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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.
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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.
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.
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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.