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Claude Huyck

Written by Dr. Dee Ann Behrens, PTA Parent

Claude A. Huyck was a native of Nebraska, born in 1905.  He was a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska and majored in mathematics.  He was an All-Conference Football Guard and lettered in Track and Basketball.  For many years he held the conference discus record.

He taught at High Schools in Morrowville, Kansas and Perry, Kansas.

He received his master of science degree in education from the University of Arkansas in 1940.

Claude Huyck came to Washington Rural High School in Bethel, Kansas as a woodworking and mathematics instructor and coach of all sports when Washington was under construction in 1931.  Under his coaching Washington won the first basketball game the school ever played.  Sports were very important to Coach Huyck.

In 1937, Claude Huyck became Principal of Washington Rural.  During his 26 year span, he supervised the development of a rural high school with 300 students into a suburban institution with 1,700 students.  The school is now known as Washington High School.

In the spring of 1954, I came to KC to interview for a job at Washington High School.  Mr. Huyck met me at the Union Station took me to his home for breakfast and I was sold on his vision of what was going to happen in this area with the school system.  I taught journalism and English at Washington for 7 years under Mr. Huyck.

Claude Huyck was interested in building the future in western Wyandotte County.  He built his home at 1142 N 82nd Street (the stone house just north of the Wyandotte County Credit Union at 82nd and State) using the skills of people in the industrial arts department.  His wife, Helen, worked in the KCK office of the KC Star.

Mr. Huyck died of cancer December 17, 1963.  Schools were closed at Washington, Arrowhead, and Coronado and the elementary schools the day of his funeral out of respect.

In 1965 this school and John F. Kennedy school were built on a bond issue.  Our school was named for Claude A. Huyck, a great man who served our area as a teacher, coach and principal for 32 years.

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1947 Principal of Washington High School (.pdf)
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