Class of 1922
Vernald E. Horn
Royal Oak Mayor, 1949-1953
State Representative, 1954-1956
Royal Oak City Commissioner
Most Distinguished Citizen of Royal Oak, 1967
Inducted into Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame, 1996
Vernald E. Horn graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1922. After graduation he went into the construction business building houses in the Royal Oak area. Later he purchased and operated a gas station in downtown Royal Oak on Lafayette Avenue where the current bus depot is located.
Mr. Horn began his political career in 1941 when he won a seat on the Royal Oak City Commission. He held that position until he was elected Mayor of the city in 1949. He held that position until 1953. After a short time serving as Royal Oak's representative in the Michigan House of Representatives, he returned to his position as City Commissioner. His final tenure lasted ten years beginning in 1957.
Vern Horn was an active member of the community. He was a member of the Royal Oak Lion's Club for 40 years. In addition he was a member of the Elks Club (B.P.O.E.) and the Free Masons & Accepted Masons of Royal Oak Lodge 464 where he achieved life membership and reached the 42 degree level of achievement.
Vernald E. Horn was recognized as Royal Oak's Most Distinguished Citizen in 1967 and was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 1996