Cape Henlopen school board in 1972

March 14, 2023

There will be an election this year for the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education. We featured a pair of stories last week about it, including one where the challenger was unnamed after the filing deadline due to a new state law requiring candidates to pass background checks before being certified. This year’s election will feature incumbent Jessica Tyndall against newcomer Shawn Lovenguth for Milton’s Area A seat. Cape Henlopen School District was formed in 1969 with the consolidation of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Milton school districts. Initially, the new combined high school held classes in the former Lewes High School, now Lewes Elementary, before a new school was constructed and opened in 1976. Of course, that new school was demolished nearly 15 years ago when the current high school opened. This historic photograph is of the school board from the 1971-72 school year. Shown in back are (l-r) Jesse M. Millman, Arthur S. Hanby, Kenneth Lingo, Harry A. Moore and Earle L. Isaacs. In front are F. R. Mercer, Norma Lee Derrickson, John J. Keefe, J. Scott Walsmith and James Reed Jr. The Cape district has grown quite a bit in the last 50 years. The graduating class in 1972 had 238 students, while more than 400 seniors walked across the commencement stage with the Class of 2022.


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