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

  • 1998 Induction Poem


    For Dr. Calvin Wilks Burnett, Roger W. Emeis, Elmer Layden

    These men are no strangers

    to honor; they all know

    how she tugs

    at your collar like a soft breeze

    on a still day to move

    your careers closer to this new goal,

    this Hall of Honor. You’ve pushed

    your body with precision

    through blocking and tackling, scrambling

    beyond the secondary,

    avoiding tacklers like a bear

    evades a swarm of bees, to score

    ever more touchdowns.

    One of the four Horsemen

    of Notre Dame, an All-American,

    you were celebrated by induction

    into the college Football Hall of Fame.

    As Notre Dame’s head coach, you kept

    the winning tradition alive.

    You inspired higher education too

    when you jumped ball at Coppin State College

    and played as President

    for twenty-five years, one time against

    a team who pressed to merge

    with another school, but you held your eyes

    on the rim and your hands on the ball,

    handling yourself like a star

    not to lose self-identity. Students

    and community bonded under your easy style

    to stand up and cheer

    your winning shot. You’re a gentleman

    who’s a real gentle man, a hero

    on the business field who has led

    his team at Emeis Automotive

    and Adel Wholesalers by example,

    integrity and fair play. As a CPA,

    you have worked with numbers

    like intricate strategies to support

    people. Like a weather vane,

    you pointed children towards careers

    while yours stayed true

    to the direction of hometown and

    state. Collectively, these honorees have made us

    all stand a little straighter

    and taller and strong, lending

    more dignity and honor

    to the stature of our own lives.