CHS Faculty during the 1940’s and 1950’s.
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, Donna 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, Edward Math, English
Romani, Romulus Geography, / 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
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How wonderful – – – the simpler times of the 1950s
Not too many of them are still alive today, but we have special memories
Does ANYONE remember this English Teacher ?
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 around !
The boys and girls gymnasium buildings are on the left
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
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 classmates)
Someday … I’ll be in Miss Compton’s typing class !
My mom said maybe you would like flowers instead of candy?
“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
Q: Did you her about the spider that enrolled in computer courses?
A: It wanted to learn how to design web pages.
Q: Why do surgeons wear masks during an operation?
A: So that if any mistake is made, no one will know who did it.
Student: “I’d like to check out this book on blood clots.”
Librarian: “I’m sorry; that doesn’t circulate.”
Tom: My cat is so smart.
Jerry: “I know.” He eats cheese then waits at the mouse hole with baited breath.
Central High School “Bureau of Records”
for the ‘Selected Class Years’ of 1952 and 1953
CHS 52 / 53 Webmaster
Warren B. “Hap” Hecker
Michigan Bell Telephone Co. – Retired
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Our Hecker is No Relation to Paul Gene Hecker
CHS Class of 1954 , and former CHS Principal 1984 – ’86