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

  • 1992 Induction Poem

    You are the Grant Wood artists

    of Davenport Central high School, the graduates

    on permanent exhibit in this gallery’s

    Hall of Honor.  In this school, you sketched

    the line graphs of science, the right angles

    of plane geometry, the landscapes

    of learning how style starts in the eyes,

    how classic profiles create standards in the field.

    You dew the artist’s vision

    toDavenport, showing this patterns of color

    and character, his sensibility to details,

    and expressions, how his brush touches and canvas

    of your lives.  You healed our bodies and souls

    in World War II andKorea, your faith

    in the fundamentals of saving lives

    and pioneering hemodialysis

    as sold as a Wood original.  You showed us

    how to profit from contouring the land

    by figuring yield, the number of bushels per acre

    on fields as fertile and green and round

    asStoneCity.  Your research into chemistry

    and nuclear power modeled the blueprint

    for an American mural of science, its series

    of panels marking every stage

    of progress in plastics and synthetic rubber.

    You put your athlete’s speed and grace

    into wrestling and like the artist’s agile hand

    you finished with the brush stroke

    that painted victory.  When studying

    this war hero’s portrait, I see

    sacrifice, how it’s painted

    behind the lines with care

    and risk, how this composition

    of courage never runs or fades.  Some paintings

    are like that. Some form collections, masterpieces

    of example. Like this series of six still lifes,

    that move beyond a thousand strokes to art.

    Written by Dick Stahl