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Bellefonte High School
Bellefonte High School
Class of 1952
Mr. Frank Hench, Peggy Fisher,
Mary Dann, Treasurer,
Bob Shultz, Vice-President
Mrs. Lenore Martin, Adviser, Jim Walizer, President
THE HISTORY OF BELLEFONTE HIGH
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
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
-Student Handbook 1951 / 52
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
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
(Excerpts from THE RED & WHITE / 1946)
THE CLASS OF 1952
Our Beginnings ...
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
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.
1952 Commencement Program
1952 Class Committee
Graduating Class of 1952
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
Mrs. Lenore Morgan Martin
Molly Monsell & Molly Kellerman .... Chairwomen
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
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,
5. Sid Willar, Adviser, Ernie Wendell Smith, Bob Heaverly, Doug Smith
Seated: Georgie Dickson, Tom Garbrick,
Mike McCrossin (Editor)
Standing: Don Bierly, Tom
Mr. John Paul Jones, Adviser, Ann Royer, Bob Thompson, M.ary Jane Stickler.
Mr. Ralph Dale