Diane Whitney Carner, Class of 1973
At the time of my attending North High School, I was known as Diane Whitney. The three years at North High was the beginning of my work ethics as well as preparing myself for ‘the real world’ adventures.
I had some great teachers between 1970 and 1973; but I must say here were really four individuals at North High who left a tremendous positive impressions: Paul Lynn (Math), Carole McMillian Kidd (Business classes), Counselor/Business Classes Juanita Johnson and Assistant Vice Principal Dick Davis-who provided and taught me my work ethics.
I knew back then I would either be a Math Teacher or own a business and talked to the above to make sure I was capable of doing either and what classes I should take in high school and to prepare self for college. My life path changed in 1974 when marriage and family came into the picture, however, through 1974 to current; I have started/sold three businesses and currently own a distribution/wholesale company as well as a publishing company.
Through modern technology (Facebook), I came to find out that Carole McMillian Kidd lives two hours from me, and had the opportunity a couple years ago to meet up with her and thank her for the wonderful teacher she was. I also had the opportunity to talk to Juanita Johnson and thank her for her help through my years at North High and the impression she left on me as well. I have not had the opportunity to locate and/or talk with either Paul Lynn or Dick Davis…but would like to thank them today for all they had done to assist me in who I am today! A successful business person.
S. Steve Adkins, Class of 1957
Omaha North High School saved my life! This is not an exaggeration. As a poor student in grade school, I nearly went to Omaha Technical High School intending to participate in their work/study program. But my sister was very upset that during her senior year at North High her "little" brother wouldn't be a freshman. So I went to North High. During my freshman year, Mr. Dubler helped me develop self-confidence in his drafting class ... a class that I didn't want to take! I loved it. That same year, Mr. Bryan's algebra class opened a whole new world for me.
After completing my freshman year, I determined that my inability to read, let alone speak, in front of a class would hinder academic success. That summer, I read an article in Reader's Digest written by a Toastmaster describing businessmen that shared the fear of public speaking. The article included a few simple rules to become an effective speaker. I resolved to apply these rules in my first opportunity during my sophomore year at Omaha North High.
That opportunity was in Miss Gatz's class. The class was asked to create an outline of a chapter as a homework assignment. In the next class, she asked for a volunteer to give an impromptu description from their outline. I volunteered. After my short discourse, I returned to my seat. Miss Gatz ran after me and snatched my outline out of my hand. I said to myself, "Oh-oh, I'm in trouble again!" She held my outline aloft and told the class, "This is why Steve's impromptu speech was excellent. This is a good outline."
At that instant, my life was changed. Miss Gatz taught effective speaking later in the year. I prospered in this positive environment at North High. I went on to college followed by an extremely interesting and successful career in applying supercomputers to DoD, government laboratory and Aerospace problems. My good English skills and public speaking skills played an important role in this career spanning engineering, marketing and R&D. I am now retired and enjoy flying powered aircraft and gliders, sailing ice boats and reading novels and history.
Omaha North High School made all this possible. Thank you.