Bonfield High School Principals
1922-25 Candace Bally Black
1925 Charlotte Kinsella
1926-29 Margaret Kinsella
1930 Ruth Cole
1931-36 Esther Callaghan
1937-38 Lester Soucie
1939-41 Edward Bossert
Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities
From our good friend Sherree Benoit:
"The first year of the 3-year high school (1931) there were only 12 students and 1 teacher. This grew to 50 students
and 3 teachers in 1934.
There was a "Parent Faculty Club" started in 1939. There were movies shown, debates, programs with the grade school children
and a fund raising oyster
I have lots more info and photos on the early Bonfield community, clubs, 4-H,
churches, music, farming and sports programs and activities, but they are not directly related to the school."
Thank you Sherree!
From a former Bonfield High School student:
"In 1935 there was no gym so they practiced basketball on the stone behind the school. They played games at other schools.
Players were Art Jensen, George Dahn, Edward Healy, Ralph DuBois and Ted Tofari. Coaching was Pete
Laffey. (The school) had no telephone. Had an outside pump with water to drink and wash hands. Going in front door
went up to grade school. On each side were steps going to rest rooms. There were no flushing toilets. 3 stalls which had to
have chemicals poured in them. The furnace (area) was where students put their lunch on top of furnace pipes. On right side
of basement where they had freshman and sophomre classes. On the other side was not finished, walls were stone so they would
hide notes between the stones for playing hide and seek. In winter would go across the road and skate on the ice. Later the
junior grade was added."
Regarding a former Bonfield HS coach and a former player:
"Bonfield coach Pete Laffey, went on to coach at Kankakee St. Pats Catholic high school a few years
later. And Bonfield basketball player Lester "Les" Soucie went on the become the coach/prinicipal at Bonfield
some years later."
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