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Page 10 text:
TO THE CLASS OF 1961
Congratulations on such a happy and mem-
orable occasion—your graduation from high
school. You must be filled with mixed emo-
tions as you look back upon your past years
as students while at the same time looking
ahead to your futures and the beginning of
new and different lives and careers. There is
that feeling of pride and satisfaction you must
have in knowing that because of your work
and study, you have successfully reached that
long awaited goal—graduation. I imagine,
though, that you must have that same feeling
of nostalgia that comes to every graduate when
you think of leaving all the good friends and
wonderful times which were so much a part of
your life in high school. Instead of your leaving
Iroquois, we think rather of your staying with
us as a member of our alumni.
I sincerely hope that you will find all the
happiness and satisfaction you seek, and 1 do
wish for each of you the best of everything
Congratulations to the Class of 1961:
As you leave this fine school, it is my sincere hope
that you will never forget your many pleasant expe-
riences nor your many fine friends. Graduation
means the end of your stay as a student at Iroquois,
but always remember it signifies the opening of new
The world into which you are entering is passing
through many crises. Even the wisest men find it
difficult to keep a sense of balance under these con-
ditions. However, remember that you have the
ability to think. This involves the risk of misunder-
standing, but it also presupposes that the mind can
grow, that understanding can mature and that a man
can advance from a false assumption to a new grasp
It will take more than thought to redeem man-
kind, but we should never underestimate the ability
to think and to reason together. “Whatever is true,
honest, just, pure, only of good report, think of
Today is a time for sober thought and careful
understanding, and I know that your education at
Iroquois will give you a sound basis for future de-
If you think and always remember the eternal
verities, I feel confident that you will lead happy and
Good luck to all of you in whatever you pursue.
I shall recall with much pleasure and happiness the
Class of ’61.
Russell E. Corser
Page 9 text:
PRINCIPAL of the DISTRICT
Congratulations for your success in school, and upon your yearbook project.
Your last year at Iroquois Central comes during a great history making era, when
leadership within our own nation changes, and when the events on the International
scene reveal a deployment of power pressures to influence opinion and ideologies.
It seems to me that one of the paramount issues for each of you is to maintain
your individualism in thought and in person. Although most of your school life has
been spent in a “togetherness environment, in which you became both a joiner and
an organization person, do not let this overshadow your individualism. Remember
the school reflects the culture of which it is a part. Sometimes it is easier to adhere
to a principle in the company of others, it is even easier to believe in it. For
the timid and the uncertain, shifting responsibility for moral decisions to an organ-
ization is obviously the path of the least resistance. The substitution of a social
conscience for the private conscience disposes of a number of troublesome moral
problems. However, when people get in the habit of depending too much on others
to solve their problems, they lose their capacity of applying thought and imagina-
tion to private analysis and solution. This leads to demoralization of the individual
as a private person. Individualism and freedom generate tremendous power. May
you always maintain yours.
A. Donald Bartoo
Principal of the District
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