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(NBC) - A high school yearbook full of inspirational quotes seemed like a great idea, but it turned into a controversial one for Pennsylvania's Easton High School.

Seniors picking up their copies of the Rechauffe yearbook noticed one quotation that shouldn't have made the cut. The dubious quote landed on page 190 alongside gems from coaches Vince Lombardi and Jim Valvano.

The page reads: "And in the last analysis, success is what mattered, Adolf Hitler." School officials and some students doubted that someone with a Neo-Nazi agenda added the quote intentionally but rather the yearbook committee made an oversight.

"I looked at it as an error -- as an oversight," said 11th and 12th grade principal Mike Koch. "It wasn't intended to be malicious. We pride ourselves on diversity at Easton High School and it was one thing that just simply slipped by."

With 288 pages and two to three quotes a page, Koch says the student yearbook staff saw the quote but didn't notice the author until it was too late.

"I'm not thinking like somebody's trying to punk the yearbook," Koch said.

This is isn't the first time a yearbook controversy has plagued Easton. Seven years ago a racial epithet was spelled backwards under the picture of an African-American athlete in the yearbook.

This time students are leaning towards sloppy editing rather than intentional bigotry.

"I don't think anyone would put Adolf Hitler in there on purpose in a yearbook," Alex Rubino said.

"Our diversity is very strong so I believe it was just a mistake," Christian Bardales said.

The message from school officials is that tolerance is taught in Easton High School and that one quote can't derail that message.

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