Swissvale High School - Swissvalian Yearbook (Swissvale, PA)
- Class of 1957
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Text from Pages 1 - 96 of the 1957 volume:
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wood Community Club
Our cheerleaders and majorettes brought down
Books and learning were not the only im-
portant phases of life here at SHS. Our stu-
dents were always busy with some big project
or major activity. During the first week of
school interest was centered on rushing around
to see who was in what class and which
teachers were in charge.
Next came the furor of making plans for
the election of home room officers and class
officers. We even took part in the national
elections by having a mock vote-and as
Swissvale High went, so went the nation! By
this time the Valistic was operating in high
gear and bringing us all the news of elections
hot from the "presses" in Room 6.
It seemed no time at all until the audi-
torium was alive with seniors hoping for a
part in "Cheaper by the Dozen." When the
big evening Finally arrived a smooth and lively
cast put on a performance to be remembered.
Another successful theatrical venture was
the Christmas operetta, which showed off the
choir's talents so well that another musical
program was soon in rehearsal.
The biology classes tried their surgical skill on
poor defenseless frogs.
. The seniors sadly put away their uniforms for the last time, while Lois looks
ard to next year.
Who let them out of the playpen?
Connie warns Carol--"VVatch that pin!"
This lah technique should bring the sixth perind Chemists a D.
Photo by Pittsburgh Press
Mr. Weichel introduces Mr. Hanson, Publicity Director of the Union Switch and Signal
Company, Mr. Marasco, and Mr. Buchanan to the first period physics class.
WE'LL REM IVIBER
Although most of our experiences were
happy ones, we had a very sad one when our
highly esteemed physics teacher, Harry Elder,
died unexpectedly. After several weeks of un-
successful hunting for someone to take his
place, the Union Switch and Signal Company
came to the rescue by releasing two physicists
to teach Mr. Elder's classes until a replace-
ment could be found.
Practically the entire school entered into
the Polio Program, with over three hundred
students and teachers baring their arms for a
"shot" of vaccine administered painlessly by
Dr. Barnett. Another activity that claimed
almost everyone's interest was the Junior
Prom, beyond a doubt the most exciting event
of the year-unless it was the junior Class
Play, "Home Sweet Homicide."
No resume of the year would be complete
without mentioning those peppy Pep Meet-
ings, where our cheerleaders were always com-
ing up with something new. And then the
grand iinale-May Day, with the lovely
Queen and her court enjoying the program of
dances and stunts presented by the under-
Aldean, joan, and Gretchen are reminded
that graduation isn't far away.
LOOK AT THE MOST
INGREDIENTS OF OUR SCHOOL-
Members of the Board of Education are, beginning at the far right: Charles C. Thomas, president: Mrs
Dorothy Petrovsky, secretaryg Dr, Roy M. Smith, vice-presidentg Charles J. Wright, jr.: john R. Smith, solicitor:
Frank Stewart: Clyde O. Brughg Dr. Leonard A. Burgardq Clarence H. Lewis.
Our administrators Carl S. Baily and John C. Weichel, along with Swiss-
vale's Board of Education, deserve the thanks and recognition not only of the
students but of all the members of the community as well. They are generous
with their time, sincere in their interest, and undestanding in their handling of
problems connected with the schools.
CARL S. BAILY JOHN C. WEICHEL
Superintendent of Schools High School Principal
HARRY L. ELDER
November 17, 1956
The passing of this brilliant scientist and dedicated
teacher was sadly felt by the students and faculty of
Swissvale High School.
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MISS NAOMI STERNAT MR. THOMAS BROWN MRS. MIMI LAWRENCE
School Nurse Art Sewing
MISS NORMA LUKAS MR. JOHN BRACE MISS ANN PRISUTA
Cooking Driving Librarian
MISS HELEN I-IYVARINEN MR. JOHN RODGERS
Secretary to the Principal Physics, Advanced Science
MR. ARNOLD KOEPKA
Physical Education, Football
MISS EDITH MACLEOD
MRS. CAROL FLANNICK
MR. JOSEPH DENNISON
MISS RUTH SUTTER
MISS ELIZABETH JACOBS
MISS MARGARET JONES
MR. KOLMAN TOTH
MR. HENRY GEORGE
MRS. SARA DENNISON
Home and School Visitor
To fulfill his ambition to become
an engineer, Paul is looking for-
ward to going to Carnegie Tech.
Although he is a serious student,
Paul likes to swim and fish and
was a member of our Stage Crew.
He really has a promising future
It wasn't often that anyone ever
caught Drew walking down the hill
towards school. An auto enthusiast
and former Boy Scout, Drew is
thinking seriously of joining the
Navy tprobably the result of his
best friend's influenceJ-and then
he'll be even more attractive to
NORMA LEE BAREFOOT
Here is a really versatile girl.
If you want a peppy cheerleader,
she's made to order for that. If
you want some excellent art work
done or an exhibition of acrobatic
dancing, call on her! The Valistic
staff, Bowling Club, intramurals,
and the Y-Teens shared her in-
terest. Tech night school and com-
mercial art are in the future.
Irv has been an asset to the
SHS Choir for three years. Eating
and volleyball rate high with him.
If you're near Isaly's and hear
someone saying "I don't know,"
chances are it's he. Paul soon will
be responsible for beautifying
many homes, since his ambition is
to become an interior decorator.
JOHN B, BRADLEY
jack, one of our wittiest seniors,
kept Room 19 laughing. He was
very active in intramural volley-
ball and basketball, and you could
count on Jack in a close game. In
his spare time, jack enjoys danc-
ing. He plans to join the Navy
and be seeing the world in the
next few years.
Sully did a good job as a basket-
ball and baseball player. He was a
regular at the school's various ac-
tivities and was always seen with
a different girl. After graduation
he hopes to take his irrepressible
personality to Penn State or
JOHN R. ANDERSON
From Room 17 comes this
friendly and ambitious senior.
Andy was very active in the school
sports program, having served as
both a baseball and basketball
manager. He also contributed
much to his home room's senior
volleyball championship. A future
electrical engineer, he will attend
Pitt next year.
Jerry had a busy time in her
senior year. If she wasn't at a
Bowling Club meeting or a Y-Teen
meeting, she was attending the
Camera Club. In addition to this
she put her heart and soul into
home room intramurals. jerry
works at Murphy's now, but she
hopes to make a career as a model
Stamp collecting and sports are
the major pastimes of this future
mathematician. An active member
of the baseball team and editor of
the Valistic sports staff, "Moose"
also has an ear for popular music.
Working after school at Isaly's
keeps Mike busy at present. while
in the future he will attend Du-
Gretchen, the most traveled
member of the senior class, helped
to keep Room 24 laughing all the
time. She was a member of the
Camera Club, Y-Teens, and Glee
Club. She wrote many Senior
Spotlights for the Valistic and was
an ardent fan of the football and
basketball teams. Gretchen plans
to attend college this Fall.
Mike is a cheerful guy and is
lots of fun. He showed his interest
in tumbling by participating in the
May Day program. His ambition is
to go to college to become an
accountant. Mike spent his after
school hours working as a sales
clerk at Isaly's.
BARBARA ANN CHIZMAR
Barbara, a carefree, fun-loving
lass with a beautiful smile, will
make a fine model. She was an
attractive member of the Bowling
Club, Camera Club, and Room 13's
intramural teams. She enjoys danc-
ing and swimming. We will miss
Barbara and her pleasant wavs.
Phil's lively personality was
such a part of Room 24 that we
just can't imagine it without him.
Basketball, intramurals, and tear-
ing into the parking lot were
among his activities. To be a pilot
in the Air Force is Phil's ambition.
WILLIAM F. CREIGHTON
Bill, a Varsity Club member for
three years, played on the football
team for three years, and was a
member of the basketball team
for three years. Our senior class
secretary also played on Room 17's
intramural teams. His love of
sports is leading him into a career
as a football coach following
RICHARD J. DAVIES
Dick is one of our good-looking
senior boys. He was an active
member of intramurals and an
ardent sports fan. Cars, swimming,
eating, and sleeping were among
his favorite interests. His great
ambition is to graduate from SHS
and then, perhaps, attend college.
WILLIAM C. CARLSON
To become an advertising execu-
tive is Bill's goal. His participation
in both Junior and Senior Class
Plays was a source of enjoyment
to him and to all those who at-
tended the plays. Along with his
fondness for good music goes a
gift of gab. Northwestern U. ap-
pears in the future.
When Connie gets that secre-
tarial job in one of Pittsburgh's
modern office buildings at the
Point, her pleasant personality will
be appreciated there, too. She was
a member of the Glee Club here
at schoolg at home, Connie likes to
cook, dance, and enter contests
land who knows, she might win
one some dayl.
Our Student Council president
has also shown his capability and
leadership as president of both his
sophomore and junior class. Franny
has taken an active part in sports,
playing on the football, basketball,
and baseball teams. The Army
comes next for him - and then
Is that the SHS Band marching
down the street? If it is, you can
be sure Johnny is in the back row
corner, blowing away on his trusty
trumpet. Fuzzy enjoys bowling
and playing his trumpet in his
spare time. He is now studying
electronics, which he intends to
take up as a career.
BETTE GRACE DAVISON
This pert lass has been very
active at SHS. Her varied activ-
ities included the Valistic, on
which she served for three years,
Y-Teens, and being an oflicer in
the SHS Candy Corporation. B. G.
plans to enter Wooster College in
the Fall and to make good with
that wonderful personality of hers.
Tony, a Choir member for three
years, plans to go to business col-
lege after graduation to become
an accountant. He has been laying
groundwork for his chosen career
with his job as sales clerk at
Homewood Produce. One of our
Bernie took a big part in our
SHS athletic program. He played
guard for the Flashes, baseball,
and intramural basketball and
volleyball for Room 16. In addi-
tion to sports, he played the clari-
net in the Band and saxophone in
the Dance Band. Duquesne Uni-
versity is next for Bernie.
GRACE ESTHER DOLAK
This new addition to Room 12
came originally from St. Louis,
Mo. Intramural sports, Bowling
Club, Y-Teens, reading, and typ-
ing for the Valistic occupied much
of her time. After graduation Grace
plans to attend business school to
become a private secretary. She
has made many friends here at
GLORIA L. DUGAN
Gloria has set her sights on busi-
ness school, so you can guess her
ambition! No loafer in school, she
was a member of the Y-Teens,
Glee Club, and home room intra-
murals. She served as treasurer
of the Candy Corporation and on
the junior Class Play makeup
Ro, like all of us, enjoys gaiety
and found pleasure in such activ-
ities as Y-Teens, bowling, and even
chess. To gain business experience
as well as pocket money, Ro has
been clerking in a grocery store,
but she plans to attend Robert
Morris Business School in the Fall.
This really sharp boy from
Room 17 has added his person-
ality to the Class of '57. He was
class treasurer and participated in
basketball and baseball, and added
a great deal to both class plays. He
loves to listen to records and his
ambition is to go to college and
enter the medical field.
JOHN R. DIERST
john's wit was a source of enter-
tainment to all of us. He was in
the Band and Choir, as well as
being treasurer of Student Council.
In September he will enter Buck-
nell University to prepare for law
school. John has an extensive rec-
ord collection comprised mainly of
jazz and Harry Bellafonte records.
jackie, one of Mr. Brace's "crazy
drivers," was a member of the Y-
Teens and the Glee Club. Her
very pleasant personality and
pretty smile have made her well-
liked here at school and a pleasure
to work with as a photographer's
model. We wouldn't be surprised
if next Fall she'll be modeling her
pretty clothes professionally.
JACQUELYN H. ELZER
jackie was one of our peppy
cheerleaders, so naturally her fav-
orite saying was, "Yea, Swissvale!"
She also was a member of the Y-
Teens, Valistic, and intramural
teams. She spends her spare time
writing letters, baking, and sewing.
Her fond memories of SHS will
surely include her being in the
JEANNE LOUISE FORD
As Choir pianist, Jeanne was
constantly in demand to play for
one program or another. She was
also kept busy with the Valistic,
Y-Teens, and the intramural pro-
gram. In her spare time, Jeanne
likes to-you guessed it-play the
piano. One of these days soon we'll
see Jeanne as a Woman in White.
A friendly, happy-go-lucky sen-
ior who reported to Room 19, Ed-
die was a mainstay on the Stage
Crew for three years and a mem-
ber of the Band for five. After
graduation, Eddie will probably be
a man in blue-with the Navy,
Tinkering with cars and driving
them around town gives Frisky a
lot of pleasure. No appearance of
the Band was complete without
Frank marching up front with the
Color Guard. He plans to attend
Pitt to become an electrical en-
gineer. "That's the way it goes"
Beautiful copper-red hair, brains,
and a pleasing personality - all
these go to make up jacquie, fea-
ture editor of the Valistic. She was
a member of the Choir and took
part in intramurals. Her extra
hours were spent reading, swim-
ming, or playing the piano. Thiel
College comes next.
Edi, a pleasant young miss who
came to us from our neighboring
rival, Rankin, reported to Room
19. Dancing is the most popular
activity in her life at present, and
she goes to various dances when-
ever she has a chance. After her
school days are over, Edi is plan-
ning to work for the Bell Tele-
CAROLE H. GRIMM
Carole, a peppy senior from
Room 12, has set her sights on a
secretarial career. She likes to
dance and to listen to records in
her leisure time. She was a mem-
ber of the Y-Teens, the Bowling
Club, and the Glee Club. What,
we wonder, will Room 12 do now
for a faithful salesman?
Foose is a hard-working boy who
meets life with a cheerful heart.
His likes are typical-girls, the
gang, sports, loafing, and an after
school job. For the future he plans
to work in electronics, a field he
hopes to learn more about next
EMILY K. GERNHARDT
Emily, or Em, as she is known
to her many friends, was one of
our sweetest seniors. She partici-
pated in Y-Teens, Bowling Club,
and intramurals - but dancing,
swimming, and listening to records
ran those activities a close second.
In the Fall, Em would like to
further her education at Pitt.
CONSTAN CE L.
Connie, one of our attractive
blondes, loved driving her sharp
red convertible in her leisure
hours. She was always buying new
clothes to keep up with the latest
styles. Eventually Connie hopes
some good will come from her
fashionable dressing by venturing
into the modeling business.
This hard-working senior re-
ported to Room 12. It was a com-
mon sight to see Bob driving
around in his hopped-up Merc-
his best spare time friend. This lad
from the Square hopes to find a
good job after graduation, so be-
fore long he and the Merc will be
FRANCIS J. HABIC
Although Burr isn't sure about
what he wants to study in college,
with his experience he might as
well aim for the presidency! He
has been home room president,
Choir president, and was leader of
the senior class. In between his
duties as prexy he found time to
participate in football and intra-
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Doc, a member Of the Color
Guard, proudly escorted the Band
to the athletic field for three years.
He turned in a good performance
in "Cheaper by the Dozen" and
took part in intramural games. His
future depends on the Air Force,
but in the meantime Dale keeps
busy after school at Gardill's Drug
ELIZABETH MAE HOSIE
Elma's activities run a wide
range, after school it's been a job
at Kaufmann's, baby-sitting, paint-
ing, swimming, and horseback rid-
ing, while here at Swissvale High,
Y-Teens, the Bowling Club, and
the Glee Club have been impor-
tant. Elma would someday like to
be a Navy nurse.
An airline hostess is what Al-
dean wants to be in the future.
Blondie really has some out of the
ordinary hobbies: hypnosis and
horse racing. This is indeed an in-
teresting combination! Around
school she participated in Y-Teens
and home room intramurals. After
graduation she plans to go to
LaVERNE M. JOHNSON
This strawberry blonde was a
member of the Band, Y-Teens,
Valistic, and the SWISSVALIAN
staff. She graced the Prom Court
and helped Room 13 to a number
of intramural championships. La-
Verne enjoys ice skating, swim-
ming, and reading. It will be a
pleasure to be sick when she is
Gretchen lent her lovely voice
to the Choir and her pep to the
Bowling Club and the Y-Teens.
She had a part in the Junior Class
Play and contributed her athletic
ability to intramurals. This super-
duper ticket salesman plans to go
to Baker University to become a
jack had so much interest in his
Alma Mater that even during the
summer he could be found work-
ing in the halls of SHS. He served
as home room officer a number of
times and was an intramural parti-
cipant. jack played varsity foot-
ball for two years as an outstand-
ing lineman. The Army is for him
Cathy was chosen by her class
to be one of the attendants in the
Prom Court. She took part in the
Bowling Club, Y-Teens, and intra-
mural sports. Dancing and collect-
ing and listening to records were
her out-of-school interests. After
graduation she plans to attend
Net-Net, a future student of
nursing, is a jolly girl who enjoys
dancing more than anything else.
Y-Teens, basketball, volleyball,
other intramural sports, and Glee
Club held her interest in school. A
busy life for a lively senior from
PATRICIA L. KEARNS
Our pretty senior president of
Y-Teens has been quite an asset
to our school. Among her many
activities were bowling, intra-
murals, and the Valistic. Pat was
very successful in never missing a
school football game. Her friends
are confident that she will make
a pleasing nurse.
A lovely miss is Bobbie, with
interests ranging from bowling to
baby-sitting and Y-Teens Cof
which she was an officer! to the
Valistic. Soft spoken and patient
Ka prompter in both class playsl,
our fair-haired Bobbie will be a
welcome angel of mercy after
Bob, one of our very active sen-
iors, is also one of the best looking.
He was a member of our football
team for three years and was also
a basketball manager. He took
part in the school intramurals and
this year was our class vice-presi-
dent. Someday Bob hopes to be an
just what would Room 13 have
done without Kuz and his ability
to draw cartoons? We think he
could really do something with
that gift, but Steve's main interests
lie in fixing cars and listening
to rock 'n roll. He'll make a pleas-
ant and cooperative mechanic.
Joe's plans for a career in the
future consist of going into indus-
try. Right now, though, he likes to
loaf and paint his car, which he
could tell you just can't be done
at the same time. He was a valu-
able member of Room 12's intra-
PHILIP M. LYNCH
This happy - go - lucky senior
hailed from Room 13. When it
comes to cars, Phil knows his stuff.
Loafing suits him to a T, but he
was right there when it came to
intramural games. Phil soon will
become a Boy in Blue and then
he'd better know "What's happen-
DAVID P. MADIGAN
Dave, a joy-loving senior, re-
ported to Room 24. He was very
active in intramurals and has en-
joyed many good times in high
school. He has an after school job
helping his father, but his favorite
pastimes are sports, sleeping, and
driving his "Hot Merc."
CON STANCE KOVAL
Our Junior Prom Queen was
very active in school affairs. She
was a majorette, a Y-Teen mem-
ber, a reporter for the Valistic, and
secretary of Student Council.
Swimming and listening to music
take up Connie's extra time. After
college, she plans to be a home
ANTHONY S. LAMBERTI
One of our schoo1's best artists
was Tony, but in addition he con-
tributed much to the football and
baseball teams. I-Ie spends most
of his leisure time listening to
records or dancing, and resting up
from last summer when he had a
tremendous amount of experience
doing construction jobs--which he
hopes to make his life work.
RUTH A. LUDWIG
Ruth is a pretty and popular
senior, with a pleasing personality
and a winning smile. Being news
editor for the Valistic, secretary for
the Y-Teens, a member of the
Band, Choir, and Student Council
were among Ruthie's activities.
This future nurse is also very
handy with the paintbrush and
Barb claims her ambition Che-
sides marriagej is to make lots of
money, but she'll have to add work
to her list of interests-dancing,
swimming, and eating--to achieve
it! Y-Teens, intramurals, and Ever-
ett's Little Store have taken up
much of her time in the past few
REGIS S. MAJOR
Regis, who hailed from Room
16, was active in sports, especially
in home room intramurals -- in
which he excelled. In his spare
time, when not working at Bar'd's,
he enjoys driving his car. Regis
has one great ambition, to attend
the Navy Air School.
JOSEPH S. MALLEY
Joe, who is a lot of fun, did a
commendable job in the Senior
Class Play, "Cheaper by the Doz-
en." His favorite interests are
sleeping, swimming and school C?J.
He would like very much to go
to college next year to prove
his ability in the field of business
Norma, one of our pretty Swiss
Misses, was a very efficient typist
on the Valistic. The Bowling Club,
Y-Teens, and Camera Club were
also among her school activities.
She has won many honors with her
skill in archery. Norma plans to
take up business administration in
WILLARD A. MCKAY
Willy, a future engineer, hopes
to be counted among the alumni of
Carnegie Tech. He spends some of
his spare time hunting and swim-
ming and was a member of the
Color Guard. Willy was a credit to
his home room in all intramural
sports. He was dependable in
everything he undertook.
Barb's future plans are in action
right now, as she has been attend-
ing business school as well as SHS
during the year. She was a faith-
ful member of the Choir and
was in the business law play. In
addition to her willingness to help
out in intramurals, Barb also en-
KIRK J. METZGER
Kirk, an active volleyball and
basketball intramural player, and
considered a fine home room friend,
also found time to be a reliable
football manager. Like all boys,
he enjoys eating and playing foot-
ball with his pals. After graduation,
Kirk plans to enter college, though
he hasn't decided just what course
SAMUEL LEWIS MAURY
One of Room 17's sturdiest
boosters was Sam, who went in for
intramurals in a great way. He was
in the Choir for three years and
was a member of the sound crew
for the Senior Class Play. After
Ohio State, his greatest ambition
is to become a doctor like his
Dave, one of our leading athletes
ever since junior high, has played
football, basketball, and baseball
during his three years at SHS. He
intends to go right on playing
sports when he enters college, but
after that, "Da-Da," one of Room
13's selected few, plans to become
ELIZABETH J. MCKIM
This happy-go-lucky miss, with
a sweet smile and disposition to
match, will make a very good air-
line hostess someday. Liz was a
faithful member of the Bowling
and Camera Clubs and was a great
asset in intramural games. Swim-
ming and dancing rate tops on
Are the Flashes playing tonight?
If so, you can count on seeing Rita
there to cheer them on to victory.
One of our most enthusiastic stu-
dents, she took part in the Camera
Club, Bowling Club, Valistic, Y-
Teens, and intramurals. Rita hopes
to venture into the business world.
JOANNE MARY MIELE
Here is a cute girl who adds a
laugh wherever she may be.
"Pidge" has been vice-president or
secretary of her home room during
each of her three years at SHS.
Joanne, who loves to dance and
collect records, is considered a
terrific athlete by her classmates.
Booby is a very active and beau-
tiful girl from Room 13. Her long
list of activities included Y-Teens,
Valistic, "Cheaper by the Dozen,"
intramurals, Bowling Club, and
Student Council. Her outside in-
terests are swimming, sports, and
drive-ins. After graduation it's
secretarial work for this lass.
CAROL ANN MORRISSEY
Painting landscapes and por-
traits is one of Carol's hobbies.
Another interest is fashions, wear-
ing the latest, and reading fashion
magazines. She is now a sales girl
in an East Liberty store, but event-
ually she wants to go into the field
of interior decorating or dress
During his three years at SHS,
Bucky won seven varsity letters.
When he wasn't at practice, Bucky
was either eating or sleeping. He
served on Student Council for
three years and was vice-president
of our junior class. In the future
we may see him hitting homeruns
at Forbes Field.
JEANNE E. O'GRADY
Jeanne is a lovely, lively lass,
active both in school and out. In
school she was a Y-Teen officer,
Candy Corporation officer, and an
ardent intramural participant. She
also enjoys dancing, swimming, and
driving. Her ambition is to make
a success of whatever field she
GRETCHEN L. PAFF
Combining business with plea-
sure has been the lot of this lively
girl, who just loves dancing and
who teaches it for the Fillion Stu-
dios. One of our dependable recep-
tionists. Gretchen enjoyed bowling,
dramatics, and Y-Teens. College is
her ambition for next Fall.
One of our most active boys,
Nick was kept busy this year as
co-editor of the SWISSVALIAN.
He also participated in Band,
Dance Band, Student Council Cas
vice-presidentl, both class plays,
intramurals, and Intercom Crew.
Nick's goal is an engineering career
LINDA K. MURRAY
Linda is a vivacious girl who
helped to make the Junior Prom
Court more beautiful. Her favorite
activities were the Valistic feature
staff, Y-Teens, Bowling Club,
Camera Club, Junior Class Play,
and intramurals. She likes to listen
to good music and plans to study
journalism in a small college.
This sandy haired senior from
Room 17 played intramurals at
noon, but after school his time was
devoted to the blue Plymouth. He
kept his car in top-notch condition
so he wouldn't have to walk to
school from the Square. Terry
plans to become a mechanic, a job
he hopes to learn more about at
Larry was a great asset to Room
22's intramural teams as well as
serving as our junior class treasurer
and as home room officer for three
years. He was also a member of
the Prom Court selection commit-
tee. This Road Saint spends all his
time working on cars, especially
MADELIN E T. PARIS
Lynn is a very delightful person
to be with. She proved her acting
ability in the Junior Play and the
business law play. Lynn could
often be seen running into Room 6
to hand in her Valistic assignment.
Business school is next, then sec-
MARY LOU PASCARELLA
A sparkling personality and nice
manner belong to Mary Lou. One
of the lovelies of the Prom Court,
she is happiest when dancing or
swimming. She was a Y-Teen
member and a home room officer
for three years. Since secretarial
work appeals to Mary Lou, busi-
ness school may come next.
That big grin and fancy hairdos
are Peggie's trademarks. She was
especially popular in speech classes
when she brought her luscious
cakes along for a demonstration. A
future nurse Cand a kind one she'll
bell, Peggie enjoyed Glee Club
NANCY MARIE PRICE
This cute senior put her brains
and personality to good use for the
Valistic, Student Council, Choir,
and the Y-Teens Cas its treasurerl.
Nancy a future nurse, was in the
junior Class Play and the Prom
Court. She also spent many hours
working as co-editor of the SWISS-
This future school teacher was
a member of the Choir for three
years and the competent editor of
the Valistic. Kathy showed her cap-
ability as an actress, performing
in both Junior and Senior Class
Plays. She also served on Student
Council during this past year. A
lovely valedictorian for the class
Bunny is an attractive and
friendly girl who has been ever-
loyal to that wandering room-18,
1, and 19. She played intramurals
for three years and was also very
active in Y-Teens and the Valistic.
Georgia hopes to be wearing a
little white uniform and cap to
match in a few years.
Vince's favorite sports are bas-
ketball and intramurals and his
favorite pastimes are cars and
having fun with the boys. Caddy-
ing at Edgewood Country Club
takes much of his time. His am-
bition is to be an engineer, so next
Fall will find him at college.
CAROL ANN PRENTICE
Since Carol plans to be a Lady
Marine, we'll probably see her pic-
ture in the paper as an attractive
example. Her neat appearance and
pleasant manner made her a well-
liked member of the Class of '57,
Intramural sports were her favorite
This good looking future Navy
pilot is quite an outdoor sports
enthusiast. He enjoys fishing and
hunting as well as home room
volleyball and basketball. Don also
turned in an excellent performance
in the Senion Class Play, "Cheaper
by the Dozen."
Josie's exceptional artistic abil-
ity was put to good use as art
editor of the Valistic and in the
division pages of the SWISS-
VALIAN. Her pleasant nature
made her a welcome member of
the Y-Teens and the Choir. Out of
school, Josie likes to read, dance,
or go swimming. This Fall she
plans to prepare for a career in
NANCY J. RAYNOR
Nance is a wonderful girl with a
nice disposition and a smile to
match. She is an all-'round student
who participated in many activ-
ities, among them the Valistic,
Y-Teens, Senior Class Play, and
Candy Corporation. Nancy hopes
to enter college in the Fall and is
planning on a teaching career.
ALBERT R. REID
It's hard to tell just what is
uppermost in this well-liked boy's
mind-cars, sports, or his job at
the YM Bn WHA. Football, bas-
ketball, baseball, volleyball-you
name it, he plays it. Engineering
in college comes next and then
that big Cadillac he aims to own.
MARIE E. RUSSO
Pleasing to be with is one of
Marie's many qualities. She's a
very good athlete when it comes
to intramural volleyball and bas-
ketball. Marie was a faithful typist
on the Valistic staff, a member of
the Glee Club, and a help on the
Paul was on the Valistic staff for
two years and a member of the
Senior Play cast. He played solo
trumpet in the band for six years
and was business manager of the
SWISSVALIAN. After receiving
his diploma, he plans to go to
college and in time he will become
Paul Schultz, M.D.
Peggy, a member of Room 12,
was one of our most ardent intra-
mural participants. She took part
in both basketball and volleyball
all three years. In her out of school
time. she likes to dance or swim.
In a few years, Peggy hopes to be
a private secretary to some big
WILLIAM O. SHORTZ
Bill has certainly been busy in
school activities! This vice-presi-
dent of the Choir was selected to
sing in the District Choir for the
past two years. He made a great
contribution to both of his class
plays. His future plans are to at-
tend Upsala College and later sem-
inary where he will train to be-
come a minister.
MARWIN RUBEN STEIN
Ruby, who wants to be a finger
print expert, also had a real in-
terest in Room 22's intramural
games. Catching criminals, making
money, sleeping, and eating are
Ruby's pastimes when he's not
working with the 336th Military
Tom, one of our well-liked sen-
iors, played the drums in the
Band for six years. His after school
activities include working at Zinn's
Pharmacy and being vice-president
of the Road Kings. Tom enjoys
driving the Plymouth and going
out with the "Big Five."
Ardie was an active member of
Student Council, Y-Teens, and
Valistic. We all enjoyed seeing her
in "Cheaper by the Dozen" and at
football games as a majorette. Ar-
die, our sophomore class vice-
president, enjoys swimming and
dancing. Her beauty and person-
ality will add much to a business
Ginny is a peppy person who
can be counted on to keep things
going in Glee Club and in intra-
murals. She also has many outside
activities, such as dancing, skating,
and riding. Some boss will be
mighty pleased to have such a
pleasant secretary to brighten up
NANCY LOU SIMONELLI
Nancy's high school days have
been busy ones, what with leading
cheers for our athletes, taking part
in plays, singing important roles
in school musicals, participating
in Y-Teen activities, and intra-
murals-and having fun with it all.
She hopes to attend Pinkerton's
Known better as Bob, this sen-
ior's favorite activities, which
helped to occupy most of his spare
time, were bowling and being one
of the efficient members of the
Stage Crew. After graduation, you
may expect to find Bob a soldier
in the United States Army.
Jim's special interests were the
Choir, of which he was a member
for three years, and the Stage
Crew, on which he served two
years. He is now a hard-working
clerk at Allen's Drug Store, but
plans to enter the Air Force after
WILLIAM S. STANTON
Bill is an attractive, sports-
minded senior from Room 12. He
was a home room officer and was
active in basketball and intra-
murals. Besides these interests,
Bill also enjoys hunting, driving,
and baseball. After high school, it's
college for this boy, where he plans
to take up business administration.
WILLIAM M. THOMPSON
Bill, one of our nicest and most
reliable classmates, was a member
of the notable Room 17. He could
often be seen driving around town
in a green Chevy, but he also liked
to play basketball with his friends
and go swimming and skating. He
hopes to be an electrician someday
A future college student, this
friendly senior has a likable per-
sonality. Glenn, who reported to
Room 24, was active in all intra-
mural sports and plans to be an
engineer in the near future. His
favorite pastimes are hunting, fish-
ing, delivering groceries, and loaf-
ing in the Square.
JOHN K. SMITH
Smitty's plans for the future call
for seeing the world-courtesy of
the U. S. Navy. Most of his spare
time was spent talking and laugh-
ing with the kids. His interestes in-
clude eating, loafing, and espec-
ially working on cars. John also
enjoyed playing in intramurals.
Driving the Caddy, dancing, and
swimming appeal most to Joan.
However, various school activities
and her after school job at Edge-
wood Cleaners laid claim to much
of Flick's time. A lively person-
ality and attractive appearance
characterized this girl and are cer-
tain to be an asset in a secretarial
Joan is a neat and well-liked
young lady who has won many
friends with her quick and friendly
smile. The Choir and Y-Teens
were among Joan's activities, and
she could always be depended
upon when you needed her. Beau-
tician's school is in Joan's future.
This sweet girl from Room 24
spent her free time working at
Kleen-Ette Cleaners during the
past few years. Gertie was always
ready to go dancing, swimming, or
skating. Y-Teens and the Camera
Club kept her busy during school.
Her ambition is to be an airline
Mike, a friendly senior from
Room 16, was an active member of
their intramural teams. When he
wasn't at work as a clerk in the
Swissvale Isaly's, he was probably
out driving his big Buick. Mike's
many friends in the Class of '57
wish the best to this class member.
This amusing lad intends to be
an engineer and is preparing for
it well with a full program of sci-
ence and math courses. Mike was
a member of Room 12's intramural
teams in both basketball and vol-
leyball. He spends his after school
time working at the Regent Bot-
JOHN F. WALSH
John was one of our more hand-
some boys and a welcome addition
from Oakmont. Tall and soft-
spoken, he hailed from Room 16
and was liked by everyone. Being
a sports-minded lad, he was a
member of the football, baseball,
and basketball teams. After gradu-
ation, it's college for him.
The Bowling Club kept Jean
busy on Wednesdays until she left
us for the sunny south, but she
was never too busy to attend
dances. She loved to watch basket-
ball games and was a regular on
her home room's intramural teams.
This carefree member of Room 13
thinks the job of housewife will be
good enough for her.
CAROL A. WHALEN
This faithful member of the Y-
Teens enjoys driving, reading, and
when she has time, bowling. She
was interested in school and was
always ready to help out when
needed. She's had a great deal of
experience working at the Thoro-
fare Market, so she won't have to
go job hunting after graduation.
Pat is a snappy cheerleader
from Room 22. She was an attend-
ant in the Prom Court and also
took part in Y-Teens and intra-
murals. Pat was our class treasurer
her sophomore year and class sec-
retary her junior year. She enjoys
swimming or driving a car when-
ever she has a chance.
MARTHA ANNE WAHL
This pert blonde sang in the
Choir for three years and was a
member of the Y-Teens for two.
Her beauty and personality con-
tributed much to our Halls of Ivy
as well as the Prom Court. When
not at the basketball games, future
secretary Marty enjoys driving
the "Big Green."
Shirley, well known all over
this area for her skill as a Scottish
dancer, admits to a fondness for
all kinds of dancing. This petite
member of the Y-Teens, Glee
Club, Valistic staff, and Senior
Play cast, was also a receptionist
and intramural participant. Grove
City College comes next.
HENRY J. WEBER
Landscaping has been Henry's
method of earning pocket money
while in high school, but he won't
have much use for that skill when
he joins the Navy. Driving, danc-
ing, and home room intramural
sports have shared a large part of
Henny's special interests.
Noreen is a cute doll who has
been president of her home room
for three years. Rene has been a
Y-Teen, a member of the Bowling
Club and the Camera Club. She
also participated in intramural
games. After school hours, she was
a secretary for Guide Post Re-
search, but her ambition is to be-
come a nurse.
SARAH JANE WONDERS
Sally is one of our cute seniors
who is always fun to be with. She
has had an active year serving on
the SWISSVALIAN as literary
editor, Valistic, the Bowling Club,
Y-Teens, and the class plays. Sally
would like to attend college to be-
come a dietitian, so next year
will see her at Carnegie Tech.
Most everyone knows Chich, who
is very much in evidence around
SHS. Not only was she a secre-
tary for her home room but she
also played intramural sports for
it. Y-Teens was another activity
popular with her. as were swim-
ming, dancing, and collecting
jim, or Zippy, as he is better
known, contributed much to his
home room, 16. He belonged to the
Bowling Club, was a member of
the Stage Crew, and played base-
ball for the high school. After
graduation, he hopes to attend
college and major in the Field of
The seniors left their mark on the under-
One of the many things that distinguished
the Class of '57 from other senior classes at
Swissvale High was its all male administra-
tion. Frank Habic served as president, with
Bob Klemmer as vice-president, Bill Creigh-
ton as secretary, and John DeLucia as treas-
"Cheaper by the Dozen," the senior class
play, was a smashing success because of Sally
Wonders, Audrey Miller, and Bill Shortz, to
name a few. The cast will never forget that
In April the class held their Kid Party-
and how many seniors wished they were start-
ing all over again. Then, after three years of
waiting, came Senior Day, with Franny Conti
serving as Mr. Baily, Frank Habic as Mr.
Weichel, Connie Koval as Helen, and many
other seniors acting as teachers. The Senior
Luncheon was given the same day, and in the
afternoon the entertainment highlight of the
year, Senior Assembly, was presented to the
john makes a wisecrack to his fellow ofii-
cers Frank. Bob, and Bill.
classmen in many ways, notably by the beau-
tiful aromas they fanned out of the chemistry
laboratory so everyone could have a sniff.
These same seniors will always bear in mind
the lectures on "Senior Baby Sittersv and
"Cradle Snatchers" they received in Room 7.
On June 3, another class of seniors passed
on from Swisvale High School. These seniors
were overjoyed when graduation day arrived,
but the tears showed that some will miss SHS
more than others. The Class of '57 received
their diplomas looking forward to a bright
future full of opportunity.
JACQUELINE GHRIST, Salutatorian
KATHRYN RADAKOVIC, Valedictorian
GUY CATONE MARTIN POAD
JANICE GAMBINO GEORGE SEMAN
MARY ELLEN GILDROY JUDITH WHALEN
JOHN HALCHAK ALICE YANKURA
JEAN MCFARLANE JOAN YUHASZ
MYRNA GATTO MARY MCGREGOR
ARNOLD HABIC DOROTHY MULKERIN
ROBERT HILF BRUNA RICCOBON
The seniors listed have maintained an average of 90? or better throughout
their four years of high school. The undergraduates' names have appeared on
all honor rolls published through March of the current school year, indicating
no grade below 85 and a citizenship average of A or B. Many of the students
noted on this page are leaders in school activities as well as leaders in scholarship.
Seated: Ruth Ludwig, Kathy Radakovic, Nancy Price, Jacqueline Ghrist
Standing: Paul Schultz, Michael Borellis, Sally Wonders, Nick Moraytis
Literary editor of the 1957 SWISSVALIAN, Sally Wonders,
helps co-editors Nancy Price and Nick Moraytis lay plans for
the year as business manager Paul Schultz looks on.
The jane Grey Swisshelm Chapter of
Quill and Scroll includes in its member-
ship the outstanding students who publish
the Valistic and Swissvalian. Quill and
Scroll is an international society for high
school journalists. Its members are found
on college campuses in many countries of
the world and its emblem is recognized as
standing for exceptional work on school
Students who are recommended for this
honor must, in addition to their journalistic
work, maintain a high scholastic rating
and must be a member of the senior class.
Their activities speak for themselves in the
bi-weekly issues of the school paper and
the publishing of the Swissvalian.
John Dierst, Connie Koval, Tom Scanio, Ardie Schweinberg, Bernie DiBernardo, mem-
bers of the business staff
The editors of the 1957 SWISSVALIAN
worked feverishly all year to bring you the
biggest and best yearbook ever. The literary
department, headed by Sally Wonders, con-
tributed much to the yearbook with their
original and clever writeups and activities
reports. Although the assignments were not
always turned in on time, to the editors' an-
guish, they eventually arrived and were usu-
ally worth the wait.
The business staff, under the management
of Paul Schultz, brought in many ads and
patrons to help the yearbook meet its budget.
Because of this staff's excellent work, the edi-
tors of the SWISSVALIAN were able to pre-
sent a bigger book with more pictures and a
special cover designed expressly for Swissvale
First row: Linda Murray, Bette Grace Davison, Marie Russo, Nancy Raynor, Norma
Second row: Sam Maury, Frank Habic, John DeLucia, Bob Klemmer, members of the
editorial staff. Not pictured: LaVerne Johnson
Maid oi Honor
JACQUELYN MARY LOU CONSTANCE MARTHA
ELZER PASCARELLA KOVAL WAHL
Second row: Nancy S., Shirley, Ardie, Sally, Kathy, Audrey Nancy, HIt's your move."
Third row: Phil, Norma, Bill S., Nick, Paul, john, Bill C..
Nancy R., Miss Emmerling
NIOR PLAY . . . Cheaper by the Dozen
Lillian Gilbreth, the mother, SALLY WONDERS Ernestine . .. ..,. NANCY SIMONELLI
Frank Gilbreth, the father BILL SHORTZ Martha ...,. .. KATHY RADAKOVIC
Ann .. . . . , , AUDREY MILLER Lillian . . . .. .SHIRLEY WARDROPE
Frank , . PAUL SCHULTZ Miss Brill ., , A ARDIE SCHWEINBERG
Bill JOHN DELUCIA Dr. Burton . . . PHIL COLLINS
Fred . JOE MALLEY joe Scales , A , BILL CARLSON
Dan . .. DALE HAYES Larry A , A NICK MORAYTIS
jackie . . .. A . , DON PROTHEROE Mrs. Fitzgerald . A . NANCY RAYNOR
Bill leads the gang with a "Hoo-rah-ray The whole family: Paul. Audrey, John, Joe, Dale, Nancy.
and a tiger." Kathy, Don, Shirley, Sally, Bill "Eight seconds-not bad."
Joe, Don, Dale Ardie, Don, and Phil look on as Paul tells
Where's Mr. Weichel while Joanne, Carol, Donna,
Judy, Sheila, and Betty Ann are throwing snowballs?
The Class of '58 spent a busy year, safe in
the knowledge that we had another to enjoy
at SHS. The year passed quickly and pleas-
antly. The iirst thing of importance was the
election of our class oflicers, jimmy, Marty,
Anne, and Guy. Of course, we also held elec-
tions for home room officers. We participated
in all the activities offered by the school-
especially Y-Teens, Bowling Club, Camera
Club, football, basketball, baseball, and in-
Another exciting event was our first class
play. Will we ever forget the suspense until
the cast was announced? At last we performed
for the public and "Home Sweet Homicide"
was now history.
One of the most awaited events was the
Junior Prom, for which we started prepar-
ations months ahead. Oh! The time we spent
making decorations for our Hawaiian theme.
Finally May 3 arrived and what a wonderful
time we had!
Then came june 3 and with it the realiz-
ation that we had but one more year in which
to enjoy our beloved SHS.
Martin Amodeo, treasurer
Donna Pagano, sec'y
Martin Poad, pres.
Emmett O'Hare, vice-president
Nick Andrejko, president
Mary Ann Barclay,
Mary Jane Holderbaum
Betty Ann Hrizo
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Delores Cresto, secretary
Peggy Early, vice-president
Mary Ellen Gildroy
Nancy Spinosa, treasurer
Donna Capasso, secretary
LaRue Grubb, treasurer
Janet Malma, vice-president
Mary jane McClintock.
Marie Capezzuto, secretary
John Elish, vice-president
Anne Galvin, president
Patricia Urbanic, treas.
Mary Louise Casillo
Guy Catone, president
Beverly Dell, vice-pres.
Rosemary Mancen, treas.
Metalyn Yetka, secretary
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CAROL MARY JANE GAYLE DONNA
FRANZETTA MCCLINTOCK PAULIE CAPASSO
RITA DIANE FRANCES BEVERLY
WACH HUOT COLETTA DELL
Talking things over are, seated, John Elish and Barbara Neff
Standing: Martin Amodeo, Guy Catone, Martin Poad
The entire cast. First row: John Elish, John Halchak, Dennis Legal, Emmett O'Hare, Jim Speer
Second row: Janet Malma, Ethel Charnick, Mary Jane McClintock, Joanne Tomko, Joan Yuhasz, Frannie
Coleta, Mary Ellen Gildroy
Third row: Miss Emmerling, Gayle Paulie, Diane Huot, Guy Catone, Martin Poad, David Jones, Russell Ragan,
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Louise, Fredi Ann, Arnie, and Madeline discuss
plans for livening the sophomore class.
Our versatile sophomore class arrived in
the stately halls of Swissvale High School
slightly bewildered but outstanding as one of
the largest classes to appear on the scene in
One of our first honors was the election of
class officers. After a heated campaign carried
on with much enthusiasm and brilliant speech-
es on the part of the candidates, the follow-
ing class officers were chosen: president
Arnold Habicg vice-president Madeline Don-
ofriog secretary Louise Burgardg and treas-
urer Fredi Ann DiMarzio.
Our Sophomore Party was without a doubt
the best, jolliest, and funniest ever given, al-
though we are not given to boasting! Some of
the novelty acts were "Patience and Pru-
dence," portrayed by Norman Urban and
Matt Ballaban. Other notable features were
dancing acts, singing, and instrumental num-
We always managed to get to class on time,
sometimes with our tongues hanging and hair
Hying-and the famous words, "just made it!"
At assemblies and pep meetings, we waited
patiently for the seniors to depart, hopefully
anticipating the day when we will be mem-
bers of that privileged class.
Miss MARY EMMERLING
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Edward Bednarczyk, treas
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Marlene Danielson, treas.
Kitty Lou Giordano,
Walter Laney, secretary
Louise Burgard, vice-pres.
Arnold Habic, president
Eleanor Bucar, vice-pres.
Dorothy Stoffa, sec'y-treas.
Fredi Ann DiMarzio,
Robert Hilf, sec'y-treas.
Anna M. Mazzarello
Erwin Polansky ,
Bill Rutter, vice-pres.
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PLEASURE DERIVED FROM-
Seated: Connie Koval, secretary: Franny Conti, president, Noreen Whalen, Ardie Schwein-
berg, Anne Galvin, Kathy Radakovic, John Dierst, treasurer: Pat Kearns, Nick Moraytis,
Standing: Martin Poad, Guy Catone, Nick Andrejko, Barbara Becker, Arnie Habic, Nancy
Dufalla, Fredi Ann DiMarzio, Frank Habic, Lorraine Beninati, john Bucar, Bill Wonders,
jim Cimino, Mary Jane McClintock, Mr. Toth, faculty adviser
Student Council was a migratory group this
year, meeting in whatever room was avail-
able. Every Monday morning at the beginning
of the 25 minute period a voice over the in-
tercom would announce: "Student Council
will meet this morning in Room 1 for 19 or
20 or 25j" and off would go our represent-
atives, who in most cases were also our home
Headed by president Franny Conti, vice-
president Nick Moraytis, secretary Connie
Koval, and treasurer john Dierst, and spon-
sored by Mr. Toth, Student Council kept their
meetings running smoothly and efficiently.
Student Council had, as usual, many re-
sponsibilities. One of the most important of
these was setting up the intramural schedule
and seeing to it that it was carried through to
the championship playoffs. Many were the
25 minute periods spent arguing over elig-
ibility rules, but eventually an agreement
would be reached and the rules passed. Cham-
pionship games were played at Dickson be-
fore highly partisan students, with a dance
following to celebrate the victory.
Student Council also had charge of elec-
tions for the Prom and May Queen Courts.
This was a real chore, but the group, assisted
by several faculty members, handled it admir-
In May Student Council sponsored the
Awards Assembly, at which time the winners
of scholarships were revealed, pins were given
to senior members of the choir and two-year
members of the council, art awards were pre-
sented, and members of Quill and Scroll an-
First row: Jacquie Ghrist, feature editorg Kathy Radakovic, editor-in-chiefg Ruthie Ludwig,
Second row: Josephine Radelja, art editor: Mike Borellis, sports editor
To keep the students and faculty of SHS
up to date about news happenings we had our
paper, the Valistic. Under the very efficient
editorship of Kathy Radakovic, this year's
paper was timely and readable. Kathy's trade-
mark was the question, "Any news today?"
Her editors, Ruthie, Jacquie, Josie, and Mike
were on the jump giving out assignments to
answer that question.
One big problem of publishing our paper,
since we are a DO IT YOURSELF group, was
our dear old mimeograph. In spite of a big sign
reading, "THIS MACHINE IS CLEAN-
Keep it that way" it was frequently found run-
ning over with ink. Of course no one had ever
left it that way! When a page was run off,
Bobbie could often be heard saying, "Darn this
machine, this ink gets over everything-and
everyone." Our little black cloth was always in
use, either for our hands or the floor. But when
such troubles arose and were beyond our
knowledge, we could always call in Mr.
Weichel, who can fix ANYTHING. He is one
friend whom all those connected with publish-
ing the Valistic will never forget.
Seated: Delores Cresto, Peggy Early
Standing: Rita Costello, Margie White, Elaine Kurtz,
Georgia Ratica, Bobbie Kerr
Seated: Pat Urbanic, jim Cimino, Norma Barefoot,
Standing: Tom Harris, jackie Weichel, George
Seman, Nancy Raynor
Seated: Sally Wonders, Bobbie Bliss, Jackie Elzer, LaVerne
Johnson, Beverly Dell
First row: Betty Ann Hiizo Grace Page
Second row: Ann Sullivan, Rosemarie Mancen, Elaine Fusia,
Linda Murray, Connie Koval, Gretchen Burgard
Third row: Pat Kearns, Jeanne Ford, Madeline Paris. Joan
Yuhasz, Barbara Murray. Alice Yankura
Often heard in the Valistic department of
Room 6 were: "Where-'s the correction Fluid?',
cover was the work of the art staff. Many
colorful covers were achieved, with the crown-
Standing: Jeanne O'Gi'ady, Norma McCollough, Marie Russo,
Barbara Kneebone. Bette Grace Davison, Janice Gambino.
"Oops!" "Oh, that reporter!" "To be typed."
"Oh, brother!" But a more efficient group you
just couldn't have found anywhere. The typ'
ists gave up many a study period to aid the
march of progress. Typing for a newspaper is
hard work-you must know how to spell and
how to hyphenate, especially on a stencil! The
public is only too ready to pick up errors!
To provide the Valistic with an attractive
ing glory being a silk-screen copy for Easter.
One of the most popular features of the
paper was the Senior Spotlight page. The
three girls in charge of this page were Jeanne
Ford, Pat Kearns, and Gretchen Burgard. The
sports minded could always find a page or
two devoted to sports at SHS. Of course the
ever-popular intramurals were included in this
The day before each issue was to be dis-
tributed was always a busy one. Typists, edi-
tors, staplers-all were in a dither upholding
the honor of the Valistic, which always comes
out ON TIME. Then it was Bette Grace
Davison's turn to be busy, sending out our
paper in exchange for those from other schools.
Mention must be made of Mrs. Miller's
journalism classes which were held through-
out the first semester to train the cub report-
ers in the way they should go. Here writing
Seated is Mrs. Miller, surrounded by her "cubs:" Fi
Joanne Tomko, Steve Levine, Eddie Bednarczyk,
Second row: Nick Costello, Bob Hilf, Andrew Kandra,
bara Neff, Sue Steinmetz
Rosemarie Mancen, Nancy Ray-
nor, Barb Kneebone, Alice Yan-
kura, and Jackie Weichel are stap-
ling the Valistic and recording each
subscriber's "john Henry."
styles were discussed and practiced and the
mechanics of putting out a paper explained,
Those who made the grade became full-
fledged staff members the second semester.
But all was not work on the Valistic. At
Christmas and at the close of school, after the
last issue had come out, the staff met to make
merry. Special guests were Mrs. Miller, Valis-
tic adviser, whose help and patience were in-
exhaustible, and Miss Jacobs and her SWISS-
rst row: Amelia Trepak, Carol Whalen, Gayle Paulie,
Sue Kunic, Gene Miller, Arnie Habic, Clare Fahey, Bar-
First row: Betty A. Fish, Dorothy Madaras, Beth Hoover, Nancy Simonelli, Josephine Radelja,
Metalyn Yetka, Lois Lanyi, Joanne Badali, Loretta Veri
Second row: Donna Capasso, Carol Franzetta, Vernice Jones, Barbara McTiernan, Jacquie
Ghrist, Mary Laughery, Phyllis Kirk, Marie Keefe, Rita Wach
Third row: Eddie Bednarczyk, Martha Wahl, Bob Hilf, Richard Rupp, Tom Harris, Frank
Singer, Erwin Polansky, Don Renner, James Abraham
Fourth row: Sam Maury, John Dierst, jim Fulmer, Frank Habic
CHOIR . . . A pleasure to hear
1 The Swissvale High School Choir, consisting of
about sixty boys and girls who thoroughly enjoy
singing, provided entertainment for the school and
community throughout the year. Every Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday during the fifth period,
they would gather in the auditorium to learn and
to practice new songs.
This year the Choir produced a Christmas oper-
etta entitled "Merry Christmas," starring Donna
Capasso and Bill Shortz. They were supported by
the other members of the group, some of whom
+- played dramatic parts.
Mr. Hill requests some band member to get
First row: Eileen Farren, Kitty Lou Giordano, Elaine Steffy, Kathy Radakovic, Ruth Ludwig,
Gretchen Kelley, Frances Coletta, Mary Ann Barclay, Elaine Kurtz
Second row: Jeanne Ford, Carol Coleman, June Thomas, Nancy Price, Steve Levine, Tom
Millslagle, Carol Shedlock, Pat Ruffner, Gayle Paulie, Nick Andrejko
Third row: Mary Jane Martinich, Marilyn Lester, Joyce Moorman, Diane Huot, Tony DeLia,
Dick Bennett, Dave Champion, Gene Miller, Andrew Kandra, Guy Catone
Fourth row: Bill Hutchison, Paul Boory, Martin Poad, Bill Shortz
In the spring the choir produced another oper-
etta entitled "Tennessee Tess." As you can guess,
the setting was in the hills of Tennessee. Leads were
sung by Donna Capasso and Frank Habic. As a
reward for their hours of faithful practice, the stu-
dents traveled to Saltsburg and Blairsville to re-
enact the operetta.
Especially honored were Bill Shortz and Paul
Boory, who were selected to represent SHS at Dis-
trict Choir, held this year at Turtle Creek.
As is the custom, the choir sang for senior assem-
bly and, as is also the custom, many of the members
shed a few tears when they sang "Now Is the
Hour" and 'The Halls of Ivy." The choir sang for
Baccalaureate-and was saddened by the thought
that it would be the last time they would sing
FRANK HABIC ...... ............,..........., ...... p r esident
DIANE HUOT .,.,.... ......,, s ecretary-treasurer
BILL SHORTZ ..... .......,.. v ice-president
First row: Myrna Gatto, Gilbert Smith, Linda Beeman, Pat Urbanic, Jerry Levine, Jamie Ralston, james
Dukate, Emily Brugh, Richard Brozek, John Bonacci, joe Cresto
Second row: Ardie Schweinberg, Bill Hood, Carol Coleman, Charlene Floss, Marie Capezzuto, Gloria
Costa, jackie Ludwig, Gary Weaver, Robert Cramer, Dorothy Schwarzbach
Third row: Diane Huot, Willard McKay, Tom Scanio, John Dierst, Richard Bennett, John Preusse, Doug-
las Hags, Russell Ragan, Ronald Dukate, Leo Toribio, jim Christie, Frank Gambino
Once again our band impressed the fans
with their half-time entertainment at the foot-
D ball games and with their fine precision
' ' ' marching. These performances were possible
only because of summer practice and scorch-
' ing seventh period rehearsals.
In If you have ever passed the field during a
practice, surely you have heard the familiar
words, "Hey, you, keep in line. We want a
"Sing the praise oi Swissvale High School . . .
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First row: Billy Lehm, Greg Edie, Patty Schwarzbach, Billy Couse, Becky Bowman, Clair John, Charles
Meigs, Douglas Topping, jerry Hagadorn, Richard Ifester, Kitty Lou Giordano
Second row: Nancy Carlson, Gerald Zeok, Tommy Lemak, Joan Spargo, Lois Lanyi, Dorothy Mulkerin,
Bill Hollstein, Ruth Ludwig, LaVerne Johnson, Connie Koval
Third row: Dale Hayes, Donald Gratton, Rita Wach, Dave Champion, Paul Schultz, John Cresto, Eddie
Frantz, Emmett O'Hare, Nick Moraytis, Jane Malma
straight onegn or perhaps you have heard Mr.
Hill exclaim for the twelfth time, NO. K., we'll
try it again, LEFT FACE 1, 23 RIGHT
FACE 3, 4." After the final rehearsal seventh
period Friday, the band would rush to the
high school to add its pep, vigor, and music to
the pep meetings.
Another feature of the band was its high-
DANCE BAND . . . SW
The advanced members of our band are
given a chance to play popular music in the
stepping majorettes, who led our musicians
through the streets of Swissvale, and the Color
Guard who carried our beautiful flags.
We are losing quite a few of our band mem-
bers this year through graduation, but there
are more who are preparing to take their
places by stepping into the handsome blue
and gold uniforms.
ing and sway with Edgar J
Front row: Mary Pat Webb, Ronald Dukate, Lois
Lanyi, Carol Coleman, Bernie DiBernardo
Second row: Dick Bennett, Bill Hood, Paul Schultz.
John Cresto, Nick Moraytis, Gary Weaver, jerry
Standing: Drummer Ruth Ludwig, Pianist Bob Hilf.
Vocalist Donna Capasso
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First row: Edith Beerbower, Arlene Culligan, Connie Chambers, Justine
Mise, Loretta Vitartas, Elaine Schalles, Noreen Milchalk, Sandra
Payne, Bernice Mise, Carol Seng
Second row: Lenore Bell, Dorothy O'Connor, Suzanne Kunic, Joanne
Gates, Pat Everett, Marlene Danielson, Eleanor Bucar, Mary Ellen
Daw, Lorraine Beninati, Charlotte Hysong
Third row: Maureen Byrnes, Mary Ann Tammariello, Pat Gigliotti,
Marilyn Ross, Susan Foster, Joanne Jessell, Mary McGregor, Pat
A group of students from Room 27 chat with
Miklos Barcs, recently arrived from Budapest,
Front row: Connie Granatir, Rita McTiernan, Joanne
Miele, Edith Granite, Shirley Wardrope
Second row: Marwin Rubenstein, Henry Weber, Tony
Lamberti, John Cresto, Dave Madigan
First row: Judy Whalen, Elaine Fusia, Dennis Legal.
Mary Ellen Gildroy. Rita Wach, Barbara Kneebone
Second row: Joan Yuhasz, Janice Gambino, Pat
Urbanic, Jackie Weichel
CANDY CORPORATION . . .
For your sweet tooth
Nancy Raynor, Bette Grace
Davison, Bill joyce Cbuying
candyh, Peggy Logan, jean
One of the highest dividend paying busi-
nesses in the country is Swissvale I-Iigh's
Candy Corporation. Their wares appeal to
With these girls on duty, no stranger ever
has to Flounder around in SHS looking for the
superintendent's or principal's ohice. In addi-
hungry students. and so Hourishing is their
business that what few shares become avail-
able are snapped up quickly.
With a smile
tion to their duties as receptionists, they also
helped Helen by delivering absence sheets
and doing other chores to aid her.
Seated: Aldean johns, Carol
Standing: Metalyn Yetka, Mary
Ellen Gildroy, Connie Clif-
ford, Carol Coleman, Susan
Bietenduefel, Sandy Wright,
Grace Page, Madeline Dono-
Seated: Dale Wentroble, Nick Moraytis
Standing: Nick Costello, john Shipman
The voices behind that familiar and cheery
"Good morning!" you hear every morning be-
long to these boys. They informed the stud-
ents what club was meeting where "imme-
diately after devotions." When the intercom
let out one of those piercing shrieks or when
the mike began to ring during an assembly
program, you could be sure that one of these
boys had "goofed" and was going to hear
Seated: Jim Zetwo, Bill Tishko,
Jim Cimino, jim Smolinski.
Standing: Walter Allan, Dick
Simko, Dick Bennett, Dick
Cencarik, Eddie Frantz, Jack
Neal, Paul Agnew, Barry
Holmes, jim Biscup, Don
Renner. Joe Shea
The industrious lads of the Stage Crew
were responsible for setting up scenery for
the class plays and the choir's operettas. With
the help of our new art teacher, Mr. Brown,
they did a good job here as well as at Dickson
Field for May Day. When not so industrious,
they overlooked having a flag for us to salute
in assembly-but they could usually be
counted on to have everything ready for all
First row: Sally Wonders, Barbara MacCumbee, Carol Tomasic, Emily Gernhardt, Gloria Dugan, Norma McCol-
lough, joan Thompson, Grace Dolak, Connie Clifford, LaVerne Johnson, Jeanne Ford
Second row: Gretchen Burgard, Ardie Schweinberg, Noreen Whalen, Pat NVollerton, Mary Lou Pascarella, Nancy
Simonelli, Nancy Raynor, Elma Hosie, Norma Barefoot, Gretchen Kelley, Jackie Elzer
Third row: Bette Grace Davison, Georgia Ratica, Josephine Radelja, Linda Murray, Cathy Hosper, Joan
Spangler, Connie Koval. Carole Grimm, Carol Morrissey, Jerry Biehl
Fourth row: Barbara Kerr, Rita McTiernan, Carol Whalen, Charlotte Zaccari, jacquie Ghrist, Martha Wahl,
jackie Donohue, Audrey Miller
The Y-Teen Club, one of our school's most
popular organizations, is composed of both
junior and senior girls, Its present enrollment
is 84 members. whose will to accomplish
jean O'Grady, vice-president: Pat Kearns, presi-
dentg Nancy Price, treasurer: Ruthie Ludwig, secretary
Y-TEEN SR. and
things worthwhile is evident in even a partial
list of their activities this year, such as having
charge of the Thanksgiving and Easter assem-
blies, collecting toys for orphan children, go-
ing Christmas caroling, and holding a chicken
Although the girls are not obligated to take
part in all activities, usually no persuasion is
needed, for all agree that the end result of
most of the activities is a good deed done and
an enjoyable time for its participants. The
projects undertaken by the group are not
looked upon as tasks by the girls, for they
gain valuable experience in learning to work
with one another in performing a service to
their community and to society as a whole.
The events which were particularly en-
joyed by the girls this year were the visits of
a fashion expert who is a familiar guest here
and who spoke on good grooming, and a hair
stylist who told the girls about cosmetology
and willingly offered to cut and style some of
the members' hair. ,
One of the main goals of the club each
year is to provide a deserving senior member
with a one hundred dollar Y-Teen scholar-
ship to be used in furthering her education.
Dues are not used for this purpose, but the
various money-making schemes of the girls
raise the required amount.
A tour of Europe fthough in imaginationj
was taken by the Y-Teens when Gretchen and
Louise Burgard told us of their trip abroad
last summer. They related amusingly and in
detail their adventures, to the delight of all
who were present. In October some of the
junior Y-Teens presented a show for the sen-
ior girls. It was composed of three short skits
which were thoroughly enjoyed. Another evi-
dence of Y-Teen talent was an assembly pre-
sented in February for the benefit of the
whole school by those members blessed with
beautiful voices, musical ability, and various
Y-Teen members also served as hostesses
at the Open House in November, with the
representatives assigned to their home rooms
and others meeting and greeting parents and
visitors at the door. Besides our industrious
officers, the club also had a Valistic repre-
sentative for publicity's sake and two council
representatives to keep the girls informed
about other Y-Teen clubs. In the same de-
partment, the success the club enjoyed this
past year was surely due in large part to Mrs.
Flannick, our counselor, who somehow man-
aged to keep an eye on everything.
Even at this writing plans are being made
for the Candlelight Service for the juniors and
also a fashion assembly. And so one more
school year is complete for Y-Teen members.
The girls have accomplished much of value
and deserve to be proud of their record.
Y-TEEN JR. . . . Played an important role
First row: Jean McFarlane, Beverly Dell, Barbara Bliss, Pat Urbanic, Carol Scholtz, Elaine Fusia, Lisa Battaglia,
Frances Coletta, Eileen Farren, Ann Sullivan, Joanne Tomko
Second row: Metalyn Yetka, Pat Hughes, Judy Whalen, Ethel Charnick, Nancy Cravotta, Joanne DeNardo,
Grace Page, Clare Fahey, Joan Spargo, Elizabeth Skover
Third row: Janice Gambino. Anne Galvin, Jackie Weichel, Barbara Kneebone, LaRue Grubb, Joan Yuhasz,
Charlene Floss, Carol Franzetta, Donna Capasso, Pat Donnelly
Fourth row: Mary Jane McClintock, Georgia Pcholinski, Marie Capezzuto, Georgine Carlo, Pat Durbin, Elaine
Kurtz, Carol Coleman, Gayle Paulie, Barbara Murray, Peggy Logan
Fifth row: Barbara Lewis, Joanne Gates, Pat Ruffner, Sandy Wright, Gerry Tomasic, Arlene Chunko, Rita Wach,
Janet Malma, Alice Yankura
Sixth row: Susan Bietenduefel, Carol Mahler, Barbara Neff, Joyce Moorman, Madeline Weber
Kneeling: Jim Zetwo, presidentg Ken Lucas, vice-presidentg Gayle Paulie, secretaryg Willard McKay, treasurer
First row: Audrey Miller, Rolando Colaquori, Anne Galvin, jerry Biehl, Liz McKim, Connie Granatir, Aldean
johns, Carol Scholtz, joan Spargo
Second row: john Halchak, Barbara Chizmar, Ed Rowland, Georgia Pcholinski, jackie Donohue, Kathy Madi-
gan, Pat Durbin, Rose Errera
Third row: Josephine Radelja, Barbara McTiernan, Donna Pagano, Pat Everett, Joanne Gates, Norma Mc-
Collough, Mary jane McClintock
Fourth row: jean Waters, Georgia Ratica, Bobbie Kerr, Grace Dolak, Elma Hosie, Jim Cimino, Martin Amodeo
Fifth row: Scott Norris, Bill Tishko, Russell Ragan, Mike Borellis, Barbara Murray, Pat Urbanic, jim Smolinski,
Joe Ponsi, Bill Thompson, Carol Coleman, Diane Huot
This year the Bowling Club found itself a
new sponsor in Miss Bertoline. our new
French teacher, who graciously consented to
take over for Miss Robbins, absent this year
because of illness. President of the club was
Jim Zetwo, assisted by Ken Lucas, vice-pres'
identg Gayle Paulie, secretaryg and Willard
Every Wednesday after school the mem-
bers trooped over to the new Arcade Bowling
Alleys on Dickson Street. Averages ranged
from a high 140 to a low 60, but everybody
had fun. Trophies were awarded the boy and
girl with the highest individual score and the
highest average. Outstanding girl bowlers for
the season were Pat Durbin, Donna Pagano,
and Norma McCollough. Among the boys, Jim
Zetwo, Al Reid, and Ken Lucas were stand-
K-comma-K was the typing project for the day.
When their individual pictures were lost. these students posed willingly for a retake: First row: Eddie Coletta,
Second row: Arlene Culligan, Louise Cohill, Alice Bechtol, Elaine Farren, Barbara Kneebone
Third row: Jim Wollerton. jerry Evans, Emmett O'Hare. John O'Donnell, Robert McDonough
SCHOOL LIFE VVITH
AND EXCITEMENT OF-
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Swissvale 13 Rankin 18
Swissvale 0 Turtle Creek 34
Swissvale 26 Scott Twp. 40
Swissvale 18 Shaler 40
Swissvale O Homestead 12
Swissvale 0 Braddock 39
Swissvale 0 Midland 25
Swissvale 6 Glassport 20
Swissvale 6 Wilmerding 1 2
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Assistant Coach John Brace and Head Coach Arnold
Koepka plan the strategy for that night's game.
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Middle: jack Hogan
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Upper left: Eugene Horcholic, Martin Poad, Arnie Habic
Upper right: Managers Tom Harris and Kirk Metzger
Lower left: Munster centers the ball to Schreiberg Elish and Marks wait for the play to start
Lower right: Bahleda, Kandra, Abraham, and Wintermantel on defensive line, with Lesko and Osley backing up
BILL CREIGHTON Buzzsaw Bill
In earning three varsity letters, Bill showed his
ability by sure handed pass catching, hard blocks, and
JACK HOGAN Jolting jack
A hard charging tackle both offensively and defen-
sively, Jack made his presence known in every game.
BOB KLEMMER Bruising Bob
One of the strongest links in our forward wall,
Bob was able on offense and particularly strong on
FRANK HABIC Fighting Frank
In his first try at football, Frank earned a varsity
letter as the hub of our offensive barrage.
BERNIE DIBERNARDO Belting Bernie
Bernie, our other guard, whose specialty was recov-
ering fumbles, could always be counted on.
AL REID Able Al
Al was our varsity linebacker and guard. When
needed, Al was always there for the block or tackle.
DAVE MCGOUGH Dangerous Dave
Both offensive tackle and end, Dave played where
he was most needed. His forte was hard and rough
BUCKY NORRIS Hustling Hugh
At either halfback or quarterback Buck was an
offensive threat. He proved this by being leading
LOUIS GREENE Scampering Scooter
This shifty back was our breakaway threat. He was
also our best receiver in the backfield.
TONY LAMBERTI Tony the Tiger
Our right half on offense and defense, Tony, with
his stamina, always drove for that last yard.
FRANNY CONTI Fullback Franny
Being converted from center to fullback utilized
his power where most needed. Fran was also a de-
First row: Eugene Horcholic, Andy Kandra, Joe Kashcr, Eddie Bednarczyk, Eddie Fry, Nick Andrejko, Dave
Second row: Ken Munster, John DeLucia, Al Reid, Gus Bahleda, Arnie Habic, Scott Norris, Tom Harris, John
McFarland, John Anderson
Third row: Lou Greene, Bucky Norris, Franny Conti, Dave McGough, Bill Creighton, jim Fulmer, Martin Poad
Popular also was . . BASKETBALL
Under the new head coach John Brace, the
varsity basketball team had an exciting year.
After winning the first game of the season,
the boys couldn't seem to pull in a victory,
although some of their losses were close.
When league competition started, hard luck
still plagued the boys, as evidenced by some
Statistics and Scores
of the scores. They finally got a win against
Wilmerding and in the second half of the sea-
son they won four of their last live games. The
highlight of the season was the Wilmerding
game, at Wilmerding, in which Jim Fulmer
scored 37 points, tying Swissvale's all-time
scoring record for one game set by Dick Groat.
. 1956 Season
Swissvale 76 Tarentum
Swissvale 47 Arnold
Swissvale 55 Latrobe
Swissvale 42 Hemplield Joint
Swissvale 35 Peabody
Swissvale 36 Pitcairn
Swissvale 78 Jeannette
Swissvale 'F63 Penn
Swissvale "'48 Scott
Swissvale "'57 Braddock
Swissvale "'42 Wilkinsburg
Swissvale "'37 Turtle Creek
Swissvale "'77 Wilmerding
Swissvale "'60 Rankin
Swissvale "'53 Penn
Swissvale "'60 Scott
Swissvale "'71 Braddock
Swissvale "'48 Wilkinsburg
Swissvale 371 Turtle Creek
Swissvale "'83 Wilmerding
Swissvale X79 Rankin
"'Denotes league games.
Al's bright spirit was a great
asset to our team. He showed much
promise during his varsity career
Dave, our 6'4" pivot man was
a great offensive threat with his
hook and jump shots. He was one
of the team's top rebounders.
Bill was always jockeying for a
position under the offensive and
defensive boards. He was especially
accurate on his foul shots.
Lou, a real try-guy, used his
rangy 5'11" build to wriggle
through the defense for those im-
possible looking layups.
FRANNY CON TI
Fran used his 6'1" frame to good
advantage, whether he was under
the boards grabbing rebounds or
shooting from outside.
John was a three year man on
the basketball team. A great hust-
ler, he was at his best when driv-
Bucky, with his quick reflexes
and one hand push shot, was put
to best use playing outside. He
earned two varsity letters.
First row: Arnie Habic, Franny Conti, Louis Greene, Bob Klemmer, John DeLucia, Bernie DiBernardo, Tony
Second row: Eugene Horcholic, Martin Poad, Bucky Norris, Sully Amodeo, Al Reid, Coach Koepka
Third row: Kirk Metzger, Ray Schreiber, jack Hogan, Dave McGough, Bill Creighton, Frank Habic, Tom Harris
On opposite page, top left, clockwise: Al Reid, Bill Creighton, john DeLucia, Dave McGough,
Louis Greene, Bucky Norris, Franny Conti
INTRAMURALS . . .
Popular with almost everyone
Room 8's girls were real champions, winning playoffs in
basketball and volleyball. Kneeling are Betty Fish, Joanne Gates,
and Carol Scholtz. Standing are Ethel Charnick, Peggy Logan,
Donna Pagano, and Pat Durbin.
The boys from Room 19 walked off with the basketball
championship. Here we see Willard McKay, Sully Amodeo, Mike
Semler, jack Bradley, and john Cresto. jack Hogan is not in
Not pictured are the boys from Room 8, who won the volley-
One of the most popular activities
sponsored by Student Council is the
intramural sports program. These in-
tramurals have a definite purpose in
mind-to teach the students sports-
manship and to help them get along
with their fellow students. Through
the excellent cooperation of Miss
Boretsky and Mr. Koepka, the intra-
mural sports program has grown
steadily in interest and popularity.
This year more students than ever
before have spent their lunch hours
participating in this exciting extra
curricular activity. Interest in the
games, which is usually at a high
level, reaches fever pitch as the play-
The first intramural sport was vol-
leyball. After close races, especially
in the senior class, the playolis for the
championship were held in the Dick-
son gym. Room 8 made a clean sweep
when their girls beat the senior girls
from Room 13 and their boys edged
out the senior boys from Room 17.
Next came basketball, and this
year, as in past years, a fight was
staged in Student Council over the
eligibility of an ex-basketball team
member. In the playoffs at Dickson,
the girls of Room 8 won again, beat-
ing the senior girls of Room 12. The
senior boys finally came through as
Room 19 trounced the junior boys of
Room 14, 70-40.
This year Student Council raised
over seventy dollars at the champion-
ship playoffs for volleyball and bas-
ketball held at Dickson. As part of the
Award Assembly in May, each mem-
ber of the various school champion-
ship teams received a small silver cup.
Upper left: This lively volleyball game is between Room 17 and 24.
Upper right: Another shot of the same contest.
Center and lower photos: A hot basketball game between Room 14 and 27 found the girls ighling for each point
SPECIAL EVENTS AT S.H.S.
Dorothy Madaras, Class of '59, enter-
tains the students with an organ number.
An event of tremendous importance took place at Easter
Assembly when a Hammond organ was presented to Swissvale
High School as a gift from the Swissvale Woman's Club and the
Junior Woman's Club. In the upper photo, left, Mrs. Vera Hugo,
vice-president of the Woman's Club, taking over for club president.
Mrs. Gertrude Shogren, who was seriously ill, makes the presen-
tation. Mrs. Eleanor Rogers, president of the Junior Club, Frank
Habic, senior class president, and Francis Conti, president of
Student Council, are seated behind Mrs, Hugo. In the next pic-
ture, Mrs. Rogers hands the keys to the organ to James Cimino,
president of the junior class, Francis Conti, and Frank Habic, as
Mrs. Hugo smiles approval.
The lower photos show a number of the Swissvale High
students who took part in a broadcast at WQED, giving a sample
of activities at the school. At the left. Bill Nesbitt of KDKA and
Sam Francis, of WQED, share a joke with Norma Barefoot. Others
in the picture are Nancy Raynor, Lois Lanyi, Johnny Cresto, Frank
Coletta, Carol Franzetta, Pat Wollerton, Bill Shortz, Nick Moraytis,
and Diane Huot. At the right Sam Francis, a Swissvale High grad-
uate, confers with Bill Nesbitt. Bob Hilf is at the piano.
The 1957 SWISSVALIAN staff thanks the many friends who helped make this book
Mrs. Agnes Thompson Abel
John Anderson, Class of '57
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Anderson
Betty Ann and Klem
Larry Camberg, Class of '56
Carol Jo's Beauty Salon
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Catone
Don, Phil, Klem, and Bucky
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Donohue
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Dunlap
Margaret E. Eisaman
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Evans
Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Flannick
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne H. Ford
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ghrist
Ginger and Chuck
Mr. and Mrs. Christian Glaab
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Glasser
George T. Jacobs
Janet and Paul
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Jelbart
Jim and Gretchen
Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Johnson
Donald G. Kann
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kerr
Mr. and Mrs. J . W. Koval
LaVerne and Bill
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Leach
Mr. and Mrs. James Logan
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ludwig
Eva Ludwig, Class of '55
Madeline and Jack
Dr. and Mrs. M. J. Maury
Mr. and Mrs. P. R. McGregor
Mr. and Mrs. John N. Moraytis
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Mulkerin
Dr. Henry W. Paff
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Price
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Raynor
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Rogers
Ruthie and Lou
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Schreiber
Dr. and Mrs. A. M. Schultz
Dr. Louis E. Schultz, Class of '50
Mr. and Mrs. John Schweinberg
Mr. and Mrs. George Seman, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Shortz
Mr. and Mrs. John Topping
Mr. and Mrs. Kolman Toth
Dr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wahl
Senior Room 16
Senior Room 17
Senior Room 19
Miss Emmerling's Room
SHS Candy Corporation
Y-Teens of SHS
,I I, .
af UNION SWITCH 81 SIGNAL
Union Switch 8: Signal specializes in Trans-
portation Control Engineering. It is also
actively engaged in extensive production of
electrical and electronic equipment for in-
dustrial and government applications. These
diversified activities offer many challenging
opportunities for electrical, mechanical and
Our research and engineering groups are
organized to carry on the complete work
cycle, from study phases through develop-
ment and final design engineering that pro-
duces today's modern control systemselike
Centralized Traflic Control, Cab Signals and
Automatic Freight Car Classification for the
railroads-fas well as electronic communica-
tion and control equipment used on pipe
lines, television tower elevators, in the steel
and mining industries, and for Highway and
Aviation Controls. Important contributions
to the defense effort are also being made
through the mass production of jet aircraft
flight simulators used to train combat pilots,
and ground handling equipment for missiles.
Known world-wide for outstanding railway
signaling and control equipment, Union Switch
8a Signal offers to young engineers broad
training and experience in the fast growing
communication and "automation" fields of
transportation and other industries.
UNION SWITCH 8: SIGNAL
DIVISION OF WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE CO.
R. E. HELLNER
PE 1-2921 and 1-2922
1 107 S. Braddock Avenue
PE 1-1162 1103 So. Braddock Ave.
REGEN T PHARMACY
1 101 S. Braddock Avenue
Edgewood, Pa. PE 1-4014-5
SAN DULAK FRIENDLY
1048 So. Braddock Avenue
PE 1-5 194
M OBI LGAS - M OBI LOI L
JOHNNIE'S BARBER SHOP
Phone: BR 1-9637
2007 Noble St. Swissvale, Pa.
2338 Woodstock Avenue
Telephone: BR 1-4553
HUPPLE'S FLOWER SHOP
"The Best in Flowers and Service"
2000 Noble St. Swissvale, Pa
QUALITY DIAMONDS BR.-mdywine 1-1400
Bonded Member-Florists' Telegraph
2010 Noble St. BR 1-0328 Delivery Association
KOPP GLASS, INC.
TECHNICAL, INDUSTRIAL AND
SIGNAL GLASS PRODUCTS
. . . NASH. . .
BRandywine 1-3491 WASHINGTON AND PALMER
Car Washing-Polishing Tires-Batteries
JON ES AMOCO SERVICE
Tune-up and Ignition Work by Appointment
Approved Amoco Lubrication with M oto-Sway
Phone: BR 1-9798
Monongahela and Irvine Avenues J. A. Jones
Swissvale 18, Pa. Proprietor
THE WOMAN'S CLUB OF SWISSVALE
Reminding SHS Graduates
"It matters not how long we live, but howf'
VAN HORN FUNERAL HOMES
2037 Noble Street
Swissvale, Pa. BR 1-3400
ESSO SERVICEN TER
Eddie Catone, Prop.
2061 Monongahela Avenue
BR 1-9674 Swissvale, Pa
UNION DRUG STORE
1900 Monongahela Avenue
We Give S 85 H Green Stamps
F RAN K'S BAKERY
2010 Monongahela Avenue
BR 1-3847 Swissvale, Pa
Business: EL 1-2266 PHONES Home: BR 1-6587
BGB BQZURICI-I'S FLOWER SHOPPE
FINEST QUALITY IN FLOWERS
7413 IRVINE STREET
SWISSVALE PITTSBURGH 18, PA.
Cleaning and Pressing Men and Ladies Alterations
N. L. DeLUCA TAILOR
CLEANING AND TAILORING
1 109 South Braddock Avenue, Edgewood
Pittsburgh 18, Pa.
Men's Furnishings CHurchil1 1-4711
"The Big Paint and Hardware Store in Regent Square"
1039 South Braddock Avenue
FREE DELIVERY Charge Accounts Invited
Schools Picnic at Kennywooci
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 1957
ELAINE'S GIFT SHOP
"Gifts for Every Occasion"
7534 Washington Street
CLASS OF '57
202 1 Noble Ave. Swissval
SHEATS CANDY SHOPPE
7531 Washington Avenue
Swissvale, Pa. BR 1-8588
Special Prices to Organizations
G. C. MURPHY CO.
2013 Noble Street
1119 S. BRADDOCK AVENUE
Television Home Appliances Sporting Goods
J. B. LABUSKES
GIFTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Your Swissvale Headquarters for
7527 Washington Avenue BR 1-4674
VESUVIUS CRUCIBLE CGMPANY
WILLIAM B. VENABLES
F iowers Yolfll Be Proud Of
Commercial and Advertising
FLOWER SHOP Printing
for Every Occasion
7724 EDGEWOOD AVENUE
1919 MCCAGUE STREET
PITTSBURGH 18, PA.
Next to New Post Office
Phones: Bus. BR 1-8700 BRandYWine 1-6800
Res. BR 1-2926
CARDILL DRUG CO.
"On the Hill"
Westmoreland Ave. and Columbia St.
Orro A. ARG:-:LANDER
BR 1-3111 7544 Roslyn St. Phone: BR 1-3160
TI-IE EDGEWOOD CLEANING COMPANY
CLEAN AS A BREATH OF SPRING
77 16 Edgewood Avenue
Phone: FR 1-7600
MAURICE E. MILLER
REGEN T SQUARE REALTY
and Real Estate
1 106 S. Braddock Avenue
Swissvale Pittsburgh 18, Pa.
1703 Monongahela Avenue
COURTESY - SERVICE ALWAYS
RUSTY'S GULF SERVICE
Braddock Ave. at Roslyn St.
SWISSVALE HOBBY MART
2005 Noble Street
Pittsburgh 18, Pennsylvania
J. W. EDMUNDSON
and ASSOCIATES, INC.
CLIFFORD A. McKINLEY
7408 WASHINGTON STREET
"Your Cleaner Is Your Clothes
1921 MCCAGUE STREET
Two Hour Shirt Laundry
We Give S fm H Green Stamps
"Where Creative Hair Styling ls a H abit"
IN HAIR CUTTING AND
JOSEPHINE FUSIA, Owner
7535 ROSLYN STREET
CLASS OF '26
GEORGE W. DUNAY, JR.
7 1 19 Schoyer Avenue
When you see me But when you think of insurance
Think not of insuranceg See me!
bids farewell to Miss MacLeod,
the faculty members and the underclassmen.
SWISSVALE MUSIC STORE
Television - Records - Phonographs
2018 Noble St. Swissvale, Pa.
LADIES' DRESSES, HOSIERY
LINGERIE AND SPORTS WEAR
2012 NOBLE STREET
REPORT ROOM 27
CLASS OF 'ss
Home Room Oiiicers:
President A . ANNE GALVIN
Vice-President .. , .. ,. .... JOHN ELISH
Secretary .. ,.......,.. MARIE CAPEzzUTo
Treasurer ..,.,.. ...,.,,. PAT URBANIC
THE BIG FIVE
112 Whipple Street
GROCERIES, FRESH AND FROZEN FRUITS
ALLEN 'S PHARMACY
2019 Noble Street
BR 1-3116g 1-3129g 1-3133
VAN'S GULF SERVICE
Noble and Waverly Streets
SWISSVALE ARCADE LANES
7518 Dickson street
Phone: BR 1-7616
TOWING AND EXPERT
HUDSON'S AUTO SERVICE
Heavy Duty Towing and Winch Service
7409 Washington Street
VINCE'S PIZZA PARK
"Italian Food A Specialty"
998 Ardmore Blvd. N. Braddock, Pa.
Opposite Westinghouse Research
PASTRY PAN TRY
7325 Washington Street
MADIGAN PLUMBING AND
7448 Fleming Street
Pittsburgh 18, Pa.
Phone: FRemont 1-2047
Mr. Clyde Sylves was our good friend. His never failing cheerfulness
was a bright spot in our days-and what would we have done without him
to open our lockers, lend us ladders, and do countless other things to help us.
The 1957 SWISSVALIAN staif is grateful for the help of:
Jahn E Ollier Engraving Company, Chicago, Illinois,
and especially to James R. McWilliams.
Valley Studios, Ambridge, Pennsylvania.
General Press Corporation, Tarentum, Pennsylvania.
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