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Mack French Students are Inspired by the French Dukes Drill Team, March 1969

Mack French Students are Inspired by the French Dukes Drill Team, March 1969 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, March 5, 1969
Caption
'French' French Dukes: Three Mack Elementary School sixth graders are shown here doing a take-off on Ann Arbor's French Dukes--the city's award-winning precision drill team. The French Duke skit, however, was done entirely in French. The Mack students, who are studying the French language, made up the French Dukes' skit and two other routines themselves, and have presented them to their classmates and also to some Eberwhite School students. French teacher Gordon E. Boettcher, who helped the students with their French dialogue, says they have been invited to perform at Eastern Michigan University. The students pictured are (from left) Paul Patterson, John Jackson and David Simmons. The "real" French Dukes marched in the inaugural parade.

"Junior French Dukes" Do A Rhythmic Shuffle In The North Fourth Avenue/Beakes Street Neighborhood, September 1964

"Junior French Dukes" Do A Rhythmic Shuffle In The North Fourth Avenue/Beakes Street Neighborhood, September 1964 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, September 9, 1964
Caption
Hup, Two, Three, Four. Basic Steps of precision marching are being drilled at an early age into these youngsters in the N. Fourth Ave. and Beakes St. neighborhood. Nita Franklin, on the right, 10-year-old coach of the "squad," calls the group the "Junior French Dukes" in adulation of the world champion drill team which is sponsored by the local Pratt Lodge, IBPOE. The troopers, shown doing a "rhythmic shuffle," are (from left) Jeffrey Pee, 7; Steven Hinton, 5; Benton Thomas, 3; Michael Pee, 5, and Gregory Pee, 4.

French Dukes Receive Michigan Flag From Senator Gilbert E. Bursley, January 1969

French Dukes Receive Michigan Flag From Senator Gilbert E. Bursley, January 1969 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 17, 1969
Caption
A Michigan flag, which has flown over the state Capitol Building in Lansing, and an American flag from the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce were presented yesterday in City Hall to Carlton Bell (center), commander of the French Dukes Drill team: James Crawford (left center), exalted ruler of Elks Pratt Lodge, sponsor of the drill team, and Sgt. Kenneth Klinge (far left) of the Ann Arbor Police Department. Making the presentation are Sen. Gilbert E. Bursley (right center) and William Botts (far right) of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce.

French Dukes at Ann Arbor High School, January 1969

French Dukes at Ann Arbor High School, January 1969 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 17, 1969
Caption
The precision drill team, which will march in the President's Inaugural Parade at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Washington, D. C., presented a sample of their marching last night to local residents in Ann Arbor High School (bottom picture). The group will carry the state flag and the American flag in the parade.