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
“Miracle on 34th. St.”
A few Teacher Names we recall from our years at Central High
who were also shown as faculty members in the 1931 Helios Annual
Ashley, Wilson B. . . . . . . Bean, Leona
Compton, Jeanette . . . . . . Conger, Ralph
Coryell, Sherman . . . . . . Decker, Martin
. . Gley, Elsa . . . . . . Hanson, Walter
Reese, Dora W. . . . . . . Steel, Harold O. .
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.
“Ya better be GOOD ! “
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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 oldest public high school in this part of the country.
The boys and girls gymnasium buildings are on the left
The houses behind the schools were removed many years ago.
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.)
with a plaque remembering the Central High people who served in WW-I
Samuel R. Upton
March 12, 1892 – February 10, 1975 Age 82
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)
“What is your name, please,
I’ll sign you up for our typing class.”
( Thanks to Michigan History magazine for this image )
“Mom said you might like these white snow-drops
to match all the white snow that’s on the way
“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.
. …………………… ………………… when you leave
. MONTHLY JOKES .Even Gene Wilder keeps his eye on us
. BOTTOM OF THE BARREL JOKES
………….. …. DECEMBER 2019
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!”
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.
If Santa rode a motorcycle
What kind would it be?
“A Holly Davidson.”
I don’t mind going to a church service in a drive-in theater,
but when they old the baptisms in a car wash, that’s going too far.
A: Because they were Santa’s Star Bucks.
. .. Laughter IS The Best Medicine –
“Even a slight smile or happy grimace is better than a frown” ________________________________
JOKES . JOKES
Website Guard Cat . . . . . . . . . S M I L E !
Central High School “Bureau of Records”
for the ‘Selected Class Years’ of 1952 and 1953
Your Friendly CHS Webmaster
Warren B. Hecker ~ Class of 1953
a year or two after graduatiion
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Our Mr. Hecker is No Relation to Paul Gene Hecker
CHS Class of 1954 , and former CHS Principal 1984 – ‘ 86
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