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Gainesville High School Class Exercises Day, probably about the time of World War I, was the occasion for this class trip around the University of Florida campus. An article about the GHS 1916 graduation ceremonies appeared in the May 2, 1954, "Gainesville Sun." It noted that there were 20 graduates, 12 girls and 8 boys, and commencement exercises were held in the school auditorium (that would have been in the building now known as Kirby Smith) with a professor from the University of Florida, Dr. O. C. Ault, as the featured speaker. Clarence O'Neill was the class president and he spoke on "The Educated Man in the Business World." Clarence O'Neill became Gainesville's finance director and clerk of the City Commission, and he guided the city finances through the crises of the Great Depression and during its years of greatest growth.
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