Faculty (before & after)

Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Burkman (Pat's mother) passed away last July. She was Godfrey School secretary for 13 years  from 1963 to 1979. Although she was there after our class, some of you may have siblings who remember her.

Miss Grace Brink. Born 21 August 1915 in Chicago. Died 28 August 1989 in Grand Rapids with a yearbook picture when she was 16 years old attending Austin High School in Chicago.

Brink  Grace  -1957 Lee yearbook


Grace VanDomelen (1902-1988), English teacher. When she started teaching at Lee (around 1933) she was Grace Elaine Jonker. She married John VanDomelen in 1937. She retired from LHS at the end of the 1966-1967 school year.

Grace VanDomelen - 1933

Grace VanDomelen - 1936

Grace VanDomelen - Hope College

Grace VanDomelen - 1951

Grace VanDomelen - 1966

Grace VanDomelen - 1967

Mr. John Gregory (1928-1977), English/Drivers Ed. He was born in Kentucky, attended Middle Tennesse University, Union College, and received his Masters from Michigan State. He also served in the Armed Forces (I believe the Navy). He was hired by LHS in the early 1960s. He died suddenly of a heart attack on June 26, 1977, at age 49.

John Gregory

John Gregory

John Gregory 

Henry C. Shisler (1912-1983), math teacher. Started teaching at LHS in 1943. His father was a Methodist minister. He was born in Ohio, lived in Hart, MI until his mid-teens. The family moved to Boulder, CO., and he graduated from Boulder High School. Went to the University of Colorado, graduating in 1934. Moved back to Michigan, married, and worked in a factory until he was hired as a teacher at LHS. He retired at the end of the first semester of the 1976-1977 school year. He taught at Lee HS for 34 years.

Henry Shisler - 1927 Hart High School

Henry Shisler - 1928 Hart High School

Henry Shisler - 1930 Boulder High School

Henry Shisler - 1934 Sr University of Colorado

Henry Shisler - 1943 Lee Yearbook

Henry Shisler - 1968 Lee Yearbook

Henry Shisler - 1975 Lee Yearbook

Edward L. Dykstra (1911-1992), math teacher at LHS. He began his teaching career at Godwin HS, went to work for the United States Post Office for a short time (around 1940), became Supervisor of Schools in Elkton, MI and came to Lee HS in the late 1950's. He retired sometime in the late 1970's.

Dykstra Edward - 1930 College yearbook

Dykstra Edward - Teaching at Godwin High School

Dykstra Edward - 1975 Lee yearbook

Jay VanderVeen - First day in High School. 8th grade Science, in walks "this" teacher. He looks at everyone in the class and, to our amazement, says in a loud voice, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!". If this was the first day, what would the rest of the year in this class be like? (It actually didn't turn out to be too bad!). He started teaching at Lee in 1937 and retired in 1974. 

VanderVeen Jay - 1940 Lee yearbook

Elbertus (Albert/Al) Kruiswyk (1939-1983), Music teacher. He graduated from Holland High School, Hope College, and Western Michigan University. He started teaching at LHS sometime in the early to mid-1960s. He passed away at age 44 from cancer.

Kruiswyk  Al - student Holland H.S. 2

Kruiswyk  Al - Hope College

Kruiswyk  Al - 1975

Jack McKindley - Band Director, Counselor

Miss Estlund - 5th grade teacher (Lee Elementary)

Hansen  Thorval - Godfrey elementary teacher

Art Kraai (English, social studies, Cross Country coach)

Mr. Clapp, Godfrey 7th grade teacher, was the bombardier on the Betty Jane, for the 8th Air Force. He flew 31 missions over Germany. Five missions after he was shipped home, the Betty Jane was shot down. (Mr. Clapp is standing far-right)

Mr. Clapp with his family.