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CHS Faculty Members during the 1940’s and 1950’s.
‘S C R O L L      D O W N’

Anderson, Helen .. English
Ashley, Wilson .. Accounting
Aster Gertrude ..  English, History
Achison, Helen ..  English, Math
Bean, Leona ..  Typing, Shorthand
Beattie, Harold ..  Math, English
Bibby, Mary ..  Edna ..  Librarian
Brower, Margaret ..  Librarian
Brown, Robert ..  History, English
Campbell, Marion .. School Counselor
Carpenter, David ..  History
Clarke, Elaine ..  English
Clatworthy, David Jr. ..  High Math
Combs, Enid ..  Art
Compton, Jeannette ..  Typing
Conklin, Theone ..  Algebra, Geometry
Cornish, John ..  English, History
Croninger, Lydia ..  Home Economics
Dalebout, Jacoba ..  English
Davidson, A.E. ..  Trade School
Davis, Kenneth ..  Vocal Music
De Young, Harold ..  Electricity
Dow, Mae Lee ..  Home Economics
Early, Lois ..  Cafeteria Director
Eleveld, Sidney ..  Machine Shop
Fennell, Mary ..  Latin, Spanish
Fillingham, Wallace .. General Shop
Foster, Ann ..  Clothing, Foods
Freeman, Helen ..  Physical Education
Frey, Jack ..  Vocal Music
Gleye, Elsa ..  Home Management
Hanson, Walter ..  Woodwork
Harrigan, Helen .. English, Geography
Herron, Charlotte ..  Home Living
Hewitt, Phyllis ..  English
Hildreth, Earl Trade School
Holt, Alicent ..  Latin, English
Howland, Richard ..  Salesmanship
Hunt, Isabel ..  English
Hutchings, Gilbert ..  Woodworking
Hutt, Lloyd ..  Mechanical Drawing
Hyde, Albert ..  Mathematics
Irwin, Charles ..  Physical Education
King, Jack B. ..  Family Living
Knisley, Rhoda ..  Art
Knox, Ethel Louise ..  English
Koteskey, Fred Math, ..  English
Laham, Jacob ..  Shoe Repair
LaPenna, Anthony ..  Trade School
Lawson, Laurence ..  Mathematics
Lubbers, Tena .. English, Arithmetic
Ludwick, Henry  Assistant Principal
Marsh, Helen   Typing
Matthews, Plynn   History, Civics
McCarty, Katherine  History, Civics
McDougal, Lowell  Mathematics
McKenzie, Ruby   French, History
Meyaard, Harvey Biology, Science
Meyering, Lucile History
Miller, Walter Printing, Arithmetic
Nameth, Daniel Math., / Coach
Newcomer, Charles Physics, Chem.
Olsen, Gladys Art
Palmatier, Dona-Jean History,
Parkhurst, Grace English
Perry, Ruth Typing, Shorthand
Petrilli, Michael Instrumental Music
Pomeroy, Jean Art
Posthumus, Russell* History / Coach
Powers, Florence Spanish, History
Pylman, Jay Government, Econ.
Quigley, Emma English, Arithmetic
Raar, Dale Mathematics
Redding, Sgt. John B. R.O.T.C
Reese, Dora Trigonometry, Algebra
Renton, Anna General Science, Health
Roberts, Ed. Math, English, Coach
Romani, Romulus Geog, / Coach
Roth, Lorene English, Latin, Debate
Salsbury, Robert Geometry
Schnooberger, Wilamena Chemistry
Shellman, Arelyne History
Shoemaker, Clay History
Shroll, Wendell American Govt.
Smith, Charles Mathematics, / Coach
Sonke, Dorothy English
Thomas, Leah English
Trivett, John Mathematics, English
Uhl, Jane,   Social Science
Upton, Samuel R. School Principal
VanderMolen, John Electricity, Shop
VanderMolen, Robt. History / Coach
Verbust, Sgt. Richard R.O.T.C.
Vruggink, Elmer Algebra, Debate
Walper, Claire Geography, Biology
Warmington, Charity English, Math
Waters, Russell Math / Coach
Wells, Ralph Instrumental Music
Whittemore, Arlene Biology, Health
Wierenga, Elmo Social Science
Wilcox, Howard English
Woodlock, Joan Art


A few Teacher Names we recall from our years at Central High
who were also shown as faculty members in the  1931  Helios Annual
Albee, Ace L .  . . . . .  Anderson, Helen L.
Ashley, Wilson B.  .  . . . . .  Bean, Leona
Compton, Jeanette .  . . . . .  Conger, Ralph
Coryell, Sherman .  . . . . .  Decker, Martin
. . Gley, Elsa .  . . . . .  Hanson, Walter
Holt, Alicent .  . . . . .  Hunt, Isabel A.
Knox, Ethel Louise .  . . . . .  Matthews, Plynn “Rip”
McKenzie, Ruby .  . . . . .  Newcomer, Charles H.
Patrilli, Michael A. .  . . . . .  Powers, Florence H.
Reese, Dora W. .  . . . . .  Steel, Harold O. .
(Martin Decker – was an uncle to our  Dick Decker  ’52,
and was an early teacher at Central prior to our arrival there.


Homework,  Homework,  It’s the thing
that  keeps  us  all  going  at  Central  High.


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Many teachers taught at Central High over the years.  In later years,
some of them were even  from our very own class.  –  Many have served
as athletic coaches or counselors for a wide variety of subjects.
Those from Class of 1952 came to Central in September, 1946 just
after the war ended. Those from Class of 1953 ….. the following year (1947).
We salute our principal and various administrators, the maintenance staff,  and the 100 teachers listed above – who had many of us in their classrooms.  Not too many of them are still alive today, but we have special memories  of the Central High faculty, and gratitude for the learning they gave us.
Our first ‘Helios’ Annual for the class of 1953 class was published
in the spring of 1948, while we were completing seventh grade. and
remember; some of these teachers were on the faculty at Central High
in the 1920’s … well before we were even born. Some were still teaching there long after we graduated. We have our favorites, of course, but our hats are off  to all of these dedicated teachers. How they survived us (sometimes), …  we will never know. Let us recognize those who linger
in our memories,  especially the eighteen who were with us all through our 1952 & 1953 class years, which encompassed our entire high school experience from about 1946 through 1953.

The ‘HELIOS’ is our school’s annual year book and still treasured by
many of us. As early as the mid-1920’s there was a HELIOS MONTHLY that was published and we have a few copies in our archives
that have survived the years.


Our School ~ for One Hundred Years – 1911 – 2012
even though changes occurred to the system in 2012, we were
still  the 
public high school  in this part of the country.


Area of Central High School,  (top center)
on  Fountain St.  near  College Ave.

The Central High Flag at Half-Staff,
and tended daily by a squad from the R.O.T.C.
In honor of Armistice Day (November 11, 1919) –
this is the ‘OLD’ flag pole  with a plaque remembering
the Central High people who served in WW-I



Below is inside our high school auditorium that we all remember so well.
How many times have we sat in this grand auditorium
viewing performances of perfection, and how many times
have we followed in Pep Rallies lead by our own Dave Thompson.
(After Dave’s rousing ‘Pep Rallies” they added extra supports
to the auditorium to hold the roof on. …. Or so we are told.)


Samuel R. Upton

March  12,   1892   –   February  10,  1975   .     Age  82

.  .  .
Samuel  R. Upton,    –    CHS   Principal
from     1935   –  1967   


Henry  Ludwick …      – .  ..      Marion Campbell
Assistant Principal …    .  ..   Student Counselor  .



Note: Claude Switzer is shown in the 1935 Helios, so it is to be assumed
that Sam Upton started as Principal in about September, 1935.

Much of what you see on this Website
is of little interest to anyone other than those
who have actually spent a half-dozen or more years
in the Grand Rapids Public School system.
(Please share our Web information with other classmates)

“Keeping  up  to  date  with
modern  office  equipment.

( Precursors  of  the  I-Pad )

“Mom  said  you  might  like  these  Mixed
Flowers  n
ow that  the  Fall Season is here.


“Words of Wisdom”
Instilled into even the hardest of heads



The Passing of Time at Our School:
There will never be another class quite
like those at Central in the early 1950’s.


David   R.   Korff
Designer of the Central High 52 / 53  Website
and  fixer of any occasional problems which –
thankfully  don’t  occur  very  often .  .  .
With  his  wife,   Kimberly   (Hecker)   Korff

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.    MONTHLY   JOKES   . . . . .   .Even Gene Wilder keeps his eye on us      ^


‘ BOTTOM  of   the   BARREL ‘    JOKES

     Edible Caterpillars
“Are caterpillars good to eat?”     Asked a little boy at the dinner table.
“No,”   said his father;   –   Why would you ask question like that?”
“Well, there was one in your salad,    but it’s gone now.”

    Learning the Presidents
Teacher:    “Zach, you need to work on learning the presidents.
When I was your age I could recite all of them.
“Zach:   “Yes, but then there were only four or five.”

     Cut and Spread
What is cut and spread out on a table but never eaten
”A deck of cards.

      Bumper Stickers
1. Evacuate The Road – Student Driving.
2.  Hug your Kids at Home and Belt them in the Car.
3.  Trust in God  –  But Lock Your Car.
4.  Caution  –  Driver Applying Makeup.


D  E  C  E  M  B  E  R

‘ BOTTOM  of   the   BARREL ‘    JOKES

Caution:  Low Bridge
Two truck drivers came to a low bridge.
The clearance sign said ten feet eight inches.
When  they got out and measured their truck,
they discovered their vehicle was eleven feet.
The first man looked at the other and said,
“I can’t see any cops around,   Let’s go for it!”

Teacher Questions
A teacher asked,  “Who was the first brother
to fly an airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina?
Was it Orville or Wilbur?”
“Orville!”  shouted one student,
“Wilber!” shouted another.
“They’re both Wright,”  said a third.

Santa’s Motorcycle
If Santa rode a motorcycle
What kind would it be?
A Holly Davidson.

       Church Service Locations
I don’t mind going to a church service in a drive-in theater,
but when they hold the baptisms in a car wash,   that’s going too far.

Q:    Why did   Rudolph   and   Prancer   love coffee so much?
A:    Because they were Santa’s  Star  Bucks.



. ..   Laughter   IS   The  Best  Medicine

“Even  a  slight  smile   or a  happy  grimace   –   is  better  than  a  frown” _______________________________________________



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Central   High  School   “Bureau   of   Records”
for  the   ‘Select Class Years’  of  1952  and  1953


Your   Friendly    CHS    Webmaster

Warren   B.   Hecker    ~    Class  of  1953
Mr.  Hap’    enjoys  keeping  classmates
up  to  date    –    via    the  11    y/o   CHS   Website:



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Our  Mr.  Hecker  is   Not   Related   to  Paul   Gene   Hecker
CHS  Class  of  1954 ,  and  former  CHS  Principal   1984  – ‘ 86


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