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Lorraine Swanson Giles
Class of 1945 - Inducted in 1990
Lorraine was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 1990.
"At the time I attended South, it was the largest school west of the Mississippi with a very unusual and diversified curriculum. The faculty provided experiences in the arts, sciences and basics that formed a wonderful base for any future professional endeavors. South High offered an opportunity to make friends from every race, religion and economic strata. My experience on the debate squad taught the value of sound preparation, the techniques of good delivery, and, at some tournaments, lessons in humility. Great classroom teachers started me on an academic path that has made my life full of challenges, excitement, and rewards."
Following the path she was taught at South, Mrs. Giles remained in the educational setting as a principal. Her first assignment was at South Lincoln School in 1952. During her career with Omaha Public Schools, she served as a principal in 14 different schools, sometimes serving schools simultaneously. During this time, Mrs. Giles was always interested in school safety. She was fortunate to have many opportunities to work and study in the field of safety, closely affiliated, but separate, from the educational community. She now is an officer with the National Safety Council.