SCHOOL LEADERS who assisted in our adjustment to Wonderland.
Mr. Joseph Foran, Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Frederic Gorham, MHS Principal
Miss Margaret O’Conner, Assistant Principal and Director of Guidance
THEIR REPLACEMENTS UPON A WELL EARNED RETIREMENT
Mr. Herbert French, Principal
Mrs. Dorothy Hamilton, Vice Principal
Mr. Richard Herman, Vice Principal
THE FIGHTING LITTLES, our junior play, and OUR MISS BROOKS, the following year's production, further bonded classmates by bringing aspiring actors and actresses together in zany rehearsals, tense moments, and exquisite performances under the direction of Civianne Rubin and Denny Menold.
Junior Prom (An Evening in Paris) featured a huge "student constructed” version of the Eiffel Tower under the leadership of classmate Tex Fogleberg.
The town of Milford was denuded of feshly growing flowers under the direction of Frank KittredgeAll somehow made their way to decorate the MHS gym. Queen Bea Coe and King Charlie Hutchet reigned over a bevy of princesses: Mickie Campagna, Pat O’Rielly, Claire Hultman, Pat Robinson, and Audrey Kilbourne.
Senior Advisors, Mr. Mohyde, Miss Smith, Mr. Wilkins, Mrs. Ribak, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Chilinski, Mr. Tremmel, Mrs. Beale, and Mr. Nolan as well as guidence counselors not only dedicated their lives to classroom instruction but also spent after school hours guiding us down intricate paths to wise decisions.
Bea Coe, Bob Dix, Carl Watt, Richard Peckham, Boris Von York, Paul Mack, and Charlie Hutchet represented us at Connecticut Laural and Nutmet, Girls’ and Boys’ State conferences.
Bob Chapell, Jack Van Raaphorst, John Maryak represented our band while Gail Moriarity, Arlene Bates, Betsy Lidman and Ben McCormick represented the MHS 55 chorus at the Fall 1954 All State Music Festival in Hartford. At this writing, Bob continues to play his sax professionally in Stuart, Florida.
How can we ever forget MHS concert band leading us in singing Alma Mater at every Friday morning assembly during our four years. Remember those comfortably upholstered auditorium seats? WHERE AND WHEN DID THEY GO!!!!
And who does not remember “The Seven Jacks” band that played at our school dances? I hear tell years later from Bob Chapell that they earned $7 for each gig.
The 1954-55 Athletic Council was composed of 10 males and 0 female members. The Girls Sports Club under the influence of Miss Tickey was able to reserve the MHS gym at intervals for practice, prior to scheduling a Girls Volley Ball Sports Day at the Arnold College Gym each year.
Fortunately, Milford’s Park and Rec Committee led by John and Lorretta Della Russo filled the gap. They organized and supervised girl and boy athletic leagues in basketball, softball, and hardball for many years.
In our senior year, Doris Haselman led the Baton Squad and Carol Usinger captained the Cheerleaders. Bill Phalen and Paul Mack were our football captains.
Under the excellent leadership of captain Walt Pilkowicz and coach Roy Lund, the “55” Basketball team will long be remembered as one of MHS’ best.
Bill Byers captained the bowling team. Mr. Cox coached the golf team while Paul Mack and Walt Pilkowicz led the baseball team for Coach Lund.
Senior Prom (Ebb Tide), final exams, Class Night, Banquet and Graduation finalized a busy spring schedule. Soon summer was upon us - high school was over, leaving each of us with varied thoughts of possible futures!!