STERLING HIGH SCHOOL
The necessity of a better high school was realized by the community and after an election April 11, 1896, approved the establishment of a township high school. Those first members of the high school board included C.A. Wetherbee, the Rev. E. Brown, James Platt, F.W. Wheeler and W.A. Sanborn.
The first board selected a site for the building which was approved during an election Aug. 1, 1896. The site was the grounds of the old Catholic church at the corner of 5th Ave. and 4th St. In another election May 11, 1897, voters approved the issuing of $40,000 in bonds for the new building. Sterling High School opened in the fall of 1898 with almost 200 students.
The first section of the current Sterling high school complex was built in 1949 and an addition in 1963. The former building was used as a junior high school before it was razed and today, yet, the site of the first high school is a vacant lot. While the original 1898 high school opened with 200 students, for comparison, during the 1975-76 school year nearly 1800 students were enrolled.
STERLING HIGH SCHOOL 20th Reunion
Class of 1947
The SHS class of 1947 held its 20th year reunion Saturday evening, July 22, 1967 at Emerald Hill Country Club. Fifty-Three class members were present with guests totaling 95. Members were greeted at the door by Karl Over, master of ceremonies. Each one received a printed history of all former classmates. Hors de oeuvres were enjoyed and acquaintances renewed. A buffet dinner was served at tables decorated with blue streamerrs and bouquets of gold mums and blue carnations. After dinner Karl Over welcomed classmates and guests. He introduced the reunion committee including Jeanine Cramer Hay, Bessie Book Over, Maxine Allen Gaumer and Betty Friend Weckesser andhonored guests, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Eades, Former Superintendent Eades addressed the group, recalling many old memories. All present signed a history to be sent to U.R. DeVoe. Gifts were presented to the following classmates; Doris Wagner Parker, most children; Jim Hill, most bald; Bernice Wolf Voss, most recent marriage; Phil Hey, highest education and Marilyn Thielen Van Wassenhove, most distance traveled. Dancing was enjoyed after dinner to music furnished by Julian Heane. The committee for the 25th reunion will be headed by Jim Haskell. Members attended from New York, Michigan, Florida, California, Wisconsin and Illinois.
STERLING HIGH SCHOOL 50th Reunion
Class of 1952
The Class of 1952 from Sterling High School celebrated their 50th class reunion in great splendor on Aug. 24, 2002.
On Friday evening there was a casual gathering at the Country Inn Hospitality Room. Saturday afternoon a large group toured the new Centennial Auditorium and the Hall of Fame at SHS.
This was the second class to graduate from the new Sterling High School in 1952. Saturday evening was a grand affair at Deer Valley Country Club, with 65 out of 124 remaining classmates attending.
Some concluded the weekend with breakfast and more reminiscing on Sunday morning.
50 year Reunion
Contributed by John Sunday
Pictured first row (l-r) are: Don Knight, Delmar McNinch. Don Shontz, Karl Kilberg, Dick Lyon. Bob Smith, Glenn Springman
Second row, Pat Batchellar Mathews, Doris Shaw Goff, Esther Wolber Hicks, Ruth Kimball Darush, Pat Baird Karracker, Evadell Fulton Johnson, Jean Sterenberg Ackman, Marlene Metzner Spencer, Shirley Barnes Bollman, Donna Glenn Crady.
Third row, Eunice Detweiller, Joanne Stevens Grabeklis, Judy Mangler Draper, Bernice Propheter Bright, Merrildean Leanord Ebersole, Nancy Kunde Gates, Shirley Buckingham Sharp. Audrey Hurley Burke, Maxine Wallis Stern, Gerald Frimodt, Ward Johnson, Bob Card.
Fourth row. Lyle Dirks, Don Lester, Ronny Goodnight, Dick Czuprinski, Ned Ryerson. Frank Holmes, Sue Black Britt, Pat Hanson Pitts, Charlotte McCulloh Eissens.
Fifth row, Jean Allen Galloway, Pat Howe Lane, Lois Good Olson, Helen Johnson Pitts, Nancy Lundquist Jordan, Marie Ohms Kent, Marlene Stutzke Edwards, Arlene Book McBride, Beth Meyer Kilberg.
Sixth row, Bob Lockhart, John Walton, Bill "Ed" Olson, John Sunday, Donna Seeley Baker, Larry Musgrave, John "Ron" Williamson, Bill "Skip" Ruck, Ken Fishbach, Marlene Bucher Green.
Seventh row, Jerry Peterson, Merchel Flynn, Wanda Rhoades Swanson, Audrey Bos Harden, Phyllis Kosier Alderfer, Elvera Iben Ilgenfritz. Debris Hubbard Smith. Donna Bauman Johnson,
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