The pictures are as represented in the Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth, Virginia yearbook or annual of the year indicated on the page. The Memory pictures may not be complete and pictures and names may have been removed by request of the person involved. Also, it does not offically indicate the year of graduation and/or that the party in question graduated. This section of the website is dedicated to the memories of all alumni and are found in personal items that alumni have saved and were kind enough to allow it to be shared with others. Thank You. If you are not represented in your class, or have other pictures for the memories section you may submit a photo to be added. John “Eddie” Lee ’68.
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This year has seen an increase in school attendance and a concurrent increase in interest by many students in raising academic performance. Our S.C.A. has continued to lead the Portmouth schools in excellence. On behalf of the entire faculty we say "thank you" to the Class of 1977 and wish them the best of luck in future endeavors. To the classes which follow we say "build on the record of this fine class to make your school ever great among Virginia's High Schools."
(at right) Rapping with the students helps Mr. Burton associate with the student body. Here he talks with Philip McKay.
Even the principal shows good English Techniques by proofreading his
(at right) A solitary time for peace and quiet, and to sustain his physical needs.
Taking part in the Youth Leadership Conference, Mr. Burton ad-dresses the group.
Lunch is shared with Mr. Joyner and Mr. Ferguson in the teacher's lunchroom.
Many important decisions pass through Mr. Burton's office in the events of a day.
the vice squad
instructing, controlling and suspending
Mr. Laguta monitors the lunchroom. AT RIGHT: Extra help to keep things in order; Mr. Ferguson patrols the halls
Walking through the office Mr. Joyner finds time to relax and rest on the counter.
Work of the vice-principals includes several different aspects. They assist the principal, Mr. Burton, in areas including instructing teachers, aid in controlling both students and teachers, and suspending pupils that can not conform to rules and regulations of the school. The vice-principals consisted of Mr. David Joyner, Mr. Michael Laguta, and Mr. Horace Savage, who we are very proud to say was promoted to Assistant Superintendent for General Services.
CLOCKWISE: Eighth 'grade principal, Mr. Michael Laguta is content to give time from his work for a smile.
Resting on the front steps Mr. Horace Savage waits for 2 o'clock. Down to business attitude is what Mr. Savage prefers in his office.
Tap, tap, tap go the typewriters; ring goes the telephone along with the other various sounds in the main office, where all the hard work is done. With all this work to be done, where would we be without these ladies? Why, the whole school would be without order. They cash the checks and give the change. They make the appointments, answer the telephone, and they make the afternoon announcements. They deserve a hand for such a good job.
Smiling widely, Mrs. Mateo brightens up the eighth-grade office.
Handling the money for all sorts of organizations, Mrs. Blaire Young zips up her money bag.
Typing frantically, Mrs. Costner stops to check for mistakes.
Mrs. Dale Rogerson keeps busy answering the phone and secrataring for the guidance department.
Checking over some papers for errors, takes some attention from Mrs. Elizabeth Miller.
Answering the phone with a smile always helps Mrs. Virginia Babbit get through the day.
(At left) Miss Sandra Palmer relaxes in the infirmary during her lunch break.
(At left) Studying the academic achievement of a student and planning his next schedule, is the main job of Mrs. Elizabeth Blanford.
the guiding lights
counselors for the future
Mrs. Blanford assigns each counselor a number of homerooms to talk to each year. Each of our counselors has a B.S., some also have a M. of Ed. or a M.A.
How grateful we are for our guidance counselors and all the work they do for us. They assisted us in scheduling our classes for each up coming year as well as counseling us through our many problems. Besides from being our friends, they are our guiding lights.
Carlos Small is just one of the many students Mrs. Gertrude Anderson helps every day.
(At Left) Mrs. Myrtle Jones ponders over a student's problem.
(At right) While thumbing through the schedule card box, Mrs. Myrtle Henderson looks for students to schedule for examinations.
(at right) Showing concern, Miss Joyce A. Berkebile discusses a student's grades. (below) English Department head, Mrs. Alma B. Hall, realizes the many responsibilities of her position. (bottom right)
Mrs. Deborah G. Bowyer works diligently as she grades her eighth grade English papers.
(TOP LEFT) As an English teacher, Mrs. Althea J. Cherry tries to
stimulate the minds of her eighth-grade students. Stressing the per- fection of grammar is the main objective in teaching for Mrs. Hattie
L. Cooper. News writer from the Ledger Star, Harry Williams instructs the journalism class on professional news techniques. English is not only expressing yourself in words, but for Mr. Mabry it is expressing with motion.
For the six members of the Journalism class, preparing six issue! of THE STUDENT was a demanding yet reward-ing responsibility. The skills they learned in their newspaper production included techniques of journalist wri-ting, advertising, interviewing, writing headlines, copyreading, and news-magazine lay-out.
The class was assisted by Mr. Harry Williams, news writer for the Ledger-Star. Mr. Williams made ten visits to the class supplementing class instruction with his first-hand professional knowledge of writing the news.
The drama class generally performs for assemblies during football season and adds flavor to other programs throughout the year.
In class, students learn the basics in acting, make-up and staging while attempting to assimilate some information about the history of drama.
New in drama, this year will be an attempt to video-tape selections from the different levels of our literature books for showing in those classes. They want to "bring our literature to life."
Iright) Proudly, Mrs. Frances R. Paigeglances at the paper of her tenth-grade English classes.(below) Being a new teacher, Mrs. Anita G. Nyman finds enjoyment teaching eighth and ninth-grade English here at Wilson. (below-right)
SPECIALIZING IN READING-Mrs. Lynn E. Mercer
teaches the reading course which helps students overcome specific reading problems.
(top left) Miss Avis L Shumaker stands at the door of 210 to greet her English students. (top right) Teaching excelled English for Seniors is Miss Marion Ransom's specialty. (bottom left)
Speech? Drama? If you
take one of these subjects, you know who
Mrs. Elizabeth "Liz" Quirin is. (bottom right) Diane Coble, Ron Hunter, and George Davis try to get their improvisation right.
Students in Speech learn and practice the skills of a good speaker. Theylearn to conduct meetings, lead group discussions, and read prose and poetry aloud.
The main objective is to give students some usable skills for everyday life. If they can present themselves as capable speakers in a variety of classroom situations, they will be better prepared to play the various roles in society which they choose for themselves.
(top left) Having a time limit, Betty Ann Eure conducts her speech tersely. (top right) Standing in a prominent place, Mrs. June Yost lectures her classes on their work. (bottom left) Although she struggles to teach her ninth grade students English, Mrs. Carol Spencer pauses to smile. (bottom right) Progressing students give pleasure to Mrs. Ella Ward.
(top left) Miss Geraldine Adams corrects the diction of her Spanish Istudents. (top right) French II students, Wade Goodwin, Sharon West, Joni Duval, and Jane Eastes listen carefully to Mrs. Williams. (bottom right) Concentrating on repeating his Spanish words is Mark Davis. (bottom left) Mrs. Gladys Williams gives no excuses for her cluttered desk.
The foreign language instructional program, consisting of French and Spanish, is designed to provide learning experiences that promote optionaI educational development. The general aim of instruction is to develop the skills needed for effective communication in a foreign language. A concomitant aim is to develop an understanding and an appreciation of the foreign people, their country, and their culture. Emphasis is also placed on developing skills in listening comprehension, speaking abiIitv, reading comprehension, and writing ability.
Because of the sequential nature in the development of foreign language skills, all courses in the program are organized from level one through the advanced levels. Beginning levels are open to every student, without prerequisite.