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Promoting York High’s achievers: ‘Grab that and run with it’

York, Pa., native and Judge Marie White Bell is a member of the William Penn Senior High School Hall of Fame. She is among the luminaries who are products of the York City School District. Also of interest: People mag features York native as a ‘Hero Among Us’ and York County high school grads teach lessons in achievement on national stage and York High achievers from the start.


A early look at my York Sunday News column this week (3/20/11):
Rachel Glick, a York City School District teacher, recently made a keen observation.
Charter schools are promoting their positive points.
Why not the city district? … .

York Daily Record/Sunday News journalist Angie Mason reported this good idea on her Cram Session blog, with the headline: Earl Shaffer, the pioneering Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, was subject of a recent exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Chris Doleman, a 1980 William Penn grad, just missed induction earlier this year into the National Football League Hall of Fame. He’ll get in someday.
Marie White Bell was the first black mayor of Willingboro in Burlington County, N.J. She later served as a Superior Court judge in that county.
Dave Bupp and Buddy King, members of the homegrown soul band The Magnificent Men, were widely known in the 1960s and spark nostalgia today.
– Four-star General Jacob L. Devers, a 1905 York High and 1909 West Point grad, went on to com´mand a U.S. Army group in World War II.
– Ron Everett graduated from William Penn in 1958 and received numerous academic degrees. Later known as Maulana Karenga, he founded Kwanzaa, a celebration of black cultural unity.
– William Penn grad George Leader became the only governor of Pennsylvania from York County. His accomplished wife, Mary Jane, who died last week, also earned a William Penn diploma.
Herbert Cohen served as attorney general for Gov. George Leader from 1954 to 1956. At the time of his death in 1970, Cohen was serving as a judge on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
– Professor of medicine M. Elaine Eyster served as chief of hematology at Hershey Medical Center. She was the first women in the hall, inducted in 1976.
– Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne’s achievements have been chronicled in a Disney movie as well as the book “In Her Stride.” Her achievements also have been recognized with her name on the side of a major city office building.
As reported in Cram Session, board member Javier Aguayo agreed with James Morgan, saying that achieving York High grads are everywhere.
Indeed they are.
And you don’t have to run far to learn about them.