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Joe Vukelich

Economics and Government Teacher

Denfeld High School

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Denfeld High School

401 N. 44Th Ave. W.

Duluth, Minnesota 55807

United States

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Denfeld Alumni Association - Duluth, MN [cached]

"I think there were about seven older in our database, but all of the listings were out of service or disconnected when I called them," said Joe Vukelich, a teacher at Denfeld who often leads alumni on tours.

Vukelich led the tour, stopping first at the Denfeld Auditorium.
Vukelich said the staircase is filled with signatures of past graduates.

Duluth News Tribune | 10/15/2005 | Denfeld spirit strong at age 100 [cached]

"Every place was booked," said Denfeld economics teacher and alumni association member Joe Vukelich of the venues that might be able to accommodate an all-class reunion."The (Denfeld) roof was being fixed, Grand Avenue was being torn up; it seemed like someone was trying to tell us something."

Vukelich said the alumni association is planning a reunion for 2009, when the first class graduated.The last Denfeld all-class reunion, organized for 1976, was supposedly the largest high school reunion on record, said Vukelich, who graduated from Denfeld in 1977.
If other alumni are as passionate about the school as Vukelich, the next reunion will not be a small gathering.The school's dcor last week was a testament to the pride that still runs rampant through the dark halls of Denfeld.
"We're very fortunate we have that environment," Vukelich said.

Duluth News Tribune | 08/31/2005 | TIME IN A BOTTLE [cached]

Joe Vukelich, a Denfeld economics and government teacher, said the school building, which opened Sept. 8, 1926, has many secrets waiting to be discovered.Much of the school's architecture has a deeper meaning that was not made clear when it was built, and secrets are being unlocked all the time, he said.

Old news articles indicate that Denfeld has another time capsule located near the corner of 44th Avenue West and Sixth Street.Students can learn much from the discovery of objects such as Eugene's message, he said.
"Most Denfeld students and alumni realize they are part of something larger than themselves," Vukelich said.

Duluth News Tribune | 08/15/2005 | Signs of the time 60 years ago [cached]

Denfeld economics and government teacher Joe Vukelich, who gives tours of the school, said the tunnel has been part of Denfeld lore for ages.Barrels of water and cases of hardtack were rumored to have been stored there, though most of the school's shelters were reconverted to storage spaces sometime in the 1980s.

Vukelich ironically added that the tunnel didn't give as much protection as first intended, because of the way the ventilation system drew air from the outside.
"I don't think this could have kept out radiation or fallout," he said, because a large fan pushed air through the tunnel.

SchoolsRichPasts [cached]

The school got off to a slow start, wrote West Duluth resident Joe Vukelich in his book, "Come Back Home, A History of Denfeld High School":

"... West Duluth and the city were skeptical that the school was fully accredited to send students to college (it was) and whether the new effort could compete with the established Central (it did)."
Irving and Industrial principal Scott Foster soon saw a need for a high school independent of the K-12 environment, but his efforts to build one were scoffed at "by nearly everyone," Vukelich wrote.
Vukelich, now a Denfeld social studies teacher, takes Denfeld graduates up in the tower during summer class reunions.
"There's just still a real connection to the roots," Vukelich said."It doesn't matter how old they are, they say, 'It's the tower!We get to go to the tower!' And they turn into kids."
People grab Vukelich and say, "I've waited a lifetime to get up there."
"One guy turned to his wife and said, 'This is why we came home,' " Vukelich said.

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