The Grand Rapids High School
Alumni Association

 

The Early History of Grand Rapids High School
Alumni Association

The class of ’85 met at the High School one evening, soon after the school had closed for that summer, for the purpose of organizing an Alumni Association; they then decided to have a picnic, to which the classes of ’84 and ’86 were to be invited. Such as the beginning of the High School Alumni Association.

The Association held picnics every year until ’93, when it decided to change, and January 4, ’93, occurred the first banquet at "The Livingston", where toasts were responded to by both teachers and pupils.
In the winter of ’94, the Scholarship Fund Association was formed. To Professor W. A. Greeson belongs the honor of originating this fund; and a nobler monument could not be reared to the name and ability of one who gives the means of obtaining an education to minds which will afterwards inspire and benefit mankind.
This society was chartered in June, ’95. There are two classes of members – alumni and donors. Evry graduate who has paid his dues is an alumni member, and any subscriber who pays fifty dollars in five years, in ten dollar annual payments, is a donor. The alumni elect three and the donor three trustees and the principal of the High School is ex-officio member of the Board. The Michigan Trust Company generously offered to handle all funds free of charge. Two hundred and fifty dollars is the maximum amount loaned to any one student, who gives a personal note, endorsed by the parent, with no interest, for five years; after that, four per cent, is charged.
Three students are a present maintained by this fund in the University.
December 31, ’95, a reception was enjoyed at the St. Cecilia Building, where Professor Strong’s familiar voice was again heard in his own modest fashion and each member will welcome the next reunion, when we meet again for old acquaintance sake.

Mrs. Walter K. Schmidt, ‘85

 

Class Statistics

1862 – 1895

1862 – Class badge with inscription "Ava Kparos"(Greek) on one end and "Mahs" on the other, the interpretation of which was known only to the class. The number of graduated was 13, all girls; the only boy the class would have had, Mr. George Caulkins, enlisted and went to the war. The graduation exercises were held in Luce’s Hall, which was the hall in those days.

1863 – The class had no formal organization or motto. Number graduated, 11.
1864 – Class pin bore inscription "S. Y. F.", the significance of which was known by members of the class only. Number of graduates, 11.

1865 – No class graduated.

1866 – Class adopted a secret motto, "S4". Number of graduates, 13.

1867 – Motto: "Haec Olim Meminisse Juvabit." Class pin in shape of a crescent, marked with
"H.O.M. J." Number of graduates, 14. The class took part in laying the corner stone for the now "old" building.
1868 – Number of graduates, 12. The last class to graduate from the old stone building.
1869 – Motto: "C.A.N." "We are locked in Memory’s chains." Number of graduates, 10. Class emblem, a gold ring.
1870 – Motto: "Zevy Ma Pixwv".(Greek) Class pin, Zeta over Phi. Number of graduates, 16.
1871 – Motto: Nulla Vestigia Retrorsum". Class pin, a slab, inscribed with "N.V.R. Class ‘71’. Number of graduates, 12.

1872 – Motto: "Gradu diverso, Via una". Class pin, shield inscribed with "G.D.V.U.", "Class ‘72" and Psi over Delta. Number of graduates, 7.
1873 – Motto: "Three of a kind beat two pair." Number of graduates, 3.
Class List: George F. Foster, Edward A. Gilbert, Edgar W. Ford
1874 – Motto: "Bury not your faculties in the sepulcher of knowledge". Number of graduates, 12.
1875 – The class had no organization or motto. Number of graduates, 16.
1876 – Motto: "Quitium non Finis". The class being the "Centennial Class", the national colors of Red, White and Blue were chosen for the class colors. Class reunions and picnics were held in the summers of ’76, ’77 and ’78. Seventeen graduated, ten girls and seven boys. Of the ten girls, seven have been teachers in the public schools.
1877 – Motto: "Alte Vestigia". The class exercises were held on a platform erected in a grove. Number of graduates, 27. Colors, Blue and White.
1878 – Motto: "Nobilia per Nobilia Quaerenda". Number of graduates, 39. Colors, Red and White.
1879 – Motto: "Respice Finem". Number of graduates, 36. Colors, Crimson and Light Blue.
1880 – Motto: "Finis Coronat Opus". Number of graduates, 38.
1881 – Motto: "Certeni Pete Finem". Class book contains 27 pages. Number of graduates, 31.
1882 – Motto: "Nondum Est Finis". Number of graduates, 32. Class book contains 34 pages.
1883 – Motto: "Pas a Pas". Number of graduates, 32.
1884 – Motto: "Know Thyself". Color, Cherry Red. Number of graduates, 34. Mr. Strong was in Europe at the time of the graduating exercises.
1885 – Motto: "A Posse ad Esse". The last class which graduated under the principalship of Mr. Strong. Number of graduates, 27. Class color, Heliotrope.
1886 – Motto: "Deeds not Words". Color, Pink. Number of graduates, 47.
1887 – Motto: "Sic Itur ad Astra". Color, Crushed Strawberry. Number of graduates, 45.
1888 – Motto: "Vincit qui se Vincit". Colors, Cream and White. Number of graduates, 42.
1889 – Motto: "Thus Endeth Our First Lesson". Colors, Pink and White. Class pin, Six Pointed Star, inscribed "Class of ‘89". (Number of graduates not listed.)
1890 – Motto: "On the Threshold". Number of graduates, 49.
1891 – Motto: "Honor Waits at Labor’s Gate". Colors, Light Green. Number of graduates, 61. Yell: "Hoo-rah! Hoo-rah! Ki-Yi! KiYi! Ninety-One Boom, T-I-g-e-r!"
1892 – Pin, four leaf clover. Motto: "Have some Definite Aim". Colors, Blue and White. Yell: "Rah-Roo, Rah Roo, Roo, Hah roo, Grand Rapids High School ‘92". Number of graduates, 56.
1893 – Motto: "En Avant". Colors, Lavender and Cream. Yell: "Boom ta ra da, Boom da ree, Hoo-rah, Hoo-rah, Ninety-Three!" Number of graduates, 70. Prophecy written by Mary Smith, and history written by Maria S. Vanderveen, published in the Mirror.
1894 – Motto: "Kaipo Tvwoi" (Greek). Color, White, Gold and Blue. Yell: "Hurrah! Hurrah! Zip, Boom-Road, Grand Rapids High School, ’94"! Number of graduates, 72. Pin, a monogram "’95".

1895 – Motto: "Kpanora Zn_oure" (Greek). Colors, White, Gold and Cardinal. Yell: "Rah, Rah, Rah! Who’s Alive? We are! We are! ’95!" Number of graduates, 100. Century class. Pin, a monogram "‘95". History written by Regina Tyroler for the Delphian, and by Maude Thayer for the Mirror. Prophecy written by Bertha Vincent for the Delphian, and May Wyman for the Mirror.

 

The Grand Rapids High School
Class Officers, 1862 - 1895

YEAR-#GRADS

NAME

POSITION

1865

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NO CLASS GRADUATED

1879

ADAMS, ELMA

SECRETARY

1870

ALLEN, HENRY G.

PRESIDENT

1875

ALLEN, MARY E.

VALEDICTORIAN

1892

ALLEN, SUSIE

VICE-PRESIDENT

1886

APTED, ALFRED H.

SECRETARY

1877

BALL, FANNY D.

VICE-PRESIDENT & PROPHET

1869

BALL, FRANK W.

SALUTATORIAN & PRESIDENT

1879

BALL, LOUISE J.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1878

BARNES, NANCY W.

SECRETARY

1878

BARNES, NANCY W.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1887

BATES, MARY

TREASURER

1880

BEACH, ELMER E.

ORATOR

1884

BELKNAP, BERTHA

PROPHET

1878

BERKEY, LILLIAN M.

PROPHET, COMPOSER OF CLASS SONG

1887

BERKEY, LULU B.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1871

BEVIER, NELLIE M.

SALUTATORIAN

1892

BILLINGS, ELTON P.

PRESIDENT

1881

BLAKESLEE, IDA M.

POET

1889

BRADFIELD, JOHN E.

TREASURER

1883

BRADFORD, ADDA M.

HISTORIAN

1874

BRADFORD, ELIZABETH M.

SALUTATORIAN

1878

BRIGHAM, WILL J.

ORATOR

1890

BROOKINGS, WALTER D.

PRESIDENT

1884

CHALMERS, JAMES

SALUTATORIAN

1888

CHASE, FLORENCE P.

SECRETARY

1870

CHUBB, EVA A.

HISTORIAN

1881

CHUBB, GRACE

VICE-PRESIDENT

1872

CLARK, ELLA A.

SALUTATORIAN

1886

CLARK, HELEN

VICE-PRESIDENT

1888

CODY, LOUIS

PRESIDENT

1878

COLLINS, AGNES A.

TREASURER

1883

CROOK, ALJA R.

VALEDICTORIAN

1879

CUTCHEON, FLORENCE E.

POET

1887

CUTCHEON, LEWIS D.

SECRETARY

1891

CUTLER, FRANK D.

HISTORIAN

1877

DANIELS, GEORGE B.

PRESIDENT

1878

DENNISON, ARTHUR C.

HISTORIAN

1892

DICKERMAN, HELEN

SECRETARY

1872

DIETRICH, CHARLES W. S.

PRESIDENT

1862

DINSON, ANNETTE C.

VALEDICTORIAN

1877

D'OOGE, BENJAMIN S.

HISTORIAN

1893

DYKEMA, FRANK L.

TREASURER

1891

DYKEMA, PETER W.

PROPHET

1883

EDIE, SYNNE S.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1884

FIELD, WILLIS

VICE-PRESIDENT

1872

FINDLAY, HATTIE J.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1879

FOOTE, FREDERICK B.

PRESIDENT

1889

GARDENIER, ETTIE

SECRETARY

1880

GARRICK, LUCY W.

PROPHET

1882

GODFREY, G. FRANK

TREASURER

1890

GOODRICH, HENRIETTA I.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1882

GOODRICH, SUSIE

SECRETARY

1878

GRAHAM, W. H.

POET

1884

GRAVES, ANNA C.

PRESIDENT

1882

GRAVES, WILL C.

PRESIDENT & SALUTATORIAN

1866

GREELY, FRANK N.

SALUTATORIAN

1882

HAMILTON, ANNIE

POET

1891

HAZELTINE, E. ESTELLE

VALEDICTORIAN

1894

HEALD, HENRY T.

PRESIDENT

1891

HEATH, IRMA

POET

1890

HEATH, IRMA A.

SECRETARY

1889

HEFFERAN, GEORGE

PRESIDENT

1891

HEFFERAN, MARY

VICE-PRESIDENT

1895

HEFFERAN, T. WILLIAM

TREASURER

1862

HENRY, AUREILA S.

HISTORIAN

1882

HENSHAW, NELLIE

HISTORIAN

1863

HESS, MELICENT W.

VALEDICTORIAN

1864

HODENPYL, MARGARET S. G.

SALUTATORIAN

1869

HOLLAND, ADELE

VALEDICTORIAN

1881

HOLLISTER, CLAY H.

CLASS SONG

1878

HOPKINS, WILLIAM M.

PRESIDENT

1888

HOSKINS, M. ADELE

VICE-PRESIDENT

1891

HOYT, RICHARD

TREASURER

1880

HUGHART, OLIVER O. P.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1884

INGERSOLL, MARY

HISTORIAN

1891

IRWIN, LOU

ESSAYIST

1870

JEWETT, ADDIE S.

VALEDICTORIAN

1872

JEWETT, HATTIE A.

VALEDICTORIAN

1879

KEENY, WILLARD W.

ORATOR

1882

KINNEY, ERMINIE

CLASS SONG

1876

KIRKLAND, REYNOLD J.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1867

KNAPP, FLORENCE

VALEDICTORIAN

1871

KNAPP, LIZZIE S.

VALEDICTORIAN & SECRETARY

1879

KOON, EMMA R.

PROPHET

1880

LANGDON, MINNIE E.

HISTORIAN

1886

LATHROP, JESSIE G.

TREASURER

1876

LEONARD, CLARA

VALEDICTORIAN

1874

LOOMIS, SARAH J.

SECRETARY

1877

LOOMIS, W. H.

ORATOR

1894

MACEY, KATE L.

SECRETARY

1875

MERRIMAN, MINA M.

SALUTATORIAN

1891

NOURSE, WILL

CLASS SONG

1873

ONLY 3 GRADUATES

EDW. A. GILBERT, GEO. F. FOSTER, EDGAR W. FORD

1882

OSBORN, LORAN D.

ORATOR

1894

PETTERSCH, JOSEPH H.

TREASURER

1891

PIKE, JULIA

SARGENT-AT-ARMS

1871

PORTER, FRED D.

PRESIDENT

1888

PORTER, SARA

TREASURER

1885

PUTMAN, HELEN R.

PRESIDENT

1886

QUIGLEY, HARRY W.

PRESIDENT

1881

RAND, FRED

SECRETARY

1881

RANSOM, CORA

PROPHET

1883

REED, ALICE B.

PROPHET

1880

REED, ANNIE H.

SECRETARY & POET

1882

RICE, CARRIE

PROPHET

1883

RIGGS, CORA R.

SECRETARY

1868

RINDGE, ADA

VALEDICTORIAN

1876

ROBERTSON, ALFRED

SECRETARY/TREASURER & SALUTATORIAN

1894

ROELOFS, FLORA A. L.

SARGENT-AT-ARMS

1870

RUMSEY, JAMES S.

SEER

1883

RUSCHE, JOSEPH

POET

1884

RUSCHE, JOSEPH

TREASURER

1880

SAVIDGE, WILLIAM

PRESIDENT

1866

SCRANTON, LEVETTE

VALEDICTORIAN

1883

SHERMAN, FRED D.

ORATOR

1882

SHERMAN, FRED D.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1895

SHURTZ, RUTH

SARGENT-AT-ARMS

1874

SIMONDS, OSSIAN C.

VALEDICTORIAN

1893

SLIGH, EDITH C.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1893

SLOCUM, MAY A.

SARGENT-AT-ARMS

1870

SMITH, JESSIE W.

POETESS

1883

SMITH, REUBEN S.

TREASURER

1881

SPRAGUE, SOPHIE

TREASURER

1884

STEINER, CORA

SECRETARY

1882

STEKETEE, CORNELIA

VALEDICTORIAN

1889

STERLING, CARRIE L.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1862

STEVENS, FRANCES C.

SALUTATORIAN

1879

STEVENS, GEORGIA E.

TREASURER

1881

STRONG, LILY M.

HISTORIAN

1892

TAGGART, RALPH C.

SARGENT-AT-ARMS

1872

TEARSE, FRED C.

SECRETARY

1883

THOMPSON, GUY V.

PRESIDENT

1885

TORREY, LUCIUS

TREASURER

1893

TREADWAY, HOWARD P.

PRESIDENT

1895

TURNER, EDITH L.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1887

TURNER, ORLANDO F.

PRESIDENT

1895

TYROLER, REGINA J.

SECRETARY

1893

VANDERVEEN, MARIA S.

SECRETARY

1895

VERDIER, LEONARD D.

PRESIDENT

1890

WAGNER, CHARLES A.

TREASURER

1891

WAGNER, MARY

SECRETARY

1874

WALKER, MYRON H.

PRESIDENT

1894

WALLDER, FRANCES M.

VICE-PRESIDENT

1881

WARE, EZRA J.

PRESIDENT & SALUTATORIAN

1884

WHITCOMB, CHAS E.

VALEDICTORIAN

1891

WHITE, STEWART E.

PRESIDENT & SALUTATORIAN

1880

WHITFIELD, ADELAIDE F.

TREASURER

1867

WILLET, CHARLES J.

SALUTATORIAN

1868

WILSON, THEODORE

SALUTATORIAN & PRESIDENT

1876

WITHEY, ELEANOR

PRESIDENT & PROPHET

1892

WOLCOTT, SAMUEL

TREASURER

1885

WOLF, BERTHA

VICE-PRESIDENT

1864

WOOD, JANE A.

VALEDICTORIAN

1863

WOODARD, CORNELIA A.

SALUTATORIAN

1891

WRIGHT, MAX G.

ORATOR

1885

WURSTER, WILL

SECRETARY

1870

YOUNG, ABRAM V. E.

SECRETARY

1881

YOUNG, CHARLES S.

ORATOR

Transcriber: Evelyn Sawyer
Created: 16 February 2002
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