave us such a song
As to make the pupils rave.
~Nellie Mahoney ‘16
Photo of the 2014 Junior/Senior Chorus singing the Alma Mater
at the 2014 Class Night event
Posted by Kim Wright Pritt
Photo courtesy of Sue Starkweather Miller