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Class of 1969 Remembers When

By Staff | Jul 3, 2019

Many memories will be shared on Friday night, July 5, as the Graduating Class of 1969 gathers to reminisce over days past. Paden City High School was their life back then, from academic challenges, the Wildcat Band, the state runner up football team and a host of other happenings these classmates will reunite 50 years later and once more take on the form of 18 year olds.

This class was an active group of dedicated students. Everyone played a part with the most important being known as a Wildcat. They truly enjoyed everything Paden City had to offer. The 1969 class graduated 69 students just waiting to see what the world had to offer. They were well prepared, 20 fantastic Educators taught them valuable lessons on life after high school.

This was a “great group” of Wildcats. In the fall of the year Bill Jenkins was elected as President, and Jeff Koerber, was chosen Vice President of the class. Jenkins was also elected Student Body President. Joyce Ice was the Class Valedictorian with Wayne Farly and Kay Himelrick as Co-Salutatorians.

The football team finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and number two ranking in Class A. They lost in the state championship game in a hard fought contest to Monongah High School 21-12. The highlight of the season was the big 48-0 whipping they put on their arch-rival Sistersville Tigers.

The band received two superior ratings for the first time in AAA competition. The Wildcat Band was comprised of 98 members including 25 from the senior class.

On a cool clear October night Alumni Association President Jack Pyles announced Bonnie Eddy was the 1969 homecoming Queen she was crowned by reigning Queen Cindy Pryor before a large crowd of students and Alumni. On December 21, Charlene Thomas was crowned Snow Ball Queen, she was escorted by Dennis Blatt from the sophomore class.

The Athletes held their annual Minstrel under the direction of Mr. Healy, Mr Burton, and Mr. Santrock. And then came the big event the annual junior prom. The prom was titled Tahitian Holiday, featuring dancing under the stars of Tahiti. The After-Afairs, sponsored by the Lions Club, filled the night with a movie, skating, bowling, and a breakfast in the early hours of the morning.

It seems like yesterday they were teens, So young and hopeful and full of dreams. It’s hard to believe fifty years have passed, as they get together and have another blast.

The Alumni Association welcomes back the Class of 1969 and wishes them well in their reunion. They will no doubt play a big part in all the Alumni Weekend Activities.