Vina F. Danks Honored at Ontario Museum of History
Vina F. Danks Honored at Ontario Museum of History and Art
Vina Danks was honored at the Ontario Museum of History and Art in a display at the Día de los Muertos: Seasons of Life. The display was designed by Vina Danks teacher Stephanie Hibbard and created by students from the Vina Danks Builders Club and teachers Caryn Sawyer and Patricia Cunningham.
Vina F. Danks was the first principal of Ontario Jr. High. She was a highly respected educator who dedicated her life to her profession and students. In 1938 Ontario experienced a major flood. Many students needed help getting home. Principal Danks assisted many in crossing the flooding. She took those who could not get home to her own home where she fed them and bedded them down for the night. Unfortunately, shortly after Vina Danks became ill and died of a heart attack. OMSD’s Vina Danks Middle School is named for this heroic educator.
The display also honored Georgia Graber of the Graber Olive House, Ontario’s oldest business; Charlotte Armstrong, namesake of Ontario’s official rose, and Faye Myers Dastrup Hamill, former Ontario City Council Woman.