Apr 24, 2012

GHS Alumni will have Open House May 7


GREENVILLE – The Greenville High School Alumni Association will have its fourth annual Open House on May 7, at the G.H.S. Cafeteria. The event is free and will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. There is no program and it is a walk through happening with free refreshments. Friends of GHS and staff members are invited, too.
This is a chance for G.H.S. alums to reconnect with their past. They have over 100 tri-fold cardboards with pictures from all 101 Chief yearbooks. Last year they first showed the 84 boards with all 18,000+ senior photos from the yearbooks, all scanned and in one place. This was the first time every senior picture of all GHS graduates from the past 100 years was shown at one time.
This year they will have all of these boards back, due to popular demand. There are also specialized boards dealing with GHS clubs, sports, music, classes, teachers, post cards and school pictures, and other subjects. There will be 100-year listings of Homecoming Court members, Raudabaugh award winners, Prom Courts and themes, Student Council and N.H.S. presidents, senior class officers, Valedictorians, Salutatorians, Head Ushers, Winter Sports Festival courts, Marching Band Field Commanders, Drum Majors, Athletic Hall of Fame, and Yearbook editors.
For the first time, they will have new listings of 4 and 5 generation families who have graduated from Greenville High School. This covers from the first graduation in 1873 through 2011.
Additional pictures can be found at bluebagmedia.com, search GHS Alumni Open House.
The first picture here shows a “Class Day” play put on in 1913 for the graduating seniors at that time. This is from the 1914 Chief, and features the first of a four generation family: H. Vier Steinmetz, GHS 1913, who became a prominent dentist in Greenville. Three other Steinmetz generations include Bill Steinmetz, GHS 1933, who was a Greenville Postmaster, Hank Steinmetz, GHS 1969, and Nathan Steinmetz, GHS 1999.

The G.H.S. Marching Band started in 1924, with the first Drum Major being Jerome Goubeaux. Within a few years, they earned enough money to acquire uniforms. The picture here shows the orchestra (top) and band (bottom) from the 1929 Chief.

The third picture is the 1952 fall football team, featuring the Class of 1953 seniors. This team was coached by the legendary Jim Eby, who later had undefeated teams at Greenville and at Colonel White. Many injuries plagued this team, which ended with a 5-4 record.

On June 2, 1972, GHS Graduation ceremonies were held at Harmon Field. For the first time in the history of the school, Valedictorian Yolanda Dorris and Salutatorian Debbie McClain, made speeches. 285 Seniors graduated that night with diplomas being presented by school board President Ron Bonfiglio. The picture shows Yolanda Dorris addressing her classmates with the first Valedictorian speech.

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