Huerfano County, Colorado
Huerfano County High School
Contributed by Karen Mitchell
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Huerfano County High School
The first High school in Huerfano County was organized in 1892. One teacher constituted the faculty with four students enrolled. The courses were taught by Mr. H.H. Brodie, who, in addition taught the seventh and eighth grades. During the second year of the school, an additional student was enrolled.
In 1894 the high school enrollment increased to eleven students, but it was not until the next year that a well organized two year course was developed.
The first graduation exercises occurred in 1897, when three graduates completed a three year course of study. In the years between 1897-1901 twenty-one students received similar diplomas.
On November 6, 1900, a favorable vote was taken for the organization of the county high school. In 1901 a four year high school course was adopted.
The two mill tax was voted for maintenance of the school in 1906, and during this same year the school came to be known as Huerfano County High School.
The first principal of H.C.H.S. was Dr. W.J. Wagner, who had one assistant. School was held in the Odd Fellows Hall.
The school term 1907-1908 saw the faculty increased to three instructors. Wages and inadequacy of space and equipment hindered rapid development of activities.
The Elk's Club sponsored and supported financially the first basketball team. In recognition of this help the school adopted the Elks colors of purple and white as their colors. The Armory building was obtained for basketball practice and games.
In 1921 the basketball team won the State Championship. Likewise, the girl's team was also victorious in the state.
A lease was made in January 1913, expiring in 1916, for the Armory Building, previously used for basketball, to be used for a high school building. Chapman Hall was then used for basketball.
In 1915 because of the diminished high school enrollment it was proposed to merge the eighth grade into the high school building.
Mr. Ford Frick, a well known figure in National League Baseball, was a teacher in H.C.H.S. in 1916. (This history is hanging on the wall at the school administration office.)
1897 Huerfano County High School
1898 Huerfano County High School
1899 Huerfano County High School
1900 Huerfano County High School
1901 Huerfano County High School
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1904 Huerfano County High School
1905 Huerfano County High School
1906 Huerfano County High School
1907 Huerfano County High School
No records exist for this year
1908 Huerfano County High School
1909 Huerfano County High School
1910 Huerfano County High School
1911 Huerfano County High School
Contributed by Betty Anderson
1912 Huerfano County High School
August Hebert Chatin
Goodman L. Davinsky
Edna Blanche Hanna
Alice D. Sherwood
Mary Elizabeth Tenant
1912 Yearbook Pictures
1913 Huerfano County High School
1914 Huerfano County High School
1915 Huerfano County High School
Tuila E. Wallace
1916 Huerfano County High School
1926 Huerfano County High School
This Class roll is donated by Glenda Price, daughter of Mary E. Stanley.
Catherine Laura Bishard
Bruno C. Battiste
Iola Lena Farr
Robert Lewis Brown
Rubye V. Hammond
Marguerite Gladys Hennes
Charles F. Buckland
Annetta Matilda Jones
James R. Chase
Margaret C. Kirkpatrick
Glenn F. Chambers
Abie Allen Dizik
May L. Love
Carlos L. Hunsinger
Rose A. Manka
Kenneth A. Karst
Kenneth Claude Lynch
Katherine Roberta Prudhoe
Etta Mae Schooler
Fred E. Petz
Bertha Josephine Schwelka
Louise L. Sporleder
Marietta Lucille Stacy
Mary E. Stanley
Henry Hall Sears
Rachael Elizabeth Trout
Cynthia Helen Willburn
1927 Huerfano County High School
Martin A. Bayuk
Dino A. Nigro
Mae C. Bortman
Antonia M. Lovato
William F. Paton
Lela J. Camack
Frances E. Maddox
Franklyn G. Conroy
Oscar O. Santi
Grace E. Miller
Ruth A. Conroy
Dorothy Mable Neeley
Harry R. Currie
Edythe L. Cross
L. Homer Hazzard
Philip A. Williams
Sophia B. Petz
Jay K. Inman
Stella Mae Petz
Teresa C. Gilaudo
Joe S. Yelonek
Steven I. Kukolich
Benola F. Prudhoe
Robert E. Young
Herman D. Lakes
Zelma M. Sefton
John M. Layton
Elma H. Sefton
Elizabeth A. Jenkins
Eleanor G. Temple
John M. Nigro
Virginia A. Kostelny
Class Motto EX NIHIL NIHIL FIT
Class Flower DAFFODIL
Class Colors BLUE AND WHITE
Diploma given at Walsenburg, Colorado this first day of June, 1927 /s/J.W. Yost Superintendent
From the Graduation Exercises program:
FERGUS PATON was Valedictorian
NEVA PATTERSON was Salutatorian.
Class Officers were:
ROBERT YOUNG ------------- President
PHILIP WILLIAMS ------------ Vice President
HERMAN LAKES ------------- Treas. and Sec'y
Class Sponsor was Miss Mabel Gibson
1. INVOCATION ------------------------------------------------ REV. C. W. HARDON
2. SALUTATORY---"Foot Prints" --------------------------- NEVA PATTERSON
3. H. C. H. S. ORCHESTRA ----------------------------- MISS GULEY, Director
(a) Minuet in G -- Beethoven
(b) Song of India ---- Rimsky-Korsakow
4. VALEDICTORY --------------------------------------------------- FERGUS PATON
5. ADDRESS, "Education and Life" -------------------- SUPT. J. F. KEATING
6. SONG, "Sing On" --------------------- HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' GLEE CLUB
Miss Hart, Director
7. PRESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS ------------------------- C. S. BUCKLAND
Chairman H. C. H. S. Committee
8. CLASS SONG, "Our Own School" ------------------------- SENIOR CLASS
9 BENEDICTION ---------------------------------------------- REV. WM. E. PARKS
The graduation ceremony was held in the Huerfano County High School Auditorium in Walsenburg on Wednesday, June 1, 1927 at 8 o'clock in the evening.
1932 Huerfano County High School Contributed by Janet Wasson, formatted by Karen Mitchell.
Class Photo #1
Class Photo #2
Class Photo #3
Class Motto- Finimus Coepturi
Class Colors-Lavender & Gold
Class Flower- Lilac
Atencio, Ruth Diana
Baca, Rose Ann
Bailey, Richard Eugene
Blasi, Flora Laura
Blickhahn, Mary Anna
Buku, Elizabeth Mari
Cerjanec, Dorothy Ann
Coleman, Nellie Joyce
Coots, May Ellen
Currie, Violet Robertson
Conroy, Edna Cory
Everly, Thomas James
Fox, Monroe Lewis
Fugitt, Noal Douglas
Garcia, Ray Alfonso
Gikas, George George
Herlyck, Mary Frances
Hutchcroft, Mabel B.
Jansa, Frances Eleanor
Johnson, Henry Boyd
Mathews, David McKee
Meyer, Harlan Vernon
Milton, Robert William
Miller, Donald Miles
Montes, Alonzo Otto
Morris, Carl Lee
Muir, Alta Mae
McKinley, Ruth Elzina
Pospahala, Edwin J.
Payne, Ellen Margaret
Rodriguez, Joseph Lara
Rogers, Thelma Elizabeth
Saliba, Lucille Oditte
Sanders, Pauline Esther
Sandor, John Henry
Santi, Barbara Louise
Sedmak, Agnes Jacqueline
Shibata, Thomas Michael
Siemon, Mabel Janette
Simmons, Bonnie Frances
Smith, Margaret Edna
Socha, Thomas Albert
Sterk, Ann Lucille
Trujillo, Mary Susie
Viola, Virginia Louise
Weston, Leona Myrtle
Ward, John Archer
Wilcox, Florence Elizabeth
Wise, Edna Katherine
Wootton, Dorothy Mae
Workman, Samuel H.
Zupancic, Eva Louise
1933 Huerfano County High School
Frank Mauro, Jr.
Pianist, Helen Panucci.
1934 Huerfano County High School
Frank G. Colnar
1941 Huerfano County High School
Levio Michael Amidei
Unknown year, Huerfano County High School
Robert Alfred Aguirre
1942 Graduates -- 2000 Class reunion by Roberta Hart Dutton.
Class of 1942 valedictorian, Marjorie Thornbury of Washington state, and her CU roomie who lives in Talkeetna, Alaska.
Salutatorian Dist. Judge Albert Tomsic head the list.
Frank Piaza, the senior class president, who didn't know he was stuck with the job for life, and his wife, Lena McKenzie;
Nick and Cathy Lovdjieff--twins. Nick and his wife have homes in a Chicago suburb and in Naples, FL, and Cathy, now Cathy Hartman, lives in Alexandria, VA. (Cathy invited me to come visit; what a temptation, since I lived in DC and married 2nd gen. DConian, and have roots in both sides of my family going back to the 1650's.)
Bill Lansdowne and wife of Denver--Bill was one of our two Ph.D.'s. The other one, Frank Rivera, died recently.
Mary Liane Mallet Romigh of Houston, with her brother Gavin and sister-in-law Mary.
Lee Martin Baker and wife of near Tucson,
Bob Stimack and wife of Arvada.
John Galli, of Walsenburg, I think.
Dorothy Long and husband George Dasko.
Charles Thomas and wife of Pueblo.
Louie Nardin and his wife of Pueblo; she was a Ugolini and from her I learned the name of the horse that had put his foot in my dad's mouth.
Elsie Yeager Daher (sp) and husband.
Josephine Essres--hope I've got that right.
Christine Condor--she was the little girl that hung out in the Pryor store when we got our mail there.
Excerpts of the 1945 Panther Yearbook. Contributed by Cheryl Niccoli.
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