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 / Coach
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 / Coach
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           Mathematics, / Coach
Newcomer, Charles       Physics, Chemistry
Olsen, Gladys                         Art
Palmatier, Donna Jean     World History, English
Parkhurst, Grace                  English
Perry, Ruth                  Typing, Shorthand
Petrilli, Michael             Instrumental Music
Pomeroy, Jean                       Art
Posthumus, Russell    Civics, Am. History, / Coach
Powers, Florence              Spanish, History
Pylman, Jay                 Government, Economics
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     English, Geography, / Coach
Roth, Lorene                 English, Latin, Debate
Salsbury, Robert            Geometry, Arithmetic
Schnooberger, Wilamena     Chemistry, Science
Shellman, Arelyne                History
Shoemaker, Clay                 History
Shroll, Wendell             American Government
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, Gen. Shop
VanderMolen, Robert L.    English, History, /  Coach
Verbust, Sgt. Richard             R.O.T.C.
Vruggink, Elmer             Math, Algebra, Debate
Walper, Claire                Geography, Biology
Warmington, Charity       English, Mathematics
Waters, Russell              Mathematics, / Coach
Wells, Ralph                    Instrumental Music
Whittemore, Arlene            Biology, Health
Wierenga, Elmo                 Social Science
Wilcox, Howard                   English
Woodlock, Joan                     Art

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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 counsellors 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  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 in our archives we have a few copies 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 around !

 Aerial  view  of  Grand  Rapids  Central  High     -   421-431   Fountain  Street   NE.    
and the boys and girls gymnasium buildings on the left   (with facilities under each part of those buildings)
It’s difficult to approximate our stage and auditorium in this photo.   Fountain Elementary School  is   upper right.
Shown also;  is the block of private homes behind the school, …. now a  GRPS  park.

 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 ‘Pep Rallies” they added the extra supports to hold the roof on.  Or so we are told.)
                     Samuel   R.   Upton,         Principal


     Henry  Ludwick                                                             Marion  Campbell
      Assistant  Principal                                                        Student  Counselor 





Central  High  School  Principals

                                             1849 – 1849      T.J.  Johnson                     1935 – 1957      Samuel  R.  Upton                (22 yrs.)

      1849 – 1853       James  Ballard                  1957 – 1970      Romulus V.  Romani

     1853 – 1857       Edward Chesebro              1970 – 1976         Wesley R. Perrin

           1857 – 1861      E. Danforth                         1976 – 1979          John  Kirchgessner

     1861 – 1870        Edwin  Strong                   1979 – 1984         David  Glanville

   1870 – 1872      A.J.  Daniels                         1984 – 1986         Gene  Hecker

       1872 – 1885      Edwin  Strong                       1986 – 1992      Lisabeth  Margulu

 1885 – 1896       W.H.  Greeson                     1992 – 2005          Joe  Grandy

        1896 – 1906      A.J.  Volland                           2005 – 2007      Edward  Shalhoup

        1907 – 1920      Jesse B.  Davis                        2007 – 2011      Arthur  Garner, Jr.

  1920 – 1925     Arthur  Andrews                       2011 – 2012            Dustin  Gill

                                1925 – 1935        Claude   Switzer                   2012  –               Mark  Frost   -   Central Campus

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

NOTE:   James Ballard   was principal  for  only   FOUR   years   ….    NOT   104  yrs.       (That  was  a typo)

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Fifth-Army  Advisor  to  Central  High   ROTC   Unit   (early 1950′s)




           ”Words   of   Wisdom”

     Like  those  that  may  have  been  taught  by  Sgt. Redding





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


             Central High School    ”Bureau of Records”   for the ’Selected Class Years’ shown


  CHS    52 / 53     Webmaster
  Warren    B.     “Hap”     Hecker
  Michigan Bell Telephone Co.  -  Retired  

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[   No    Relation     to     Paul   Gene  Hecker   '54     -    a   former   CHS   Principal   ]





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