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Memorable people and events from AHS History

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bill Hodam
(Ed. note: This is the last in a series of articles about Aurelia High School, which will begin sharing classes with the Alta district in the fall)

D.J. Friedland
There have certainly been many memorable moments involving Aurelia High School in the 120 years since the first class graduated from the venerable educational institution. One of the earliest memorable moments, of course, was the move of the school itself from its previous location (in what is now the city park) to its location on the east side of town in 1922. Students and teachers reportedly walked class-by- class from the previous wooden building in the park to the brand-spanking new three - floor brick building on Ash Street, according to stories from the time.

Another big moment came in the early 1950's, when the "new gym" opened. Many memorable basketball games - and, in later years, wrestling meets and volleyball games as well - have been played in the "new gym," and the gym's stage has also provided a place for events such as class plays and graduation ceremonies, not to mention student seating for athletic events.

In 1973-74, the gym was considered too small to hold all the fans, as two excellent Alta and Aurelia boys basketball teams squared off for their Sioux Valley Conference games, so Alta's "home" games were played in the larger Buena Vista College gym and the Aurelia "home" games were played in the larger Cherokee Washington High School gym. Also memorable have been the times when Aurelia students competed at state-level events, and the town basically "emptied out" as (seemingly) everyone headed to the capital city to cheer on the Atoms, Bulldogs, band, choir, and speech contestants. The community has also usually staged farewell and/or welcome home ceremonies for these groups of students as well, sometimes even meeting the students as they came home and escorting them back into town. The Aurelia fans have always been very supportive and proud of their young people.

C.W. Bryan
Another memorable moment came when the new high school building opened in the fall of 1961, and high school students from then on were able to attend all of their classes in a new, one-story building.

Don Jackson
Memorable moments don't come to my mind as easily for me as memorable personalities, so if you don't mind, I'm going to switch gears here and just list the names of several teachers, coaches, and other staff members who graced the halls and classrooms of Aurelia High School over the years. I will keep my comments to a minimum, and just let my fellow Aurelia alumni form their own memories as they read the names:

Jim Parrott, Cliff Wilson, Kletis Lenz, Francis Berry, Leland Galvin, Dar Friedlund, Roger Miller, Carlos Bryan, Marlin Lode, Jack Johnson, Raymond Kruse, Yubby Anderson, Royce Cougill, Gordon Fett, Celia Daniels, Lenore Slikkerveer, Elizabeth (Smith) Olson, Duane Kent, Kenneth Hasty, Lawrence Parker, Leland Anderson, Lucille Littell, James Scheidel, Susan Fry, Gladys Larson, Imogene Galvin, Deb Hull, Gary DeWall, Lou Collier, Bill Hodam, Bill Moritz, Duane "Nobby" Buttenob, Harlan Helm, Vern Rath, Buzz Curry, Roger Ritchie, Kevin Ritchie, Tom Bohnenkamp, Dick Vogt, Chuck VanHecke, Don Calvert, Mike Fry, Myron Radke, Joel Huffman, John Vande Weerde, Sam Moser, Tom Ball, Marv Munden, Grant Peckenschneider, Caroline Wogahn, Mabel Parrott, Polly Gano, Joan Brownmiller, Betty Wieland, Don Jackson, Tony Klein, Tom Anderson, and (last, but not least) Deb Anderson/Peterson.

Duane Buttenob
AHS - thanks for the memories ...

Tom Anderson
Myron Radke

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Great articles ... I really enjoyed them! And let's not forget the many BUS DRIVERS who delivered the students to and from school and events safely through sunny hot days (without AC on the bus), winter blizzards, and crazy rainy days. Again, thanks for all the aritcles!

-- Posted by rogerkruse on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:00 AM

Thanks for the all the good moments to be remembered. Now Aurelia will enter into a new Phase and a new faces. Mr. Evans will lead the schools in the right direction and the schools will do great. Everyone just needs to work together to make it work. Thank you again Dan,

you did wonderful.

-- Posted by I care on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 8:39 PM

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