THE HIGHLIGHTS Reunion XII Edition
Delray Beach, Florida
Old School Square is Delray’s Cultural Center
hill – Seacrest High School. And we were going to be joined by the Junior Class-to-be from Boynton High School.
By Executive Director, Joe Gillie New projects, expanded classes and a recent Chamber of Commerce Award continue to celebrate Old School Square as Delray’s Cultural Center. We look forward to your visit and want to share what’s been going on at your former Alma Mater!
We were going to be groundbreakers. Since it was a brand new school – we would be creating the traditions- the school spirit- the team loyalty.
We told you about our strategic plan on the last “Highlights”. We have accomplished many of the goals and objectives of the plan and continue to set goals for the future to ensure the center’s artistic growth as well as preserve these beautiful buildings which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The most important thing was the great friends we became. We joined together – as the class of 1951 – not two separate groups. We talked, we planned- we made memories – two became one and had great fun doing it.
The most exciting news is the new park, completed in partnership with the City of Delray Beach. The beautiful interactive “great lawn” features a life-size chess board and kids playground equipment and a place to just relax and enjoy the day. Future plans for the park include a state of the art interactive screen. The park is located where the Pierce Tire Company was located to the east of our grounds.
Delray High School (Old School Square)
Actual high school reunions may be on the wane, but virtual high school reunions are definitely on the rise. I have learned there is a site for graduates of Seacrest High School 1950-1970. Web site www.seacresths. com went on line in February 2000. The site is a labor of love and a little backhanded jab at the establishment by Keith Morabeto, Seacrest Class of 1966.
OSS continues to be a leader in arts education. We recently added an entire school of fine art photography with over 100 new students coming to the Crest Theatre classrooms. Already the students have been juried into several major art shows regionally and statewide. Six new classes in a variety of media will be added for the fall. We are honored to announce that Old School Square will receive the first Delray Beach Chamber of commerce Non-Profit of the Year award for 2010. Our Center was selected over a strong group of contenders. The award celebrates the economic as well as “Quality of Life” impact that Old School Square provides for the community. We look forward to expanding on these new developments but in the meantime, we would love for you to consider a membership at Old School Square. It’s a great way to support the services we provide and to celebrate the legacy that you all are so much a part of as the original students of Delray High. Don’t forget to stop by the Alumni Hall when you’re here and visit us online at www.oldschool.org. Looking forward to having you home!
GOING FROM DELRAY HIGH TO SEACREST HIGH By Pat Gerretson How exciting it was going to be in the fall we would be going to the High School building and were to be joined by the Boca students going into the seventh grade. They became such good friends, such as Billy Cox, what memories Bill created for me. And then in our sophomore year we were looking forward to going to a brand new school – on the
Seacrest High School goes online with alumni Web site
Seacrest High School
“I created seacresths.com in a bit of anger,” e-mails Morabeto his home in Stuart. “I went to classmates.com to find Glenn Faurot name (he was the third person to teach me, and the first lead guitarist for the Avengers), and when I clicked on to his e-mail address, it said I had to pay $25 to get it. I felt there should be a place that we could all trade info about each other, for FREE! I have gotten many letters telling me that people have found old friends that they were looking for, and many personal reunions have happened.” Seacrest High School served Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton when it was built in 1949. The last Boca Raton graduating class was 1965, as there was a new (but now deteriorating) high school in Boca Raton. The name was changed to Atlantic High School in 1970, and the community high school continues to serve Delray Beach and Boynton Beach as well as International Baccalaureate students from Boca Raton. “This has nothing to do with me,” insists Morabeto, a Ford Motor Company master mechanic and Internet buff since the beginning. “It’s for everybody. I don’t care if you graduated or not, or if you are involved only through marriage. It’s a site for open communication, and as long as I am involved with it, it will always be free.” Morabeto has his own website, www. betoweb.com which will be of interest to those who were part of the rock ‘n’ roll band scene in the 1960s and 1970s, as Morabeto was. “We’re always looking for photos, yearbooks and other stuff from the era,” says Morabeto..”
Reunion XII Edition
Delray Beach, Florida
REMEMBERING BILL SELF AND LAURA “TOOTS” BROLA BILL SELF
Connie Tiedt Talbot Recalls:
By Sandy Simon
Bill went to Delray High School and finished his senior year at Seacrest in 1950. He played football, was in Key Club and played trombone in the band.
As a young boy, I knew Bill Self as our next door neighbor and as brother Roy’s friend, classmate, fellow football team and school band member. They were very close friends and students of DBHS. I remember they both played linemen on the football team because they were among the strongest and biggest members of the team. They both weighed an enormous 160 pounds, including pads. At home games half time, while the rest of the team rested, Roy and Bill changed out of their football uniforms, into band uniforms and joined the band marching down the field, Roy playing the saxophone and Bill his trombone. They were players who really played “both ways” Offense, Defense Team, and Band. As neighborhood youngsters, we all played a lot together, although Roy and Bill were bigger and 7 years older. Most of the town, especially near our houses on S. E. First Avenue was vacant, offering lots of places for sandlot baseball, building forts and huts and climbing trees. Our favorite tree for climbing and swinging from a long rope with a sack of leaves tied at the bottom was a huge mango tree that grew where Merritt Transfer stands today at the intersection of S. E. Second Avenue and Second Street. It was built in 1947. One day, climbing near the top, Bill Self fell to the ground. From then on, that mango tree, especially to us younger boys including Dudley, Rodney and Carol Remus and my older brother Charlie was known as “The Billy Fell”. Thirty years later, brother Roy and I were seated in the football stadium at Georgia Tech, our alma mater waiting for the game to begin. The announcer, in a loud P.A. announcement declared, “Please bow your heads as the invocation will be given by Dr. William Self, Pastor of West Wieuca Baptist Church in Atlanta.” It took less than a second for Roy and me to look at each other in amazement. Both thinking, “Can there be more than one Bill Self?”. We laughed, sure that this was our boyhood friend and neighbor. A week later, I attended the services at West Wieuca Baptist Church, watched Pastor William “Billy Fell” Self put on the best Baptist preachin’ sermon, with waving arms and lots of “Amens” from the congregation. After the service, I joined lots of people for a coffee reception and asked the usher at the door to whisper to Rev. Self that someone is here to see him from the “Billy Fell.” I loved his happy reaction. It was a moment I won’t forget.
Upon checking the Senior Statistics page from the 1950 Nautilus annual, Bill’s identification was “His Big Mouth” this makes perfect sense- he became a preacher man. Bill was a dependable and responsible student so the reachers loved him. Being quickwitted and having an outgoing personality, Bill was popular with everyone and was involved in several groups and activities at school.
DR. WILLIAM SELF Seacrest Class of 1950
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Bill was reared in Delray Beach, Florida. He is a graduate of Stetson University, South-eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and earned a Doctorate of Sacred Theology (D.S.T.) from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, in addition to three honorary degrees. Bill has authored eight books, and has served as President of the Georgia Baptist Convention, President of the Foreign Mission Board, Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and preached the keynote sermon at the Southern Baptist Convention in 1977. A lectureship in preaching was established in his honor at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, in 1977. He also served as President of the Buckhead Business Assoc.
Those people in Atlanta must really love their minister, I wonder what they would think if they knew he was voted “the most conceited” in his senior class! We know it wasn’t conceit. It was in his character to be responsible and relied upon. Others believed in him and he believed in himself. You could trust Bill to come through with good ideas and to find ways to carry them out. His attitude was cheerful and he usually told a joke or two to keep you laughing. He was a people person and a born leader.
HIGHLIGHTS EDITOR RETIRES By Dorothy Baker
Laurabelle McNeece Brola, editor of the Highlights since its’ inception, declined to take on that monumental job this year. Just a little about “Toots” – she received that nickname from a friend of her father’s when she was a little tot in Hazelton, Indiana. The family moved originally to Ft. Lauderdale and arrived in Delray in 1933. Toots attended the Delray Schools and was Valedictorian of her class in 1938. She out-smarted the boys in her studies of calculus and physics. During the WWII she worked at Florida State Bank which evolved over many years into Sun Trust. She took time off during her banking career to have two daughters, Laurel and Susan. She retired from Sun Trust as Comptroller. We became close friends when a mutual friend started a Friday night bridge club. Our first trip was a British Isles Tour. One of the highlights was a city tour at night to all the murders except two of Jack the Ripper. It was a walking tour taking 2 ½ hours. It was not only scary but very cold. Our second trip was to Austria, Germany and Switzerland. To show her generosity, when I was remodeling my house before moving into it, she offered me a room for two weeks, when it turned into six weeks, she didn’t complain, at least not out loud and not to me. She was always so pleasant to be around. The old saying “Cream will rise to the top” is true when you start at the bottom of the pile as a Teller and finish at the top as a Comptroller. She is enjoying retirement in P.B. Leisureville with her cat Minx. To know Toots is to really appreciate her true value.
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MEMORIES REUNIONS FIRST TO TWELFTH Can you believe it? It’s been 36 years since our first Delray High Reunion in remembrance of a beloved school that closed its doors in 1949. It all began in the summer of 1974. While performing in the play, “Our Town” at Florida Atlantic University, I was very moved by a particular scene. A young housewife named Emily, had died giving birth to a child, and she was later given the opportunity to re-live one day. Emily chose her 12th birthday. But when she was escorted back to re-live that special day, she found that although her family loved her, everything went so fast and no one had time to stop and really look at her. Finally, Emily broke down, sobbing loudly: “It goes so fast! We don’t have time to look at one another…do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?... every, every minute ?” When her escort replied negatively, Emily said: “Take me back…to my grave….I’m ready to go back.”
the Boynton Woman’s Club ($15.00 B.Y.O.B.), November 27, 1982, there was also a men’s “Jocks’ Lunch” at the Arcade Tap Room on Friday, November 26, 1982 (B.Y.O.B.= Bring Your Own Boasts) and a picnic at the PBA Clubhouse on Sunday, November 28, 1982, ( B.Y.O. P.= Bring You Own Picnic). Each was well attended with the question: “When is our next reunion?” Our Delray High Reunion of 1974 was now beginning to take a life of its own. For Reunion IV, our ambitious Committee spread its wings with the theme: Delray Seahawks Flying Home.” Having observed the “Jocks” enjoy a men-only luncheon in the previous reunion, the women decided to have their own luncheon. So, on Friday, November 21, 1986, each gender met in separate rooms at the Arcade Tap Room. When they each tired of their separation, they were all joined together in happy ceremony. Saturday night’s dance, November 22, 1986, was “taken on the road” to the Knights of Columbus Hall with a five-piece band featuring our own trumpeter, Tommy Allen ($15.00 – B.Y.O.B.)
personal “bios” and interesting articles, won immediate acclaim, and it quickly became the “bible” for our reunions. Additionally, tee-shirts were available with appropriate Reunion wording. The separate-but-equal gender luncheons were tolerated at the Holiday Inn Camino Real (think Seacrest Hotel) on Friday, November 20, 1992, and Saturday night was a “Sock Hop” at the Old School Gym (B.Y.O.B.) Reunion VII presented the second issue of the now-in-demand “The Highlights”, as we continued with our gender-challenged Friday luncheon at the Holiday Camino Real on Friday, November 10, 1995. However, on Saturday, a tour of Morikami Park Gardens was an added feature. Then, on Saturday evening, a dinner dance at the Delray Beach Country Club. With the very popular The Highlights leading the way, the reunions of our reunion were now “on a roll” Everything was beginning to move very fast, and our Seahawks grew more and more aware of the need to “stop and look at each other”, especially every three years.
With Emily’s words haunting me, I called Dot Baker and Jim Smith to discuss the need for some sort of reunion of our old classmates. After recognizing that the 35 graduates in our Class of 1942 were too few, we determined that a decade of classes would still leave out too many, So we decided to include ANYONE WHO EVER ATTENDED ONE DAY OR MORE IN GRADES K THROUGH 12 BEFORE DELRAY HIGH WAS CLOSED IN 1949. A committee representing various classes was quickly organized, and away we went. Three months later, there we were at the blue-and-white decorated Boynton Woman’s Club on November 23, 1974, with 253 Seahawks shaking hands, embracing, peering at each others name tags in utter disbelief or excited delight, and dancing to the 1940’s music of a six-piece band. As it turned out, the oldest alumnus at the dance was my father, Alex Simon, who had attended in 1920. The admission was $10.00 B.Y.O.B., and no one really complained about the absence of air conditioning. In fact, everyone wanted to know when the next reunion would be held. In response, our ambitious Committee decided to plan a reunion every four years. On November 11, 1978, Reunion II was again held at the Boynton Woman’s Club, which was impressively decorated by a large group of energetic Committee members. Even though the dance music was provided by a 16 piece “Miller Band”, the admission was still only $10.00 B.Y.O.B. The price was obviously right because the attendance was 312, including eight teachers. This time the older attending alumnus was Haild Zeder, Class of 1916, who was awarded an over-sized blue night shirt monogrammed with a big white “D”. Again, there was a Seahawk clamor for another reunion. To meet the growing demand, our hardworking committee expanded Reunion III with two more functions. In addition to the the Saturday night dance at
Reunion XI…a UNISEX luncheon with the guys and the gals seated together at the Delray Beach Golf Club on Friday, November 16, 2007…a day that will live in infamy! After the riot subsided, both sexes enjoyed the humor of the guest speaker, Dr. William Self, Class of 1950, before a tour of Old School Square. The Saturday Night dinner dance was at the Delray Dunes Country Club. Again, the highlight of the reunion was “The Highlights” prepared and edited by your star journalist, Laura Brola.
With the reality of aging and attrition, many concerned Seahawks expressed their impatience by Chanting: “FOUR MORE YEARS?? FOUR MORE YEARS???”, So, our understanding Committee agreed to capitulate by holding our reunions every three years, beginning with Reunion V. This time the confrontation of the genderchallenged luncheons took place on Friday, November 17, 1989, the new Holiday Inn Camino Real (the old Seacrest Hotel). Then , a new twist was added, i.e., a Friday night at our Old School with Home-Room assignments and memorabilia followed by an Assembly in the Auditorium, which featured past Class songs sing-a-longs and a performance by members of the Class of 1938 of their Senior Class play. A very special evening! Then for the Saturday night dance we returned to the newly renovated (and with air conditioning) Boynton Woman’s Club ($18.00 – B.Y.O.B.) Three years later, our Reunion VI was highlighted by the introduction of our own version of “The Highlights” prepared and edited superbly by Laura Brola. This new media morsel, featuring
And each three-year period kept moving faster and faster. Reunions VII (1995), VIII (1998), IX (2001) and X (2004) zipped by with, as usual, the guys and gals going their separate ways for lunch before rejoining after desserts. During those accelerated nine years, the 1998 and 2001 luncheons were at The Annex Restaurant and in 2004 at the Delray Beach Golf Club. For each of those three reunions, Laura Brola continued to prepare and edit the ever-popular “The Highlights” Then,
Along the way, our proud Committee arranged with Old School Square to create an Alumni Hall if we could raise $20,000 among our alumni. With many members each contributing $100.00 plus the generous boost from Jim and Barbara (McMurrian) Marshall, we happily reached our goal. As a result, Alumni Hall was dedicated on November 9, 2001. With our memorabilia displayed in its very appropriate setting, Alumni Hall provides a warm and wonderful reflection of our school’s history and its students. While this year’s reunion represents the 36th year of our reunioning of that first 1974 Delray High Reunion, it also provides a brief moment in our fastmoving lives…a moment to stop and take a look at each other…and realize life while we live it. Happy 36th!
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MORE MEMORIES HERB ROTH CARTOON By Ernie Simon ‘42 This Herb Roth cartoon depicting our downtown in the 1940’s always comes to mind whenever newcomers comment that our town used to be referred to as “DULL-RAY”. Unfortunately for them, they never experienced the downtown that we knew and loved...the big carnival that located for about a week each year in the present parking lot behind Hand’s...the grand marching band announcing the arrival of the all-black traveling show, “Silas Green From New Orlean’ “, with its week-long performances of vaudeville, minstrels and jazz music under a huge tent behind the present Green Owl Restaurant (Ringling Brothers Circus also performed in the same location each year)... the very popular roller skating rink in the present SunTrust parking lot... the landmark FEC railroad crossing tower for the guard who warned pedestrians and motorists of an approaching train by manually activating the crossing signals...and the many passenger trains that brought thousands of happy visitors to our vibrant town because they knew it was never “DULL-RAY”.
FROM GLADIOLA FESTIVAL TO DELRAY AFFAIR By Roy Simon, 1948 Many will remember the Gladiola Festival as the most spectacular major event of Delray Beach during the late 1940’s and 50’s. It was a time when the gladiola farms of our area created a beautiful pallet of color as you headed west on Atlantic Avenue. Large, glamorous Orange Bowl floats, bands, beauty queens, and the exposition of the flowers grown in the “Gladiola Capital of the World”. As the gladiola farms became urban developments and/or vegetable farms, tourism became the focus. To maintain ties with the agriculture industry and to arouse interest to its contributions to our economic vitality, the Chamber of Commerce introduced the “Agricultural Expo”. Chaired by Roy Simon, the first event was a small stand in the parking lot of First National Bank of Delray Beach (now SunTrust) on East Atlantic Avenue. The stand was furnished by Vic Neal, who helped prepare the display of the many varieties of fruit and vegetables grown in the area, in addition to flowers and nursery items. Because of the enthusiasm of the farmers and the wonderful reception by the community, the second expo was a twoday event, held in the Delray Community Center gymnasium. The displays covered the entire floor of the gym and were filled with produce of every variety and proudly presented by the participating farms. The exhibits included livestock, which were displayed in the lawn between the Community Center and the tennis courts, ranging from hogs and chickens to Santa Gertrudis beef cattle. The variety and extent of the displays and the fact that all was local had many members of the community in a state of surprise and awe.
Times continued to change and farms continued to be lost to more development. At the same time, the City and the area were growing, becoming the home of artists and authors, many of whom were nationally and internationally renowned. In 1965, President of the Delray Chamber of Commerce Roy Simon suggested that the expo be expanded to an art festival similar to the ones held in Winter Park, Florida. The concept was received enthusiastically, and John Bordman volunteered to chair the committee. The first committee meeting was held at the Arcade Tap Room with members Andy Gent, Ken Ellingsworth, Buddy Merritt, Beth Simon, Nathaniel Weyl, Sylvia Weyl, Gay Drake and Chairman John Bordman. Among the discussions was the naming of the event. Suggestions were “Delray Art Festival”, “Delray Art Affair”, etc. From there Andy Gent or Nathaniel Weyl joked, “Delray Affair”. Wow! That was it, and it stuck. The first event was free and open to any and all artists who were allowed to display along East Atlantic Avenue. A Literary Tea was held at the Public Library for all authors to display their work, meet the public, and have book signings. A “Thieves Market” was located in the parking lot behind Hand’s for items other than art or craft. Potted mums were donated by local flower growers and lined both sides of Atlantic Avenue from Swinton to the Intracoastal. Performers of music and dance volunteered to perform at several “stages”, in addition to strolling musicians along Atlantic Ave. It was a beautiful scene, well-received by the entire community, and became a fixture on the calendar for the first weekend after Easter, hoping to retain the snowbirds and tourists at least one more week. This new event, THE DELRAY AFFAIR that excited the entire community has grown during the past 44 years to become a top event of the Southeastern United States.
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MORE MEMORIES MY CAMELOT By BRUCE CRABTREE Class of 1942 Do you believe there was once a place called Camelot? A place where there was no care significant enough to spoil the “happy-ever-aftering” at the fabled place? I not only believe but I know for sure there was such a place. I lived there. My Camelot had its round table presided over not by King Arthur, but Mr.Cook. His knights in shinning armor were Miss Campbell, Miss Lovvorn, Mr. Clark, Miss Love, and their fellow knights and dames who tried so hard to fill my head with learning and my heart with the feel for the goodness of life. This Camelot was populated by a wonderful set of people each and every school day. It was located in a city block on the main street of a small town astride the shinning sea on the southeast coast of Florida. Camelot was in the paradise marked on the maps as Delray Beach. The city block contained the elementary school, high school and gymnasium that served these schools. It was the cultural and social center of my world. I studied, made friends, grew in physical stature and mental alertness from the beginning of the 5th grand through my sophomore year in high school, there in that city block I call Camelot. It was only 6 years that formed my life and gave me good memories for life, Memories and fiends I have carried with me for over 50 years, and some how these memories seem to increase in happiness each year. The boys and girls that were my friends then are still my best friends today. Strange as it seems when people ask me where I am from, I answer “Delray Beach”. Home is where the heart is, so I venture my answer is not so strange after all. I left my Camelot under sever protest. When, after my father died, my mother moved our family back to her native Nashville, I thought I had died and been condemned to some form of purgatory. As indeed I have been, for I had lost my friends and my shinning sea. But I lived. I made other friends. I found other girls to court and with whom I could dance. I found other Huck Finns to accompany the Tom Sawyer in me. I was sustained also by the thought that when I became educated, rich, and famous, I would return to the shinning sea and live happily every after in the town of my Camelot.. I had not counted on the terrible time called World War II and the complete reordering of my life as a result of it. Nor did I count on growing to like Nashville and being captured by its people and its old south way of life. I became a split personality. (Fame and Fortune have eluded me also, but I find at this stage of my life I care not.)
Nevertheless, I dreamed of Delray and those whom I had loved so well during my years at Camelot. I returned time and again, bringing my bride, a native Nashville Vanderbilt co-ed, and our increasing numbers of children. I taught her (a city gal) to swim in the sea. I taught my children the pure joy of the sun, the surf, and my small friendly “home town.” Our children have all gone away now to their own wives, husbands, and careers. The years have passed, the small town has grown beyond my limits and of comprehension. Mr Bride and I now have grandchildren that I teach to swim in the surf. I tell them long and exaggerated tales of those wonderful people with whom I grew from a child into youth. I tell them, as I told my wife and children, of people names Allen, Smith, Simon, Johnson, Snow, Priest, Love, Blank, Grove, Huet, Smock, Sundy, Ogren, Currier, Crangle, Carpenter, Cottam, Giles, and on and on and on and on again and again. I tell them of weighing 138 pounds, and as a sophomore playing center on Coach Clark’s first football team. I tell of the turpentine mangoes, of Hackney Allen and I eating our way through his guava trees amid tall tales and between risky deeds. I regale them with the stories of sand sharks and how e’d sit on top of those old steel poles in the ocean until the lifeguard sounded the “all clear”. I tell them of the wondrous machinery that Jim Smith’s father had in his jewelry store that could shine a sea bean into a prize more worthy than the Hope diamond. I tell them of Eddie Carpenter forcefully informing me he was sick and tired of me blowing the horn of our old Ford every time I cruised past his neighbor Joan Crangle’s house. How many times have we laughed at the absurd thought of me, with two left feet winning a waltz contest with Pepper Smith. My brother and I worshipped. Was he not Lancelot? I am a garrulous old fool. My poor bride knows these tales by heart. I have told them so many times. But I cannot help it. I loved the place and its people. I was fortunate enough to graduate with the class of 1942, but I always come “home” to the people of that Camelot by the shinning sea, where I lived the best years of my life. So, I say to you, look not in some damp corner of medieval England for the fabled Camelot. Look rather at the northeast corner of Atlantic and Swinton in Delray Beach. There is to be found Camelot. You who were there with me and shared my happiness will surely be “happy-ever-aftering” with me all the days of my life. To those with whom I spent my time in Camelot, I am so grateful.
THE ROADS TO GLORY By Emogene Walker Morgan When we were young, everyone went to church. I never knew if we went to get saved or just to meet. Now, we were Baptists the lot of us, the Sundys, the Walkers, Gregorys and Allens. The Butlers, the Cooks, the Priests and the Smiths. Mr. Joe Gwyn led our singing. The Methodists were the envy of the town. They had stained glass windows. Dr Cason went there, his father was the minister. The Loves would fill up a pew and J.B. Evans never missed a Sunday. The Presbyterians had their church on the beach with the town’s first pipe organ that Mary P. Jelks played each Sunday for the Sinks, the Ransons, and the Clan MacLaren. The Lutherans were a smaller group and filled with great people like the Wueppers, the Millers, Miss Annie Hoffman, the Roths, The Blanks and the family of Thiemes. The Episcopalians were south down on Swinton. They had the Diggans, the Simons, and all the Zaines, Grandpa Zaine (father as he was known) wore a
big silver cross around his neck. I knew he must be close to God. The Zills were Adventist and met on Saturdays. The Lauren Hands, Christian Scientist. I never knew where Moe Weinerman and the Zuckermans went, Out of town, I guess, since we didn’t have a Temple then. The Catholics came along later and met in the movie house with E.B. Nichols and his Merrita, Mary Emma Snow, Tom and Louise Woolbright just to name a few. Oh, we all made plans to go to heaven. We just traveled different roads. But I bet my hat when we meet up there, God won’t have Denominations.
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OUR ALUMNI - FROM THEN TO NOW ALBERT L “BOB “ MILLER, JR Class of 1941 I was born in Delray Beach on November 8, 1921 and graduated from Delray High in the class of 41. Now at eighty-eight, I can only look back at those youthful and productive years. During those early years I spent a lot of time in the Boy Scouts with my dad, who was the Scoutmaster of Troop 1 – what a wonderful par of my life. During that period I was in the woodworking class at Delray High, and built a sailboat after school. In building the boat I earned a merit badge in carpentry, painting and sewing, all towards my Eagle Scout badge. At the Eagle Scout Ceremony I was honored to receive my badge along with Bill Crabtree, a very intellectual buddy and classmate. I was never the smartest student in High School, but I finally graduated along side my sister Norma – the bright one. I had a fairly good voice and was able to sing a bass solo at our graduation. After that, I sang in the church choir for 73 years before I realized there is a limit to everything.
Son Frank and Roy still live in Mariannna. My middle son Rob (& Mary) live here in Boynton . They work all week but entertain me every weekend.
My health isn’t all that great – walking any distance has become a problem. However, I look around and there are others worse off than I am. I’m thankful I’m as good as I am and I count my blessings every day. I just miss not being able to drive to Tallahassee to the FSU football games.
Jackie and I will celebrate fifty six years of marriage on the 29 th of September. Our oldest granddaughter and her husband have two children, our great grand children. When I reflect back on my life I am so very thankful to have been born and raised in Delray Beach, among some of the world’s finest people. May God bless and keep each and every one of you.
Meta Shroedel Class of 1954
Class of 1950
NANCY (ANNE) FONTAINE MAURY MILLER
Class of 1953
Class of 1950
Hi Gang! Meta Schroedel Whittingslow and Tom are looking forward to getting together with the crowd we grew up with. Also to share our aches and pains that age has blessed us with. If we were younger, we could compare tattoos. Tom wishes he could wear a white T-shirt with a pack of Camels rolled up in his sleeve, but his Dr. won’t let him smoke. I would like to wear my Poodle Skirt but its too short for my legs today. It must be so much fun now going
Serving in the Army Air Force during World War II was a good experience and it was there I learned a lot about people. After the war I continued my education at Bell Isle College majoring in Business Administration. In 1952 I went to work for Snow Concrete Corporation where I served in several Management Positions for twenty-five years. It was while I was at Rinkers that I learned to fly a small plane, sometimes going by air to distant locations.
It seems like yesterday when I attended fifth and sixth grades in the Delray Elementary School and seventh grade in the Delray High School on the campus of what’s now known as Old School Square in Delray Beach. I would’ve enjoyed the activities in the upper grades at the Delray High School that many of my classmates fondly remember, but from the eighth through the 12th grades, I was sent to Graham-Eckes, a boarding
Most of all, my greatest fulfillment has been in serving the church where I have been involved internationally, nationally, and locally. To follow Jesus Christ as a disciple will always be my main goal in life.
DOROTHY “DOT” PRIEST BAKER
In the late 1950’s, I relocated to Annapolis, Maryland, where I had always spent my summers at the home of my father, retired Naval officer. It was here that I met my husband, Bruce, a Naval officer and chemistry teacher at the U.S. Naval Academy. We were married on Dec. 21, 1957 in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. After being married nearly 51 years, Bruce died in August 2008, but we were fortunate to have celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Our son Scott, a retired Navy captain who graduated from the Naval Academy in 1983, and his wife, Kathy, also exchanged their wedding vows in the Naval Academy Chapel. Our two daughters are Leslie, night manager for labor-delivery and obstetrical units at St.Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, and Anne, a full-time history teacher at Franklin High School in Franklin, N.C. Our four granddaughters and four grandsons range in age from 2 ½ up to 25.
My hobbies include doll collecting and enjoying the ducks, wading birds and other wildlife on the lake behind my home in Boynton Beach, which I share with my three kitties.
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Hit a trifecta in 2008 – my granddaughter Nikki in Jacksonville had a beautiful little girl named Lyla Eden, my granddaughter Meredith has a darling little boy named Rylon, and my grandson Chris (Kelly had the baby) had a pretty little girl named Kara. As you can see, all great grandchildren are beautiful and a gift from God. I just don’t get to see them very often.
My first full-time newspaper job was in the mid-1950’s, when I was a reporter for the Delray Beach News. In the 1960’s, it merged with the Delray Beach Journal to become the Delray Beach News Journal. Competition between the papers was fierce; every Thursday, the reporters checked to see which paper had the most scoops! It was great fun to drive to interviews and to attend the polo games in Gulf Stream with a large PRESS card on the windshield of my car!
During our 12 years in Madison, Wisconsin, I freelanced for newspapers and magazines. Our family moved to Delray in the early 1970s, where I was a feature writer and lifestyle editor for 10 years for the Delray Beach New Journal, covering community news and writing feature storied about a wide range of topics, including local history. For 14 years, I was a feature writer for the The News of Delray Beach and the Boca Raton News, mostly when the latter was a Knight-Ridder paper. And for the seventh year, I’m writing part-time for the Palm Beach Daily News, popularly known as “ The Shiny Sheet.” I’ve also written a book about the history of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray, where I ‘m a member, called “Rooted in Faith.” It’s a sequel to “From Sapling to Sturdy Oak” by the late Cecil and Margoann Farrar.
It has been an enjoyable ride from Kindergarten to serving on the Reunion Committee with our astute leader, Ernie Simon, and all the others from Old Delray High.
I’m still in Palm Beach Leisurevilleenjoying the easy life and playing bridge twice a week. Still Treasurer at Lakeview Baptist – can’t find anyone to take the job so I guess God wants me to do it.
My favorite extra-curricular activity was being a reporter for the Swee Briar News, which laid the groundwork for my career in journalism, which continues today.
to school. Entering the doors of wisdom after going thru a body search, to be sure you are not carrying weapons or drugs. We can still remember how everyone knew each other and our families felt safe during the night and didn’t worry about a drug raid next door. Oh well! Now we can look forward to enjoying our beach, unless the oil spill gets on our canes and walkers. Keep on keeping on! The Whittingslows.
school in Palm Beach, where I was on the tennis and swimming teams and served as class secretary6 and class poet. In 1954, I graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree. I majored in sociology, resulting in my working for two years as a social worker in Annapolis, Maryland.
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OUR ALUMNI - FROM THEN TO NOW HARRY BENSON Class of 1955 SPOUSE:
TELEPHONE: 321-757-9874 E-MAIL: HARMARBEN@CFL.RR.COM OCCUPATION: Retired (Education—31 years with Palm Beach County Schools, and 6 1/2 as Superintendent in North Conway, New Hampshire CHILDREN:
GRANDCHILDREN: Four A BRIEF SUMMARY: Attended University of Florida where I met Martha. I spent 31 years with the Palm Beach County Schools and then 61/2 in North Conway, New Hampshire as Superintendent. We retired to Melbourne in 1998 where we currently live. Martha & I recently celebrated our 50th anniversary. I “work” as a volunteer starter at a local golf course.
RICHARD “BUCK” WARD Class of 1947 Another three years gone by! Time for another reunion where we can rehash old memories. The good ones seem to get better with each retelling. The others are probably best forgotten. Not much new for me, just another three years older. And wiser? My son, Joe, daughter-in-law, Cindy, and grandsons, Ben and Grayson, came down from Columbia, S.C. last November for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day, all of us and my brother, Dan, went to Miami. There we went to my brother, Carl’s son, David’s home for dinner with all our families. Unknown to me they were also plotting a surprise birthday party for me. The next afternoon they lured me to the clubhouse here in Country Manors. When I went inside, there were all kind of decorations and balloons and some 50 or so relatives, friends and my neighbors. Included were several people who went to good old Delray High with me. Plenty of food and refreshments. A total surprise since my birthday wasn’t until December 9th. Of course they stressed the fact that I was turning 80. I found out that Dan and Cindy were the main instigators. I also discovered that this group was definitely able to keep a secret. After I got over the initial shock and surprise and regained some composure, I tried to tell everyone how much I appreciated everything. Joe is still working for the State of South Carolina and Cindy is still teaching school. I was able to visit with them last year and go to Ben’s graduation from Clemson University on May 8th. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual B.A. in Economics and Political Science. The previous day he received a certificate for Economics from Calhoun Honors College of Clemson University. In the morning, he and I managed to fit in nine holes of golf at the Clemson University course. After graduation the next day, we went to a Clemson baseball game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. And we got a picture of him being held by the Tiger, Clemson’s mascot. He remained at Clemson to get
his Master’s Degree in Economics. And this fall he entered Vanderbilt University to study for his P.H.D. in Economics. On June 12th he celebrated his 23rd birthday and the Clemson baseball tem please him by winning their super-regional to earn a trip to the College World Series. Grayson started his Junior year at Clemson this fall. He is majoring in Packaging Science. Her turned 20 on January 23rd. He still keeps active in the summer with his church youth groups. At school, he manages to fit in some intra-mural soccer games in between his studies. He finished his Sophomore year by making the Dean’s list. So you can see how blessed we have been. I am so proud of all of them and glad that I have been able to share in so many of their honors.
DON JOHNSON Class of 1953 I have had a busy life! After I graduated I joined the Coast Guard for four years. I was married while in the service and had a son, Gary, who is now 55 years old and living in Dothan, Alabama with his wife. I was re-married to Joyce Kuhman and had a son, Keith, who is now 49 yrs. old and retired from the Navy, after 20 years, and living in Virginia Beach, VA. With his new wife. He has a son, Drew, who is 19 yrs. Old from a previous marriage. After my Coast Guard years, I went into my parents business, Faye & Ted Johnson & Sons which was property management. Then in 1972 I married Ann Huntington Hayes. We bought a motel, The Sandy Shoes, in Melbourne Beach, FL which we operated for eight years and loved it! In 1983 we moved to Maggie Valley, N.C. and started a gift shop. I went to work for The Maggie Valley Resort and Golf Club as a golf “starter”, which ended after 18 years.
We are now sort of retired and wishing we weren’t getting so old! We certainly wish we could see you all, but I am unable to do so. Don Johnson, 495 Locust Dr., Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751
RODNEY REMUS CLASS OF 1956 Born and raised in Delray Beach with 2 brothers, Dudley and Carl. But my cousin, Sandy Simon was like another brother. When Sandy started first grade I would walk with him to school and sit in class with him and the other “older “ kids....... Until I got bored. Then I would get up and walk home by myself. ~ times have changed since then, huh? I went through school with what seemed like the whole town. Everyone knew everyone. What a great time and place to grow up! After high school I gave University of Florida a fling. Didn’t make it,.so I went into the army for 3 years. - was in Germany when “the wall” went up and Mr. Kennedy asked me to stay a few more months before returning home. I met the love of my life on the beach one rainy day. She was a telephone operator (remember those) import from Palatka. Her name was Joan Pound. We got married and had a son, Rodney Zaine Remus, Jr. After we got divorced I met my 2nd love while coaching little league- her name was Linda Thompson. Her mother was Audrey and was married to John Henry Adams Jr., Atty.. We stayed together for 25 years and lost her to cancer in 2001 All the while Dudley and I ran the blinds and shutter business. Carl joined us from Miami after he retired. Then in 2008 we
turned the business over to Carl’s daughter and my son for a 3rd generation run through of the window treatment business. How does this end? It doesn’t- it just gets recycled. While in the hospital intensive care with pancreatitis I got a call from a girl I dated in high school to wish me well, so I started to date her again after 50 years and couldn’t be happier. Her name is Alice “Scooter” Parrish Cochrane. Some of you will say, “yeah, Gina’s mother”.- life is great!
LEWIS W. CURRIER, JR Class of 1941 My bio following the XI Reunion Highlights continues. I am still traveling to pas the time of old age. In July 2008, I took son, Johnathan, and daughters, Linda and Joyce, and two sonin-laws on a tour of Iceland; Waterfalls everywhere, but the biggest surprise was the large number of horses…probably more horses there than the entire US wild west. We went swimming in the Blue Lagoon, and almost went swimming in the ocean on our departure. We had just left the runway and were out over the ocean when an engine exploded…loudest bang I ever heard. But the pilot was able to nurse the plane up to a safe altitude to make a 180 and come back and land safely. So we spent an extra day in Iceland, with my passport showing one arrival and two departures from the country. In July 2009, I began a two week river cruise thru Russia with daughter, Linda, and her husband, Ken. Great way to travel…unpack once and sleep in the same bed every night—stay in bed in the morning, if you wish. We were tied up on the Volga River in Moscow for four days… used buses or the Metro to get down town. Went all through the Kremlin…lots to see. Then we set sail for St. Petersburg, over 1000 miles away, going thru 28 locks along the way, and stopping at riverside towns for walking tours, etc. We visited Peter the Greats “ Peterhof” and Catherine the Great’s 28 bedroom summer cottage. Those Czars lived well as long as they lived. St. Petersburg is a beautiful city, saw “Swanlake” at the ballet. The place was packed and the seats were as wide and comfortable as airline tourist seats. But the show was great. I celebrated my 86th birthday in St. Pete. All of Russia that I saw was beautiful. The people are very friendly…it’s just a great place for a vacation. I don’t know what the rest of the year will bring…or the next few years, as old age is starting to set in. But the kids keep reminding me that there is a lot of world left to visit…and they stay ready to go. But what else can you expect of a family of “military brats”.
Tom Shelby Clark Class of 1937 (This bio was received too late for the 2007 reunion, consequently it is being included in this edition of Highlights) I was born in 1919 in Arlington, Mass. Moved to Boca in 1933, when, during the depression the population was approximately 95-100 people. I was the paper boy delivering the Miami Herald, the Miami Daily News, and the Palm Beach Post. In the wintertime, the tourist season, I had 35 customers. The paper cost .25 cents a week of which the paper retained .15 cents. Riding my bike fifteen to twenty miles, I was busy starting at 4:30 AM and finishing after school with the evening
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papers. I was the richest kid in town especially the wintertime when I caddied at the Boca Raton Club on week-ends. I rode the school bus to Delray up the Dixie along with eight other kids to attend the Delray High School. There were less than 100 students in the high school – 4 classes held in two rooms; freshman and sophomores in one room and juniors and seniors in another room. I graduated in 1937 – goofed off into 1938 and when our family moved to Lantana I entered Palm Beach Junior College, the first junior college in the state. It was in my second year that I met a classmate named Janice Barnett. I worked at the Palm Beach Mercantile, where her father was one of the senior employees. In 1941 Janice enrolled in the University of Georgia. In 1941 I entered the US Army Flying Cadets. In 1942 I was commissioned 2nd Lt. as an army aircraft pilot. Janice and I were married in June and settled in Odessa, Texas where I was stationed Midland AFB. During the next 23 years I was transferred to San Angelo, Texas, France, Germany, California, Washington state, South Carolina, Japan, Hawaii, Illinois, and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. During these 23 years we had 6 children (4 boys and 2 girls). In 1968 I retired from the Air Force and we moved to Florida to Janice’s old family home in West Palm Beach. Then to one we bought not far away in Vero Beach. Toward the end of my military career our kids were up –going to college and getting in the military. We were keeping track of them and trying to get settled in some business. It turned out to be asphalt paving and maintenance-parking lot and tennis court repair. During this period I kept in touch with old friends like Carl Douglas and Tubby Zuckerman. After 7 years in West Palm Beach, we moved to Cocoa, into a beachside residence across the street from my home where my mother lived. It was also convenient to Patrick AFB. We settled there for 25 years, where our kids and grandkids made many visits – miles and miles of beach-side activities. Our children grew up married and began to raise families of their own. In 2000 we moved to Gainesville where two of our kids live with their families. In summary, let me state clearly that my years of school and related social activity in Delray have always been considered as happy and important elements of my youth; I am truly disappointed that I cannot be with you during this reunion but I’ll be thinking of you all. I would thoroughly enjoy hearing how it went. Tom Clark 6226 NW 53rd Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32653 (352)/377-8350
ROBERT P. “BOB” MILLER Class of 1957 I came to Delray Beach in 1944 from Indiana with my parents Paul and Helen Miller. I was only 4 years old at the time. My Dad had come here for health reasons; he initially worked for Montgomery Ward in West Palm Beach. My sister, Treva, was born when I was ten and she told me when she was ten that she was going to be a nurse and take care of babies and she did for over 30 years at Bethesda Hospital. As for me; there is not much to tell until I got a little older…but as I grew up I took advantage of all the fishing opportunities in the intracoastal water way. I would catch, snook, ribbon fish, snapper, lady fish, tarpon, jacks, trout, and tons of Toad Fish (southern puffers). I would take my catch home for my mother to fry; I also took my catch to Delray Seafood and sold my fish to them. Toad fish were in particular demand as ‘Chicken of the Sea”. Often my father
would take me to the Boynton Inlet to fish off the jetties. At the Boynton Inlet bridge was a very small bait shop called Baldys where you could buy shrimp and mullet and get a coca cola.; what a wonderful experience. There I would catch sheephead, red fish, mackerel, pompano, whiting and croakers, just to name a few. We had spent several years after arriving in Florida trying to find a home in Delray. I was going back and forth between West Grade in Lake Worth an Delray Elementary, in Delray. Finally we settled in Delray and I began 6th grade in the north building at Old School Square. While at Delray Elementary, I remember throwing sand onto the sidewalk so that we could play marbles before school; Donald Barbaree was my toughest competitor. Ray Dimaris (band master) introduced me to the trumpet and I played in the band all the way through 11th grade. In my senior year I had to make a decision of playing sports or being in the band; I choose sports. While in High School, I played baseball, basketball and cross country running (finishing 11th in the south Florida cross country Championship in Miami). The highlights of my Junior year were playing basketball; winning the conference and district and finishing State runner up in Florida. My Senior year was highlighted in winning the conference and we expected to win the District and go to State but we were upset and did not go to State. After graduating from Seacrest in 1957, I went to Florida State University and graduated in 1961 with a degree in the school of arts and sciences in English. At Florida State I participated in student government, men’s judiciary and men’s honor court, Army-ROTC, (received the ROTC Scabbard and Blade award), Sigma Nu Fraternity, received from FSU Gold Key Honorary Award, and played baseball and basketball for Florida State University. After graduation I got married to Marjorie Ann McGregor after which I was sent to Ft. Benning infantry school and volunteered for airborne but at the end of my training I went to the United States Intelligence School in Maryland after which I was sent to 7th Army in Germany to be on the Commanding General’s Staff to be an intelligence liaison with my counterparts in the NATO countries. My first son Mark was born in a field hospital while exercises were taking place and during the Berlin Crisis in 1963. I completed 10 years total service to include active and reserve in the U.S. Army with a rank of Major. In 1964 I came back to teach English and Coach (baseball, basketball and football) at Seacrest High School. In January 1968 I choose another direction and started my own State Farm insurance agency in Delray Beach. I continued as an agent for 40 years and 6 mos., retiring in May 2008. During my career, I am very proud to have received the “Service Above Self” Award from the Rotary and “The Lifetime Service” Award from the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce.
friends in South Carolina. Now that I have time I am enjoying the things that I love most (the great outdoors) and in particular spending time at our Keys home with my children and grandchildren.
SANDY SIMON Class of 1955 What a ride! At graduation from Seacrest in 1955 I weighed 124 pounds and stood 5 feet 6 inches. I struck fear in the hearts of our football opponents. After four years at Georgia Tech, including rooming with fellow Seascrest alum, Tom Penna our Freshman year, I worked two years in the Bahamas, two years in sales in Atlanta, and then went to Wharton Graduate School and earned my MBA in Finance. Back in Georgia, I spent fifteen years in large scale real estate development, including building Oglethorpe (enclosed) Mall in Savannah, and restored several historic row houses (cost me $9000. per shell and $34,500 to renovate. Today they are worth…well, $500,000 or more. (I wish I still owned them). While living there, I became Chairman of The savannah Symphony Society (they didn’t know I could hardly play the clarinet in high school).
a dozen consulates, and several airlines to Georgia. In 1979 and my new bride and I returned to Delray Beach where I developed several properties here and got involved in civic affairs, like Vice Chairman of Old School Square, Chairman of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and Delray’s downtown Renaissance as Chairman of Visions 2000and the Decade of Excellence Bond Referendum. Brother Roy and I designed built Atlantic Plaza. I was honored with the “Service Above Self Award” at Old School Square and National Volunteer of The Year. Alas, my marriage failed in 1986, and today, my children are my brothers’ children and grandchildren. During his incredible years in Hollywood (Smokey and The Bandit, Cannonball Runs, et al), I was Business Manager for Burt Reynolds. Now That was a wild ride! In late 1993, I suffered a massive, lifechanging brain hemorrhage. I came within thirty minutes of dying and was declared 100% disabled for life. I retired instantaneously at 56. However, with a lot of support, love, faith, determination, and many years of therapy, I’ve gone from a “human doing” to a happy human being. I am very happy now in Delray, my--and your hometown. With my lovely companion, Christy Collins, I’ve written and published five books,
In April of 2004 Marjorie lost her battle with cancer, her joy was her children and her home in the mountains. I have since remarried to Patti Vicari; together we have eight children, and five grandchildren. After the movie “Bucklist“ came out…we decided to enjoy our family and friends in doing some special things like: for myself an African Safari (in the bush, 15 days with 5 good friends), Patti (an Italian lady) and her best friend attended cooking school in Italy, and recently I attended the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY and went with my oldest son Mark with his son who played in a 12 and under baseball tournament with 104 teams from Hawaii and across the United States. This past winter we did something really crazy we took all our family members (27 total, our entire family young and old) and went to Disneyworld in Orlando for 5 days…a phenomenal trip!! Patti and I made our first trip together to see Niagara Falls…what a sight! We also enjoy trips to our friend’s house in Colorado and our other dear
After returning to Atlanta, I became CEO of a company that developed Shenandoah, a 7,500 acre new town, near Atlanta where, in cooperation with Georgia Tech it became the state’s solar energy research center. In cooperation with the state of Georgia, we created the Atlanta Foreign Trade Zone., so I became the first president of the Zone. In cooperation with the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the state Dept of Trade, we traveled to Europe five times a year and to Asia at least once, successfully bringing substantial foreign investments and trade,
including two on the history of South Palm Beach County, one on recovering from stroke, a romantic novel, and its sequel not yet published. I became an American Heart Association keynote speaker on stroke, and, with Christy, have become an Enrichment Speaker on Norwegian Cruise Lines. We have enjoyed traveling to many countries. (Yes, there really is an Uruguay and an Antarctica! I also now paint, speak, read a lot, volunteer and mentor stroke survivors. And, occasionally play golf onehanded What A Ride! (So Far So Good)
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OUR ALUMNI - FROM THEN TO NOW RICHARD “ZICKY” SIMON Class of 1942 “Unforgettable…that’s what your are…” Those lyrics are from one of my favorite songs, and that’s how I feel about dear old Delray High...the fun classmates... playing football, basketball and baseball, .and jitterbugging at the school dances...” Unforgettable”! Those great memories have remained with me through the years as I watched my three beautiful daughters, and then my six wonderful grandchildren, all attend local schools.. Now, I enjoy watching my two spectacular great-grandsons race through their childhood years. For those who are anxious to know, after graduation I spent my first year attending the University of Florida, followed by three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Thereafter, I enjoyed almost four and a half years with our local U.S. Postal Service, sharing jokes and mail delivery chores with Roy Diggans, Bobbie Burton, and the Allen brothers, Sam, Hackney and Tommy. I then joined with Bill Woehle at Adams Chevrolet in Delray Beach, which later became known as Dennis Fronrath Chevrolet, then just Fronrath Chevrolet, followed by Steve Moore Chevrolet, and now, Maroone Chevrolet...where, on January 4, 2007, I was presented with my “50-year watch”. After 53 years and about 10,000 car and truck sales, I am still there, selling more cars, trucks, and SUV’s to old classmates and friends, as well as new acquaintances. Anyone out there want to buy a car? Or a truck? Or an SUV?
received his Navy Wings and Ensign’s commission on April 11, 1944 at the Naval Air Training Center in Pensacola, Florida, and was ordered to Jacksonville for transitional training as a pilot of PBY Catalina flying boats. Now near the girl he dated when both were college students, Dorothy Brewster, daughter of a country doctor of North Florida, and Marshall were married, and spent their honeymoon in Delray. Marshall qualified for a FAA commercial pilot’s license in single engine and multi-engine land planes and multi-engine sea planes. After the war, small civilian rental aircraft were used for business and family travel to New York City, Los Angeles, Nassau in the Bahamas, and many points in between. Marshall flew over 1,850 hours at the controls of Navy and civilian aircraft before leaving the cockpit at age sixty-five, to operate a little sixteen-foot fish and ski boat instead….
a tidal inlet of the Atlantic, near Fernandina Beach, Florida, became Dorothy’s and Marshall’s retirement home, the place they would rather be than anywhere else in the world. As they approach age 92, they feel fortunate to have lived during most of the twentieth century, from the early days of the automobile, airplane, electric lights and radio, to the age of the computer, human organ transplants and exploration of space.
Hi, to all our “old” friends from DBHS. Another three years has flown by. We’re still living in Boynton Beach Leisureville …almost 11 years now. Several of our alumni are our neighbors. We do enjoy living here. Guess we’re in pretty good shape for the shape we’re in. Hack is still playing a lot of golf. Not as good as he once was, but still knocking the ball around and enjoying it. Favorite expression, “If I’d only sunk that putt”.
WALTER H. “HACK” ALLEN
We will be celebrating our 63rd Wedding Anniversary in August this year. Hard to believe. Don’t know where the years have gone. As most of you know we were both born and raised in good old Delray. Still a few of us around.
Class of 1942 GLORIA G. ALLEN Class of 1944
We made two trips to Arizona (Sedona area). April of 08 and 09. Great place to visit. This year we visited friends in Lynchburg, Va. We traveled with them to Gettysburg, Appomatox and Lancaster, Pa. Lots of American history in that area and beautiful scenery. We really enjoyed it. We also had the privilege of seeing a spectacular production on the life of JOSEPH (Bible). It was the highlight of our trip. Our health has been pretty good with the usual problems that come with age. We’re thankful for the good health we have. We are still active at First Baptist Church in Delray. That about covers it. God Bless Every One!
Through the years, the love of my wonderful family, the joy of a weekend golf game, the fun of working together with good friends, and the pleasure of dealing with satisfied customers have all added to my treasured memories of dear old Delray High...and all of it is “Unforgettable”!
Class of 1950 I attended Delray Beach schools from 1940 – 1948. In 1950 I joined the3 US Air Force for four years – completing my high school education during that time.
MARSHALL D. BRAINARD
In 1955 I married Katherine (Rita) Eller – we have two sons.
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In 1956 I worked as a mail carrier at Boca Raton post office – retiring in 1976 as Station Mgr of West Palmetto Branch.
His family were “snow birds” who began spending their winters in Delray in 192021 to avoid the snow that came across Lake Erie to Brocton, a small village in Chautauqua and Erie Grape Belt of western New York State. Marshall entered second grade in Delray at age seven in 1925. Every year he began school up north, continued in Delray, then returned to school up north before the end of the school year. But for his junior and senior years in Delray High School he was sent by himself to Dleray, before the family could come south, to avoid this disruption in his studies. It worked! He graduated at Delray High School as Salutatorian of the Class of 1935. At the University of Florida Marshall made the Dean’s list (top 10% in grade average of the Freshman Class), joined Kappa Sigma Fraternity, played tenor saxophone in the Gator Marching Band, and in a little dance band for dances at fraternity houses and Gainesville Country Club. His parents moved to Los Angeles in 1938, and Marshall received his B.S. degree from UCLA College of Business Administration in 1939. World War II was raging when Marshall
In 1978 we moved to Orlando where I worked for the FL Dist of Kiwanis as the sponsored Youth Coordinator. I resigned in 1984 and we moved to Melrose, FL In 2002 I lost Katherine from complications of Lupus. I have my home for sale and will move to Cobb, GA. Two read-headed babies grew up as William Brewster Brainard, A.I.A., an architect for the Navy at USNAS, Jacksonville; and Nancy Brainard Barton, wife of an ER physician in San Andreas, California. Marshall’s primary life’s work centered around his Physicians Service Bureau of Jacksonville business functions for medical doctors in private practice, and as administrator for the Duval County Medical Society, Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, and Florida Academy of Family Physicians, the last of which he served as Executive Vice President for twenty-seven years before retiring in 1984. A little brown house in an oak hammock by
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OUR ALUMNI - FROM THEN TO NOW PATRICIA WODISCHEK GERRETSON Class of 1951 On August 14, the Delray Beach Jaycees held The Mark Gerretson Memorial 16th Annual Fishing Tournament. The tournament benefits the Delray Citizens for Delray Police Holiday Toy Drive and Kids & Cops Program. The youth of Delray really benefit from the success of the tournament – literacy program, Adopt-A-Class, Scholarships to Atlantic seniors – and many more activities. So many local businesses and individuals help so much with ads and raffle prizes – as does the tournament committee – The World’s Best. I am still active in Delray Beach eventsmy daughter, Deena, co-chairs the Atlantic Plaza section of the Delray Affair with me…can you believe the Delray Affair will be celebrating 50 years in 2012. I also work at the Christmas tree, the Christmas Parade, and of course, Mark’s Tournament. My motto has become “Semper Fi” My grandson, E.N. Chapman, became a U.S. Marine in September. One granddaughter, Megan Gerretson, began teaching 3rd grade. Two other granddaughters graduated from community college. Two grandchildren were married in 2010 and two will be married in 2011. A busy and exciting family time. I am still working at Hand’s – which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. I get to see so many friends and meet people from around the world. My son Jim, has a computer security business and has testified before several Congressional committees on computer security. Jim and his family live in Maryland. A great place to visit; they always fish in Mark’s Tournament. Deena and I have become members of Delray Beach Elks Lodge No 1770. We have had the Fishing Tournament Captain’s meeting there for several years. Mark was an Elk and the Elks do so many great things for our community, that we wanted to be part of such a special organization.
JERRY KERN Class of 1954 BARBARA WODISCHEK KERN Class of 1955 We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in December. To celebrate, we spent five days in Islamorada in the keys with our two daughters, two sons, two sonsin-law, daughter-in-law, and seven grandchildren.
ERNEST G. SIMON
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Wanda Davis Machek Class of 1957
After 8 years in the Florida Legislature, Richard was recently appointed as the Director of the Rural Development Agency for the State of Florida. This was a Presidential appointment which operates under the Department of Agriculture. The main office is in Gainesville where he is living and Wanda is commuting from Delray as often as possible. We are enjoying our 6 granddaughters, ages 14-21, so buy stock in hair and make-up products if you want to make some money! We will become greatgrandparents in October and ... no surprise here...it’s a GIRL. Two daughters, 6 girlgrands and now a girl great-grand, we just can’t get the “Boy Scout” which Richard’s dad would have loved. We are both quite healthy and old, but life is good.
MARLENE MCMURRAIN MCKAY Class of 1957 I enjoy my days here in Delray, as I have for the last seventy years. I am happy and healthy despite the loss of my husband David, who passed away in September 2007. My life is full with the love I share with family and friends. I am enjoying my four grandchildren and excitedly awaiting the birth of the fifth!
Ah, Delray High...How I love you! Whatever happened to those 68 years since graduation at dear old Delray High??? Well, the first year was at the University of Florida as a wide-eyed 17-year old freshman, then the next three years in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Thereafter was graduation from Bucknell University with an accounting degree, followed by survival of four looooooong years of night school at the University of Miami Law School, coupled with a day-time job at the First National Bank of Miami. My first 11 years of law practice in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach included service as City Prosecutor and Assistant City Attorney for West Palm Beach, as well as a partnership in a Palm Beach law firm. During those years, I married Norma Jean Beery, whom I met after she moved to Florida from LaPorte, Indiana. In 1967 I opened by own law office in Delray Beach. Thereafter, I served as City Attorney for Boynton Beach for three years, and as Municipal Judge in Delray Beach for ten years. David Schmidt, my partner in the law firm of Simon and Schmidt, has been with me for 26 years, during which he recently served as Mayor of Delray Beach. My invaluable secretary, Carol Crowel, has been with me for more than 28 years. Almost everyone has a favorite
avocation. Mine is the Delray Beach Playhouse, where I have enjoyed performing in 63 productions over the past 53 years, including principal roles in such shows as “Guys and Dolls”, “My Fair Lady”, “Harvey”, “Same Time, Next Year”, among others...and I hope to continue for many more years. In addition, I have served on The Board of Governors for many years, and seven terms as President. With sincere humility, I should proudly add that the Delray Beach Playhouse established the “Ernest G. Simon Scholarship Fund” in 2002, and, to date, a total of $28,700.00 has been awarded to 21 recipients for studies in the performing arts. As a part of our City’s Centennial Celebration in 1995, I authored a musical play entitled “From Linton With Love”, a fun salute to the past 100 years. It was performed in our old (but luxuriously renovated) school auditorium, now called the Crest Theatre. Participants included many of our alumni, and it was a wonderful experience to be on that stage with old classmates and lifelong friends. I still enjoy playing golf on Saturday mornings, especially this past April when I shot my second hole-in-one (the first one was 42 years ago). th Then, shortly after my 85 birthday this past May, I shot my age. Now, after all those 68 years since graduation, the pleasures of longtime friendships are still continued as some of us get together for almost daily morning coffee breaks at the Green Owl Restaurant...with Bob Costin, Bob Miller, Bill and Charlie Gwynn, Ken Ellingsworth, Lonnie Cook, Roy Simon, Bill Talbot and others. It’s always a fun get-together and a special way to start each day... a taste of the past to stimulate the present. And, although we may share each other’s reading glasses, write down reminder memos, and repeatedly ask: “What’d he say?”, the things that really matter never change...the joy of memories and the fun of friendships.
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Sports Editor: Richard “Buck” Ward
EXCITING MOMENTS IN SPORTS HISTORY In 1946 the count down of the final years for Delray High School began. It ended with the last graduating class in 1949. At Delray High, Delray Beach students were joined with students from Boca Raton in the seventh grade to begin the six years leading to graduation. Boynton Beach students had their own high school. In the fall of 1949, Seacrest High School opened with grades nine through twelve. And the Delray Beach and Boca Raton students were joined with students from Boynton Beach. Through the 1946-47 school years, Delray had one coach for all sports (football, basketball and baseball). At this time the coach was M.E. “Babe” Frump. The 1946 football team won three games and lost six, scoring 86 points and giving up 184. The basketball team also won three games while losing 16. In 1947 the football team had one of the school’s best records. Reversing the previous year’s record by winning six and losing three and outscoring the opposition 173 to 81. The basketball squad also improved, winning 14 and losing only four. It outscored opponents 788 to 616 and finished third in the district tournament. In the fall of 1948, Frump got help. Kermit Dell was hired to assist in football and coached basketball while Frump remained in charge in baseball. With the addition of Dell the football team improved a bit more with six wins, two losses and two ties. Probably one of the most impressive games was the 6-6 tie with the always strong Pahokee eleven. The Seahawks outscored the opposition 206 to 116. Under Dell, the basketball team won 13 games and lost seven in the regular season. In the district tournament at Lake Worth, the team put it all together to win three games and take the district championship and advance to the State tournament. The Seahawks won the opening district game with a thrilling 21-20 decision over Redland, avenging a 60-34 loss at Redland in the regular season finale. Next was another close victory by 34-32 over Homestead. In the championship game, Delray increased its victory margin with a 36-32 triumph over Pompano. In the regular season, the Seahawks won two close games over Pompano, 45-41 and 44-42. So with wins by one, two and finally four points, it was off to Daytona Beach for the State tourney at the Seabreeze High gym. The first game was a comeback win over Vero Beach by the score of 4538. Unfortunately the semi-final game was with host Seabreeze. Seabreeze had won its opening game 54-23 over Starke. Seabreeze with several players at six feet, four inches or taller had a huge height advantage over Delray
as Bill Talbot at about six feet was its tallest player. But the Seahawks played well with several long range baskets by Talbot in losing 56-47. (Too bad there wasn’t such a thing as the three pointer back then) Seabreeze then won the State title the following night by 46-24 against Lake Wales. Thus in losing, Delray scored as many points as the other two Seabreeze opponents combined and was the only one to hold its deficit to single digits. For his outstanding play in the tournament, Talbot was selected to the AllState team. With the 1949-50 school year, the Delray High Seahawks became the Seacrest High Seahawks. The only change was team colors going from Blue and White to Green and White. The coaches remained the same, Frump and Dell. While the new school had a nice new gym, much bigger than the gym at Delray, there was no football or baseball field. Home football games continued to be played at the Delray field and baseball games were played in Boynton Beach. The 1949 football team won eight games and lost only two, a record which would stand until equaled in 1959 and broken in 1960. The team scored 253 points and gave up 61. The high was in a 66-7 win at Okeechobee. The defense had four shutouts and yielded only seven points in five other games. Most of the points allowed were in the 26-12 loss at Lake Worth, which had never lost to Delray and continued the success against Seacrest. Bob Hollingsworth was the leading scorer with 75 points followed by Charlie Gwynn with 63. Gwynn paced the offense with 724 yards rushing and 625 passing. Orson Kelly and Bill Watkins spearheaded the defense. The basketball team opened its first season as defending district champion. The team couldn’t match the football team’s success though. The season record was nine wins and nine losses. The split was continued in the district tournament at South Broward High. An opening 49-39 win over Lake Worth was followed by a 32-29 loss to Homestead. So after a two point win in the previous year’s tournament as Delray, Seacrest lost by three to the team from Homestead. In 1950 the Suncoast Conference was formed with schools from Vero Beach to Seacrest and the Glades as members. The football team was not as successful this year with four wins, five losses and a tie. The tie was 1313 in the season opener against Vero Beach and was highlighted by a 60 yard touchdown run with a recovered fumble by Pete Weeks. The Seahawks scored 141 points and yielded 162. The Seahawks won one conference game, over Stuart, lost four and tied one. Likewise the basketball team saw its fortunes fall with six victories and eight setbacks. Seacrest lost to Vero Beach by 43-30 in its district game.
The 1951-52 school year came with coaching changes as Jim Reichert became football coach and athletic director. Earl Marsh assisted in football and coached the basketball team. You could say the football team was fit to be tied as the record showed three wins, four losses and three ties. After a scoreless tie at Clewiston in the season’s second game, there were back to back ties to start the second half of the season. 6-6 at Key West and 19-19 at Ft. Pierce. So the three ties were all in away games. The conference record was one win, four losses and two of the ties. The Seahawks did manage to out score the opponents 157 to 128. The edge was achieved with a 40-7 romp over Pompano in the season closer. Under Marsh, the basketball team was a little more successful with eight wins and seven reversals, although being out scored 698 to 644. After losing to Ft. Pierce in the conference tournament, the team got revenge with a 41-34 triumph over them in the district opener. This was followed with a 61-41 win over Lake Worth before a semi-final defeat of 47-36 to Key West. In the consolation game, the Seahawks were beaten 41-29 by Vero Beach. As the 1952 school year began,
George Owen was assistant coach for football and coach of the basketball team. The Seahawks had an even record in football with five wins and a like number of losses. It had the first successful conference record with four triumphs and three setbacks. The season looked promising as the team began with four wins in a row, outscoring opponents 78 to 18, before losing 6-0 at South Broward. Included was a 32-0 shutout at Stuart, featuring a 75 yard scoring pass from Al Petruzzelli to Ed Walpole. After a 28-20 win over Key West to start the second half of the season, the team lost the final four games. The only score for Seacrest in a 22-3 loss to Miami Beach was a 25 yard field goal by Delma Swilley, the first score of its kind by the Seahawks. After Marsh coached Seacrest to its first winning season in basketball, Owen wasn’t as fortunate as the team won six and lost eleven, being outscored 846 to 796. Fed up at being without a football field on campus, a group of parents and supporters got together and cleared the ground and had a field prepared for the 1953 season. Unfortunately the team saw a complete reversal of its first year record with only two wins and eight losses, being outscored 229 to 94. The new home field was christened in the second game of the year with one of the wins, 20-7 over Stuart.
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The other victory also came at home in the final home game and next to last game of the season. And a dismal season was sweetened as it was the first win ever for the Seahawks against rival Lake Worth by 20-14. It was also the first home game against Lake Worth, which had refused to play at the Delray High field. Russell Sellers scored two of the touchdowns for the Seahawks. The other was by Ed Walpole who intercepted a lateral by Lake Worth and ran it in for a score. It was particularly pleasing for Walpole as he had previously played at Lake Worth. Being familiar with their plays, he was ready for the lateral and clinched the outcome. So as it turned out, the team won the first and last games played on its new field this year. The basketball team suffered its second successive losing season with five wins and eight losses and was outscored by almost 100 points, giving up 694 and scoring 597. The 1954 school year opened with the addition of Norman Price to assist Reichert and Owen in football and take the reins of the basketball program. The football team had a see-saw season, winning two games, losing three, winning two more and losing the final three to finish with a record of four wins and six losses. Seacrest scored 119 points and gave up 171. The mid-season 13-6 triumph over Pompano was made possible by an 80 yard return of an intercepted pass by Ed Gloskowski. Principal A.M. Simpson, who hailed from the basketball conscious state of Illinois, was instrumental in Price’s coming to head the Seacrest round ball fortunes. After two losing seasons with a combined record of eleven wins and 19 losses, he suggested to Reichert that as Athletic Director he seek a coach who could improve the showing in basketball. As an alum of the University Arkansas, Reichert contacted its basketball coach, John Barnhill, for a recommendation. After playing football, basketball and running track at Arkansas, Price was in a fellowship there and coaching freshmen, who couldn’t play for the varsity at the time. Barnhill passed the information on to Price who contacted Reichert. It turned out that they had met briefly while both were at Arkansas. And after meeting with Reichert, Price accepted the position and made the move here with wife, Betty, and young sons, Greg and Stephen. At the conclusion of the football season, Price and his basketball prospects put in many hours of practice to prepare for the basketball season. Price must have had some second
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thoughts about coming here as the season opener neared. Just prior to the opening game a six foot, six inch sophomore, Bart VandeMark, who was being counted on as the starting center was not cleared physically to play for the season. Then at the opening game, the two officials showed up wearing baseball caps, presumably to mark out of bound plays. Of course this had no place in basketball. To say Price was shocked would be an understatement.
Through all this, Price and the team persevered and finished the regular season with 14 wins and only six losses. This topped by three games the victory total of the previous two seasons and was by far the most successful season ever at that time. The 1951-52 season of eight wins and seven losses had been the only earlier winning season and the 194950 record of 9-9 was the only other non-losing campaign. It was also the best season in conference games with 12 wins in 15 games good for second place, the highest finish in conference play. Seacrest hosted its first district tournament. But after an opening victory the Seahawks lost to Pompano in the semi-finals. Pompano then lost to North Miami in the championship game. Martin Boos with 224 points and David Quillen with 220 were the leading scorers for the season. In the summer of 1955, Randy Cooper received a call to play for the West Palm Beach minor league baseball team. The prior year he had played for Miami, so he was familiar with this area. While in West Palm Beach he applied to the Palm Beach County School Board about a teaching position. He had received a B.S. degree from West Virginia Tech. He was referred to Seacrest High Principal Robert Fulton, who hired him as a teacher. When the 1955 school year opened he was added to the football coaching staff, joining Price and Owen as assistants under Reichert. After losing the first five games, the team rallied to win three of the last five . The three victories were against conference opponents for a 3-5 conference standing. The highlight was the third win which came at Vero Beach. Ed Duffy kicked a 25 yard field goal for the difference in the 15-14 triumph. It was the second such score in history for the Seahawks and while the distance was the same, this came in a win. When the basketball season began, Cooper took over the coaching of the “B” (Junior Varsity) team. Although Price was without the two scoring leaders from last season, most of the other players returned and even
better, VandeMark was cleared to play. The record win total of the previous season was wiped out in spectacular fashion as the Seahawks rolled up victories in its first 18 games, including a three game sweep in the December Suncoast holiday tournament at Lake Worth. After the 18th win, 5844 on a Friday night at Belle Glade, Seacrest traveled to Hialeah the next night and suffered its first and only loss in the regular season by 59-53. In their earlier meeting at Seacrest, the Seahawks won handily by 6247. Traveling the lengthy distances two nights in a row may have figured in the setback. The team recovered to take the remaining six games and finish the regular season with 24 victories and the lone loss. One of these final six was at Palm Beach High over the much larger school by a comfortable margin of 52-33. Dick Moody led the scoring in this game with 20 points, 18 coming from the free throw line on 20 attempts. Max Cole had 14 points and VandeMark added 12. Cole also scored two for Palm Beach. On an out of bounds play near mid-court, Cole received the ball and headed for the wrong basket and made a lay-up even though being defended by opposing players. So both teams were apparently momentarily confused amidst the intense crowd noise. The final season mark of 24 wins and the lone loss included an unbeaten 15-0 standing in the Suncoast Conference and of course the title. The Seahawks were 11-0 at home. The district tournament was held in North Miami, home of the defending district champions. Ironically the feature game of the tournament came on opening night as the hosts were matched against the highflying Seahawks. After trailing 20-17 at the end of the first quarter, Seacrest pulled ahead by 38-32 at halftime. North Miami closed to within two at 40-38 before the Seahawks started increasing its lead until it reached 53-46 with about eight minutes remaining in the game. The final score was 73-65 with Seacrest eliminating the team which had won the prior year’s tournament, oddly enough on the Seacrest floor. The Seahawks proficiency at the free throw line was the decisive factor as they made 31 of 37 and the losers made 17. North Miami had a narrow lead on field goals, 24 to 21. Moody led the scoring with 27 points, 17 of which free throws, including nine in a row in the final quarter. VandeMark had 22 points. Seacrest used only five players and the other three all scored. Cole and Jimmy Melear each had nine and Bob Miller added six. Seacrest defeated Belle Glade in the semifinals and faced Pompano for the championship. After having beaten Pompano twice decisively in the regular season, 60-31 and 77-52, Seacrest advanced
to the State tournament in Gainesville with its third decision. In its seventh season and Price’s second as its coach, Seacrest won the district and advanced to State. And as mentioned earlier in this article when Delray closed its final year it was with a district championship and likewise with Pompano as its victim. The State tournament was in the University of Florida gym, a neutral site, unlike the Seahawks 1948-49 trip. The first opponent there was Perry which came in with a nine game winning streak, six in the regular season and three in its district tourney. With only a 10-7 lead after one quarter, Seacrest scored 14 in the second and held Perry to three for a solid 24-10 halftime edge. The Seahawks coasted to a 49-31 tournament opening victory. Cole led the scoring with 14 points while VandeMark and Melear each had 12. Largo defeated Tate 81-72 to improve its record to 22-2 and take on Seacrest in the semifinals. As in its opening game, the Seahawks began slowly with a 15-11 lead after one quarter. They built it to 40-30 by halftime and increased it each of the last two quarters for a final margin of 72-55. This time Cole was the high scorer with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Moody was next with 12 points and 15 rebounds and VandeMark was the rebound leader with 23. The finals were a dream match with unbeaten Auburndale, with a 55 game winning streak over two years meeting Seacrest which now had won 29 of 30 games this season. Auburndale used a full press and averaged 98.2 points per game with over 100 points in eleven of its previous games. Its closest win was 82-74 over Cocoa. Auburndale built an early 30-16 lead but Seacrest narrowed it to 34-23 at the end of the first half. Each team scored 17 in the third quarter and Seacrest narrowed the deficit to 51-44 in the fourth period before trailing 64-46 with about two minutes remaining. The final result was 67-52 with Auburndale remaining unbeaten and the Seahawks losing for only the second time. Seacrest had some consolation in holding Auburndale to its lowest point total of the year and well below its game average. VandeMark was the scoring leader for Seacrest with 18 points and had 20 rebounds. Melear with 13 points and Moody with eleven were next. VandeMark and Moody were named to the All-State team for their outstanding play. Moody set a regular season scoring mark with 342 points breaking the old mark, which was set only a year ago, by 118. He made an almost unbelievable 136 free throws out of 191 chances. In 1956 Seacrest suffered through its worst season with only one win and nine losses and was out scored 319
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to 59. The lone win was in the next to last game of the season over West Palm Beach St. Ann’s by one point, 7-6. The individual highlights were an 88 yard kickoff return for a score by Dave Burns against Clewiston and a 75 yard touchdown on an intercepted pass by Bill Woolbright for the only score against Pahokee. With three of five starters returning, Price was able to continue to work his magic in basketball. The team won 22 regular season games and again lost just one. The lone setback was 53-49 at Lake Worth and was the only conference loss in two years. After beating Pompano at home, 6148, Seacrest handed Pompano what had to be one of its worst and most embarrassing losses at home by 6233. This game featured the “called basket”. VandeMark, not known for his dribbling, held up two fingers near mid-court in calling the play and when Pompano left him alone, he dribbled to the basket for an easy lay-up. The Pompano fans thought he had indicated he was going to score the two-pointer. Seacrest also began a series with Daytona Beach Seabreeze, the team which had knocked Delray out of its last State tourney game. The Seahawks got some measure of revenge with their 50-42 victory. In the last game of the season, Seacrest hosted Lake Worth with the conference championship at stake since each team had lost one conference game. Fans started lining up for tickets an hour before the “B” game which preceded varsity games. The gym was packed with some 1200 fans and the doors were closed with some still hoping to get in. Out of town reporters were amazed by the attendance and the intensity of play even in the “B” game. The Seahawks defended their conference title with a 37-34 decision. Cole led the scoring with 14 points and Miller chipped in with eight. But as in most of the games under Price, defense was the deciding factor. The 34 points Lake Worth scored were two below the average allowed per game this season. With a 14-1 conference record, the Seahawks won their second title in a row. The district tournament was held at Belle Glade and in a departure from the normal procedure of seeding teams based on their records, the other coaches voted not to seed teams feeling this might in some way work against what they feared was by far the most outstanding team, Seacrest. The Seahawks won their first two games to reach the semi-finals where they faced Key West. Perhaps a little tired from their third trip to Belle Glade they tied in regulation and lost 48-44 in overtime. Key West then lost to Pompano in the championship game. So a team which Seacrest had soundly beaten twice got the trip to State. It was widely believed that Pompano was one those behind the non-seeding decision. VandeMark scored 328 points in the regular season to finish his career with a record 668 points. VandeMark averaged 14.6 points for the season to top the previous mark set by Jerry Kern in 1953-54. Cole had 665 points for his career after scoring 294 this season to get edged out by VandeMark. The 1957 football season was another forgettable one even though it doubled
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the win total of the 1956 year. With two victories and seven losses, it was the third worst record in school history. With one game cancelled, against St. Ann’s, it missed tying the 1953 mark of 2-8. The season started with wins over Belle Glade, 12-9, and Titusville, 13-7, at home. The next game was a 6-0 loss at Clewiston followed by setbacks in the last six games. An 80 yard punt return for a touchdown by Joe Clark provided the difference against Titusville. As in 1952, a field goal accounted for the only points in a loss, this time at Pahokee, 19-3. Again it was a 25 yarder and off the toe of Ira Westbrook. One “Ray” of hope for the Seahawks was the play of sophomore running back James Ray who had 174 yards rushing for the season.
Losing all five starters from the previous season, the basketball team had its first losing season under Price with seven wins and 13 losses. After winning the conference championship the past two seasons, the Seahawks also had a losing league mark of 7-8. The defense was respectable giving up only 45.5 points per game but the offense suffered due to inexperience and averaged just 38.2 points per game. In 1958 the football program underwent a major change, as Leland “Lee” Dimon was named head football coach and athletic director. Cooper was joined as assistant coach by another new hire, James Proctor, who coached the line. Dimon installed a new formation, the wing T. It was a slow start as the players adjusted to the change. A 6-6 tie at Stuart was followed by losses, 21-6 to Hollywood McArthur and 48-0 at Pompano. A 26-0 win at Okeechobee followed by a 27-19 victory at Belle Glade equaled the 1957 season win total. A 95 yard touchdown run with an intercepted pass by Mike Olsen at Okeechobee topped the previous long of 80 by Gloskowski in 1954. With two triumphs in the season’s second half the team again doubled the win total of the previous season. Win three at Naples, 27-13, saw Ray set a record with 174 yards rushing in 24 attempts
for an average of 7.3 per carry and two touchdowns. The fourth win was in the final game of the season by 13-7 at Lake Worth. It was the second time the Seahawks beat Lake Worth and the first at their field. Ray finished the season with a rushing record of 737 yards on 144 carries for an average of 5.1 and six touchdowns. Gwynn held the old record with 724 yards on 135 carries. In basketball, the Seahawks rebounded from last year’s losing record with 17 victories and only four losses and a 7-3 mark in conference games. Seacrest finished with six straight wins. Ray was one of the leaders along with Bob Lunsford. The J.V. team under Cooper had its first undefeated season, winning all 20 games. Future varsity players included Doug Lambert, Bill Nettles and Dennis Sladek. Lambert actually was moved up near the end of this season. For the third year in a row, the 1959 football team doubled the previous season’s win total with eight victories and two setbacks. After being shutout in the opening game by Stuart, 27-0, the Seahawks rebounded with a 32-0 shutout of Riviera Beach. One of the scores was on a 79 yard pass from Chick Wolf to Olsen, a record which was never broken. A 33-13 loss to Pompano was the final defeat of the year as the remaining seven games went in the win column. In a strange scheduling arrangement, the first five games were at home with the next four, all wins, on the road and the season finale at home. Twin shutouts by 13-0, at Pahokee and at home against Lake Worth, provided a fitting climax to a season that equaled the best in school history, set in its first year, 1949. It also marked the first time the Seahawks beat Lake Worth in successive years, was only their third win overall and the first shutout. Seacrest scored 175 points and yielded 98 with 60 coming in the two losses. In addition to the four shutouts, two opponents were held to six points each and the other two had 13 each. Dimon stressed the defense by playing six of his heaviest players as
the defensive line. The six were Ray, Bill Astras, Mike Vitale, Mike Steele, Richard Priest and Bill Gronlund. With linebackers Bill Maher, Bob Casagrande and Buddy Johnson and defensive backs Olsen and Wolf this made for a formidable defense and the statistics reflected this. Ray again was the rushing leader with 674 yards on 132 carries for another 5.1 average and eight touchdowns and one extra point. This gave him career totals of 1590 yards on 349 carries, a 4.6 average and 13 touchdowns. Wolf passed for 499 yards on 27 completions in 58 attempts and five touchdowns. This gave him a two year mark of 846 yards with 46 of 96 passes completed and seven TD’s. Johnson proved a dependable receiver with eleven catches for 160 yards and one touchdown. Johnson was also good at picking off opponents passes as he had eight interceptions. Tom Crull was a dependable kicker on extra points with 18 conversions in 24 attempts after succeeding on nine of 14 the year before. Ray was chosen for the All-State team and Astras received honorable mention. Vitale was all-conference and Wolf made honorable mention. The basketball team slipped somewhat but still had a winning record with 13 victories and seven losses. The conference mark was 6-4. 1960 found another major change in the football coaching staff. Cooper advanced to head coach with Wes Ferrell moving up to line coach and two newcomers, Carney Wilder coaching the backs and Don Baldwin the ends. Price became Athletic Director in addition to heading the basketball team. Wilder was familiar with Seacrest after coaching at Pahokee and before that playing for Pahokee against the Seahawks. Cooper decided to keep the wing T but wanted to clean it up and make it easier for the players to understand. So he and Price got the book on it from the originator, Delaware University, to become thoroughly familiar with it. Rather than trying to use all the plays, they selected just a few with some basic blocking schemes and communicate them to the players. Coming off an eight win year, Cooper and his staff had their work cutout for them. How did they fare? By winning nine in a row, a Seacrest record, going into the season finale at Lake Worth. In these nine games, the Seahawks scored 194 points and gave up 44, out scoring the opponents by 150 points. Apparently Cooper’s plan was sound and the players responded with good execution of the system. The highest point total in a game was 45 in game number seven, a 45-12 win over Miami Military Academy. It was also the only game in which an opponent scored more than once. Two opponents had seven points, three had six and the other three were shutout. The nine wins assured Cooper’s team of it place in school history as the previous season best was eight wins, last year and in 1949. As fate would have it, Lake Worth was also enjoying an unbeaten season and the game was on their field. So in addition to a perfect season on the line, the conference championship was at stake. As might have been expected, it was a hard fought game with each team scoring a second quarter touch-
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down, but neither could convert and it ended that way, 6-6. So it was an undefeated season and conference co-championship for Cooper and the Seahawks but there was still disappointment in not securing that tenth win. The cheerleaders had arranged a get together for after the game with refreshments in the Seacrest cafeteria. I managed to lighten the mood only slightly by suggesting to Cooper that was the only way the season could end and leave room for improvement next year. Bill Miller led the rushers with 603 yards on 95 carries, a 6.3 average, eight touchdowns and two extra points. Lambert was next with 559 yards, 85 carries, a 6.6 average and nine six-pointers. These two halfbacks really complemented each other running reverses and option passes. Lambert was the left-hander and completed three passes in five attempts for 48 yards and one touchdown. The right-handed Miller hit on five of ten for 54 yards. Quarterback Wolf completed 19 of 38 for 347 yards and
two scores. This gave him a three year career record of 65 completions in 134 attempts, 1193 yards and nine touchdowns. Wolf had a 78 yard punt return touchdown at Ft. Pierce McCarty for the only touchdown in the 7-0 win in the season’s second game. Lambert caught seven passes for 225 yards and two scores. Miller received three for 55 yards and a touchdown. Tad Knutsen had the most receptions, eleven, for 188 yards and one sixpointer. Walter Cahoon was on the receiving end of nine for 98 yards and a score. Lambert and Miller were also valuable in the defensive secondary with Lambert picking off four passes and Miller intercepted three. Wolf was also back there and had one pick. Howard Ennis turned in outstanding year at linebacker, discouraging receivers from coming into his area with vicious hits. Of course for any offense to work, it takes the up front play of the line. This outfit anchored by center Gronlund, the Bob guards, Fulton and Clark, tackles Priest and Casagrande and ends Cahoon and Knutsen, grasped the blocking schemes Cooper had installed and executed them with great success. Included in the season records was the first perfect home mark, 5-0. Cooper remained head coach through Seacrest’s final year of 1969. In that time the teams had outstanding seasons. In 1961 the team won eight, lost one and tied one. The final three games were Forest Hill, at Pahokee and the finale at home with Lake Worth. At this time each of them had one conference loss, defeating each other, and the Seahawks had a loss and tie in league play. So all Seacrest had to do to capture the championship was win each game in only 13
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days since the last game was on the night before Thanksgiving. All the Seahawks did was not only win but not give up a point. It was 14-0 at Pahokee and 9-0 over Forest Hill. For the second time in as many years the Lake Worth game was for the conference championship but unlike last year, a tie would give Lake Worth the outright title since Seacrest had administered a second loss to the preceding two rivals and it already had a tie to go with its lone loss. For the second year in a row, the Seahawks scored in the second quarter but added the point after for a 7-0 lead. It stood up as Seacrest outgained the visitors 172 to 64 on the ground, had 14 first downs to seven and 206 total yards to 151. The Seahawks ball-control offense and stingy defense resulted in 64 offensive plays for the hosts and 34 for the losing Lake Worth team. After sharing the conference championship last year, Seacrest had its first sole title. From 1962 through 1966 Cooper’s teams had two seven win
years, two with six and one with five for a respectable if not spectacular total of 31 victories, 14 losses and five ties. In 1967 Seacrest began what was most definitely an amazing stretch of three seasons before it was merged with Carver High School and became Atlantic High School. Unbeaten regular seasons of ten wins in 1967 and 1968 were finished with a loss in the post-season. In 1969 the Seahawks won the first six before their first regular season loss since 1966, a run of 26 consecutive triumphs. They finished by winning the last three games for a 29-1 three year regular season record. After a 7-6 loss at Pahokee in the second game of the 1966 season, Seacrest played other county teams 24 times without losing, winning 23 times with one tie. In this same stretch the Seahawks played 22 conference games, winning 21 and tying one. They were undefeated conference champions in 1967, 1968 and 1969. In the last ten seasons as Seacrest, the Cooper teams compiled the amazing record of 77
wins, 16 losses and seven ties, an 80 per cent winning mark. They scored 2017 points, an average of 20.2 per game while giving up only 630 points, a 6.3 average per game. The home record in this time was 41-10-4, away was 36-6-3 and in conference play 53-12-6. In comparison in its first eleven years, Seacrest won 44, lost 60 and tied five, scoring 1372 points and yielding 1873. The home mark was 26-30-1, away 18-30-4 and conference 21-46-3. Cooper coached the first two years of Atlantic, 1970 and 1971 before turning the reins over to Wilder. With Cooper becoming head coach in football, Doug Lockhart took over as J. V. basketball coach. Despite the added duty of Athletic Director, Price and his basketball team kept up their winning ways in the 1960-61 season, with 15 triumphs and five losses. The 12-4 conference record was good for second place. In his first seven years as basketball coach, Price led the Seahawks to 106 victories and came up short only 37 times in regular season games. The team scored 7450 points, an average of 52.1 per game and allowed 6102, a 42.7 average. This validated Price’s strategy of playing ball control offense and tight defense. The conference record was 73 wins and 23 losses. He also won a considerable number of tournament games, including a district title and runner-up in the State finals. Unfortunately, the records of these games were not included in the school annuals. For comparison, in the five years before Price arrived, the team record was 34 wins and 43 losses. The point totals were 3287, an average of 42.7 for Seacrest and 3521, a 45.7 average for the opponents. The conference mark was even at 23 wins in 46 games. This may be a little lengthy but there are some really interesting facts here and even others that aren’t included. Most of these I can remember as I was keeping stats and covering most of the games, the exception being from May, 1951 through February, 1954 when I was in the U.S. Army. I must express my appreciation to Barbara and Jim Marshall, Coach Price and Richard and Wanda Machek for the use of their annuals to help fill in some blanks in my memory and other data. Also to Coaches Price and Cooper for their assistance. And I would echo Coach Price’s feeling that the new Atlantic High School should be Delray Beach High School. I felt this when the move was made. Now Boynton Beach and Boca Raton both have name high schools but not Delray Beach. When all three cities were represented by one consolidated high school, the neutral name of Seacrest was an excellent compromise and very fitting with its location. Further there has never been a Delray Beach High School. Prior to Seacrest there was Delray High School not Delray Beach. Also the nickname Seahawks would be nice because it is so unique. Until the N.F.L. got Seattle and it came up with that nickname I doubt if many people outside of this immediate area had ever heard of it.
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MEET THE COACHES THAT MADE HISTORY Randall “Randy” Cooper Class of 1946 Oak Hill High School (West Virginia) Born 1929 in Marmet, W.V. Played four years in football, basketball and track at Oak Hill. Made AllConference in football and graduated in 1946 at age 16. Was “walk-on” at West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1946 and was only high school graduate to receive a full scholarship. Played guard at 155 pounds for two years, switched to running back and led West Virginia Conference in rushing in Junior year. Set six Conference records in Senior year. Had 1845 total yards (1285 rushing) and scored 19 touchdowns (tied W. Va. Tech record) in nine games. Made small college All-American in Senior year. Who’s Who among Students in Colleges and Universities in 1950. Graduated in 1950 and coached in 1950-51 at Oak Hill Junior High. Volunteered for U.S. Air Force (Korean War), served from 1951 to 1954. Became a First Lieutenant, played football one year and was voted Most Valuable Player at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. After leaving Air Force, coached one year at Van High School in West Virginia and won Boone County football championship. Played minor league baseball in 1954 and 1955 with Miami and West Palm Beach. In the summer of 1955, while playing in West Palm Beach, applied to the Palm Beach County School Board for a teaching position. Was referred to Seacrest High School Principal Robert Fulton and was hired as a teacher. Moved to Delray Beach for the beginning of the 1955 school year and in addition to teaching was added to the football program as an assistant coach. Also was named Junior Varsity basketball coach and baseball coach. Coached J.V. basketball through the 195960 school year, highlighted by an unbeaten 20 game season in 195859 and that was the centerpiece of an overall 35 consecutive wins. Coached the baseball team until 1958 with a record of 33 wins and 19 losses. In 1960 moved up to Head Coach in football, and remained in this position for the final ten years of Seacrest High School and the first two years when it became Atlantic High School. The record for these 12 years was 90 wins, 23 losses and seven ties. The offense scored 2384 points and the defense gave up only 821. The teams won six Suncoast Conference championships and never had a losing season. After a one point loss at Pahokee in the second game of the 1966 season, Seacrest never lost another game to a Palm Beach County team and won 29 of its final 30 games. Named Coach of the decade (1960-70) for Palm Beach County. After stepping down as football coach, became Community School Director at Atlantic Community
High School for 19 years. In Oak Hill High School Hall of Fame and added to West Virginia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 1962. Inducted into Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.Southeastern United States Pentathlon Champion in 1986 in Atlanta for ages 55-60.Community Educator of the year in Palm Beach County in 1987. Grand Honoree, West Virginia Sports Festival in 1988. Elected to Florida Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003. Class A men’s singles and doubles championship at Quail Ridge Country Club 2000-2003. Member of Quail Ridge County championship team in 2004. FACA member for 35 years. Still work part time at Atlantic Community High School, 55 years for local school.
“COACH” NORMAN K. PRICE Mansfield (Arkansas) High School, Class of 1947 All-state basketball player and AllConference football player. State champion in 120 yard hurdles in 1945 and 1947 and high scorer in State track meet. Received scholarship to University of Arkansas in track and basketball. Also played football at the University. Played a key role in the Arkansas Razorbacks playing in the 1948 N.C.A.A. basketball tournament at Kansas City. Was second in 440 yard dash in Southwestern Conference track meet with time of 47.7. Received B.S. degree in 1950 and Master’s Degree in Education in 1954.
Drafted into the United State Marine Corps in 1945 while in high school and served 13 months stationed in Key West, Fl. Played first base on the Marine baseball team, which won the base championship. In 1950 upon graduation from the University of Arkansas went into the U.S. Army for two years as an R.O.T.C. requirement. While serving at Camp Roberts in California, played on a Regimental basketball team which won the National championship of the inter-service (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines) tournament in San Antonio, Texas. Also while at Camp Roberts was placed on temporary duty to try out for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. Ran in the 400 meter hurdles in the Olympic trials in Los Angeles, CA. Finished third in the heat but had to be second to advance. After release from the Army, returned to University of Arkansas to finish Master’s Degree on a fellowship and coached the University freshman basketball team to twelve wins and four losses. At this time, was contacted by Seacrest High School Athletic Director and football coach, Jim Reichert, a former Razorback, to come and coach the Seahawks. After settling in Delray Beach, I was driving to Seacrest one morning and stopped at Jack Pitts’ service station. He came out and introduced himself and asked what I did. I said I am the basketball coach at Seacrest High School. His exact words were “Ah you will never win up there.” (Ed. Note: Is this the origin of the expression “you don’t know jack”?) In 1945, while still in high school, married a classmate, Betty Epperson. After moving to Delray Beach, Betty was office manager for Demick, Wargo and others, OBGYN doctors in Delray Beach and Boca Raton,
where she met many fine people and provided friendly care for many expectant mothers and others. She retired from there and worked at the Apple Shop where she met many people with talent. She made quilts, needle point, did knitting and many other craft items. She mostly enjoyed working with people and helped raise four fine children, Greg, Stephen, Kerry and Mary Ann and six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. I taught many years of biology where I was very impressed by the hand writing of nearly all the students. Coached the only basketball team from Delray that went to the State Finals. In 1960, as Athletic Director along with Dr. Monroe Farber established the Hilltoppers Club to help finance all Seacrest athletics. With Principal Robert Fulton helped organize a committee to raise money for AquaCrest swimming pool. From the time I came in 1954, I started asking why we did not have a pool at Seacrest. Dr. Carl Carter eventually became chairman of this committee. Was assistant principal for nine years, a position that was responsible for discipline. I did not enjoy this very much. During retirement I have been involved with my grandchildren. Also I have been learning wood working and have a shop with many good tools. I have made many home furnishings, mostly out of my favorite wood, walnut. I also carve and have many carvings of people’s faces or caricatures, horses, athletes and other things. I also made a hand carved and hand made chess set out of oak and walnut. Hand made a replica of a covered wagon with all wood wheels. Coached and taught at Seacrest and Atlantic for 33 years. Coach of girls track team and had two State champions. Mary Stephens, now Mary Carstaphan, set State record of 14.1 in 100 meter hurdles. Candi Odum won the State Heptathlon. Candi’s mother, Yvonne Odum, was the first Black student at Seacrest High School. I was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. In retrospect, I believe I went through one of the greatest social changes in the history of the United States, the desegregation of Carver and Seacrest High School. It was not always done in an appropriate way and many adverse effects fell on both sides of this issue. But it was the law of the land. I think what bothers me the most is losing the name Seacrest High School. I don’t know where it started, but somewhere the idea of the name and all the names of organizations came from the ocean. The Seacrest Seahawks, Tha Nautilus, The Squall and the amla mater. When I came to Seacrest in 1954, I thought it was the most unique name for a school that I had ever seen. I hope sometime to have a reunion of all Seacrest Seahawks. I feel like a part of me is lost, but I also feel like I gained a new perspective and worked with a lot of very good people. I also think that the present Atlantic High School should be renamed Delray Beach High School and be the Seahawks.
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Lois Croft DuBois Dubois, Lois, 94 of Boynton Beach, FL. Passed away at sunrise on Tuesday. May 19, 2010. She was born Lois Lucille Croft in Live Oak, Fl on May 6, 1916. Lois spent her early childhood on a farm near the Okefenokee Swamp in northern Florida. In approximately 1921 her parents, John Henry Croft and Nancy Roann Croft, moved the family from Live Oak to Pompano Beach. Her dad was working for the “main” railroad at the time and the railroad provided housing for the railroad people in Pompano Beach. It wasn’t long before her Dad was able to secure land west of Delray Beach and begain farming. Lois and her siblings, George (who passed away as a baby), Grace, Blanche, Sybil, Jerome, John Roy, Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” and Janie, spent the majority of their childhood and attended school in Delray Beach. As with most families in rural “untamed” South Florida they were hard working, resourceful and proud. Life was not always easy but the family had good times and many great adventures. Lois worked hard in school and was proud to be on the honor roll and on the Delray Beach High School Girl’s Basketball team. In 1932, Lois had her first look at the charming young farmer, William A. “Bill” DuBois who came to Florida from Okalahoma to begin farming with his brother, Herbert. They were married in West Palm Beach in 1936. Many years would be spent going between farms located in Oklahoma and Florida in order to make a living. Lois and Bill had three children. William A. “Billy” DuBois, Jr., Robert Marvin “Bobby” DuBois and Joyce Lorraine DuBois Haley. Raising her three children and making a “home” for her husband and kids was Lois’s greatest pride. They worked hard and played hard. Lois was an active member of her community and volunteered many hours to Bethesda Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and to First Baptist Church of Boynton Beach. Mrs. DuBois was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1995 and her son, Robert Marvin “Bobby” DuBois in 2009. She is survived by her son, William A. “Billy” DuBois Jr., and her daughter and son-in –law, Joyce Lorraine DuBois Haley and Val Jean Haley; daughter-in-law, Joan DuBois; six grandchildren, Robby, Melissa, Brenda, Valerie, Kim and Kurt and 11 great-grand –children; numerous nieces and nephews.
JOHN E. “DUDE” MILLER Miller, John E. “Dude” beloved man of God, carpenter, and avid fisherman died peacefully on January 31, 2008 at Bethesda Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness at age 83. He was the son of Al and Clara (Wuepper) Miller, younger brother of Albert L. (Bob) Miller, Jr., and sister Norma (Miller) Brown. John’s maternal grandparents settled in Delray Beach in 1903, and his father, a past Mayor of Delray Beach, founded Boy Scout Troop #1 (now Troop #301) He was born on
November 11, 1924 on East Atlantic Avenue at the later site of the Arcade Taproom, now the Gol Brazilian restaurant. He graduated from Delray Beach High, Class of 1944, and attended apprentice school for carpentry. During World War II, he worked in sheet metal at the Boca Air Field. He married Marcia (Hasz) in 1966, and became parent to John Jr., and wife Karen of Delray, Tim of West Palm Beach, and Rebecca (Becky) of Springfield, MO and Grandpa to Jack and Luke Miller of Delray Beach. He was godfather to Jerry Lang, Jack Sheppard, Lisa and Beau Byrd, Renee (Rullman) McLay, and Ben Riggs. John’s godfather was William Hofman. John worked on many Delray homes under various local contractors including Tommy Woolbright, Floyd Griffin, the Swilley brothers, and Curtis Meade. He was named Craftsman of the Year in 1966, nominated by Architect Roy Simon. John was foreman for the building of the first set of classrooms of Trinity Lutheran School on North Swinton Avenue under Ted Roth, and for the church’s Billy Hunter Memorial Fellowship Hall. He was a lifelong, “go to church every Sunday” member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on various boards during the years, with his main focus on the Trustees projects. He recently worked on the exterior restoration of Trinity’s original chapel and had many plans in mind for its upcoming interior restoration. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the interior Chapel Restoration Fund at Trinity Lutheran Church, John’s dearest project.
JAMES “JIM” TAYLOR SMITH Class of 1942 Smith, James “Jim” Tylor, 85 a long time resident of Delray Beach, FL died peacefully on Monday December 21, 2009, with family present. Born April 15, 1924, in Livemore, KY. Jim was the only child of Mary M. Taylor Smith and James Beckham “JB” Smith. The family moved to Stuart opening J.B. Smith Jewelers when Jim was six months old. Four years later they established themselves as residents of Delray Beach, FL where J.B. Smith Jewelers reopened. Jim attended Delray Elementary/High School now located at Old School Square. He enlisted in the Navy when he was 18 years old and served as a Torpedo man on the USS Piedmont AD-17 until the end of WWII. He earned his Graduate Gemologist degree at the Gemological Institute of America and joined his father at the newly renamed J.B. Smith and Son Jewelers, which remained open until 2006. Jim was an active member in the Delray Beach Kiwanis Club and American Legion Post 65. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Barbara Dodge Smith. He is survived by his son, Paul J Smith and wife, Diana of South Carolina; son, David F. Smith of Boynton Beach, FL; daughter, Jennifer E. Dunnington and husband, Travis of West Palm Beach; daughter, Elizabeth “Lisa” D. Smith of North Carolina; grandchildren, David M. Smith, Adriana Ugarte, James B. Smith, Leah Ugarte, Melissa Smith and
Reese Dunnington. Close family friends Kit and Amanda Burdis and Irving “Joe” Quinones. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 188 S. Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, FL on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at 10 a.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Kiwanis Charities, P.O. Box 6396, Delray Beach, FL 33482. Lorne and Sons Funeral Home, Delray Beach, FL
STEPHEN W. LOMBARDO Class of 1953 Lombardo, Captain Stephen W. (Ret. USN) 73, of New Port Richey, died on November 11, 2008. He was born on September 20, 1935 in Hartford, CT and grew up in Delray Beach where he attended Seacrest High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1952 and served his country for 40 years retiring in 1992 with an honorable discharge. During his first enlistment he served on the USS Jenkins in the engineering department. Upon reenlistment he was assigned to the Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit at Idaho Falls, Idaho and later to the commissioning crew of the USS Long Beach as a chief reactor operator. Captain Lombardo received his commission via the integration program attending Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island in 1962. He graduated from California Orange Coast Junior College in 1968 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Navy Post Graduate School at Monterey in 1972. Captain Lombardo was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V (3 awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 awards), Good Conduct (3 awards), China Service, National Defense (2 awards), Korea Service (2 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary, Vietnam Service (7 awards), Cross of Gallantry Vietnam, Tech Medal Vietnam, Civil Action Vietnam, United Nations, Korean PUC, and Campaign Vietnam. He served on the USS John Paul Jones as the engineering officer, the USS Cape as the officer in Charge, and was the officer in charge of the Mine War Training Center. He was the executive Officer of the USS Worden and the USS H.E. Holton, Commanding Officer of the USS Frederick and Executive officer of the USS Acadia. He served as a senior member of the CINCPACFLT Staff and Deputy Chief of the JUSGMAAG in Spain. His last tour of duty was as the Defense and Naval Attaché at the American Embassy in Lima, Peru. He is a member of the Retired Military Officers Assoc., the USS John Paul Jones Assoc., and the Gulf Harbors Yacht Club. Captain Lombardo is survived by his wife Angela M. Lombardo of New Port Richey; his brothers, Joseph in Michigan and Nunzio (Jim) in Illinois, his sons Joseph (Jay) and John in San Diego, and his stepdaughters Elizabeth, Karen and Meredith.
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MEMORIAL PAGE MAJORIE ANN GAINES POPE (NEE Hartman) Majorie Ann Pope, 78, of Palm Beach Gardens, went to be with the Lord, on Friday March 14, 2008, after a brief illness. Majorie was born August 29, 1929 in West Palm Beach to Gustav and Ione Hartman. She graduated Delray Beach High School, Class of 1947. She was a dedicated mother and teacher, talented artist, musician and seamstress who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Marjorie graduated Florida State University with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education, and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Fraternity-Alpha Eta Chapter-FSU 1951, and retired from the Palm Beach County School system.
with his friends. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Brook, married to Elwood Kleinhaus, Jr., Lancaster, and Debra H Laird, Fayetteville, WV; son J Howard Hankins, Leola. Grandchildren: Evan Kleinhaus, Will Laird, and Paul Laird; sisters, Jane Ann Bratton, Norwalk, CA and Mildred Joiner. He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Semosh. Bill’s wife Carol may be reached at 128 Valley Road, Neffsville, PA 17601 or by phone at 717-569-9323
A Memorial Service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Jarjorie Ann may be made to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church Endowment Funds, 13301 Ellison Wilson Road, Juno Beach, FL 33408
WILLIAM E. HANKINS Class of 1944 William E. Hankins, 81 of Neffsville, died unexpectedly Thursday, November 1, 2007. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, he was the son of William E. and Lucy Grimes Hankins. He was married 58 years to Carol Carlton Hankins. He graduated from Delray Beach High School, Delray Beach, Florida, and entered the Navy, serving as Y2C during WWII. He was a graduate of the University of Florida, with a degree in industrial Engineering. As Armstrong Cork Company’s first recruit from a southern school in 1951, Bill began his career in Macon, Georgia. He retired in 1986 from Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster as Manager of Production Planning for Building Industries. Bill was a member of various service and professional organizations in Macon and Lancaster. A member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, he served as a vestryman and people’s warden. Bill was an avid Gator fan who faithfully followed football and basketball games for 58 years. He delighted in watching, taping, re-watching and critiquing games. Go Gators! When the Gators weren’t playing, he enjoyed working in his rose garden where he tended more than 100 varieties; graciously sharing the beautiful flowers
Class of 1953 Colonel Frank E. Millner, USMC died December 5, 2009 at the Chwat Family homestead. He was 74. He was a graduate of Chatman College in California and received his master’s in education from Pepperdine University. He was a career officer in the Marine Corps, serving from 1958 until retiring in 1988. At the time of his retirement he was the commanding officer at MATSG, Pensacola, Fl. He was formerly a presidential helicopter pilot and had flown Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and after his retirement, Dwight Eisenhower. He worked in the White House for President Ronald Reagan, who promoted him to the rank of colonel, which he held until retirement. Col. Millner served two tours in Vietnam, flying more than 600 missions there.
She was an active member of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Juno Beach where she served in many capacities. Majorie is predeceased by a brother, Warren Hartman, and is survived by two brothers, Norman (Kathleen) Hartman and Allen (Zola) Hartman both of Palm Beach Gardens, sister-in-law Mary Hartman of Delray, cousin Evelyn Ogren of Boynton Beach, her two sons, W. Thomas Gaines (Elizabeth) of Palm Beach Gardens, and John R. Gaines (Colleen) of North Palm Beach; four grandchildren, Christine, Tom, Cathleen and Robert Gaines; three great-grand-daughters, Gillian, Ashley and Alyssa Gaines; and a host of nieces and nephews.
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ELIZABETH “PUDDY” PORTER ELLINGSWORTH Class of 1945 Ellingsworth, Elizabeth “Puddy”, 81 of Delray Beach, FL passed away Monday December 7, 2009. She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth; children Grey, Lindy, Lee, Grant and Howard; eight grandchildren. She also leaves many friends who will miss her dearly. Services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 South Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 10th, 2009. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
BERNARD E. TURNER Class of 1944 Bernard E. Turner, 83 of Boynton Beach passed away Wednesday November 5, 2008. Mr. Turner is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Gloria; son, Bernard E. Turner, Jr. of Macon, GA; daughter, Susan (Dean) Hillman of Boynton Beach; four grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Sarah and Mark. A memorial Service will be held Sunday November 9, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. at ScobeeCombs-Bowden Funeral Home. Corner of U.S. Hwy #1 & N.E.15th Ave., Boynton Beach. Burial with Military Honors will be held at the South Florida V.A. National Cemetery, Lake Worth at a later date.
Upon retiring from the Marine Corps in 1988, Col Millner and his wife traveled extensively all over the world. An exceptional tennis player, he loved the game and continued to play at every opportunity until illness finally sidelined him. An avid and skilled poker player, he was known for his willingness to “deal em” at a moments notice. An outstanding Marine aviator, Col. Millner’s effective style of leadership fostered teamwork, independent action and initiative and he was renown for building confidence in his subordinates by letting them work on difficult tasks with minimal, yet firm, supervision. A gifted mentor, he was a role model and an inspiration to many and will be fondly remembered by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. He and his surviving wife of 35 years, Sonita Chwat Millner, were residents of Delray Beach, FL; two daughters, Sharon Reid of Lake Placid, Fl and Barbara Geliner of Delray Beach, FL; and a granddaughter, Brittany Reid.
Former Resident of Delray Mae Mikell Note from: Carolyn Mikell (daughter) Phone 904-636-0605 Mae Mikell, widow of J. Morgan Mikell, passed away at her son’s home in Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 She had 2 children, David and Claudia, 5 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
FRANK WILLIAM PETRUZZELLI “Rocky” Class of 1949 Frank William “Rocky” Petruzzelli 79 of Marietta, died Thursday, June 3, 2010 Graveside services will be held at 11:QM, Monday, June7th, at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, With Rev. David Stringer officiating. Frank graduated from Seacrest High School of Delray Beach, and Florida State University. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He served proudly with the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict from 1951 -1954. He received the Korean Service Medal. Frank retired from the American Red Cross. He was an avid Chess player who was hard to defeat. Frank was a firm believer in health and exercise. He worked out every day at the gym and was warmly nicknamed “Rocky”. As a treat, Frank was a coffee and donut kind of guy. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts in Marietta were special places for him. He would read the complimentary newspapers while enjoying his coffee and donuts. He loved his family and was loyal to them always. Frank will be missed forever by his family. Daddy, we love you –“You are the Best of the Best.” Survivors include Ruby Petruzzelli; daughter, Elsa Petruzzelli Wade and sonin-law, Mark; grandchildren, Amanda Wade and Mark Wade, Jr.; son, Frank M. Petruzzelli; brothers Matt Petruzzelli and wife, Helga, Tampa,FL; and stepson, Greg Poteet and wife, Carol. He was preceded in death by his father, I. Mario Petruzzelli and his mother, Elsa E. Petruzzelli. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Petruzzelli may be made to the American Red Cross, 324 Victory Dr., S.E., Marietta, GA 30060
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CLIFFORD E. RIPLEY A special tribute goes out to Clifford E. Ripley, principal of Seacrest High School 1965- 1970. . Clifford E. Ripley age 84, of Boynton Beach, FL, died Friday morning June 4, 2010. He was born in 1926 to Ernest E. and Marion Ripley of Methuen, MA. During WWII Mr. Ripley served in the Pacific arena with the U.S. Navy Seabees from 19441946. In 1947, Cliff’s parents took over Eason Nursing Home in Lake Worth, FL, which had been previously established by his maternal grandmother, Mary J Eason. Upon the death of his father in 1960, his family incorporated the family run business; completely renovated it from a one story wood frame 30 bed facility into a state of the art (at that time) 120 bed two story CBS construction building complete with elevators; and continued to run the facility until it was sold in the early 80’s. Cliff received his BS in Engineering (1951) and his Masters in Education from the University of Miami. In 1966 he received his Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Florida. Cliff served as the Principal of Palm Beach Public School in Palm Beach (60-65); Principal of Seacrest High School in Delray Beach (65-70); and Assistant Superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools in Administrative Services from 1970 until his retirement in 1980. Mr. Ripley was a past president of Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association; Elementary Principals;
Junior High Principals; Senior High Principals; and was a founder and chairperson of the Palm Beach County Math Council. His civic affiliations were numerous. Cliff served on Bethesda Hospital Foundation board in Boynton Beach for 15 years including a two year term as President. While President, he was instrumental in designing, funding and fundraising for the employees’ childhood learning center named the Clifford and Madeleine Ripley Early Learning Center. The center, founded in 1991 now serves approximately 90 children from newborns to pre-K, teaching educational material and important social skills. Cliff also was active in the Quail Ridge Golf and Country Club’s Annual Day of Golf benefitting Bethesda Memorial Hospital. His Service as president of the Palm Beach County Mental Health Association (now the Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches, Inc.) was instrumental in receiving a Federal grant to build the facility that offers comprehensive behavioral health services to all adults, children and families regardless of their ability to pay. Mr. Ripley was the first president of the Quail Ridge Property Owners Association in 1980; served on the boards of the Phoenix Association and the Palm Beach County Psychiatric Association; was a 50 year member of the Rotary International mostly in Delray Beach and receiving its “Service Above Self” award in 2008; and had been a Mason for over 60 years and a Shriner. Cliff envisioned honoring students and giving scholarships for scholastic achievers. He founded the Scholastic Achievement Foundation of Palm Beach County in 1977. Every year for the last 33 years, the foundation holds a banquet at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach inviting many very distinguished keynote speakers and honoring outstanding students from every public, private, and parochial high school in the county. Approximately 4000 students have been honored over the years and over 225 scholarships awarded. Mr. Ripley is chairman emeritus. Cliff’s first wife of 50 years, Audrey Moore Ripley, predeceased him. He leaves his current wife Madeleine Desmonts Ripley who was born in Normandy, France. They were married in August of 2001.
still grow the fruit in Indiantown and Fort Pierce, said Rosalie Blood, Mr. Blood’s daughter-in-law. “I’m sure we’re going to be sorely missed and we’re going to miss it too,” she said. “It’s time. I don’t know how you can explain it. Mom-and-pop shops just can’t make it in today’s environment.”
LANDMARK NEWS BLOOD’S HAMMOCK GROVES Norman Blood, citrus grower and founder of Delray Beach’s landmark “Blood’s Hammock Groves”, died from pancreatic cancer, November 2, 2008, he was 88. The “Southern gentleman” from Boynton Beach founded the citrus operation in 1949. The business moved to Lantana about four years ago after offering up a slice of “ Old Florida,” south of Linton Boulevard and east of Military Trail in Delray Beach, for more than half a century. The slumping economy forced the family to sell the processing arm of the business and close shop in August 2008, but they
Mr. Blood retired from the citrus operation in 1984. Blood’s grew, processed and shipped orange varieties including Navel, Honeybell, Tangelo and Valencia, as development thrived around the Delray Beach groves, most of which were sold to a developer in 1996. Over the years, Mr. Blood kept close ties with his customers, who returned year after year for the fresh fruit and marmalades. Mr. Blood loved the outdoors, “working outside, working in the ground, in the dirt, He loved to garden, he loved to plant, He just loved Mother Nature,” Rosalie Blood said. He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army and retired from the reserves as a lieutenant colonel. Mr. Blood is survived by sons, Norman Blood III, of St. Petersburg; and James Blood, of Delray Beach; sister, Katherine Hoffman, of Tallahassee; brother, Arthur Blood, of Orlando; one granddaughter; and two great grandchildren.
Reunion XII Edition
Delray Beach, Florida
IN LOVING MEMORY Class of: 1922: 1925: 1928: 1929: 1930:
1933: 1934: 1935:
1936: 1937: 1938:
Velma Boone Bradshaw John Remus Herman Merritt, C.V. Short Tat Richardson, Margaret Neil Manning, William Pyrle Dillingham Roy Baker, Etha Croft Merritt, Sybil Croft, Cliff Harvel, Elaine Zaine Ayoub, James Luther Love, Mary Miriam Zaine Remus, Odas Tanner, Alice Zaine Heyer, Lois Croft DuBois Gertrude Miller McFadden, Frank Hagerman, Jessie Johnson Butts
Jack Saunders, Frances Hankings, Sidney Zuckerman, Maxine Winn Powers, Raleigh Fountain, Paul Sanderson, Agnes Allen McAllister, Lora Sinks Britt, Lawrence Zill, Jack Love, Lee Belle Priest Clark, Henrietta “Hennie” Friberg Bill George, Hazel Vivian Snow Clapp, Hazel Snow Clapp Catherine Morris Kennedy, Lillian Gill Mize, Charles Newman Roy Newbury, Robert Rex, James Sinks, Cleo Johnson, Howeard “Bud” McNeece, Hohn Kabler, Kayzo Kamiya, Marjorie Adams Goodman, Viola Blank Henderson, James Priest, William Gill, Mayme Louise Strange Croft., Alta Pittman Koshinz John Henry Adams, Catherine Keen Tallentire, Ben Billings, Gilbert Davis, Elizabeth Miller King, Alene Barton Love, Henrietta Wuepper Friberg Beanie Blank Phillips, Norton Zuckerman, Thomas Giles, Carl Douglas, Edna Lee Nordham Saunders, Lloyd Snow, Elizabeth Carsey Clark Archie Adams, Jr., Samuel Smith, Herbert Link, Richard Baker, Edward George, Charlotte Ann Page, Dorothy Rhoden Mazzoni, Glendora Newbury Morgan, James Ranson, Robert Hayes, R.O. “Buddy” Priest Helen Carver, Evelyn Harvel, Mildred Webb Lane, Richard Wilder, Jimmie Lane, Marion Hager, Audrey Hodges Stump, Allan Wells, John David George, Thelma Snow Woldt Samuel Allen, Jr., Jack Walker, Myron Ryder, Donovan J Frey, O.D. Priest, Jr., Donald Moore, Phyllis Williamson Raedisch Harry (Fuzzy) Davis, Joyce Heeren Anderson, Francis Larock, Alfred Priest, Jerry Turner, Bill Lane, Ralph Wilder, James Johnson, Earl Harvel, Ralph Bird, Olive Lee Cook Gibboney, Wallace (Pete) Moore, Mary Peacock Jelks Irwin, Alfred Priest, Genevieve Krenz Richards, John Burk Sundy, Mary Olga Williamson Kelsey Verna Beack, Joe Hagerman, Bradley O’Neal, Fred O’Neal,Jr. Dick Smock, W.A. Womack, Franklin Gove, Virginia Blank Hadden, Albert Bennie Dawson, Clyde Snow, John Thieme, Murray Monroe, Jarman Smith, Sam Orgren, Jr., June Webb Rosacker, James “Jim” Taylor Smith Phyllis Harrison, Stanley Knight, Lewis Lanier, Jr., Anita Smock, Bill Woehle, Roland Keen, Bill Johnson, Gerald Williamson, Dorothy Thieme Reisig, Kathleen Crichton Brousseau, William J. “Bill” Snow, Jean Williamson Farrar Grover Baker, Jr., Jo Kennedy, Eleanor Tegelaar, John Downey, Charlie Dodds, Jeanne Plastridge Upchurch, Eddie Wilder, Joseph Walker, Betty Webb, Evelyn Cash, Jesse Olsson, Curtis Goff, Ann Garner McBride, Paul Godwin, Harvey Snow, Ellen Liddell Gove, Edwin (Duke) Butler, Jake Gregory, Stanley Penny, Betty Brown Devine, Lucille Lanier Atkins, Jane Ann Ranson Crosby, William E. “Bill” Hankins,
1954: 1955: 1956: 1957: 1958: 1959:
Coleen Hall, Audrey Baxter, Bernard Turner, Donald Hassler, John Euland Miller Orlo Billings, Jr., Fred Hall, Laura Bentley Wastrom, Lula Bell Covv Weiss, Jackie Parks, Clyde Smith, Roy Charles Diggans, Betty Clark Smith, Edward Wesley Cooper, Richard Rex, Elizabeth (Puddy) Porter Ellingsworth Billy Brown Godwin, Paul Hayes, Vance Jelks, John Lee, Jessie Carpenter, Helen Chivers, Margaret Lee “Squeeky” Cromer Gladys Bird, Bill Breland, August “Bud” Huber, Gwen Platt, Sue Melanie Boone, Joyce Totterdale Murphree, Tommy Fort, Arthur Cobb, Warren Howell, Harvey Brown, Sr., Marjorie Hartman Pope Barbara Lockhart Newman, Barbara Hatcher Bone, Donna Dankert Carver, Joan Garner Howell, Pat Roehling Carter, Herbert Stanton Donal Beack, Mary Leila Davis, Marilyn O’Brien Kevlin, Marion Mahoney Loftus, Martha Barron Totterdale, Frank Petruzzelli Phyllis Ann Jones Dancz, Rex Bone, Anita Anderson Maynard, Maxine Rains Dorsey, Joe Barrow, Susan Ball Hertzberger, Doris Gosnell, Kenneth Gregory, Bobbie McFee James, Leroy “Bud” Merritt, James O’Neal, Clyde Smith, Yancy Byrd, Warren Hartman, Gerry Penna, Betty Dean, Valerie Nichols Jack Withrow, James Putnam, Allene Dean Hillis, Bill Ward, Elinor Galloway Acheson, Frances Gordon, Bruce Owens, John Talbot, Donna Ward, Mahlon Weir, Carol Brannon, Ray Gerner, Lewis Vogler Carlton Bone, Ronald E. Gibson, Ronald Machek, Sally Amlin, Richard Beack, Mack Deese, Juanita Harris, Rex McGlamery, Rathel Moody, Ronald Pfundston, Carol Porter, Lewis Sterret, Nancy James Jones Harold Cook, Barbara Higgins Hassler, Mary Ann Hirth, Jim Kern, Lyle Elizabeth Johnson Wheeler, Julian Manson, Geston White, Joe Schroeder, Shirley Craig Buchanan, Cycnthia Merritt Booth, Frances Evelyn Ward Stuart, Stephen Lombardo, Frank Millner Frank Mish, Mike Varna, David McKay, Gerald Vogler Carolyn Muse, Tom Penna, Camile Prince Shillinglaw, George Davis Hazel Beack, Emil “Laddie” Laird, Russell Sellers, Elise Hansen Carolyn Baker, Sally Bridger, George C. Brown, Daniel Chambers, Patty Niebel, F. Milton Platt, Bill Postlewaite, Gerald LaLonde Tony Meleat, Beverly Priest Pilcher, Penny Sellers Bowman Charles Cassell, Donna Deen, Barbara Maywiy, Florie Mueller, Linda Poll, Sarah Poole, Sally Poole, William C. Sprott, Gloria Workman
Reunion XII Edition
Delray Beach, Florida
THE MOST UNFORGETTABLE GAME By Bob George - Class of 1952
Back in 1948, teachers served “double duty” and one of them, Kermit Dell, was designated as the coach. We didn’t have a large turn-out for the team that season, mainly because there weren’t many students enrolled in the school. The entire roster consisted of only seven students. Charlie Gwynn, Bill Talbot, Bob Hollingsworth, Frank Petrizelli and “Squirrel” Nowlin were the five starters, David Tiedt was one of two substitutes. I can’t recall the name of the other. Maybe someone who reads this can help. We started the season with a win and quickly reeled off eleven more consecutive victories for a perfect record of 12-0 in our first 12 games. The Delray Beach High School Seahawks were the hottest topic of sports conversation, not only in Delray Beach, but also in all of Palm Beach County. Then “The Most Unforgettable Game” The Pahokee Blue Devils were next on the schedule, and coming to town. Brimming with youthful confidence, no one in school anticipated that this game would be any more then a routine win. Moreover, the citizens of Delray Beach were now following their undefeated local high school team with intense interest and higher expectations. They were not going to be disappointed. With the game to be played on our home court, in the local gymnasium building (still standing), everyone planned to see the game. After all, it was the biggest show in town. The student excitement was at an all time high and rose higher and higher as the day of the game approached. Everyone expected another outstanding performance and the 13th consecutive win for the Seahawks. On the night of the game, people of Delray Beach filed into the gym and filled the limited seating of the small building. Students squeezed into the spaces between, and also seated themselves on the steps in the isles, others crowded into the standing room in the rear. To get a better view, some even climbed up the supporting columns of the building and made their way onto the overhead rafters. Soon, the game started. The Pahokee Blue Devils played much better than expected and the Delray Beach Seahawks had their hands full. The lead changed many time throughout the first three quarters. Most of the fourth quarter was no different. Then, in the final minutes, something went wrong for the Seahawks. Their star player, Bill Talbot, who was averaging over twenty points per game, was called for his final allotted foul. He had to leave the game. There was less then one minute remaining and Pahokee was leading by two points. The crowd was screaming and some students were literally hanging from the rafters. The ball exchanged hands several more times as the clock ticked down until just a few seconds of playing time remained. Score= Pahokee 47: Delray 45. It became painfully and increasingly apparent that the Pahokee Blue Devils would win this game.
Then something happened again, and play was interrupted. A Pahokee player committed a foul. The clock was stopped. A Delray Beach player stepped to the foul line for a one shot “free throw” attempt. The Pahokee coach stopped the procession by calling a time out. He then made what was to become a critical and decisive change at the guard position that permitted a Pahokee substitute, Payne Jackson, to enter the game for the Blue Devils. This decision and substitution was destined to become the contributing key factors that would shape the beginning of the end. Huddled on the sideline, the Pahokee coach and the Blue Devil players planned their strategy.
perfect 2 point score. Time ran out. The buzzer sounded. Game over. Delray Beach 48: Pahokee 47. The wild crowd of spectators erupted. Chaos and joyful bedlam followed. The next day, the Palm Beach Post newspaper published
When play restarted, the Delray Beach player (can’t remember his name) stepped into position at the foul line, composed himself, took careful aim, and successfully sank the “free throw” for one point. The scoreboard now read… Pahokee 47: Delray Beach 46. The crowd roared with approval, but a Seahawk win still seemed completely impossible as only 3 seconds remained and Pahokee was going to get the ball. Then the most incredible sequence of events began to evolve. As they developed and unfolded for all to see, they would culminate into one of the most incredible endings to a basketball game ever witnessed…an ending that no one would ever have anticipated; an ending that no one could have planned: an ending that was filled with such dramatic and thunderous impact that it would awaken the “Gods of Basketball” and compel them to open the doors to “Basketball Heaven” for one team, and simultaneously open the doors to “Basketball Hell” for the other. Following the successful “free throw” of the Delray Beach Seahawks, a Pahokee player took the required position out of bounds under the Delray basket. The referee gave him the ball to restart play. He then passed the ball to his teammate, the new player, Payne Jackson, who had entered the game just moments before, and who was now standing a few feet away in the N.E. corner at the Delray end of the court. As the ball reached his fingers, he failed to secure it and lost control. The ball had deflected off of his finger tips and was now sailing out of bounds. Realizing that this would give the Seahawks the ball and another chance to score, Payne Jackson quickly turned toward the sideline, and then desperately lunged for the ball awkwardly extending his entire body with fully outstretched arm and hand in an attempt to keep it from going out of bounds. While off balance and falling, he managed to get his hand under the ball, cradle it, then blindly and instantaneously, with one sweeping motion, flipped the ball over his head and backwards toward the teammate who was re-entering the court from his original starting position under the Delray Beach basket. The ball, spinning clockwise, quickly rose to a high arching peak. Then, as if guided by a supernatural power, it slowly descended, clearing the edges of the backboard, and dropped cleanly through the center of the circular opening of our basket, and finally landed softly into the net below for a
a headline in their sports section which read “Delray Beach Seahawks Win On Freak Goal By Pahokee Substitute” This most incredible ending to this basketball game is true. It is doubtful that any of us will ever see this again.
MISSING PERSONS Where have all the people gone? The ones we went to school with…. The ones we grew up with…. The ones who share our memories… 1932:
Frankline Kamiya, Annie Rhea Mercer, Mary Barrow Moore, Edward Page 1935: Lillian Moore 1937: Dorothy Morris 1938: John Anderson, Howard Page, Harley Gates 1939: Cliff Andress, Eloise Deen, Dorothy Dulmage, Janice Eckler, Geraldine Kendall, Theordore Kobeyashi, Dixie Lapham, Frances Morrison, Stuart Raynor, Emma Popp 1940: Aline Hardenbrook, Ann Hardenbrook 1941: Betty Ball, John Carr, Philip Clark, Helene Craig, Phyllis Danhoven, Bill Deyo, Elenor Giles (Devereaux), Ida Lou Newberrry, George Takkinen, Frances Warner 1942: Beatrice Ewan, Arnold Green, Roger Klingman, Lila Lee Lyons, Thomas Reilly, Vawter Steele, Bill Taylor, Clyde Terwillegar 1943: Betty Blake, Neil Crawley, Mary Crow, Jack Cuthrell, Arline Dugan, Luciel Gilardi, Daniel Gleason, Gloria Gulledge, Charles Harrel, Louise Harkrader, Betty Hedges, Joyce Holroyd, Geo. Howenstein, Charles Parker, Eugene Smith, Ellen Tobin, Burt Wagner 1944: Betty Carver, Albert Hardenbrook, Tom Harrison, Jean High, Darris Murray 1945: Billy Carter, Mildred Craig, Gerry Dingman, James Gulledge, Janet Howenstein, Ann Sabbath, Dudley Taylor 1946: Agnes Andelfinger, Jo Barron, Paul Bryant, Edward Carter, Edward Crawford, Mabel Eggleston, John Farris, Betty Jeanne Flockhart, Minnie Lee Gaylord, George Griffin, Mary June Hardin, Harold Harrower, Ralph Hazen, Margaret Henderson, Jimmy Holloway, Jean Huet, Bill Murray, Mary Perry, Bartley Sellers, Suzanne Wright. 1947: Jerry Block, Paul Capp, Pete Carver, Ted Ewing, Marylu Fisher, Ralph Griffin, Lee Harrison,Jr., Freddie Huet, Bill Knight, Jewel Ramsey, Joanne Shartle, Wilson Smith 1948: M. Barrett, Pat Brenk, Joyce Brown, Clara Doss, Floyd Hoeffer, Mary Alice Lamont, Betty Larey, Wilbert McGlamery, Joyce Mitchell, Bill Mitchell, Janet Murray 1949: Bill Butler, Donnell Cleve, Robert Coggin, Gordon Crates, Ruth Goldhaber, Dora Hoeffer, Richard Holroyd, Donnell Neider, R. Pixley, Sally Ramsey, Evelyn Ridgeway, Ann White Since 1949 was the last graduating class at old Delray High – we’ll stop here. We’d love to have the mailing addresses for any of these- if you know where some “Missing Persons” are!
If you have information regarding these or other classmates, or to just update the information we have for you. Please send that to Dot Baker 115 SW 14th St. Boynton Beach, FL 33426 or email: email@example.com