Harrison High School 2015 Homecoming this Year will Highlight HHS's History and its Alumni

Members of Harrison's Leadership class met with alumni earlier this year in preparation for this year's Homecoming.

The theme for the upcoming 2015 Harrison High School Homecoming, which is scheduled for September 25, 2015, will be to honor and highlight the history and alumni of Harrison High School.

The Leadership class which is headed up this year by Yasmine Wright, met with Oren and Louise McClure earlier this year to talk about the history of Harrison High School and to collect some memorabilia for the big event.

The McClures both graduated from Harrison in the late 50’s and still meet monthly with several of their former classmates. Needless to say they were happy to meet members of the Leadership class this year and to to share their memories and memorabilia.

It wasn’t too many years ago that Oren and Louise McClure sit down to share their stories in a book written by Teila Carroll Tankersley on the history of Harrison High school. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/harrison-high-school-pioneers-and-a...

It’s hard to believe, but it was fifty nine years ago that the class of 1956 gathered together to vote on a school mascot.

Jerry Suydam from the class of 1956, can still recall the class sitting in the typing room with Mrs.Weber, trying to make a decision. They discussed several options and it was not easy coming up with the perfect mascot, but they eventually did. The students chose the Black Panther and chose black and white for the school colors, and later they added a touch of gold as their accent color.

Oren McClure and Louise were sophomores at the time, Oren was active in sports and Louise was a part of the pep club, and although the two didn’t date in high school they were friends. Two years after graduation they eventually reconnected and later married.

Ron Roehrich, a junior in 1956 had just moved here from Idaho Springs, Colorado and he loved playing sports. Ron knew that he was headed to play some football at college, but he was also flirting around with appointments to the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy. On top of all this he was always involved in Student Council, was the Sophomore Class Treasurer, worked on the school newspaper and yearbook committee and was President of the Letterman’s Club for two years in a row.

The coach for the football team that year was Mr. John DeMers, he coached both football and basketball and practices were held at the old yellow brick facility that was attached to the two-story building of the new HHS. When they started that fall, only half of the gym was complete, but that did not stop them. 

By the fall of 1956 the rest of the gym was pretty much done and they played their first home basketball game that year. The football field was just dirt. The natural bowl where the stadium now sits had been purchased but sat empty for years, waiting for the funds to fix it up. 

McClure was a young 15-year-old freshman at the time and had never played organized football until he arrived on the scene at Harrison. “Chief”, a nicknamed earned from his years in the service, stands 6’2 with broad shoulders. He said, “Up until that point I had never had the opportunity to play organized football so I took advantage of a brand new program. I suspect that at least half the team had never played football before either. You could not call the first football team a grassroots team, as we did not have a blade of grass on the field.” 

Pat Bartholow entered HHS in the spring of "56, the last six weeks of the school year. Then in her senior year she tried out for cheerleading and made the squad, she became business manager of the school newspaper and was on the yearbook committee. She was crowned Annual Queen and Wayne Paugh was crowned Annual King. 

Pat recalls that there were so many great memories that year, it’s hard to narrow it down but commented, “The Panthers downed Fountain 14-6 in their Homecoming game that year (Nov. 2, 1956) and Rogene Gilbreath was crowned queen. Lena Kuder, Pat Thomas and Marni Suydam were her attendants." Pat added, “That evening we celebrated at the Homecoming Dance and the two tunes that I recall being played over and over were Little Brown Jug by Glen Miller and Hound Dog by Elvis Presley.” 

Craig Rose started as a sophomore in 1957. Harrison High was one wing of the "L" and the Junior High was the other. A second story was added to the high school and it was finished during his senior year.  

Craig remember that before the classrooms were assigned, Don Webster, Connie Mac and a few others would skip class and have short get-togethers in one of them, oh to be young again. 

Pat Bartholow ended her school year as Class Valedictorian. Harrison was going full speed ahead, another elementary school was built in 1958 - Chamberlin Elementary. 

The alumni at Harrison have wonderful memories of their ol’ highschool and this year those memories are about to be revived.  

Harrison High School alumni, friends and family are invited to come out to this year’s homecoming. It takes place September 25, 2015. The fanfare will begin with a Tailgate Party which starts at 3:30pm at the school and the Homecoming game will start at 7pm at the Harrison High School Football Stadium.  

At half time, Teila Carroll Tankersley  will crown this year’s Alumni Homecoming King and Queen.  

For more information log onto: https://www.facebook.com/Harrison-High-School-Pioneers-and-Alumni-5...   

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