Interview with Nancy M. Mitchell, Dillard M. Grady, November 7, 1988

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Dillard Grady and Nancy Mitchell were born in Lexington. Their father is from Lexington, Kentucky and the family farm, Clarkland Farm, in Fayette County, has been in the family since it was a land grant. Their mother is from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Mitchell and Grady talk about their experiences attending Sayre School and the University of Kentucky Training School. Mitchell attended Sayre, Morton Middle School, and graduated from the University High School. Grady recalls Sayre did not have enough students for middle school, so she attended Sayre until the fifth grade, and completed her education at the University High School through high school. Both believe their parents chose Sayre for social more than educational reasons, plus University High utilized student teachers, so they felt the level of education would be inferior.

Grady and Mitchell both remembered that Sayre gave them a good background in English and spelling, plus more individual attention. There were no organized sports or physical education classes. They talk about school activities, including recess. They recall an assembly for President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he died, and the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer were said before class. Grady and Mitchell describes differences between public and private schools. They both remembered Sayre and University High students were considered snobs. They discuss the different teaching methods at both schools, and recall excellent student teachers at University High. They reminisce about student activities, including skipping school. Both thought highly of Dr. Lyman Ginger and Miss Anna Peck, a teacher who made history interesting. Both Grady and Mitchell attended some college at Transylvania University and UK. They talked about father, who felt women did not really need a higher education.

Interview Accession

1989oh037_af347

Interviewee Name

Nancy M. Mitchell

Dillard M. Grady

Interviewer Name

Janice Crane

Interview Date

1988-11-07

Interview Keyword

Sayre School

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Mitchell, Nancy M. Interview by Janice Crane. 07 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Mitchell, N.M. (1988, November 07). Interview by J. Crane. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Mitchell, Nancy M., interview by Janice Crane. November 07, 1988, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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