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Collections Cameo, June 2012

Program for the first LFHS Commencement, 1936

On Friday, June 12, 1936, at 8:15 in the evening, the brand-new Lake Forest High School held its first Commencement ceremony, in the high school gym-auditorium. This simple bi-fold program, five inches by seven inches, marked the occasion. The fifty-seven graduates listed inside the program would have attended Deerfield-Shields High School in Highland Park for their first three years, many taking the North Shore Electric Line to and from school. One of those graduates was William Harvey, who donated this and many other items to our museum collection in 2004.

The new High School, built with federal funds from the Works Progress Administration of the New Deal, was designed by local architects Anderson and Ticknor in the Georgian style. On its completion in 1935 it was considered “one of the finest schools in the country—beautiful in architecture and complete in all the requisites of the modern school.”

Graduates listed in the Class of 1936 were:

Betty Adams
John Allan
Corrine Anderson
Jack Atkinson
Catherine Barker
Jane Benson
Victor Blix
Irvin Bucko
Jean Campbell
Elmer Carlquist
Westleigh Carlseen
John Clark
Donald Coen
Myron Dare
James Degan
Walter Dieck
John Duggan
Virginia Ermeling
Ian Falconer
Charles Geraghty
Ernest Gilroy
Margaret Gourley
William Harvey
Robert Held
Edward Higgins
Richard Holmes
Lucille Johnson
Laurie Kehoe
Kenneth Kennedy
Hugh Klaren
Oscar Kloer
Richard Knobloch
Robert Kuehne
Regina Manion
Walter Matson
William McConnell
Harold McCracken
Charles McLaughlin
Daniel Mession
Robert Milton
Jack Neale
Elta Overby
Robert Petersen
Everett Price
Jeanette Rataiczyk
Harold Ray
Clarence Richards
Mary Rohr
Charles Rose
Thomas Sawyer
James Slater
Mary Stewart
Henrietta Wesselhoeft
Helen Wolff
Lloyd Yakes
Marie Yarros