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Students of the School in Agria (Trip 1935)
(Photo: Archive of Chr. Brahnaris)
Article of a student in the newspaper
(Photo: Archive of the Averofeios Agricultural School of Larissa)
Carnival 1931: Students of the School masqueraded
(Photo: Archive of A. Mitsiou)
Trip to the Agricultural School (April 1950)
(Photo: Archive of A. Papakonstantinou)
The first edition of the book "Colonel Liapkin"
(Photo: Archive of G. Tzouliadis)

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The School and the society of Larissa

Ioulia Kandila

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The Aver╬┐feios School of Larissa constituted, particularly during the pre-war period, a integral piece of the city life. Even if it was pretty far from the centre of the city, with the majority of its students to be interns and the professors and the rest of the administrative and working personnel to live also in the School, for the society of Larissa and its outskirts each activity of the School caused interest.

Witness of all these it is the local press of Larissa. The publications of the local newspapers many and various. The newspapers of the time watch, record and comment everything that relates to the School from the beginning of its foundation. With the same way the newspapers are watching the course and the activities of the School and the following years.

Nevertheless the percentage of the students that studied in the School and were from the prefecture of Larissa and the city, comparatively with the other regions was not big. Even if the school was hardly three kilometers from the center of the city and in the heart of a particularly agricultural region it did not attract the expected interest. The majority of the parents, mainly of the farmers, denied to send their children to study in an agricultural school and they preferred the academic schools with the hope that they would escape from the hard agricultural work. Even those who were not sending their children for academic studies were believing that the occupation with the agriculture or the livestock-farming does not require theoretical knowledge and specialization. Were enough the daily occupation and practice in the field in order to become someone a good farmer or cattle-breeder.

The interest of the farmers and the cattle-breeders of the region for the School will appear much later at the postwar period, when the facts in the agriculture and the livestock-farming completely change. During this period hundreds of farmers and cattle-breeders attended the schools of short-term courses and were educated in various sectors.

Even if for those farmers who were distrustful and attached with the old farming habits the School and its work was strange, on the contrary for the "bourgeois" of Larissa the School and its events were a subject of discussions. Its natural environment, the feasts that was organized but mainly the prestige and the education of the most of its professors were constituting poles of attraction for visit, entertainment but also extensive discussions, particularly during the period of the direction of Filopimin Tzouliadis.

But also the out of school life of the students was connected with the city. Even if the School was pretty far from the centre of Larissa and the lack of the means of transports in the prewar times was making difficult their passage to the city, they were going on the weekends on feet and they were frequenting mainly in Filippoupoli, where was residing and the total of the exterior students. Intense was also the presence of the School in the carnival events of the city, as the participation of the Averofeios was distinguishing always with its spectacular appearances.

Also in the frame of the School functioned an official educative and athletic association of the students with the name "Dimitra". This association had created, between its other activities, a football team which was participating in the local championship of the region. A lot of the players of this team were distinguished for their records in the football.

The School became famous in the entire country thanks to the writer Karagatsis. His first novel "Colonel Liapkin" which circulated in 1933 is taking place in the Agricultural School and in the city of Larissa, with protagonists persons of the School (professors, students, employees) and of the city and particularly of the neighborhood Filippoupoli, with which it was bordering. It is known that Karagatsis because of his kinship with the woman of the director Tzouliadis stayed several times during the summers there and was tied with its people, a fact that constituted the reason to be the School the place in which his history is taking place.