After the lead clique was this quiet girls’ clique. They were attractive, quiet, intelligent, and not cheerleaders, which might have been a bit of a handicap in the competitive world of 14-year old courting. Of course, 14-year olds have never been highly regarded for their good judgment although, I think some of these ladies remain close friends to this day…Gail DeVore and Vicki Held, for instance—every reunion has produced pictures of them closely socializing…no surprise there, I suppose. I generally recall them as the ones that threw pajama party/sleepovers which we would sometimes raid…but, that may have come later.
Seems to me that about 1/4 of us were in one clique or another, and some larger percentage of us found "clicks" such as drama, music, and other elective school sponsored classes, more our style. The film, Never Been Kissed showed a group of the smart but, somewhat eclectic kids attending a prom dressed as a DNA string...I believe we had a number of these also and that some of them can be found in the "A" honor roll list at right. Being blessed with a degree of intelligence transcended the more colorful arbiters of "cool and uncool" and thank goodness it did. The color lines mark the youngsters I recall as being most obviously associated with one another.
Handley. Members of our Handley contingent have not reported anything like the Meadowbrook "Social Order" I've been describing in this and recent posts. Several factors probably explain the difference; among them....a smaller student body, fewer new arrivals to their area during the 1950s, a more rural atmosphere, and starting with our Class of 1963 Handley contingent, they were first ones separated from the leavening influence provided so many years by the high school classes in the same building. They didn't really have time to get their own "Social Order" in gear like the Meadowbrook gang had.
Clearly, Roy, Dianah, and Suzanne "owned" Handley in terms of peer recognition and when they would go into EH next year, they would start a 3-year run that ended very well for each of them. But more about that later. Becky Self and Jimmy Aitken were other Handley standouts that maintained a credible presence at EH in face of the Meadowbrook juggernaut. Linda was there for a year or so, but moved away before graduation, and Jimmy Strong went somewhere else to high school.
There's more to say but, this one has rolled on long enough for now. The next and last 9th grade piece I have in mind will address Meadowbrook and its place both in history previous to us and its place as a minor neighborhood Juggernaut in the eyes of a lot of Handley kids that would meet them next year as Sophomores.
Sophomore year, our first at EHHS, and hands down the worst year of my 5-year run on the East Side...fun ahead !
O.K., the widdle baby goats...so, here we were, 15-years old, the hot girls beautiful and lively as ever, only mildly or less, interested in us (or, at least me), no damned car; actually no D.L. for another year, and even those dumb motor scooters reaching the end of their 2-3 year service life....the bottom of the EH totem pole looming ahead. Like baby goats, full of it, got some horns but not much to do with them, looking for someplace to stand and something to butt.....absolutely harmless!!