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  • Central High School
    Principal: Jon Flynn
    1120 Main Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52803
    Phone: (563) 723-5400
    Fax: (563) 445-5952

  • 1991 Induction Poem

    You’re coming back now,

    your names like the words

    from a familiar song, maybe a school song

    riding November’s first wind.  You remember

    the lyrics of that dynamic English teacher,,

    the melody of elements on the periodic table,

    the tone of law, and the scales

    of an economics bar graph plotting

    the steady rise of your humanitarian future

    like climbing an up staircase.

    You wrote your first story in composition class,

    the one about something

    you never thought you’d write about

    but like a scientist after molecular structure

    discovered the order of the noble quest.

    High school starters see

    a dream here, pursue it after graduation

    like one hearing a distant song

    that’s personal as a star.  You worked here

    with your gifts

    and then your gifts worked

    your life.  You advanced

    the chemistry of success, the law

    of personal and corporate direction, the business

    of philanthropy, of giving something

    of yourself to others.  Your wrote “Allison’s House,”

    a Pulitzer-Prize winning play

    whose lines resonate with the rhythm

    of poetry.  You taught us to look at “Trifles”

    and see the whole story.  It’s that energy in every mark of

    achievement we honor here today. the efforts

    of service and scholarship

    that harmonize into a victory salute

    to you, the honorees

    who have brought pride to yourselves,

    your profession, and to your high school.

    Your names are home now

    and, like the honor your bring,

    will hallow this Central Hall of Honor.

    Written by Dick Stahl