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THE CLASS OF '50 REMINISCES
HHS Alumni News — Posted 2006 August 28

Compiled by
Doris Kimery Montgomery,
HHS class of 1950

When we entered HHS as “green freshmen” in the fall of 1946, sixty years ago, we could not have imagined the changes and events that would take place during the four years that lay before us. We had just come through four years of war with scarcity and rationing. This had influenced how those before us had been made do with very little as far as extra curricular activities in school went.

We were to see for the first time in probably fifteen years, a HHS football team. What a treat it was to be excused on Friday afternoons to see a game played on the baseball field. The senior class compiled most of the first team. That was no surprise as there were no less than 12 to 15 senior boys standing 6 feet tall. The first night games were to be during our junior year when floodlights had been installed the previous summer for baseball games. Then in our senior year, for the first time, we were favored to win over Cabool, which was always the “big game.” That year the Houston Tigers placed third in the conference in the football ratings, with only Mtn. Grove and Rolla above us, and we nearly tied with Rolla for second.

Our senior year was a great one for the Tiger's basketball team. Their first SCA contest sent Cabool home with a loss of 44 to 19. The Tigers had just come back from winning the SCA crown from the previous season. The high scorers for most of the 49-50 season were Don Brooks and Lloyd Elmore, each scoring in the mid teens most games.

It was our senior year when the Houston Herald printed, “Houston's new hot lunch program swings into operation this week.” Now we had a choice of bringing our lunch, going to Bandy's or trying out the food at the cafeteria with menus printed in the above mentioned article as follows: Chicken pie with mashed potato topping, sliced tomatoes, cold slaw, enriched bread, butter or fortified margarine, honey oatmeal cookie, half pint of milk. Of course there was always the occasional lunch consisting of a coke and candy bar from “Blank's” or Herron's. Those were the days before closed lunch hours. Many will remember how fast word spread when in 1947, it was reported that Bandy's had HERSHEY BARS, the first since the shortage during WWII.

Little did we know when Mr. John Klein was our band instructor in 1947-1948 that we would later see him on TV as the drummer in the famous Lawrence Welk band. We were to play for the dedication of the new International Shoe plant building as well as other events in the community. Pat King, a HHS alumnus, was our next band director. She formed a marching band with new uniforms. The white pants with red stripe and red flight jackets were pretty sharp. Miss King also formed the drum and bugle corps. Many have memories of where and when we marched, such as the Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) parade in Rolla on Nov. 11, 1948 when it was so cold. By our senior year the Drum Corps had new uniforms of white blouses with white and red skirts, replacing the longer white pleated skirts and white sweaters. Many remember marching in the Christmas parade in Springfield when Mr. Emmett Davis was the director.

Who could forget the success the mixed chorus had when in 1948, Mr. Doyle McKinney, another HHS alumnus, led us from district wins to state competition singing the powerful “Battle Hymn of the Republic?” Of course many were proud we had known him, when Mr. McKinney made such strides in his education career in music and drama.

Were we glad when the old wooden “cubby holes” were replaced with brand new metal lockers with combination locks. Most of us kept the same locker mate the rest of our school years.

Remembering graduation gives us thoughts of lightness and hope. Hope for a future we would control and hope for a time of filling our lives with a career and family. This was not to be for many of us. Within months of graduation, our country was engaged in a “Police Action” that brought about the military draft. Soon many of our classmates were inducted or enlisted into some branch of military service. They went and served proudly and one of our own gave his life in the Koran Conflict. We honor PFC Faye N.Kell (1930-1952).

So many memories of friends and happenings, so easy to recall.