Catalina High School, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Most of us started high school in the fall of 1955. But, not Catalina High. It was not opened until January, 1957. This new high school was considered so fancy and modern by the standards of the day that the press referred to it as "Disneyland."
We were the first true "Rock and Roll" generation. On our first day in class, the number one song in the nation was "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets. The stage play and movie Grease was about the class of '59.
There were no metal detectors. Most of us had never even seen a marijuana cigarette. The biggest discipline problems were getting the boys to wear belts and "public display of affection." Usually not much more than the holding of hands by couples "going steady."
Ike was president. There were 3 TV channels. 1 FM radio station, but nobody had an FM radio. In the fall of 1957, the giant "Shower of Stars" rock and roll show appeared in the CHS gym with Fats Domino, Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and many other future legends. Admission was $2.50.
This website is a place for us to remember those great days. A place to keep in touch with those who we share memories. And, to hear the stories of what we have done in the many years since graduation day, June 5, 1959.
It's a place to mourn our departed friends as well as our loss of innocence.
But, mostly it should be a celebration of thanks. That we all enjoyed the blessing of becoming adults in a very special time and place.
Classmates: Don't forget to submit an information form and tell us what you've been doing. We want to know! Click here and go to our Information Submission Page. It's easy, no muss; no fuss, and takes just a few minutes. And, while you're at it, send us any memory stuff. Attach it to your e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright 2004-2024, Catalina High School Class of 1959, All rights reserved.
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BULLETIN BOARD: LATEST NEWS & SITE UPDATES
JACK WALLACE PASSES AWAY, FIRST ZOOM RECORDS ARTIST: IN MEMORIAM 65TH CLASS REUNION SET, APRIL 16, 2024, TRIDENT GRILL, DETAILS HERE CLASSMATE ELLEN RILEY ROWE DIES IN PHOENIX, FEB, 2023: IN MEMORIAM SORRY TO REPORT DEATH OF "ANIMAL" BOB LAWRENCE IN 2021. OBIT 59ER MARY CRITCHELL CALANNI AND HER ANIMAL SANCTUARY: HERE CLASSMATE FRANCES ARCHER CUCUZZA PASSES AWAY IN CALIF 6/17: OBIT DOING BUSINESS ON THE MOON? YES! OUR FORD BURKHART REPORTS HERE IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR SITE WEBMASTER, PLEASE READ HERE CLASSMATE LARRY HESSICK PASSES AWAY IN TUCSON AUG. 5, 2022: IN MEM. PAM MORRIS SAMUELS ON KGUN-TV, CH. 9, "ABSOLUTELY ARIZONA" VIDEO JUDY MAYNARD LOWE, NEW INTERIM CEO-TUCSON REALTORS ASSN: VIDEO REPORT OF CLASSMATE/AUTHOR NEIL CARMONY DEATH IN 2021: IN MEM. MESSAGE FROM FORMER CLASSMATE, LEFT CHS IN '58, DOUG JONES: HERE GEORGIA HANSON LOVE PASSES AWAY IN TUCSON NOV. 10, 2021: OBIT CLASSMATE MARILYN NEUMER WHITE PASSES AWAY IN TUCSON: OBIT CHS HALL OF FAME ADDS THREE FROM CLASS OF 1959: PIC & STORY 59er HAL LANDON IN NEW 2021 TV SERIES "SIDE HUSTLE" SHOW PHOTO SORRY TO REPORT PASSING OF CLASSMATE CAROLYN STELL IN 2019 OBIT 59ER BETTY LOU DANDURAND JUNGER PASSES AWAY IN TUCSON: OBIT CAROLYN NIETHAMMER, FORD'S WIFE, PENS BOOK A DESERT FEAST: VIDEO CHS TEACHER, TRACK COACH GALE BELL PASSES AWAY AT 96 - OBITUARY 59ER ACTOR HAL LANDON JR. ENDS 40 YEAR RUN AS SCROOGE: LA TIMES DAVE GILES HONORED FOR FOUNDING INTERMOUNTAIN CENTERS: NEWS 15 YEARS! A MESSAGE FROM YOUR "HUMBLE" WEBMASTER; READ IT HERE QUENTIN BRYSON NAMED SOME TUCSON STREETS! STAR STORY HERE CHS 59ER GENE CAYWOOD ON TV WITH HIS TRANSPORT MUSEUM: HERE CLASSMATE JIM BRISCOE STILL GOING STRONG-STAR FRONT PAGE: LOOK TEE TAYLOR TALKS ABOUT SKYDIVING ON TUCSON NPR RADIO: HERE
DAVE GILES, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE INNOVATER: STORY RAY LINDSTROM IN AZ BROADCASTERS HALL OF FAME: VIDEO GENE CAYWOOD, MGR. OF HISTORIC BUS PROJECT: AZ STAR WEBSITE STATS, CIRCULATION, FOR 10 YEARS STATS 55 YEAR OLD HOME MOVIES OF CHS IN 1957: YOUTUBE
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