FRANK D. MARCH - Of the present day institutions for training boys and girls in commercial education, none has
a higher rating in Greater New York than the Drake Business School. The first Drake School was founded nearly half
a century ago in Newark, New Jersey. In 1907, a Drake School was opened in New York City, on the tenth floor of
the Tribune Building, where it still continues, and has grown to be one of the largest business schools in the
entire Metropolitan district. There are now twenty three Drake Business Schools located in various cities of New
York and New Jersey and four branches in Europe. All these schools are large and flourishing, ranking among the
highest grade commercial schools in their respective cities. One of the strong links in this great chain of Drake
Schools is the Bronx school, opened in 1922, in the splendid fireproof Keith Building on East Fordham Road, one
of the best locations in Bronx Borough. This school, presided over by Frank D. March, as principal manager, at
once became a magnet for students in The Bronx, under the powerful impulse of Drake management. Since it opened
it has graduated over 1,800 students. The number of enrollments is increasing each year. The Bronx school now has
approximately two hundred and fifty day and one hundred and fifty night students. The classrooms are large, light
and airy, of ideal cheeriness and healthfulness, and the school is easy of access from every part of The Bronx
as well as lower Westchester and Washington Heights.
There is a superiority in Drake methods of education and Drake School policy toward its patrons. This superiority
has produced the wonderful growth. Theory and practice are the Drake School ideas in business training. The first
thought is to see that the student secures a broad training that is also practical. Modern office appliances and
equipment are installed in every school. Individual instruction is an outstanding feature. The teaching staff has
been selected for the actual, practical business experience of its members, and their ability to impart that information
to others. The school is interested in the subsequent as well as the present success of its pupils. It gives vocational
guidance. Not only that but it guarantees positions in the business world for its graduates, and its officers are
in a position to carry out that guarantee. Drake students have won more than two hundred and fifty cups, prizes
and medals, in amateur and professional typewriting contests, in penmanship, shorthand and stenography. In typewriting
Drake students have won American, Canadian and International amateur and professional speed contests and accuracy
records, and among 10,000 contestants representing two hundred schools a Drake boy was named American champion
student penman the unanimous choice of the judges.
The Bronx school is celebrated among the Drake Schools for its social atmosphere. All of the students have been
brought together in sort of one great family. The Bronx school boasts of a literary society, holds an annual dance,
has its athletic teams and participates in every variety of indoor and outdoor sports and track meets, conducts
an educational club, and publishes the "Drake School News," edited by the students and alumni of the
school. The Drake methods are not an experiment They have met the demands of business men throughout a long period
of years. They are thorough, concise, up to date, and every year has seen an increasing demand for Drake graduates.
But a school cannot prosper through methods and business men's demands alone; it must be supplemented by efficient
management. In this latter the Bronx school has been called fortunate in having for principal manager Mr. March,
an aggressive, interested and competent school man, and one who knows from actual contact what the office requires.
He is known as the friend and adviser as well as a teacher of the students of the Bronx school. The courses given
are business training, office practice, business English stenography (both Gregg and Pitman), typewriting, bookkeeping,
accountancy, Spanish, drafting, and French stenography, salesmanship, advertising and secretarial studies. The
school maintains its own employment bureau. The tuition fees are moderate.
Frank D. March, son of Dominick and Mary March, was born in New York City, February 17, 1900. His father, now retired,
came from Italy as a boy. The son worked while going through the public schools successively as an office boy,
stenographer, salesman, and then as tour conductor with Thomas Cook & Son, specializing in Bermuda tours. He
has the distinction of being the youngest of the Drake School principals. He heads the Drake School Literary Society,
and conducts a column in the "Drake School News," of which he is editorin chief. He has also served as
a member of the editorial staff of the "Fordham Bulletin." He is a member of the Field Artillery Reserve
of the United States Army. He holds membership in the Unity Council of the Knights of Columbus, The Bronx Lions
Club, Mott Avenue Community Club, and he is a communicant of the Church of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, in The Bronx.
He was formerly secretary of the Fordham Merchants' Association, and served on the celebration committee at the
opening of the Grand Concourse. He is also a member of The Bronx Board of Trade, and aside from his professional
duties displays at all times a fine sense of civic duty. He is unmarried.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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