1905 - 1997
The following paragraphs are taken from a booklet published by the Centennial Joint School Board to commemorate the dedication of our school:
"On September 13, 1960, the Centennial Joint School Board named the new junior high school for F. Eugene Klinger, a man who has served the local schools with devotion and dedication for many years. . . ."
"Eugene Klinger was born on February 18, 1905, in Renovo, Clinton County, Pennsylvania. . . . He entered Dickinson College and graduated in June, 1927. He did graduate work in education at the University of Pennsylvania and in administration at Temple University. . . ."
"During the school year 1927-1928, Mr. Klinger taught social studies and coached track at Lower Moreland High School. He moved to Southampton and became Supervising Principal at Upper Southampton School, which then included eight grades of elementary and two years of high school. . . When the first joint high school with Warminster was formed in 1944, Mr. Klinger continued as Supervising Principal as well as supervisor of the Upper Southampton Elementary School."
"In 1954, the complete Centennial Jointure was formed and Mr. Klinger was made Assistant Superintendent in charge of Business Administration, a position he held until his retirement in 1963.
Upon retirement, he was appointed to the Upper Southampton School Board and later served on the Centennial School Board as well as the Southampton Park and Recreation Board."
"The students, staff and administration are proud to work in a beautiful, modern building named for such a dedicated educator and community servant..."
NOTE: The Klinger Middle School community was saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Eugene Klinger on September 3, 1997.