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BUT... Our stories are from 1965 to 19681966-1967 Pine Needle Staff: members from our classCo-Editors… Joan PetersonAssistant Editors… Ned LeonardAdvisor… Dr. E. L. Kaufman1967-1968 Pine Needle Staff: members from our classCo-Editors… Norton Lawellin, Carol LarsonAssistant Editors… Jim Munro, Wes Daughenbaugh,Sports Editor… Rob MechaleyAssistants… Bill StevensFeature Editor… Pat FeehanAssistants… Phil Carley, Dave RoweStaff… Sherri Fattig, George Fisher, Terri Pelkey, Jane Turner, John TurnerAdviser… Miss Dorothea Edgington(COST: Fifteen cents per issue, or seventy-five cents per semester.)
Arrival of Twirp Season Means End To annoying Male Pests, Noisy Phones(by Joan Peterson) Attention all girls!! Twirp Season is here and now we can sit back and take a breather from all the boys pounding down our doors. Do you realize the constant jingling of the phone will be silent for one whole month!! No more boys begging to carry our books or coming over to help us study at night. There won’t be any of those nightly cokes to put up with or noontime lunches to endure. Ah yes, the life of luxury at last. We can watch all the good television we’ve been missing and catch up on all the needed sleep. But who are we kidding? Here’s the chance to call a boy we think is special and ask him out. We have a good excuse for taking the car now and meeting his parents might be fun. When it comes to his coat make sure the sleeves are inside out so he has to struggle to get it on. And when it comes to holding doors, what bliss!! Make sure you do something nice like shut the door when he’s halfway in the car. Then comes the gruesome part- you have to explain to him that covering his eyes and hanging on to the door when going around corners makes you unduly nervous. This usually causes a slight panic on his part. If he offers to drive remember he is only trying to be polite, so tell him politely NO!! Money may be a factor in the goings on, but don’t worry if he hints around that he is hungry. Take him home immediately. Mark sure you walk him to the door and give his hand a hearty shake. Tell him you had a wonderful time and if he doesn’t answer, don’t worry. He’s just very shy. By the way, while saying good night, why don’t you ask him out for the next weekend if you want to see a grown boy faint? If he mutters something about going to Alaska, tell him you will call him in the middle of the week and then he can give his answer. Then help him into the house. Hope you boys enjoy Twirp Season as much as the girls do!!
Christmas Spirit Prevails in High School Halls Decorations, programs, music and brightly lighted trees are evidence of the approaching holidays as the Christmas spirit invades the high school halls. The first indication of the nearing season was the decorating of the outside of the school building. A large blue globe with the theme “Peace On Earth,” written in sixteen foot letters was placed over the main entrance. Stars and candles were fastened to the windows, and the nativity scene, which includes the shepherds, kings, angels, and the Holy Family, was set up by vocational agriculture students and the maintenance workers. To put the students in a holiday mood Christmas carols are played over a loud speaker outside the main building and tall trees arrayed with bright lights and ornaments may be found in the main lobby and in some classrooms. As Christmas nears, the number of programs and parties increases. Dramatics, orchestra and choir departments presented the annual Christmas concert December 20 for two student assemblies. The L & L Club and the Future Secretaries were among the clubs that held special parties for their members. The Future Teachers of America gave a Christmas party for the underprivileged children at the community center last week. In the true spirit of the season Key Club collected food for the Mother Butler Center and the Salvation Army to be distributed to needy families. In order to gather more canned goods the club sponsored a dance where students brought a can of food for admission.
Cobbler Capers Preparing for Shows Dec 15-17 Cobbler Capers, the annual variety show, will be held December 15, 16 and 17 at 8 pm in the auditorium. More than 40 acts auditioned before Hosie Main, orchestra director, and James Yarrington, varsity band director, when tryouts were held November 28, 29 and 30. Those students wishing to be masters of ceremonies were asked to watch all of the tryouts and prepare introductions to various acts. The show is expected to be two hours long in length and include comedy, dancing, and vocal instrumental acts. Trying out for Cobbler Capers were a roller-skating dancer, a choral reading group, the “pink panther,” a ballerina, tumblers, mimic pantomimists, pantomimists, pianists and organists. The “Bloomer Girls,” the Cobbler Coeds, a dramatic monologue, jazz dancing, a double flute concerto, a trumpet solo, a cello duet and dance routines also auditioned. Several comedy skits, vocal solos, modern bands, and folk singing groups also performed. The show is under the direction of Mrs. Evelyn Lee, dramatics teacher, and Mr. Yarrington. James Williams will supervise construction of the sets.
Rochester Spends Summer Studying Mexican Culture by Ned Leonard If an American jazz buff can spend a summer in Mexico what will he do? Will he participate in the swinging night life in ultramodern Mexico City? Will he sun himself in Acapulco or watch the famous Mexican cliff divers? This summer Gregg Rochester, junior, had an opportunity to spend his summer in Mexico, but he did very little of the above. His reason for traveling to Mexico was to investigate a culture that was different than his own. He accomplished this by attending the Instituto de Allende and studying Mexican history, silver working, ceramics and writing. Wanting to improve his ability on the guitar he studied classical and Flamenco guitar at the Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez. For all of this he earned college credits, but as the saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” So Gregg, his mother and two brothers Jon and Paul, John Soderquist, and Linda Oberlander did things like attending festivals and bull fights. Cuernavaca, Acapulco, Mexico City, Guanajuato, and Patzcuaro were among the cities they visited. But San Miguel de Allende was where the Rochesters spent most of their time. San Miguel was a town of approximately 10,000 people and is considered a national shrine because of the huge Gothic cathedral located there. “The form of dating in Mexico was kind of interesting.” Chuckled Gregg. “The first time you take out a girl, you take her mother with you. After that you take along a little brother or sister.” Greg found that the general American impression of Mexico is false. It is not one massive desert as some assume. It is composed of deserts, valleys and snow capped mountains, all in varied climates. Gregg has been back in Rapid City for nine weeks and he says he still misses Mexico because he found the people and country friendly. He is making tentative plans to return to Mexico and attend the University of Mexico City. From Web... (Story shortened for our website)
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. From Web... (The old Washington and Coolidge buildings were victims of fire and demotition in 1970... information taken from our RCHS History #1 tab)
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..
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.
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.
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)
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.)
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.From Web... (I do think the writer left out Karen and Sharon Berg, sophomores, when talking about identical twins.)
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...)
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!)
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.
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.
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!)