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Educating Shepherd

Shep was born in Chicago and grew up in Hammond Indiana and constantly referred to the schools, classmates, and teachers on his show and in his movies.
Paul Revere Elementary School on Chicago's South Side - 1926-1927

Shep went to Kindergarten here for about 1/2 year per his May 4, 1966 show "in the middle of kindergarten I'm taken out of Miss Bundy's clutches…"

The link is made based on his mentioning of Miss Bundy as his Kindergarten teacher, he was born in Chicago and there are no records of his being in the Hammond school system prior to 2nd grade. Miss Bundy taught at Revere from at least 1940 to 1957+. The question remaining is if when she taught Shep, was it at Paul Revere?

Mc Kinley Elementary School - 1927-1928 ?

McKinley School
The question is where did he spend the rest of Kindergarten and 1st Grade?

It appears he attended McKinley Elementary before finally settling in at Warren G. Harding.

One of the teachers he claimed as his 1st grade teacher was Miss Meno, who lived in East Chicago which creates the possibility that Shep attended McKinley for possibly the balance of Kindergarten and 1st Grade.

Shep refers to a Miss Parke as another first grade teacher. There was a Miss Parke teaching in Hammond around that time - are they one and the same? Did Miss Parke start at McKinley and teach Shep and then move to the newly opened Harding shortly after? McKinley School in East Chicago and Harding in Hammond are not that far apart. Did Shep attend school at McKinley for the balance of Kindergarten and 1st grade and live in East Chicago for a brief time? There was a show on which Shep talked about moving a short distance 'in the middle of the night' - could this have been the move?

Warren G. Harding Elementary School - 1928-1933

The famous Warren G. Harding School where Flick got his tongue frozen to a pole and Miss Shields taught her classes (The filming for the movie was actually done at a school in Canada.)

Shep attended Warren G. Harding Elementary, which was located only few blocks from his house, for grades 2-6.

Warren G. Harding School
Harding Elementary School - Warren G. Harding School opened on January 4, 1927, at 3107 Cleveland Street on 19.1 acres of land in the Hessville section of Hammond, Indiana. It replaced the temporary Gibson School founded in 1922. Harding School had six teachers and 188 children in kindergarten through grade 5.

The student body continued to grow to the point that in 1946 grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 were put on half day programs. The gym was divided into classrooms, and in September 1947 all the children returned to a full day schedule.

In 1948 the cornerstone was laid for the new brick building. When it opened, the brick building was fully occupied and the old frame building still housed two 5th grade classes, three 6th grade classes and two 7th grade classes.

Warren G. Harding - 1961


Additions were made in 1957 and 1961. (Shown)

There are currently plans to build a new school.

For more pictures of the original school visit the Class of 59 HHS website.

Warren G. Harding as it looks today

Far right side main entance
photo copyright © Brian Pearson
used with permission

Front of the school
photo copyright © Brian Pearson
used with permission

Far left side
photo copyright © Brian Pearson
used with permission

A list of Shep's elementary school teachers

Shep used to mention many of his teachers names. The following is a list compiled of all the names he has mentioned. It is not known if they were all real people except in the case of those marked *. The first half of Kindergarten was attended in Chicago. (See notes above)

Compiled from information contributed by John Sturdivent and Rich Badagliacca and Steve Glazer

Morton School - 1933-1935

Shep attended grades 6a, 7, and 8 here

Mrs. Fife (8th Grade)
Mr C.A. Spencer (Principal)

Hammond High School - 1935-1939
Shep's H.S. Diploma

1936 Yearbook Photos

1937 Yearbook Photos

1938 Yearbook Photos

1939 Yearbook Photos

The following photos are from Brian Pearson taken December 7, 2002

HHS "Wildcat" logo
photo copyright © Brian Pearson
used with permission

HHS football field: Where Shep marched during band practice, wailing away on his sousaphone or was it really a kazoo?
photo copyright © Brian Pearson
used with permission

Front of HHS, if you look close you can spot the Calumet Ave street sign. Shep spoke frequently of Calumet Ave.
photo copyright © Brian Pearson
used with permission

Shep often mentioned teachers he had as a kid during his shows.
Here's a list compiled by Rich Badagliacca.

Note that it is unknown if these teachers were real or made up by Shep:

Ms. Parsons - Pub. Speaking
Ms. Bleifeld
Ms Sparks - Latin

These teachers were real:

Mr. Diercks - Band
Ms. Snyder - Advisor
Mr. Jenkins - Chemistry
Mr. Spohn - Principal
Mr. Melton - Geography
Mr. Wilson - Marching band & history
Ms. Breyfogel - Pub. Speaking
Ms. H. McCullough - Drama & English
Mr. Pittinger - Math
Ms. Norton
Ms. M. L. Scott
Mr. Settlemeyer
Mr. Huffine - Football coach;
Dr. Frederick Stock - famous band leader (2/14/64)
Mr. Easton - Track Coach
Ms. Crystal Reeder - Biology

Here is a web page for Hammond High School Class of 1959. It is located at:

courtesy: Richard Barnes - class of '59

You will see several references to Shep but check out the button for "Hammond"... There are a lot of picture postcards complete with personal stories about each. If you go to Goldblatt's, you'll see a historical progression of Lion Dept Store, then Kaufman & Wolff, then Goldblatts.

If you check out "LUNCH" you'll see a spot about the Red Rooster. Actually, one of our classmates' father owned the Red Rooster and is putting together some photos, etc., so we can expand that page, too.


Goodman Theater School - Chicago

Another rumor about his schooling is that he attended Goodman Theater School in Chicago. According to American National Biography: "Following the war, he lived in Chicago, where he studied acting at the Goodman Theatre School on the GI Bill. He also attended Indiana University, but he left without completing a degree." Several other 'biographies' echo this, but there is no solid evidence that he ever attended Goodman's. Shep's former wife, Lois Nettleton, in an interview with author Eugene B. Bergmann said she doubted he ever worked with the Goodman Theater.

University of Maryland

It is possible that he may have attended this school sometime around 1948. According to "The Biographical Encyclopedia of American Radio" and "Contemporary Authors Online" he attended in 1948. During this period he had left WSAI in January 1948 and was unaccounted for until March 1948 when he joined WCKY.

Indiana University

It is unclear if he attended the University prior to his Army stint, however, the University seems to confirm he attended there from 1949-50 in the bio provided during the awarding of his Doctorate in 1995. "He returned to his native soil to study engineering and psychology at the Indiana University Calumet Center in 1949 and 1950."

Seeming to confirm this: "After the war, on the GI Bill, he studied acting at the Goodman Theater School in Chicago and engineering and psychology at Indiana University. In 1949 he left Indiana University, without a degree, to take a job at radio station WSAI in Cincinnati, Ohio." - Current Biography Yearbook 1984

"Prior to World War II, while attending Indiana University, I jobbed around my native heath accompanied by a somewhat eroded bass fiddle which provided a means of attaining social success as well as tuition. After a three-year stint in the Signal Corps where I was kept in the lowly rank of corporal by jealous commanding officers, I was discharged by a grateful country and was free again to plague entertainment-loving radio listeners." - Audio Magazine - March 1956)