Dean Suter wrote:
What are these rosters used for? I am curious.
It varies. Some schools just use it to show the enrollment. Others have them divided into ranks, and when a student is promoted, his name moves to the corresponding rank. Still others use them to chart attendance; when a student attends class, he takes his plate down and puts it into a basket, and the name is subsequently recorded and the plate put back on the wall. I'm not certain which of these variations (if any) is the traditional usage. I have seen many different methods of construction, ranging from the very ornate and imaginative, to simple paint stirrers hung on nails.