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Central High School Graduates
Contributed by Sherry Daniels
Central High School Class of 1886, where they were in 1935
From the 1935 Central High School Yearbook
Central's First Class- the Class of 1886
Guernsey, Grace- living at North Bend, Oregon
Jones, Ralph- died summer after graduating
McCann-Cummings, Clara- living in Denver, Colorado
MacDonald, Alice- principal of Bessemer school in Pueblo, Colorado
McVey, Charles- retired Admiral of the United States Navy
Smith, Harlan- cashier of First National Bank in Pueblo, Colorado
Stonaker, Mabel- living in Pueblo, Colorado; later married Judge Mirick
Walker, Nannie- retired school teacher; living in Pueblo, Colorado
Central High School
Dunton, D. K., Prinicpal 1912-1935
Scott, Izora, Principal 1900-1903
Goode, Mrs. W.H.C., Principal 1889-1900
Barrett, H.M., Principal 1903-1912
Forseman, Hulda H.
McNally, Mary C.
Baker, Harlie R.
Grout, Stella S.
Woodside, Mildred E.
Hull, Lois Fern
McIntyre, Mary L
Ruple, Sarah K.
Garnett, Anna Maud
Lyster, Elsie M.
Stratton, James C.
Taylor, Blanche M.
Bennett, William H.
Cowley, Earl W.
Haaff, Clarence F.
Frye, Agnes M.
Mulnix, Sara S.
Tomsick, Anna Lee
Gray, Arthur O.
Huling, Fred W.
Read, Hazel U.
Stratton, James C.
Seniors (Class of 1935)
Benson, Evelyn Ann
Billington, Barbara Louise
Bowers, Minnie Lucile
Butkovich, John R.
Denney, Alma Mae
Di Ciacco, Helen
Di Iorio, Lillian
Di Lullo, Rose
Elliott, Mary Alice
Elliott, Ruth Allan
Frank, Edna Lou
Giordano, Philip Albert
Harper, Frieda Lou
Hawkins, Georgia Mae
Henigsman, Mary Lou
Hopper, Maurice A.
Hund, Joseph Carl
Juntilla, Judith Consuelo
Juntilla, Mary Esperanza
Kindred, Robert Norman
Klintz, Sylvia P.
Maurello, Jasper Fred
McCrery, Dorothea Helen
Papez, Olga Marie
Phelps, Burton J.
Ross, Emma Nell
Ryan, Mary Caroline
Scott, Nellie Vivian
Stong, Earl Marion
Wilson, Eva May
Central High School
1937 Central High School Yearbook
Redmon, Ray E., Superintendent
Pitts, Lemuel, Principal
Keating, J.F., Consulting Superintendent
McNally, Mary C., Assistant Principal
Anderson, Hazel- B.A., University of Colorado; B.E., University of Colorado- Social Science-Junior Sponsor
Ardell, Georgia- B.S., Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts-
English, General Science- Sponsor of Athenian Society
Atkinson, V.P.- B.S., Alabama Polytechnic- General Science, Physics
Baker, Harlie R.- B.A., Colorado State College of Education- Mathematics, History, English
Beatty, Richard- B.A., University of Colorado, English, History- Director of Junior Play
Bennett, William H.- Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts- Printing, Sponsor of Roycrofters
Brownlee, Marion- B.A., University of Denver- Health Education, Football
Carlson, Laurence- B.A., Colorado state College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts- Commercial, Basketball Coach Castle, Anna R. - B.A., University of Colorado; M.A., University of Colorado- English, Typing- Sponsor of Business Girl's Club
Conrad, Judd C.- Diploma Michigan State Auto School; Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts- Welding, Sponsor of Cats Clan
Craig, Raymond- B.A., University of Colorado- History-Sponsor of Alpha Delta Sigma
Croley, Charles- A.B., New Mexico Normal University- Typewriting
Darnall, Ivah A. - Teacher's Degree, Gregg School of Chicago; B.A., Western State College- English, Stenography
Darnall, V.A.- B.A., Western State College- Woodwork
Evans, Margaret – Attendance Clerk
Forsman, Hulda H. - B.A., University of Colorado- History-Sponsor of the International Relation's Club, Sponsor of Sophomore Class
Frye, Agnes M.- B.A., Western State College; Public School Music Certificate- Vocal Director, Christmas Pagent, Operetta
Gaines, Joysa- Pd. M., Colorado State College of Education- Art
Garnett, Anna Maude- B.A., Colorado College- English-Sponsor of Owl Debating Society
Gilleland, Tanetta- B.A., Lake Forest College; M.A., Lake Forest College- Latin, Algebra
Gray, Arthur O.- B.A., Colorado College- Commercial, Football, Track
Grout, Stella- A.B., University of Kansas; Pd.B., State Teacher's College- Mathematics- Sponsor of Girl Reserves
Haaff, C.F.- B.S., Stout Institute; Colorado State College of Education- Supervisor of Industrial Arts
Hardin, Achsah- B.A., Western State College; M.A., Stanford University- History- Sponsor of the Senior Class
Haworth, Nelle S. - B.A., Colorado State College of Education- English-Sponsor of Clionian Society
Hull, Lois Fern- B.A., University of Kansas; M.A., University of Colorado- Latin- Sponsor of National Honor Society
Ingold, Jacqueline- B.S., University of Colorado- Health Education, Sponsor of Girl's Athletic Association
Jones, Paul M.- B.A., Western State College- Commercial- Junior Class Sponsor
Kay, F.C.- Ontario Normal College, Denver University- Bookkeeping
Keith, Jenny- B.A., Swarthmore- English-Sponsor of Student Council
Kent, Ruth- B.A., Western State College- English, Biology, General Science
Laird, Rex- B.A., University of Denver- General Science, Biology
Lamb, Clarice A.- A.B., University of Colorado- Spanish- Sponsor of Catsclan
Leddy, Bula- B.A., University of Colorado- English-Sponsor of Aletheorian Society
Lyle, Eugene- B.A., University of Colorado- History-Sponsor of the Freshman Class, Sponsor of the Junior Class, Sponsor of the Wildcat Business Staff
Lyster, Elsie M. - B.A., University of Colorado- English
Mayo, Olga- Secretary to Principal
M'Intyre, Mary L.- B.A., Colorado State College of Education- Spanish-Sponsor of Spanish Club
M'Nally, Mary C. - B.A., University of Illinois; M.A., University of California- Assistant Principal, Girl's Advisor, History, Guidance
Mulnix, Sara S.- B.A., Colorado State College of Education- Home Economics
Read, Hazel U.- B.A., Colorado State College of Education- Health Education, Supervisor of District 20
Ruple, Sarah- B.A., University of Illinois- Spanish-Sponsor of Sigma Society
Schoenoff, Reinhold E.- B.S., Stout Institute- Woodwork
Shelton, O.E.- B.S., Northeast Missouri State Teacher's College- Mechanical Drawing, Shop, and Club
Sprengle, Dorothy- B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University; M.A., University of Southern California- English, Speech-Sponsor of Dramatic Club, Director of Senior Play, Director of Essay and Oration Contest
Stillman, Harold S.- Ped., Salem College; B.A., Milton College; Manual Arts Diploma; Stout Institute- Instrumental Music
Stoddard, W.S.- M.A., University of Colorado; B.A., University of Colorado; B. Ed., Nebraska State Teacher's College- History, Social Science, Guidance.
Stratton, James C. - B.A., University of Colorado- English, Journalism-Sponsor of Wildcat Editorial Staff, Director of Publications
Taylor, Blanche M.- B.A., Iowa State Teacher's College- Home Economics, Sponsor of Hostess Club
Teck, John A.- B.S., in E.E., Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts- Machine Shop Council Sponsor
Tedmon, B.S.- M.S., Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts- General Science, Chemistry-Hi-Y Sponsor
Tedmon, Helena- B.S., Colorado College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts- Biology
Tidwell, James- B.A., Colorado State College of Education- English, History, Mathematics
Wilson, Grace- University of Colorado; University of Denver; Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts- Library
Woodside, Mildred E.- B.A., University of Kansas- Mathematics- Sponsor of Catsclan
Miss Jessie Donohue
Miss Lida Bell
Seniors- Class of 1937
Alexander, Zola Belle
Baker, Kathryn Sue
Barr, Harold Albert
Bates, Edna Mae
Brawn, Mary Lou
Brayda, Mary Ann
Brown, Martha Leah
Burge, Carrie Beth
Casebeer, Betty Jean
Chapman, Mary Eleanor
Christensen, Dorothy Lou
Clutter, Betty Jean
Davis, Le Roy
De Bevc, Olga
De Siata, Agnes
De Vore, Jack
Eden, Marie Adelle
Fahey, Mary Ellen
James, Mary Louise
Johnson, Betty Louise
Johnson, Vernon Lee
Julian, Anna Marie
Ketchum, Margarette Kathleen
Lucero, Anita Marie
Millson, Amelia Jane
Ogle, Norma Jane
Rogers, Alice May
Ruff, Opal Doris
Rush, Esther Mae
Rush, Harold Earl
Samples, Arthur Jr.
Scherback, Anna Francis
Schneider, Flora Mae
Shepler, Anna Margaret
Smith, Clara Anna
Sougher, John William
Studinsky, Helen Elizabeth
Tezak, Marjorie Ann
Thomas, Betty Jean
Van Wye, Dean
Viles, Alfred (1938)
Witcowich, John Francis
Juniors- Class of 1938
De Bevc, Stephania
Di Siata, Ed
Di Nero, Al
Harris, Mary Anna
La Rocco, Joe
Sophomores- Class of 1939
Brill, Billie Louise
Stone, Mary McKay
Sophomore and Freshmen
Abel, Betty Ann
Freshmen- Class of 1940
Christenson, Mary J.
Clarke, Georgia Mae
Dakin, La Verne
David , Dan
DeRemer, Doris Mae
Easter, Bonnie Jean
Grady, Ruby Jo
Musso, Anna Marie
Peterson, Irma Jean
Sebree, Mary J.
Smith, Lila Mae
Sullivan, Mary E.
Sutton, Lillie Lou
Titman, Anna Lee
Todero, Mary Jo
Towns, Mary E.
Williams, Ada Mae
Williams, Betty Jo
Pueblo Chieftain 10-20-2003 - Central High - Central High School's hallways and inclines echo with a century of voices. Oh yes. Just ask the men and women who have worked there for generations. "When you are here late at night by yourself, you hear things," Principal Jim Manzanares acknowledged with a believe-it-or-not smile. "You don't know if it's voices or footsteps. Maybe it's all in your head." "No it's not," insisted John Rivas, who was head Wildcat from 1975 to 1981. "When you think about this building's long history and the thousands of students and teachers who have walked these halls. you're going to hear things."
Hear what? Maybe angry young men talking about joining up to fight in World War I. Or the crackle and snap of flames from the disastrous 1917 fire. Voices declaring their determination to whip Tojo and Hitler in the frightening days after Pearl Harbor. Civil defense announcements from the Cold War and anti-war protests during Vietnam. Decades of Wildcat fight songs and cheers. Brassy horns and soft clarinets from the Big Band "sock hops" being drowned out by the electric twang of rock-n-roll and then the heavy throb of hip-hop.
What else would you expect in this majestic, columned school that was first erected in 1906 (the east wing), then expanded in 1910 and 1912 until it reached the classic proportions that were first envisioned by its architect, Robert S. Roeschlaub of Denver.
Perhaps somewhere in those faint night sounds is the rattle of gunfire from the Civil War. The fact is, if a Confederate soldier had been a little better shot, Pueblo's Centennial and Central high schools would not have taken the shape that helped them become symbols of the city's heart and soul.
Roeschlaub was a Union officer in the 84th Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the war and he was wounded several times during three years of service. The worst was a severe leg wound at the battle of Chickamauga on Sept. 19, 1863. At the war's end, Roeschlaub was a captain and he was fiercely proud of his military service - and the three Medals of Honor he received. Which in some eerie way may have predestined him to become the father of Pueblo's oldest high schools (which produced three Medal of Honor recipients in later wars).
Central High School began in an old stone building on Pitkin Avenue in 1882, but it didn't take many years before the Pueblo District 20 school board began looking for a bigger and better location. When it came time to select an architectural plan, the board knew that Roeschlaub - who'd opened an architectural firm in Denver in 1873 - had already designed Pueblo's Centennial High School, which was established in 1876.
Roeschlaub liked to dress well and sported a large, finely tended moustache. He was connected politically in Denver and had a long resume by 1905, when he submitted his final grand plan for Central to the board. By then, Roeschlaub had designed dozens of schools, churches and office buildings, including the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in Colorado Springs and the University of Denver library. In fact, Central High School would be the last school the architect would personally design, although his firm would do others.
Just look at the original plan with its classical columns, elegantly rounded wings and even a dome (which was left off during actual construction). This was a cathedral of a school, which Roeschlaub intended to serve generations as a monument to education, to District 20 - and to himself, of course. Total cost of project would be $400,000.
"You can't separate the history of Central from the history of Pueblo," said Lois Conatore, a social studies teacher at Central and a member of the class of 1977. "Working people, especially immigrants, wanted the best education for their children and they were proud to pay for Central.
"There is so much pride and tradition here," Conatore went on. "We have students who know their parents went to Central. And their grandparents. And for some of them, their great-grandparents. All of those generations have come through these doors and walked these halls. No other school can say that."
As Central heads toward its second century, there is a group of alumni - the Central High School Foundation - watching over the building with a loving eye.
In reality, Central was constructed in segments. The east wing was built first and opened in 1906. Old photographs are strange-looking because so much of the building is missing. But the colonnaded middle section and west wing followed in short order in 1910 and 1912.
From the beginning, Central had its distinctive inclines rather than traditional stairways. It had elegant woodwork inside and an auditorium that would seat 1,600 people. District Superintendent John F. Keating had his office on one side of the grand entrance and Central Principal H.M. Barrett had his office on the other side. There were classrooms and mechanical shops, a gymnasium and kitchens on the top floor. And that's where the trouble started on the night of Feb. 28, 1917. Pueblo Fire Chief Sam Christy said later that he'd warned school officials that Central needed an internal sprinkling system because of its wooden floors and ceilings. He became a prophet that night when a fire broke out in a top-floor kitchen in the west wing, igniting the school's ceiling. By the time fire crews arrived at the scene - and every fire crew in Pueblo was called - the west-wing ceiling was collapsing onto the lower floors in an explosion of flame and the floors caved in soon after. It was a snowy night and the horrified public, including students, helped get materials out of the school before the central section was destroyed. When the blaze was finally put out, only the original east wing was undamaged. The west wing was an empty, blackened shell and the middle area was nearly as ruined. The district had a $165,000 insurance policy on Central and announced they would rebuild immediately. Voters reached in their wallets again and approved another $160,000 in bonds to pay for the repairs.
Carefully walking through the deep storage basements in Central, Manzanares and Rivas tried to find some signs of that long-ago fire on the red brick walls. There are blackened areas in some places, but it wasn't clear whether they were just age spots, mold or scorch marks.
The basement, however, is a catacomb of rooms and barely lit tunnels that stretch underground to reach the Keating Learning Center and even the old Central school building on distant Pitkin Avenue. "Now you know why they used Central as a civil defense center during the 1950s," Manzanares said as he ducked under a low-hanging pipe. "You could keep a lot of people down here if you needed to."
Central was rebuilt and fairly quickly, too. W.W. Stickney was the architect who drew up the repair designs and the building was fully restored in 1919. It lost some of its elegant woodwork and other features in the process, but the basic school that Roeschlaub first designed was restored.
For the next 50 years, life at Central followed the ebb and flow of Pueblo and the nation.
The big, sandstone-faced building produced some renowned graduates, including U.S. Sen. Gordon Allott (class of 1921) and Pueblo's most famous athlete, Earl "Dutch" Clark, (class of 1926). Clark led the Wildcats to two state titles in football and basketball before going on to play professional football for the Detroit Lions, where he gained a place in the NFL Hall of Fame.
World War II pulled many Central students into uniform. Among them, future Central coaching great Ed Lesar (class of 1939) enlisted in the Marine Corps. So did future Medal of Honor recipient Carl Sitter. Television celebrity Dan Rowan (then known as Dan David) became an Army Air Force fighter pilot. Their bravery came at a price, however, as 36 Central students were killed in the war.
On a much lighter side, Central suffered a sporting disaster on Oct. 18, 1941, in its annual fight-to-the-death football game with Centennial. After several scoreless quarters, Central suddenly broke loose with three touchdowns. That's when Central Principal Lemuel Pitts noticed that several of the Wildcat players were academically ineligible to play. He climbed down out of the stands and informed Coach Art Gray that he would be notifying district officials. Although Central scored more points, the Wildcats had to forfeit the game. Apoplectic students hanged Pitts in effigy from the school's flagpole.
Unfazed, Pitts and his famous "Board of Education"- a wooden paddle - kept seats warm in the principal's office until 1946.
"During the Cold War years, city officials used to keep civil defense materials in Central's basement," recalled Sollie Raso, who was principal from 1956-68. Those supplies included big cans of water and food, blankets, cots and medical supplies. "One day, we even conducted a mass evacuation - and that wasn't easy to do without any buses," Raso said. "Students and parents volunteered to drive their cars and the exercise drill called for the entire student body to be hustled out of town. Believe it or not, it went pretty well."
Central revived its sporting prowess during the late 1950s and '60s when Lesar became head football coach. His Wildcat teams won the league championship four times and the state title in 1961 and 1965. The school's museum is named for Lesar.
The 1970s brought big changes to District 60 - the consolidated school district that was formed in 1946. District officials had targeted the old Centennial building for the wrecking ball in order to build a new high school further north - and to build new administration offices on the site of the old Centennial.
Central's future was also debated, but the alumni were dead set on keeping the grand old school intact. Remodeled maybe, but intact. Central supporters told the district that whatever else was done to the school, they wanted the entrance to remain unchanged. Its distinctive tile floor that had been in place since the 1919 reconstruction. District voters agreed to a $15 million bond issue in 1971 with about one-third of that dedicated to adding a four-story annex to the back of Central and renovating the old building, as well.
More than 50 years after Fire Chief Christy's warning about a sprinkler system, Central final got one, along with new classrooms. The new version of Central was completed in 1973. Its soul, however - Roeschlaub's majestic stone building - remained in place. So have the inclines. "Oh they are always a challenge," cautioned Manzanares. "Kids like to put baby oil on them to make them more slippery." Rivas nodded and laughed as the pair walked up slope. He recalled one senior boy who had been a great student, never giving teachers any trouble - until one day near graduation. "Well, I heard this motorcycle roaring up from the basement and about the time this kid tried to make the turn to go up another ramp, our wrestling coach jerked him off the bike," Rivas explained, shaking his head. "I couldn't imagine him doing this, but he told me, 'Mr. Rivas, I've been good for four years and I just figured it was time to do something wild'. Rivas pointed at the tile floor. "I made him scrub the tire marks off with soap and a brush."
As Central heads toward its second century, there is a group of alumni - the Central High School Foundation - watching over the building with a loving eye. Jo Perkins, the foundation president (class of 1952), said the group's goal is to have the building listed on the state and federal National Registry of Historic Places.
The foundation is also raising money for the school's museum, which right now is little more than a big room that hold timeless Central memorabilia, such as school annuals, old photographs, sports trophies and such. "If we could just get every Central grad alive to donate $20, we'd have plenty of money to make this into the museum it should be," she said wistfully.
Perkins and the other foundation members are not the only souls watching over Central, however. Manzanares said there are hints that some students and teachers just can't bear to leave the grand old school at 216 W. Orman Ave. "One of the cleaning staff was sweeping the auditorium stage one night when he looked out at the empty seats and saw this woman with a big hairdo sitting in one of the rows of seats," Manzanares told Rivas and Perkins. "He didn't think anything at first until he realized the school was closed. When he turned to look for the woman again, the auditorium was empty. That was too creepy for him, so he decided to go sweep someplace else." "Maybe it was Mary Richardson," Perkins laughed, but not in disbelief, and Rivas nodded in agreement. "You know how she loved to put on plays in the auditorium." Richardson was a beloved Central drama teacher who taught for three decades. She died in 1994 and the school's theater is named for her today.
Conatore isn't surprised by such stories. She recalled a 107-year-old woman who was recently interviewed on television about her life. The woman's favorite memories were of her years as a Central student. "I tell my kids today to keep that in mind, that when that woman looked back over her life, she wanted people to know she'd gone to school at Central," Conatore said. "This is a very special place."