North Coventry High School - Torch Yearbook (Pottstown, PA)
- Class of 1952
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MISS JESSE M. DELP
The Class of 1952 takes great pleasure in dedicating this issue of "The Torch"
to Miss Jesse M. Delp.
Miss Delp, as a senior advisor, has helped our class in many of its activities.
She has been a conscientious home room teacher, has worked with us, advised and en-
couraged us, with no thought of reward, praise, or acclaim.
In addition to teaching her regular classes of history and P. O. D. and her work
as director of visual education in both the elementary and high school buildings, she has
helped us with the senior class play, senior dance, and preparations for Class Night and
Commencement. She has also been faculty advisor to the cheerleaders for the past four
years. Everyone who has worked with her holds her in high esteem.
In gratitude for these fine contributions to Norco school life, we proudly make
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THE "TORCH" STAFF
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF , Donald Sheasley
ASSISTANT EDITOR . Barbara Ehly
BUSINESS MANAGER ,. ,,,. Jane Cisarik
ASSISTANTS ,, . , Dorothy Kuntzleman, Eugene Clemens, William Rhymer
ART EDITORS , ..,.... . . Janet Baker, David Camaho, Carolyn Gray
PERSONALS EDITOR ,. .. . .. ..,,.,. , , . . . , . ., . , . ., , . .. Phyllis lVIcCrudden
ASSISTANTS . Cleo Brown, Betty Jane Loughin, Richard Yocum, Lowell Mull
FEATIIRES EDITOR ,. .,,., , . . ,. , , , , . Philip Lang
ASSISTANTS . , Marilyn Rothenherger, Helen Read, Rena Tiernan
LITERARY EDITORS , , . .. .. ......,.,.. .,.. ..,. . , . Joan Buckwalter, John Kreps
SPORTS EDITORS , . Gordon Wampler, Christine Swavely
ASSISTANTS Eugene Clemens, Esther Evans
COPY EDITOR . , , . Marlyn Berriker
ASSISTANTS . . Rosalie Bitler, Lillian Wilson, June Johnson
PHOTOGRAPH EDITOR . ,,., . ,. . ,. . . .... Virginia Yoconi
ASSISTANTS , .... . Joseph Fry, Carl Ecker
FACULTY ADVISORS , . Mrs. Esther Clark, Mrs. Marian Machamre
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ALVIN S. ALDERFER-Administrative Assistant, Biology, Problems of Democracy, Driver Training.
LOUJEAN BOUSH-Music Supervisor, Softball Coach.
C. ALLYN BROWN, JR.-Science, Physics, Chemistry, Junior Varsity Basketball Coach, Junior High
LOUIS W. BUCKWALTER-Physical Education, Health, General Science, Basketball Coach, Baseball
NEAL R. BURTNER-Vocational Agriculture.
ESTHER C. CLARK-English, French, Library.
CHARLOTTE U. COOK--Vocational and General Home Economics.
JESSIE M. DELP-History 10, 11, Visual Education, Problems of Democracy, Cheerleading Coach.
JOHN B. DeVINCENTIS-Junior High English.
MIRIAM D. HAUSER-School Secretary.
CLARE K. LANE-Junior High History and Geography.
MARIAN K. MACHMER-Shorthand, Typewriting, Ofiice Practice, Business English.
HELEN A. McCARDLE-Art Supervisor.
WILLIAM J. PAOLANTONIO-History 8, 9, 10, Civics, Football Coach.
ROBERT C. PINE--Senior High English, Junior High Math.
JEAN PRATT-Physical Education, Health, Hockey Coach, Basketball Coach.
EDNA G. SHINEHOUSE--Trigonometry, Geometry, Algebra I, II, Arithmetic, General Math.
ROY M. SNYDER, JR.-Shop, Mechanical Drawing.
STANLEY SPRINGER-Bookkeeping, Typing, J. B. T., English, S. P. A.
ANNA C. TREGO, R.N.-School Nurse, Home Nursing.
ALFRED R. RHYMER-Custodian.
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JANET L. BAKER "Jan"
Basketball, 9, 103 Glee Club, 9, 10, Sextette, 9, 103
Travel Club, 105 Class Play, 11, 123 "Norco News", 9,
10, 12, "Torch" Staff, 12. " 5
Tall . . . attractive . . . quiet . . . a good sport . . . pals
around with Joan . . . makes friends easily . . . refuses
to worry . . . Mrs. Cook's helpful home ec.. girl . . .
fondness for sailors . . . hangs out at "Pete's" . . .
friendly smile . . . would like to spend years in travel-
MARLYN L. BERRIKER "Chub"
Hockey, 9, 10, 11, 123 Basketball Manager, 9, 10, 115
Softball Manager, 9, 10, 115 Class Secretary, 10, 11, 12,
"Norco News", 10, 11, 129 Travel Club, 103 Class Play,
11, 125 Allied Youth, 11, 12, Sextette, 9, 10, 115 Glee
Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Choristers, 11, "Torch" Staff, 12g
P. T. A. Operetta, 11.
Blonde wavy hair . . . personality plus . . . easy to get
along with . . . has many friends . . . likes commercial
work . . . enjoys playing piano . . . always ready and
willing to help in class or school projects . . . pretty
complexion with rosy cheeks . . . blushes easily . . . pre-
fers women drivers to men . . neat dresser . . .thinks
boys are O. K .... pals with Jane . . . likes sports . 5.
expects to be a secretary. Q
THOMAS BISHOP "Ba Ba"
Football, 93 FFA, 10, 11, 12, Glee Club, 9.
Small, but always ready to defend himself . . . Says
what he thinks . . . can be found at Trunk's . . . Shupe
and Windle's pride and joy . . . One of Bucktown's hot-
rodders . . . Chickens take a liking to him . . . Pals
around with Lanker . . . one of the future farmers.
ROSALIE G. BITLER "Bitle"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 123 Cheerleading, 10, 11, Captain,
125 "Norco News", 9, 10, 11, "Torch" Staff, 12.
Short dark hair . . . peppy cheerleader . . . interested
in the Air Force . . . efficient commercial student . . .
enjoyed her Washington trip . . . can usually be found
at People's Drug Store . . . dancing is a delight to her
. . . takes her romances lightly . . . visits other schools
. . . carefree . . . always enjoyed algebra class . . . likes
to have a good time . . . would like to combine household
duties with those of a secretary.
FRANCIS BROCKWAY "Screendoor"
F. F. A., 9, 10, 11, 12. '
Crew cut . . . quizzical brown eyes . . .. notedkfor his
varied assortment of cars . . . one of the most efficient
businessmen of the class . . . gives Mr. Alderfer a hard
time in P. O. D .... enjoys hillbilly music . . . one of
the F. F. A. boys . . . always helping buddies in trouble
. . . likes to argue with all teachers . . . helps repair
television sets . . . his ideas about the future change
CLEO BROWN "Cle"
Basketball, 11, 125 Softball, 115 Glee Club, 9, 10, 115
Travel Club, 105 Allied Youth, 10, 11, 125 "Norco News",
9, 10, 11, 125 "Torch" Staff, 125 Choristers, 115 Sextette,
95 P. T. A. Operetta, 11..
Attractive brunette . . tall . . . enjoys dancing . . . likes
to cowboy her father's Cadillac . . . quick temper . . .
steady guard on the basketball team . . . pleasant smile
. . . never finds time for homework . . . trim, smart ap-
pearance . . . full of fun . . . dependable waitress . . . en-
joys a lengthy conversation . . . one of the belles of
East Main Street . . . likes to travel to Monocacy . . .
her future is undecided.
JOAN BUCKWALTER "J0anie"
Basketball, 9, 105 Glee Club, 95 Travel Club, 105 Sex-
tete, 95 Science Club, 125 "'Norco News", 9, 10, 11,
125 "Torch" Staff, 125 Allied Youth, 115 Class Play, 11,
Platinum blonde . . . attractive . . . not influenced by
the opinions of others . . . enjoys making life difficult
at times . . . very argumentative . . . gives teachers a
hard time . . . enjoys reading . . . likes a good time . . .
sophisticated . . . possesses a quick temper . . . plans
to enter nurse's training.
JAMES J. CHAPPIE "Chappie"
One of our peroxide boys . . . sports a new Chevy . . .
boy of many moods . . . always ready for a good time
. . . likes to argue with the teachers . . . doesn't like
school . . . quiet . . . prefers cowboy music . . . thinks
girls are all right . . . good-natured . . . friendly . . .
works at Doehler's after school hours . . . will con-
tinue with this work if Uncle Sam permits.
DAVID CAMAHO "Comach"
Football, 9, 10, 11, 125 Basketball Manager, 9, 10, 11,
125 Baseball Manager, 9, 10, Band, 9, 10, 11, 12g Boys
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 125 Mixed Chorus 11, 12, Allied
Youth, 11, 125 Patrol, 125 "Norco News", 123 "Torch"
Dark, curly hair . . . faithful basketball manager . . .
one of the few commercial boys . . . reliable tackle on
the football team . . . finishes anything he undertakes
. . .his car always gives his trouble . . . tenor in the
boys' fast-fading glee club . . . "Johnny on the spot"
. . . excellent tumbler . . . a natural for the class play
. . . hopes to find arboriculture an interesting vocation.
JANE F. CISARIK "Janie"
Hockey, 9, 10, 11, 123 Softball, 9, 10, 11, 12, "Norco
News", 9, 10, 11, Editor, 123 Travel Club, 105 Class
Play, 11g "Torch" Staff, 12.
Long, golden, naturally curly hair . . . whiz at short-
hand . . . good athlete . . . quiet at school . . . interested
in members of opposite sex . . . attractive dimples . . .
doesn't mind missing the school bus . . . friendly . . .
likes to hear good music . . . usually seen with Dodie,
Helen and Ozz . . . faithful attendant at Saturday night
dances . . . plans to work up to the position of private
EUGENE W. CLEMENS "Gipp"
Football, 9, 123 Basketball, 9, 10, 11, Captain, 123 Base-
ball, 10, 11, 123 Allied Youth Treasurer, 10, 11, Presi-
dent, 12, Glee Club, 9, 10, Vice President, 11, Patrol,
10, 11, Lieutenant, 12, Class Play, 11, "Torch" Staff, 12.
Impersonator of the class . . . thinks girls are delight-
ful creatures . . . South Pottstown's gift to Norco's
basketball team . . . can be counted on for humor . . .
friendly to everyone . . . has a secret desire to travel
. . . possesses a wonderful singing voice . . . wouldn't
be himself without his "crew" cut . . . would like to
ROBERT DAY "Bob"
F. F. A., 9, 10, 11, 129 Basketball, 12.
Tall and blond . . . loosely connected . . . quiet . . .
should have gone out for basketball in his freshman
year . . . likes to travel to Erie County . . . slow-moving
. . . shuns social activities . . . expert at book reports?
. . . baby face . . . has rough time getting rides home
from school . . . finds math a pleasant pastime . . . fu-
ture lies in the Navy.
CARL ECKER "Chicken"
Basketball, JV, 10, 11, Varsity, 123 Football Manager,
10, 125 Safety Patrol 9, 10, 11, Treasurer 125 Glee Club,
93 "Norco News", 9, 10, 11, 123 Camera Club, 10, 11,
12, Allied Youth, 11, Vice rrcsident, 10, "Torch" Staff,
Mr. Paolantonio's right hand man . . . enjoys a
good show at Reading . . . likes commercial work . . .
very efficient at bookkeeping . . . has an entertaining
laugh . . . gets into argumentative moods . . . his
second home is "The Cup" . . . plans to attend Read-
ing Business School
BARBARA A. EHLY "Babs"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 115 Travel Club, 10g Allied Youth, 10,
11, 123 "Norco News", 9, 10, 11, 125 "Torch" StaH, 123
Hockey, 105 Class Treasurer, 11, 123 Class Play, 115
Choristers, 11, P. T. A. Operetta, 11.
Very good student . . . neat dresser . . . travels with
Cleo and Betty Jane . . . capable treasurer . . . defends
her own ideas . . . loves to drive . . . sports fan . . .
doesn't care for dancing . . . always has her homework
finished . . . enjoys a laugh . . . approves of opposite
sex . . . lost without her glasses . . . fast talker . . .
plans to attend college.
ESTHER R. EVANS "Evans"
Hockey, 9, 10, 11, 125 Basketball, 9, 10, 11, 12, Softball,
9, 10, 11, 12, "Norco News", 10, 11, 125 "Torch" Staff,
12g Allied Youth, 11, 12.
Brown, curly hair . . . comes from a long line of Evans
athletes . . . excitable . . . possesses a hot temper . . .
country girl . . . answers to call of "Bertha" . . . re-
liable basketball forward . . . known for her unusual
manner of walking . . . gives forth an odd laugh . . .
keeps company with Christine . . . prefers bookkeeping
to shorthand . . . hopes to become a secretary.
JOSEPH F. FRY "Joe"
Glee Club, 93 Patrol 9, 10, 11, 12g Camera Club, 10, 11,
12, Band, 9, 10, 11, 12, Allied Youth, 10, 11, 125
"Torch" Staff, 125 Class Treasurer, 10.
Top notch camera fan . . . drives a green Chevy . . .
capable bookkeeping student . . . has little time for
girls . . . keeps to himself . . . always in a hurry . . .
Miss Delp's right-hand man . . . shuns social life at
school . . . reliable disc jockey . . . always on the
job with his accordion . . . careful driver . . . wants to
find a steady job. X
WAYNE E. FULMER "Fulmer"
Football, 10, 11, 12, Basketball, 9, 10, 11, 125 Baseball,
10, 11, 123 Travel Club, 103 Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 123
Choristers, 11, 12, P. T. A. Operetta, 11.
Reddish-blond type . . . expressive blue eyes . . . known
for his "crew cuts" . . . one of the stage hands . . .
great outdoors man . . . blushes easily . . . witty . . .
smooth dancer . . . easy-going . . . liked by many . . .
firmly opposed to home work . . . always found at
Trunk's . . . has good excuses for keeping late hours
. . . answers to many nick-names . . . constant joker . . .
considering the idea of going to Chicago to learn the
meat cutting trade.
CHARLOTTE A. GOODING "Goo Goo"
Glee Club, 11, 12, '
Long dark hair . . . one of the senior girls to sport a
diamond . . . always has a joke . . . willing to laugh at
all jokes . . . quick temper . . . blushes easily . . . not
interested in sports . . . did enjoy soda fountain work
. . . the duties of a housewife appeal to her . . . plans
to become a secretary.
RICHARD D. GOSS "Gossie"
Baseball, 11, 125 F. F. A., 9, 10, 11, Secretary, 123
Allied Youth, 10, 11, 125 Patrol, 9, 103 Travel Club, 105
Glee Club, 12.
Medium height . . . brown hair . . . likes to travel down
to Kenilworth . . . proud of his Chevy . . . a friend
to all classmates . . . finds outdoor life healthful . . .
one of Mr. Burtener's helpful Ag. boys . . . always finds
time for a joke . . . would like to become a diecaster.
CAROLYN A. GRAY "Slim"
Basketball, 9, Manager, 12g Softball, 113 Camera Club,
9, "Torch" Staff, 12.
Fair complexion . . . constant worrier . . . Pottstown's
gift to Norco . . . has decided that a variety of friends
is better than one "steady" . . . likes art . . . visits the
nurse frequently . . . faithful basketball manager . . .
quiet until you get to know her . . . faithful sports fan
. . . will probably become a nurse.
LILLIAN R. HATCHER "Lill"
Hockey, 11, Softball, 113 Librarian, 11.
Tall . . . always laughing . . . thinks of school as a
bore . . . gets along with everyone . . . has no con-
ception of time . . . thinks a lot of the opposite sex . . .
likes the idea of women in the Service . . . will probably
join some branch of the Service.
HENRY HOFFMAN "Henry"
Patrol, 10, 11, 12, Glee Club, 9, 10, 11.
Good looking . . . handsome brown eyes . . . schoolboy
complexion . . . cowboys a "40" Cadillac . . . undecided
about "going steady" . . . certain inclinations
toward wolfishness . . . rushes to work after school . . .
attends all dances . . . friendly . . . liked by all his class-
mates . . . never a worry or care . . . no time for sports
. . . plans to work in a printing shop.
JUNE JOHNSON "June"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12.
Dark curly hair . . . has her own style of walking . . .
good sport . . . dependable . . . able to do many things
well . . . considerate of others . . . good student . . . likes
Birdsboro movies . . . plans to be an efficient secretary.
G. LAINE KEELER "Keeler"
Football, 125 Basketball, 11, 123 Baseball, 11, 123 Allied
Youth, 10, 125 Travel Club, 10, Ag. Treasurer, 12.
Blond hair . . . easy-going personality . . . beware of
those blue eyes . . . has a great interest in girls . . .
doesn't like history . . . can be seen driving a blue
Chevy . . . would walk to Trunk's if necessary . . . likes
to gossip . . . neat dresser . . . one of Mr. Burtner's boys
. . . thinks dancing is tops . . . sportsman . . . a farmer's
life appeals to him.
JOHN P. KREPS "Johnny"
Football Manager, 9, 10, Basketball, 113 Patrol, 9, 10,
11, 123 Glee Club, 95 "Norco News", 9, Allied Youth,
11, 125 "Torch" Staff, 123 Band, 9, 10.
One of "52's " little men . . . quiet . . . not as hashful
as he seems . . . likes sports . . . not much known
of his heart interests . . . hard worker . . . willing to
take responsibility . . . studious . . . has a "40" Pontiac
. . . the sleeper of the class . . . slow and soft spoken
. . . plans to attend Iowa State College.
HENRIETTA P. KULCYCKI "Ozz"
Glee Club, 9.
Blushes furiously . . . light brown hair . . . goes steady
with Paul . . . likes to travel in a Chevy . . . enjoys
football games . . . dislikes gym class . . . travels with
Janie, Dodie, and Helen . . . another Woolworth's sales-
gi-iil . . . hopes to be an eflicient secretary and house-
DOROTHY E. KUNTZLEMAN "Dodie"
Glee Club, 95 "Torch" Staff, 12.
Petite and refined . . .quiet . . . good typist . . . does
a lot of letter writing' . . . drums are her weakness . . .
can hardly see over the windshield of her father's sta-
tion wagon . . . nature isn't always right but Tintair is
. . . has a great distance to traverse each morning . . .
always ready to laugh . . . would like to travel to Idaho
. . . her future lies in some sort of secretarial work.
PHILIP C. LANG "Pete"
"Norco News", 11, 123 Trarvel Club, 103 Safety Patrol,
10, 11, Secretary, 125 Science Club, 12g Glee Club, 11,
125 "Torch" Staff, 123 Class Play, 12g Allied Youth
Secretary 10, 11, Vice President, 123 Choristers, 11, 129
P6 '1i.1Ai2Operetta, 113 Basketball, 10 11, 123 Baseball,
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Tall, slim and lanky . . . very excitable . . . gestures
with his hands . . . friendly to all . . . murders the
French language . . . well-mannered . . . Norco's tallest
basketball player . . . has his own fashion of dancing . . .
known for his variety of shirts and sweaters . . . plans
to attend Penn State.
RUTH ARLENE LATCH "Latch"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 12, Band, 12.
Short . . . has a nice smile . . . given to moods . . .
always has time for work . . . doesn't like to get up
for church . . . doesn't like school . . . travels with "Goo
Goo" and "Bitle" . . . will let the future take care of
SHIRLEY L. LIGHTCAP "Shirl"
Hockey, 9, 10, 11, Basketball, 9, 10, 115 Softball, 9, 10,
Glee Club, 9, 10, Allied Youth, 10 11g Color Guard, 9,
Tall, attractive brunette . . . one of Woolworth's sales-
girls . . . pleasant . . .talkative . . . Home Ec. girl . . .
attends "Y" dances regularly . . . awakened eigery
morning by the chickens . . . poise . . . enjoys dancing
. . . participated in many sports . . . wears fashionable
bangs . . . models stylish clothes that she makes for
fashion shows . . . has a good time in P. O. D. class
. . . plans to become a telephone operator.
BETTY JANE LOUGHIN "Betty"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, Travel Club, 105 Allied Youth,
10, 11, 123 Softball Manager, 113 "Norco News", 10,
11, 12, "Torch" Staff, 12g Typing Club, 11.
Blonde with deep blue eyes . . . all her interests lie in
Pottstown . . . likes blue Oldsmobiles . . . takes things
as they come . . . loves basketball Kas a spectatorl . . .
giggles . . . tells many jokes but doesn't always get
the point of them . . . always on the go . . . doesn't care
for dancing . . . plans to go into the florist business.
CATHERINE K. LUFT "Kosh"
Hockey, 9, 10, 11g Softball, 10, 115 Glee Club, 9, 105
"Norco News", 10, 125 Travel Club, 10.
Petite blonde . . . very neat dresser . . . fondness for
boys . . . likes to go to Sanatoga speedway . . . "Lill"
is her constant companion . . . gets around . . .
. . . quiet in school . . . fast talker . . . enjoys driving
her brother's Ford . . . works for a pastime . . . hopes
of proving to some business man that she can be a
PHYLLIS S. McCRUDDEN "Phyl"
Hockey, 9, 10, 11, 123 Basketball, 10, 11, 123 "Torch"
Staff, 12, Glee Club, 9, 10, 113 Sextette, 103 "Norco
News", 11, 123 Class Play, 11, 123 Travel Club, 103
Class Secretary, 93 Choristers, 113 P. T. A. Operetta, 11.
Attractive brunette . . .amiable disposition . . . plays
hockey whole-heartedly . . . one of the husky basket-
ball guards . . . has many worries . . . neat appearance
. . . fountain girl at Ramble Inn . . . dancing is her
favorite pastime . . . enjoys singing in the showers . . .
careful driver . . . pals around with Cleo . . . future is
WILLIAM McKEE "Bob Cat"
F. F. A., 9, 10, Secretary, 11, President, 123 Band,
9, 10, 11S Patrol 10, 11, 123 Football, 93 Basketball Man-
Blond hair . . . blue eyes . . . likes the girls . . . finds
Bill's Atlantic Station a wonderful place . . . a great
joker . . . liked by all . . . finds P .O .D. and English
class a doubtful pleasure . . . likes to tease . . . always
on time for the first period in the morning . . . plans to
travel on an Atlantic freighter around the world.
LOWELL F. MULL "Lukie"
Football, 125 Glee Club, 123 "Torch" Staff, "123 Allied
Youth, 111 Baseball, 12.
Brown hair . . . gray eyes with long brown lashes . . .
a great joker and performer . . . a Clemens fan . . .
hails from Spring City, but thinks Norco is tops . . .
likes to tease the girls . . . always around when there
is a party . . . willing to help anyone . . . a great
sports lover . . . football is his weakness . . . plans to
join the Navy.
JOYCE OVERHOLTZER "Joy"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12Q Travel Club, 103 Band, 10,
11, 123 Allied Youth, 11, 123 District Chorus, 12. Color
Guard 10, 11, 12.
Friendly . . . willing worker . . . devoted to Home
Ec. course . . . has a secret liking for boys . . . quiet
. . . day dreamer . . . attends school dances . . . finds
children an interesting subject . . . likes to go to par-
ties . . . courteous . . . found studying driver's training
a waste of time . . . lost without her glasses . . . not
very talkative . . . may become a telephone operator.
HELEN M. READ "Helen"
Glee Club, 9, Cheerleading, 12, "Torch" Staff, 12.
Small . . . good commercial student . . . snappy cheer-
leader . . . travels with Dodie, Janie and Ozz . . .
eliicient salesgirl at Woolworth's . . . gets around . . .
likes to have fun . . . couldn't go on without dancing
. . . secretarial future.
WILLIAM RHYMER "Willy"
Football, 9, 10, 11, Captain, 12, Glee Club, 10, 113
Camera Club, 9, 10, 11, Allied Youth, 10, 115 Class
President, 10, 11, 12, Vice President, 95 Safety Patrol,
9, 10, 11, Co-captain, 12, "Torch" StaH, 12.
Dark curly hair . . . belongs to the shop gang . . . well
liked by all fellow classmates . . . our dependable class
president for three years . . . has a mind of his own
. . . likes his motorcycle . . . Charles Atlas of the class
. . . football is his weakness . . . hopes to own a florist
RUTH E. ROBERTS "Ruthie"
Glee Club, 11, 12, Allied Youth, 10, 11, Travel Club,
105 Class Play, 11.
Light hair . . . sharp gray eyes . . . willing to help
those in trouble . . . expresses op.nions freely . . .
can be found at Baumstown Sale on Saturday nights
. . . likes a good joke . . . her voice attracts people . . .
enjoys hillbilly records . . . thinks P. 0 .D. is a poor
pastime . . . capable worker . . . plans to be a secretary.
MARILYN ROTHENBERGER "Marilyn"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, "Norco News", 9, 10, 11,
12, Basketball, 9, 10, 11, 125 Softball, 9, "Torch" Staff,
Dark curly hair . . . much attention is attracted to her
left hand . . . neat appearance . . . good student . . .
has an interest in Spring City . . . loves to argue . . .
excellent Home Ec. student . . . plans to be an eiiicient
WILLIAM SALANECK "Skinner"
F. F. A., 9, 10, Sentinal, 11, 12.
Pretty blue eyes . . . dark hair . . . good looking . . .
blushes very easily . . . Mrs. Shinenouse's greatest
comedian . . . often seen at Freese's sale . . . hillbilly
fiend . . . known for his erratic book reports . . . Mr.
Burtner's favorite punching bag . . . ex-driver of a
Pontiac . . . spends some of his spare time at the
Atlantic gas station . . . farming will be his future.
ANN MARIE SEMET "Peachy"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 123 District Chorus, 12, Sextette,
9, 109 Color Guard, 9, 10, 11, Travel Club, 105 Allied
Youth, 10, 11.
Full of school spirit . . . has no apparent interest in the
opposite sex . . . gets into uncontrollable laughing
moods . . . finds Joyce and Marge loyal pals . . .
calm, placid temperament . . . one of the Weiss sales-
girls . . . very seldom gets angry . . . never misses choir
practice . . . doesn't gossip . . . a secretarial job ap-
peals to her.
JANE L. SHANER "Shane1 "
Hockey, 9, 10, 11, 123 Basketball, 9, 10, 11, Captain, 125
Softball, 95 Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Allied Youth, 125
Travel Club, 105 Choristers, 11, 125 P. T. A. Operetta,
That reddish gleam is obvious in her hair . . . always
worried about her weight . . . likes sports . . . moves
slowly . . . one of the few seniors that has a "steady"
. . . always seen with Marlyn . . . couldn't live without
a mirror . . . exhibits school spirit . . . known by her
giggle and her way of walking . . . has a come-hither
voice .... coke fiend . . . displays modeling technique
in the locker room . . . would like to become a recep-
DONALD C. SHEASLEY "Don"
Class Vice President, 11, 12, Baseball, 10, 11, 125
"Torch" Editor, 123 Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 123 Class Play,
11, 12, Patrol, 11, Captain, 123 Allied Youth, 10, 11,
Secretary 125 Choristers, 11, 12, Basketball scorekeeper,
10, 11, 12, Camera Club, 10, 11, P. T. A. Operetta, 11,
Science Club, 125 District Chorus, 11, 12, State Chorus,
11, 123 Band, 10.
Tall . . . good-looking . . . studious at times . . . con-
siders homework a waste of time . . . Mrs. Clark's
problem child . . . Mother's little helper . . . never lacks
material for conversation . . . has a favorite hand
gesture , . . "Pardon" is his answer for everything . . .
excellent baritone who never misses choir practice . . .
reliable basketball scorekeeper . . . cowboys Christman's
flower truck . . . plans to attend Muhlenberg College.
THEODORA SMITH "Teddy"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 129 Basketball, 123 Allied Youth,
Very excitable . . . had a wonderful time on the Wash-
ington trip . . . likes basketball . . . enjoys her bus ride
from Monocacy . . . willing to express her ideas freely
. . . likes the Birdsboro movies . . . hunts frantically for
overdue books during Activity Period . . . hopes to
become a hairdresser.
BEVERLY I. SPOHN "Bev"
Basketball, 9, 10, 11, 125 Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 125 Allied
Youth, 11, 12.
Quiet and reserved . . . riding horses is her pastime
. . . blue ribbon winner at horse shows . . . comes to
Norco from South Pottstown . . . keeps her thoughts
to herself . . . easy to get along with . . . constant
companion of "Teddy" . . . likes bookkeeping . . . oiiice
work appeals to her as a future career.
CHRISTINE A. SWAVELY "Chris"
Hockey, 9, 10, Captain, 11, 123 Basketball scorekeeper,
9, 10, 11, Softball, 9, 10, "Norco News", 9, 10, 11, 12,
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Drum Majorette, 9, 10, 11, 125
Choristers, 11, 12, "Torch" Staff, 123 Allied Youth, 11,
125 Class Play, 12.
Blonde . . . gray eyes . . . fast talker . . . Norco's first
drum majorette . . . capable Home Ec. student . . .
friendly . . . loves to sew . . . takes life seriously . . .
looking for a model man . . . enjoys a good joke . . .
finds sports interesting . . . likes to have a good time
. . . plans to become a housewife.
MARJORIE SWAVELY A'Margie"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 123 Allied Youth, 11, 12, Travel
Very quiet . . . likes to ride in gray Plymouths . . .pals
around with Joyce and Ann Marie . . . has boy troubles
. . . enjoys cooking . . . part-time salesgirl at Weiss'
. . . enthusiastic sports fan . . . likes to go to the movies
. . . dreamer . . . doesn't mind coming to school . . . a
friend to all . . . would like to be an interior decorator.
ROBERT SWAVELY "Swav"
Football, 9, 10, 11, Baseball, 9, 10, 11, 12, Basketball,
125 Allied Youth, 115 Glee Club, 10, 11.
Likes to imitate Jimmy Durante . . . always laughing
. . . fond of sports . . . one of the many steady "goers"
. . . can't remember English assignments . . . always
ready to help . . . known for his corny jokes . . . also
likes to hear them . . . loves to sing . . . wants to be-
come a carpenter.
RENA TIERNAN "Nevada"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 123 Color Guard, 9, 10, 115 Sextette,
103 Basketball, 11, Manager, 123 "Torch" Staff, 125
Allied Youth, 10, 11, 12, Travel Club, 10.
Tall . . . steady waitress at Eddie's Luncheonette . . .
friendly smile . . . calm . . . willing student in book-
keeping . . . pals around with Ruth . . . neat appearance
. . . likes to write letters . . . her main interest lies in
school . . . finds P. O. D. a waste of time . . . Mr. Grim's
bookkeeper . . . good student . . . some future employer
will have an excellent secretary.
MILDRED TROAK "Millie"
Cheerleading, 11, 125 Glee Club, 9, 10, Allied Youth, 11,
Attractive blonde . . . blue eyes . . . enthusiastic cheer-
leader . . . never over-exerts herself on school work
. . . salesgirl for F. W. Woolworth . . . has a bright,
well-planned future ahead . . . favorite pastime is
having a good time . . . excellent dancer . . . hearty
laugh . . . finds all boys an interesting subject . . .
just waiting for an interesting future.
RICHARD L. TRYTHALL "Dick"
Band, 9, 10, 11, 12, Patrol, 93 Glee Club, 9, Basketball,
11, Allied Youth, 11, Class Play, 123 Football, 123
"Torch" Staff, 12.
Blond hair . . . blue eyes . . . a gay Casanova . . . taxis
all the senior girls to work after school in his green
Plymouth . . . likes to box . . . invests his money in
Reading shows . . . "sharp dresser" . . . likes dancing
. . . has a talent for selling . . . finds keeping regular
attendance very difficult . . . will probably join the Navy.
W. GORDON WAMPLER "G0rdie"
Football Manager, 9, 10, Football, 11, 12, Basketball,
9, 10, 11, 12, Baseball, 9, 10, 12, Glee Club, 9, 10, 11,
125 Allied Youth, 10, 11, Treasurer, 123 Class President,
95 Patrol, 9, 10, 11, 12, Class Play, 11, 12, P. T. A.
Small but mighty . . . blond, curly hair which has a
tendency to turn red . . . out for all sports . . . faithful
to one girl . . . burns up telephone wires . . . boy of
many moods . . . pilots his Dad's Chevy . . . belongs
to tribe of Donald, Gene and Pete . . . expects to be-
come a farmer.
LILLIAN WILSON "Lili"
Hockey, 9, 10, 115 Softball, 105 Glee Club, 9, 105 "Norco
News", 10, 11, Travel Club, 103 "Torch" Staff, 12.
Quiet . . . pretty brown hair . . . shining blue eyes . . .
always seen with "Kosh" . . . attends the "Y" dances
regularly . . . always takes a Sunday stroll . . . short-
hand fan . . . likes to ride in Fords . . . Mrs. Clark's
little helper . . . can always be found either in Room
1 or the library . . . the business world may claim her
for a time.
VIRGINIA YOCOM "Ginny"
Basketball, 9, 10, 11g Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Travel
Club, 10, "Torch" Staff, 12, Allied Youth, 10, 11, 123
Library Aid, 11, 12.
"Ginny" with the light brown hair . . . willing worker
. . . Laurel Locks is her second home . . . likes to sew
and cook . . . enjoys working with cameras . . . sports
fan . . . friend of all teachers . . . plans to go to college
and study Home Ec.
RICHARD YOCUM "Dick"
F. F. A., 9, 10, Reporter, 11, Vice-President, 123 Patrol,
9, 10, 11, 125 Class Play, 11g "Torch" Staff, 12.
Brown curly hair . . . friendly . . . forms opinions that
are very hard to change . . . gets along with everyone
. . . pleasant smile . . . faithful F. F. A. member . . .
one of the students who likes P. O. D .... doesn't care
for girls?? . . . willing to help anyone . . . drives a
motor scooter . . . can't decide whether to attend college
or get a steady job.
EDWARD LOCKOWITZ "Ed"
Band, 9, 10, 115 Safety Patrol, 11, 12.
Short and slender . . . friendly, especially to boys . . .
has a "wisecrack" for every occasion . . . shuns social
activities . . . never worries . . . finds short cuts in
English assignments . . . some days are better spent in
bed than in school . . . was a faithful service station
attendant until Ramble Inn closed . . . lacks any ap-
parent interest in girls . . . proud owner of a black
Pontiac . . . is waiting to see what fate and Uncle Sam
have in store for him.
Memories . . .
Will you ever forget: the football games and autumn hayrides . . . Mr. Alderfer's senior secre-
taries . . . senior conferences in the library . . . the cowboy fans in Room 9 . . . Miss Delp's 3:15 club
. . . the times Gene and Catherine ran to the Nook during classes . . . Joan's sighs in classes . . .
Pete's serenades . . . Donald's "Pardon" . . . those lectures on earning credit . . . the "corn shockers"
. . . Cousin Lowell from Cactus County . . . Cleo's Cadillac . . . Big Four meetings at the top of the
stairs . . . the "clock watchers" in every class?
Events that were highlights in our history, when: Marilyn, Dodie, and Charlotte became engaged
. . . three girls took an afternoon off . . . Washington Schoolhouse became so popular with certain
senior girls . . . the desks carvers ceased work . . . two lost students went to the wrong school . . .
Wayne made a field in Room 9 that cost him seven dollars . . . Pete's was raided by Norco fans.
We wonder: Who were the "ghosts" that opened the windows in Mrs. Shinehouse's room? . . .
who dropped the typewriter . . . why Marlyn, Lillian, and Esther were sent out of Junior English class?
. . . how did Bill McKee tune in Arthur Godfrey when we expected to hear Macbeth? . . . why did Gene
make such strange faces in P. O. D. class? . . . why Rosalie was never on time?
Were you there when: the Ag. boys gave an assembly program . . . the seniors presented their
Class Day programs . . . Mr. Alderfer gave us his lectures in P. O. D .... the vocational students went
to the Farm Show?
We were honored with: Mr. Brown's jokes . . . Henry's taxi service . . . the new elementary school
. . . the assembly programs before Christmas vacation . . . the sermons during Easter week . . . our
District Choristers . . . Miss Pratt's patience . . . four wonderful years in North Coventry High School
. . . the efforts of teachers and parents to have us get an education.
Class Song . . .
Let's cheer, class, let's cheer,
There's no time to be sad.
Our hearts must have courage
To show us the way.
We'll cheer for the bygone days
When sorrows were small and f
Until bright tomorrow, farewell,
Norco, to you.
Dear Norco, we leave you,
Our hearts sad and blue,
We'll miss all your teachings
And guidance so true.
At last we have reached the goal,
We leave now to face the world.
So farewell, dear Norco,
Our mem'ries are with you.
TUNE: "Linger Awhile"
WORDS: Marlyn Berriker and Joan Buckwalter
CIBSS POCITI . . .
Give me your youth, the pride of tomorrow, the young, impatient to be free, and striving
to conquer the horizon ever beckoning them.
Allow me to shelter them in my aged hands.
I shall temper their firmness and fill them with knowledge, security and good will.
I shall point out the true virtues of life: truth, kindness, good conduct and enduring
Although I am tired and my walls are gray with age, even so, I shall mouldthe best from
their ranks. V r N .
Look upon these who now walk my quiet halls for perhaps the last time-who shall
always know that under my roof there shall be ever a haven.
I have guided them and nourished each one with every rich experience and activity.
I have given them leaders and friends, to better acquaint them with patience and under-
I have been entertainment, example, sorrow and joy.
Each one holds a cherished incident from within my bounds.
And now, as they leave me, I only hope that they shall remember but this:
I am North Coventry, their strife and happiness, their wishes and dreams,
their frolicsome adolescence and sophisticated maturity.
May they ever know that within the bosom of every person affiliated with
my doorways and rooms,
And in my memories and pleasures there will ever be a place for the Class
Donald C. Sheasley
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fqagf 1951! tw!
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First row, left to right---J. Hoffvcker, Li. lmnflis, .I. Smith, I4'. NlllIlII1'l'li'Illl'l', .I, XXX-iss, Nl,
Ymroin, S. Mn-Gowatn, I.. Ritchie, M, lmng, S. Ks-Ilur, IW. Kc-rlin, preside-nt:I'. IiHll,T,lIlII, A. AI.
Iiziuinan, f', Garner, ILML-stei', 'I'. Brower, II, Ile-twilt-r, A. Miller, ll, Vain-, Il. We-lls.
Sw-onfl row-I.. Fries, I.. Sears, S. Manger, J. Petrii-k, IG, Kully, I.. lHn'tvi', XY. Iiinvkini-r, Il.
i'I'PSSlIl2lll, IT. Sears, V. Pierce, IG. ML-Neal, A. lieinstein, .l. Iirower, M. A. lillK'lll', A. liZlI'l2lS.
Third row-IC. linker, J. Stoudt, U. Smith, P. Pentz, J, lim-Ixus, W. l'owi-ll, .l. In-inlli-r, II.
Moy:-r, lil. John, J, Smith, NV. Collins, I.. Stephens, .I. Iizttdorf.
Fourtli row-Mr. Ii. Pine, Mrs. M. iW1HC11Rl'llPI', Mr. S. Springer, aulvisv-rs.
CLASS OF '53
As we come to the end of our junior year, we pause for a few moments of retrospect. We
think of our three happy years in Norco High - yes, happy, in spite of some hours of trouble, dif-
ficulty, and anxiety. Those of us who have stayed in school and are ready to assume the duties of
seniors in September are glad now that we plodded along, doing our best from day to day.
Many delightful memories come to us of class dances, Christmas parties, exciting athletic
events, pleasant associations with one another, and all those little daily happenings that make up a
typical school year.
The 1951-52 term was highlighted by two big events. One April 18 a talented cast presented
a comedy, "The Little Dog Laughed", to a pleased and appreciative audience.
A few weeks later the Junior-Senior Prom took place on the evening of May 2. The theme of
the dance was "Mardi Gras," which was carried out in gay decorations, and, as far as possible in the
music and special entertainment features. Sherwood Yergey's orchestra furnished thc music.
We, the members of the Class of '53, wish the graduating class joy and happiness in whatever
careers they choose upon graduating from high school. We hope they achieve success in the future,
and ever remember their days at North Coventry.
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CI f Kirhy, Ii. Lloyd, G. Seydol, M. A. Umxmlw, .I. Smith, sm-cn-t:11'yg .I, Stviff, Ii. I". l1:u'Iim.:t1m
O ll'l'IlS!ll'0l'1 J. Itichnrds, A. Assomw, R. A. Ililm-X, II. 'I'ryth:1II, K. I'IV:mS, J. 'l'1II'2lk, 'I'. 1'is:1l'iIr
S1-I-mul row V-Miss .I. Pratt, udvisur: I'. A, Kulp, 41. Shrum, IZ, Pike-. IC. Iirnmm, I", lfzxusl, I1
'54 l'It'lIll'lIS, IT. I.:u'f-rty, VV, Ynvmn, pl'vsiIIvx1l:4i, Km-In-r N WIVJIIIIIUSII S S4-hwvityvr Nl Iluhl
'. ':1nn0lI, J. Snow, J. Miller, M. IC, Km-ps, R. l:llI'Il'l2lllZ Mr. .I. lV:'xvIIIl'0IItiS ahlxtignr
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l.. Ilnuck, Ii. NUITIS, A. Airvy, II. Kvllnr, 'I'. I ritsvlw.
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l+'rnnt ruw, Ivft to righlf-IJ, I.:u1p:, ll. Iiusr-warm-, II. Kulp, IE. I:UIll1'IlIll'I'H'l'l', lr, I4zlt4Inl'I', 1
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0 li. PllI'll'l', S. Fox, M. lloffmam, M. lmlm-h, S. Ilumlum, IP. Shilonsky, M. Upp1'I'lll:lll.
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'55 .l, Ilornsky, .l. I.us::1s, Ii. Goswollin, S, I'Im-Inns, IC. Smith, I.. Jnnvs, J. lim-k, Mrs. U. lmuk
Mr. Ii. Suydor, znlvisnrs,
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Ix. 110111912 IP. Hottrlck, A. Parr, H. lVIvGnwz1n, ll, lluttc-raw, R. Dmnhin, IE. Moyer, I-E. Milh-I
I4'nul'th row-D. Neff, H. Garner, IT. Klinv, I.. I.:-21111, Il. Kirby, J. Brower, I'. I7:u'iS.
Fifth row-Mr. C. A. Iirown, zulvisurg XV. Iimwt, VV. XVisv. R. Ile-witt, I.. XVn1nsIu-r, I1. Ilan".
Sixth row-Miss I.. Roush, :l4IviSm'3 Ii. Ste-invr.
The Class of '52 ln Sohg . . .
JANET BAKER-"Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?"
MARLYN BERRIKER-"Piano Roll Blues"
THOMAS BISHOP-"Baa, Baa, Black Sheep"
ROASLIE BITLER-"Wishin' "
FRANCIS BROCKWAY-"Beautiful Brown Eyes"
CLEO BROWN-"Hot Rod Race"
JOAN BUCKWALTER-"Sophisticated Lady"
DAVID CAMAHO-"Indian Love Call"
JAMES CHAPPIE-"I'll Get By"
JANE CISARIK-"Dance Me Loose"
GENE CLEMENS-"There's No Business Like Show Business"
ROBERT DAY-"Slow Poke"
CARL ECKER-"The Chicken Song"
ESTHER EVANS-"Who's To Blame?"
JOSEPH FRY-"Lady of Spain"
WAYNE FULMER-"Going Fishing"
CHARLOTTE GOODLING-"Be My Life's Companion"
RICHARD GOSS-"A Guy Is A Guy"
LILLIAN HATCHER-"Charlie, My Boy"
HENRY HOFFMAN-"Peg of My Heart"
JUNE JOHNSON-"I Won't Cry Any More"
JOHN KREPS-i'Nature Boy"
HENRIETTA KULCYCKI-"I'll Always Love You"
DOROTHY KUNTZLEMAN-"I Wanna Play House With You"
ARLENE LATCH-"Secretary Song"
SHIRLEY LIGHTCAP-"Foolishly Yours"
EDWARD LOCKOWITZ-"I'll Walk Alone"
BETTY JANE LOUGHIN-"Take Me Out To The Ball Game"
CATHERINE LUFT-"I Wanna Be With You Always"
PHYLLIS MCCRUDDEN-"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
WILLIAM McKEE-"Down By The Station"
YOWELL MULL-"Give Me My Boots and My Saddle"
JOYCE OVERHOLTZER-"Home, Sweet Home"
WILLIAM RHYMER-"Mr. Touchdown, U. S. A."
MARILYN ROTHENBERGER-"The Wedding March"
WILLIAM SALANECK-"Maybe You'll Be There" fSchoolJ
ANN MARIE SEMET-"Marie"
JANE SHANER-"I'll Always Be In Love With You"
DONALD SHEASLEY-"Beg Your Pardon"
THEODORA SMITH-"The Flight of The Bumblebee"
BEVERLY SPOHN-"Crazy Over Horses"
CHRISTINE SWAVELY-"My Defenses Are Down"
MARJORIE SWAVELY-"The Kid's A Dreamer"
ROBERT SWAVELY-"Music, Music, Music"
RENA TIERNAN-"Alabama Bound"
MILDRED TORAK-"There's Been A Change In Me"
LILLIAN WILSON-"Got Along Without You Before I Met You"
GORDON WAMPLER-"Tell Me Why"
VIRGINIA YOCOM-"Anchors Aweigh"
RICHARD YOCUM-"How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm?
NORTH COVENTRY TQWNSHIP
North Coventry Township now has a fine, new completely modern building. Low spacious ceil-
ings add a more home-like appearance to classrooms. Each room is a complete unit in itself, con-
taining boys' and girls' lavatories, and a sink with hot and cold water. Flexibility is added to the
teaching program through the movable furniture, and wardrobes, which may also serve as bulletin
Three rows of fluorescent lights, in addition to large bay windows, insure good visibility. Bright
green crayon boards add to the effect of light and are dustless. Each room is air-conditioned and can
be controlled by the teacher. An outside exit for every room is a feature of convenience and safty.
Other outstanding features of the building are a fine cafeteria, in which both grade and high
school pupils eat lunch, a beautiful teachers' lounge and a spacious gymnasium, which gives plenty
of space for the pupils to exercise. After school hours the high school boys use the gym for their
There are several things needed to complete the equipment of the new school, such as curtains
for the stage and new gym stands. A madacamized playground behind the school is now in the pro-
cess of completion.
The North Coventry School Board started working on a solution to our overcrowded, out-of-date
grade schools in the summer of 1949. A local building authority was set up by the township super-
visors to arrange for financing the project. The men who so generously gave their time were:
C. Donnell Marshall, C. Allyn Brown, Sr., Clarence A. Yocum, A. Erwin Colver, and J. Daniel Jones.
This beautiful building was constructed in less than ten months. The first classes were held
on January 3, 1952 - a day which is a milestone in North Coventry's educational history.
NPNZT- ' gfvv
Capers At The Capital . . .
From those three happy days of our Washington trip, each of us cherishes some special mem-
ories, which we wish to preserve in our yearbook for enjoyment in future years.
The boys will chuckle about: The morning when "Screendoor" Brockway, Richard Goss, and
Laine Keeler delayed the bus for twenty minutes Cno one called the boys for breakfast.J . . . William
McKee hanging out the fourth story window, while Wayne Fulmer and Bill Rhymer watched with
mingled expressions of shame and mirth . . . the bed that collapsed after Dick Trythall, Donald
Sheasley, and Lowell Mull sabotaged it . . . the football games in the halls which always ended with
Keeler, Bill Salaneck, and Tommy Bishop on the floor . . . Gordon's adventure at the servants' en-
trance . . . David Camaho's exhibition in the hall of his football skill . . . Eddie Lockowitz, getting
lost on the way to the movies.
The girls will never forget: Rosalie Bitler and Jane Cisarik, taking a pajama hike to the lobby,
to buy candy . . . Henrietta Kulcycki's expression when Dorothy Kuntzleman and Helen Read wakened
her . . . the hurry and scurry to put rooms in order for Mrs. Shinehouse's sudden inspections . . . Joan
Buckwalter's quick trip down the White House steps . . . Betty Jane Loughin and Ann Marie Semet
watching Cleo Brown perform on the small balcony outside their window . . . Esther Evans, squeezed
into a few inches of space between Marlyn and Chris . . . Christine Swavely, barging into a glass shelf
in the bathroom . . . Carolyn Gray, answering the phone, then falling asleep with the receiver in her
hand . . . Marilyn Rothenberger, Ruth Roberts, and June Johnson lost in thonghts of the "attractions"
back home . . . Charlotte's leap over the bed which resulted in a bruised lip . . . Barbara Ehly and
Shirley Lightcap, frantically searching for their electric irons, which the other girls had borrowed
. . . Catherine Luft, taking the blame for Lillian, Rena, and Rosie, when they came in late . . . Janet
Baker, waking Joan by dunking her in the shower . . . Ginny Yocom's "collection" of sailors . . . the
unexpected telephone call that Marlyn answered at 4:30 a.m .... Phyllis, Mildred, and Jane Shaner
dressing in bed, because of inadequate floor space . . . Margie Swavely, sending four cards to one
"certain" person . . . Joyce, Beverly and Arlene, receiving an unwelcome caller.
We can all recall: How we nicknamed Mrs. Shinehouse "Chap" fshort for chaperonej . . . how
Mr. DeVincentis suffered from bursitis . . . that we had french fries at every meal . . . how hard it
was to stay awake after two sleepless nights . . . those room service cokes that cost one dollar . . .
Gene Clemens, parading through the halls in his handsome pajamas . . . Theodora Smith's enjoyment
of the moonlight ride on the Potomac River.
Unanswered questions: Will those bedspreads that hung out of the window of Room 406 ever
get clean? . . . Will the man in Room 403 recover from his surprise at being awakened by cat calls
at 4:20 a.m.? . . . Who spent thirty cents to ride across the street in a taxi? . . . Who won in the big
game that involved Carl Ecker, Johnny Kreps, James Chappie, Joe Fry, and Robert Swavely? . . . Why
did Henry Hoffman sit in the front seat of the bus ? . . . Why did Philip Lang want to change to Mrs.
Shinehouse's bus? . . . Why couldn't those happy days at Washington go on indefinitely?
USTRAWS FOR TWO"
Every time Sam Hlordon Wamplerj goes out for a school event, it always backfires. This is
hard for Sam because he wants to take Carol f.Ioan Buckwalterl to the dance, and as she only
likes the he-man type, Sam is afraid he doesn't stand a chance. He has just been dropped from
the baseball squad for ruining: any chance of victory. Sam's sister Janey Cllhyllis McCruddenb went
to Miss Sauer's 1Ruth Robertsl Sweet Shoppe to tell Susie what has happened. Susie fJane Cisarikl
lilies Sam very much, but scorns Buck fDonald Sheasleyj.
Sam receives a double blow when he discovers that Susie is going to lose her job at the
Sweet Shoppe and that his father has also lost his job. Apparently Sam's chances for a College
education have vanished.
In a desperate attempt to get a job, Sam talks George fliugene Clemens? into letting him borrow
his new suit. Sam has several narrow escapes from the tailor, Mr. Mitchicolf lDavid Camahoj, as
the suit is not paid for. The suit, however, does make a big: impression upon Carol.
Susie and Leslie fliarbara lChlyJ try to give Sam some publicityg so they advertise in the school
paper that Sam has been chosen the best-dressed high school man of the year.
Matters become cvcn more desperate for Sam when he is chased by Buck and the tailor, who
is after the suit, Then affairs take a turn for the better, for the coach fRichard Yocumi sees Sam
running: and decides to put him in the mile race the next day.
The day of the race the girls Janey, Susie, and Simpy iMarlyn Berrikerj see Sam win the
race. Sam has another bit of pgood news when he finds that the company who manufactured the suit
he was wearing has offered his Dad a job for the publicity Sam gave them while wearing the suit.
Sam is happy at the sudden turn of events and finally getting the right girl.
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"THE CAMPBELLS ARE COMlNG"
On December 10 and 11, 1951 the class of "52" presented "The Campbells Are Coming", under
the direction of Mrs. Esther C. Clark. This dramatic presentation is a farce comedy in three acts
written by Jay Tobias.
The setting of the play is the living room of Ma Brannigan's summer cabin. When the curtain
rises, Ma Brannigan 1Marlyn Berrikerj is found singing to herself. The next character to appear is
Catalpa Tapp, the hillbilly servant, 1Janet Bakerj. Ma explains to Catalpa that she expects her eldest
granddaughter, Kaye Brannigan fJoan Buckwalterl home from college. Dick Brannigan fRichard Try-
thallj and Betty Brannigan fChristine Swavelyj join, with their grandmother in the preparation for
their sister Kaye's return.
As the play progresses, Kaye's Visit turns into a series of ludicrous complications beginning
with the arrival of Cyrus Scudder, QDonald Sheasleyl who wants to marry Ma, and his nephew Jeffrey
Scudder fGordon Wamplerl, to whom Kaye has been engaged. Jeff announces to the family that
Kaye has broken their engagement in order to marry Kingston Campbell fPhilip Langj. This in it-
self is a serious matter, but Cyrus' quick wit makes the whole scene comical.
A telegram brings the news that Kingston and his mother Mrs. Augusta Campbell fPhyllis
lVlcCruddenJ are coming for a visit.
The Brannigan family's scheme to d1'ive the Campbells away results in a scene of hilarious con-
fusion in which they portray hillbillies. The plan is quite successful and with the help of Catalpa and
her father, Bildad fllavicl Camahoj, who are authentic hillbillies, they drive the Campbells away.
When the Campbells leave, Kaye realizes her folly and asks Jeff's forgivness. Jeff gladly for-
gives her and the curtain falls on a happy ending.
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Class History . . .
IGNORANT BUT EAGER
In September, 1948, an awkward but energetic group of prospective ninth graders started their
high school careers at North Coventry. After the addition of six pupils from Monocacy, seven from
South Coventry, three from East Coventry, and one each from Pottstown, Pine Forge, and Midvale,
the total reached seventy. The girls outnumbered the boys, forty to thirty. With this large number,
we had to select officers capable of leading us in all our activities. As our leaders we chose: Gordon
Wampler, president, William Rhymer, vice-president, Phyllis McCrudden, secretary, Cleo Brown,
treasurer. The class was divided alphabetically and located in Room 2 with Mr. DeVincentis and in
Room 4 with Mr. Smith. These two teachers along with Mrs. Burbank, acted as our faculty advisors
and did a good job of helping us through the difficulties that beset such an eager, but unlearned,
group. We had only one social event, the annual Freshman Hallowe'en Party, which started with a
riotous parade of guests through a Chamber of Horrors and ended with dancing. Everyone agreed
that it was one of the jolliest, most enjoyable parties ever sponsored by a freshman class.
Ambitious ninth-graders took part in almost every school activity. From our members, three
boys played on the football squad, four on the baseball team. The girls were represented in all
sports-ten played hockey, eight, basketball, and seven freshman girls were members of the softball
squad. Freshman boys also comprised the nucleus of the junior varsity basketball squad.
The end of the term found us a wiser group, with a few less ambitious classmates falling by
STILL WILLING TO LEARN
Our former homeroom teachers welcomed us back in September, 1949, in Rooms 2 and 5. Many
of us had grown and changed in physical appearance, some had begun to act like sophisticated soph-
omores. We were still eager to learn and to serve Norco in whatever extra-curricular activities our
talents were needed. '
Class officers for this year were William Rhymer, president, Carl Ecker, vice-president, Marlyn
Berriker, secretary, Joseph Fry, treasurer. As further signs that we were an important organization,
we selected a class flower-the gardenia, class colors-lavendar and white, and a class motto-"Many
receive advise, only the wise profit by it." k
Close upon the heels of a happy Christmas vacation came the dreaded mid-years. Soon after
mid-term, we took time to consider the choice of class rings. The Ring Committee chose five different
types of rings, from which we selected the style of ring which we now wear so proudly.
Along with thoughts of approaching spring came plans for the Sophomore Hop. We made this
a festive occasion, using a Mardi Gras theme for decorations. The outstanding Senor and Senorita
of our class were King and Queen of the Mardi Gras. The gay spirit of this festival time seemed
to fill the atmosphere and insured the success of the dance.
Spring brought two major events-the
New locations, Room 10 and Room 12, and
gave us the feeling that this year was definitely
Class rings arrived soon after the opening
new home room teachers, Mr. Baker and Miss Lynch,
going to be different.
of school, so we could proudly display this symbol of
At the annual election of officers, Bill Rhymer was again chosen president, Donald Sheasley,
vice-president, Marlyn Berriker, secretary, Barbara Ehly, treasurer.
We continued to support school activities. Eight junior girls were on the hockey squad, five
junior boys were a valuable part of the football team. At the close of the football season Bill Rhymer
was elected captain for the following year.
Talent in another line was shown by Richard Trhaytll, who won a radio for the largest sales
during a magazine sale drive put on by the Commercial Department. Many of our class sang in the
Boys' and Girls' Glee Club, and Donald Sheasley
Norco in the District Chorus.
brought us honor when he was chosen to represent
The basketball season of '51 was a brilliant one and here, as juniors, we had ten boys and
seven girls on the squads. Gene Clemens set a record by making 37 points in one game.
play and the Junior Prom. A capable, well-chosen cast
presented "Straws for Two" on Wednesday,
The big social event, the Prom, took p
of beauty by the lovely decorations, centered
his orchestra provided music suitable to this
At a final class meeting, we voted to
a year packed with all kinds of activities.
ace on April 27. Our gym was transformed into a place
about the theme "Fantasy in Pastel". George Welsh and
go to Washington and to sponsor a yearbook. Thus ended
STRIVING FOR THE LAST MILESTONE
'we would be on
stand out in our memories.
As seniors we returned to school this past f-all, thrilled with the idea that in a few more days
our way to Washington, D. C. An enthusiastic group left Norco on Monday morning,
to spend three never-to-be-forgotten days in the capital city-days that will always
return, we were immediatel
y involved in all sorts of activities. The class officers
Class History . . .
of the preceding term were again chosen for our senior year. Captain Bill Rhymer did a fine job of
leading the football team. The hockey team consisted chiefly of seniors. Both groups were inspired
by the able cheerleading squad, led by two seniors.
Fall passed into winter and thoughts of Christmas filled the air. For the last time we heard
our glee clubs sing the ever-lovely carols, and for the last time we enjoyed the wonderful Christmas
messages of morning assemblies.
Following Christmas vacation, the basketball schedule was in full swing, with all seniors but
one on the first string. Our ace captain, Gene Clemens, lived up to his record and led the boys
through a good season.
Of course, mid-years popped up late in January, but we struggled through and began to
develop some habits common to seniors, for instance, trying to slide through our last months of school
on a minimum of effort.
The coming of Easter made us realize how short our time really was, and some of us worked
with more enthusiasm after a brief vacation. Most of us attended the Junior Prom on April 23, when
the Juniors acted as our hosts for a night of delightful dancing and entertainment.
Surely no time in our lives will pass more quickly than the last month of school. As eagerly as
we had anticipated those crowning events of our high school days, we could scarcely believe that
actually we, the Class of 1952, were the people wearing caps and gowns listening to Rev. Berger preach
a baccalaureate sermon at Shenkel, on Sunday night, June 1. The next day came a hilarious Class Day
program, then a day of rest, and finally, on June 4, commencement in the new auditorium. Then a full
comprehension of the importance of our public school education began to dawn upon us. As we listened
to the honor speeches by Donald Sheasley, Richard Yocum, Joseph Fry, and Marilyn Rothenberger and
to the excellent address by Dr. Charles Swope, president of West Chester State Teachers' college, we
received much help and inspiration to carry with us into this new phase of our lives.
We stand now, as classes of the future will, upon the threshold of a new life. We are ready to
open the door to the future, reassured and expectant, for we feel that we are prepared f0I' what
Class Will . . .
We, the Senior Class of North Coventry High School, feeling that our last days of public
school education are upon us, while we are still in possession of our senses, hereby publish this state-
ment of our desires concerning our most cherished possessions.
PHILIP LANG wills to "Sonny" Smith his height, so that "Sonny" may look down upon all
ROSALIE BITLER leaves her vigorous methods of cheerleading to her sister, Carol Mary.
MARLYN BERRIKER wills her ability in secretarial studies to Sandra Neff.
GENE CLEMENS wills to Ernest Kully his extraordinary basketball and baseball skill, so that
"Ernie" may become the scourge of the "Perk" league.
JOAN BUCKWALTER leaves her sophisticated airs to Barbara Cressman.
GORDON WAMPLER leaves his devotion to one girl to "Duke" Kinckiner, who enjoys his
nights out with the boys.
CAROLYN GRAY wills hir slow, deliberate manner of walking to John D. Smith, so John
doesn't maim any small underclassmen during his daily travels.
HELEN READ leaves her short tresses, which are so easy to arrange, to Jean Miller.
JANET BAKER leaves her tall, slim figure to Charlotte Gumma, so that the latter need not
worry about reducing diets.
BILL MCKEE wills to Bud Collins his sly capers in mathematics class.
CLEO BROWN leaves her short, red-tinted hair to Claudette Rondum. A bit of red with plat-
inum blonde should be a good combination.
DONALD SHEASLEY wills to Mary Kazimer his position as Captain of Pat1'ol so that Mary
may attend all meetings, instead of being called in occasionally.
DOROTHY KUNTZLEMAN leaves her trim little figure to Joyce Richards.
MILDRED TORAK wills to Barbara Rothenberger all her male friends and cronies.
BILL RHYMER leaves his football ability to Bill Whitlatch and all other aspiring candidates
for the 1952 squad.
MARILYN ROTHENBERGER wills Kathleen Collins her naturally curly hair. Kathleen will not
require so much time in the bathroom combing her hair.
ESTHER EVANS leaves her ability in all kinds of sports to Kate, the last of the athletic Evans
WAYNE FULMER wills his fish stories to Donald Laverty, so that Don can impress all the
BEVERLY SPOHN leaves to Marilyn Long her love for horses. "Corky" may one day go to
Madison Square Garden with her show horses.
JANE SHANER wills her basketball position of guard to Dorla Faye Darlington.
Class Will . . .
DAVID CAMAHO leaves his dramatic ability to Anna Reinstein. Along with this goes a wish
that Anna may achieve the success that David has enjoyed.
BARBARA EHLY wills to Thomas Fritsche her studious habits and ability to solve difficult
CHARLOTTE GOODLING leaves her diamond and wishes for "good hunting" to Joanne Rock.
CARL ECKER wills his cackling laugh to Patsy Loughin, so that Patsy can always laugh at
her clowning boy-friends.
JANE CISARICK leaves her beautiful golden hair to her sister Theresa.
CHRISTINE SWAVELY wills to her sister Lucille the position of drum majorette of the
C. H. S. Band. We are sure Lucy will do as fine a job as "Chris" has done.
WILLIAM SALANECK leaves his dry wit and his nickname "Skinner" to Fred Kerlin.
RICHARD GOSS wills his ability to make "whoopie" to April Asseo, so that April will have
lots of fun.
THEODORA SMITH leaves to Sharon Sands her delight in running through the halls and visit-
ing' home rooms in Activity Period.
RICHARD TRYTHALL wills to his sister Doris the taxi service he has built up during five
MARJORIE SWAVELY leaves her shyness to Shirley Kellar, so that Shirley's impetuosity
ot lead her into trouble.
FRANCIS BROCKWAY wills to Jack Eachus his feet, complete with shoes, size ten and a half.
JUNE JOHNSON leaves her calmness to excitable Frances Nimmerichter.
THOMAS BISHOP wills his nickname "Ba-Ba" to Jim Batdorf, who will no doubt be happy to
answer to this call.
RENA TIERNAN leaves her quiet, ladylike manners to Janet Brown.
JAMES CHAPPIE wills to Enos Kellar his successful method of dyeing hair.
To Alice Mae Bauman, LILLIAN HATCHER wills her complaining and rebellious spirit.
JOSEPH FRY gladly leaves his position of caretaker of the projectors and amplifying system to
any member of the junior class who is interested in struggling with this equipment.
To Mr. DeVincentis, LAINE KEELER leaves his false teeth. In case Mr. D. ever loses the
handsome set which nature has provided, he will be prepared for the emergency.
RUTH ROBERTS wills her ever-ready supply of jokes to Emily McNeal, so that Emily may
become the class joker.
HENRY HOFFMAN leaves to Bob Cisick his change of cars, plus all gas bills accumulated while
traveling to the Pagoda.
ARLENE LATCH wills her job at People's Drug Store to "Bozie" Luft.
Class Will . . .
To John Petrick, JOHN KREEPS leaves the ability to get high grades from all North Coventry
HENRIETTA KULCYCKI wills her inclination to gripe about everything and anything to any
underclassman who wants to carry on in this line.
ROBERT DAY leaves to Barbara Miller his ironic manner and his grin.
SHIRLEY LIGHTCAP wills her individual method of chewing gum to Mrs. Shinehouse and
EDWARD LOCKOWITZ leaves his fantastic and imaginative excuses for tardiness to Harriet
BETTY JANE LOUGHIN wills her brilliant, dazzling red sweater to Mary Ann Kocur.
LOWELL MULL leaves his numerous cowboy songs to Bob Link, so that Bob can perform in the
old western style.
To Leslie Learn, CATHERINE LUFT wills her neatness, so that "Les" may be the "sharpie" of
PHYLLIS McCRUDDEN wills her job at Ramble Inn to Ruth Ann Riley.
JOYCE OVERHOLTZER leaves to Lina Belle Sears those certain special friends in Royersford.
To Shirley Mauger, ANN MARIE SEMET leaves the sticky, grimy job of cleaning typewriters.
RICHARD YOCUM wills his high Ag. marks to Jim Beidler, to help Jim become a first-rate
To Dale Lang, VIRGINIA YOCOM wills her interest in photography, her equipment, and the
position of the photograph editor of the yearbook.
LILLIAN WILSON leaves to next year's library assistants her smile and her willingness to
help senior boys to find books.
ROBERT SWAVELY leaves his batting average to Lowell Fries.
We leave to North Coventry Township our pride in our new elementary building and our hopes
for a new high school building.
We pass on to the class of 1953 Room 9 and Room 11, along with two fine home room teachers,
Miss Delp and Miss Pratt. They will do their best to help you if you give them your co-operation.
We request that you treat with consideration any mementoes you may find in desks or closets.
You may hear strange noises in the air, probably the sound waves still carrying the whistles, shrieks,
giggles, wolf howls and cat calls, songs and laughter of the class of '52. We have also left behind
many good wishes for your success.
To these bequests and wishes we set our sign and seal.
Senior Class of 1952
William Rhymer, President
Class Prophecy . . .
On one warm evening in June, 1972, the pupils of North Coventry's Class of 1952 held their
reunion in the elementary school gym. Meeting in this place brought back memories of the senior
year at Norco, way back in "52", when the gym was first used. We recalled those thrilling, hard-
fought basketball games that sent the spectators home weak and hoarse from cheering. As each
person entered the gym, he was greeted by the president and '51 football captain, BILL RHYMER.
Bill is now coaching an up-and-coming football team from Kenilworth-The West End "95-Pounders".
In a group in one corner were gathered JOYCE OVERHOLTZER, ARLENE LATCH, CHAR-
LOTTE GOODLING, MARJORIE SWAVELY and ANN MARIE SEMET. It seems that these girls
have continued their friendship through twenty years. Joyce, our District Chorus representative,
was telling of her troubles in teaching music in Norco. Charlotte is also busily occupied from early
morning until late at night caring for her twelve children. Marjorie, however, has no problems, as
she is now running a marriage bureau, which is always crowded with eligible males. Ann Marie was
boasting about victories of her championship girls' basketball team, consisting of Norco graduates, of
which Arlene is the star. ESTHER EVANS came over to compare her team with Ann Marie's. This
is the fifth year that Esther has been physical ed. instructor at the Norristown State Hospital and
she is proud of her good teams.
EUGENE CLEMENS, president of our Allied Youth during his senior year, now works in the
laboratories of the Kinsey Brewery, where he is in charge of testing the alcoholic content of beverages.
Gene was engaged in a conversation with PETE LANG, an old friend, who had just flown up from
Florida, where he uses his height to advantage in his occupation of painting flag poles.
PHYLLIS McCRUDDEN, a reliable guard in basketball, arrived on the same plane with Gene.
Phyllis is now using the skill she acquired on the court in guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
As our dinner began, the minister of our class, DONALD SHEASLEY, asked the blessing.
Between courses of the banquet we were entertained by a piano solo by our concert pianist, LILLIAN
LILLIAN WILSON, CATHERINE LUFT and THEODORA SMITH were chatting merrily about
their work. "Kosh" and "Lill" now sell popcorn at the Sanatoga Race Track, which they always visited
during high school. Teddy is now putting her library knowledge to work. She is leading bookie at
the Atlantic City Race Track.
Near one end of the table was WILLIAM SALANECK, with an unfamiliar look of anxiety on
his face. Bill's seventeen-year-old son has the family's new Plymouth for the evening. He is living
up to his father's reputation as number one cowboy in Monocacy. Chatting with Bill, we saw his buddy
WAYNE FULMER, the class "sut up". Wayne is now "cutting up" meat in a butcher shop.
Besides these boys we saw our other class "hot-rodders". There were JAMES CHAPPIE,
ROBERT SWAVELY and LOWELL MULL. These boys hadn't met for years and were engaged in a
conversation about their life's work. Success certainly has come to Chappie. Because of his steady
job and thrifty habits in high school, he is now a retired millionaire. Lowell and Bill own their own
ranches, where they sing cowboy songs and disturb only the cows. Robert, who had dreams of being
a draftsman, is employed fixing drafts on furnaces in a New York Hotel.
Flowers were distributed during the evening by BETTY JANE LOUGHIN. They came from her
Class Prophecy . . .
swanky flower shop on Fifth Avenue. Proudly wearing their corsages were JANE CISARIK,
DOROTHY KUNTZLEMAN, HENRIETTA KULC YCKI and HELEN READ. Helen is now running
her own dancing studio with Jane as chief assistant. Henrietta and Dodie were quietly engrossed in
talking about their families and showing pictures of them.
CLEO BROWN, the most recent blonde in our class, was busy telling of her new job, which is
advertising Tint-Tair on T. V. She was discussing her success with another T. V. star, BEVERLY
SPOHN, our quiet classmate, whose passion has alwavs been horses. Beverly is using her riding skill
to great advantage, as she is Jumpalong Cassidy's co-star.
MARILYN ROTHENBERGER also had to fly to our reunion from Hollywood. Marilyn is still
chauffeuring, only this time it is "Lassie IV", the famous dog actor. LAINE KEELER has the same
occupation. He chauffeurs boys who have been unfortunate enough to lose their licenses. EDWARD
LOCKOWITZ offered special rates on gas and oil to any classmates who would patronize his service
station. Ed has erected a luxurious, modern station where Ramble Inn once stood.
RENA TIERNAN didn't have to travel far, since she is now employed as Mr. Grim's secretary.
VIRGINIA YOCOM is also employed by Norco School District in the position of head dietitian at the
MILDRED TORAK was telling her friends of the efficient Norco girls she now hires to work in
her five and ten. Millie's store has become popular because of the pretty, competent salesgirls from
CHRISTINE SWAVELY, noted for her "Advice to the Lovelorn" column in the newspaper, was
busy giving advice to the still unmarried members of the class.
.IANE SHANER, the slowest member of our class, was dashing around at the reunion, displaying
great animation and activity. Jane now manages the "Slow Pokesic Vitamin Factory", which manu-
factures a type of food guaranteed to give speed to slow high school pupils.
MARLYN BERRIKER also flew in from Washington with Phyl. Marlyn, our typist for excuse
cards, now is kept busy making alibis for witnesses who are called before the Congressional Investigat-
HENRY HOFFMAN was discussing his tricycle factory and also trying to make a sale of his
products to ROBERT DAY, who was hunting a job. Bob's hunting trips in high school led to a per-
GORDON WAMPLER, one of the athletes of our class, is selling dumbells in JANET BAKER's
department store. It looks as if Janet's training in salesmanship in her high school days has brought
large rewards.. .
CAROLYN GRAY and DAVID CAMAHO, commercial artists, were demonstrating their art by
going around the gym and drawing portraits of all the pretty girls in our class. Beautiful ladies with
mustaches is their specialty.
Class Prophecy . . .
BARBARA EHLY, who always wanted to be a history teacher, is making history of her own,
for she is the mother of twenty-two children, consisting of three sets of twins, two sets of triplets
and two sets of quintuplets. RICHARD YOCUM, who as an ag. student studied the care of farm
animals, is taking care of Barbara's children.
WILLIAM McKEE, the joker of our class, is now manufacturing decks of cards with his own
picture on the "Jokers".
RICHARD TRYTHALL's success in impersonating a moronic mountaineer in the senior play
led to a career on Broadway. You may see his name in blazing lights, starring in the play, "The
Another successful member of our class is SHIRLEY LIGHTCAP. Shirley saved all the feathers
from the Chicken Farm where she worked and is now making her millions with her famous pillows.
JOAN BUCKWALTER could be heard talking French fluently and bringing her former classmates
the latest news from France. She travels annually to Paris to order the French perfumes that she sells
in an exclusive New York store. Another girl who has achieved fame in New York is ROSALIE
BITLER, a pajama model. Rosie credits her career to the Washington Trip, when, unknown to her,
a representative of a modeling agency observed her roaming the halls in her pajamas.
Several girls stayed near home. RUTH ROBERTS is now happily married and has her own
stand at the Baumstown Auction. JUNE JOHNSON was boasting about her influence with Birds-
boro men. She is head of the Draft Board there. .
JOHN KREPS was very enthusiatsic about his new Cadillac, which he had driven from Wash-
ington, where he holds an important position in the Department of Agriculture. CARL ECKER made
all the men envious. Since Carl was an expert bookkeeper, he obtained a job helping models to
balance books on their heads.
THOMAS BISHOP and FRANCIS BROCKWAY were continuing some arguments from high
school days. Francis, who had so much experience in the process of receiving a summons, is now a
justice of the peace and serves the summons. Thomas pursued the line of his natural interest and is
doing well in the chicken business.
We received greetings from RICHARD GOSS. Dick made good use of his early experiences in
hunting and is on an expedition in East Siberia, attempting to capture a deer of a rare species.
It seemed fitting to have an accordion solo by JOSEPH FRY as the closing number on our
evening program. Joe is a professional with Shorty Long's cowboy band and happened to be on tour
in the Eastern states.
We parted reluctantly, wondering when we should meet again. It had been a delightful reunion
and the occasion had shown how each memver of the Class of '52 had used his talent to achieve
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On August 24, an enthusiastic group of boys reported for the first practice of the 1951 North
Coventry football season. Again this year the Wildcats were out to garner the Perkiomen-Schuylkill
Valley League Cup. Also striving for this cup were Collegeville, West Pottsgrove, Pennsburg, East
Greenville, Royersford, Spring City, and Boyertown.
The Cats ended the season with a record of no victories, seven losses, and one tie. Norco
showed its best form against Collegeville in the opening game. This game was the first night game
ever played on Norco's new athletic field. In spite of a last-quarter drive by the Cats, the game
ended in a scoreless tie on the Colonels' one-yard line.
Out-classed hy Royersford, Norco looked quite unimpressive. During the East Greenville game,
several of the Red and White attack suffered major injuries. The Cats stalled at this point in the
season and never gained momentum thereafter.
This year will go down as a "building year" for Coach Palaontonio's football-minded lads. The
graduating seniors wish Fred Kerlin, captain-elect of the '52 Cats, and all the underclassmen much
good fortune in the years to come.
The seniors on the squad were:
BILL RHYMER, captain and guard, served as a Norco lineman for four years. He was a
newspaper selection on several All-Perk teams.
GENE CLEMENS was a fine passing quarterback who led the "T" formation. A mid-season
injury prevented "Gyp" from going on to greater achievements.
'fGORDY" WAMPLER, playing varsity for the first time, was a hard-driving halfback who
won "All-Little-Four" League position.
DAVE CAMAHO, a fine tackle who had several years of experience, was one ofthe best-
conditioned of the footballers.
WAYNE FULMER, although not very tall, came through with some fine end plays. "Moose"
was a very consistent ball-player all season.
OLLIE PRIBANICK, a fine hard-hitting guard, was a bulwark of strength until a sprained
ankle slowed him at mid-season.
LOWELL MULL, a first-year man, who helped Norco's offense, was another Wildcat who was
injured in the season, but was able to play in the last game.
LAINE "Heels" KEELER, although he lacked poise and experience, came through with fine
end play, and scored several touchdowns.
Fred Kerlin was elected Captain for 1952. The departing seniors wish him the best of luck
and hope he may lead next year's Wildcats on to victory.
SPORTS MEMORIES .
Remember our Freshman basketball record 0-16 . . . the terrific crowds at the night football
games . . . our championship basketball team of '51 . . . our base coach, Pete Lang . . . Richard Goss,
alias "steamed eyeballs," chasing a baseball with a butterfly net . . . the tall girls' basketball team
. . . Seniors' "honesty" when taking laps . . . the girls' basketball trio under the shower . . . the faith-
ful basketball manager, David Camaho . . . the practices in the rain . . . the hockey girls watching
football practice . . . baseball practice after every loss . . . Mr. Buckwalter's wrath . . . the forgotten
hockey party . . . the inauguration of the new gym . . . the annual square dance which the Patrol gave
for the basketball team . . . Clem's 41 points against Collegeville . . . the hockey girls' victory over
Spring City for the first time in four years . . . the night we broke East Greenville's two-year win-
ning streak in basketball . . . Bill Rhymer's position as All-League guard for three years . . . the
Saturday morning softball practices . . . Esther, our all-around sports girl . . . the softball game that
ended 29-0 . . . the cheerleaders' faithful attendance at all our games . . . a winless football season with
unforgetable memories . . . Marlyn and all her hockey equipment . . . Mr. Paolantonio's fortitude and
patience with the football team . . . the endless hours of clearing our football field of weeds . . . our
fellows traveling to West Pottsgrove for football bleachers . . . Gordon Wampler, our All-League back
in football . . . Lowell Mull's comeback after his injury . . . Norco girls snapping Boyertown's winning
streak in basketball . . . the managers who were always there when needed.
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A happy memory lies in the minds of the team which reached its goal in the 1951 hockey season.
Memories of the fun and strenuous drill' mder the capable coaching of Miss Jean Pratt will long be
cherished. The varsity consisted of six seniors, two juniors and three sophomores. Looking back over
the Kittens' record you'll find a total of five wins, two losses and one tie.
With high spirits and lots of fight, the Kittens traveled to Spring City for their first game.
There they met a group of hard-fighting girls who attended a hockey camp during the summer, but
the Kittens for the first time since 1944, defeated the Blue and White by a 2-1 score.
When Norco met East Greenville on our home field, we encountered stubborn resistance and
were finally defeated by a heartbreaking score, 2-1.
Upon traveling to Boyertown, the Norco girls played a hard fought game. When the final
whistle blew, the Kittens were on the bottom of a 3-1 score.
Losing two games in a row didn't stop our determined team. Playing Collegeville on our home
field brought us a smashing 2-1 victory. This was really a game to be proud of.
On October 25 the Kittens took a trip to West Pottsgrove and were victorious, winning by a
score of 4-0. This game will never be forgotten.
Our next game was played on the Schwenksville field, where the Kittens came out on top 5-0.
After waiting for the weather to clear, our seasoned hockeyists, on November 8, came through
to beat Royersford, 4-3, on the Norco field.
The last game of the season, played against Pennsburg on our home field, ended in a heart-
breaking tie, 0-0. The Kittens would have copped the "Perk" hockey cup if they had won this game,
but we can still be proud to tie for second place in the league.
SO LONG, SENIORS l
CHRISTINE SWAVELY was our capable captain with varied abilities. "Chris" did equally well
as center forward and fullback when the occasion arose.
PHYLLIS MCCRUDDEN was our hard fighting fullback. "Phyl", apparently an easy-going
person, turned out to be quite a dangerous opponent. Her strength in the backfield will surely be
missed next year.
MARLYN BERRIKER was our jovial goalie who added much to the team's morale. Sometimes
our slugging goalie was really amazing. "Chub's" outfit was not complete without her football shoes
and goalie pads.
JANE SHANER, our right wing, showed the greatest improvement of all the players this season.
Jane was one of our always-fighting girls. J
JANE CISARIK was our roaming player who could cover the field and play a good game
offensively as well as defensively. "Janie" will be remembered for her hard hitting.
ESTHER EVANS, our inner, played a hard game whether winning or losing. Esther was high
scorer for the season and saved many a game by her clever stickwork.
Norco Opponent Norco Opponent
Spring City 2 1 West Pottsgrove 4 0
East Greenville 1 2 Schwenksville 5 0
Boyertown 1 3 Royersford 4 3
Collegeville 2 1 Pennsburg 0 0
The seniors would like to thank Miss Jean Pratt, a graduate of Norco, for all she has done
for us. We hope that she has enjoyed working with us as much as we have enjoyed the hours spent
under her coaching. To Miss Pratt we wish the best of luck and success in the future and to the
future and to the hockey squad of next year we leave our motto: "A team that won't be beat, can't
SENIORS WILL MISS:
1. Getting out of classes early.
2. Rushing to get dressed and then finishing on the bus.
3. Talking about latest flames instead of practicing.
4. Sliding and falling in the mud in rainy weather.
5. Practicing with a wonderful coach.
6. Honesty of the seniors when they took their "laps",
7. Trying to talk Jane out of drinking cokes.
8. Spectators who came to the games.
9. The thrill of making a goal.
10. The fun we had on the bus.
11. Handing equipment back two months late.
12. The excitement after the West Pottsgrove game.
13. Throwing girls under the showers after winning a game.
14. The co-operative underclassmen and managers.
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Early in November, Coach "Lou" Buckwalter sent out a call for prospective baseball candidates.
Over fifty boys answered the call and reported to the gym. From these fifty boys eleven of the most
talented hall players were picked. Hope for the season hinged upon the sharp-shooting, agile Gene
Clemens and lanky Pete Lang. Other stalwarts on the squad were Duke Kinckiner 11952-53 court
captainyg "Gordy" Wampler, piston-driving base-sharkg Wayne Fulmer's uncanny shootingg Laine
Keeler, who proved valuable under the backboardsg Bob Swavely, scrapper of the teamg Ernie Kully
and John Petrick, juniorsg Carl Ecker and Bob Day, reliable boys. This team, which expected to reach
the Class C play-offs just as their 1951 predecessors, lacked height and weight when tangling
with more immense opponents.
Among our never-to-l1e-forgotten games is the Sehwenksville fray, which was pulled out of the
fire in the final moments hy a foul and a field goal hy Pete Lang. In the Boyertown game Gene
Clemens put on an offensive attack in the last two periods and pulled Norco through to a victory in
the overtime period, 68-66. The final game of the season was a rough-and-tumhle game with Royers-
ford High. Norco went into the game an "underdog" by ten or more points. The opponents averaged
six inches taller than our boys, but the Wildcats really went wild, to defeat Royersford, 42-40.
Norco froze the hall for four minutes at the end of the game to keep Royersford on their toes and
to cause them to foul the Cats.
In the Warwick game our quintet scored the greatest number of points, 70-43. Most of our first
string sat out the game on the bench, and we lacked the help of scrappy Gordon Wampler, who was
sick. Gene Clemens scored 41 points at Collegeville, setting a school record. Gene also took scoring
honors in the Perkiomen-Schuylkill Valley League.
As graduates looking back, we will recall a season of close and exciting games, a group filled
with fight and determination, a team and coach united in school and team spirit. These qualities, under
the training and leadership of Coach Buckwalter, brought a good record to those hard-playing eleven
boys on the varsity squad. The boys of 1952 wish all succeeding squads the best of luck. Fight on,
Birdsboro 51 44 Pennsburg 55 68
West Pottsgrove 59 28 West Pottsgrove 45 74
Pennsburg 48 58 Boyertown 58 56
Schwenksville 45 39 Schwenksville 55 53
Boyertown 52 71 Warwick 70 38
Collegeville 52 41 Collegeville 73 40
Birdsboro 45 23 Spring City 51 53
Royersford 52 68 East Greenville 43 51
Spring City 64 57 Royersford 42 40
East Greenville 45 61 -- -
Warwick 62 52 1067 1005
12 Wins 8 Losses
FUTURE THREAT TO PERK LEAGUE
The Norco Jayvee squad was composed of sixteen capable boys, who brought honor to their
high school. In league competition the yearlings won nine games and lost five. As an overall record,
the total stands at ten won and eight lost.
The regular players were David Clemens, court ball-handler, Jim Batdorf, rebound artist,
Russel Biehl, point-maker, smooth Paul Pentzg Jim Beidler, ever-alert guard, and "Bones" Dotterer.
The boys who were frequently called on for relief were Larry McAfee, Larry "Ace" Porter, Ronnie
Domin, Donald Laverty, Cary Shaner, Thomas Fritsche, Charles Forman, Donald Zelenack, Donald
Neff, and Eddie John.
These boys played so many close games, sometimes coming through to score in the last minute
or in an overtime period, that Coach Brown could usually be found, at the end of a game, exhausted
and breathless from the strain. Such contests were the Royersford games, which we won, 33-30 and
44-433 and the Spring City games, won by scores of 28-26, in an extra period, and 38-37. Then there
was the Schwenksville fray, in which every player had a chance on the floor, and in which Donald
Laverty received four fouls in one and a half minutes.
Many of the boys have shown by their performance that they are ready to step into the varsity
positions now vacant because of graduation. We are sure we can trust them to set a record worthy
of preceding teams.
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J. l'ratt, coach.
A large and eager group of girls reported to Miss Jean Pratt, our new coach, who did a good
job of getting us in training for the season.
The first game was a memorable one-a night game with Pennsburg. Before going on the
floor, we chose a very capable captain, Jane Shaner. Now we had a coach, a captain, and a team.
What we needed was a victory, and we got that, too, with a score of 43-30.
The second game brought a second victory, when the Red and White sextet came through a close
contest with Collegeville, 27-23.
Our luck took a turn for the worse and we were submerged by Royersford to the tune of 67-52.
The next week East Greenville trounced us by a score of 38-19. We played well and hard the next
week in the Schwenksville game, but lost, 48-43.
The West Pottsgrove fray was a heartbreaker. Norco just could not get past The Falconettes'
one-point lead, and had to face a 36-35 defeat.
The Kitten sextet really came into its own in the last game of the season. Boyertown, unde-
feated for three years, met its fate whe nthe Norco girls handed them a 24-22 defeat.
The J. V.'s had a good record of four wins and one loss, so hopes are high for the 1953 season.
The following seniors regretfully leave our squad:
JANE SHANER was our reliable captain and excellent defensive guard.
CLEO BROWN had the height necessary fur getting rebounds.
PHYLLIS MCCRUDDEN was particularly skillful in intercepting the ball and bringing it up
ESTHER EVANS, our peppy, fast forward, was high scorer for the season.
Another forward who never stopped fighting until the final whistle blew was MARILYN
BEVERLY SPOHN played well and hard at guard position and became adept at intercepting
passes. These girls wish future teams and coaches many successful seasons.
Norco Opponent Norco Opponent
Pennsburg 43 30 Schwenksville 43 48
Collegeville 27 23 West Pottsgrove 35 36
Royersford 52 67 Boyertown 24 22
East Greenville 19 38
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CHEER, NORCO, CHEER!
ln bright red sweaters and swirling white skirts, an enthusiastic team of cheerleaders built up
school spirit and led the loyal supporters of the Norco football, hockey, and basketball teams. Whether
our boys ami girls met victory or defeat, the cheerleaders displayed untiring energy in spurring on the
Miss Delp was the capable advisor of the group, which at the opening of school consisted of
three seniors and five juniors - Rosalie Bitler, captain: Helen Read, and Mildred Torakg Shirley Kellar,
co-captaing Barbara Cressman, Patsy Loughin, Virginia Pierce, and Adella Miller. Two sophomores
joined the squad during the fall - Jean Smith and Nancy Orandosh.
Hours of training were sometimes strenuous, but the girls enjoyed the work and were happy
to rio the best. they could to inspire our athletes to victory. Best of all, even in defeat their enthus-
iasm was still high.
We are sorry to see the senior girls leave this group. Many thanks to them for their faithful
work. May they carry through life their fine ideals of good sportsmanship.
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ABE and ALICE TIM and TESSY THROCKMORTON and
ATHLETIC TEASE TALLULAH TALENT
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