Team of 1934-35 pictured above:
Row: Arnold Bertelsen, Carl Behnke, Bill Devlin, Bob Nieman,
Howard Jungles, Wilbert Lauffer
Nelson, Harold Balaz, Gerald Dunn (coach & prinicipal),
Leonard Bertelsen, Maxwell Williams
Schools of Mokena's size usually offered many activities to its students to ensure a good, well-rounded education.
Dances, plays, chorus, band, and clubs were all likely a very important part of the Mokena High School experience.
Mokena historian Robert Horras also relayed the following information on MHS' activities offered:
"THEATER AND MUSIC: For these types of activities, the high school intermingled with the grade
school. Prior to1929 play productions and operettas were performed in churches or Hatch Hall on Mokena Street. After
the new school was built with a stage and gymnasium, plays and operettas were performed at the school. In 1936 the Mokena
Band was formed. It included both grade school and high school students."
Memories and Facts
From former student, Bob Homerding:
"Mokena High School was held in the same building as the grade school. This is the building that now houses City
Hall on the corner of Carpenter and Division streets.
I attended high school for 2 years at Mokena High in 1940
and 1941. After two years at Mokena, the students then continued their studies at the school of their choice.
Most went to Joilet Central, but I was recruited by the basketball coach and the superintendant to play for Orland High School.
They even sent a bus to Mokena to pick a few of us up in town and more from the surrounding rural area.
Superintendant of Mokena High School and basketball coach was Gerald Dunn during my tenure."
Thank you for sharing this information with us, Bob!
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