Two teachers have passed away, art teacher Mr.
Wetherbee and English teacher Mr. Manis.
Mr. Wetherbee was a top turret gunner on a B25 during World War II;
he was 88.
Mr. Manis attended our 40th Reunion because he wanted to visit with us, a class he thought was flush with students with
great potential! He amazed us all with his recollections of his
time with us at WRHS. Rest assured that when he left us that
October day he left knowing he had been right about us and he left
having felt the respect and appreciation of his former
Steve Anthony: "Mr. Manis was
certainly a pivotal person during my time at Wheat Ridge. He
helped me to focus on writing well, no matter the subject or
reason. I was a bit scared of him at first. Then I realized that
what I saw as a strict and somewhat gruff personage was in fact
a man who loved the English language and literature and wanted
to plant, instill, pass on that passion to his students.
I'll never forget his nicotine stained
fingers and how he always smelled of Camel cigs...his white
short sleeved shirts with ties that never seemed to know
why they were attached to him. They always seemed like an
In my young imagination, I saw him as a
refugee from the editorial staff of some large, mid-western city
newspaper. He had the brusque, no-nonsense air about
him....powerful and ready to tackle any assignment.
If you would like to correspond with Mr.
Manis' daughter, send me an email and her address will be
sent to you.