A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 04, 2017
“Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning” (joke)

A classic school joke is:

Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning.
Class: Hooray!
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1937.


1 April 1937, Brook (IN) Reporter, “Around the School,” pg. 3, col. 2:
Senior girl in Geometry class: “We have only half a day of school tomorrow morning!”
Sophomore girl: “Honest! Why?”
Senior girl: “The other half’s in the afternoon.”

5 October 1958, Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner, “3 Ogden High Youths Pass Merits Exams” by Linda K. Neuber, pg 16B, col. 1:
There will be only half a day of school Friday morning. The other half will be in the afternoon.

4 October 1964, Leavenworth (KS) Times, “Jokes,” The Junior Times, pg. 20, col. 7:
Teacher: We will have only half a day of school this morning.
Billy: Whee!
Teacher: Quiet, please. We will have the other half this afternoon.
Connie Adside
517 Pawnee.

6 November 1969, Wilmington (OH) New-Journal, “Quick Snacks” by Glen McNeeley, pg. 3, col. 1 ad:
Teacher: “We will have only half a day of school this morning.”
Class: “Hurrah.”
Teacher: “We will have the other half this afternoon.”
(Van’s Dari Crest, Inc.—ed.)

Google Books
Over 1500 Fantastic Jokes
By Guy Campbell and Paul Moran
London: Dean
2002
Pg. 125:
Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning.
Class: Hooray!
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon!

26 October 2003, The Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Australia), Mail Magazine, pg. 103:
Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning.
Class: Hooray!
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon.

Twitter
Marcia Krech‏
@mjkrech
Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning.
Class: Hooray!
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon!
9:06 PM - 9 Dec 2008

Twitter
Smart Kids‏
@SmartkidsUK
Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning.
Class: Hooray
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon!
6:29 AM - 14 Oct 2009

Google Books
150 Totally Fresh Fully Mint School Jokes Bru!:
Turn that learning frown upside down!

By Matthew Grant
Published by author
2015
Pg. ?:
Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning.
Class: Hooray!
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon.

Twitter
Liza Jones‏
@LizaJones33
Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning. Class: Hooray! Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon!
8:42 PM - 25 Feb 2017

Reddit—Jokes
My teacher said that we were going to have only half of a day of school this morning
submitted March 5, 2017 by HippieDressedInBlack
We all cheered, then she said that we’d have the other half this afternoon.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Saturday, March 04, 2017 • Permalink