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Dondero High School 1959 grads keep Royal Oak memories alive with donation to museum

July 26, 2017 by The Daily Tribune

The Daily Tribune1959 graduates of Dondero High School in Royal Oak had a reunion last week and donated a plaque and a $1,000 check to the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum. From left, Sandy (Ferber) Macknis, Mary (Merritt) Ried, Elaine (Coulton) Kentala, Chuck ...

Royal Oak, Berkley schools to host MLK Day volunteer service event

January 7, 2017 by The Oakland Press

The Oakland PressFaith Fowler -- a 1977 Royal Oak Dondero High School graduate who is founder and executive director of Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. The non-profit group works to help homeless people with food, housing and jobs, as well as seniors, at ...

Michigan lost many notable people in 2016

December 31, 2016 by Detroit Free Press

A hockey legend. Police officers. A pioneering architect. They were among the notable people who lived in Michigan, or had strong ties to the state, and died in 2016. Some of them had high-profile careers and were often in the news, while others were ...

Royal Oak home to many of region's top stories in 2016

December 29, 2016 by The Daily Tribune

The Daily TribuneBefore he reached international fame with the Eagles, Frey grew up in Royal Oak and graduated in 1966 from Royal Oak's Dondero High School, where he played some of his earliest gigs. A retired vice principal at the school remembered Frey and his band ...

Author of Port Huron Statement Tom Hayden dead at 76

November 4, 2016 by New Baltimore Voice Newspapers

New Baltimore Voice NewspapersHayden, who graduated from Royal Oak Dondero High School and the University of Michigan with a degree in sociology, died on Oct. 23 in Santa Monica, California, of heart issues. He was 76. Hayden suffered heart failure in August 2001, a month after he ...

Royal Oak Dondero High School classmates of late anti-war activist Tom Hayden: He stirred the pot at a young age

October 24, 2016 by The Daily Tribune

The Daily TribuneFILE - In this Dec. 6, 1973 file photo, political activist Tom Hayden, husband of Jane Fonda, tells newsmen in Los Angeles that he believes public support was partially responsible for the decision not to send him and others of the Chicago 7 to jail ...

Tom Hayden, 1960s anti-war activist from Royal Oak and UM, dies at 76

October 24, 2016 by Crain's Detroit Business

Crain's Detroit BusinessHayden was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Royal Oak to middle-class parents. He graduated in 1957 from Dondero High School in Royal Oak and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1996. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan in 1961.

Athletics is the reason Bryce is where he is today

July 13, 2016 by The Oakland Press

The Oakland PressStarting at Clawson public schools, then with Royal Oak public schools, Bryce has held several head and assistant coaching positions in several sports. At Dondero, where he taught social studies until December 1984, Bryce coached the Oaks' varsity ...

Glenn Frey Drive Paved with Memories of Eagles Legend

February 18, 2016 by

Last week, the Royal Oak school board approved renaming the stretch that runs near Royal Oak Middle School in honor of Frey, who attended school in the same building when it was Dondero High School. Frey graduated from Dondero in 1966. Jim O'Brien ...

Glenn Frey Dr. in Royal Oak is memory lane for his old school friends

February 18, 2016 by The Macomb Daily

The Macomb DailyFrey, who died last month, stayed in touch with a number of his former Dondero High School classmates over the years. The naming of Glenn Frey Drive next to his old high school --now Royal Oak Middle School -- inaugurated a trip down memory lane this ...

Michigan town renames street for Glenn Frey

February 12, 2016 by 13abc Action News

13abc Action NewsROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A suburban Detroit school board has approved naming a stretch of street after the late Eagles star Glenn Frey. The Detroit Free Press reports Glenn Frey Drive will run adjacent to Royal Oak Middle School - the former Dondero ...

Glenn Frey Drive gets the green light in Royal Oak

February 11, 2016 by Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free PressGlenn Frey Drive, intersecting North Washington Avenue and North West Street, will run adjacent to Royal Oak Middle School, which once housed Frey's alma mater, Dondero High School. New signs will be installed in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

Glenn Frey's musical sojourn started at his Royal Oak high school with an $18 gig

January 19, 2016 by The Oakland Press

The Oakland Press“Mostly we hired DJs for the dances,” said Fred Chynchuk, later vice principal at Dondero. He was a bit unsure at first about hiring a live band. “We talked about it and I think I hired him for $18. He got the exposure for his band and the kids loved ...

Local author releases book about Dondero Pop Concerts

March 2, 2015 by The Oakland Press

The Oakland PressIt isn't often a local book launch has a huge impact on many people beyond the author, but anyone who attended Dondero High School in Royal Oak from 1967 through 2006 will want to attend this one. Dondero alumnus and author Pete Wurdock has ...

Three Hall of Fame Teachers-and Their Influence on a Newbie

August 21, 2014 by Huffington Post

Huffington PostIn 1987, I was the first teacher hired at Royal Oak Dondero High School in five years — I was also the last one hired for the next four years. So as the “baby,” as I was called until my hair was .... to my own psyche as an educator. Not surprisingly ...

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