b. 22 Oct 1899
University of West Virginia, B.A.
Drama, Drama Department Head, Activities Head, Thespians Advisor, Ushers
Exactly ten years ago, a grateful class dedicated the Anchor to a woman they
admired and respected.
We, the seniors of 1962, now dedicate our Anchor to the same woman to show her how deeply grateful we are for the five years of enthusiastic and understanding help she has given us on her own time. We wish to express our genuine admiration for the strength of character and her great patience. She has been more than a teacher to us; she has been a friend. Her pride in this school, her pride in her work, and her pride in us when we do well, has been an inspiration to all of us. For these, and many other reasons, we respectfully dedicate the 1962 Anchor to Miss Dorothy M. Crane.
June Class Dedication
|1955 Anchor, p.10||1962 Anchor, p. 5|
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
VA - 01/25/07
Now I Think I Know What I Didnít Know Then
By Bill Black, Lost Colony Alumnus
Added - at last! - on 06/24/04
there was a link to NNHS.
Well, that one did it, Carol. Thatís where I stopped. Having attended many high school graduations as an
assistant principal, I recognized the introduction to Pomp and Circumstance right away. I sat and listened
while I looked at the images of our old high school. As the introduction gave way to the familiar strains
at which the graduates begin their procession, I was awash in memories. I went back years in my mind and
saw the Class of Ď59 lined up in the hall outside the auditorium. And there was Dorothy Crane, the drama
teacher, making sure that we were all in step. She stood in the hall by the entrance to the auditorium,
sweeping her hand in a huge arc to keep us in step as she called out, left, right, left, right her voice
emphasizing the word left, to make sure we all stepped forward at the same time on the correct foot. The effect
was that as the line moved up the ramp into the auditorium and down the incline to our seats, every single
tassel swayed in the same direction at the same time. We all swayed gently to the left, then gently to the right.
Not being especially graceful nor having a good sense of rhythm, I had to watch the student in front of me. I
kept my eyes on that foot in front of me to make sure I was putting the same one forward at the same time!
When I got to my seat on the stage, I could finally relax. From the vantage point of the stage, I could see the
rest of my classmates marching in. What an awesome sight to behold, the line moving in perfect step and I can
tell you that it was never as magnificent, as awesome a sight at any other high school graduation that I attended,
and I attended a lot of them. Miss Crane also made sure that we had our graduation caps on our heads exactly
right. The front down over the forehead just so with the mortar board perfectly parallel to the ground. And the
music, the NNHS band, with Mr. Wilsonís baton, playing that magnificent Pomp and Circumstance. The music
on the NNHS link brought it all back to me, as if it were yesterday. Thanks for the memories!
Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA
Thanks so much!
Midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) - 12/03/03
Birth and Death
Dates courtesy of the Social Security Death Index via Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA -
Thanks again, Dave!
Comedy-Tragedy Masks clip art courtesy of http://www.hscripts.com/freeimages/icons/human/face-mask-clipart.php - 03/25/06
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