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AACHM Oral History: Don Simons

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Don Simons

Donald L. Simons was born in 1943 and he grew up on Fuller Street in Ann Arbor. He attended Jones School, Ann Arbor High, and Eastern Michigan University. He was a starting football halfback and basketball co-captain in high school, and was recognized as athlete of the month. Mr. Simons recalls segregation and several incidents of discrimination in Ann Arbor. He is proud of his family, his work coaching at the Maxey Boys' Training School and Boysville, and co-hosting the annual neighborhood picnic for 25 years.

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Ann Arbor High Football Team Wins Class A State Championship, November 1962

Ann Arbor High Football Team Wins Class A State Championship, November 1962 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, November 3, 1962
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THE VICTORS: Last night's victory over the Jackson Vikings brought the Ann Arbor High football team the undisputed Six A League Championship and the first undefeated, untied season in seven years. Team members, left to right (front row) are Tom Wisely, Chuck Wilkins, Ted Murray, Emory Williams, Chuck Menefee, Capt. Tom Rathman, Mike Thomas, Mike Juntunen, John Albrecht, Van Batsakes, Gary Ulmer; (second row) Jerry Hartman, Leroy Williams, Tom Morrow, Kent Leslie, John White, Lou Winkelhaus, Pat Koeller, Ken Dyer, Harold Simons, Larry Lage, manager; (third row) Assistant Coach Ed Klum, Tom Lovell, Bill Wood, Rich Pittman, Don Davis, Durant Bridges, Rich Harper, Chuck Hulce, Tom Solovezuk, Bill Bailey, Mill Moore, head manager; (fourth row) Assistant Coach Jerry Budzik, Pete Vlisides, Gordon Taylor, Pat Clark, Scot Ideson, Ralph Briant, Rick Deanhofer, Dave Hiatt, Head Coach Jay Stielstra, Assistant Coach Pat Wilson. Paul Bryant and Gene Cleaveland were not present when the photo was made.

Reunion of 1962 Ann Arbor High Football State Champions, October 1987

Reunion of 1962 Ann Arbor High Football State Champions, October 1987 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, October 17, 1987
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Members of the 1962 Ann Arbor High state championship football team at Friday night's reunion are: FRONT ROW (from left): Tom Morrow, Leroy Williams, Larry Lage, Chuck Wilkins, Harold Simons, John Albrecht, Captain Tom Rathman, Pat Clarke. SECOND ROW: Cindy Wild Helber (cheerleader), Lou Winkelhaus, Durant Bridges, Bill Bailey, Larry Clay, Rick Deanhofer, Coach Jay Stielstra. THIRD ROW: Ken Dyer, Van Batsakes, Pete Vlisides, Mike Juntenen, Bill Wood, Asst. Coach Chuck Ritter, Pat Koeller, Asst. Coach Gary Bryce, Asst. Coach Ed Klum, Chuck Hulce.

Tim Ryan Named Pioneer Ice Coach

Tim Ryan Named Pioneer Ice Coach image
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November
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1962
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Ryan's Words Build Confidence, Champions

Ryan's Words Build Confidence, Champions image
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14
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May
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1964
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Ann Arbor High School Track Team Six-A League Champions, May 1966

Ann Arbor High School Track Team Six-A League Champions, May 1966 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, May 30, 1966
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Six-A League Champions - Joining The News' Pictorial Honor Roll of Champions following their undefeated dual-meet season, Six-A League championship, and fourth-place finish in the 112-school state class A meet are Ann Arbor High's trackmen. From left (front row) are Coach Jim Love, Pete Kempf, Larry Steeb, Mike Sims, Pat Shipstead, John Sharemet, John Holt, co-captain Ed Oxley, co-captain Don Dates, Bill Shelton, Alan Campbell, Scott Eshelman, Jim Dick, Bob Keen and assistant coach Bob Jones. In second row are Bruce Sharemet, Dave Fisher, Dave Gebhart, Dave Wells, Scott Westrum, Gary Moore, Steve Gates, Scott Moore, Keith Givens, Tom Holt, Brent Stone, Tom Wood, Bob Ufer and Larry Robards. In third row are manager Tom Bittman, Pat Doran, Don Reiff, John Helms, Mike Lutz, Bob Zasa, Fred Smith, John Winkelhaus, John Stone, Al Lutz, Randy Sell and manager Brian Hoefle. In the row, again left to right, are Mike Smith, Alexander Moore, Art Mack, Rick Marr, John Ashford, Keith Peden, Jon Wilson, Mike Sekaros, John Thornton, Tim Lehman, Jim Ransom, and Clyde Gibson. Missing is Tony Wiench.

Steve Naumcheff, Where Are You?

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20
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October
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1984
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