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By Contributors: Gail Wurtele, Karen Johnson, Leonard Hoskins
Our contributors to this blog have a passion for the area's history and want to share their passion with others interested in learning more about years gone by.
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By Contributor Len Hoskins
Feb. 28, 2013 12:01 a.m.

by len hoskins
In the past month or so since i started this blog..many of the later classes of Nebraska City have asked about various teachers and classes..so lets talk a little about Junior and Senior High in the grey building (Junior High and the west side of 9th Street and Senior High on the east side...Principal was Ely Fiestner who lived up on 16th and Cnetrl and his great secretary Mary Ritterbush,she could fix any problem you had...Sarah Jane Whitten was the most respected teacher in the building and a great one at that..everybody loved her..THe new teacher was Norma Dee Walker Bremer, a real beauty and all the boys fell in love with her..She belonged to the famed Walker family of Dunbar who raised Tennessee Walking horses..She later went on to not only teach my younger sister, Carol, but two of my children,,Jodene Hoskins Larkin and Randall Hoskins ..Don Mc Gaffey, was the NCHS marching band director..George Blocker history teacher and Junior High Football Coach and Ellen Albers , English are two more who come to mind High School Basketball Coach Bill Vacek was our shop teacher located in the lower level of the building..
Senior High became a new adventure in 1950 for the u88 members of the class of 54.Of course, my favorite immediately was Florence "Mom" Barta, English and Journalism instructor..Art "Pop" Majprs was science instructor..his favorite saying was "If you dont know it..dont admit it". He was also assistant football coach. Corrine Gilbert Gilligan,, Dewey Ganzel and Phil Young, a no-nonsense teacher and coach..Coach Young gave Nebraska City its only undefeated football team in 1952..Coach Oscar Smith, basketball coach, geography instructor..Probably the most impact came from Bill Abernathy..Distributive Education teacher who started our classes at 7:30 and all in that class went to jobs at noon in various business around town and there were a lot of us in those three morning classes..Smith left quite an impression as basketball coach, giving the Pioneers many great victorious seasons.
Other great early Pioneer coaches were Ernie Gorr, who later became famous as the Omaha University football coach; and later at Northern Colorado University ..there were lots of social time, formal dances, homecoming dance and others.

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