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

  • 2005 Induction Poem

    Brightening Our Marquee Lights

    After Mr. Mortiboy’s baton directed

    your favorite song in high school, the band music

    never stopped.  The stirring rhythms roused

    a career in the arts: Broadway, movies, television

    alongside Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Ronald Reagan.

    Now the marquee highlights your many roles as you entertain us

    with your artistry and beauty.  Your star blazes across America

    as audiences applaud the “Epic Portions”

    of your life-long acting achievements.

    You attend every class reunion, drawn back by the music

    and the magic of this school’s theater of memories.


    Inhale the upper air and discover

    the celestial marquee illuminated by starts

    and other marvels of space.  Your new techniques

    for mapping the stratosphere and mesosphere

    help maintain the health of our planet.  You were the first

    to measure the size and depth of the ozone hole.  Your level

    of accomplishment is truly atmospheric, as NASA has awarded you

    its highest honors.  Through the Earth Science Vision Initiative,

    you apply scientific understanding to better society.

    Tomorrow’s stellar promises follow

    the talented trajectory of your leadership today.


    The dynamics of debate and extemporaneous speaking

    sparked your forensic fervor in high school

    and at the University of Iowa.  After serving your country

    as a Marine Corps officer in Vietnam, you pioneered

    the integration of information systems as one

    of the federal government’s Information Technology marquee,

    making it a model for communication systems,

    including Desert Storm’s.  Your prowess even powered

    the 1984 Olympic’s broadcasts.


    Running red lights dash across

    the Brady Street Stadium marquee to announce

    your own Invitational, like spring milers sprinting

    to the finish line.  You shattered records

    for track and cross country competitions,

    for teaching and coaching, for making science

    as exciting as a foot race, and for crowding

    the Brady stands with state champions.  Forty years of dedication

    in training and timing, being chosen Coach of the Year

    at all levels, being elected to the Quad City Sports

    Hall of Fame, show your Blue Devil zeal.

    Written by Dick Stahl