HISTORY OF ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Highlights of 1959New Teachers, Zephyrhills News, September 4, 1959
Charles A. Henderson is returning as principal after an absent of two years during which he served in Bushnell. In addition six new teachers have joined the high school faculty.
Ernest Kretschmar, who taught at Pasco High School the last two years, is returning to Zephyrhills, where he will teach Junior and Senior High mathematics.
W.A. Washington who comes to us from Ada, Oklahoma will teach Junior and Senior High science at ZHS. From May, Florida, we have E. F. Reitz, Junior and Senior High social studies teacher, who also is in charge of the directed reading course. A recent graduate of the University of Tampa, James Eikeland is beginning his teaching career at Zephyr High. He is teaching two high school classes in educational television and is another Junior and Senior High social studies teacher.
Two of the new members of the high school faculty taught in the Zephyrhills Elementary School last year. Mrs. Victor Hall will be the new high school librarian and Miss Carolyn Jones will teach Spanish I and II and seventh grade science.
New ZHS Assistant Principal, Zephyrhills News, August 21, 1959
Baccalaureate Set, Zephyrhills News, May 22, 1959
A baccalaureate service this coming Sunday evening, a class night
program on Friday evening next week, and commencement exercises Friday
night, June 5, will mark the end of Zephyrhills school days for 48
seniors—29 girls and 19 boys.
Miss Laura Ann Higginson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M.
Higginson, and Miss Margie Braden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Braden, have been chosen valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
Completing the class roll are Charlie Ray Adams, Loretta Bamberger,
James Burgess, Donald Edwards, Marvin Gill, Clifton Grimes, Mary Ann
Hodges, Dorothy Hudson, Nancy Miller, Monica Prowant, Emil Reutimann,
III, Jeffy Sanford, Bobbie Jean Temples, Shirley Walker, Patricia
Whitehead, Carmen Yebba, John Andres, Sandra Craig, Robert Gerlach,
Medford Griffin, Terrance Hancock, Robert Hinsz, Theron Howard, Alice
Hutchinson, Richard Kirk, Joyce Lummus, Merle Padgett, Kay Pope,
Barbara Shelton, Joyce Stover, Gwendolyn Stroup, Frederick Trebour,
Marvin Wheeler, Sandra Wolancevich and Barbara Youmans.
Baccalaureate Service-The sanctuary of First Methodist Church will be
the scene of the baccalaureate service at 8 o’clock Sunday
evening. Marvin Gill is senior class chairman for the annual event.
Decorations will be by members of the sophomore class with Richard
Miles as president. Ushers will also be sophomores. The Rev. Earl Thorp
of New Orleans Baptist Church, Tampa, will deliver the baccalaureate
service. The Rev. Henry L. Kinnard, Jr. will give the invocation.
Coach Johnny Clements will crown Zephilsco (summer annual)
royalty. Miss Margie Braden, editor, will dedicate the annual,
for which Mrs. George Swing has served as sponsor.
Freshman will usher for Class Night.
Members of the graduating class and their chaperones will leave for
Miami Beach at 6 o’clock Saturday morning, May 30, for the annual
5-day senior trip. Traveling by school bus, driven by Cleo Bird, they
will be accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. John F. Clements, Mrs. Paul Braden,
Stanley Kendrick and Mrs. Colen Collier.
Commencement-Commencement exercises will be held in the new municipal
auditorium on Friday evening, June 5 at 8 o’clock. Mrs. Robert
Hooks, organist, will play the prelude, processional and recessional.
The Rev. B.A. Oswald will give the invocation and Rev. H. Reid
Newland the benediction
Miss Margie Braden will give the salutatory address and Miss Laura Ann
Higginson the valedictory. Benjamin Smith will give the
president’s address and Benny Brooks will use “What’s
Your Destination” as the subject of his address.
Seniors Are Told Requirements For Going to College, Zephyrhills News, 1959
John Haynes, psychological consultant for Pasco County schools and O.S. Bandy, director of secondary education for the county were here from Dade City Tuesday for a counseling session with members of the Zephyrhills High school senior class.
The session was arranged by Principal Charles A. Henderson after many
class members evidenced a desire for additional information on
scholarships, scholastic achievement tests, and guidance on choice of
higher institutions of learning to attend after graduation.
It was brought out a scholastic aptitude test is required by many
colleges and universities as the preliminary step in getting
scholarships and in some cases it is a prerequisite to gaining
Haynes and Bandy also discussed the national achievement scholarship
qualifying test scores with individuals who took it last
spring. They remained at the high school throughout the day
to answer any questions by the group and to talk individually with any
senior wanting further information.
Class of 1959 Has Its 25th Reunion, Zephyrhills News, 1984
The Zephyrhills High School Class of 1959 met this past weekend for its
25th year reunion. Classmates and families gathered Saturday morning at
the Zephyrhills Junior High School for a brunch and renewal of old
Conviviality continued in the evening with dinner and a program at Plant
City’s Holiday Inn Towne Hall. Carmen Yebba gave the invocation
and Wade Bodiford served as emcee. Small trophies were awarded to Jim
Burgess as The Most Changed; Carmen Yebba, The Least Changed, Jim
Burgess, the Most Distance Traveled; Marvin Gill, Parent of the
Youngest Child; and Medford Griffin for the Most Grandchildren.
The Reunion Committee members were acknowledged and a special plaque
was presented to Wade and Pat Whitehead Bodiford for the special
contributions to the reunion.
Donald Nelson ran films of previous reunions and a slide presentation of photos and yearbook scenes were shown. The evening continued with dancing to the music of the 1950’s and inevitable conversation. “Teachers recall that the Class of 1959 was made up of talkers,” a 1959 class member told the News.
Lynn Nichols is chosen to Attend Girls State Week
The 1959 Girls State is 16 years of age and was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Mrs. R.R. Nichols, and the late Mr. Nichols, 1718 3rd Avenue. She ears A and B school grades. Miss Nichols is a former band member, is secretary of her class, treasurer of Beta Club and a member of the singing group known as the “Harmonettes.” She was chosen Homecoming princess in 1958 and says history and Spanish are her favorite subjects and enjoys being big sister to Susan, Karen and Robert Nichols. (Article courtesy of Susan Nichols Smith)
School Daze by Margie Braden, Zephyrhills News, April 24, 1959
It appears that the closer we come to the end of school, the busier we
get. The Junior and Senior classes are working on their big projects,
as well as all the clubs. Naturally the Juniors’ project is the
upcoming prom and banquet which will take place the evening of May
15. Not too much has been said about their plans as they’re
still trying to keep everything a secret.
The Freshmen who will be ushering for class night are: Linda Cavin,
Virgie Hinsz, Joan Shannon, Wayne Reutimann, Stevie Smith and Ralph
Chamberlain. Judy Surratt is chairman of the class night
decorating committee which is selected from the Freshman class.
The band is certainly working in order to attend the state band contest
which will be in West Palm Beach the second week in May. Last Saturday
the aroma of baked goods filled the air downtown and many people bought
the goodies. Profit from the sale came to approximately $48. Next
on the list of project is another bake sale Saturday, plus a car wash.
This evening the band members will be feted at a banquet given by the
band boosters at the American Legion Hall. We are looking forward to
this, as the evening is sure to be enjoyable. After the banquet guests
will be invited to stay and dance.
Forty-Eight To Get Diplomas, Zephyrhills News, June 5, 1959
Commencement exercises for the 48 members of the 1959 graduating class
of Zephyrhills High School will be held in the new Municipal Auditorium
at 8 o’clock this Friday evening.
This Thursday evening at 6 o’clock following their return from a senior class trip to Miami Beach, the graduates will be guests of honor at a dinner given by the Women’s Society for Christian Service of First Methodist Church in Stephens Hall.
Mrs. C.N. Chamberlain is
After the commencement exercises Friday evening the seniors will enjoy
a swim party in the municipal pool, followed by a supper in the VFW
Hall and a midnight movie at the Home Theater, with Mrs. Paul Braden
serving as chairman of the curtain-ringer-down party for the graduates.
Three Principals Named—Brown and Ross Reappointed, Zephyrhills News, May 15, 1959
Stewart Brown has been reappointed principal of Zephyrhills High
School. The Pasco County Board of Public Instruction on Tuesday also
appointed Arleis E. Ross principal of the new Zephyrhills Elementary
School and Thomas McCree of Volusia County, to the principalship of the
on-the-campus Junior-High-Elementary School.
The board granted Mrs. Stewart Brown professional leave for a year to
pursue studies toward her doctorate in clinical psychology at the
University of Florida. Mrs. Brown has taught in Pasco County for 5
½ years and has instructed in physical education in Pasco High
School for the past two.
Honor Retiring Teachers-By resolution the board honored three Pasco
County educators on the occasion of their retirement after outstanding
service in behalf of students in schools of the county.
Lee Fox, Land O’ Lakes, D. Carl Cripe (a former ZHS principal) and Mrs.
D. Carl Cripe, who reside on Fort King Road are returning after
many years of teaching. It was Fox who started the Zephyrhills
School Band years ago with only 16 instruments.
An A.B. Dick Duplicator was purchased from Richardson Co., Tampa for
use in the Zephyrhills schools at a cost of $275. The board
adopted the school calendar for 1959-60. Members went on record
to say they had met with Representative Joe A. McClain to enlist his
support in the matter of securing additional operating funds for the
coming year and found him most cooperative. A long-distance
telephone call to Senator J.C. Getzen while the board was in session
failed to bring satisfaction from that source.
Mrs. Margeretta C. Witt, Zephyrhills board member, said that under Florida law the board is instructed to pay more to teachers for each additional year taught. “The state says pay but they don’t say where the money is coming from,” Mrs. Witt said.
Volunteers Again Work Hard at Job of Landscaping West School Campus, Zephyrhills News, October 23, 1959
Progress was made in the landscaping of Zephyrhills West Elementary School at a work session Saturday morning, when 12 interested persons met for the purpose. Spearheading the work were Councilman Ralph Barefoot, Mrs. W. Lincoln Rogers, and Gordon Winters representing Community Developing League, the Garden Club and PTA, respectively. A group composed of Reverend Henry L. Kinnard, Jr. Howard Taylor, Principal Arleis E. Ross, Mrs. Joe Lane Alston, Mrs. Marion Trefern, Mrs. Rogers, Garden Club Vice President, Mrs. Marie Kyle and two Past Presidents, Mrs. A. Bruce Rutherford and Mrs. Melville Hall, industriously weeded and mulched around plantings previously made. Mulch used was pine needles, two loads which had been hauled to the campus by Dee Whitmer. Barefoot and W. Lincoln Rogers went to the Paul Braden home and dug seven sizable ligustrum plants and daylilies, given by the Bradens, to be planted. Some 24 additional ligustrums, several of them gifts from the Blalock Nursery, were set as were camphor tress and bridal wreath plants.
Pyrancanthas, already on hand, are to be espaliered against the outer east and west walls of the present classroom units to complete the first phase of planting in accordance with the master plan.