The population of the town in which this high school was located was 8,704 in 1970, and 7,730 in 1980. By my count there were 37 students in the Latin Club that year.
Years ago, seventh graders in this town had the option to take two year-end tests, one in language skills, the other in math. In this way, about 15 or so tested into eighth grade Latin I, or Algebra I. If these students followed along, they could take Latin V and Calculus II their senior years. (Unless, of course one wanted to graduate in December– which was an option. In this case, one took Trigonometry over the summer at the local private college between sophomore and junior years so one could take Calc II during one’s junior year.)
Eleven of the students in the photo were juniors or seniors. If you’ve made it to Latin IV, you’ve pretty much committed yourself to Latin V. That means about one-third of those eighth graders who tested in and opted to take Latin I plodded all the way through Virgil, and Catullus’s mistress’ poor little bird. That’s pretty good for a little town in the ’70s.