Green High School graduates have gone on to do an array of different things such as help run the city, participate in the Olympics or the space program, start their own businesses or even become a well-known weatherman.
One of the most well known is Pauline Franks. You may or may not recognize the name but she is a 1935 graduate and one of her claims to fame is…she knows everyone’s claim to fame. She is the keeper of the records of the alumni and her records go back to that first graduating class of 1902.
Vern T. Bender was in that first class and he became a township trustee, clerk and was elected County Commissioner in 1932. He then was elected as Clerk of the Common
Please Court in 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948. Bender was not the only Green graduate to participate in the government of the town as there is also Desire LeMoine, Roland Cormany, Bob Campbell, Dave France, Joel Reed, Jim Colopy and Susan Ridgeway.
The first mayor of the city was the late John Torok, a 1941graduate and also Mayor Dan Croghan. Another graduate serving his community is Robert Calderone the Fire Chief for the city.
The school district also can boast about Mark Croghan, a three time Olympian and a four-time USA outdoor champion in track and field. He attended Ohio State University where he was a standout runner and went on to compete for the United States mainly in the men's 3.000-meter steeplechase. He competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is in his second season as the head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Kent State University.
Those choosing to continue in the education field were 1930 graduate, John Kleckner, school principal and 1967 John Goldsberry, Superintendent of the Green schools.
There are those who chose a career in the service such as William Furst who spent 26 years in the Air Force. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after spending time in Florida and Hawaii as a capsule recovery pilot for the Apollo and Sky Lab programs. Furst was not the only Green alumnus to become well know in the service of his country. Bob Campbell went on to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. He was chief pilot for the Timken Company and is currently employed as Manager of Aviation Services and is president of the School Board. Ross Houser a 1917 Green graduate has done a lot for the schools and his country. He served in two different branches of the service and was in WWI and WWII .
Another member of the Air Force is alumnus Dick Goddard. He is a meteorologist, author, cartoonist and animal activist. Goddard's assignment was forecasting for atmospheric nuclear weapons tests by the United States Atomic Energy Commission in the Pacific. He forecasts local weather on Cleveland’s FOX News.
Page 2 of 2 - Today there are Green School alumni that are business owners in the community where they grew up including Dale Brott, Dan Shultz, Ron Kuner and Jeff Evans.
There are two graduates we must not forget. They are the only two that have continued to live in the house where they were born. They are Mildred Babel and Franks.
Franks also is working on a database of Green High School alumni. She is the perfect person for the job as she is a Green graduate and has a degree in Library Science.
She started the book mobile for the Akron Public Library. Franks is a member of many area committees and commissions including the Sheriff’s Senior Advisory and every year she helps to organize the Annual Alumni dinner.
In fact she would like to remind everyone that this year’s dinner will be held on June 7 at the high school.