GREENVILLE — The Greenville High School (G.H.S.) Alumni Association will have its annual open house on the evening of May 2 in the G.H.S. Cafeteria. The event is totally free and will last from 6:30-9 p.m.
There is no program and there are free refreshments. Not just GHS alums are invited, but invitations are also made to “friends” of GHS, teachers, staff members past and present, and anyone with an interest in GHS.
This is a chance for G.H.S. graduates to reconnect with their past.
“We have about 200 tri-fold boards with pictures from all 105 yearbooks,” said a spokesperson. “Last year we showed the 88 boards with all 18,000+ senior photos scanned from the yearbooks. This year we will have all of these boards back again. 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, obituaries and yearbook editors.”
The first photo is from the 1966 championship GHS Baseball team which won the M.V.L. title. The team was coached by John Suba and Gary Pidock. Six seniors made up this hard-working team which won 12 and dropped six: Bill Steck, Richard Harsh and Bill Cornett, along with the outstanding trio once dubbed by the late historian and then WDRK sports announcer, Bill Booker, as “The Big Three” athletes of the class: Jim Holland, Rick Dill, and Steve Pipenger. This fierce lineup intimidated the other M.V.L. foes, and the team will be reunited this summer when their Class of 1966 has their 50th Year Reunion.
The first soccer teams at GHS occurred about 60 years apart. The girls team was organized in the 1923-24 school year. The first boys team did not appear until 1984. Although it isn’t believed there are any of the members of that girls team still around, it is known that a member of that 1984 boys team, Ron Holzapfel, can be found working daily at CVS.
In another photo, the Class of 1901 is pictured with all 14 members wearing their caps and gowns. Those graduating were Arthur King, Blanche Feltheim, Opal Tillman, Lena Lee, James Morningstar, Ethel Curtis, Kathryn Porter, Maude Fitzgerald, Alda Beanblossom, Grace Nause, Nellie Young, Frank Robinson, and Maude Dickens.
Many reunions are planned for this summer. Information can be found out about these upcoming get-togethers at the open house.
“We have CD disks to hand out for free which have all the class reunions of the past six years, all named, and obituaries of GHS grads from 2009 to date, plus over 200 teachers. There will be a wealth of school history on display,” the spokesperson said.
There will be listings of the “Big Families” of Greenville High School, featuring the families with the most siblings graduating from GHS, and four- and five-generation families.