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.
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BULLETIN BOARD: LATEST NEWS & SITE UPDATES
REVISITING FORD BURKHART'S PERSONAL 911 ANNIVERSARY STORY HERE WE HEAR FROM CLASSMATE PAT ANDERSON FOR THE FIRST TIME: HER PAGE GREAT MEMORIES OF THE 50'S THANKS TO MARJORIE TENCH: HERE 59ER BETTY LOU DANDURAND JUNGER PASSES AWAY IN TUCSON: OBIT CLASSMATE GLENN CARLSON DIES OF HEART ATTACK NOV 30 : OBITUARY CHS 2020 HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCED, 3 MEMBERS OF '59 CLASS: AZ STAR CAROLYN NIETHAMMER, FORD'S WIFE, PENS BOOK A DESERT FEAST: VIDEO HAL LANDON JR. IN NEW "EXCELLENT ADVENTURE" MOVIE FOR 2020: IMDB CHS TEACHER, TRACK COACH GALE BELL PASSES AWAY AT 96 - OBITUARY BERT ROBERTS' BRILLIANT NEW APP FOR PERSONAL MEDICAL INFO: HERE SORRY, JUST LEARNED OF JUERGEN FOERSTNER PASSING IN 2018. OBIT 59ER ACTOR HAL LANDON JR. ENDS 40 YEAR RUN AS SCROOGE: LA TIMES OUR CLASSMATE SINGING STAR RON HEISS IS BACK IN THE STUDIO: LISTEN 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 P.E. TEACHER MARY HINES STILL WINNING GOLD MEDALS AT 87: STORY 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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