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

  • 2001 Induction Poem

     

    Celebrate Three of the Longest Jumps

    You only thought about doing the long jump

    for a short time before each flight

    over the sand reached new records

    as chains stretched to the breaking point.

    You pitched, passed and shot baskets,

    but tack and field held your first love

    with the wind in your face as you sprinted

    or leaped in the air.  You added the triple jump

    and the high jump to your awards.  You ran

    from the neighborhood talent to high school star

    to All-American to the ’64 Olympics, jumps

    as long as the echo of our cheers.

     

    You spring into our households with your long-running column,

    speaking daily with words that tickle and prod us

    inwardly and outwardly toward higher registers

    of emotional and civic involvement.

    Your pen-wielding skills have won individual and team honors

    in a special event called commitment to community.

    Throngs of loyal fans applaud your prowess at hearing a

    and telling the stories of all categories of Quadcitians,

    at observing and understanding human nature,

    and at forging local identity and pride.  A ubiquitous presence

    at city happenings from art strolls to doggie dashes,

    you take our pulse and humor us into reflection or action.

    Consummate Newspaper Man, Master Columnist,

    your wide, gentle grin slips out between lines of type

    into our homes, offices  and hearts.  No reader need wonder:

    you are there and you do care.

     

    Your progressive leadership’s a gentle breeze

    that always blows in the right direction

    through many offices and organizations.

    Your enthusiasm breathes new life

    into philanthropy, scholarship, and research.

    Your long love of books stretches

    from the Davenport Public Library to medical libraries

    to rural ones.  You celebrate reading

    by donating books so others cross

    the learning line first.  Yours is the beauty

    of Augustana’s Homecoming Queen; yours is the Olympics

    of the printed word; yours is the honor

    of a name in Who’s Who of American Women.

     

    The Hall of Honor recognizes three outstanding alumni

    for ther service to school, community and society

    and summons them back to the starting line.

    Written by Dick Stahl