Dormont Historical Society

Chartered 1999

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Our newsletter is published on a bi-monthly basis and mailed to our members. Only limited excerpts will be published here. To start receiving the newsletter, consider becoming a member of the Dormont Historical Society.  See our Membership page for details.

January/february 2010

Our thanks to volunteers Alice Hradisky, Phyllis Hamilton, Kathy Hartman and Karen Gotschall for taking parti in the annual second grade walking tour led by Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation with the support from the second grade teachers from Dormont Elementary. The tour started at the Elementary school; proceeded along Park Boulevard and Dell Avenue onto Hillsdale Avenue where stops were made at the fire department, the council chambers, our museum and, the children's favorate, of course, the police department, before the walkers headed back to the school in time for lunch.

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Some Saturday morning, if you have some free time, visit the Historical Society of Mount Lebanon to see what its current exhibit features.

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Donna Mae Warnock Mims, DHS Class of 1945, well-known in national and local auto racing circles, died in October. The first woman to win a Sports Car Club of America national championship, at the wheel of her pink Austin-Healey 1959 Bugeye Sprite. Donna was known as "The Pink Lady." Fond of the color pink since childhood, her cars were always that color, as were her clothes and the Chihuahua she took to races with her. Donna started racing cars in 1960 and quickly became one of the top amateur race car drivers in the country. She competed in such races as Sebring, Daytona, and Riverside, often at speeds up to 140 miles per hour, for 14 years. In 1972 she took part in the original Cannonball Run Race made famous by the 1981 movie starring Burt Reynolds.

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2010 Officers:

  • President - Muriel Moreland
  • Vice President - John Cunningham
  • Secretary - Sallie Davis Beck
  • Corresponding Secretary - Dolores Bernauer Aburano
  • Treasurer - Cathy Power Blando

2010 Board Members 

  • Ray Beeson
  • Newt Blair
  • Marianne Davis
  • Andy Dressel
  • Monique Fontaine
  • Rich Gaetano
  • Jim Harrod
  • Kathy Hartman
  • Cheryl Herrington

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Mr. Norman Vincent retired January 1, 1958, after devoting 35 1/2 years of service to the Dormont School District. He began his teaching career in 1912 and came to Dormont in 1922 to teach industrial arts and mechanical drawing classes. In 1934 the School Board appointed him Superintendent of Building Maintenance. During his teaching years he had performed the maintenance duties after school and on Saturdays. He was the driving force in the modernization and rehabilitation program in the Dormont schools. His wife, Mary Vincent, taught first grade at Kelton School for 14 years.

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Congratulations to the Keystone Oaks High school football team on having a fine season that took them to the semi-finals for the first time since the district was founded in 1965! Their semi-final game against Greensburg Central CAtholic was a close one that KO lost 24-19.

Our KO displays have been growing steadily for the last few years. Class rings, yearbooks, event programs, and other memorabilia are some of the items that we have; but, of course, we wish more from recent years would be shared with us, too. If you are interested in donating, please call (see the "Contact Us" page for more information).

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During the early development of Dormont, John Anderson called his acreage, which basically included the land from West Liberty to Broadway, Potomac to Wenzel, "Dormont's Best Residence Section." His selling points: 1. Nearest the City, 2. Two Car Lines, 3. Large Lots 50x130, 4. Wide Streets (50) feet, 5. Highest Restrictions, 6. Exclusive Neighborhood.