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Page 14 text:
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
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,
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
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-
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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
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-
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.
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