A new feature was added to Bayless in 1940. Open House Night was set aside to demonstrate to the parents and guardians what the various students accomplished. The parents had the opportunity to meet the teachers and discuss any concerns that might lead to a better understanding of the students’ problems. An art class was added to the school curriculum in 1941. In the fall of 1942, the first Bayless Invitational Basketball Tournament was held and the Bayless team took first place.
In 1945, the new superintendent, Hugo C. Beck, introduced the suggestion of applying for government lunches because the kitchen was beginning to have troubles supporting itself financially.