•  Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling.  A song makes you feel a thought.”

    - E.Y. Harburg

    The Alma Mater first appears in full in the 1965 yearbook with the above sketch of the school, which is unsigned.  The first stanza appears in the 1957 and 58 yearbooks underneath photographs of the school.  
    Sketch of Minerva Central School
     It is believed that Helen Barnes who taught music at Minerva Central School for many years wrote the lyrics to our Alma Mater. 

    Helen in 1957Minerva Central School Faculty 1957

    Front: Robert Savarie, Helen Barnes, Ruth Jackson, Louis Paini, Back: Daniel O’Rourk, Theodore Hoffa, John J. Leach, Gordon Downe, Archie Marino


    Helen in 1971Helen Barnes 1971


      Alma Mater

    Proudly stands our Alma Mater

    Ever glorious to view

    We thy children love thy honor,

    To the green and white are true.

    We will ever sing thy praises,

    Ever praise her name,

    Live to make our lives add luster

    To her truths and glorious fame.

    Let the glad notes wake the echoes

    Joyfully we cry

    Hail to thee our Alma Mater

    Hail, all hail Minerva High.

    We will ever live to love her,

    Faithful, loyal, and true

    We shall think of days we spent here

    Alma Mater, dear, with you.

    Though the coming years shall part us

    From thy ever watchful care

    We will turn with fondest yearning

    To the halls and scenes so fair.

    So farewell dear Alma Mater,

    May thy name we humbly pray,

    Be reverenced ever after As it is by us today
Last Modified on November 27, 2017