by Lynell Garrett Smith
As late winter/early spring fell upon South Oak Cliff High, we Big Seniors were getting pretty excited. Most of us could not wait to get that prized diploma and get on with our lives. The big day was a few months away – but first there was plenty of business to take care of.
From Bear Tracks ‘63:
Mrs. Julia Dean Simmons announced that the Concert Choir would present Guys and Dolls at the Spring Spectacular in April. It was a lively show about a gambler who is reformed by his love for a Salvation Army girl. Ah, romance!
Janet Melaun won a first division award for solo performance in a citywide competition at Thomas Jefferson. Gaylan Williams and Ginger Hearn also vocalized beautifully. In addition to these three, the award-winning Madrigal Singers were Roddy Schoenfeldt, Kenneth Nance, Mike Richmond, Bill Palmer, Sheryl Clark, Charlotte Anders and Mary McCord.
The girls’ gym decorations for the upcoming 1963 ROTC ball caused Cdt. Col. Don Wells to exclaim, “This will be the loveliest and nicest ball in the history of SOC.” (He must have seen the glitter and crape paper stacked in the hall.)
Texas Education Week coincided with Student Science Fair, which meant that parents were invited to visit SOC during the daytime and see what we were up to. Uh-oh.
March 15 was designated Career Day. This rare chance to slack off classes for a morning additionally afforded an opportunity to hear from representatives of various careers. Gary Loftis did not need Career Day. He won an encyclopedia and a shot at a portable typewriter in an editorial contest. Runners-up were Jud Caldwell, Phyllis Isaacs, Ray James, Larry Pool and Nancy Taylor.
William Akins had a battery stolen from his car while it was parked on Michigan Street on Valentine’s Day.
Baseball season was about to open. Coach Hughes remarked, “Adamson will be the team to beat.”
A banquet honoring SOC athletes, band, Debs and majorettes featured chicken, baked potatoes and pie. It took place in the nicely decorated lunchroom and was a big success. A dance followed in the boys’ gym.
Cheerleader tryouts were set for late March. Senior cheerleaders Bob Chipman, Peaches Sweezy, Robert Baker and Mary McCord were about to graduate and needed replacing,
Gold and White Band members attended various clinics at sites around town, including the public library and KERA-TV. Using a new exercise method called isometric contraction, the football boys averaged adding ¼” to their biceps in only six weeks.
We were a busy group!