SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT: Merle & Helen Pipho, GSP Founders


With the Independence Day holiday last weekend came much celebration of our national history and the founding of our country. It seemed a good reminder to celebrate the history of German School Phoenix and its founders as well.

In 1970, Merle and Helen Pipho became members of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe after moving to Arizona from northeast Iowa. Merle grew up speaking German at home, so when church members expressed a desire to have their children learn German, the Piphos took the initiative and made that happen. That was 17 years ago, and since then over 500 students, both children and adults, have attended German classes presented by what is now named German School Phoenix.

Merle and Helen recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary, and this dynamic 90-year old duo shows no signs of slowing down. They’re still the first ones on site every Saturday morning to set up the classrooms and make sure everything is ready for classes to begin, and still play a key role in the administration of the school.   Their role in the school was recently recognized in an article in the King of Glory church bulletin that you can read here: http://www.kogaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/27-16-page/May-2015-10.jpg

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