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Ulysses High School
Alumni Association

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Brief School History

In the year 1869, the first school district was organized in Ulysses, Nebraska, and classes were held in the homes of one of the school board members, with the term lasting three months. A couple years later this changed to a nine-month term. First board was Sumner Darnell, director, Dr. S. T. Thrapp, moderator, and J. M. Palmer, treasurer. First superintendent was Mr. Prince.

In 1871 an 18’ x 24’ building was erected on the east side of the railroad tracks. It was used until 1877, when a larger building was built at 4th and D Streets, now site of the present post office. This school was temporarily closed for a few months due to fire in 1884.

In 1888-89, a new brick building was built on the present site on West C Street. In 1889 the first class of four students graduated, thus the second accredited high school in the state of Nebraska. Chester Aldrich, the second superintendent served later as a Nebraska governor.

In August of 1910 lightning destroyed this building. The present building was erected in 1911. The auditorium that adjoins it was built in 1936 by Works Program Administration (WPA) workers (government).

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From 1889 thru 1960 871 graduates had attended this school. Ulysses joined the Seward School District. Grades K thru 6 remained until 1983, at which time the school was closed, due to a decline in enrollment.

The school colors were Scarlet and Gray and the school song is the "Scarlet and the Gray."  The mascot was the Trojan. The Alumni has met every five years since 1970, for a banquet on Memorial Day weekend.


Scarlet and Gray Song

You may choose from all the colors
That have stood for high school fame
There’s the orange, the black, and scarlet
They’re sure to kindle fame.
But the only combination
That cheers us on our way
As we sing with adoration
Is the Scarlet and the Gray.

Through the four long years of high school
Midst the scenes we know so well
As the mystic charms of knowledge
We vainly seek to spell
Or we win our mental victories
As we strive well as we may
We will ne’er forget the pleasures
‘Neath the Scarlet and the Gray
.

When the care of life o’er take us
Mingling fast our locks with gray
Should our dearest hopes betray us
False fortunes fade away
Still we banish care and sadness
As we think of those bright days
And recall those times of gladness
‘Neath the Scarlet and the Gray
.


Officers of the Association

1949 (First reunion - 60 years)
JOHN COYLE PRES. 1932
EMMA CRANE STUMP V. P. 1891
AGNES PURTEK URBANEK SEC. 1939
1960
CARL DIERS M. C. 1910
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1965
EDITH YOUNG LOVELACE PRES. 1928
GLADYS PARKE WOOLSEY SEC. 1925
1970
JOE KOBZA, Jr. PRES. 1953
CATHERINE TIMONEY HAYEK V. P. 1951
BETTY FOSTER HURT SEC. 1924
HELEN FOSTER GRAVEL TREAS. 1946
1975
JOHN POLLOCK PRES. 1943
DOROTHY PROCHASKA VODICKA V. P. 1944
MAXINE SCHROEDER MASHEK SEC 1954
MARJORIE COUFAL WOOLSEY TREAS. 1951
1980
DON GEIGER PRES. 1936
CELESTINE PROCHASKA OSMERA V. P. 1946
MARY ANN SEMIN FIALA SEC. 1958
JEAN POLLOCK SANLEY TREAS. 1945
1985
WILLIAM WOITA, Jr. PRES. 1958
PAUL PETERS V. P. 1954
GRACE WHITE HOEFT SEC 1947
ALVIN SEMIN TREAS. 1959
1990
WILLIE SHONKA PRES. 1955
BETTY REZNICEK FOSTER V. P. 1948
CATHERINE TIMONEY HAYEK SEC. 1951
RICHARD MORAVEC TREAS. 1942
1995
JAMES (TED) TIMONEY PRES. 1954
ALAN SLEIGHT V. P. 1959
MARGARET GLOCK FRICKE SEC. 1942
MARJORIE COUFAL WOOLSEY TREAS. 1951
2000
EDWIN DUER PRES. 1944
JOE REZNICEK V. P. 1956
RITA TIMONEY SHIPLEY SEC. 1952
HELEN TIMONEY VODICKA TREAS. 1959
2005
FRANCIS ZEGERS PRES. 1953
EMIL KLEMENT V. P. 1957
CAROL LUKASSEN REZNICEK SEC. 1957
BETTY GASKILL DOLEZAL TREAS. 1955

Contact: GRACE M. HOEFT (graciemarie@clarks.net)


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