Then, a short time after the Christmas vacation, the buzz about the "Stars" show started ramping up in the hallways. Kids were excited about rounding up their friends to join them in some acts, engaging in after-school practices, and stage preparations.
It was a great time for unbridled socializing and seemed to involve a large component of the student population in one activity or another. Both the 8th and 9th grades were participants, but I don't think the 7th graders were a part of it...they had to wait until next year.
Images included with this article are from the 1958-59-60 shows. For the most part it was a girls' production ... lots of dancing and stabs at singing and acting, some orchestrals ... and always one boys' act, that as I recall it, was usually a spoof that included some of the football players dressed in drag or some other outrageous garb. It was great fun for those participating and no doubt provided the model for the EHHS Highland Fling that was quickly established after EH opened in 1959.
The following pictures were found in a long closed, dusty ISD file by a '65 EH who did not recognize any of them. Blessedly, the '65 is a Facebook friend of mine and I did recognize a number of them...pretty girls, doncha know--we never forget you, ladies. And thanks to some still cognizant '61s, we were able to even find the names of those who split away from us and went to Poly. Enjoy.
The Highland Fling was a Spring variety show similar to the Meadowbrook "Stars" program and consisted of a series of skits. The main event was the beauty pageant. It was a lot of fun for a lot of kids. The names listed in the program were a number of our more prominent classmates and a number of them went on to live useful lives.