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The Latrobean

Fred Rogers attended Latrobe High School in Latrobe, Pennsylvania from 1942-1946. Below are images taken from two volumes of the Latrobean published during his high school years.


SOPHOMORE YEAR - 1943-1944

The sophomore class was photographed in groups of approximately 30 students. Below you can see a young Fred Rogers in bottom right corner of the image below.

A member of the "Camera Club II," it is likely that Fred was a member of this club during his Freshman year as well. He is seen below in the front row, third from left.

SENIOR YEAR - 1945-1946

As with most senior yearbooks, a profile section is included which details the many activities of the senior class throughout the previous four years.

Additionally, Fred was recognized as "The Leader" in his senior class for his service as president of the student council.

The image below shows Fred hard at work as editor of the yearbook...

...and as a member of Quill and Scoll -- an international journalism honor society.

This next image documents Fred's involvement in public speaking competitions. As detailed below, Fred was selected as the winner of the oratorical finals. His topic was "The U.N.O. is the Answer to a World Organization for Peace." Fred is pictured to the left of the image on this page...

...and second from left in this group shot of the senior oratorical finalists.

As president of the student council, Fred is seen fifth from left in the front row of the group photograph and again in the image at the bottom of the page.

Fred was also a member of the French Club (front row, center)...

...and the Honor Society (standing at left)...

Of course, Fred is credited as Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook staff.

Finally, Fred often talked about, Jim Stumbaugh, a classmate who befriended him during his school days. Among other sources, Fred and Jim's friendship is mentioned in the Archive of American Television interview, Amy Hollingsworth's The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers, and Tim Madigan's I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers.


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