The Clinton High School Student Council has selected former physics teacher Wayne Guntzel as this year’s Grand Marshal for the homecoming parade.

“After having spent more than half my life at Clinton High School, it gets in your blood,” Guntzel said. “I’m honored to represent it in this capacity.”

Guntzel retired this spring after teaching at Clinton High for 33 years. He started at the school in 1974 teaching life science, and over the years served the school in several capacities, including science club advisor, Amnesty International advisor, and senior class advisor.

“Teaching can be a very amazing thing,” Guntzel said. “And Clinton High School is an amazing place to be. Great staff, excellent students. I’ve seen a lot of different schools, and I like Clinton High.”

Guntzel is grateful to have been selected by his former students, and looks forward to celebrating the past during this 84th annual homecoming.

“One of the things about Clinton High that strikes me is the history,” Guntzel said. “It began as an entity in 1871, so it goes way back. A lot of the things we do at the (homecoming) ceremony connect back with that history.”

Guntzel will ride in the annual homecoming parade, and crown the queen during the school’s coronation ceremony.

“Homecoming is a time for people to reconnect with Clinton High School,” Guntzel said. “There’s a community emphasis.”

Guntzel misses his work, but has enjoyed these past few months of retirement, spending his time canoeing, bicycling and cooking dinner for his wife, Diane, who still works as a teacher at Eagle Heights Elementary.

Guntzel has also been working to gather an extensive collection of homecoming buttons from years past, and would like to create a display to give back to the school.

“I’d like to put the word out to the community that, if they have any old homecoming buttons, especially from the 50s and 60s, I’d love to accept donations,” Guntzel said.

The retired teacher is proud of his former school, and looks forward to this year’s events.

“Overall, it’s just a week to be proud of being a River King or Queen, and have a little fun,” Guntzel said. “It’s an honor to be selected by the students.”