Stories... The Pine Needle

The Pine Needle is the offical newspaper of the Rapid City High School Cobblers!

Things have changed over the years! The school's Pine Needle Newspaper is now on-line and includes the Pine Needle Magazine. This addition is a cultural journal which adds essays, features, fiction and commentary inserts that go beyond the typical high school newspaper.

    BUT... Our stories are from 1965 to 1968
1966-1967 Pine Needle Staff: members from our class
Co-Editors… Joan Peterson
Assistant Editors… Ned Leonard
Advisor… Dr. E. L. Kaufman
1967-1968 Pine Needle Staff: members from our class
Co-Editors… Norton Lawellin, Carol Larson
Assistant Editors… Jim Munro, Wes Daughenbaugh,
Sports Editor… Rob Mechaley
Assistants… Bill Stevens
Feature Editor… Pat Feehan
Assistants… Phil Carley, Dave Rowe
Staff… Sherri Fattig, George Fisher, Terri Pelkey, Jane Turner, John Turner
Adviser… Miss Dorothea Edgington
(COST: Fifteen cents per issue, or seventy-five cents per semester.)

October 13, 1966

Historical College Building Now Doomed to Destruction
     For fifty years the Coolidge building has been a part of Rapid City High School.  Now the building, due in part to the suggestion from the representatives for the Perkins and Will architectural firm in Chicago, is going to be torn down.
     Two of the architects, Dave Pyle and Robert Little, explained that it would be cheaper to destroy and rebuild than to modernize the present structure. Although an exact date has not been set, it will be sometime after the new school is completed.
     The Coolidge building was constructed after a fire totally destroyed the old high school and damaged parts of the new high school in 1917.  The blaze destroyed the school‘s records and cost the citizens of Rapid City more than $100,000 to repair and replace.  However, as a result the Coolidge building was built.  It was placed on the spot where the old high school used to stand.
     In 1927 President Calvin Coolidge visited the Black Hills.  He used the Game Lodge in Custer State Park as the summer capital and Coolidge‘s office was located in what is now known as the Coolidge building.
     President Coolidge's former office is now 19-c, the room presently used by Charles Parrot.  Other teachers who used the room before the floor was recovered showed visitors the hole in the floor where Coolidge's private phone line went through.  It was either from here or from the front steps that President Coolidge issued the now famous statement,  "I do not choose to run."
     The building received its present name in 1929 in honor of the President who used it as his summer capitol. (The old Washington and Coolidge buildings were victims of fire and demotition in 1970...  information taken from our RCHS History #1 tab)

September 22, 1966

Jaycees Sponsor RC Band Festival
     Paul Yoder, famous composer and arranger from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, served as the guest conductor at the First Annual Rapid City Band Festival held here June 11, sponsored by the Rapid City Jaycees.
     Fifteen bands and their directors from Iowa, Nevada, Minnesota, Colorado and South Dakota participated.  Twelve of the bands were also accompanied by their queens, each of whom competed for the title of queen of the festival.  The title was won by Dyanne Barnes from Ely, Nevada.  Janice Dittman served as the offical queen hostess.
     Announcement of the band festival queen and the massed band finale ended the day which was directed by Ron Stephenson, general chairman, and Darwin Jensen, co-ordinating chairman.
     The program for the bands also included impromptu concerts, a parade, marching band demonstrations and a special lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore.  Rapid City band members served as guides for the visiting bands..

September 22, 1966

Student Council Officers
     The 1966 student council officers pictured are Vicki Steelman, secretary; Steve Flagg, treasurer; Dick Dingle, president and not pictured is Doug Browder, vice president.

September 22, 1966

Activity Tickets
     Would you like to save over $19.00 and have fun doing it?  That is exactly what you accompish by purchasing a student activity ticket.
     The tickets sell for $6.00 and are worth $25.20 in admissions and publications.  They admit a student to five football games, nine basketball games, three plays, three concerts, and four wrestling matches.  In addition, the student receives 18 copies of the Pine Needle and $1.50 towards the purchase of the Pine Cone.
     "We sold 1,750 activity tickets last year.  We hope to do better this year."  William A. Mitchell, director of student activities, stated. The tickets may be purchased at the student activities office room 108.

May 19, 1966

Red Bow Appears In Movie, Tours Japan For Premiere
    “Battlefield” may be better known in the halls of Rapid High as “Buddy,” but his real name is Richard Red Bow, and he’s had the unique experience of appearing in a movie.
     “STAGECOACH” partly filmed in Colorado last summer, had its premiere opening in Tokyo, and Richard was part of a Twentieth-Century Fox “celebrity caravan” that spent two weeks touring Japan.
     Richard's role in “Stagecoach” was to fall off a horse while attacking a wagon train.  This proved to be a little harder on him though, for besides showing the movie and making public appearances, the caravan did five television shows, and averaged two or three performances a day.
     “We were always in a rush… perform, eat, sleep, and start over again, but it really was fun and I even got to meet some geishas,” Richard commented.
     Geishas, Richard explained, are highly educated and “really charming” girls and women who often spoke better English the he did!  “Some of our American girls,” he hinted, “could take a lesson from geishas, they aren’t afraid of hard work.
    Performing for handicapped children was also part of the tour.
     “It was really heartbreaking to see all those little kids trying to standup or wave,” Richard said. “but they were so happy to see us.”
     He concluded that the trip was “one of the most worthwhile and meaningful experiences of my summer… and the show may go to Europe this summer”
From Web... (I decided to use this story because so many of us did not know about him and there was a article about him in our Pine Needle)

May 5, 1966

Computer Will Make Planning, Scheduling, Processing Easier
     Enjoying the advantages of technical scientific advancements, students next year will be scheduled and "evaluated" gradewise by computer programming.
Scheduling will be handled by General Electric Company, Chicago, while the First National Bank of the Black Hills will take charge of the grade processing operation.
     According to principal Donald Varcoe, scheduling will be done by use of numbers with each student being represented with a computer card.  Each course, on a list "fed" to the computer, is given a number and the computer totals up the number of students wishing to take each of the 150 to 160 courses offered.  It then works out the class distribution of students.
     "Probably the most significant characteristic of the computerized grade processing system," explained R. H. Brummer, First National representative, "is that each student will have only one report card for all his classes.  Each nine weeks the computer will print new cards on which it will put the current grades as well as past nine week grades.  Consequently, students will no longer be required to return report cards each nine weeks.
     Brummer continued that as an additional service the computer will print honor, failure, grade distribution and athletic eligibility lists.
     The facts, that the computer will print 1040 lines per minute and a ten inch reel of magnetic tape contains 15 million numbers, exemplify the complexity and intricacies of modern computers.  Readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmetic just aren't what they use to be... at least not at school!
(R. H. Brummer, First National Bank representative explains the new computer grade-processing system to Donald Varcoe, principal and Leslie Nadeau, counselor.  The machine behind them is what will be used for the work.)

April 21, 1966

Twins! Twins! Twins! Juniors Comprise Five out of Ten Sets
     Juniors lead the list with five sets of twins. Two sets of these are boy-girl combinations.  They are Darlene and Darrell Ennen, and Curtis and Twila Sandine.  Two sets of girl twins are Karen and Sharon Charltron, and Fay and Kay Hershly.  One set of boy twins is Ronald and Donald Buck.
     Sophomores have four sets of twins to their credit.  One boy-girl set is Dennis and Deneice Walz.  One set of boy twins is John and and Robert Snyder, two sets of girl twins are Karen and Sharon Berg, and Beverly and Barbara Bridge.
     Seniors trail with only one set of twins, Joanne and Jeanette Davies.
     Of these ten sets of twins there are three sets of identical twins, They are Ronald and Donald Buck, and Kay and Fay Hershly, juniors, and Joanne and Jeanette Davies, seniors.
     Now with ten sets of twins going to school here, one might wonder if there are any triplets in school. It might just be something to look into.
(I do think the writer left out Karen and Sharon Berg, sophomores, when talking about identical twins.)

March 31, 1966

Boy's Fashions Change Plaids to Dots, Paisley
    Been seeing dots lately?  Well, don't feel bad, other people have been seeing them too, mainly in the form of some rather wild dot patterns on boys’ shirts.  Have you seen the black-and-white one that's been floating around?  It's...interesting!
     Boys, it seems, are becoming rapidly aware of the variety of styles now available. Bell bottom, the latest rage amoung female circles, are now being discovered by the boys.

     Conservative (???) plaids and Madras patterns are giving way to the "in" chaos of paisley and polka dots and other syles that take courage and individualism to wear.  (Maybe boys will consider going back to long underwear now that girls have donned "granny" dresses...)

March 17, 1966

Students Rejoice As School Closes
     "No school??!!  Wheeee!!""
     This seemed to express local sentiment among students March 3 and 4 when all Rapid City schools were officially closed because of the blizzard.
     Several inches of new snow and winds up to 40 miles per hour late Wednesday night and Thursday morning prompted authorities to close school.  By Thursday night gusts up to 70 miles per hour were not uncommon, and Friday morning revealed king-sized drifts and whirls of snow everywhere.
     Two days of unexpected vacation sounded great-- rest, relaxation (nice word for loafing) -- until students discovered that boredom sets in rather quickly. An often heard statement when everyone returned to school the next Monday was "I couldn't go anywhere -- not even outside!! Or do anything -- not even drive!!"  The rumor is, though, that quite a few "bored" people spent the weekend shoveling snow.
     Teachers, it seems, also enjoyed the official closing of school doors -- the longest since a similar blizzard in 1949.  One commented, "I finally got those papers corrected!"  Some loafing probably went into operation among the teachers, too, though. 
From Web... (With the extreme cold and snow conditions we have had the past two months, this was a good story to pick!)

January 13, 1966

Twirp Season
     Twirp Season, January 17 to February 3, gives boys a chance to enjoy some relief from the financial strain of dating.
     During Twirp Season (the woman is requested to pay), the girls ask the boys on dates and are expected to pay for them.  They are also expected to perform other "Boy-type" jobs such as arrange the details of time, place and transportation.
     Sponsored by Student Council, the season is highlighted by the Twirp Dance, January 28.

January 13, 1966

First Pep Student of 1966 Represents Sophomore Class
     Smiling, blue-eyed, blonde Sandra Yeoman was chosen last week to represent the sophomore class as the first pep student for 1966.
     Noted for her hard working attitude, leadership and good personality, Sandra more than qualifies for the honor. 
     A member of the sophomore council and active in debate, Sandra also holds down positions in many extracurricular activities.  She belongs to the Jobs Daughters, her MYF church group and is also vice president of her "Y" organization.
     Sandra maintains a high scholastic average and her hobbies lean towards the athletic side with swimming and tennis, though she is also noted for playing piano.
     A pep student is chosen each month according to leadership, willingness to work, scholastic ability and personality.


A Christmas Gift... (Dec. 1965)

     When on November 23, the voters of Rapid City passed the school bond issue by an overwhelming majority, they were giving Rapid City students a Christmas present that will be around for a number of years.
     The new high school was approved by an 86.43% yes vote and modernization of the present school was approved by an even greater 88.04%. Both issues required a 60% yes vote to pass.
     Votes numbered 8,997 were cast on the issue of a new school, and 8,824 votes were cast on the renovation of the present facility. In comparison 9,467 voters went to the polls the week before to vote in the city mayor run-off.
     Students were able to assist in the passage of the school bond issue by talking to their parents and friends, by placing "Invest In Learning" stickers on their cars and by distributing handbills.  Monday night before the voting, students blanketed the town with handbills urging the citizens to "Vote Yes."
From Web... (I remember my father driving the car, while a friend and myself handed flyers door to door.  The reason I remember it so well is because I heard this dog barking and it sounded like it was coming after me. I was afraid the dog was going to bite me, but when I got to the car, my father was laughing!  I turned around and it was a tiny Chihuahua that knew he was only allowed to go to the edge of the yard!)

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