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WEBSTER GROVES • Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Saturday on the roof of Webster Groves High School, officials said.
The fire broke out about 1:45 p.m. The cause has not yet been determined, but Webster Groves Battalion Chief Tom Yohe said it was "possible" the fire was sparked by one of the school's solar panels.
Departments from around the area responded to the 2nd alarm call. The fire was contained within 15 minutes, Yohe said.
Officials said there may be some water damage to the school's third-floor classrooms from fighting the fire. No firefighters were hurt, and any damage to the building was minor.
The school's seniors graduated Friday, but Yohe said because access to the roof was difficult he "seriously doubted" the fire could have been started by students. The school is expected to be open Monday.
The Plymouth building, located at Plymouth and Lockwood, was owned by the Webster Groves School District and used for many years as a junior high school. Webster University (Webster College at that time) leased the building from the school district in August, 1978. Webster attempted to buy the property through the years, but its final offer of $725,000 was rejected in 1984. That year Cordage Mill Development Co. bought the property for $1,016,100. It subsequently demolished the building and built the Ashford condominiums.
Webster made extensive use of the building during its lease. Plymouth housed the art, language and literature, and dance departments. The Cecille R. Hunt Art Gallery opened on March 23, 1983. A student union opened on April 9, 1984, on the first floor. The gym was renovated for the new athletic department in 1984. Management classes met there at night. In addition, university services such as admissions, financial aid, academic advising, and student services were located at Plymouth.
As part of Webster Groves High School's participation in the Renaissance Program, a "Wall of Fame" was established in 1989 to recognize the accomplishments of its graduates. To date, 61 alumni have been inducted into the WGHS Wall of Fame (Not to be confused by the sports "Hall of Fame").
To be considered for the Wall of Fame, candidates must: - Have graduated from Webster Groves High School at least 15 years prior to nomination. Posthumous nominations will be considered as well. - Be evaluated on the significant contributions they have made to their respective field(s) and/or their significant contributions in the area of volunteerism. - Be contacted to grant consent for consideration and to verify submitted data. - Graduates may self-nominate. Nominations will be accepted and will be reviewed by a committee of alumni and current faculty.
THE LOCKWOOD NEWS - 1966
EDITOR ...................................................... Jan Musterman
ASSISTANT EDITOR ...................................... Susan Chadbourne
ART EDITOR ................................................ Monica Rabbitt
REPORTERS ................................................. Susan Allen
BUSINESS MANAGERS .................................... Pam Jackson
The following article is from the Nov. 23, 1972 Turkey Day Game Brochure - reporter unidentified. Cost: 50 cents
Once again the noble knights of the Webster Groves and Kirkwood football teams meet on the treacherous field of combat to determine the possession of the celebrated Frisco Bell for one more year. In opening this game, fans can take pride in a rivalry that has proven to be one of the oldest between two high schools west of the Mississippi.
Nearly every year since 1907, at Thanksgiving time, Kirkwood and Webster Groves have declared a temporary state of war upon each other. These battles have favored Webster 33 times, Kirkwood 19 times, and have ended in a dead-lock 5 times in the past 58 games. There were a few years earlier in this history, when the rivalry was very young and immature, that the game was not played. The suspension of the traditional festivities were due to riots, pranks, vandalism, and general disturbances caused by the overly spirited students. But the schools have not been denied the Turkey Day game since 1928.
Each year, in building the game to a climax, both schools participate in colorful, spirit-boosting activities to help fire-up their teams. This year the torch light parade, the bonfire, and the symbolic burning of the over-sized and over-stuffed Kirkwood Pioneer highlighted Wednesday night as high-spirited Webster Statesman issued Kirkwood its declaration of war.
No matter what the outcome, students will gather together in harmony Saturday night for the Friendship Dance at the Kirkwood Branch of the Y.M.C.A. They can reminisce about this year's game, see the coronation of the Football Queens, and watch the presentation of the Frisco Bell and the Jug. The bell, donated by the Frisco Railroad in 1952, is rewarded to the winning team, while the "Little Brown Jug" is presented to the loser as a consolation prize.
However much "hatred" each school seems to have for the other, nothing could be more misunderstood. It takes a great deal of cooperation, sportsmanship, and friendship to make each Turkey Day Game a reality, and the spirit should not be confused with malice.
A blast from the past for you football fans:
If there is one asset that has helped the Satesman in their success this year, it would have to be depth, the depth that filled in for Jeff Hilliar after he was injured in the Parkway Central game, the depth that took over for Mark Stromdahl after his mishap in the same contest. It took the Hugh Fletchers, the Jim Hadleys, and the Phil Hunts to fill in for the starters when the unexpected and unhoped for happened.
It also took the versatility and leadership of a Mike Southworth to make a team go. One look at the statistics shows just how versatile Mike really is. He plays fullback and halfback, when need be, and has accumulated 465 yards rushing. Not only that, but he also has 186 yards in pass receptions, for a grand total of 651 yards, and if that isn't enough for the armchair quarterback - he punts too. At the time of this writing, he was averaging an unbelievable 44.5 yards a kick. A guy like that can't help but to encourage his teammates.
Not to be overshadowed, though, is the person everyone has been talking about since he was in ninth grade at Hixson. The "Globe-Democrat" called him "Superman", Coach Jones was delighted with his performance, and he has been "Back of the Week" ... a lot. Yes, Jeff Hilliar, number 37, has really done his part for the Statesman this year. Before his injury in the Parkway Central game, "Superman" had accumulated a whopping 726 yards rushing, and 12 touchdowns. He has only run for LESS than 100 yards in two games, which included the Central game.
Even with two stars of this status, it is not hard to find something to say about the other two backs. Greg Krobot, although out of the limelight, came through almost every time he was called upon; apparently he thought he had to, since he didn't get the ball that often - but number 36 is dependable not only for running the ball, but for blocking the opposition as well. With these kinds of people in the backfield, quarterback Bob Miller will really have to excite the crowd to be noticed and that he will probably do. At the time of this writing, he had already thrown 5 touchdown passes, run one in by himself, and racked up 659 passing yards. He has completed 60% of his passes to his ends, Jeff Tisoto, 86; and John McDonald, 93. "Mac" is the leading receiver with 347 yards, and has caught 4 touchdown passes. "Big D" Tisoto does most of his stuff after he gets the ball.
The reason this writer can pay these compliments is that these backs perform; one of the reasons the backs do great things is because the line is opening up the holes, doing the blocking, and causing interference. This starts in the middle with Larry Ott, 55; and includes the guards Chuck Mittler, 66; Jim Hadley and Phil Hunt, 77 and 60; and the tackles Terry "Moose" Schulte, 92; and Ken "Stubbs" Klinkhardt, 76. These are the little known, unheralded members of the offensive line.
This offense sounds awesome, but history reveals that in 1970 Coach Jack Jones gave most of the credit for the first six games of that season to the defense, and back in '68 the defense played an important role in many of the close games. The defense this year is nothing short of great, all the way from the front four: Mark Wandersee, 82; Brad Jacobsen, 68; Al Theis, 96; and Steve Baureis, 87; to the linebackers: Jack Joern, 62; Dave Kohl, 51; Dan Brown, 65; and Doug Tasker, 50: to the two halfbacks: Kevin Myrick, 28; and Jed Reynaud, 84; to the Safety Ken Sloan, 25. The unit is just that: a unit. They show exceptional team effort each and every time they appear. The outside men turn the plays inside, and the inside men kill. The whole team's success is hard to measure; sure they win, sure they lose, but how do they feel? Is a letter enough of an award, or is it the Turkey Day Game that keeps them out there working their lower backs off? Whatever it is, we're glad it is there, because every year the event seems to intensify a little more until it becomes the highlight of the school year. Who will win the highpoint (The Frisco Bell) this year?
"The activities kids are involved in are where they become much more attached to the school and also bonded in their friendships with each other," Phillips said.During the Hixson era, WGHS arts curriculum flourished under the leaderships of Band Director Hans Lemcke, who brought John Philip Sousa to the school in 1927; and Choral Director Esther Replogle, known as Miss Rep.In the 1930s the school had Eugene Wood as drama director who was famous for putting on new plays in WGHS' Little Theater, a replica of the Yale Repertory Theater, Phillips said."Folks would come to see performances at the Little Theater who had no connection with the school," Phillips said. "That was how the world began to come to us — through athletics, through the arts." Spotlight On WGHS, Alum
The world has come to Webster and its students have gone into the world and made their alma mater proud."We are sometimes more modest than we should be; we are not a community to toot our own horns," Phillips said. "We are honored with the caliber of students who come from this school. There's something we are doing right."Notables who were graduated from WGHS include Alfred William Cantwell (1920), national director of the American Red Cross from 1944 to 1964; and Robert Hille (1936), on KMOX radio from the 1940s through 1960s. Also in broadcasting are WGHS grads Bob Dotson (1964) of NBC News and Russ Mitchell (1978) of CBS News. Other notables are 1941 grads Judge William H. Webster, former head of FBI and CIA; and Helen Hofsommer Glaser. She followed in her mother's footsteps and became a doctor and went on to get her PhD in psychiatry from Stanford University.On the literary scene is best-selling author, Jonathan Franzen (1979); and Ruth-Miriam Garnett (1972), a published novelist and poet.WGHS has been in the national spotlight on several occasions. In 1944, it was featured in Life Magazine; CBS News did a documentary "16 in Webster Groves" in 1966; in 1999, the school was featured in Time Magazine; and the next year the Turkey Day football rivalry between Webster and Kirkwood was featured in Sports Illustrated. Plus in 1996, then President Bill Clinton visited the school."Very few schools are touched one time and they seem to keep finding us," Voss laughed.The BookThe book highlights the eras of its long-time principals beginning with Hixson, then Howard Latta, principal from 1940 to 1968; and Jerry Knight, principal from 1969 to 1986.It also includes the history of the first fully-accredited African-American high school in St. Louis County, Douglass High School, located in North Webster. In 1956 WGHS was integrated."It was the merger of two powerhouse high schools," Phillips said.The book will also include recent history."It is as recent as the last issue of the student newspaper — the Echo," she said. The book is a compilation of many sources, from the Echo, school yearbooks, scrapbooks, Webster Groves Historical Society archives, residents' submittals and more.The book will be available October 2007."We already have over 150 books on reserve," Voss said.To order, pick up an order form at the high school, and drop off a check for $40.