HISTORY OF ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Highlights of 19841984 Alumnus, Tom Nguyen Plays ZHS—He is the Space Coast High School Softball Coach
As an 1984 alumni and head coach of Space Coast High (Cocoa, Florida on the east coast), I had the opportunity to play my high school alma mater ZHS during the week of February 19, 2009.
This is my 4th season as the head coach of Space Coast High Softball team. This is also our young school's 4th year graduating seniors. I had the honor of coaching my twin daughters in 2006, their senior year and my 1st season. Both of my daughters graduated went on to college on softball and bright futures scholarships. This year, my son is a senior on the football and baseball team. He will also receive a bright future and will be in the Air Force doing what he has been dreaming about since childhood. I started coaching because of my children and had the priviledge of coaching other kids, so I continued because I have enjoyed it. As for my career and day job? LOL, I have been working for NASA for over 19yrs since graduating from the University of Florida in '89. Go Gators! I am also an assistant coach on the varsity football team. This past season we made the state playoffs for the first time in the short school history of 4yrs. Some interesting info about the softball team is available at http://softball.netfirms.com.
Diplomas Given to 222 Seniors, The Zephyrhills News, June 14, 1984
Prior to last year, the other large classes were: 1979: 206; 1980:234; 1981: 230; and 1982: 236.
The program opened with a procession of academics including special
guests and heads of departments, all led by Principal Larry Robison.
Following the processional of the seniors to “Pomp and
Circumstance” played by organist Stanley Castor, and the opening
prayer by the Reverend Dan Gill, pastor of the First United Methodist
Church. Principal Robison led the pledge to the flag and introduced
guests and the seniors who were presented special honors on Awards Day.
Diplomas were presented the graduates by School Board Member for
District 2, Janet Tolar, assisted by Reid Wentz, director of vocational
education for the county.
The recessional, also played by Castor, was “March of the Priests,” and it followed a benediction by the Reverend Mr. Gill.
The three graduation addresses follow:
The Valedictory by Chris Williams
Good Evening, fellow students, faculty and special guests, I have
chosen to talk tonight about a subject that is and has been dominating
my life, and most probably all of yours, these past few days. I
have chosen to talk tonight about rites of passage, specifically our
particular rite of passage tonight, graduation.
As of tonight, I have not figured out the secret to life; I doubt that
I ever will. But over this past year I have started to contemplate more
and more the human experience and what one must go through before he
faces his only constant in the universe: morality. Every individual
upon this earth, if he is allowed a full complement of years, must face
ever so many incidents and emotions that must be dealt with. A
culmination of many such experiences, resulting in a movement from one
stage of life to another, such as we face tonight, is termed a rite of
Rites of passage deal with growth—mentally, physically, and
emotionally. They mark a certain point in a person’s life where
he moves from one point of maturity to another. But a person does not
simply move through life when he reaches a certain age. The person will
only learn and grown when he has experienced. A person learns nearly
nothing form a report of human experience; the emotions must exist
within him; the lessons learned realistically; the slap on the wrist,
real; the mirth of the laughter, bubbly; the break of the heart,
brutal. Experience leads the way to rites of passage. A culmination of
its many lessons pushes one along to another stage of life.
These past twelve years we have all faced a vast number of new lessons
and emotions that have led the way to tonight’s’ rite of
passage: graduation. All that we are and were will become a thing of
the past, unable to be touched again except by memory. We have felt new
emotions, dreamed new dreams and come face to face with indifferent
reality. Think back—to that person you loved; that joy of the
good times; that tear you cried because of the pain. Where has it all
gone? What has happened to us? If we crave the innocence of yesterday,
it is probably because we know that we have lost it. After tonight, our
childhood innocence will be a thing of the past. We cannot have it
back, And each step we take we will lose more and more of it.
Tonight marks the beginning of our adult life. We must exit the room of
our childhood and close the door on it. High school classrooms have no
more to teach us, though their memories do. The rest of the world, an
all-knowledgeable world, will now become our teacher.
But we must also realize that along with the sorrow we feel leaving
these years behind is only part of our experience. An entirely new
world will become open to us as we step out of that room or our
childhood. Simply open that next door and we will be on our way to new
experiences, and these must be faced with the same vitality as have
The Salutatorian’s Address by Tracy Dunlap, Salutatorian
Good Evening. My classmates and myself are sitting here tonight
about to enter the world where we will be faced with many choices which
will determine our future. I would like to share with you my views on
how to accomplish what is important to you.
First of all, you must each set goals that you want to reach.
Throughout our lives we are constantly told what success is. I believe
that the definition of success must be determined by the individual.
Not attaining the goals laid down by others, but attaining those you
have set for yourself, constitutes genuine success.
Completely fulfilling the goals you have set for yourself involves much
more than deciding what they shall be. You must then embark on a
journey of designing your own pathway to them. Too many people decide
they want to accomplish something of import, and then attempt to attain
it after a pattern someone else has left behind. As Ralph Waldo
Emerson said, “Insist on yourself; never imitate…Every
great man is a unique.” No matter what you are going to
strive for, your greatness in you must reach it through your own hard
work and intellect. If you conform to society’s ideals you will
never become a distinguished member of that society neither to other
people nor to yourself.
Nonconformity takes a great deal of courage. As people we often condemn
those who are unconventional and inconsistent. We often fail to realize
that without the nonconformist, society would never progress. Socrates,
Benjamin Franklin, The Wright Brothers, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin
Luther King, are all examples of those who have gone against the mores
of society to reach the heights that they had set for themselves and
through this they have gained a success which meant much to them and
also aided the world.
However, society would collapse if everyone became a nonconformist striving for the unusual. We each still need to remember to set goals which are unique to our personalities, and strive to reach them in the manner most fitting to ourselves.
Then we will all be truly great and
Farewell from the Class of 1984 by Darci Pomp, Class President
The 1984 Graduating Class of Zephyrhills High School welcomes proud
parents, esteemed faculty, excited relatives, happy friends and
distinguished guests to our Commencement exercises. We sincerely hope
that this happy moment in our lives will be as meaningful to you as it
will be for all of us who have sacrificed so many things over the past
several years in the pursuit of our long awaited goal. My friends,
figuring out a theme for my speech presented a great challenge. I
reflected many times on the characteristics of our class that made us
truly unique. I finally realized that the theme that most nearly
characterizes our class was one or reaching maturity.
Over the past several years, we learned to deal with some very
interesting lessons of life. First, we learned to balance our emotions
concerning the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in athletic
contests. Second, we learned a happy medium concerning the success and
failure in all of our academic work. Third, we learned there is really
a magical power that comes from patching up our relationships with one
another. The beauty of forgiving helped our class to become a unified
and happy class.
Hopefully, those experiences which we have shared together might serve some special purpose for our upcoming future….
Tonight we go our separate ways. We will always look back with fond
memories concerning those dear friends who were always at our sides. In
earlier year, we may have had our faults and disagreements with each
other. However as we have matured with wisdom we realize beyond a
shadow of a doubt the meaning of true friendship. We have learned to
accept the true personality of every individual.
Someone once said that in dreams begin many responsibilities. Yet our
dreams are a little cloudy because of the fear we have of the
unknown. I know that beyond a shadow of a doubt each and every
one of us possesses a little fear of the upcoming future.
A famous philosopher once said, “Nothing that is ever worth doing is done without great sacrifice.”
Commencement for the 223 members of the senior class at Zephyrhills
High School will begin at 8 pm Friday in the Activity Center, and a
full house is expected in the large auditorium.
District 2 School Board Member Janet Tolar will be assisted by Reid
Wentz, Director of Vocational Education for the County, and ZHS
Principal Larry Robison in presenting the diplomas to the graduates.
Commencement will open with the traditional Pomp and Circumstance
played by organist, Stanley Castor, led by members of the faculty in
their academic robes and by Valedictorian Chris Williams and
Salutatorian Tracy Dunlap. Opening prayer will be by the Reverend
Dan Gill, Pastor, First United Methodist Church and the pledge to the
flag will be led by Robison. Featured speakers will be Miss
Dunlap giving the Salutatorian’s Address, the Address to the
Senior Class by Miss Darci Pomp, class president and the Valedictory by
In addition to presentation of the diplomas, winners of traditional
graduation awards which this year have already been presented on Awards
Day will be given.
Following a benediction by the Reverend Mr. Gill the class will recess
to “March of the Priests” also played by Mr. Castor.
Ushers will be members of the junior class and include Machele Arnold,
Carrie Bahr, Pam Bartkowski, Leigh Class, Kim Davis, Donna Deloreto,
Valerie Leon, Jannell Looney, Joel Osborne, Edward Palow, Kathy Pate,
Teresa Patterson, Kathy Plamondon, Connie Randall and Kelly Tracy.
Class color is burgundy; the class flower is the white rose and the
class motto is, “The memory of our class, with us will only
Other class officers are Laura Galloway, Vice President; Ken Peeples, Secretary; Janna McKell, Treasurer.
Area ZHS Student is National Award Winner, Zephyrhills News, June 28, 1984
The United States Achievement Academy announced that Mary Lynn Tarr has
been named a1984 United States National Award Winner in Mathematics.
This award is a prestigious honor very few students can ever hope to
attain. In fact the Academy recognizes less than 10 percent of all
American high school students. Mary Lynn is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Tarr of Zephyrhills. She was nominated for this award by
Mrs. Petrillo, a math teacher at ZJHS.
---Special music was presented in a vocal duet by Julie Shortt and David Knowlton who sang, “I Walk with God.”
Boys State Representatives for 1983-84: David Harwell, David Seidel,
Roy Wells, Chris Williams; 1984-85: James Baker, John Roux and
alternates, John McKee and Ed Palow.
School Medal: Wendy Garrels and Roy Wells with alternates, Jayne Piwowar and Michelle Gibbs.
Girls State Representatives: 1983-84: Tracy Dunlap and 1984-85 Pam Bartkowski
Lions Club Scholarship: Karrie Pate
Rotary Scholarship: Tuyen Nguyen and Karrie Pate
University of Florida Merit Scholarship: Scott Jones
Pasco Hernando Community College Grants: Wendy Garrels, David Herndon, Melintha Kretschmar, Tuyen Nguyen,
Patricia Randall, Conda Thomas, Mike
PHCC Minority Scholarships: Sonia Dudley, Andrea Giles, Caroline Graham, Cynthia Kelley
PHCC Future Business Leaders of America: David Knowlton
PHCC/DECA: Trisa Ramsey
Scholarship Recipients: David Eiland, Tuyen Nguyen, Cleveland Sirmons,
Robin Gaudreau, Caroline Graham, Karrie Pate, Tracy Dunlap, George
Alice Hall Book Scholarship: Christine Kieper
Media Service: Roy Wells
Delta Kappa Gamma: Roy Wells
Alpha Delta Kappa, Gamma Chi Chapter: Bonnie Roux
Alpha Pi Chi Scholarship: Caroline Graham
Karl Wickstrom Leadership and Friendship: Rich Reagan
GTE Scholarship: Tracy Dunlap
Student Council Scholarship: Wendy Garrels
President’s Academic Fitness: Tracy Rene Dunlap, David Matthew
Herndon, Howard Scott Jones, Christina Fay Keeper, Melinda Ann
Kretschmar, Janna Lorraine McKell, Winnie Wai-Wah Mak, Karrie Anne
Pate, Tammy Lynn Roach, Bonnie Joan Roux, Jeffrey John Stuckert,
Michael James Thompson, Suzanne Vansco, Candy Fawn Wilder, Christopher
ZHS Outstanding Senior: Chris Williams; Academic Athlete: Rich Reagan; Outstanding ZHS Coach of the Year: Jim Davis; Outstanding female athlete: Kim Madl; and Outstanding male athlete: David Eiland. National Merit Scholarship Awards Commended: Tracy Dunlap, Melintha Kretschmar; Finalist: Scott Jones
School Daze Column, Zephyrhills News by Tracy Dunlap, January 26, 1984
(Photo at left is Stanley Kendrick, Occupational Specialist and Guidance Counselor, Cathy Micheau Rapp—Cathy left ZHS after serving as a Guidance counselor for five years and was the Supervisor of Student Services for Pasco County Schools for over 25 years—a state leaders in Developmental Guidance)
This week I would like to dedicate my article to a man who is a stranger to no one in Zephyrhills if you have attended school in Zephyrhills in the last 26 years, or if you are a businessman in town, it is a sure bet that you know Mr. Stanley B. Kendrick. I am sad to say that he won’t be around school much longer. His last day here at ZHS will be February 17. I am sure that I can speak for everyone in saying that we will hate to see him go.
Mr. Kendrick began his teaching career here at ZHS in 1955 as an
intern, and as a teacher in February of 1956. During the years that he
had classes, he taught social studies and business education. He was
the DCT Coordinator for 16½ years and has been the occupational
specialist since 1972. Before Mr. Kendrick entered the
educational field he served in the military for 12 years. He was
medically retired in 1951, at which time he entered Florida Southern
His job as occupational specialist includes such things as career
education, and job placement and follow-up. Everyone who has known him
though, knows that he does much more than just this. Mr. Kendrick is
always there to help. Whether you need help finding a job, or if you
need information on a particular college or scholarship program or if
you just need to talk, you can always count on him. Everyone respects
and loves him.
Almost any day you can go into his office to talk to him and find old
students visiting him. His office is always full of current
students and past ones. Mr. Kendrick is also genuinely concerned for
all of us. He loves working with students. He has told me many times
that if it wasn’t for the students he doesn’t think he
would have been here as long as he has been. In his words, he says we
keep him “young, agile, fragile and mobile.” He seems
to be particularly sensitive to all of us.
Mr. Kendrick says he thanks “God, my family, my country, students
at ZHS, faculty, administration, business men and women in Zephyrhills,
non-instructional personnel at ZHS and all my many friends, for
permitting me to be employed by the Pasco County School Board here at
We are all going to miss him. He has been a teacher, counselor, and a
friend. He has helped make many people what they are today. He is in
the field of education for the reasons that he should be—the
Now to Mr. Kendrick, we say a heartfelt thank you from all of us who have ever had contact with you. You have touched all of our lives. I don’t know how any student or anyone who isn’t a student for that matter, could have come in contact with you and not have their life be better for it. May God Bless you.
David Eiland Signs Intent Letter To Play With the Gators, Zephyrhills News, February 16, 1984
Zephyrhills High School Senior David Eiland made history last week when
he signed a National Intent to Play letter in football at the
University of Florida.
He became only the second football player in ZHS history to ever sign
with a major college on a football scholarship. The other was Sam
Gross, a player on the 1962 and 1963 teams.
The signing may have come as a surprise to many local followers of Bulldog sports.
Known for his awesome fastball on the high school
baseball team, several people speculated that Eiland would play college
baseball, rather than football.
Eiland is only committed to Florida to play football. The agreement is
not binding if Eiland chooses to sing a baseball scholarship; he could
do so without penalty.
While some were surprised, Eiland was not. He said he had made his
decision some time ago. He was just waiting for Florida to make
him the offer. “You can’t get much better than playing
football at Florida.” An excited Eiland said before he signed the
agreements last Wednesday at his home at 200 19th Street. “I love
their fan support, the campus and everything about the school.”
“Especially because it is close to home,” he added.
Florida receiver coach Mike Helmerdinger was on hand for the signing
last week at the Eiland home. It was the first official day of recruits
to ink with their college choices under NCAA rules.
“Dinger,” as he is known by his fellow coaches, said he is excited to have Eiland with the Gators. We are just excited to get him into our program at Florida, Helmerdinger said. “He is a first class person and comes from an outstanding family.”
George Brett had just grounded to first base for the second out, advancing a runner to third.
"It's scary enough to face Bo Jackson with nobody on base," Eiland said.
But for at least one at-bat in June 1989, Bo didn't know David. Eiland,
during one of his four brief stints in the Major Leagues, struck out
Jackson using a sinker inside to set up a slider away.
"I know he could come back to haunt me, but I can't wait to face Bo
Jackson again," Eiland said Tuesday while sitting on the rail of the
dugout at Zephyrhills High School, where he starred for the Bulldogs in
the early 1980s.
He has been training with the new generation of Bulldogs for the last few weeks to prepare for spring training.
"This is it," said Eiland, who was drafted by the New York Yankees in
the seventh round of the June 1987 draft. "The grooming is over, this
is my chance and I'm ready."
Last spring Eiland was one of the final players cut by the Yankees. He
was sent to the Yankees' Triple A minor league club, the Columbus
Clippers. But with any luck, this spring will be different, the
24-year-old right-hander said.
"Last season the Yankees finished last (67-95) and I was the best
pitcher in the International League," he said. "If they can't use me
now, they probably never will."
No regular Yankee starting pitcher had a winning record in 1990, and the team posted a dismal earned-run average of 4.21.
Brian Cashman, assistant to the vice president of baseball operations
for the Yankees, said Eiland will be given a serious opportunity to
make the five-man starting rotation.
"We know we have a fine pitcher on our hands," Cashman said.
"We all believe that he is ready for the next step. He dominated at the
Triple A level and he's had a taste up here (in New York). So pitching
in the Major League would be nothing new.
"He's got as much at a shot as anybody else. Everything is wide open.
We've learned it's dangerous to go into spring training with a set
The right-hander has pitched in 14 games for the Yankees in four stints in the Major Leagues.
His first three trips to the big show resulted in return flights back
to the minors in Columbus, where he pitched for the Triple A Clippers.
On his fourth trip to New York in September, he finished the season
with the Yankees.
But as the saying goes: What have you done for me lately?
Eiland said he has had his fill of Triple A. "If they send me back down
to Columbus and have no interest in me, I'm sure one of the other 25
teams could use me. I don't want to go back to Columbus. I've already
done it all at the Triple A level."
Eiland recorded one of the most successful seasons in Clippers history
in 1990, going 16-5 with a 2.87 ERA, two shutouts and 11 complete
games. (The entire New York pitching staff had 15 complete games in
Eiland was named the International League Pitcher of the Year and tied
the league's mark for most victories in a season, 16, set by Bob
Kammeyer in 1979. He also was named the ninth-best major league
prospect in the International League by Baseball America.
After the 1990 International League season ended in September, Eiland
was called up to the Yankees. He started five games, pitching 30
innings and posting a 2-1 mark and 3.56 ERA.
"The Yankees administration told me if I come to spring training in
shape and throw the way I am capable of throwing that I should make the
five-man rotation," Eiland said. "I've already proven I can pitch in
the big leagues. They've admitted that. I just hope they don't sign a
30-year veteran and push me out the back door."
The Yankees will have 24 pitchers on their spring training roster.
Included in that list is last year's regular starters - right-handers
Andy Hawkins (5-12, 5.37 ERA), Tim Leary (9-19, 4.11) and Mike Witt
(5-6, 4.47) and left-handers Chuck Cary (6-12, 4.19) and Dave LaPoint
There were times during the summer that Eiland was frustrated - not
because he was pitching badly, but because he was pitching so well.
"At one point, I threw five complete-game wins in July and I didn't get
called up," he said. "I thought, `What do I have to do?' At that point,
I knew I could get anybody out. It didn't matter if Babe Ruth stepped
up to the plate."
Eiland is not an overpowering pitcher. He throws his fastball about 88
to 90 mph. His success lies in his control. He consistently can get his
sinker, slider, curve and moving fastball over for strikes. He has
walked just 124 batters in 590 innings at the professional level.
Another reason for his success is chicken sandwiches.
"I ate a Wendy's chicken sandwich when I was in high school and I
pitched great and hit two home runs," he recalled. "I know it has
nothing to do with my pitching, but it helps me mentally."
After a successful collegiate career at the University of South
Florida, Eiland decided to skip his senior season to sign with the
Yankees. He had pitched just 32 games in the minor leagues before the
Yankees called his number in 1988.
"I admit I wasn't ready then," Eiland said. "I was in awe just to be in
Yankee Stadium. For me to face George Brett and Robin Yount, guys I
watched on television in junior high, was incredible. But I'm no longer
in awe or google-eyed. I've already got those butterflies out of my
David Harwell Making His Mark on School Discus Records by Doug McBride, Zephyrhills News
But during the meet, Harwell tossed the discus over 170 feet but the
judges said he scratched. The throw would have broken the old school
record set by John Cicanese in 1971. Before the season is over Harwell
expects to break the old record and place his name in the
school’s record books.
Conference Champs—The Zephyrhills Bulldogs baseball team captured the first place trophy in last week’s Gulf Coast Conference Championship game over Pasco 12-11. Despite the cold weather, the tournament was a huge success in Zephyrhills this year. Hernando finished third in the tournament and Hudson was fourth.
Kim Madl ‘Tosses’ Softball to Concentrate on Girls Track, Zephyrhills News, March 15, by Doug McBride
In every person’s life, there comes times when they have to make important and crucial decisions they may have to learn to live with the rest of their lives. Such is the case for Zephyrhills High discus thrower Kim Madl last week. Playing softball at the school and throwing the discus on the girls track team seemed to work out well in the early parts of spring practice, but it soon came time for her to choose between the two.
It seemed that if she played softball, she would miss the conference and county track meets. If she ran in the track meets, she would lose her starting position on the girl’s softball team. After much pondering the tough decision, she chose girls track and throwing the discus. After all, she holds the school record as a sophomore and could possibly make the all-state girls track squad this year. “I felt I would be more successful here throwing the discus,” she told this reporter. In the meet last Thursday, Madl tossed the disc 99 feet 5 inches, some four feet short of her old record. The record she broke last year, belonged to her sister, Pam Madl, who graduated four years ago from ZHS…..
ZHS Senior Wins 4 Year Scholarship, Zephyrhills News, May 10, 1984
The Zephyrhills area beamed with pride last fall when it was announced that ZHS senior Scott Jones had earned the honor of being named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Jones, age 17 of 910 North Avenue, has now been announced as one of two Pasco County seniors to have been awarded a national Merit Scholarship. He was sponsored in the competition by University of Florida at Gainesville and is the recipient of a 4-year scholarship.
Ken Peeples Ready for State Track Meet Friday, Zephyrhills News, by Doug McBride, May 10, 1984
For the second straight year, senior Ken Peeples will make an appearance at the state track meet. Ranked one of the better runners in the area, Peeples placed second in the mile run during the regionals last Thursday in Brooksville. “It would be great to top off this season with a good finish at the state,” Peeples said in an interview Tuesday.
Although he placed second last week, he still was four seconds off of his school record pace earlier in the year. But Peeples has fought back from a mid-season bout with the flu to pace himself into the state finals. …Peeples has been named all-conference in all three years running at Zephyrhills High on both the cross country and track squads. He also managed to go the state in cross country.
…He is the son of Carl and Lois Peeples of Zephyrhills. Peeples has five brothers and two sisters that have run track. Out of those, Kenny Peeples has the best chance. His brother, Mark Peeples, finished 12th in the state three years ago. His younger brother, Steve Peeples, is a runner on the junior high track and could step in and break his brother’s marks.
Pair is Chosen to Attend Boys State, Zephyrhills News, May 17, 1984
James Darrell Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Baker and John Louis Roux, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aurora C. Roux have been chosen to attend the 1984 session of the American Legion-sponsored Boys State on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee.Alternatives selected to take their place in the event the delegates might be unable to attend are Edward Palow and John McKee.
Zephilsco for 1984 Is Dedicated At ZHS To Library’s Retiring Betty Hall, Zephyrhills News, May 17, 1984
In a traditional and happy ceremony Friday afternoon at Zephyrhills High School, the 1984 Zephilsco yearbook was formally presented to the school by co-editors Wendy Garvels and Chris Kieper, assisted by Mrs. Gail Reynolds, faculty advisor.
…Other members of the 1984 Zephilsco staff are: Shannon Bell, Julie Childers, Denise Davis, Charlene Diekfus, Amy Glosson, Kim Irizarry, Lori LeBlanc, Kim Lippman, Kim Nelson, Lori Nunes, Vonda Peeples, Jimi Reed, Brad Skwirsk, Kim Smith, Theresa Straube, Suzanne Vansco, Dana Wooten and Chris Williams. Mrs. Reynolds announced this was her final y ear as yearbook advisor, a position she has held for the past ten years.
Marian the Librarian for 25 Years, Betty Hall, Preparing To Retire at ZHS, Zephyrhills News
In her career here she has directed the relocation of the entire
libraries four times, and those times have been the only major
upheavals in what has been a quietly rewarding career in education.
Always popular with ZHS students, Mrs. Hall will be honored by many of
her former library pupils and by the community at two special events
The first is a dinner being presented in the ZHS commons by the faculty.
Following the dinner there will be a general public reception which the entire community is invited. Betty Hall has been a high school librarian 36 years and in Zephyrhills 26 years, but her first year was as a sixth grade teacher since there was no library vacancy at ZHS when she first came here. She credits her high school librarian back in Pate, Georgia, as being the role model for her own career, recalling that she was concerned that we accomplish something in life.
Mrs. Hall praises ZHS for being ahead of its time in hiring people trained in library science from the earliest days. I was not the first, but followed some very able librarians here.
In addition to the work at the school, she has been a mainstay of the
city library, in the early days as a member of the friends of the
library and later as a member of the Library Advisory Board since 1967
and its chairman for about 20 years.
In August she and husband, Victor, will move to Covington, Georgia
where Betty will join her sister in operation of Patrick House, a gift
and crafts shop….
Betty was an 18 year old junior college student in Jasper, Georgia, in
1943 when school officials came to the college begins students to
teach. There was a desperate shortage of teachers during World War II.
I taught one year, finished by bachelor’s degree at Georgia State
College for Women, then went back to teaching four years before
marrying Victor, she said.
A strong believer in women playing an active role in society, Mrs. Hall
has never been regarded as “radical” or
“activist” by her fellow faculty members, but she admits to
being a low key, minor league feminist. I love biographies about women
who have succeeded in a man’s world, and am glad society is
opening up to fair and equal treatment for women,” she told the
Betty and Victor, who have been very active in the Baptist denomination here, are parents of three grown children, all ZHS graduates. They are Laura Eloise “Weesie” Hall, Class of 1968, of Atlanta, Georgia, buyer for the Womens’ Clubhouse Department of Davison’s Department Store in Atlanta; Captain Carl “Bennie” Hall, Class of 1972 a company commander of Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Frank “Frankie”Hall, a teacher of vocational agriculture at Pierson High School, class of 1972.
The retiring media specialist worked as a librarian at Jasper, Florida
High School from 1951 to 1958, when she moved to Zephyrhills. Her first
library was in one unused classroom, and when a larger room became
available, her first big major book move took place. “But that
was all inside one building, the brick structure which today is
Zephyrhills Junior High, she recalls. “We had one 16mm projector
and one film strip projector. Today we have 11 movie projectors and 20
for film strips plus video cameras, recorders and computers squeezed in
among our books.
In the early 1970s a new library was build for the high school, and her third book move took place. “Students carried the books by the armful and it went smoothly.” Making it easy was the experience she had had in her second book move, working with Celia Linkey Anderson of Dade City (then of Zephyrhills) in directing the move of the city library’s books a few years earlier, from the little wooden building which had been the town’s library since its founding to the new library adjacent to City Hall. “We used Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts plus other children and moved all the books in two afternoons.
It was a 4-block round trip and those children were
marvelous, she recalls.
Finally came the move from the old ZHS plant (now expanded just this
past year) to the new high school in 1975. “We used student labor
again, but this time it was by bus. The kids would take an armload of
books, get on a school bus and ride to the new school, then ride back
for more books,” in what was a major logistical miracle, she said.
In 1958 Betty Hall earned a salary of about $5,000, compared to four
times that sum today. Without a master’s degree she would
not be eligible for merit pay, but that won’t be a problem now
that she’s retiring. A big change will no longer having to
arise at 5:15 a.m. in order to get to school by 6:30 in time to prepare
the library for the start of school at 7:15. Remembered fondly by
many former students for having instilled in them a love of literature
and learning, Betty Hall can count many of today’s educators and
writers among her former library users. Many of them will be on hand to
wish her well at the retirement celebrations Sunday. But those who
cannot attend will be present in spirit cheering her on as (Betty
herself says it best) she “prepares to close one chapter of my
life, and open another.”
Salutatorian Wins GTE 4-Year Study Aid, Zephyrhills News, May 31, 1984
Tracy R. Dunlap, daughter of Donald and Barbara Dunlap of Zephyrhills has been awarded a 4 year College Scholarship Service Award according to R.L. Cromwell, GTE/Florida's Vice President for Public Affairs.
School Daze by Tracy Dunlap, Zephyrhills News, August 25, 1983
News readers will want to welcome as this year’s School Daze
Correspondent Miss Tracy Dunlap, a senior, who is very active in school
affairs. She performs in the marching band as a member of flag corps
and in the symphonic band on the clarinet, is a member of both the
National Honor Society and the French Honor Society, is a member of
Student Council, attended the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Conference
when a sophomore, and this summer was the American Legion
Auxiliary’s delegate to Girls State in Tallahassee. She is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Dunlap and is hostess/sister to an
exchange student from France spending the year at ZHS, Miss Dominique
The new school year begins Monday, and as the date nears, Miss Dunlap writes:
The last week of summer vacation is always hectic. It is filled with
last minute shopping for school clothes and supplies plus much fun and
some degree of anxiety.
This is a particularly anxious time for the new sophomores, who will be
new to the school, and for those of us who will be seniors. We are
looking forward to our SENIOR year. This is supposed to be one of the
best years of our lives, but the excitement is coupled with a feeling
of dread. We realize we will have many important decisions to make in
the next year that will affect the rest of our lives, and we also know
that once this year is over we will be separated from many of our
friends, most of whom we have known almost all our lives.
The year will doubtlessly be filled with may ups and downs. I hope to be able to tell you about both in this column.
The football team and its cheerleaders, and the band with its flag corps and majorettes, have all been busy practicing for opening performances at Pasco the night of September 9. I know everyone’s hard work will pay off in a super night. See you next week with news about opening days.