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.
Check out some of the local celebs who attended CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL.
Margaret Culkin Banning 1907
Banning (known as a child as Marguerite) was a best-selling American author of thirty-six novels, many of which took place in Duluth and the surrounding area, and an early advocate of women’s rights. Her novels often featured women in non-traditional roles, such as Brigid Temple, the protagonist of “The Iron Will” who owned a mine in the fictional city of Twin Ports, and “proved of what mettle she was made,” according to The Book Review Digest.
After graduating from Central High School in 1907 Banning attended Vassar College. She was a Duluth Public Library trustee from 1930-1982.
David Oreck ’41
After high school Oreck attended the University of Minnesota Duluth before transferring to Minneapolis. He joined the United States Army Air Force following the attack on Pearl Harbor and served as a certified pilot, navigator, and bombardier in the Pacific Theater. After the war he worked at RCA for seventeen years, and then started his own company to sell vacuum cleaners. He attributes some of his success to the hard-working examples he saw in Duluth. “Being a Duluthian, the idea of vacation is when you wore a sport shirt to the office” (Lake Superior Magazine, Dec-Jan 2010, p 44).
Sam Solon ’49
Solon served in the United States Army from 1952-1954 and went on to earn a degree in education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He taught first at Harriet Beecher Stowe School, then at Morgan Park Senior and Junior High.
First elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1970, he won a seat in the Minnesota State Senate in 1972, which he held until his death in 2001.
Solon focused on health and welfare, education, economic development, higher education, seniors, drugs and crime, health insurance, and employment.
Lorenzo (Gerald David) Music ’55
Best known as the voice of Garfield the Cat in the 1980s and 1990s, Lorenzo was born Gerald David Music in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Duluth. His father worked at the Superior shipyards. In high school Music worked at KDAL-TV holding cue cards for announcers.
He created “The Bob Newhart Show” and was a writer and producer on numerous shows, including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Smothers Brother Comedy Hour.” On “Rhoda” he was the voice of Carlton, the doorman.
Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment, Music tried out his act at the Owl’s Club and the Eagle’s Club in Duluth. After achieving success, he returned often to Duluth to visit family.
Michael Fedo ’57
The author of seven books and innumerable newspaper and magazine articles, Fedo first dreamed of becoming a baseball player. In the late 1950s he tried out for the minor league Duluth Dukes baseball team. When he didn’t make the team he attended the University of Minnesota Duluth, and then Kent State University. After teaching for a number of years he took up writing. He was the Minnesota stringer for The New York Times, and published pieces in Newsday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others.
One of his books, “Chronicles of Aunt Hilda and Other East Hillside Swedes,” is a collection of stories of Fedo’s childhood in Duluth. Fedo says of Duluth, “‘Do not call attention to thyself’ is our eleventh commandment” (Minnesota Monthly, March 2004, p. 28). He also wrote two books on the Duluth lynchings, and can been seen here lecturing on the topic.