School Days 




Robert Allen Zimmerman's school grades and dates


First ....................1947-1948 (aged 6yrs on entry)

Second ...............1948-1949 (aged 7yrs on entry)

Third ...................1949-1950 (aged 8yrs on entry)

Fourth .................1950-1951 (aged 9yrs on entry)

   Fifth .....................1951-1952 (aged 10yrs on entry)

  Sixth ...................1952-1953 (aged 11yrs on entry)

  Seventh .............1953-1954 (aged 12yrs on entry)

   Eighth .................1954-1955 (aged 13yrs on entry)

   Ninth ...................1955-1956 (aged 14yrs on entry)

   Tenth ..................1956-1957 (aged 15yrs on entry)

  Eleventh ............1957-1958 (aged 16yrs on entry)

  Twelfth ...............1958-1959 (aged 17yrs on entry)


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Alice School

2300 2nd Avenue East 

Bob went here for grade one. It was torn down to become a parking lot, with part of the land used for a playground. 










 






Bob Zimmerman in grade one at Alice School




















 







Bob Zimmerman, 1952. 
















 



 

Bob Zimmerman, 12 years old, 6th grade, Washington School, 1953.

Or is it? 

Bob Zimmerman had Kindergarten in Duluth at the Nettleton Elementary School— 108 East 6th Street, Duluth, MN 55805 (1st Avenue East and Sixth Street). Then in Hibbing he attended Grade 1 at the Alice School and then Grade 2-12 at Hibbing High School. So the published sources which say this is Washington School are wrong. 

Unusually Hibbing High School had Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes. The graduating class of 1962 was the last to have people attend all grades from Kindergarten to Grade 12. So from 1950 it was being phased out. -- Sue Kanga Chaffee 

Usually people called the school Hibbing High School for all grades, occasionally it was called Hibbing High Junior High [sic] and in conversation The Junior High. 


Miss John’s 5th Grade Class 1952-1953: 


Front row: Griffith Thomas, Bob Zimmerman
Back row: Nancy Annes, David Rian, Bonnie Marinac, Shirley Zubich, Bill Marinac, Peggy Teske, Judy Hennessey 


The class was split up into three parts and made, decorated and played their rhythm objects. Circulating tapes? ;-)

http://tinyurl.com/bqg46fo  

2008.0029; David Rian Photograph Collection




 



Washington School, Hibbing.

Not all sources suggest Bob Zimmerman attended the Washington School. This is the original building, a new building, Washington Elementary School, was built in 1956.

MS2.9 HB5.2 p1 88266








 





Bob Zimmerman, 1956.




















 



 






Bob Zimmerman, 1957














 




 




Bob Zimmerman, 1957-1958













 


 

 

Hibbing High School, September 1958.

This photograph was taken by Bob’s mother, Beatty, in Hibbing, and dated September 1958, a 17-year-old Bob is shown with his second electric guitar. Most more youthful rock’n’roll moments seem to have him on piano.We can say for certain from the photograph that this electric instrument is not a Fender (it’s sometimes been said that he owned a Fender in Hibbing)—and we can say that it isn’t his first electric, a $39 turquoise Silvertone bought mail-order from Sears Roebuck, but must be his second, a new Supro Ozark (a guitar Jimi Hendrix also had as a lad), bought at Mr. Hautala’s store in Hibbing at a knock-down $60 because Bob and his friend John Bucklen each bought one at the same time: and September 1958 is too late for him to be just acquiring the Silvertone. This is the picture of a boy who’s proud of having upgraded. In Minneapolis, Bob swaps his electric for an acoustic. From there he emerges as an acoustic playing folkie, and remains so until July 1965. 

Gray, Michael. The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. New York: Continuum, 2006, 0826469337, page 285.


http://tiny.cc/ltcabw 


"John Bucklen soon became the closest friend Bob had in Hibbing. He was six months younger than Bob, and a year below him in high school. His father, a disabled mine worker, was an accomplished musician who enjoyed a wide variety of music. His sister, Ruth, had a record player. The boys began to spend a lot of time at each other's houses, although Bucklen got the impression Abe may not have approved of the friendship as he seemed to frown upon most of Bob's friends.

"During jam sessions with Bucklen, Bob mixed up snatches of pop tunes with song ideas of his own. The first song Bob invented was about actress Brigitte Bardot. Bob played his parents' white baby grand, and Bucklen accompanied him on guitar. Bucklen had a tape recorder and they recorded the sessions, interjecting juvenile humor and bits of hipster slang, as if making their own radio show. When they got tired of the game, they headed over to Crippa's where they could listen to records in the sound booths. On visits to see his relatives in Duluth and the Twin Cities Bob was able to visit bigger stores that stocked the race records he liked."

Sounes, Howard. Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan. New York: Grove Press, 2001, page 44-45. 


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John Bucklen tape (1958)

The Home of Bob Dylan
Hibbing, Minnesota
1958

1. Hey Little Richard

2. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz (Gray/Byrd)

3. Jenny, Jenny (Johnson/Penniman/Crewe)

4. Blue Moon (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rogers)


Zimmerman:

This is Little Richard...(fakes wild crowd noises into microphone) ...Little Richard's got a lot of expression.

Bucklen:

You think singing is just jumping around and screaming?

Zimmerman:

You gotta have some kind of expression.

Bucklen:

Johnny Cash has got expression.

Zimmerman:

There's no expression. (sings in boring, slow and monotone voice): "I met her at a dance St. Paul Minnesota... I walk the line, because you're mine, because you're mine..."

Bucklen:

You're doing it wrong, you're just -

<end of broadcast tape segment>


Bucklen:

What's the best kind of music?

Zimmerman:

Rhythm and Blues.

Bucklen:

State your reason in no less that twenty-five minutes.

Zimmerman:

Ah, Rhythm and Blues you see is something that you really can't quite explain see. When you hear a song Rhythm and Blues - when you hear it's a good Rhythm and Blues song, chills go up your spine...

Bucklen:

Whoa-o-o!

Zimmerman:

When you hear a song like that. But when you hear a song like Johnny Cash, whadaya wanna do? You wanna leave, you wanna, you - when you hear a song like some good Rhythm and Blues song you wanna cry when you hear one of those songs.

<end of broadcast tape segment>


After Jenny Take A Ride:


Bucklen:

Listen, man you gotta to do it a little bit faster than that. I mean I'm trying to cut a fast record here, that's right ...

Zimmerman:

I can't help it.

Bucklen:

I know it ain't slow but it's not fast enough too.

Zimmerman:

Whadaya talking about, man, that's plenty fast!

Bucklen:

No, it isn't.

Zimmerman:

That'll sell - that'll sell (clicks fingers) just like that - ten million in a week! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllll! (plays first note on piano)

Bucklen:

What are you trying to do man, coming in with 'weeelll' like that? I mean ....

Zimmerman:

Well that's for the new song and I'm starting another one.

<end of broadcast tape segment>


After Blue Moon:


Zimmerman:

Yeah, ah, Ricky Nelson. Now Ricky Nelson's another one of these guys. See Ricky Nelson, Ricky Nelson -

Bucklen:

Ricky Nelson is out of the question.

Zimmerman:

Well he copies Elvis Presley! Yeaah, it's perfectly...

Bucklen:

He can't do like Elvis Presley.

Zimmerman:

Well he can't sing at all, Ricky Nelson. So we may as well forget him. See I mean - I mean, ya know when you hear music like The Diamonds. For instance The Diamonds are really cool, they're out on the street really popular, really record [?], you know. So they're popular big stars but where, where do they get all the songs? You know they get all their songs, they get all their songs from little groups. They copy all the little groups. Same thing with Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley, who did he copy? He copied Clyde McPhatter, he copied Little Richard, ...

Bucklen:

Wait a minute, wait a minute!

Zimmerman:

...he copied the Drifters

Bucklen:

Wait a minute, name, name, name four songs that Elvis Presley's copied from those, from those little groups.

Zimmerman:

He copied all the Richard songs -

Bucklen:

Like what? -

Zimmerman:

"Rip It Up", "Long Tall Sally", "Ready Teddy", err ... what's the other one...

Bucklen:

"Money Honey"?

Zimmerman:

No, "Money Honey" he copied from Clyde McPhatter. He copied "I Was The One " - he copied that from the Coasters. He copied, ahhh, "I Got A Woman" from Ray Charles.

Bucklen:

Er, listen that song was written for him.

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Jams/Rehearsals – mostly at the Zimmerman house (1957):

(1) With John Bucklen: 

(a) Improvisations to Gene Vincent’s record:

At Crippa's Howard Street music store, Bob grabs a Gene Vincent album. At Feldman's clothing store, they buy blue caps with little visors, like Vincent's boys wear in the movies. Back in Bob's room, they spin the record while John pretends to bang a guitar and Bob takes the part of the rockabilly rebel: Be bop a lula she's ma bay-ba...be bop a lula don't mean may-ba.

(b) Recordings with piano backing:

With John's Sears Silvertone tape recorder on Bob's piano, they attempt songs; Bob pounds chords and John kind of tinkles along on the higher keys. They mimic Stan Freberg, a popular comic who has parodied Elvis, Belafonte and "Sh-Boom." When they ad lib, the sessions can get raunchy.


You ain't nothin' but a horehound.

A couple of kids smoking, coughing, joking, laughing, screaming.

"The Diarrhea Blues."

Bob’s and John's voices are nearly indistinguishable.

Next, it's John, singing Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue."

Briefly, lyrics fall into place, backed by Bob's four chord progression, now sounding vaguely like "Earth Angel" or something by the Turbins or Crests.

Bob's voice is clear and almost sweet: I wanna rock-I wanna cry – I wanna rock-I wanna cry-

Bob narrates, like Gatemouth. Jive talk. Blues. Dig the rebop, daddy-O.

With Bucklen: Daddy Cool, Daddy Cool ... cool Daddy ... Daddy who? Daddy Cool!

(A few lines to Barbara Hewitt who’d dumped Bob before anything had gotten started): I got a girl, she lives on a hill, she's my baby and I love her still. Barbara won't you come back to me? I need your lovin'.

When he hammers into Little Richard, his voice becomes harsh and strained. Don't I sound just like Jerry Lee Lewis?


(c) Recordings w/guitar backing:

In Bucklen's bedroom, they record with acoustic guitar backing instead of piano.

Long Tall Sally. Tutti Frutti.

Jenny Jenny, Whooo. Jenny Jenny.

Bob sings about his friend, LeRoy Hoikkala: Lee Roy—LEE Roy


Engel, Dave. Dylan in Minnesota: Just Like Bob Zimmerman's Blues. Rudolph, Wisconsin: River City Memoirs-Mesabi, 1997, page 153 - 



 







Hibbing High School Crest


http://youtu.be/py4-Ct5-ebQ 










 




 




Hibbing High School
800 East 21st Street, Hibbing, MN 55746. 











 




Hibbing High School











 



 





Hibbing High School







 


 







Hibbing High School









 



 






Hibbing High School -- Front Entrance.









 





Hibbing High School -- Hall.











 






Hibbing High School Fallout Shelter Sign

Well, I rung the fallout shelter bell
And I leaned my head and I gave a yell
“Give me a string bean, I’m a hungry man”
A shotgun fired and away I ran
I don’t blame them too much though, I know I look funny


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Hibbing High School Auditorium

The 1800 seat auditorium is modeled after the Capitol Theater at 1645 Broadway just north of Times Square in New York City.

"I talked with Mr. Peterson [Pederson], the principal, when he was in the nursing home and asked him if it was true that he had pulled the curtain on that performance...he said yes it was...he "was not going to allow obscenity like that to be displayed on a stage that Guy Lombardo had performed on!" -- Jill Ross 

This is the auditorium where young Bob Zimmerman pounded out a Little Richard song the principal closed the curtains on him. Bob Kearney, the school's maintenance supervisor, recalls Bob Zimmerman's performance at a talent show in 1956. "I think the kids were ready for Dylan, but the teachers and the administrators weren't," he says. Bob had combed his hair in a Little Richard pompadour, and he shouted his way through a selection that included Jenny, Jenny, Jenny and Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay.

This school concert was on the afternoon of February 6, 1958, this time with everyone amplified, and extra mikes for his piano and vocals — and though they were on the bill, as a ‘local rock’n’roll instrumental group’, they were so loud and so indecorous—and Bob so vehement that in the middle of the second number he broke one of the Steinway’s pedals—that Principal Kenneth Pederson intervened. 



 






Hibbing High School Auditorium -- Wall detail.











 







Back of the Hibbing High School Auditorium.  



















 







Closeup of chandelier.

The chandeliers were built at a cost of $15,000 each, with cut glass from Belgium.

















 






Hibbing High School Auditorium 

Cleaning the chandeliers.







 




Hibbing High School Auditorium stage 


Every stage Bob Dylan has played on has been, after Hibbing High School Auditorium, an anticlimax.


"My first appearances in a public spectacle had been on my part in a hometown school auditorium stage, no small music box theater but a professional concert hall like Carnegie Hall built with East Coast mining money, with curtains and props, trapdoors and orchestra pit. My first performances were seen in the Black Hills Passion Play of South Dakota, a religious drama depicting the last days of Christ. This play always came to town during the Christmas season with professional actors in the leading roles, cages of pigeons, a donkey, a camel and a truck full of props. There were always parts that called for extras. One year I played a Roman soldier with a spear and helmet-breastplate, the works-a no speaking role, but it didn't matter. I felt like a star. I liked the costume. It felt like a nerve tonic ... as a Roman soldier I felt like a part of everything, in the center of the planet, invincible. That seemed a million years ago now, a million private struggles and difficulties ago." 


The Black Hills Passion Play was performed every summer for almost seventy years. This production from Spearfish, South Dakota was an American version of the Lünen Passion Play that was brought to America in 1932 by immigrants. It had been produced since 1242. The production was Americanized by seventh-generation Passion Player Josef Meier, who toured it around the country. The last performance was on 31 August 2008. 


Portrayed by an interdenominational cast of more than 150 people, the play’s imagery was both simple and profound. As the Last Supper faded to black, the Lord’s chalice began to glow, the symbol of his blood illuminating the very essence of Christianity. Each of the 22 scenes — triumphal entry to Resurrection — unfolds into the next, with no intermissions or set changes. When the Christus is carried into the tomb, the shrouded body imparts a personal revelation for many playgoers. “The Bible was no longer words; it became flesh for me.” 


http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,777543,00.html


http://www.catholicdigest.com/articles/travel/no_sub_ministry/2009/03-31/passion-for-the-passion


http://www.canadianpassionplay.com/

 




 







 Hibbing High School Auditorium back corridor 






 



 




Hibbing High School Auditorium upright piano


Probably also used by Bob, though not the piano for major performances. This is not the 1922 Steinway grand played at the talent show.


On The Tracks -- Kurt Schnell









 



The very famous Hibbing High School piano


Kept in a closed storage area, 2005.

In 1958, with his second group, the Golden Chords, Dylan stood hammering on Hibbing High School’s 1922 Steinway Grand piano (breaking a pedal in the process) and shouting out rock’n’roll songs at the annual student concert . . . and got laughed at, up there on stage in an auditorium so lavish and ornate, and with such acoustic excellence.

"Touring the high school, Thompson meets with Dylan's teachers, sits in the chairs Dylan sat in, and even sees the piano whose foot pedal Dylan broke after the principal rudely pulled the plug on his noisy talent show rockabilly act. Dropping over to Dylan's childhood home, the current owners are more than glad to show the young writer Dylan's bedroom, some ice skates and various other schwag left behind by the former tenants. But it isn't until the author pins down Dylan's junior and senior year high school sweetheart, Echo Helstrom, that his story really takes off."

http://folkmusic.about.com/od/bobdylan/fr/Positively-Main-Street-Bob-Dylans-Minnesota.htm 

Thompson, Toby. Positively Main Street: Bob Dylan's Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 


[Photograph from a private Bob Dylan collection.]



 





 For Fire


The panel protecting a fire extinguisher set into a niche left of the entrance to the Hibbing High School auditorium. The jewel tones of the lettering, the elegant pattern of the leaded glass, may remind you of Tiffany-style glasswork.















 








Hibbing High School, doors to the library.


Well, I investigated all the books in the library
Ninety percent of ’em gotta be burned away
I investigated all the people that I knowed
Ninety-eight percent of them gotta go
The other two percent are fellow Birchers . . . just like me

















 

 




Library, Hibbing High School

Hand-carved bas reliefs depicting children joyously singing and playing musical instruments. 








 






Bas-relief, another panel. 

















 







Bas-relief, another panel.













 



 




 

Hibbing High School Library mural 

Left view.

This sixty-foot mural entitled The Iron Industry on the west wall of the Library was painted by David Tice Workman in 1913.





 





Hibbing High School Library mural


Centre view.








 




Hibbing High School Library mural


Right view.









 






 Hibbing High School Library windows.











 








  Hibbing High School early on.










 




 

Hibbing High School a little further along in its construction. 





 



 






Hibbing High School ceiling. 









 



 


Hibbing High School Auditorium 

Band concert, 1959. Bob's friends Bill Marinac and Larry Fabbro are band members.

The famous Steinway Grand Bob used is not on view but he must have played this upright on occasion. Note to the right of the upright piano the famous 1923 Barton Theatre Organ! 


http://youtu.be/y8UFFbWWuOc 





 



 



 



 

 





 



 



 



 



 



 


































































































































 



 



 



 



 



Hibbing High School aerial view

Abe, Bob's father, went to a striking high school too, Central High School, Duluth. 








 




Hibbing High School aerial view.






 





 


 Cover of 1957 Yearbook - Hematite

The yearbook Hematite is older than the school, it is a continuation of the Lincoln High School yearbook Hematite from before the town was moved. 

Hematite is the mineral form of iron(III) oxide (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. Hematite crystallizes in the rhombohedral system, and it has the same crystal structure as ilmenite and corundum. Hematite and ilmenite form a complete solid solution at temperatures above 950 °C.

Hematite is a mineral, colored black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. It is mined as the main ore of iron. Varieties include kidney ore, martite (pseudomorphs after magnetite), iron rose and specularite (specular hematite). While the forms of hematite vary, they all have a rust-red streak. Hematite is harder than pure iron, but much more brittle. Huge deposits of hematite are found in banded iron formations.

Hematite is present in the waste tailings of iron mines. A process, magnetation, uses huge magnets to glean waste hematite from old mine tailings in Minnesota's vast Mesabi Range iron district.

Iron ores are rocks and minerals from which metallic iron can be economically extracted. The ores are usually rich in iron oxides and vary in colour from dark grey, bright yellow, deep purple, to rusty red. The iron itself is usually found in the form of magnetite (Fe3O4), hematite (Fe2O3), goethite, limonite or siderite. Hematite is also known as "natural ore". The name refers to the early years of mining, when certain hematite ores contained 66% iron and could be fed directly into blast furnaces. Iron ore is the raw material used to make pig iron, which is one of the main raw materials to make steel. 98% of the mined iron ore is used to make steel.



 



Yearbook 1957

Latin Club, page 101.  















 



 



Latin Club. 

Source photograph. 







 



Cunning Linguist? 


Societas Latinas

Hibbing Hi-Times, 30 November 1956

Bob Dylan elegit clava cum maxime mulieres! 




















 




Yearbook 1957, page 69.  





















 







Cover of 1958 Yearbook 

Hematite










 



 






Yearbook 1958, page 47. 

















 






Cover of 1959 Yearbook 

Hematite















 

Yearbook 1959, page 76.

Ambition: to join "Little Richard" 

In the second extant recording we have of Dylan, made informally in his home in 1958, the first song of the four recorded, and the only one to capture such an early Robert Zimmerman composition, was called ‘Hey Little Richard’; the third song was Richard’s ‘Jenny Jenny’. 

-- Latin Club 2. Social Studies Club 4.


Alvin G Johnson

Anita A Hietala

Anthony J Petrick

Barb Evanson

Barb Maras

Barb Steele

Barb Yeshe

Bea Rodgers

Bette J Ruskanen

Beverly C Stimac

Beverly Gunderson

Beverly Leppanen

Bob Sanborn

Bonnie Marinac

Brenda Marshall

Carla A Siekkinen

Carol J Salmi

Carole M Toscano

Christine Klockers

Cole Carole

Connie Jerman

Dave Buzzelli

Dave Manninen

David C Rian

David Mattson

Dennis Keller

Dianne D Mattson

Dick G Helstrom

Dick G Helstrom

Don S Crea

Donna C Fischer

Dotsy Deemer

Dwane H Hemenway

Earl Hyatt

Ed Walior

Edward S Mansfield

Fran Jerkovich

Frank A Sherman

Frank J Catani

Gail A Linderman

Gail A Rosenberger

Gail Marinac

Gary Johnsrud

Gayle Collier

Gayle K Stevens

George D Andria

Gerald Bergsrud

Gloria J Gargano

Harry I Clark

IIona Lehto

Ione Margo

Jackie Olson

James A Monson

Jane M Anderson

Jean A Gardiepy

Jean Berklich

Jeffery MacLeod

Jerry Marinucci

Jessie Lomoro

Jim Brekke

Joanne L Tool

John C Frankson

John F Fillman

John Hulstrand

Joyce Hernesman

Joyce Sundvick

Judith A Hendrickson

Judy Nelson

Karen Lindall

Kathleen Bergerson

Kathy Clark

Kay M Bryant

Keith Johnson

Ken Raukar

Kenneth D Kerr

Kenneth Mihelich

Laura Wilcox

Laurie A Sunty

Lawrence J Furlong

Lee Harry

LeRoy Hoikkala

Leroy R Lund

Lois M Dilla

Loretta Moe

Louis R Turk

Luke Davich

Mana Peterson

Margaret K Loe

Margaret M Hrovat

Marietta Turk

Marlene R Scanlon

Martha L Lyman

Mary Jo Sullivan

Melvin J Stavn

Mervin Olson

Michael F Theisen

Michael P Minelli

Mick Dwyer

Nancy Aanes

Nancy G Nigra

Nancy Hardy

Nancy L Edwards

Nancy Stavn

Pat Brady

Pat Ryan

Patricia A Butorac

Patti Gersich

Peggy Teske

Phylis J Stensland

Richard Carlson

Richard I Erickson

Richard L Skog

Richard Vidmar

Robert A Zimmerman

Robert J Steichen

Robert L Sutton

Roberta H Johnson

Roberta Martinetto

Ron Desellier

Ron Ogren

Ronald D Dilley

Ruth Akin

Sandra J McHale

Shaddie Holman

Sharon Beasy

Sharon K Lobland

Sheldon F Berganini

Shirley A Zubich

Sophie Arabanos

Stephen LeDoux

Thomas S Chanak

Tom Philipich

Tom Ray Pearson

Victor C Lauhala

Virginia M. Bazzachini

Wallace C Sundberg

Warren W Swanson

Winnifred M Rapinac

Note: 

Dick Kangas was in the class of 1957
 
John Bucklen was in the class of 1958 

Monte Edwardson was in the class of 1960


 




Yearbook 1959 


"Dear Winnie, I guess this is the last day we'll see Miss Barron. Too bad huh, don't you wish she'd follow us thru the rest of our lives and guide us. That'd be great. Good luck to you an' your boyfriend. A classmate, Bob Z."

Notice that his pen ran out of ink! 






 






Time Goes By

Swing Dad Swing 













 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 












 



 



Signing the Declaration of Independence


David Ericson 1922/23


One of the six large oil paintings in the Hibbing High School entrance. The commission from Hibbing High School for these six mural-sized canvases of American and local history paid him $9,000.00 in 1923, and Ericson promptly left for an extended residence in France.






 




An ox cart with pioneers 

David Ericson 1922/23 










 




Viewed from the stairs: Columbus landing, Signing the Declaration of Independence and An ox cart with pioneers.










 




Fur trading 


David Ericson 1922/23









 




Swearing Allegiance to the United States 

David Ericson 1922/23  











 





Lumbering in Minnesota 



David Ericson 1922/23 










 



Viewed from the stairs: Fur trading, Swearing Allegiance to the United States and Lumbering in Minnesota.














 


The Pogues at Hibbing High School? 

Junior Prom, 1958 (1959 Hematite photograph)


Held in the boys' gymnasium, 2 May 1958, from 9-12 p.m., the Junior Prom features conventional dance music by George Pogue's orchestra. The theme is "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered."

Echo's sister comes over from her house next door to take pictures of Echo in a pale-blue, floor-length gown, accented by a corsage from Bob.

Bewitched.

Before the Prom, Bob insists he and Echo drive thirty miles to Virginia to see Jim Dandy.

Bothered.

Still, when they arrive (a little late), there is possibility in the glittering three-dimensional stars beneath a ceiling of blue, silver, and gold streamers. Outlining the dance floor are white trees draped with pink angel hair and surrounded by silver stars.

Bewildered.

But who could feel more out of place among so much Hibbing High School pride? Bob is as poor a leader as she is a follower. He takes "little teeny steps" and keeps saying, "What's the matter, can't you dance?"

Can't you dance?

Finally, he says, "Let's get out of here." A post-Prom supper dance is held at the Moose Lodge club rooms for the righteous; but Bob and Echo fall asleep in the car. Later, they find out the pictures her sister took do not turn out.



 






 



 



 



 






 



 


Boniface Joseph Rolfzen (1923-29)


"Poetry is musical thought." 


B.J. Rolfzen was Bob Zimmerman's high school English teacher for two years.

B.J. describes Bob in his class. “Robert was shy. I can see him coming through the door of classroom 204. I remember it distinctly because he was always doing the same thing. He always came in to class alone. He always sat in the same chair, three seats from the door in the first row. Right under my nose for two years.”

“I have expectations for all my students, because they all worked hard. It is impossible to predict what will happen to people. Human nature is so unpredictable and that is the pleasure of being human because you never know what is going to happen to you. You might become a Bob Dylan. You might become a Shakespeare. You might become a B.J. Rolfzen.”


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Hibbing High School corridor ceiling, lit.  













 




Ceiling moulding created with horsehair covered in plaster.






 



 


Dawn Twilight Wisdom 

Clarence C. Rosenkranz (1871-1959)


Wisdom receives and preserves to the use of man knowledge brought to her by art and industry. 

The Duluth artist Clarence Rosenkranz created a seven-panel mural for the North Hibbing Library. The mural "Genius of Minnesota" represents the industries, resources and interests of Minnesota. The murals were removed from the North Hibbing Library when the building was torn down, and were restored by the Hibbing Historical Society. Three of the panels are on display at the Hibbing Public Library. The others are on display at Hibbing High School and the First Bank Minnesota.

In Greek religion and mythology, Athena (Ἀθηνᾶ) is the goddess of wisdom and protector of the city of Athens. She also symbolizes courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.






 



 



Hibbing High School is not small, covering four city blocks ...









 




Hibbing High School










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