Graduation 1959
June 1959
   
  Newport News High School, Newport News, Virginia
1957 Anchor, p.4
05/20/04
 

 

 

Class Motto: "."
(Mary Beth Olson, Motto Committee Head)

Class Colors: Blue and White
(Louise Powell, Color Committee Head)

Class Flower:
(Sandra Nesbitt, Flower Committee Head)

Class Sponsors: Mrs. Margaret Farrar Baab and Mr. Charles W. Nuttycombe

           

       
 
 

Faculty: Mrs. Jean Woolwine Clift, Mrs. Garland January Conn, and Mrs. Phoebe Bobbitt Hoyle

Whit Hancock, Aretie Gallins, Nancy Oldfield, and Harry Conn

Courtesy of Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 11/30/05
Thanks, Aretie!

 
..... there was a link to NNHS. Well, that one did it, Carol. Thatís where I stopped. Having attended many high school
graduations as an assistant principal, I recognized the introduction to Pomp and Circumstance right away. I sat and
listened while I looked at the images of our old high school. As the introduction gave way to the familiar strains

at which the graduates begin their procession, I was awash in memories. I went back years in my mind and
saw the Class of
 
Ď59 lined up in the hall outside the auditorium. And there was Dorothy Crane, the drama
teacher,
making sure that we were all in step. She stood in the hall by the entrance to the auditorium,
sweeping her hand in a huge arc
to keep us in step as she called out, left, right, left, right her voice
emphasizing the word left,
to make sure we all stepped forward at the same time on the correct foot. The effect
was that as the line moved up the ramp into the auditorium and down the incline to our seats, every single
tassel swayed in the same direction at the same time.
We all swayed gently to the left, then gently to the right.
Not being especially graceful nor having a good sense of rhythm, I had to watch the student in front of me. I
kept my eyes on that foot in front of me to make sure I was putting the same one forward at the same time!
When I got to my seat on the stage, I could finally
relax. From the vantage point of the stage, I could see the
rest of my classmates marching in. What an
awesome sight to behold, the line moving in perfect step and I can
tell you that it was never as magnificent, as awesome a sight at any other high school graduation that I attended,
and I attended a lot of them.
  Miss Crane also made sure that we had our graduation caps on our heads exactly
right. The front down over the forehead just so with the mortar board perfectly parallel to the ground.
And the
music, the NNHS band, with
Mr. Wilsonís baton, playing that magnificent
Pomp and Circumstance. The music
on the NNHS link brought it all back to me, as if it were yesterday. Thanks for the
memories.

- Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 03/24/05
Thanks, Aretie!

 
           
 

Graduation Day


- Joe Sherman / Noel Sherman, 1956

(Beach Boys version recorded 05/05/65)


There's a time a for joy
A time for tears
A time we'll treasure through the years
We'll remember always
Graduation day

At the senior prom
We danced 'til three
And there you gave your heart to me
We'll remember always
Graduation day

Though we leave in sorrow
All the joys we've known
We can face tomorrow
Knowing we'll never walk alone
When the ivy walls
Are far behind
No matter where our paths may wind
We'll remember always
Graduation day
We'll remember always
Graduation day


(This page was created on 07/20/06.)


"Graduation Day" mid courtesy of http://www.sunncity.com/music/search.asp?artist=Beach%20Boys
located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/20/06
Thanks so much, Dave!

"Graduation Day" version tabulated by James Ouzts available at
http://www.volcano.net/~jackmearl/songs/gsongs/graduation_day.html - 12/02/03

"Graduation Day" lyrics courtesy of http://www.webfitz.com/lyrics/Lyrics/1956/861956.html - 12/02/03

Graduation clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/graduation/default.htm - 07/20/06

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