Saturday, November 10, 2012

1956-57 driver education certificate from Rocky Mountain College

Laverne Andrews1 earned this four-credit certificate for completing Rocky Mountain College's driver education course during the 1956-57 school year. Rocky Mountain College, which was established in 1878, is located in Billings, Montana.2

It was folded once and tucked away inside a nice copy of the 1953 book "Baseball: Major League Technique and Tactics," by Ethan Allen.3 This might be the first time it has seen the light of day in 55 years.

The requirements for earning this certificate included:
  • at least 36 hours of classroom and practice driving activities
  • at least eight hours directing the practice driving of a trained driver so that he successfully passes written tests, the standard road test, and skills tests
  • completion of a special project in Driver Education approved by the instructor and involving at least 20 hours of independent study and research

The certificate has received a notary seal from the college and been signed by three officials — the instructor, dean and registrar.

1. No. I'm pretty sure it's not LaVerne Sophia Andrews of The Andrews Sisters. I did find some evidence, however, that this Laverne Andrews might have participated in intercollegiate athletics — specifically, track and field — while attending Rocky Mountain.
2. Two of Rocky Mountain College's most notable students were Arlo Guthrie (who did not graduate) and actor Jason Earles, who is best known for portraying Jackson Stewart on "Hannah Montana."
3. Ethan Allen was a major-league outfielder for 13 seasons, including a little more than two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1936, the Phillies sent him to the Chicago Cubs in a four-player deal in which they reacquired Chuck Klein. After his playing career, he invented the All Star Baseball board game and served as the manager of the Yale University baseball team for more than 20 years.


  1. Who knew that colleges offered driver education courses?! Wonder if you could apply it toward an actual degree?

  2. Also, how cool would it have been if it *had* been one of the Andrews Sisters? Disappointing!