Friday, December 28, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Thursday, Oct. 31, 1974

Headlines:
'Count Draula' Strikes Tonight
Halloween Ushers In Chilling Play
Next Production, 'The Apple Tree'
Dracula: The Truth and The Legend
Not Too Late For Season Tickets...Buy and Save
Alumni Invaluable In First Production
JV Win Today - Will Bring Title
Meet the Cast: The David Squared, The Chicks, The Alumni, The Guitar Players
About Vampire and Things...




McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Monday, December 24, 2012

Student Life

The Black and Gold 1975


In Class, Out of Class and 'Just Hanging Around...

 At 8:00 in the morning, a bright yellow city bus stopped in front of McKinley and unloaded an assortment of students.


 Walking across the wet, dewy front lawn, these students had a few minutes to spare before the 8:15 morning class bell. Joining fellow classmates at a favorite hangout, they talked about many things and managed to compare homework notes or do some quick reviewing for an upcoming test. When the bell rang, they lingered for awhile making plans for later in the day, then departed for class in separate directions.


 Teachers patiently waited for their students, then read the morning bulletin which announced notices and the numerous events. During this time, students found out about meetings, class sponsored events, PSAT and SAT tests for the college bound, career sessions which covered various fields of professions, college and political speakers and assemblies that were to take place at specified times during the day. Excepting Wednesdays, class lasted for 106 minutes with a ten minute break in between, teacher permitting. (All six periods met on Wednesday with 45 minute periods.)


 Then, when a bell rang for the next class, students gathered their books and rushed way across campus, greeting friends along the way within the three short minutes of passing time. A few seconds after the passing bell, they slid into their empty seats, ready for more learning and homework. Students found it hard to concentrate as it neared lunchtime. The Daily Pinion gave them something to occupy their minds, making them aware of school and community happenings.


 The growing noises from within were soon satisfied after the 12:02 lunchbell. McKinleyites spent 42 minutes doing whatever they wanted. Usually, it was a 25 cent bargain lunch from the cafeteria or, if a friend had a car, it was off to a nearby sweetshop, drive-in or the well-frequented McDonald's for a change of pace. Afterwards, relaxing and fooling around with friends, studying, finishing a project in class, or a rousing pep rally complemented the lunch break.


 When that last class bell rang, a lazy, "not in the mood to study" student body returned to classrooms for more lessons. Then, the moment everyone had been waiting for--the 2:30 bell--end of school.


 There was always something to do after school--whether it was sports practice or a game, a driver education class, work, a club or council meeting, band, MTG, or choir rehearsal, an ROTC drill, ora hot crowded ride on the bus home.


 Thus, activities of all sorts combined with academic classes made up student life at McKinley.


McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1974

Headlines:
ROTC Improves Self-Control, Responsibility, Discipline
Homecoming Competitions Set For Student Time
Class of '75 Hopes To Capture Spirit Stick
Tigers Come From Behind to Overcome Cougars 14-7
First Place Cubs Defeat Cougars
McKinley's Pep Squad Visits Kaimuki's Homecoming Rally




McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017


Monday, December 17, 2012

Awards

The Black and Gold 1975



Community Service, Athletics, Academics, Leadership Gain Recognition

 Throughout the year, there were a few McKinleyites who were outstanding in their own ways.  This handful of students accomplished much in a special area--academics, athletics, community service of extra curricular activities. Because of their accomplishments, these scholarly achievers gained recognition in various fields.


 Based on their academic achievements, leadership and service to the community and school, nine students (seven seniors and two juniors) were nominated for Outstanding Teenager of American Awards. Two girls were honored when one was chosen to be a Junior Miss Semi-Finalist and the other a Miss Teenage Finalist.


 Also, National Merit Scholarship Letters of Commendation went out to five deserving seniors, a nominee was selected for the Presidential Classroom for Young Americans, and an Outstanding Cadet and Citizen of the Year was selected. A Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Award was presented to a McKinleyite while an Outstanding Staffer for the Publications department was recognized by the Hawaii Newspaper Agency.


 Stories and poems were selected from five students to be published in two national high school anthology and prose magazines, "Young America Speaks" and "Young America Sings." The Advertiser and Honolulu Star Bulletin recognized three football players on their All-Star teams and six other players on Honorable Mention teams. Among the Gold Key Winners in the National Scholastic Art Contest were seven McKinley students whose artworks were displayed at Ala Moana.


 Faculty teachers were not left out as the administration selected and acknowledged a distinguished teacher for the Teacher of the Year Award.


 Thus, achievements by teachers and students were recognized in different fields


McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1974

Headlines:
Tigers Prepare Homecoming Celebration
McKinley Displays Largest Group Of Performing Bands in State
Sophs Elect Two For Grievance Board
Science Teachers Sponsoring Camp




McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017


Monday, December 10, 2012

Socials

The Black and Gold 1975



From Friday the Thirteenth to 'Ugly Bug Ball' to 'Yesterday Once More'

 No school would be complete without a prom, banquet or dance to add to the ever growing treasured memories of McKinley. Each class had their own world of magic besides the social activities sponsored by the student council.


 "Friday the Thirteenth", the welcome dance sponsored by the student council got the year underway with everyone meeting and making friends. With the coming of "Our Winter World of Love" Winter Prom, Fall '74 was introduced to promote the prom. In addition to food, fashion and hairstyles, a dance was held afterwards in the gym to top the evening off.


 The nostalgic Ugly Bug Ball/Masquerade party was not too successful for the small crowd of juniors who attended. They made the most of the night in spite of this.


 1975 brought more elegant promenades dances and two class banquets. 


 Seniors relived "Yesterday Once More" with laughter, friends and a scavenger hunt at their banquet at the Ala Moana Hotel in early February. The following week, two dances took place in the cafeteria in conjunction with McKinley's Carnival. Posters urged the Sophomore Class to "save your lunch money" to pay for their exclusive banquet at the Hawaiian Regent Hotel.  Juniors created splendor at the Moana Surfrider as they shared the beauty and excitement with everyone who attended their class promenade.


 Sweet, soft music rendered enchanting moments for the seniors as their final prom made its appearance at the Princess Kaiulani.


 And, what would be more appropriate than the Aloha Dance to carry the Tigers through a rewarding year?


McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Thursday, Oct. 24, 1974

Headlines:
PAAC To Reactivate Here Today
MHS-Leilehua Sponsor Speech Festival on Saturday
Cubs, Cougars in Crucial Game
Girls' Volleyball Seeks First Victory Today - Face Red Raiders at Kahuku Gym
Girls' Intramurals Begins Tomorrow




McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017


Monday, December 3, 2012

Carnival

The Black and Gold 1975



Wheels Roll, PA Blares, People Work as Two Day Festivities Open

 It all began on Valentine's Day...at 3 in the afternoon, wheels started rolling, people manned their stations at food or game booths, gaudy lights were ready to shine, fun loving people strolled around as they took in the sights, and a P.A. system blared out it "Welcome to McKinley's 11th annual carnival" that generated the beginning of a two day festival.


 Sprightly carnival goes amused themselves on thrilling rides and filled themselves up with the various assortments of foods such as saimin, hamburgers, pizza, undagi, beef nibblets and curry stew. Such gaiety and hustle prompted food runners to scurry about, keeping supplies plentiful. Since no carnival would be complete without games, ten challenging game booths were constructed and manned by clubs and classes. Due to inflation, games cost four to five scrip.


 A new favorite of the carnival was the Ma and Pa's General Store (formerly the country store) which was expanded to accommodate the white elephant sale, baked goods, jams and jellies, crafts, clothes, art, paper products and goodies such as candy apples and shave ice. For those who like to dance or listen to music, a dance was held both nights in the cafeteria for two hours of fun.


McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion 2017

Friday, November 30, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1974

Headlines:
Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Jabs in Special Assembly
Math Club Places 7th in Oahu Meet
Sophs Choose Pikake, Purple, Woodstock For Class Image
Sierra Club Hikes in Wamano Valley
Police Officer Here For Law, Justice Awareness Program
Deborah Kodama To Reign As 1974-75 Miss McKinley
Seniorettes Practice For Pep Rally, Kaiser Halftime
Sophomores Advise to Take PSAT/NMSAT
Homecoming Shirts, Buttons - Now On Sale




McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Monday, November 26, 2012

Registration

The Black and Gold 1975



Computerized Chaos and Another Semester Starts

 Waiting in a large crowd, comparing schedules, confusion, frustration and exasperation, were sure signs of registration, something everyone disliked going through, but a must for each student. As usual seniors, juniors and sophomores registered in order, respectively and alphabetically.


 Different from last year were new classes added to the smorgasbord of student interest courses as well as new registration forms. Everything moved a little more smoothly this year in the gym, including the packet handouts and course sign-ups.


 Of course, there was the usual pause to grasp what was going on and look around trying to figure out which direction to proceed. First semester registration was somewhat of a hassle for sophomores because they did not know what was going on.


 Second semester went a little faster than the previous semester because most students had filled in a practice registration form and knew what courses they had to secure first.


 Aside from giving students a day or so free from classes, registration was really not much to look forward to, just a necessity.


McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1974

Headlines:
Expert to Talk On Mechanical Engineering Field
Grievance Board Voting on Wednesday
New Cast Members Join "Count Dracula"
'Of Mice and Men'
B&G Wins Top NSPA Award - All American Yearbook
Tigers Suffer Setback at KHS Homecoming
Girls Volleyball Faces Farrington Today in MHS Gym




McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Assemblies

The Black and Gold 1975



Human Creativity at Work

 Human Creativity at work was what an assembly was all about. Expanding the ever changing schedule during the school week, Friday morning assemblies enriched an individual's school life at McKinley.


 Well planned and carefully coordinated, each assembly was a delightful and fun way to spend time out of class.


  As with each new school year, the Welcome Assembly communicated friendliness and warm aloha for all  McKinleyites. A fashion show was produced by the Penney's Fashion Board from Ala Moana. Three alumni and two seniors here at McKinley (some of the board members) made this presentation all the more interesting. The search for Miss McKinley Carnival Queen brought many students to the auditorium--wondering who, with great excitement, would be chosen to reign through the school year. MTG sponsored assemblies that gave students and teachers a sneak preview to their upcoming productions. McKinley's harmoniously talented choir performed musical selections at a Christmas assembly. After many rehearsals, a Pops Concert added spice to the assemblies as the music reflected hard work and superior achievement.


 Together with the Taikas, the ROTC Drill Team showed their precision and alertness during a demonstration in the gym. Professional entertainer Rod Young, class of 1970, drew a capacity crowd on Black and Gold Day.


 Class plays exposed the talents and vitality hidden in each individual, humorously and unforgettably entertaining all.



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Thursday, Oct. 17, 1974

Headlines:
Cafeteria Offers Package Lunch Program to Relieve Congestion
Sophomores Elect Ten Senators
Friday Meeting Scheduled for Clubs Competing in Homecoming Floats
Sophs Undertake Vote K-POI Contest
MTG Promoting Ticket Sales With Cash Prizes
KISA Disc Jockey: Mrs. Amy Berglund
Unbeaten Cubs Take On Hawks






McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017



Saturday, November 17, 2012

Coop-Ed

The Black and Gold 1975



On-the-Job Training Pays Off in Credit

 Cooperative Education was a program in which the student could get "on the job" training in areas such as office, mechanics and home economics. The student could be in school all day or part of the day and work the rest of the day.


 Students earned credit for 250 hours of work, turning in statements of earnings and job evaluations, recording hours worked after each pay period and attending seminars.


 A supplement to the Cooperative Education was the Career Exploration Program which allowed students to learn about various fields and job openings. On the job experts came to speak on fields such as medicine, tourist industry, oceanography, engineering and education. Films and slides were shown with many presentations.



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1974

Headlines:
McKinley's TESOL Helps Immigrant Students
VFW Sponsoring Script Contest on Democracy
Mrs. King Replaces Teacher on Leave
Girls Intramural Volleyball Starts On October 25
Micks Bow to Rough Riders, 27-8



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Traditions

The Black and Gold 1975



Black and Gold Day
Focuses on Traditions


Being a part of McKinley left no student unaware of her many traditions that stretch far back over the years. These traditions have been brought about and maintained by the student body, teachers, and administrators who have lived on her campus.


 Many customs were observed in honor of President William McKinley for whom the school is named, the 25th president of the United States. He was the president when the Hawaiian Islands were annexed to the U.S. This included the singing of the song, "Black and Gold" during the last three minutes of each football game. Also a tradition was the annual washing of the president's statue on the front lawn oval by the Key Club which began in the 1920's.


 By not walking or sitting on the grass that grew in the oval or sitting upon President McKinley's statue, McKinleyites were observing another tradition. To many students, especially seniors, the oval was considered sacred ground. (Not everyone followed this tradition, though.)


 Among the most beautiful commencement exercises in the island is McKinley's graduation ceremony on the front lawn. This tradition dates back to the 1930's.


 To commemorate William McKinley's birthday, a day was set aside each year known as Black and Gold Day. This year, Rod Young, an alumnus from McKinley, was featured in a special assembly--thoroughly entertaining all who attended, and a special pep rally was held in commemoration. the colors black and gold on clothes swept the campus as students displayed school colors.


 The annual Leroy Mendonca Memorial Road Race took place in honor of an outstanding miler and dedicated track team member. This first road race was held in 1959.


 Such traditions made students and teachers proud to be a part of McKinley High School.



McKinley High School Class of 1975
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Friday, November 2, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1974

Headlines
  Records Show Attendance As Well As Grades
  Nation Celebrates Lunch Week - Cafeteria to Serve Special Meal
 MHS Senior, Treasurer for Oahu FHA
 'Be a Tiger, Not a Pig'
  JV Tigers Win Over Govs, Lead Honolulu District
  Varsity Keglers Open Season with Victories over Kalani
  Football, Pep Squad Kick-Off Spirit Week At Washington
  Homecoming, November 2, McKinley vs Farrington



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pep Rallies

The Black and Gold 1975




No. 1 Pep Squad Leads Fervent Tigers

 Exalting the fervent Tiger spirit that all of McKinley was proud of were the lunchtime pep rallies held every Friday during the football season. McKinley's number one pep squad led the Tigers through the many cheers that filled the gymnasium with unified noise. Students and teachers cheered and laughed along with the pep squad as a lively band set the pace and mood for yelling.


 Class squads, clad in cute uniforms with their class colors, performed special routines at their designated pep rally prior to their class game. Competition "two bits" yells exemplified true class spirit that was evident in each class.


 Homecoming saw two grand pep rallies that appealed to McKinleyites, one the night before the Homecoming game. The day pep rally featured song leaders, cheerleaders and a couple of pep coordinators from previous years along with an exclusive Homecoming cheer by the 1974-75 varsity pep squadders. The highlight of the night pep rally was the announcing of the float winners--which made a crowd of seniors "super happy and satisfied" (the seniors took first place.)


 Accompanying various pep rallies were surprises such as the long-to-be-remembered seniorettes (all boys), the football team "pep squad" imitators, a teacher's "pep squad" and a visit by Kikaida and his enemies (made up of juniors). A specialty of the pep squad that had everyone rocking from side to side, forwards and backwards was the "Kikaida" theme song, zealously played by the band and stirring the souls of all.



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Thursday, Oct. 10, 1974

Headlines
  Sophs To Choose Ten Senators In Friday Election
  Visually Handicapped Have Special Resource Room
  Credits Listed for Graduation
  5 Calligraphy Winners from MHS
  Undefeated Cubs Meet Govs Today
  Junior Class Game
  Lauro Pedronan




McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Homecoming

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New and Old Tigers Come Out for 'Celebration'

 Off to a slow start, Homecoming's "Tiger Celebrations" began with many uncertain anxieties. The time was not set...there was a question of whether or not floats would be constructed...it was the last Homecoming game to be held in the stadium...seniors and juniors had to take their SAT tests...and most of all, the game was against arch rival, the Farrington Governors.


 With this in mind, McKinleyites hurriedly set up the traditional festivities. Mighty seniors celebrated by showing artistic abilities as well as speed by winning the float competition. Juniors showed their enthusiasm in capturing the games trophy as the Girls' Athletic Association won the colorful campus decorations contest.


 An exuberant student body attended the annual Homecoming day pep rally assembly to show their pride and spirit. For the second year in a row, the Class of '75 again received top honors as they took the coveted spirit stick. The pep really brought back three previous pep squads to perform. The foot-stomping alumni returned to join in the night pep rally which introduced the 1975 Homecoming Court: King Ronald Nomura and Queen Lenora Takahashi, senior attendants Stuart Tanimoto and Stephanie Alip, junior attendants Gregory Sagarang and Patricia Lopez, sophomore attendants Vince Yokoyama and Phyllis Miyata. Also featured in the night pep rally was Mendall Wong, portraying a miniature Kikaider, a TV hero, showing off rhythmic gyrations and acrobatic forms.


 The next morning many juniors and seniors took their SAT test which kept them from seeing the Tiger machine run up a 21-0 first half lead. 


 Spirit prevailed with the Tigers throughout as the Govs came from behind. The small margin in the final score (21-22) gave them a sense of pride despite the loss, and a worthy Homecoming '74 "Tiger Celebration."



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974


The Daily Pinion - Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1974

Headlines
  McKinley Junior, Miss Teenage Finalist
  PTA Membership Drive Underway, First Meeting Tomorrow Night
  Boys, Girls Intramurals Start Oct. 15
  Tigers Beat Falcons


McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Student Life

The Black and Gold 1975


 To many students, student life exemplified individual wants, creativity and social activities which made school more enjoyable for all. The definition of student life was just that--the life a student lived at school.

 Getting involved in the various school activities such as Homecoming, football games, proms, assemblies and the carnival meant becoming a part of McKinley's ever changing panorama and having fun at the same time.

 People came together--working, laughing, and making friends. Doing their own thing, whether it was expressing themselves or just spectating at one of these activities outlined their life at McKinley. They were welcome changes from the long 106 minutes of teacher instruction and the short 42 minutes for the midday lunchbreak. They could leave school early or spend their free time mingling with others.

 Being involved in these events yielded unforgettable reflections and experiences for all, a part of the everyday student life at McKinley.




McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion 2017

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Oct. 8, 1974

Headlines
  Miss Shimono Spends Year 'Vacationing'
  First of Career Session Series Begins Wednesday
  Governor Candidate George Ariyoshi Is MHS Graduate
  Visit, Join The Club of Your Choice Tomorrow
  December 20 Winter Prom at Moana Surfrider
  Herff Jones Here For Senior Class Ring Ordering
  Rejuvenated Tiger Team Whips Kalani Falcons 35-0



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Monday, October 8, 2012

INTERACTION

The Black and Gold 1975



 
In the fall of 1974 a multitude of students and faculty assembled together for one important function--school life at McKinley. September 5 laid the first stepping stone upon which 2500 students began to accomplish and achieve.

 Completing the ritual of high school, STUDENT LIFE exemplified individual wants, creativity and social activities, making school more enjoyable for all.


To prepare students for the future, satisfy their interests, improve educational standards and make learning a stimulating process, ACADEMICS offered diversified subjects for everyone.


 Increasing extra-curricular activities enlivened school life as ORGANIZATIONS fostered friendships and gave students a chance to expand themselves. Distinctive groups supplemented student needs and interrelated studies.


 Striving to formulate a successful athletic program, McKinley's SPORTS initiated pride and spirit in all - an essential key to unity. Multi talents of individuals contributed to versatile teams.


 Togetherness and uniqueness was acquired through the INTERACTION among these peoples.



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion, Monday, Oct. 7, 1974

Headlines
  Tryouts on Tap For 'The Apple Tree' Musical
  Annual Federal Survey Cards Bring in Needed School Funds
  Sophs Elect Gary Medeiros; Senate, Grievance Board Next
  Tiger Cub, Rams Wallow to Tie
  Students Hand Print MHS Football Ribbons
  Meeting's Listed College Guidance





McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Table of Contents

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McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Thursday, Oct. 3, 1974

Headlines
  McKinley Graduates, Senior Place In Modern Home Design Contest
  State Voters Go To Polls Tomorrow In Primary Election
  Pinion Features MTG Tomorrow
  Mr. Pollock Spends Summer On Deserted Island
  18 Songleaders Selected For Class Pep Squads
  J.V. Tiger Take On Radford This Afternoon  

The Daily Pinion - Oct. 3, 1974




McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1974

Headlines
  Vice Principal Tightens Up Campus Security
  Sophs Elect Bart Asato; General Today
  Key Club Opens Membership
  Athletic Books Still on Sale
  On Being Sophomores...and Taking STEP, SCAT

The Daily Pinion - Oct. 2, 1974

McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Monday, September 24, 2012

The 1975 Black and Gold

The Black and Gold 1975

McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Daily Pinion 1974

The Daily Pinion - Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1974

Headlines
  Juniors Have New Class Adviser, Planning Many Year Long Activities
  Hawaiian Science, Engineering Fair Plans for April
  MHS Tigers Take 27-0 Spill In Kailua Surf
  Japan Baseball Trip Culminates Two Years of Preparation



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion 2017

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Everday Life

The Black and Gold 1975

The Black and Gold 1975
Everyday Life Contends with Academic, Social and Make Believe

 Throughout the hubbub of national and local issues, the students of McKinley High School contended with academics, the status quo, and everyday life.


 An unfortunate event, shortly after school began, was the death of Lauro Pedronan, a junior and immigrant student.  The tragedy, the result of a fight, shocked the campus and made the entire school population take a good look around them. A somber atmosphere prevailed for many weeks afterwards.


 Sorrow once again struck the campus in late November, with the passing of Mrs. Namiko Yoshimura, a custodian at McKinley. Affectionately known as "Mama san", she suffered a heart attack while on the job. She had worked long and hard beautifying the area round the social studies building. 


 In an attempt to bridge the communication gap between students, the student council held mass meetings to discuss the involvement of students within their class levels. Yet apathy reappeared as the results of student voting showed less than 20 percent of sophomores casting ballots for their class officers.


 The once lush, green agricultural field was bare and weed ridden due to the retirement of the agricultural technology teacher. By November the field was green again after a new teacher came. 


 Filling the scene as much as the news happenings on campus, was the fashion trend for both guys and girls. Midis and maxis came back in style, although they were tried a few years ago by the fashion set. Long skirts, sweater tops, and high-heeled sandals and shoes, reminiscent of the 40's and 50's flourished on campus.


 In contrast, guys preferred the casual, comfortable look, as indicated by shorts and aloha shirts worn.


 Kikaider and Rainbowman, kiddie heroes replacing Superman and Batman, struck McKinleyites with as much fancy as the younger generation.


 These events marked another year that was different, imaginative, and unique, according to the people who lived, and caused it to live, as an expression of their thoughts and feelings as one person to another.



McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017