Archived Front Page Slide Show
1972 - 1973
Sitting: Kathy Sipe, Valerie Taliman, Susan Ramsey, Sharyl Haven, Mike Sipe, Leannie (Lathem) Whipple, Wylie Phelps, Nan Benallly, Kathy Skiles, Paula Magnuson.
Standing: Terry Weaver, Rod Powell, Gilbert Garcia, Kathy Bridges, Rodney Hewett, Dean Anderson, Bruce Tso, Greg Sandoval, David Fredenberg, Jerry Skiles. Not Pictured-Jenny Notah
Named during a dust storm in October 1955, Drifting Sands was first published by the ninth grade class as a special project. The students were asked to look out the window of the classroom and think of a name. As the wind blew the sand against the building, the students noticed drifts and patterns that were being formed. The scene was of drifting sands.
Lorraine Wauneka became the first Editor-In-Chief. Robert Nelson was the Assistant Editor and Sammy Kee was the Art Editor. Others involved included Skippy Curley, Helen Cronemeyer, Everett Benally, Betty Ashley and Marjorie Damon.
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Good Shepherd Episcopal Mission
Window Rock School District and the teacher apartments were built adjacent to the Good Shepard Mission. The Mission, under the direction of Father Givens, served as a boarding facility for children who lived in distant locations. It also provided classrooms in 1957-58 for the future Class of 1965 and even allowed the boarding of horses when needed.
Many of the children who lived nearby remember Bridget, the Great Dane who belonged to Father and Mrs. Givens. The dog often came for a brief visit in the late afternoon to the apartments and would be called home by the ringing of the evening mission bells. Bridget was larger than many of the children but a gentle giant whose tail was something to be avoided as it whipped through the air with excitement. Soon she would be on her way back to the mission and home.
Over the years the Good Shepard Mission has been a friend and goodwill ambassador to the school and the students of Window Rock School.
This building, located onsite at the Mission, served as additional classroom space for Window Rock School.
Pfc Lori Piestewa, pronounced Pie-ESS-tuh-wah, was a Hopi and the first Native American woman killed in combat. Lori, 23, was a mother of a 4 year-old boy and a 3 year-old girl.
Lori was deployed, along with roommate and friend Jessica Lynch, to the Middle East in February 2003. Both were members of the Army's 507th Maintenance Company based at Fort Bliss, Texas. On March 28, the crew took a wrong turn near Nasiriyah and were ambushed by Iraqi soldiers. Six members of the 507th were taken as prisoners and ultimately rescued by American Forces.
On April 17 the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names waived a 5 year-old waiting period and changed the name of Squaw Peak in Phoenix to Piestewa Peak.
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John Brown, Jr.
Original Code Talker
Decorated American and Navajo Hero
Husband, Father, Grandfather & Great Grandfather
President George W. Bush congratulates
Congressional Medal Winner, John Brown, Jr.
John Brown, Jr. admires Congressional Medal in Washington DC.
On July 26, 2001 and at 78 years old, John Brown, Jr. was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor and was chosen to speak in Washington DC on behalf of the Code Talkers. In addition, the other four living Code Talkers, Allen Dale June, Chester Nez and Lloyd Oliver, were able to travel to Washington DC to receive their gold medals. Teddy Draper, Sr. received his medal in New Mexico. Those Code Talkers who were no longer living, were represented by family members.
Brown is the grandfather of Valery Showalter Brandow, Class of 1990.
Mrs. Martin's Fifth Grade Class - 1957
Good Sheppard Mission
L to R in the back: Mary Damon, Pat Mann, Diane Rudeau, Valentine Cummings, Stella Brown, Katherine Howell, Patsy Cowan, Louise Naswood, Theresa Sells, Linda Fitch, Susie Denetdeel, Elsie Billie, Linda Yazza, Christine Wauneka, Jerry Teller.
Front: Nancy Martin, Joetta Bluejacket
Front row: Janet Benally, Laura McCammon, Brenda McGahey, Sherry Hicks, Maxine Bergeson, Wilma Sandoval, Judy Naswood, Neda Smith, Gloria Yazzie, Janice Lee.
2nd row: Shirley Gleason, Vangie Smith, Genevieve Lee, Joan Robertson, Vicki Stanton, Bill Williams, Phillip McCammon, Chester Hubbard, ____,Belinda Johns, Christie Masters, Cheryl Lanners
3rd row: Gloria Hale, Kathy Davidson, Gertrude Dennison, Claudia Houseknecht, Lydia Hubbard, Andy Davis, Keith Gaston, Calvin Clauschee?, Lynn Crow, Eloise Billie, Debra Lester ?, Margie Meyers
4th row: Paula Lee, Debra Yazzie, Harriet Tracy, Nela Meyers, Sarah Ewing, Karen Blanton, Sharon Ashcroft, Eddy Cadmon, Jackie Nofchissy, Janet Cordes, Karen Hicks, Georgia Ashley, Peggy Brady
5th row: Mike Lincoln, Bill Brady, Mike Adams, Tim Worley, Clyde Hillis, Herman Fredenberg, Charlie Parks, Robert Eddy, Wayne Nez, Chuck McCammon, Ron Benally
Mervyn Hillis, United States Navy
Class of 1967
Two Tours in Viet Nam, American and Navajo War Hero, Husband, Father
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Window Rock School - 1957
In the background is the tower of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. In the upper portion of the picture is the road to Sawmill. The upper left object is in question: Some believe it is either a water tank or the old Bureau of Indian Affairs power house that was between the old US Post Office and the Catholic Church. The power house had a generator that ran on coal and provided electricity to the BIA and IHS offices before the days of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. Another school of thought is that the object is too large to be the smoke stack of the old power house and too far south to be a water tank. It is not a structure located in Fort, but a stabilizer placed on the telephone cable running across Black Creek. Note the power pole to the right of the bridge railing (Long Bridge). The stabilizer reduces the sway of the cable during high winds.
Perhaps the true identity of this object will never be discovered. As each of us attempt to unlock the various mysteries from our youth, we recall different situations and scenarios. Together we can explore the possibilities.
Anna Mae Begay
Miss Anna Mae Begay was chosen as Miss Navajo in 1963 at the Navajo Tribal Fair.
As Miss Navajo, Annie Mae traveled throughout Arizona and New Mexico making various appearances. She also attended the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. While in Clearwater, Florida, she was presented with a golden key to the city and became an honorary citizen.
While attending WRHS, Annie Mae was Homecoming float attendant during her Freshman year. During her Sophomore year, she was a Tse Ho Tso attendant. In her Junior year, she was a Homecoming attendant. Annie Mae was also on the Who's Who list each year in high school and was a graduate from the Class of 1964. Window Rock School was very proud of Annie Mae who also served as an ambassador for the Navajo Nation.
Mrs. Maunelle Martin's 5th Grade
Class - 1957
1st Row: Nancy Martin, Linda Yazza, Theresa Natanobah, Linda Fitch, Katherine Howell, Patsy Cowan, Joetta Bluejacket, Diane Rudeau
2nd Row: Stella Brown, Elsie Billie, Susie Denetdeel, Valentine Cummings, Louise Naswood, Patricia Mann, Mary Damon, Jerilene Teller
3rd Row: Freddie Goldtooth, Benjamin Begay, Carl Hillis, Joseph Jeans, Lance Carney, Elmer Francisco, Freddie Tsosie, Joe Plese, Eldon McCabe, Brad Morfitt
Mrs. Maunelle Martin went on to become President of the State Classroom Teachers Association for two years; served on national committees for the National Education Association; received her doctorate degree from Arizona State University and was a professor at Mesa Community College for thirty years. Dr. Martin retired in 1999 after 50 years of teaching.
Girls Softball, 1965
L to R: Manager: Cheryl Philips, Barbara Bennett, Elsie Billie, Susie Denetdeel, Mary Tabaha, Maxine Tsosie, Mary Scott, Susan Philips, Lorena Cleveland
Second Row: Nancy Chischilly, Lotti Cleveland, Nancy Martin, Linda Landbloom, Eva Dahozy
Third Row: Minnie Stewart, Mary Wano, Georgia Ashley, Coach Neola Voegtli, Vicki Stanton, Elizabeth Becenti, Brenda MaGahey
Neola "Sis" Voegtli came to Window Rock High School in 1964. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and had just graduated from Mankato College in Minnesota. Voegtli taught physical education; coached volleyball, basketball, softball and track and field; and sponsored Varsity Cheerleader, Junior Varsity Cheerleaders and the Columbia Blues! For Voegtli, it was the beginning of a legendary 27 years of coaching.
Voegtli went on to teach and coach at Tuba City, Page and Parker where she stayed for 16 years. During her coaching career, she achieved a record of 480 wins and 54 losses to become the coach with the most "wins" in the history of Arizona, male or female.
Voegtli also was instrumental in paving the way for other female athletes: She promoted the passage of Title IX, prohibiting sex discrimination and forcing the Arizona Interscholastic Association to recognize girls basketball as a sport. She also served on the Women's Sports Equality Committee where she lobbied for Title IX in Washington, DC. After being named National Region 8 Coach of the Year from 1980 1989, she retired from girls basketball in 1990.
This is another example of the outstanding professionals who comprised the faculty at WRHS, making it a superb educational community.
In 1965, the Speech and Drama department of Window Rock High School presented Our Town, the first three act play in the history of the school. The Stage Manager, the leading role, was played by Jim Robertson. Mrs. Gail Davidson was the director.
Jim moved to Window Rock in the fall of 1962 and took an immediate interest in sports, music, speech and drama. The Speech and Drama Department had grown to about thirty five students, and it quickly became one of the most fun organizations in school.
In 1963 the speech and drama coach, Mrs. Martin, secured a charter for what was to become the National Thespian Society, Troop #1420. Jim earned his membership that year and graduated in 1965 as an Honor Thespian.
Many memories of Jim bring a smile or tear to his classmates. Probably the most memorable one, was in the fall of 1964: Homecoming was fast approaching. The Varsity Cheerleaders learned that the Junior Varsity Cheerleaders were going to ride in Mr. Noble's convertible for the Homecoming parade. The Varsity squad had planned to walk the entire route, but decided that a different plan was in order. The Varsity squad appealed to and got Jim's approval to ride in the back of his 1954 red Chevy convertible. It had no shocks and was known for frequent breakdowns.
The day arrived and the parade began. Just as we approached the gas station, the car died and would not restart. The entire squad got out and pushed the car all the way back to school. Jim stayed inside and "steered". Fortunately, it was downhill most of the way. It wasn't exactly the image we had intended, but we never fail to think of Jim when we see an old red Chevy convertible.
In college Jim majored in Speech and Drama and after teaching for seven years in Durango, he returned to his Alma Mater. During Jim's tenure at WRHS, he and his wife, who also was a teacher, coached what would become the Arizona State Champion Speech Team. They also won many other prestigious awards.
Jim eventually changed careers, moved to California and began working for the Walt Disney Company. He is now a Corporate Security Manager for Disney.
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Varsity Cheerleaders, 1964 - 65
Janice Bergeson, Lydia Hubbard, Nancy Martin, Georgia Ashley, Susie Denetdeel