W. Carter Merbreier
“Prospect Park Class of 1944”
W. Carter Merbreier, a 1944 graduate of Prospect Park High, earned a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania and an S. T. M from Temple before creating the television show “Captain Noah and His Magical Ark” in 1967. The show ran for 27 years and included over 3,800 episodes, at its peak airing in 17 markets as the highest rated children’s show. Mr. Merbreier also authored several books including “What’s Behind What You See” explaining the magic of television to children and “Captain Noah’s Prayers of the Animals.” Captain Noah has narrated 13 children’s concerts for the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Among the many awards garnered by Mr. Merbreier are the Ambassador Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the prestigious Iris Award from the National Association of Television Producers and Executives, and his induction into the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Harry J. Jamison, Ph.D.
“Interboro Class of 1959”
Harry Jamison, a 1959 graduate of Interboro High School, began his commitment to the community after graduation coaching the Prospect Park Termites with Hall of Famer, Frank Witmer. Dr. Jamison completed his Bachelor’s Degree at West Chester University, Master’s Degree at Temple University and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his educational career teaching sixth grade, was a school psychologist, private practicing psychologist and an educational executive during his career. He completed his 40-year career serving as Executive Director for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. Throughout his career, he was recognized for his leadership in the field of Special Education and interagency collaboration. March of Dimes recognized him with its first Lifetime Achievement Award and he received citations for his work from Delaware County Council, both houses of Congress and the Pennsylvania State Legislature.
Isabella Stainsby Harrison
“Glen-Nor Class of 1946”
Isabel Stainsby Harrison, a 1946 graduate of Glen-Nor High School, attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and became a registered nurse in 1949. She married Theodore Hartley Harrison in 1950, and raised six children while helping run a family grocery store. After her husband’s death in 1977, Isabel returned to school earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern University in 1979. After graduation, she worked as a teacher and student advisor at the Center for Arts and Technology, teaching practical nursing skills from 1979 to 1998. Community involvement includes ten years as treasurer of the Alumni Association of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, chairperson of the Goshen Country Fair Home Economics Display and Contests, as well as being active in the Westtown Friends Meeting and Goshen Grange. Isabel Harrison – teacher, mother, role model, friend, and inspiration.
Charles A. Gefrorer
Charles A. (Herr) Gefrorer did not just teach German, he was the German program at Interboro High School for over thirty years. He sponsored 12 spring break trips to Germany and 8 Krefeld exchanges allowing hundreds of students to experience the benefits of travel and immersion in another culture. Herr Gefrorer initiated the Foreign Language Festival in 1975, sponsored the “International Club” for over twenty years, provided leadership as foreign language Department Chair for almost twenty years, and was named Interboro Teacher of the Year twice. From his early days as a Peace Corps volunteer in India, until his final years as a faculty member at Interboro, Charles Gefrorer always took time to see the best in others. His dedication as a teacher and goodness as a human being made us all strive to be better.
Raymond E. Spafford
Raymond “Ray” Spafford, a 1948 graduate of Springfield High School, Springfield, Vermont, was captain of the football team that won the state championship his senior year. Ray continued his football career at West Chester University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. After graduating, he taught and coached at Lansdowne Aldan High School before moving to Interboro as football coach and athletic director in 1971. During his coaching tenure, he guided the Bucs to their first win over Ridley in the annual Thanksgiving Day game in 1971. The same year, he recorded his 100th victory as a head coach. Ray retired as head coach in 1976 but continued to influence the Interboro community as a teacher and athletic director. Ray is a member of the West Chester University Hall of Fame, Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame, and the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Walter E. Lee
Walter Lee, a 1970 graduate of Interboro High School, has been described as an “every day hero” who is heavily relied upon, but often taken for granted. He has served the Tinicum Township community as Supervisor of the Township Highway Department and the Essington Fire Company for 36 years - 28 as Chief. Awards include being named Fireman of the Year twice, as well as being recognized by numerous organizations for his community service including Norwood Lions Club, Boy Scouts, Tinicum Township Commissioners, State House of Representatives and Senate, and the Delaware County Council. Perhaps his greatest contribution is his tireless recruitment and training of young people to become fire fighters and embrace the importance of community service.