The Tiger Fight Song had the same tune but different words back in 1965. “Although Yale has always favored, the violets dark blue, and the many sons of Harvard, to the crimson rose are true, we will hold our lily slender, no honor shall we lack, for the Tigers stand defenders of the Orange and the Black. Rah! Rah! V I C T O R Y.. Grinnell Tigers Fight!”
GHS Homecoming Queens and Kings
It is always fun to remember our Homecoming Festivities and Events that took place when we were in high school, putting our memories to the test. It was very interesting to go back through the Annuals that are now housed at the Drake Library in Grinnell. I am not sure what year exactly the Homecoming Queen and King began but the list below was taken from the respective Grinnellian Year Books.
There were a few Annuals missing so if you would like to donate yours to their collection, please keep that in mind when you sort through old things. If you know who should go in any of the “blanks”, please use the Contact Us form to let us know.
|1948||Sonya Pedersen||Bob Dimit|
|1971||Anne DeMeulenaere||Joe Ridgeway|
|1974||Sandy Van Arkel|
|1980||Kim Bachman||Al Latcham “First Official King”|
|1981||Patricia Schmidt||Scott Meredith|
|1982||Diane Cunningham||Stan Johnson|
|1983||Chris Sepic||Scott McDonough|
|1984||Kristy Harris||Tracy McCammant|
|1985||Ursula Patiwael||Tom Lannom|
|1986||Rachel Kintzinger||David Peters|
|1987||Chanda Petermann||Mark Brown|
|1988||Wendy Kinnaird||Eddy Elliott|
|1989||Heidi Lebeck||Brad McDonough|
|1990||Heather Agnew||Jeff Vorwerk|
|1991||Tashia Andes||Dan McCulley|
|1992||Lisa Vorwerk||Russ Dreesman|
|1993||Courtney Witt||Ben Latimer|
|1994||Angie Toney||Jake Boyer|
|1995||Jamie Juhl||Jeff Clement|
|1996||Kristin Lebeck||Jason Epperson|
|1997||Jessica White||Danilo Juvane|
|1998||Anna Heinnemen||Waylon Goetzinger|
|1999||Kate Heineman||Dan Kyle|
|2000||Ashley Andrews||Shawn Edelen|
|2001||Brianne Davis||Lee Novak|
|2002||Randi Snider||Nick Kriegel|
|2003||Emily Kolbe||Eli Kilburg|
|2004||Katee Van Arkel||Levi Fenner|
|2005||Stefanie DeAngelo||Seth Coster|
|2006||Nikki Pierce||Jon Mielak|
|2007||Brianna Gallo||Kyle Lidtka|
|2008||Sallie Porath||Peter Marsho|
|2009||Whitney Swick||Josh Eilander|
|2010||Laura Weigel||Jerrett Tompson|
|2011||Nikki Freeman||Jake Beck|
|2012||Shay Pederson||Ben Cunningham|
|2013||Elizabeth Nelson||Not Listed|
|2014||Not Listed||Not Listed|
|2015||Not Listed||Not Listed|
History of Grinnell Public Schools
From the GHS 1945 Yearbook
To write the history of the Grinnell Public Schools is, practically, to write the history of the Grinnell Community. Ten school buildings have been built since 1854. In that year ten men contributed fifteen dollars each to erect a building 16×24 to serve, temporarily, for both church and school. This was the fourth structure in town.
J.B. Grinnell directed the construction. On Monday morning the trees were standing in the forest. They were felled, cut, squared and sawed into boards. On the following Sunday the building was ready for church service. True, the green lumber warped and twisted. Wind and rain and sun penetrated freely. But where the Stewart Library is now located, stood the first school.
GHS Alumni Hall of Fame
From the Fall 2007 Grinnell High School Alumni Association newsletter
Recently the long awaited Grinnell High School Alumni Hall of Fame showcase was installed by the contractors, ASIModulex, near the entrance of the newly built high school auditorium. The stained oak wood cabinet matches the existing trophy cases arranged along the corridor of the auditoriumgymnasium complex. The LED illuminated display honors the 14 honorees as voted on at the last All High School Reunion in 2004. Their names, pictures, last year attended Grinnell High School, and accomplishments are etched on 14 7” x 10” zinc plaques with raised stain bronze lettering on clear acrylic and arranged in numerical order of their graduation.
By the honorees accomplishments, this Hall of Fame exposes to the youth of Grinnell High School their horizons and exposes their options to see that a world of opportunities awaits them by following the honorees examples of success in citizenship and serving of all mankind. Many are nominated, but few qualify for admittance to the Hall of Fame.
Conditions for Election
Election to the Hall of Fame is to be cumulative from time to time. Former students of the Grinnell schools, whether graduates or not, are eligible. Election is based upon outstanding achievements of the individual in his or her line of endeavor. An honorary election of those persons who were closely connected with the school but were not former pupils in the system will be considered. J.B. Grinnell is such a choice. The candidate, in addition to above, when selected must be deceased.
Two members of the Class of 1944 gifted the showcase to the school as a memorial to the school.
Members of the Hall of Fame committee are Jerry Hagen, Dick Ritter, and Bob Smith.
Members of the GHS Alumni Hall of Fame
J.B. GRINNELL (Honorary) Founder of Grinnell, Educator and Statesman
CHARLES HINK (Class of 1907) Inventor and Manufacturer
WILLIAM (BILLY) C. ROBINSON (Class of 1908) Pioneer Aviator and Inventor
HARRY L. HOPKINS (Class of 1908) Federal Administrator and Special Assistant to President F.D. Roosevelt
HALLIE FERGUSON FLANAGAN (DAVIS) (Class of 1908) Author, Educator, and Federal Theater Administrator
CHARLES MANLY (Class of 1909) Benefactor and Attorney
RUTH SUCKOW (Class of 1910) Author
JULIA B. WHEELER (Class of 1910) Educator
ADMIRAL ARTHUR RADFORD (Class of 1914) 2nd Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
JOHN TALBOTT, M.D. Editor of Medical Publications, Physician and Educator
HELEN RENFROW (LEMME) (Class of 1923) Educator and Civil Rights Leader
LYMAN B. CASE (Class of 1928) Pioneer Iowa Highway Patrolman and Judicial Magistrate
CLAUDE AHRENS (Class of 1931) Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
ROBERT NOYCE (Class of 1945) Inventor of Silicon Microchip and Founder of Intel Corporation