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
ADDITIONAL REUNION INFORMATION BELOW:
Reunion Reservation Deadline was 4/20.
Most details are on the “Upcoming Events” page
with overflow items on this page.
BELOW ARE MORE DETAILS YOU MAY LIKE TO KNOW
CONCERNING THE MAY 5 REUNION LUNCHION AT
THE GRAND RAPIDS WOMAN’S CITY CLUB
Everyone loves a fabulous meal !
and that’s what you will find … down at the club !
Be sure to CHECK IN first thing, (11:15 – 11:30)
then find the table in the dining room where you would like to sit;
(The Place Card you put down reserves your spot at that table)
Then mingle with classmates and look over the ‘Sweet House’
while the WCC staff prepares things for our noon luncheon.
Millie VanderMaas & Pat Barendse
will be filling in for Mudge at the Registration Desk
Martha Stannard in charge of “Registration & Greeting”
(Some photos may load slowly)
RESERVATIONS were DUE – APRIL 20
Long-Time City Club Member Mary Towle will be the Front Door Greeter
with able assistance from a long-time greeter, Chaplain Sally Six ^
and again this year, Jim Anderson will be the Back Door Greeter.
assisted by Smiling Dale VanderKlay, our Roving Greeter.
Stage Manager, Jack Suess ’53 (left) will be chief Elevator Operator
and assisted by Don Dunstan ’53 (right) and helping
those who will be finally able to “get their “free ride”.
IF YOU ENJOY A COLD BEER, OR A GLASS OF WINE BEFORE DINNER
DRINK TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM A CLUB MEMBER
WHO WILL LIKELY BE SEATED AT THE REGISTRTION TABLE.
WE ARE OBLIGATED TO FOLLOW CLUB RULES – AND THIS
IS HOW THEIR BAR SETUP MUST OPERATE.
Below is a rather rough sketch showing what the Large WCC Parking Lot
on the East Side of Lafayette, and two doors down from the clubhouse.
You may enter the main parking lot off Fulton Street, – drop a passenger off
at the back door, then park in the large lot across Lafayette, holding
more than 50 cars. – (Friday – May 5 Reunion Luncheon)
For those needing a special RESERVED PARKING place.
Please call Carol Dodge – or one of the committee members.
______ WCC Clubhouse __ just across the street,
. and a couple of doors further north. ______
^ Above is an overflow of Reunion Event Information.
Below … we continue with our regular Faculty Page items.
. We are all looking forward to having another
. . great time down at the Woman’s City Club
Friday Noon – May 5th
Oh, how wonderful – the simple times of the 1950s
Not too many of them are still alive today, but we have special memories
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 HAVE SEEN ON THIS WEBSITE
WILL BE OF LITTLE INTEREST TO ANYONE OTHER THAN
THOSE WHO HAVE ACTUALLY SPENT A HALF-DOZEN YEARS
IN THIS GREAT INSTITUTION CALLED G.R. CENTRAL HIGH.
(Please share this information with your classmate friends)
I’m getting ready for Miss Compton’s Typing Class !
My mom told me these should be
delivered before the May 5 Reunion
“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
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