2019 Graduate of Distinction
Willard C. Doll
Class of 1953
After graduation from Lehighton High School, Mr. Doll enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served from 1953 to 1956, ascending to the rank of Sergeant. In 1959 his career took him to Levittown where he secured employment with the U.S. Steel Corporation, While there, he attended night school at Drexel University where he received an Associate Degree in Welding Engineering and Welding Metallurgy. He became welding supervisor for the U.S. Steel Corporation from 1965 to 1972.
In 1972 he took a job at the New Jersey Zinc Co. – Horsehead Corporation where he rose through the ranks to become Area Supervisor of Oxide West, General Foreman of the Shops, Superintendent of Shops, and finally Manager of all Shops and Services.
Mr. Doll was a founding member of the Lehighton Knee Hi Football Organization. He was the first coach of the Navy Team and is honored at the Wall of Honor at Baer Memorial Park.
Mr. Doll has also served on the Lehighton School Board of Education. He served from 1975 – 1977 and again from 1985 – 1993. In his 10 years on the Board, he served 4 terms as President and 3 terms as Vice President. Some notable decisions by the Board during this period were the closing of the old Ward Buildings and High School/Junior High School, the renovations and additions to the elementary schools, and the building of the present-day high school.