September Web Visits


In September 2017, we had 303 visits to our site from the following countries: 

US                     280

Colombia            17

Panama              3

Canada               1

Philippines           1

Sweden               1


Including the following locations:

State College      61

Wayne               13

Park Forest         11

Saginaw             10



The Alma Mater and Other News


A recent question by a graduate regarding the Alma Mater prompted a reply from Tom Smith ’50:

The original music and words of the first verse were written by John J. Serff (head of Social Studies) and Elizabeth “Betty” Morrow (English teacher) at an unknown date. At a much later, unknown date, Betty Morrow wrote the second verse.

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Doug Arnold: The Little-Known Pillar of State College Football Success

He was an unlikely candidate for a coaching position in football. Aside from a year or two in his junior high days, he never played the sport. And with a wiry frame that measures 5 feet, 9 inches and 135 pounds, he didn’t have a commanding physical presence.  

In fact, Doug Arnold looks like a gymnast — which he was, competing for Coach Gene Wettstone’s Penn State teams of the early 1970s.  

But regardless of his real or perceived limitations, one thing is for sure. Doug Arnold is a team player. So in 1985, when State College needed an assistant football coach for its ninth grade team, it was Arnold, a teacher at Park Forest Junior High, who said yes. Then, in 1986, Doug agreed to be co-head coach of that team. And in 1987, he assumed sole responsibility as head coach. (He also coached the junior high/middle school boys’ track and field team from 1988 to 2015.)

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Website Updates

Donations and new memberships appear on the Honor Roll page. As a paid member, you are able to view all our yearbooks online. Lifetime membership is a one-time payment of $75 or $100 on the installment plan.

Please remember to send us your favorite photos so we can post them here and on our website.

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Photo Submission: '56 Alum Enjoys Solar Eclipse

Martin N. "Mick" McGeary, class of 1956, enjoys the total solar eclipse, Aug. 21. Mick is a retired U.S. Army LTC, with two brothers, George and David (both deceased). Mick now lives in Salmon, Idaho.