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1967 William Penn senior class scored York firsts

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The graduation season just passed brings to mind the year 1967 and the firsts scored that school year.
The William Penn High School’s senior class elected Linda Woodward as the school’s first black homecoming queen.
She headed a parade caravan to Small Field for the homecoming game against Steel High… .

Wanda Stottlemyer and Darlene Oberdick served as her attendants, and the court included Stephanie Calder, Anna Galatsianos, Veda Gorsuch, Peggy Klick, Michelle Miller, Susan Schaale and exchange student honorary member, Aurera Isasi.
The senior class that year also held its graduation ceremony at York Fairgrounds. The size of the class – 600 graduates – dictated the move.