• Educators often have major influences on their students, and Vivian Blanche Graham was no exception. Former students say she could be termed one of Illinois' most popular school principals.
    Miss Graham was a veteran educator. She had been principal at Naperville's Ellsworth School before her appointment in 1911 as principal at Naperville High School on North Washington Street. She remained in that position until retirement in 1942.
    "She was strict, but very fair, and always friendly to all students," said Dr. Paul T. Hartman, Naperville High School Class of 1933. Dr. Hartman was among more than a dozen individuals who suggested Miss Graham's name for District 204's fourteenth elementary school. "I doubt that any other educator in the history of Naperville served so many years as a high school principal."
    Herb Matter, Class of 1940, said he was lucky enough to have had Miss Graham as his principal in both elementary and high school. "She was a very strong-willed woman, highly respected by students and faculty. School was very orderly under her firm, but fair, hand."
    Willard Brier agreed. "Miss Graham was revered and honored by each and every student who ever had the privilege of learning and serving under her disciplined jurisdiction and administration."
    Other former students echoed those sentiments. "I personally benefited from her interest and guidance," said Harriet Johnson Chitney, Class of 1932. Audrey Steck agreed. "Many people have said they owe their success in life to Miss Graham's influence."
    Those who suggested that V. Blanche Graham's name be given to this school said she exemplified nothing but the best in education. Her 42 years of dedication were celebrated at a community-wide retirement party in 1942.
    Willard Brier remembered Miss Graham with high regard. "She was a teacher's teacher and principal's principal."