Gonzaga Graduation Ceremony to be held June 7, 1929…

Keith graduated on June 7, 1929 in the school gymnasium from Gonzaga Preparatory High School.  He had taken the Latin Scientific Course.

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Here is one other version of the graduation photo:

Keith at Graduation in 1929

Keith at Graduation in 1929

Below is a proof sheet for the June 7, 1929 Gonzaga Preparatory High School Graduation class. Something happened and a class book was never published for 1929.

I have attempted to read the names of the young men on this proof sheet and find that the last two were the hardest.  There is one person listed after by the name of Frank Stitz, and I think he was a friend in later years?

The Gonzaga High School Class of 1929!

Gonzaga High School Class of 1929

Gonzaga High School Class of 1929

Starting at the top left first row:  James T. Anderson, Philip J. Rohner, Fegus Cameron, Frederick O. Boutz, Burt C. Hutton, Robert J. Kearns, Richard A. Brown, George J. Corinier, George A. Keenan, Thomas J. Price, Howard J. Rauch, Bernard A. Czesla, John E. West.

Second row from top left to right:  Frank A. Toner, Arnold L. Custer, Lawrence P. Weissenberg, Maruice D. Black, John A. Reinert, Lincoln F. Cadigan, Justin F. Wall, Leo J. Riley, James A. Patterson, Walles E. Woods, Alexander M. Toth, John W. Talmage, Francis J. Schadegg.

Third row from top left to right: William M. Kelly, Frank E. Duffy, Arthur B. Christian, John J. Goudie, Eli I. Adams, Lee W. Grady, James E. Maguire, John L. Maguire, Raymond Berry, Wilfred E. McGourin, John F. Welsh, William A. Kenieson, William E. Lee.

Fourth row from top left to right: Jerome N. McCoy, Richard Williams, Edward G. Kuksht, Charles H. Russell, Joseph K. Partello, Richard D. Weber, Norman J. Campbell, Paul L. Letourneau, Benjamin L. Nixon, Robert A. Loosmore, Arnold Nichols, Robert C. Rooney, Louis J. Tonari.

Fifth row from top left to right:  Bernard Kunz, John S. Olson, Keith B. MacDonald, Wilfred W. Pringle, George F. Currie, Edward Chambers, Donald J. Rowles, Robert Krause, Louise M. Campion, Stephen Connors, Frank E. Stitz, Ralph A. Bushnell, Urban F. Schmitt.

Sixth row left to right:  far left Joseph W. Kearney, James F. Holliet, far right Leslie F. Bennett, Max J. [Krause]

As I typed the names above, I pondered about the lives and fates of these young men entering what should have been the best times of their lives. Life was not going to be easy for them.  In five months the Stock Market Crash of October 1929 would create the worst depression the world has seen. It would be followed by the Nazi threat and then the Second World War.  The next two decades where going to test every ones courage and determination.

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Gonzaga Preparatory High School 1928-1929

From what I can determine, my Dad had a good time in high school. He played basketball, football and participated in track. He was in several class clubs.  He did his school work and completed his courses.  The time was coming for him to graduate.

Here is a little about the highlights of the year 1928-1929:

Gonzaga HS Events 1928-1929

Gonzaga HS Events 1928-1929

The year went quickly and formal announcements must be sent out inviting family and friends to the graduation ceremony to be held on June 7th, 1929.

The Announcement for the graduating ceremonies for Gonzaga for 1929

The Announcement for the graduating ceremonies for Gonzaga for 1929

Keith took the Latin Scientific Course

Keith took the Latin Scientific Course

An article about the 1929 graduating class appeared in the local Spokane paper on June 6, 1929: Gonzaga Seniors Finish Tomorrow.

Article about Gonzaga 1929 Graduation class.

Article about Gonzaga 1929 Graduation class.

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School work at Gonzaga High School 1926-1929!

If you will remember, in the post about Gonzaga’s school rules and regulations there were two things mentioned: Testimonials and the Quarterly Reports to the parents.

Keith with his older sister Vivian on the porch of the house in Spokane 1926

Keith with his older sister Vivian on the porch of the house in Spokane 1926

Keith was to receive several Testimonials:

Testimonials 4th and 1st quarter

Testimonials 4th and 1st quarter

More Testimonials for Keith

More Testimonials for Keith

He kept everything, even his quarterly reports.  I am not sure if this is all of them which is a total of 14 quarterly reports.  I will just share the highlights. The photos below show the front of the card and on the back are the grades and comments.

On the very first one on the backside it reads:  “capable of better work.”  

One interesting category was Table Etiquette of which he got 60 on the first card and 78 on the second.

Quarterly Reports for Keith

Quarterly Reports for Keith

His classes, over the years of school, included Christian Doctrine, English, Latin, Algebra, Geometry, History, Civics, Table Etiquette, Chemistry, Commercial Law, Economics, Physics, Stenography, Typewriting.

Here is the very last card he received, it is fun to see a McDonnell congratulating him for completing High School.

Quarterly Report final

Quarterly Report final

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Football Anyone – Gonzaga Preparatory School 1925-1929

Much to my surprise my father, Keith, played football.  He was a quarterback. He worn the old style helmet similar to the one in the photo below.

Old Style Helmet for football

Old Style Helmet for football

He was 5 feet 5 inches and maybe 160 lbs+  He probably weighed even less back then.  He was, however, stocky built with strong arms and good shoulders.

On my visit to Gonzaga in 2002, I took in a display of football pictures on the wall of the hallway in one of their buildings, unfortunately, it was dark so my pictures are not very clear.  I think you will get the idea.

Football teams for Gonzaga celebrated on the wall

Football teams for Gonzaga celebrated on the wall

On the right at the bottom of the bulletin board above, is a photo grouping of some of the players.  My Dad, is the second from the right at the top.

Maybe between the two following photos one might be able to read the names and their positions on the team. (Click on the photo and it will open up into another window, remember to click your back button.)

Gonzaga Football line up for Keith's team

Gonzaga Football line up for Keith’s team 1928

Football Gonzaga Keith's team

Football Gonzaga Keith’s team another look, 1928

 Keith is the one in the middle holding the ball facing to the right.

He is the one in the middle holding the ball and facing to the right in the photo above.

If I have it right, he started out with the Shamrocks first as his team. Keith is the first person in the back row on the right in the darker shirt

Football:  Shamrocks at Gonzaga

Football: Shamrocks at Gonzaga

He later graduated to the Terrier Football Team. In the photo below Keith is in the front row with his arms crossed, fourth one from the right.  He is looking straight at the camera with a very grumpy look on his face.

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Unfortunately, I do not know what year this one of the Terrier’s was taken but I think it maybe have been 1929 because my Dad looks a bit older than the photo above?  He is again in the front row second man in from the right next to the one in the lighter shirt and he has his arms crossed.

Terrier Football team 1928 - Gonzaga

Terrier Football team 1928 – Gonzaga

Here are a couple of articles about the football team:

Football news for November 1928

Football news for November 1928

More news about the football team in November 1928

More news about the football team in November 1928

Football Letters awarded to the players in 1928 Gonzaga High School

Football Letters awarded to the players in 1928 Gonzaga High School

Here is his certificate awarding him the right to wear the Football Monogram.

Football Monogram - Keith Awarded the right to wear it!

Football Monogram – Keith Awarded the right to wear it!

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