Share our heritage | PIAA wrestling hostesses from 1954

Pictured are PIAA wrestling hostesses from 1954.
Pictured are PIAA wrestling hostesses from 1954. Photo provided

Each Monday the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photo is from Betty Houser Weaver of State College.

She submitted this photo from 1954 of the hostesses for the PIAA wrestling finals in Rec Hall. The girls were all from State College High School and escorted the finalists and their coaches into the hall.

They are, from left:

Front row: Mina Jo Kropp, Donna Sykes, Marilyn James, Gloria Krauss, Leslie Ann Shultz, Janet Smith, Cinnie Niesley, Paula Rider and Arlene Warner.

Back row: Jane Gutteron, Anne Heiser, Pat Fetteroff, Julie McCloskey, Betty Houser, Susie Myers, Susan Evans, Pat Corman, Peggy Wimmer, Doreen Bryan, Joyce McCloskey, Marilyn Doan, Dolores Bickle and Joan Hawbaker.

The State College High School Class of 1954 held its 60th reunion in State College June 27-29, 2014.

Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos. Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Audience Engagement Editor Laurie Jones at Provide as much information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.