Sunday, August 24, 2014

1967-1968: Year FORE!


Quartz Hill High School, year four, or is it FORE!?

Yearbook editor-in-chief: Mary Jane Almandoz

A beautiful view of the relatively new 200 Quad along with the wide open spaces of the center of campus with lush, green lawns and baby trees. 

The first Homecoming at QHHS. Queen & princesses
and halftime crowning of Queen Diane Humphrey.

The school celebrated its first Homecoming this year, following the graduation of its first graduating class last year. The yearbook details that the event began with a bonfire at QHHS (something that would never be allowed in today's safety-conscious world of academia), followed by the football halftime show at Mays Field over at AVHS.  

Diane Humphrey was crowned the first Homecoming Queen after a nomination by the Senior Homecoming Committee, then a vote by the football team. How times have changed. Today, any senior may choose to run for Homecoming Court, provided they are a member in good standing with any campus organization.  The senior class then votes for the court, followed by a second vote to determine the queen and king. 
Homecoming Bonfire, 1967.

The Rebels had another tough go of it for the year in football, ending the season 0-9.  However, the yearbook declares the team "the best Quartz Hill team that failed to get into the win column."

The founder of the Quartz Hill High School football program, Coach Shoemaker stepped down at the end of the season, ending his tenure as the Varsity head coach. 

Varsity Basketball (a boys-only sport in the 1960's) had a bit more successful year than football.  The yearbook declares this year "the most successful in the annals of Rebel loop history. It was a season that saw the Rebels win 12 games out of a 24 game schedule. They conquered some of the upper desert's finest teams including Palmdale, Kennedy, Burroughs, and Barstow."

Photos from the varsity games show a packed gym full of Rebel supporters. It would be amazing to see that kind of spectator support at our games reignited again during this anniversary year and beyond!

FORE! This photo of Bill Adams practicing his golf swing is included as a fantastic comparison of then and now. Can you figure out where Bill is standing? Answer will be at the end of today's blog entry!

In student activities, we see a vibrant FFA (Future Farmers of America) program active on campus. Activities in which members participated were numerous, but interestingly included barbecue and soil judging day & the planting of fruit trees and rose bushes in the new quad. 

The QHHS Band continued to dominate the world of music and community involvement, including participation in numerous parades: Barstow Mardi Gras Parade, Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade, Lancaster Christmas Parade, Palmdale Christmas Parade and the Quartz Hill Almond Blossom Festival Parade.  

This year's Sadie Hawkins dance, an annual event, was themed "Welcome to Dog Patch" and sponsored by the Drill Team.   In its traditional form, the girls asked the boys to the dance and then were "hitched" by the Honorable Marryin' Sam.

Other interesting tidbits from student activities, included the Student Council's enforcement of the new 17-day attendance policy. The school held its first carnival involving clubs, and the following new clubs were formed this year: CASO-Council of Affiliated Scholastical Organizations (a club that brought together academic clubs to recognize academic achievers on campus), AFS-American Field Service Club (to support foreign exchange students), French Club, and the first QHHS Literary Magazine. 

A small excerpt from the senior section shows the uniformity of senior photos.  Guys wore light colored jackets with a black bow tie and the ladies wore a light-colored fuzzy wrap. At some point, uniformity in senior photos stopped, but returned in the mid-90's and is still used today.

Hairstyles were, of course, AMAZING.

Finally, today's entry wraps-up with Year-4 Principal, Mr. Barnes' message from the yearbook, followed by the sponsorships, and first time advertisements included in the yearbook.  These ads helped make this yearbook bigger and better. And the yearbook staff raised over $1,000 "from generous businessmen in Quartz Hill, Lancaster, and Palmdale."

Bill Adams, practicing his golf swing, is standing on the southeast end of campus.  Today's students know the area as the 400 portables. In fact, he might be standing where room 454 or 455 stand today. 

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