Ford City High School - Trireme Yearbook (Ford City, PA)

 - Class of 1952

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Shubert, and the Tri-Hi-Y, currently under Miss Mitchell, are the oldest organizations in the school. As its ancestor, the present Student Council, formed in 1950 and now under Mr. Wallis direction, had the Activities Council, which was formed in 1924 and existed until the early thirties. A school newspaper, prepared by student editors and read to the student body each Friday, existed before 1920. Later, a student editorial staff collected school news which was published regularly in the Daily Leader Times. In 1929, the ReHector was published under Mr. Hutchisonis and Mr. Honse's sponsorship, with Frank Brookhouser as editor. This paper was succeeded by the Panorama, which was published under Mrs. Hammondis direction, The Glass-Ip, reorganized in 1950 under Miss Johnston, was first published by students under Miss Fisher. Before the advent of the Trireme in 1939, Ford City seniors had published two annuals, the Oracle in 1912 advised by Professor Cook, and the Caldron in 1927, with Miss White as adviser. The Trireme has been under the guidance of C. W. Black, G. A. Barnett, Clara Sullivan, Mildred Stockdale, Eliza- beth Weaver, and business advisers G. A. Barnett, Clarence Marshall, T. P. Baughman, Margaret Shu- bert, and Lina DeHout. Music has always had many followers in the Ford City schools, and there are a number of grad- uates who are having successful music careers. In the early days, a part time music teacher was always a member of the faculty. Alumni well remember the Boys, Quartette, members of which were Henry Sellers, first tenor, George Duperrieux, second tenor, Arda Bowser, bass, and August Shubert, sec- ond bass. This quartette, organized in 1913, stayed together even after the boys had Hnished high school. Among the early surpervisors were Miss Fleck, Miss Bailey, and Miss Mechling. Later, Miss Becker organized the first band and introduced "On Ford Cityv to the students. Music supervisors who have succeeded them have been Miss Cathers, Miss Ball, Miss Botdorf, Miss Gessler, Miss Thompson, and, at the present time, Martin Thompson. The first band director was Margaret Colonna Steinmetz, to be followed by Alfred Zimmer, George Kyle, and presently, Lola Bevington, as instrumental directors. Alumni interested in music and speech also recall with pleasure the Forensic League contests during which Ford City students Won many honors. They well remember the trips to the Clarion track and music contests, especially the year, 1931, when they brought back a cup which had been won by Ford City for three years and was then to become its permanent possession. Today the idea of singing and playing together has replaced the idea of contesting, and Ford City musicians are represented in county, district, and state orchestras, choruses, and bands. Ford City has entertained county chorus several times, re- cently with its own Iohn Raymond as guest con- ductor. District chorus has also met in Ford City, as has county band, and, in the spring of 1952, district band. Many fine athletes have been developed through the sports program at Ford City High School. Curiously enough, twenty-five or 'thirty years ago, it was track, not basketball, that brought Ford City its fame in the sports world. In 1925 and 1926, brilliant records were made by the track teams, with Wendell Welch, an outstanding track man, winning the state championship in 1925. Track was discontinued as a varsity sport in the early thirties. Although basketball was played in Ford City before 1921, it was that year that marked a mile- stone in Ford Cityis basketball history, for it was then that Ford City made its first appearance in W.P.I.A.L. competition, winning the secion. The school has had sectional championships to its credit then and in the following years-'24, '28, ,29, ,30, ,31, ,32, ,33, ,34, ,35, ,36, ,37, ,38, ,40, 341, '43, ,45, ,46, ,47, ,48, ,50, 751, and the present season, i52. In addition, under Coach Campbell, the local teams, in ,37 and '38, were VV.P.I.A.L. champions. 1948, under Coach Rupert, saw the local basketball team as W.P.I.A.L. champions, P.I.A.A. western regional champs, and P.I.A.A. state runner-ups. Basketball coaches who have molded these fine teams have been Roy McIntosh, A. Sheridin, C. P, Campbell, James E. Davis, and Hubert Rupert. Coaching junior varsity recently have been Fred Ortman and Robert Black. Robert McCoy has been junior high coach. Traditionally, the annual football contest be- tween Ford City and Kittanning, played on Armis- tice Day, has been the highlight of the football season. Ford City has been victorious in this an- nual classic 16 times, with Kittanning winning 11 of the games played, with one tied game. Ford City has produced football greats, too, and has won several county championships. In 1941, the foot- ball team was undefeated and untied. Football coaches at Ford City have been Roy McIntosh, A. I. Sheridin. Iohn Honse, George Kase, and Iames Davis, with Hubert Rupert and Robert McCoy assisting. Recent junior varsity coaches have been Fred Ortman, Robert Black, and Paul Caruso. This year for the 1951 season, the games were played on the new hilltop athletic field, which eventually will be equipped, not only with a grid- iron. but with facilities for night football games, track, tennis, and baseball. Minor sports include golf and baseball. Ford City also has iunior varsity football, iunior varsity basketball, and a iunior high basketball team, initiated in 1951. Basketball is played intramurally by many boys during the school year. One cannot close the athletic history of Ford City without mentioning the girls, basketball teams which played interscholastically during the twen- ties. Under their successive teachers, Miss Patrizio, Miss Shumaker, and Miss Schoch, the girls have enjoyed a variety of intramural sports, In the spring of 1952, a Play Day was sponsored here un- der Miss Schochis direction, in which schools in the surrounding areas were invited to participate. This then is Ford City High School through the years. VV e have touched but lightly the crowd- ed years that have passed since 1902, but we hope that we have given a brief glimpse of our Alma Mater--its growth, its people, and its accomplish- ments.

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headed the school from 1902 to 1920, as supervising principals, were Iames Palmer, Edward T. Daugherty, C. M. McNaughton, and XV. YV. lrwin. In 1920, Ray D. XVelch became supervising prin- cipal, and when, in 1921, Ford City was made a third class school district, Mr, YVelch became the first superintendent of schools. Mr, VVelch left the Ford City school system in 1928. Q. C. Vincent was elected superintendent of schools in 1928 to succeed Mr, YVelch and to serve in that capacity until his retirement in 1950. At the time of Mr. Vincentis retirement, Paul N. Marsh, principal of the high school since 1927, became superintendent of schools, and Raymond E. Miller, who had been a teacher in the local schools since 1929, became high school principal. Among former hoard members who served the school and the community well were the late B. VV. McCutcheon, the late John Shearer, the late Iohn Sekinger, the late Ferdinand Reisgen, Dr. Albert Bower, YV. T. Roberts, Byron Miller,VE. E. lXlorrison, XV. Boggs, D. O. Crouch, the late Ceorge P, Lentz, Calvin Miller, Dr. NV. A. Frederick, Iulius Steiner, XValter Brookhouser, Earl Artman, YVilliam lVatson, John Pella, Ralph Reisgcn, Otto Schecren, George Brown, Henry llollev, Ioseph Frick, and Dr. Iames Allison. The present board members are: Louis G. Goldman, president, Floyd DeLong, vice-president, John P. Badura, treasurer, Iohn Mclntosh, Dr. A. R. Pechan, Dr. Paul Opalka, and Dr. Ted Rupert, Miss Margaret Mongavin, secretary to the superintend- ent, is also secretary of the hoard of education. There have been teachers, too, whose long years of service and contribution to education in Ford City are worthy of mention. The late Olive L. Hammond taught for forty-seven vears in the Ford City schools. Mrs. Ella V. Kinley, now re- tired, was a member of the faculty for thirty-two years, Miss Edna Kerr, retired, for twenty-two years, and Miss Estelle Butler, formerly the princi- pal of the grade school and now retired, for twenty- five years. Graduates of Ford City High School have re- ceived the benefit of fine scholastic training and have done credit to the advantages they received as they attended college or went into business, in- dustry, or trade. ln 1929-30, a great educational stride forward was made in the Ford City schools when a junior high school, consisting of grades 7, 8, and 9, was created. At that time, classes in art, activities, and guidance were introduced, while woodworking, mechanical drawing, and homemak- ing were made a permanent part of the curriculum. ln 1950-51, a guidance department was reorganized under the direction of Miss Evelyn Deen. 1t was in 1928 that Ford City received the dis- tinction of being the only Armstrong County school to have met the requirements necessary to he listed as an accredited high school with the Middle States and lXIaryland Association of Accredited High Schools and Colleges. In 1950, after a pro- gram of self-evaluation by the staff, the high school was re-evaluated by a visiting connnittee and found worthy to continue on this list of accredited schools. Activities have played their part in the devel- opment of Ford City students, 1n the years before and during YVorld YVar 1, until the early twenties, two literary societies flourished, the Athenian So- ciety and the Sempiterna Society. The keen rivalry between the two groups created much interest both in the school and in the community, leading to manv entertaining and lively debates. Other organizations have come and gone, but each has left its mark on the students and on the school. ln May, 1927, the XVelhikhanna History Club, under the direction of Mrs. Hammond, pub- lished a valuable booklet, "Comnnmity Annalsn, commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the founding of Ford City. A chapter of the National Honor Society was introduced in Ford City in 1927, as was the National Athletic Society. In addition to the honor societies. the Gregg Club, under Miss In 1928, these students represented Ford City in an interscholastic contest held at the University of Pittsburgh, winning., tn. scholarship cup. Alice Stiener made the highest all-around individual record in the contest, in which seventy high schools and 760 stu dents participated., Standing are Bernard Apple, Edgar Burns, Franklin Core, James Vensel, Hubert Rupert, Edward Steiner. Stated are Florence Crawford Miller, Alice Steiner, Rita lieftou Pincus, Laura Pignolet Ludxviek. 9



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