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THEN

Bellefonte High School
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
(Circa 1956)
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NOW

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Bellefonte High School
Class of 1952

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Class Officers
and Advisers


Mr. Frank Hench, Peggy Fisher, Secretary, 
Mary Dann, Treasurer,
 Bob Shultz, Vice-President
Mrs. Lenore Martin, Adviser, Jim Walizer, President

 
                    

                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                     





THE HISTORY OF BELLEFONTE HIGH SCHOOL

In 1862, Bellefonte school directors decided to enlarge the Bellefonte school system.  They bought a plot of land bordered by Spring, Allegheny, Linn, and Lamb streets, and erected a building on the site.  The cost of the land and the building, consisting of nine rooms, amounted to $26,000.

In1865 the same directors elected a High School Principal and a Superintendent of all Public Schools in the borough.  Early in the 1900's, when the building became too crowded a new school was built behind the old one.  After the completion of the new high school, the old building was torn down.
                                         
                                                                      BHS in the 30's
                                               
                                                 Sketch by Dennis Krill & Joe Teplica  (Copyright 1987)

The high school stood until 1939, when it burned down and was replaced by the present building.  From 1939 until 1941, classes were held in the Bellefonte Academy and other  available places.  The cost of the present building was $550,000.

Bellefonte is a third class school district whose school board consists of seven elected and two non-elective members.  The total budget for the Bellefonte school district for 1950 amounted to $424,420.84.

-Student Handbook 1951 / 52
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Students of Bellefonte High School are proud of their school. Our school somewhat modestly boasts that its gymnasium is one of the largest and best equiped for a school of its size in the state. It has a seating capacity of one thousand and most of the modern equipment known to phys. ed. instructors today.

The auditorium also is one of the finest equipped in the state. It will comfortably seat more than 900 people; it has a modern heating system; a fine 16mm, sound movie projector; an extensive set of stage lights equipped with dimmers and many other devices for color blending; several back drops to use on different occasions; a grand piano; and best of all, an electrically operated Hammond organ with accompanying electric chimes.

All rooms in the school are equipped with a modern R.C.A. public address system which is frequently used for two way conversation between individual rooms and the office. There are several direct outlets in the school leading to the county radio station WMAJ, and a private telephone system is in operation between the office and various sections of the school.

The home economics department is the envy of many schools in the state and is often featured or mentioned in nation-wide advertisements by companies whose equipment is being used in the department.

The commercial department features all of the modern conveniences such as electric typewriters, ditto and mimeograph machines, and voice recorders as well as modern bookkeeping methods.

Students in the manual training department are taught the use of all types of modern machinery: agriculture students are given extensive training by a full-time instructor, and graduates of the drafting department are furnished with knowledge equivalent to first and second year college training.

The students are proud of their school ... we ask you to use, for yourself, the great advantages furnished by the school.
                     
                                                                 (Excerpts from THE RED & WHITE / 1946)


THE CLASS OF 1952

Our Beginnings ...

        Entering a world recovering from the Great Depression, 196 babies born in the mid 30's (1934-35) were predestined to become "Bellefonte High School's Class of 1952." Our parents were beginning to reap the benefits of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal." -- namely the Social Security Act of 1935. It would have a profound effect on our lives in later years, and "FDR" was the only President we heard of for a long time.

        Our parents, having endured the Great Depression, were hard working people; employed as farmers, teachers, businessmen, and laborers. Women were a very small percentage of the work force so most of us had our mothers at home. Families were "extended families," with grandparents living nearby or often in the same house. We all shared a sense of strong family values. Our vacations were usually family get-togethers and our playmates were often siblings and cousins.

        These early years were simple, uncomplicated times. There was no television, but there was radio Do you remember "Amos and Andy"? ... "The Lone Ranger"? Our parents listened to the music of "big bands," and the strains of "Blue Moon" probably rang through our ears. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" came out in 1937, it was probably our first movie.

        Religion was an integral part of our family life. We attended Sunday School and Church at an early age; both played an important role in our social lives. Some of our classmates became acquainted for the first time in Sunday School.

        All of these commonalities began to shape the personality of the "Class of '52." We learned in church and at home to respect our country and honor our family. Listening to the radio, before television entered our living rooms, we were entertained by shows and songs that deeply touched our hearts. These fond memories play a significant role in the cohesive bond we share with one another as the Class of 1952.

WE GO TO SCHOOL ...

        The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, the same year we started school. The United States immediately became involved in World War II, and our lives both at school and at home would become deeply effected. We developed a strong sense of patriotism. While we read about the adventures of Dick, Jane, baby Sally, Puff and spot, we also collected steel, tin, rubber, and paper for for scrap drives. Our arithmetic lessons were enhanced when we bought savings stamps each week to eventually earn a "War Bond." All of us had ration books and as our parents stood in coffee and cigarette lines, we waited anxiously for the stores to have bubble gum.

         Little flags, with blue and gold stars, hung in the windows of the houses we passed as we walked to school. Many homes felt the absence of a father or brother gone "off to war." Gathering around the radio, our families listened to Red Skelton, Jack Benny, and  Truth or Consequences. We enjoyed the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman. Popular songs were "White Christmas" and "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition."  At school we sang patriotic songs and, unlike many in the present generation, knew all of the words to "God Bless America". In the theater, Walt Disney came out with Dumbo and Bambie. And who can forget the so-called "war movies" like Best Years of Our Lives and Wake Island.

        
Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H clubs, and sports were a large part of our lives. We didn't have organized sports for our age group, but we played many unorganized baseball, football, and basketball games in school yards, or maybe in someone's backyard. We had no coaches so we learned from each other. We went swimming in the summer and sledding and ice skating in the winter. Games like "kick the can," "hopscotch," and "hide-and-go- seek" were intermingled with was games like "commandoes." Most of the boys had army helmets and toy guns.

        The members of the BHS Class of "52 attended many different elementary schools but we all experienced the same way of life. The entire country focused on "doing their part" to win WW II, thus an atmosphere of unity and patriotism surrounded us. We are a generation that still feels strongly about honor and duty to our country.

 

Alma Mater

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1952 Commencement Program 

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1952 Class Committee 

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Graduating Class of 1952


VALEDICTORIAN

Sherry Kofman
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SALUTATORIAN

Peggy Fisher
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1952 COMMENCEMENT

Invocation

God of our Fathers, on this our graduation day, it is good to be here in this world with Thee, to live and love and laugh and be glad for life. We thank Thee for the beauty of the world -- the skies and hills, the flowers and trees, and the friends who share with us the fleeting years. Yet we see through a glass darkly. We beseech Thee to take away our blindness, to illuminate our minds and to soften our hearts that we may live and move in a world made better by our faith in Thy
guidance.
 
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COMMENCEMENT PIX


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Presenting Diplomas:
Mrs. Lenore Morgan Martin
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CLASS COMMITTEE

Molly Monsell & Molly Kellerman .... Chairwomen
Eleanor Markle
Nancy DeLallo
Donna Johnson
John Warner
Robert Thompson
Douglas Smith
Robert Heverly
Gene Teaman

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Class Breakfast


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STUDENT COUNCIL

Seniors:
1.Dick Meckes, Jim Walizer, Bike Bottorf,  DickIshler, Sherry Koffman, 
J.ean Thompson, Peg Fisher, Glenda Rine
2. Clayton Young, Ken Moyer, Bob Fanning, Nancy Sones, Brooks, Mary Rossman, K;ine
3. Ken Mcmullen, Ron Behers, Nick Dello,  Ida Beradis, Nancy gingher, Beezer, Gene Teaman
4. Chuck Casper, Sue Wagner, Blair Confer, Tom Bear,  Nancy Resides, Jean Stover,
5. Sid Willar, Adviser, Ernie Wendell Smith, Bob Heaverly, Doug Smith

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YEARBOOK STAFF


Seated: Georgie Dickson, Tom Garbrick,  Mike McCrossin (Editor) 
Standing: Don  Bierly,  Tom Williams, 
Mr. John Paul Jones, Adviser,  Ann Royer, Bob Thompson, M.ary Jane Stickler. 


Phyllis McMullin
Copy Editor
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Yearbook Dedication

Mr. Ralph Dale
Civics Teacher
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