|Theodore Roosevelt 1858-1919|
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Remembering our Commencement Program, on June 13, 1962, 657 graduates proceeded to the athletic field stage to receive their diplomas, as the RHS Band directed by Mr. Oren Henning, played, “Coronation March”. Student Council President, Kurt Jensen led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Lani Greenfield gave the Dedication. Donna Knight and Richard Erickson spoke on our Class Motto, “Today We Follow; Tomorrow We Lead”. There were presentations by Class President, Richard Wilson and Principal, John C. Wells. The familiar, “Pomp and Circumstance No. 1” was played for the Recessional. The RHS Choir, directed by Mr. Clayton Hutchins provided the vocal music for Commencement. Be sure to view the "album" page where you will find a '62 graduation photo that includes several students.
Wasn't it just yesterday that we climbed up those "down" staircases at Roosevelt High? School spirit was in full swing! As an interesting sidelight, I find it newsworthy but a little disappointing that the RHS room numbers have been re-numbered since we attended RHS!
We were fortunate to participate in or to be an enthusiastic spectator at the many athletic games. Sports developed discipline and sportsmanship, and those sports offered at RHS were: football, cross country, swimming, basketball, hockey, gymnastics, wrestling, skiing, track, tennis, golf, baseball, badminton, and volleyball. Remember cheering at the games and those casual days on Fridays?
After the games, having worked up an appetite, we frequented some of our favorite hang outs. There was Charlie’s A & W, the Airloha Drive-In, Beek’s Pizza, Porky’s, Joe & Eddie’s, Totino’s, the Flat Top Drive-Inn, Canteen Cafe, Paul Pearson’s, and, of course, Bridgeman’s that featured the La La Palooza!.
In the '60s, there were 11 Minneapolis public high schools: Central, Edison, Henry, Marshall, North, Roosevelt, South, Southwest, Vocational, Washburn, and West, but today, only seven remain. Central and West were closed in 1982 and have been demolished. Vocational was closed in 1976, but is currently used for other purposes/businesses. Marshall closed in 1982 then reopened for other purposes/businesses. It was demolished the second week of April, 2013, and it is reported that it will be replaced by a high rise. South was demolished and rebuilt nearby, opening in 1970. North was torn down and rebuilt the winter of 1973-74.
In the academic arena, Roosevelt was the only school of the 11 that offered eight languages. Among them were English, French, German, Latin, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. Languages offered today are Arabic, French, and Spanish. Languages spoken at home are about 35. Japanese and Ojibwe languages have been discontinued, as has the Home Economics program to the best of my knowledge.
Roosevelt continues the proud tradition of being a productive high school. Two additional programs were added to the existing curriculum for the 2008-9 school year: (1) the Wellstone Academy program and (2) the TAPP program. The Wellstone program is a school for immigrant youth 14-21, "newcomers" to this country, primarily Somali and Latino students, and offers English language learner (ELL) classes as well as core classes taught in English. The Teen-age Pregnancy and Parenting Program (TAPP) is a teen parenting program, basically a day care center for infants and toddlers. I am not certain that the TAPP program still exists. Roosevelt has earned the status of being an International Baccalaureate World School.
The administration now assigned to RHS, to the best of my knowledge, is Michael Bradley, principal and Michael Walker, assistant principal.
RHS enrollment was approximately 2400 for grades 10-12 when we attended. Attendance peaked in September, 1962 with 2399 students: 670, 785, and 914 for the classes of '62, '63, and '64 respectively, plus 30 students in special classes. The current RHS enrollment is just over 1,000 students for grades 9-12. More than 300 incoming freshmen will make up the Class of 2015. There were approximately 200 graduating seniors in the Class of 2009. (I don't have figures for graduating classes since then). Class enrollment contrasts sharply with that of the graduating class sizes of the 1960s. Prior to 1950, students graduated in the months of January and June in a given year. Many of our parents can attest to that. Commencement no longer takes place at the Roosevelt athletic field and hasn't for some time. The commencement ceremony for the Roosevelt class of 2013 will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis. The Wellstone International High School, also located at Roosevelt High will hold its commencement at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (?) on Monday, June 3, 2013.
The '50s and early '60s were great years, and I am glad to have grown up during that time. I hope you feel the same.
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THE ROOSEVELT HYMN ~
Hail to thee, dear Roosevelt High,
Proudly waves beneath the sky
Our maroon and gold;
Thy emblem ever dearer grows
To hearts of young and old.
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Roosevelt Hall of Fame
HALL OF FAME LINK
"The Roosevelt Foundation is pleased to announce the first group of 22 to be inducted into the Roosevelt Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame will recognize the accomplishments of Roosevelt High School (RHS) graduates, and former RHS staff and contributors who have brought pride and inspiration
to Roosevelt, the community, and society.
Hall of Fame members will be inducted at the banquet on September 27, 2014." ~ Roosevelt Foundation ~
THE CLASS OF 1962 PROUDLY DISCOVERS THREE AMONG THE 22 INDUCTEES:
1. Major General David Rataczak (RHS
MGENL RATACZAK: Retired
Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard. Vietnam combat pilot.
Recipient of Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and other
honors. Commander of 8,000 Arizona National Guard members. Past
President of the Adjutants General Association. Lead Arizona Guard
through critical global events including Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi
Freedom and the current Global War on Terrorism.
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DEADLINE: Please return the Banquet Reservation with payment by September 1 at the latest.
There is a limit of 200,
early reservations are recommended.