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 2004-2008, Catalina High School Class of 1959, All rights reserved.
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BULLETIN BOARD: LATEST NEWS & SITE UPDATES
CLASSMATE MARY GLIDEWELL WRITES US FOR THE FIRST TIME: HER PAGE GARY BOLING FROM OUR CLASS PASSES AWAY APRIL 15. IN MEMORIAM CLASSMATE BILLY RAYMOND ZIMMERMAN DIES AT 77: IN MEMORIAM CHS 59ER GENE CAYWOOD ON TV WITH HIS TRANSPORT MUSEUM: HERE 60th CHS ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND, A GOOD TIME HAD BY ALL: NEWS CLASSMATE JIM BRISCOE STILL GOING STRONG-STAR FRONT PAGE: LOOK CLASSMATE RAYMOND LEE SMITH WRITES FOR FIRST TIME; HIS PAGE HERE CHEMISTRY TEACHER EDWARD KUHN PASSES AWAY AT 92: OBITUARY P.E. TEACHER MARY HINES STILL WINNING GOLD MEDALS AT 87: STORY CLASSMATE BOB LIPPERT PASSES AWAY IN NEVADA: IN MEMORIAM TEE TAYLOR TALKS ABOUT SKYDIVING ON TUCSON NPR RADIO: HERE MERLYN BEE, CHS 1959 GRADUATE, PASSES AWAY: IN MEMORIAM CLASSMATE MYNA MEISSNER STROTH LOSES BATTLE TO ALS: OBITUARY JEANNE WEBB BOURKE LOSES LONG BATTLE TO CANCER: OBITUARY "A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL" AT 55TH REUNION...SEE PHOTOS HERE
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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SEE A SLIDE SHOW OF THE 55TH GATHERING
COUNTDOWN TO THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR GRADUATION, JUNE 5TH, 2019.
IS THERE A REUNION IN THE OFFING? STAY TUNED!
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