HISTORY OF ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Highlights of 1939
Commencement Exercises Held Last Friday Evening, Pasco Free Press, May 12, 1939
Medals Awarded Several Worthy Pupils and 17 Graduates
The twenty-seventh annual commencement for Zephyrhills High School,
honoring the Class of 1939, was held on Friday, May 5, beginning at
eight p.m. Before the notes of the opening march, the big auditorium
was well filled, a special section being reserved for relatives and
friends of the graduates. Member of the Junior class, in dainty colored
formals, acted as ushers.
To the strains of the “Tannhauser March” by the high school
orchestra, directed by Mrs. Spooner and with Ruth Elisabeth Smith at
the piano, members of the class filed sedately in with Mary Jo England
in the lead. Eleven girls in white gowns and caps and six boys in grey
took their places in the semicircle on the stage followed by school and
After the invocation by Reverend Frank Hartmann, Miss Helen Lefler,
Salutatorian, gave the Salutatory followed by a vocal solo by Phillip
Stillman. Principal James T. Campbell, acting as Master of Ceremonies,
introduced Dr. John H. Sherman, President of the University of Tampa,
who made the principal address for the evening.
He was followed by the Valedictory by Miss Pearl Snider, Valedictorian.
Mr. Campbell then introduced Commander William Hamilton of the Zephyr
Post No. 118, who in turn introduced Burt Ford who presented the merit
awards from the Legion to the outstanding girl and boy of the Eighth
These were Irene Lefler and Stanford Delk. Each received an honor
certificate, a large medal and small medals made as a brooch for the
girl and a lapel button for the boy. This is an annual event.
Because of the unexpected presence of County School Superintendent,
Revels, Chairman Storms of the School Board of Education transferred
him the privilege of presenting the diplomas. This was followed by the
giving of awards by Mr. Campbell. Miss Pearl Snider, as Valedictorian,
received the medal for outstanding scholar and also the Stevens Cup.
Mary Jo England received the medal for Activities, as did Hope Taylor.
Gladys McGuire, who was an outstanding pupil, but did not have all four
years at Zephyrhills, was given a special medal by members of the
After the benediction by Dr. H. E. Murkett and while the orchestra
played “Priest’s March,” graduates and dignitaries
filed slowly out and went down the hall to the library where an
informal reception was held.
Baccalaureate Sermon At First Baptist Church, Pasco Free Press, April 28, 1939
Next Sunday April 30 Class To Hear Rev. Jones
Appropriate exercises for the Class of 1939 of the Zephyrhills school
will start on Sunday, April 30. The annual Baccalaureate sermon will be
delivered to the class by the Reverend Joe Jones at the Baptist church
at 11 o’clock.
On Tuesday night will be the annual observance of Class Night at the
school and a good program has been prepared which will be of especial
interest to members of the class and their families.
Formal Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 5, with the
Seniors attired in academic caps and gowns. They will wear them at the
Baccalaureate sermon, also.
Services will open at 8 o’clock and the main speaker of the
evening will be Dr. Sherman, president of the University of Tampa.
The following members of the Senior Class of the Zephyrhills High
School are candidates for diplomas at the commencement exercises May 5.
Those who are actually to receive diplomas will be determined by final
examinations and checking of school records this weekend and next.
Jimmie Lee Bass, Ashley Clardy, Ralph Green, Phillip Guy, Phillip
Stillman, Buck Tippins, Helen Baggett, Vera Branch, Mary Jo England,
Juanita Green, Helen Lefler, Helen McGuire, Gladys McGuire, Altha Mott,
Dorothy Richards, Pearl Snider, and Hope Taylor.
Records up the present show that Pearl Snider is First Honor Student and Helen Lefler, Second Honor Student.
Burch Cornelius of Haines City Will Be Principal, Zephyrhills News, May 12, 1939
The local trustees of the Zephyrhills School, Mr. William Hamilton,
chairman, Mr. F. B. Ames and Mr. J. W. Collier met Monday night at the
home of Mr. Collier to nominate the faculty for the year 1939-40.
The following were re-appointed: Mrs. Hamilton, 1st grade; Miss
Kirkland, 2nd grade; Miss Parsons, 3rd grade; Miss Brown, 4th grade;
Mrs. Price, 5th grade, Mrs. J. F. Jones was nominated to replace Mrs.
Higginson in the 6th grade. Mrs. McKillips and Mr. Conner were
reappointed in the High School. Mr. Blocker, Miss Cartwright, and Miss
Sparkman, all of Dade City, to replace Miss Fewell, Miss Fogg and Mr.
Mounts in the High School faculty. Miss Plank is taking a
business course and plans to enter some line of business in the near
future. No one has been appointed to fill her place as yet, but the
trustees are hoping to fill this vacancy with a man teacher. The place
of music teacher is yet to be filled.
Appointment of a principal proved to be the biggest headache as there
were only nine applicants for the job. Mr. Burch Cornelius of Haines
City was finally appointed, after some time was spent in discussing the
qualities of each man, all being well qualified and able to fill the
The trustees sincerely hope these selections will be backed up by each patron of the Zephyrhills School.
American Legion Citizenship Awards To be Given at Commencement, Pasco Free Press, May 5, 1939
For the first time in the history of Zephyrhills School, American
Legion Citizenship Awards will be given to the boy and the girl in the
eighth grade who are selected as most worthy of this honor. The
awards consist of a medal and a certificate for both the boy and the
girl and a brooch for the girl and a lapel button for the boy.
The boy and the girl who are to receive these awards have been selected
by the American Legion and the high school faculty on the basis of
ratings in a number of different qualities. The boys were rated in
Scholarship, courage, leadership and services. The girls were rated in
courage, companionship, character, service and scholarship.
These awards will be given each year hereafter by the Legion as part of its campaign for Americanism and good citizenship.
Commencement This Friday Night, Pasco Free Press, May 5, 1939
This week marks the twenty-seventh commencement for the Zephyrhills
High School and is the very best of all, according to the seventeen
The ceremonies opened Sunday with the Baccalaureate sermon at the
Baptist Church. The graduates wore their caps and gowns—girls in
white and boys in gray. Reverend Joe Jones preached the sermon and gave
the young people a number of good thoughts to carry with them.
Tuesday night with Class night and fond mamas and papas gathered with
admiring relatives and friends to hear the fun part of the week, Jimmie
Bass acted as Radio Announcer and the program was given that is printed
in full on another page. Friday night comes the event of events,
The Orange and Black—the school paper of the Zephyrhills High School, Pasco Free Press, April 14, 1939
Dates for Junior and Senior Prom-We promise you that we would give the dates to you this week so here it is. Glady’s
as her escort, Bryon Womack. They’ll make a cute couple.
Annette Arnot is going with Roy Turner. It looks as though Roy has more back bone than we thought he did. Dorothy Richards will have Ralph Green for an escort. Doesn’t it surprise you?
Hope Taylor is being escorted by John Rasmussen. But who else would
either of them go with as it stands now. Irene Hohenthaner and
Billy Green will attend the prom together. It’s getting to be
quite a case. Phyllis Taylor will be sitting the dances out with
Don Storms. They don’t mind being wall flowers as long as
Helen Lefler is being escorted by Bill Hartmann. He’s a stranger to some but not to Helen.
Virginia Stapleton is slipping out with the boy who’s got rhythm
in his feet, Alan Chenkin. Here’s hoping Alan uses his rhythm.
Eunice Walker, a stranger to us, will be escorted by none other than Seth Plank.
Coral Walker, another stranger, will attend the prom with Glen Alexander. Glen’s really giving a girl a break.
Mary Jo England will be escorted by her one and only, none other than Louis Gall.
Pearl Snider will go with Buck Tippins or will she? We won’t know for sure until we see them walking in.
Mary Lefler and Norman Rasmussen will repeat last year by being
together again this year. Springs makes the boy’s fancy turn to
Altha Mott will be escorted by James Ward. It’s getting to be a habit, Altha.
Matilda Shoard is Ashley Clardy’s date for the big event. Who is she, Ashley?
Juanita Green has asked Carl Parsons. Carl will be back at the school parties again after not attending for a long time.
Vera Branch will be escorted by a Dade City boy, Austin Handcock. From all reports he is a grand dancer.
We’ll have the rest next week if we’ve overlooked any.
We want earlier hours-Here is a question which the student body and their parents must answer. All the students would enjoy an extra hour on hot afternoons in which they could play. If we are to have the extra hour for pleasure, we must come to school half an hour earlier each morning. Some of you will say, “I can’t get up that early.” Others will say, “No, it isn’t worth it.” These same people will sit in the last period classes and growl because the bell doesn’t ring or the weather is hot.
give one another cooperation and let’s get out earlier.
Let’s pull for each other.
The Orange and Black—the school paper of the Zephyrhills High School, Pasco Free Press, March 10, 1939
Flowers planted-Flowers have been planted at the west of the school building. There will be more planted in the near future. Every student should cooperate in trying to beautify our surroundings by taking care of these flowers.
The entire student body wishes to thank Mr. Don Storms for the seeds which he donated.
Holiday March 17th
All pupils are looking forward to the arrival of March 17th. The
teachers will attend a teacher meeting in Tampa so while the teachers
go to school the students will have an extra day in which to enjoy
their own form of entertainment which they will find.
Sports-Last Friday the Zephyr Basketball team went over to take part in
the District Tournament in Tarpon Springs. Playing a stubborn New Port
Richey quintet and emerging victorious in a fast campaign one of the best
games played, the credit going to the five inexperienced boys who won
the game and yet this was only the second time they had played in a
tournament. Although we lost to a much stronger Sponger team at
night we had the satisfaction of defeating for the third time the New
Port Richey team.
Junior Class News-One of the Juniors, Seth Plank, made an outstanding
record for himself at the Central Florida Exposition at Orlando.
Among his exhibit placings were: First—a white Leghorn hen,
cockerel and pullet; second—white Leghorn cockerel;
third—medium white eggs. His exhibit was the most outstanding
individual display and he also had the best hen in the show. In all, he
was awarded thirty-six dollars in prize money. He received sixteen
ribbons altogether, which are as follows: three firsts; two fourths,
two fifths, one special ribbon and one sweepstake ribbon.
Home Makers Meeting-A meeting of the Home Makers Club was held Monday
at 7:30 p.m. in the lunchroom. Final plans were made for the beach
party which will be held Saturday, March 1, in Clearwater. All of the
high school teachers have been asked to chaperone. The party will meet
at 7:30 a.m. at the Taylor home on eighth street south.
Eighth Grade News-The Eighth grade enjoyed a party at Crystal Springs
on Saturday night. Orange juice, sandwiches, cookies and fruit were
served as refreshments. Those attending were: Miss Edith Plank, Miss
Sarah Fewel, Alice Bryant, Leola Ellerbee, Kathryn Wright, Elizabeth
Baggett, Dorothy Jean Phillips, Evelyn Spriggs, Dena Royal, Ruby Jane
Snider, Irene Lefler and Lucille Mayor, Willie Bryant, Willie Smith,
Otis Jones, Arthur Wright, Marcus Malphurs, Billie Tippins, Billy
Mundy, and Elton Tucker
The eighth grade is now practicing the play, “Credits for
Bill,” under the direction of Mrs. Spooner and Miss Fewell. Those
taking part are: Wylene Massey, Ruby Jane Snider, Dena Royal, Juanita
Geiger, Irene Lefler, Marcus Malphurs, Otis Jones, Arnold Hammond,
Thurmond Clardy, Sanford Delk, Charle King and John Dozier. The eighth
grade officers are:
The Orange and Black—the school paper of the Zephyrhills High School, Pasco Free Press, March 17, 1939
Reverend Joe Jones Spoke to Assembly Friday-Friday morning the student
body was addressed by Rev. Jones. He read a verse of scripture which
was his theme. Mr. Jones spoke on reflecting the good things in life.
The students enjoyed his talk very much and it is hoped he will come
Home Makers’ Beach Party Huge Success-The beach party held at
Clearwater last Saturday by Home Makers’ club was a huge success.
The party left Zephyrhills around 8:30 a.m. and returned at 7:30 p.m.
Lunch which consisted of salad, sandwiches, deviled eggs, cookies and
pickles, was served at 12:30 and a wiener roast was enjoyed by everyone
at 6 p.m. just outside the city limits of Dunedin
Dancing, bicycle riding, swimming and hiking were enjoyed by everyone.
Those who attended were: Bernice Curtis, Joan Cook, Irene Hohenthaner,
Helen Lefler, Gladys McGuire, Betty Royer, Phyllis Taylor, Mildred
Warnock, Ayesha Tanzler, Dorothy Richards, Lillian Bieier, Alice
Jenkins, Elsie Brown, Dolly Phillips, Genevieve Seaberg, Corabelle
Storms, Eloise Green, Virginia Stapleton, Hope Taylor, Bryan Womack,
Billy Royer, Alan Chenkin, Norris Mott, John Rasmussen, Don Storms,
Billy Cloer, Shirley Clendenning, Robert Mott, and Fred Roberts.
Chaperones were: Miss Sarah Fewell, Mrs. Mounts, Mr. and Mrs. F.A.
Taylor. The next meeting of the club will be Monday night at 7:30 in
the lunchroom. This will be a special meeting so all members are asked
to be present.
Sports-The Zephyrhills girls’ basketball team roundly trimmed
Pasco in a one-sided affair on the Zephyrhills court last Monday
evening, the final score being 30-8. Juanita Green, a Senior, took the
scoring honor with a large number of baskets. This was the last game of
the season for the girls this year. They have good reasons to be proud
of their record, despite losing to Bushnell and Wildwood.
Juanita Green, Pearl Snider, Vera Branch, Mary Jo England and Hope
Taylor should be congratulated for their services to the Zephyr team
this year because this was their last high school game. They will
certainly be missed next basket ball season.
Editorial in the Student Paper
Setting An Objective
A student should realize that his opportunity for vast knowledge is
right here. He should seek a true education, friendship of his comrades
and a high scholastic standing. Many people say that high school
teachers are too lenient and in college they are very strict.
Don’t lay down on the job. Work for the higher things in life and
cooperate with the teachers and students. Joining clubs in high school
will help to strengthen you and widen the scope of your friendship.
Helping new students will let other students see that you have respect
for other people and therefore will want to be friends with you.
Above all, though, strive for a high scholastic knowledge. Be friendly.
Fads and Fancies of Modern Dress
The jitterbugs seem to have created a whole new era in campers’
costumes. Maybe it started way back there with the “Music Goes
Round.” At any rate, they really began to
“shine” with current nursery rhymes.
The main idea seems to be for exaggeration with emphasis on color and clumsiness.
We started with the saddle-shoe craze last spring, and we liked them so
well, we decided to keep right on wearing them through the winter. So
when we wore one pair out, if we could go through those thick soles, we
went out and bought another pair. A sort of compromise was
effected in barges, which were essentially square-toed-crepe-soled and
clumsier than an oversized muc-seow on the Sahara.
For color, we adopted plaids and stripes in as many startling colors as
we could combine in one piece of apparel. The Big Apple called for
action so the girls went “pleat crazy” and the boys adopted
“high water” pants.
We liked the idea of forgetting to tuck in our shirt-tails. Maybe it was
for convenience or comfort, or just the desire to be different.
By displaying more shirttail, we encouraged the old urge to write on
any clean, blank space we saw.
There was something infinitely attractive about writing on other
people’s shirts, so we made a style of displaying our penmanship
for public approval.
We liked our jackets and we do show a growing preference for jackets,
brighter and fluffier than before. Universal as these uniforms are,
perhaps no place or time in the world can anyone dress with such
variety and individuality as in the American high school.
There is something comforting about being able to wear our shirt tails
out without anyone reproaching us for dressing in a hurry; or wearing
barges without someone accusing us of trading clothes with our big
brother; or wearing any color combination we choose without anyone
suspecting us of color blindness. One has a perfect right to
dress in comfort, and to satisfy each of your private preferences, and
to really “shine” in jitterbug style.
Faddish as they maybe, they are the styles of today and youth has gone for them in a big way.
The Story of a Hollywood Extra
Irene Maynard, a girl from Hopetown, Maine, wins a talkie contest and a
trip to Hollywood. As is the custom, she is given a farewell party at
which all her friends are present.
After Irene arrives in Hollywood, she has many adventures in the ranks
of extras. Her tryout fails; her theme song fails too, that is until
Uncle Abner comes. It isn’t long until there is a reunion of
Hopetown in Hollywood.
You have a chance to see this story in action with good music in
“Hollywood Extra.” Several new voices are being introduced
in the operetta. The operetta has colorful scenes and a modern story in
which sparkling humor is furnished by Uncle Abner. Hollywood Extra will
give you everything you expect in an operetta. Members of the cast are:
Uncle Abner, Postmaster of Hopetown, Maine—Bryon Womack
The glee club furnishes the chorus. The operetta is being presented by
the Glee club of Zephyr High on March 24, at the high school auditorium.
The Orange and Black—the school paper of the Zephyrhills High School, Pasco Free Press, March 24, 1939
The Seniors Take Intelligence Tests
The Seniors were given the annual intelligence tests for Seniors on
Tuesday. The tests covered a general list of high school subjects.
Their grades will be compared with those of other high schools. It is
hoped they passed with a high rating.
The Orange and Black—the school paper of the Zephyrhills High School, Pasco Free Press, February 24, 1939
The Glee Club Prepares an Operetta-The Glee Club of Zephyrhills high
school has made plans to present an operetta in the near future. It
will be the first operetta presented by a high school group here.
“Hollywood Extra” is the operetta which has been chosen.
Mrs. Spooner, the musical instructor in the school, is directing the
Sports-The Zephyr boys played an exciting game with Brooksville. The
local boys were defeated 23 to 16. Brooksville was leading one point at
the end of the half. At the end of the third quarter the score was tied
15 to 15. In the last quarter the visitors pulled ahead. The
margin was too large for the local boys to over come.
The girls defeated the Brooksville girls 23 to 17. The Brooksville
girls were leading local girls at the half, but the girls finally got
their eyes on the basket and tied them in the third quarter. In the
last quarter the girls turned on the heat and defeated the visitors by
a large margin.
The Zephyr boys played Tarpon Springs on their opponent’s court
Monday night, February 20. The Zephyrs were defeated 29 to 13. It
looked like it would be a close game at the half. Tarpon led 10
to 9, but they put in a new team which was too much for the locals. We
have to admit the Zephyr boys had an off night and many shots were
The boys are looking forward to go to the Gulf Coast tournament which
will be held at Bushnell February 24 and 25. The Zephyr boys play
Wildwood Friday afternoon. The winner plays Brooksville.
Tuesday night the local boys defeated Wimauma 50 to 25. It looked
like it would be a very close game. At the end of the first quarter
Zephyr boys were leading by one point. The large court even tired the
visitors and the Zephyr boys ran the score up. Most of the last quarter
was played by the Zephyrhills B team. The Zephyrhills boys appreciate
the team playing and good sportsmanship of the Wimama boys.
The Orange and Black—the school paper of the Zephyrhills High School, Pasco Free Press, February 17, 1939
• Best looking—Mary Jo England and Jimmie Bass
The Orange and Black—the school paper of the Zephyrhills High School, Pasco Free Press, February 10, 1939
Your Society Column-A group of young people enjoyed a party at Sunset
Beach last Friday night. They were entertained with a treasure hunt,
proms and dancing. At a late hour refreshments of sandwiches, cookies
and punch were served to the following guests: Misses Annette Arnot,
Lillian Bleier, Nancy Covert, Bernice Curtis, Mary Jo England, Irene
Hohenthaner, Mary Lefler, Helen McGuire, Evelyn Mundy, Adele Royal,
Mary Stapleton, Virginia Stapleton, Ayesha Tanzler, Hope Taylor,
Phyllis Taylor, Emma Rose Wingate, and Aurilla Driggers.
Messrs. Glenn Alexander, Dave Boatwright, Sam Brush, Robert Conner,
Shirley Glendenning, Alan Chenkin, Newton Covert, Robert Emery, Billy
March, Carl Parsons, Seth Plank, John Rassmussen, Norman Rassmussen,
Billy Royer, Phillip Stillman, Don Storms, Bryan Womack and Mr. and
Mrs. Harry McKillips.
Students’ Pictures Arrive-The pictures which were mentioned some
time ago arrived Tuesday. You can imagine the crowd that rushed into
Mr. Campbell’s office after learning about their arrival. Mr.
Campbell announced in chapel that there was only to be six at a time in
Lower Grades Receive Schick Tests This Week
Dr. Pease of the State Board of Health is administering to the First,
Second, and Third grades, Schick tests to determine the immunity to
diphtheria of the children in these grades.
Typhoid immunity inoculations and smallpox vaccinations are also to be
given. These tests are given only to those pupils whose parents have
Dr. Pease will return every week to make these tests until they are completed
It is reported that Joan Cook and Irene Hohenthaner spent the day in
Tampa Monday. They were not by themselves—Is that right, girls?
Altha, which is it. Esdorn or Howard? It seems to be both of them.
Genevieve Seaberg and Joan Cook had a very enjoyable time after the
ball game Friday night. Oh yes! Phillip Guy and Ralph Green did too.
The moon was full—is that right?
Ashley, who are all the letters from? We see that are posted at Ocala.
Mr. Conner, you seem to be doing pretty well, for you had two Gasparilla day.
Pearl, who did you see in Plant City, Monday? We think that his name is Peck Williams.
Jimmie Bass now wears two rings. One is his class ring, but the other is___________________
We tried to find something about Buck Tippins, but could not. We guess he is perfect. (So he thinks).
Old news—Phyllis and Don, and Hope and John.
Some of the students in the Junior class are sorry that play practice is over. We wonder why? We can guess who they are!
Guess who Seth Plank took to the Junior class party at Pasadena? None other than Miss Helen McGuire!
Other couples at the party together were: Virginia and Norman R., Phil
S. and Lillian Bleier, Hope and John, Don S. and Phyllis, Bryan Womack,
Mary Jo E. and Bill and _____. Why was Newton C. walking around asking
about Mary L. all evening?
Shall We Carry On?
To a young person the Twelfth grade brings to a close one of the important phases in his or her life.
When we walk out of graduation services with diplomas in our hands, it
can be contrasted with the idea of a person walking out of a small room
into a huge amphitheatre. One small part of our education has been
brought to a close. Now we are to start all over in a higher sphere.
Financial circumstances will prevent many from going to college. This
leaves a question in our mind. Should a person without a college
education develop inferiority complex toward those who have one? My
answer is no. It has been said many times that we are all created
equal. If this is true we have just that much more to be grateful
for. Therefore, if a boy or girl graduates from school and
quietly, takes a back seat in the ranks of society, it is their own
fault, because action is the father of progress.
As we read the story of Glenn V. Cunningham (1932 and 1936 Olympic medalist) we marvel at his ability to carry on
despite the many trying circumstances that befell him. With one leg
scarred from fire and somewhat shorter than the other, this Kansas
school boy with all of his wonderful courage and will power, rose from
the ranks of an invalid to be the fastest mile runner the world has
What a privilege we have in this democratic country to live up to the
name of true citizens of America. We can do this only by
believing as Americans should, feeling as Americans should, and acting
as Americans should.
Then as a new generation fills the places of their forefathers, America
will be a better place in which to live because we have not held back,
because we have not looked back, because we have carried on.
To me, this year is one of great importance. Not only because I will
finish high school but it is a turning point in my life. It is the time
for choosing my life’s work. I have decided to become a nurse. I
hope to enter training next fall. My reason for selecting the
profession of nurse is that I am interested in medicine and caring for
others. Since each person has an avocation, I also have chosen
one. I want to become a social worker. Unlike other girls I am not
interested in marriage. My ambition is to be a good nurse and social
worker. –Helen McGuire
Sports-The Zephyr boys were defeated by a strong Tampa College five on
the YMCA court in Tampa last Friday night. The final score being
24-29. This was one of the most thrilling games of the year. As
the first quarter ended the score was tied, then as the second quarter
got under way the Zephyrs pulled ahead but were unable to hold the lead
and the half ended—Tampa College, 12—Zephyrs, 9. In
the last half the Tigers were never out of danger because the Zephyrs
were continually knocking at the opponents’ door.
They appreciate the fine sportsmanship and friendship shown to the team
by the Tampa boys. The referees are also to be given a good word for
their fine officiating.
Biology Students Have Debate
The Biology students had a debate, January 24. The question was:
“Resolved: Did Primitive Man Have More Diseases Than Civilized
The negative side was led by Helen McGuire. The others on this negative
side were: Jacques Walthall and Alden Pohner. Catherine Lewis led the
affirmative side. Muriel Cherry and Stanley Taylor were also on the
affirmative side. There were many outstanding points brought out in the
debate. Both sides gave very good points, but they all agreed (for
once) that those on the negative side were the best debaters.
Junior Class News-The Junior Class is very much elated over the success
of their class play, “The Harvest Queen,” which was
presented on Friday, February 3, 1939.
All who were present claim that this three-act comedy was the best they
had seen for months, so the class is justly proud of its achievements.
They are now making plans for the Annual Junior-Senior Banquet which will be given sometime in the early Spring.
The Orange and Black—the school paper of the Zephyrhills High School, Pasco Free Press, February 3, 1939
Your Society Column-Phyllis Taylor and Hope Taylor and John Rasmussen were in Tampa last Sunday evening.
A week ago on Wednesday night, the Junior class gave a surprise party for Mary Lefler, honoring her birthday. The party was held at Hohenthaner’s lunch room. Among the guests were: Annette Arnot, Virginia Stapleton, Irene Hohenthaner, Mr. and Mrs. Harry McKillips, Mary Lefler, Norman Rassmussen, Byron Womack, Phillip Stillman, Dave Boatwright, Seth Plank, Newton Covert, and Alan Chenkin.
Rilda Mounts spent the weekend with her parents, Coach and Mrs. Mounts. She was accompanied by her roommate, Molly Register.
Among those attending the show, “Out West With The
Hardy’s,” Sunday evening at the Capitol were: Marjorie
Haworth, Evleyn and Jean Ann Mundy and Joan Cook
He is very tall but I will not tell you the color of his hair because
you would easily guess who he is. He is a very good farmer (or at least
he knows a lot about animals). He is very intelligent in school, very
quiet and always polite. He is good-natured and willing to do anything
for classmates. Aw—I hear that he is very easy to blush.
Last but not least of the Senior girls is a light-brown haired girl
with blue eyes and a fair complexion. She does not live in Zephyr-town.
She makes average grades, but she seems to like our school and is
very quiet natured. She is well dressed and always neat
Words of Sympathy.
The Senior Class wishes to express their deepest sympathy for the
bereaved family of W.M. Kruse. We hope that each cloud will bear a
silver lining and that the deceased’s loved ones will emerge
stronger to face the battles of life.
Can You Imagine?
Ralph G. with straight hair.
Sports-The Zephyr boys put on a scoring spree to defeat a lowly
Wildwood quintet. The Zephyrs took the lead in the first minute of play
and were never headed by the Wildcats. The score: 35:13.
Coach Mounts was well pleased with the boys after shifting the lineup.
Tippins and Bass showed amazing ability in handling the guard
positions. Green was shifted to forward and Guy and Rasmussen remained
in their same positions. The boys seemed to be more impressive with the
lineup than in previous games.
The girls were completely outclassed by the experienced sextet from
Wildwood by a 14-28 margin. The girls were handicapped by the absence
of one of their main guards. The girls expect to upset the Wildwood
team when they meet again.
The Zephyr boys invade the Tampa College Tigers on Friday night,
February 3 on the Tampa YMCA court. They expect to upset the Tigers and
avenge the defeat to them in their last meeting.
Give Em A Chance
“I don’t like that guy!” How often have you heard
that remark and how often have you made it yourself? If you think back,
in nine times out of ten your victim was a person whom you did not know
very well. So what? So doesn’t it stand to reason that if you
understand what makes a person do what he does, you’re more apt
to stand up and make allowances for his faults?
The other fellow isn’t perfect—none of us are—but he
probably has his good points if only we will take the trouble to find
them. Give a guy a chance?
“The Harvest Queen Arrives February 3”
Here it comes at last! The “Harvest Queen” which will be
presented by the Junior Class on Friday afternoon and Friday night.
A matinee will be given for school children. The admittance for the
matinee will be ten cents. The admittance for the evening performance
will be fifteen and twenty-five cents.
The three act play is to be presented under the direction of Mrs. Harry
McKillips. Between the acts three musical numbers will be given by Mrs.
Spooner, Ayesha Tanzler, Corabelle Storms and Alice Jenkins.
A dollar will be awarded the student who sells the most tickets. Everyone is anxious to know who will be the winner.
They expect all of you to attend their play, so don’t let them
down. Here are those who appear in “The Harvest Queen:”
Preston Doty, the father—Don Storms, Jr.
“What Have You Got That Gets Me”—Phyllis T. to Don S.
(What Success means to one senior).
Success is the overcoming of the difficulties of life by working and
trying hard to break the fetters that tend to bind human beings to a
lower standard. It is happiness after completion of tasks. Success is
by no means defined when we make a million dollars, but what kind of a
character we close our life with. It depends upon what we think of
ourselves, how we look in the eyes of others, and what we are in the
sight of the Most High.
Educational Pictures Presented At School
The Chevrolet Company presented two very educational pictures at
Zephyrhills School last Thursday morning. They dealt much with science,
and were especially interesting to those taking science of any kind and
those who have studied science.
The picture, “On Two Wheels,” explained the best rules for
bicycle riding. The other showed how exact measurements are used
All twelve grades saw these pictures and we are sure everyone enjoyed them immensely and hope to have some more like them soon.
The Orange and Black—the school paper of the Zephyrhills High School, Pasco Free Press, January 27, 1939
Last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock the school students
assembled at the east entrance of the school to march in a parade to
advance the infantile paralysis campaign.
The students marched with Irene Hohenthaner as drum major, led the
parade. The parade went from the school to Fifth Avenue and down to the
city hall, where it disbanded. The students were glad to learn that
their behavior was good and as a result school was dismissed forty-five
minutes earlier on Monday afternoon.
Zephyrhills cagers divided a double header with Brooksville. The Zephyr
lassies emerged victorious over a hard-fighting group of girls of the
Brooksville High School, Friday night. The final score being
32-17. The girls showed great improvement since the game with
Bushnell and we hope they can continue as a winning team.
The boys seemed to have been handicapped by the court which was not regulation size in any way. The Brooksville boys piled up a nine point lead in the first part, but as the half ended the Zephyrs had cut the lead to four points. The Zephyrs came back strong in the third quarter to tie the score; then with the loss of Bass, a number one guard, the tide turned. The game was a rough and tumble affair throughout and especially the last quarter. The Zephyr boys lost 15-26. The boys expect to upset the Brooksville quintet when they meet on their home court the 17th of February. The boys and girls meet the
Wildcats on the home court Friday, January 27.
The president of the Athletic Association called a meeting January 18,
1939 and problems were discussed and voted on. The officers proposed
the following things: the boys are getting new suits and in order to do
so the girls are to help them so that they can have a coach to continue
with their progress in athletics. The association agreed to pay Miss
Parsons the sum she is supposed to receive, because the county is
unable to do so. Everybody must work together to get these necessities.
Junior Class Play Progresses
Don’t forget the Junior class play, “Harvest Queen,”
which will be presented February 3. They will present a matinee for the
school children on Friday afternoon.
The school enrollment is now 373 in all twelve grades.
Editor in Chief: Helen McGuire
School Basketball Team Raises Fund, Zephyrhills News, November 17, 1939
$30.00 Goal Reached After A Short Period
The ZHS Boys’ Basketball Team of the local high school certainly
appreciate the way in which the citizens of Zephyrhills responded to
their attempt to raise the money necessary for their new uniforms. The
uniforms have arrived and the team is well pleased with the selection.
The following people contributed to the fund to be used as payment for
the uniforms: Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Booth, Krusen Land & Timber
Company, D.A. Storms, B. F. Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. John Hohenthaner,
J.H. Mott, Wm. Hamilton, J.D. Thompson, R.E. Hart, C.S. McGavern,
Dr. B.A. Thomas, F.B. Gill, Mrs. Marsh, Hotel Zephyr, Daniels
Drugs, Lucius Sibley, Logan Peeples, Pure Oil Service Station, J.L.
Geiger, Joe Riechart, Neukom’s Drug Store, Dr. D.B. Manley,
Charlie Slater, Henry Edmondson, McClung’s 5 & 10 Store, R.
H. Eldridge, T. Wangilder, August Visel, Home Bakery, Shoe Shop,
Bailey, C.H. Curtis, Fred T. Bromley, C.H. Hart, Hart Hotel, Thomas K.
Sparks, Mrs. W. Gall, Zephyrhills Publishing Company, V.K. Darby, Jake
Collier, Julian Baggett, J. Kerr, Dr. Arnot, Powell Ryals, Emil
Local Boys Win 2nd 4-H Award, Zephyrhills News, October 27, 1939
Max Bryant-Dave Boatwright Win Florida University Scholarship
Yesterday, the News received a letter from the Secretary of the County
Agriculture Extension and Home Economics Service which is of vital
interest to all citizens in Zephyrhills. It reads as follows;
The Zephyrhills News
We have just received a wire from Mr. McClellan stating that the
Florida Dairy Demonstration Team won the scholarship and second place
in the National Dairy Demonstration Contest in San Francisco.
Maxine Bryant and Dave Boatwright are both Zephyrhills boys and are two youths to be proud of.
The boys competed on Monday at the Golden Gate Exposition in San
Francisco. The scholarships will mean a one hundred dollar scholarship
at the University of Florida for each of the boys.
Maxie and David were the second place team in the State but due to the fact that the first place team was unable to go to the
Contest, they were sent to represent Florida.
Yours Very Truly,
Alumni News of this era---
ZHS Alumni and Friends Reunion Honors Classes of 1930 and 1955, Zephyrhills News, July 3, 1980, by Jaynell LeHeup
Each year it gets bigger and better—that is the general consensus
about the ZHS Alumni and Friends Reunion! The 1980 Reunion was Sunday
at the Community Center, Zephyr Park. There wasn’t just a full
house—there was such an overflowing crowd that it was voted to
try to obtain the larger Municipal Auditorium for the 1981 Reunion.
Group singing was led by Jaynell LeHeup with piano accompaniment by
Mrs. Margueritte Pattie with “God Bless America.” Four
members of the Class of 1939 sang a special song from their school
days. They were: Mrs. Juanita Green Stone, Class of 1939, of Mobile,
Alabama, Mrs. Hope Taylor, Manners of Canada, Class of 1939, Mrs. Helen
Lefler Mickey of Tampa, Class of 1939, and Mrs. Mary Jo England Higley
of Toledo, Ohio, Class of 1939. This was enjoyed by all, especially by
the Class of 1940 who were almost 100 percent in attendance and having
their class reunion immediately following the reunion.
Seventeen of 20-member Class of 1940 Attend 40th Reunion Banquet for 27, Zephyrhills News, July 3, 1980
Seventeen members of the 20 member ZHS Class of 1940 enjoyed a reunion in conjunction with the ZHS Alumni Reunion……Mrs. Hope Taylor Manness, Class of 1939, also attended the dinner with her brother-in-law and sister. The class of 1940 has always enjoyed a close relationship which was summed up by one of the spouses…”it’s not a class; it’s a family.”
Happy Memories Abound As ZHS Alumni Enjoy Reunion, Zephyrhills News, July 2, 1981, by Jaynell LeHeup
…Among first timers at this year’s ZHS reunion were Walter Vogel of Zephyrhills, Class of 1939….