The Duluth Public Library doesn’t just collect books, it collects memories! Take a trip down Memory Lane by looking at some old yearbooks. Check out the fashions and relive your carefree youth.
We have yearbooks from Cathedral/Marshall, Central, Denfeld, East, Harbor International, Hermantown, Morgan Park, and Proctor. Be sure to check the catalog to see if we have your years. Click on the “Full Display” tab to see the years owned by the library.
This week, check out some of the local celebs who attended EAST HIGH SCHOOL.
Eric Eskola ’71
Since the early 1970s Eskola has covered news and politics around Minnesota. He started at KDAL television in Duluth and then moved over to the radio side, where he worked up to becoming the director. In 1980 he moved to Minneapolis to work for WCCO. He is also the co-host, along with his wife Cathy Wurzer, of “Almanac,” which airs on Twin Cities Public Television and offers in-depth coverage of state politics.
Eskola was born in Duluth, but his family moved to Ohio, then Ontario, before returning to Minnesota in time for Eskola to graduate high school.
Here’s a clip of Eskola’s first appearance on “Almanac” in 1986.
Phil Verchota ’75
Verchota was a member of the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic hockey team, as well as the 1984 team. After his Olympic appearances he was offered professional hockey positions, but turned them down. Instead, he became a banker.
In high school Verchota was an all-state selection for hockey and football. In his senior year the hockey team won the state championship. He went on to play hockey at the University of Minnesota, where the team was the NCAA champion in 1976 and 1979.
Kara Wheeler Goucher ’96
Goucher is a distance and marathon runner who will be running in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
She lives in Portland, OR with her husband, also an elite distance runner. They met at the University of Colorado, where both were on the track team. Goucher made the 2008 Olympic team and ran the 10,000 meter and the 5,000 meter races.
In 2011 she ran the Boston Marathon just seven months after giving birth to her first child. That year she also published “Kara Goucher’s Running for Women,” available at the Duluth Public Library.
In high school, Goucher won three first-place finishes at the state championships. She says of her time at East, “I was very shy and running helped me gain confidence” (The Woman Today, June/July 2008 p. 38).
UPDATE: In the 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships, held in Duluth, Goucher won the race and beat the course record. It was the first time Goucher returned to Duluth to run competitively since her days as an East High School Greyhound.