Denfeld History

2009 Hunter Hall of Fame Ceremony
Photos by Butch Williams

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Joe Vukelich presents a Hall of Fame plaque to David Karpeles.

Bill Westholm speaks after accepting a Hall of Fame plaque for Marie Saltwick.

Rev. Clyde O. Rogers, president of the class of 1953, accepts the Hall of Fame plaque for the late Lenore Snodgrass.

The Hall of Fame event closed with an historic moment, as members of the Denfeld family met members of the Hunting family for the first time. Denfeld High School is named after the former Superintendent of Duluth Public Schools, Robert E. Denfeld, who died in 1921. The school gets its nickname, "The Hunters," from former teacher and coach Walt Hunting, who was at Denfeld from 1927 to 1956.

Denfeld Alumni Association President Joe Vukelich shares a laugh with the Denfeld and Hunting families.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness (a fourth generation graduate of Central High School) declared it Robert Denfeld and Walt Hunting Day in the city. He also spoke in favor of Denfeld High School retaining its name when Central closes and some of its students attend Denfeld as part of the school district’s long-range facilities plan.

Denfeld all-star choir.

Members of the old Raleigh Street Gang: Michael Colalillo, Al Amatuzio, Helen Lind and Duane Kerin.


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