Wow! There’s nothing else like High School!
And to add to the shock of high school social dynamics for a shy boy, we moved from a small town to what seemed like a big city at that time, from El Dorado, AR to Tulsa, OK and I’m beginning the 10th Grade at Will Rogers High School, named after the humorist, actor, cowboy, writer, congressman and Cherokee citizen from nearby Claremore, OK – the world famous Will Rogers.
There were more kids in my sophomore class than the whole high school back in El Dorado! It was like I changed from a middle-sized fish in a small pond to a little fish in a big pond! So, let’s just jump into life! 🙂
– My Senior Picture at right, 1958.
- Will Rogers Medical Club Charter Member and Officer all 3 years
- Summer Band Camp, Colorado 1956
- Citizenship Award 1958
- Active in Calvary Baptist Church & Youth for Christ
- Boy Scout Explorer Post 75
- Working at Sipes Supermarket
- 35 Year Class Reunion in 1993
Menu of My High School Experiences
- Will Rogers Medical Club, My Biggest Accomplishments & Pride
- 1956 – 10th Grader’s “Rocky Mountain High” (band camp) – A STORY Page
- 1957 – A Secret Discerned (my poem about a book read) – A STORY Page
- Not Among the Popular but I Receive The Citizenship Award 1958
- Most after-school time spent working as Sacker/Checker at Sipes Supermarket
- 1955-58 – Tulsa, OK Boy Scout Explorer Post 75 an auxiliary to school for me
- My two “Famous Classmates” – Anita Bryant & Bill Gates
- Never Totally Fitting In and Glad to Leave/Graduate
- The Big Decision About Which University
- Thoughts on that 35 Year Class Reunion
- Class of 1958 Website, which may be restricted to members only.
- 1958 Yearbook Online
- 1957 Yearbook Online
- 1956 Yearbook Online
Menu of Photo & Scrapbook Galleries
- Just Photos (many more photos in scrapbooks below)
- 57-58 Senior Year Scrapbook
- 56-57 Junior Year Scrapbook
- 55-56 Sophomore Year Scrapbook
- My 35 Year Class Reunion in 1993
Last Three Years of School Photos
Let’s face it. No kid in high school feels as though they fit in.~Stephen King
That senior ring insignia was the cattle brand that Will Rogers used on his ranch to identify his cows and other livestock. There were of course jokes about a “bent hairpin” and other things by students of other Tulsa high schools which then was only Central & Thomas Edison. I liked it and didn’t pay attention to the jokes or criticism.