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Late principal's memorial plaque to be unveiled

March 14, 2000

A memorial plaque for the late Hagerstown High School Principal John D. Zentmyer will be unveiled during a May 1 ceremony, a memorial organizer told Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council on Tuesday.

The memorial will go at the intersection of Mealey Parkway and North Potomac Street, said Peter G. Callas, a former student of Zentmyer's who went on to become an elementary school principal and a Maryland state delegate.

Zentmyer was principal of the Hagerstown High School from 1926 to 1946. In 1948, he was appointed to the Washington County Board of Education, and served until 1954.

Zentmyer died in June 1974.

The memorial will be near the location of the former high school until about 20 years ago, when it was demolished.

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Callas said the memorial will be a plaque with a bust of Zentmyer and an inscription on a granite pedestal.

The memorial is expected to cost a little over $4,000 and the group has raised about $3,300 so far, Callas said.

He said contributions can be sent to the John D. Zentmyer Memorial Fund, in care of Al Martin, Hagerstown City Finance Department, 1 E. Franklin St. Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Money raised above what is needed to pay for the memorial will be used to establish a scholarship fund in Zentmyer's memory, Callas said.

For more information contact Callas at 301-739-9155.

- Dan Kulin

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