IMHS grad remembers her school


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – Although 81 years have passed since Elaine M. (Alexander) Adams graduated from Iron Mountain High School, her alma mater has remained dear to her heart.

Mrs. Adams, who now lives in Plainview, Minn., has donated $15,000 to the IMHS science department.

She has always had a love for math and science, which was sparked during her time at IMHS. The donation has been used by the science department to purchase probes for the lab at the high school. With matching funds, the school was also able to purchase 16 MacBook computers for the science lab.

The new Vernier probes are high motion lights used to collect the pH data for the science classes. The new technology can be used for a variety of classes including chemistry, biology, middle school science, and environmental science.

The probe makes it easy to measure the dissolved oxygen concentration in water. Students can measure dissolved oxygen concentration in surface water or to perform a wide variety of experiments to determine changes in dissolved oxygen levels, one of the primary indicators of the quality of an aquatic environment.

Mrs. Adams’ love for science and math at IMHS led her to pursue a degree in teaching from St. Scholastica, graduating in 1936 and then to go on to get her master’s degree.

She taught both science and math in the Upper Peninsula and later in Minnesota.

“But Iron Mountain was always close to her. She had a fondness in her heart for Iron Mountain,” said Maryann Boddy, principal at IMHS. Boddy had been in contact with Mrs. Adams’ cousin, Lois Alexander of Appleton, Wis., who helped coordinate the donation to the school.

While a student at IMHS, the 1932 senior yearbook listed Elaine “Laney” Alexander as being the valedictorian of her class as well as vice president of her class as a freshman and sophomore.

She was also a member of the Latin Club, National Honor Society and the Junto Club, which was a club to “study short stories, parliamentary law, word study and etiquette.”

For the future teacher, a fitting quote by Addison was placed next to her senior picture in the yearbook, “Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly essentially raises one man above another.”

Mrs. Adams had two sisters, who also graduated from IMHS, Junetta who was salutatorian of her class in the 1930s and Barbara Anne, who graduated in the 1950s.

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