She also succeeded academically, becoming a National Honor Society member, joining a debating society, and being elected to student council and as the junior class vice president.
She later reflected on how influential Paul Carlson, her ninth-grade history teacher had been on her thinking about individualism and the rights of each person to determine their own fate, in the context of that era's anti-communism that was a large part of the agenda of the conservative wing of the Republican Party.
She also passed on her belief that gender was no barrier to any potential endeavor, and that it was right to expect, and fight for equal treatment as a right.
Her maternal great-grandparents, the Howells, were immigrants from England and settled in California.
Upon graduation, he found work as a travelling salesman of drapery fabrics through the upper-Midwest.
Extremely thrifty, he also taught his children to never waste even the smallest amount of anything from food to toothpaste.
Beyond what might be considered a traditional closeness with her mother, Hillary Clinton has described Dorothy Rodham as a crucial figure in life, not just a mentor and role model but one who had a story that sparked part of her lifelong mission on behalf of children's rights and protection.
He assumed responsibility for his younger brother, Russell, a former physician who suffered from mental depression.
Gruff, often highly critical of his children as a way to encourage their improvement in school grades and behavior, he taught Hillary the habits of hard work and study and that one had to earn success.
Were it not for the care, direction and attention from a neighborhood woman who Dorothy worked for as a "mother's helper," it is unlikely the young girl would have developed a sense of her own potential.