CEDAR MANOR SCHOOL
Thanks to Sara Thompson,
Communications Specialist for the School District, who has
allowed us to use information about the history of the
school she wrote for the retirement party program.
Other material for this
section was taken from the PTA scrapbooks held by the SLP
The school was officially dedicated on November 3, 1957. The first Principal was Helen Hansen. Census: 894 students, 28 teachers.
During the school's early years, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was strong, boasting 900 members at its peak. Twelve standing committees provided constant programming and activities for students and parents. Committees included Safety and Health, Membership, Publicity, Hospitality, Refreshments, Room Representatives (Room Mothers), Parent/Family Life, Cub Scout Representatives, Budget/Finance, Teacher Representatives, and Community Liaison.
A pop concert, appropriately given by fathers of the PTA, was given in February, and featured dads in drag.
The theme of the PTA year was “Living and Learning in the Space Age.” In December they watched a film “Operation Survival,” and in May they held a Science Fair. The lighthearted Club Manor Revue was put on by parents and teachers in February. Census: 887 students, 29 teachers.
Principal Helen Hansen married Ray Newberg, principal of Ethel Baston Elementary School and the new Mrs. Newberg retired. Census: 982 students, 29 teachers.
The new principal was Leo Siegel, who kept that job for 21 years. PTA programs included “Survival Preparedness” and “Don’t Deny Them Discipline,” a program held just for fathers by Dr. Robert Smith, Professor and Minister at Bethel College, St. Paul.
One unusual topic for the PTA was “Education of the Average Child;” surely all of the students at Cedar Manor were above average. Another down topic was “Delinquency and Potential Dropouts.” Also discussed was “Sex Education at the Elementary School Level,” sponsored by Planned Parenthood.
On the lighter side, the third annual Flap Jack Flip brought out 80 dads to help dish out pancakes. In 1964, the Cedar Manor PTA sponsored Boy Scout Pack 385.
Cedar Manor mothers also organized at this time to create the Manor-Tones (formerly known as the Cedar Manor Mother Singers). The group performed regularly and held an annual fundraiser concert. The group grew out of the Eliot Mother Singers.
Student Council materials indicate that social awareness was on the minds of students, as they participated in the Jr. Red Cross, Unicef, and the Heart Association. They gave Christmas gifts to people in hospitals and institutions, and collected Halloween candy for patients at the Moose Lake, Faribault, and Cambridge State Hospitals. Another organization was Save the Children Federation, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that held “Bundle Days” in the school. Children would collect unwanted clothes, which would be sent to needy families in Appalachia. In the 1965-66 campaign, a poster with the likeness of Andy Griffiths was used. The next year, schools could choose to contribute to Appalachia, Latin America, Greece, Korea, Africa, Vietnam, or American Indians.
An interesting speaker for the PTA was Arsham Ohanessian, an “Internationally Known Speaker (He once made a speech in Winnipeg)” speaking on the subject ”Housewife – Man’s Last Connection with Sanity.”
Harder issues were being addressed by the PTA when they hosted Bob Olander, a Park High grad who had been a drug addict since he was 14. Olander talked about the 15-hour LSD trip he was on when he hit bottom, and how he was now on methadone.
Drugs were a concern the next year, as the PTA saw the film “it is on your doorstep,” by Art Linkletter, who had lost a daughter to drugs.
An ecology mural was painted on school walls by students
in February 1973.
The students penned their "famous" cookbook.
Neil Sandberg: 1982-1992
This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.