Saturday, August 23, 2014

1966-1967: Finally A Full House


The third year for Quartz Hill High School finally saw a full school with four grade levels. Members of the Class of 1967 were looking forward to being the first graduating class, while the Class of 1970 had just arrived on campus as freshmen. The yearbook (co-editors-in-chief Pam Taylor and Kathy Bigelow)  lists 180 members in the first graduating class.  The total student population for the school this year was just under 800, a stark contrast to today's population of approximately 3,200.

The opening page of the yearbook declares "quartz hill high school is people..."

As we think back over the past 50 years of the school: the memories, the events, the classes...the good and the bad, we are reminded of the individuals we chose to associate with: friends, acquaintances, teachers, staff members. Our memories truly are about "people". 

Some Student Life highlights from QHHS year three are included here in photo form.

The Thespian Society, Troupe 1045 and Drama Club were an active part of not only the Quartz Hill High School campus, but also our local community.  They performed at other local high schools and elementary schools as well competitions around the state.

The Quartz Hill Band, led by original band director Mr. Giesler, doubled in size from year 2 to 3. They performed at local parades, QHHS athletic events, and numerous concerts both at school and around the Antelope Valley. 

Quartz Hill held its first Prom in 1967, and we get to see the candidates for junior-senior prom queen:

In athletics, teams were making progress becoming stronger forces within our community. The yearbook did a great job of providing some historical information related to scores, which follow. 

Early athletic photos, right, show the dirt track for our hurdle jumpers, and an unfinished baseball area, with a pile of dirt behind home plate. 

We see the QH/AV rivalry continue into its second year with shattering loss of 58-6, however the varsity football team finally saw their first wins on the field against Cabrillo and Kennedy High Schools.

Varsity Football scores, 1966 season.
A football banner lists players' names along with a Rebel
holding a bird, presumably a Falcon during a game against
Palmdale High School. 
Varsity Cross Country scores along with a photo of Coach Crimin with
runners Charlie Garcia and Tom Denison. 
Varsity Basketball scores. 
Varsity Wrestling scores.
Some other highlights from the 66-67 yearbook include a photo of the gym floor design, which has changed multiple times through the years. 

A glimpse at fashion pacesetters Roy Beyer and Kathy Preston, again the envy of today's Rebels because of the use of lockers. 

As the first graduating class of Quartz Hill High School, here is a photo of the original caps and gowns used for the graduation ceremony.  This looks like a sizing session that took place on order day. 

The tradition of a Principal's message continued in the third yearbook with another message from Principal Barnes who focuses a great deal on the first graduating class. 

Finally, we wrap-up today's entry with a look at the first set of Yearbook sponsorships. It's interesting to read through this list and see how the local business community has changed over the past half century.

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