Tuesday, September 2, 2014

1975-1976: LA Rams at QH, Winter Ball & the Rebels Gymnastics Team


The twelfth edition of the Cavalier mirrored the Bicentennial celebration that was taking place across the nation. A special 16-page "Salute To '76" section was included in the yearbook, which was printed on special parchment paper. In addition to patriotic entries and comparisons of QHHS to historically significant events, the section started off with a touching tribute to Mr. Simonds put together by the yearbook staff, including Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Wilson. The dedication reads:

"There are teachers that you come in contact with during your school years that become more than just instructors. They become people, and more importantly, friends. A few of these people inflict guidelines and morals subtley through teaching, so you accept them, growing not only in mind, but also in spirit.  Ira Simonds is one of these friends. 

Mr. Simonds came to Quartz Hill in 1968, with the vigor that new teachers possess. But instead of losing his interest in how he affected his students, his enthusiasm continued, contributing to the qualities that make him good. 

Devotion is a sort of love that Mr. Simonds shares. We appreciate him and his friendship, so these two pages are representative of our feelings, and are For You, Mr. Simonds."

The dedication accompanies photo highlights of Mr. Simonds' eight years at QHHS. 

Student Life

Homecoming Court 1975
The newest club to be formed on campus during the 75-76 school year was the Marathon Club, with a stated purpose "to promote marathoning, have a fellowship with other people usually of the same interest, and to have functions." They "participated in the Bakersfield Track Classic and the Palos Verdes Marathon because they were there!"

Homecoming Week included Fabulous 50's Day, Sports Day, Little Kids Day and Homecoming itself fell on Halloween, a day in which many students dressed the part.  The Homecoming Dance was held after the football game on that Friday night. Valerie Kusky was crowned Homecoming Queen 1975. 

QHHS Powderpuff 1975

Now in its third year, the annual Powderpuff game was played during A.V. Week. The first half was played during an assembly during they day, while the second half was played between the J.V. and Varsity football game later that night. The Junior Class came out victorious against the Seniors this year.

LA Rams play QHHS Faculty

Page 179 of the yearbook documents the arrival of the L.A. Rams on the QHHS campus as they took on a faculty basketball team for a fundraiser night. The Rams beat the Rebels by a margin of 20 points. 

This is the first year the title "Winter Ball" is used for the winter dance.  The dance had been called the "Christmas Dance" since its inception. This year's Winter Ball was held in the "boys gym" and co-sponsored by Key Club and Z-Club. Julie Smith was crowned Queen and Kris Wagerle was crowned King. 


Wrestling continued their champion reign with a 21-6 record and their 6th consecutive Golden League Championship. 

The Swim Team, nicknamed the Rebfins and Aquarebs in the yearbook, tied for 1st place with Victor Valley. 

Included for the first time in the yearbook is the Girls' Gymnastics Team, coached by Genie Drake. They performed consistently to their level of excellence on the beam, the bars, the horse, and the floor. 

1975 QHHS Football Score Board
The message from first year QHHS Principal Dr. Dale Johnson highlights the fact that the "girls gymnasium" (today, the small gym), auto shop and special education classrooms were completed during this school year and plans were underway to complete the stadium. 

The original QHHS marquee
Football Run-Through
1976 QHHS Prom Queen Stacy Sullivan
1975-76 QHHS Ubiquity Staff and advisor, Mr. DuPratt hanging out.
1976 Cavalier Yearbook Staff opening pages of the book.
1976 Cavalier Yearbook Staff closing pages of the book.

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