Dr. Walquist was the principal when I attended Bacchus Elementary (in Kearns),
and I've always remembered how great he was (I was 7 years old!). I
don't even remember what it was about him, but like many others have said,
I can't recall very many other principals through the years & he was
just so good with people. Random thoughts: I'm also LDS, and as
a kid, I remember my parents had to explain to me that when they said, "The
Prophet [Kimball or Benson] has asked us to [read our scriptures, etc.]",
the Prophet/President of the Church was not Dr. Walquist. Weirdly,
Dr. Walquist comes to my mind nearly every December on the last day of the
kids' school before Christmas - I can hear his voice over the intercom,
"Well, kids, it looks like it's going to be a White Christmas!" He did an awesome job, even after his demotion, even with the much
It seems that Dr. Walquist was at Kearns and Cottonwood at the height of their
success. Again, it's too bad that Granite District made such a poor
decision. I'm sure he did a stellar job at those elementary schools, but
let's face it, a high school principal has a much broader impact on more
people and the community at large.
I too had the great honor and privilege of attending a high school led by Dr.
Wahlquist. The year was 1967 and the school was Kearns High School. In my public
school experience I can’t recall a single Principal except Dr. Wahlquist.
He mingled with the students, helped the community establish an identity, and
treated young people like they were worthy of listening to. I too have never
drank coffee and practice the predominant faith in this community, but I
don’t believe what the Granite School District did was right, proper, or
fair-minded. To make a man as great as Dr. Wahlquist finish out his career in an
elementary school is a waste of his gift. He is a man that has a special way of
connecting with emerging adults and making them believe that anything is
possible. That is what he did for me and what he did for thousands of others.
I student taught at Cottonwood in 1973. I didn't have much interaction
with Dr. Wahlquist but I know the teachers in my department and the students
absolutely loved him. He did approve a field trip I requested. Pretty crazy
for a student teacher to get a field trip!!! I'm glad to see he is doing
I, too, taught under Dr. Wahlquist. He was one of the smartest men I've
ever known and truly loved the kids. He constantly encouraged us to find better
and more creative ways to reach our students. I hadn't realized
it was the coffee machine that caused his demise. I suspect that it was more a
matter of jealousy from the district officials. Cottonwood thrived as an
experimental school and had a wonderful staff. What wasn't mentioned was
that Dr. Wahlquist instituted the A/B schedule that almost all high schools are
And why did he install a coffee machine one may ask?It was intended to
keep the students on campus, reducing risk of accidents and preventing tardies
and skipped classes.I graduded in 1977, the last year Dr. W was at
Cottonwood. Good man. Glad to hear he is well.
I taught under Dr. Wahlquist. He was the finest principal I worked with; the
others were all time-servers. His dismissal was a disgrace and deprived Utah of
the services of one of the most talented and caring educators I have ever met.
I'm happy to hear he is still thriving.