Miss Dorothy M. Crane

b. 22 Oct 1899
d. May 1979 - age 79

University of West Virginia, B.A.
Northwestern University
University of Michigan
Carnegie Tech

Drama, Drama Department Head, Activities Head, Thespians Advisor, Ushers Advisor,
Senior Events Advisor, Stage Crew Sponsor

Exactly ten years ago, a grateful class dedicated the Anchor to a woman they admired and respected.
      We, the seniors of 1962, now dedicate our Anchor to the same woman to show her how deeply grateful we are for the five years of enthusiastic and understanding help she has given us on her own time.  We wish to express our genuine admiration for the strength of character and her great patience.  She has been more than a teacher to us; she has been a friend.  Her pride in this school, her pride in her work, and her pride in us when we do well, has been an inspiration
to all of us.  For these, and many other reasons, we respectfully dedicate the 1962 Anchor to Miss Dorothy M. Crane.
1935 Anchor, p.7
June Class Dedication
1955 Anchor, p.10 1962 Anchor, p. 5
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/25/07
(posted 02/03/07)

Thanks, Dave!
11/02/03 11/02/03

Now I Think I Know What I Didnít Know Then

By Bill Black, Lost Colony Alumnus

Added  - at last! - on 06/24/04
Thanks, Bill!

... there was a link to NNHS.
Well, that one did it, Carol. Thatís where I stopped. Having attended many high school graduations as an
assistant principal, I recognized the introduction to Pomp and Circumstance right away. I sat and listened
while I looked at the images of our old high school. As the introduction gave way to the familiar strains

at which the graduates begin their procession, I was awash in memories. I went back years in my mind and
saw the Class of
  Ď59 lined up in the hall outside the auditorium. And there was Dorothy Crane, the drama
making sure that we were all in step. She stood in the hall by the entrance to the auditorium,
sweeping her hand in a huge arc
to keep us in step as she called out, left, right, left, right her voice
emphasizing the word left,
to make sure we all stepped forward at the same time on the correct foot. The effect
was that as the line moved up the ramp into the auditorium and down the incline to our seats, every single
tassel swayed in the same direction at the same time.
We all swayed gently to the left, then gently to the right.
Not being especially graceful nor having a good sense of rhythm, I had to watch the student in front of me. I
kept my eyes on that foot in front of me to make sure I was putting the same one forward at the same time!
When I got to my seat on the stage, I could finally
relax. From the vantage point of the stage, I could see the
rest of my classmates marching in. What an
awesome sight to behold, the line moving in perfect step and I can
tell you that it was never as magnificent, as awesome a sight at any other high school graduation that I attended,
and I attended a lot of them.
  Miss Crane also made sure that we had our graduation caps on our heads exactly
right. The front down over the forehead just so with the mortar board perfectly parallel to the ground.
And the
music, the NNHS band, with Mr. Wilsonís baton, playing that magnificent
Pomp and Circumstance. The music
on the NNHS link brought it all back to me, as if it were yesterday. Thanks for the

- Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 03/24/05
Thanks so much!

Midi courtesy of http://www.mylinuxisp.com/~tonyc/master.mid
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) - 12/03/03
Thanks, Dave!

Birth and Death Dates courtesy of the Social Security Death Index via Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/02/03.
Thanks again, Dave!

Comedy-Tragedy Masks clip art courtesy of http://www.hscripts.com/freeimages/icons/human/face-mask-clipart.php - 03/25/06

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