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 
oldest public high school  in this part of the country.

Aerial view of Grand Rapids Central High in the Michigan Wintertime

( 421-431 Fountain Street NE. )
The boys and girls gymnasium buildings are on the left

(with facilities under each part of that building)

Fountain Elementary would be in the upper Rt. corner of photo
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.)


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

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)

“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.


David R. Korff
Designer of the Central High 52 / 53 Website
and fixer of any occasional problems which
thankfully don’t occur very often.


……………………            Please
……………………            Turn out the Office Lights
    . ……………………                            …………………        when you leave


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



JANUARY     2020

 Army Hours
Army Doctor:  “Your looking pale Corporal.
When did you eat last?”
Corporal:  “Nineteen fifty-nine, sir.”
Army Doctor:  “How could you survive so long?”
Corporal:  “Well, sir, it’s only 2130 now.”
 Rough Commute
Why was the computer so tired
when it got home from the office?
Because it had a hard drive.
 Steak Inflation
“Inflation is creeping up,”  a young man said to his friend.
“Yesterday I ordered a twenty-five dollar steak in a restaurant
And told them to put it on my credit card  –  and it fit.”
 Jazz  Trio
A lady aboard a cruise ship was not impressed
by the jazz trio in one of the shipboard restaurants.
When her waiter came around she asked,
“Will they play anything I ask?”
“Of course, madam.”
“Then tell them to go play shuffleboard.”
Q   –   What kind of bedding do ginger bread men use?
A       –        Cookie Sheets
    . __________________________

. ..  Laughter   IS   The  Best  Medicine 

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


Website   Guard   Cat      . . . . . . . . .      S M I L E  !


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
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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