Select Images from the 1934 Denfeld Oracle


Back in the day, Denfeld art students competed in the Proctor and Gamble contest, the Scholastic Award or the House Beautiful Cover Design contest. Miss Genevieve Bancroft was the art instructor, with the assistance of Miss Nellie Smith.


Miss Virginia Carnes was the girls physical education teacher and athletics coach. Young ladies participated in basketball, tennis and swimming.


Denfeld’s library contained 3,686 books in 1934. Duluth Junior College shared Denfeld’s building at the time, but had a separate book collection and card catalogue.


Home economics teachers were Miss Bernetta Seipel and Miss Bernice Brennerman. Students could elect to take classes in food and cookery, meal planning and preparation, elementary dressmaking, advanced dressmaking, and home planning and furnishing.


Students in the Manual Arts Department worked in the “electricity shop,” dealing with building wire and DC and AC motors and generators. There were also classes in mechanical drawing, pattern making and foundry.


Lest anyone think classes were overcrowded in 1934, it must be noted that the above photo is of the senior study hall, room 216, which accommodated 110 students. Room 322 was also used for study hall. It was known as the “community room” and seated 204 students.


Denfeld’s English Department included courses in journalism, public speaking and debate.


The green house shown here was part of Denfeld’s Science Department.


Mr. Miles D. Sutton directed the Commercial Department at Denfeld. The two girls in the photo are engaged in bookkeeping in part of the banking office for extra-curricular activities.


Denfeld’s queen, Dorothy Bilsey, was crowned for her “character, scholarship, popularity and participation in school activities.”


“The toboggan follows the hill in gull-like swoopings — dark evergreen sentinals for background.”


Denfeld’s 1933 football team amassed a 6-1 record, winning the Head of the Lakes Conference championship. The only loss came at the hands of the Superior East Orientals, 12-7. Standout players on the team included James Podemski and Ray King. Denfeld outscored opponents 182-26, posting four shutouts.




Denfeld’s basketball team went 9-7 in 1933-34. And yes, that is indeed legendary coach Walt Hunting at the top left of the photo.


William Bradley and L. Huberty appear to be part of the pep squad.


Athletic standout Ray King stood 6-foot-2. At his left are Donald Carlson and Lester Granley. At his right is Melvin Olson.


The girls volleyball team, coached by Miss Carnes, wore the same style of uniform as the basketball team. Presumably these uniforms were also used by girls participating in tennis, baseball and track, which are not pictured in the yearbook.


This collage of photos is from the Denfeld/Central football game at Public Schools Stadium, then known as Athletic Stadium. Denfeld scored touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters to earn 12 points. Central amassed 2 points on a safety. It was Denfeld’s ninth victory over Central since the two teams began playing in 1917.


The above collage is titled “Undignified Seniors.” At least one of the people shown, however, was quite dignified. The dapper gentleman holding a pompom (above the two hockey players) is Denfeld’s longest-serving principal, James F. Taylor, who held the position from 1918 to 1945.



about 8 years ago

I love these historical picture posts.  Keep them coming.

In the second to last picture, it looks to my eyes that the football game could not have been played at the site of the current Wade Stadium as Denfeld appears to be right next to the football field.  Am I seeing that wrong?

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

Waferdog, you are correct. I got a little lazy on my history and attention to detail there. The caption is corrected now.

Denfeld's games were at Athletic Park (where Wade is now) through the 1929 season. In 1930 the team began playing at what is today known as Public Schools Stadium. In the 1934 yearbook, the new stadium is referred to as "Athletic Stadium," so I got confused and assumed the photos were from Athletic Park. Apparently the old "Athletic" moniker followed the field to the Denfeld campus, and later it became known as PSS. 

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