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"Jack" Short "Pete" Pfrimmer Ralph Royster
Oliver Rogers Donald Baird
Board President Clerk
Many words have been Written and many eulogies spoken in praise of the five men com-
posing our Board of Trustees. It has been said that they are men of integrity and
character, that they are able and experienced and that they have the best interests of
the school always in mind. Yearbooks have bespoken the fact that these men are real
citizens, the kind this and every community can use more of.
Yet it occurred to this editor that rarely, if ever, has mention been made of the fact
that if it were not for a dream of these men, the Class of '53' would not be graduating
from this modern lovely plant of ours. These buildings would be no more than plans
on paper or ideals in the minds of the poor teachers struggling to hold classes in the
attractive but antiquated old building. This quintet of men fostered, nourished, and
built that dream of theirs from steel and concrete into a magnificent plant of modern
and convenient class rooms and Work rooms. ,
Here in brief, are listed the main qualities and accomplishments of five men, who qualify
as true Spartans, The class of '53' is grateful to them.
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The time has come for us to bid, adieu to a great man in possibly his
greatest capacity-that of a public high school principal. It isn't a very
glorious job, but he has made it full of glory. It isn't a job which carries
much honor but he has heaped honor upon honor not only upon himself
but upon his school and community. Most people wouldn't think of a
principal as being an artist. yet that is how we of the student body see
him. An artist, moulding the character, the intellect, the personality, the
very lives of students with whom he has come in contact during his
thirty years as head of our school. Thirty years of students-some good,
some bad-some quick to learn-some slow-witted-some destined to
be successes, others, apparent failures. In those thirty years, he has
built a school which can hold its own with any high school in the
state of California. He has seen his dreams realized in the form
of the modern school plant just completed. The life of the com-
munity has been greatly improved by his activity and interest.
Through the years, into his classrooms have come children of his
former students. These new students soon realized that this re-
markable man improves with time. They recognize the fact that
here is an artist of people and ideas, a builder of good citizens
for two generations. However, there must come a time when we should
lose the services of our beloved principal. That time has come when
he feels that he has served Strathmore in an exclusive capacity long
enough. Next year, he will begin a new service of youth which will
encompass in one year nearly as many people as he has taught here
at Strathmore in thirty years. Yet, we who have known and revered
our principal shall always think of him as having a permanent place
in this school. Go on, Mr. Lightner, to this position which will bring
you so much satisfaction and reward. But take with you always the
gratitude and respect of two generations of Strathmore students.
So, to you, Mr. Lightner, we dedicate this 1953 edition of the Pleiades
with our sincerest hope that the years to come may he as fruitful as
those that have been.
"Grandpappy Llghtner with his grand
pal as a football coach In early Mr. Lightner is a flower fancier irom way children, Margaret and Danny McFadzean
at Strathmore back. and Dennis Stukenbroeker
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l r eeee our
School administration might be divided into two parts: the daily routine with no two days the same.
and the annual events. The daily affairs come and go more or less automatically. The annual events
require time, preparation and anxiety. Most of them require serious consideration. Of these an-
nual events I have experienced-
30 first days of schoolg
30 football, basketball and other athletic sea'
30 Junior and Senior playsg
30 Junior and Senior Banquetsg
30 occasions to complete a full faculty:
30 Pleiades to worry with and signg
30 Board elections to observe vigilantlyg
30 periods to ponder "Will this be it or will I
get another year?"g
30 budgets to prepareg
30 summers to rejuvenate, repair, and prepare
for another year.
During the past 30 years of daily affairs and annual events, I could not have wished for more
loyalty and cooperation from students, teachers, trustees and people of the community. I hope this
true Spartan spirit will always prevail and that nothing will ever deter the development and in-
fluence of the Strathmore High School. May I say :'That's 30 for now" and sign off.
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