Waltrip High School
Class Of 1964
- First Time Vistors - Q&A
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- REUNIONS 2014 - 1974
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- Elementary & early years
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- Prom & Celestial Ball - 1964
- Band and Orchestra
- Basketball Team
- Football Dedications 2015-2008
- Imperial Guard
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- Military Salute
- 50th School Anniversary-2009
- 1964 History/Videos
- Missing Classmates
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|•||Barbara Ellison (McClaid) 6/25|
|•||Thomas Scarborough 6/27|
|•||Johnny Sheffield 7/1|
|•||Sheryl Knight (Chambers) 7/14|
|•||Allen Weinstein 7/14|
|•||Lynn Wren (Burkhardt) 7/15|
|•||Robert Derrick 7/16|
|•||Lynn Prewit 7/16|
|•||Kirk Thompson '65 7/18|
|•||Stephen Lowe 7/19|
|•||Frankie Denton (Shackelford) 7/23|
|•||Gene Dezell '65 7/25|
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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 50.4%
Tom Gann, Johnny Rolater and John Goyen
Per Tom Gann 5/22/16
"After sending the attached newspaper publicity picture to Johnny Rolater and John Goyen and later to Johnny Sheffield, Goyen sent me this very simple reply days later and it reflects perfectly what happened in excellence at Waltrip. Not just in Football, but over every aspect from Principal and Staff, the Drill Team, Waltrip Band, Tennis, Swimming Team, the Reunion Committee '64, ROTC, Golf, Archery, Basketball, Drama and it goes on and on to include the student body as a whole" - Tom Gann
"Those were special days in special times with a great bunch of people. And we thought it was typical" - John Goyen
Saturday's event (April 2) at Goode Company BBQ was fabulous - filled with fun and laughter by our loving/caring Waltrip family - classes of 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 72 and 74!!! Oh, and some Reagan friends, too!
More pictures have been posted under Mini Reunions Spring/Fall Flings tab in left hand column. Hugs, Jackie
Dorothy Fowler '65, Susan Howard, Barbara Porter, me and Jimmie Lee Smith
Tonda Thiessen and Johnny Sheffield
See more under Mini Reunions Spring/Fall Fling tab
Welcome to the
Waltrip Class Of 1964 website!
Created 5/6/2008 - Jackie Crowe (Finch)
A BLAST FROM THE PAST -- a jukebox tune cost only a dime, a '57 Chevy was really cool --- recall the good times, the memories that last!
OUR WALTRIP HIGH
Waltrip High, we sing to thee,
Long we shall remember thee,
May mem'ries never fade.
These traits we have portrayed.
Qualities we'll cherish,
Thee we'll always honor,
Our Waltrip High.
Colors - Red & Gray
Mascot - Ram
Alma Mater Information: Jon Enloe wrote the lyrics, Joe Stuessy who wrote the music..Class of '61
Jon Enloe - Now ------ Joe Stuessy - Now
S.P. Waltrip Senior High Trivia and Highlights
Waltrip has the tallest flag pole in the area - when we opened it was the tallest in the state. Our original flag came from the nation’s capital and was brought by Mr. Waltrip’s friend and U.S. Congressional Representative, Mr. Albert Thomas.
Waltrip was the first high school in Houston to have an original school song and it was written by Jon Enloe and Joe Stuessy, Class of 1961. When Waltrip opened in the fall of 1960, there were 166 seniors, 288 juniors, 445 sophomores and 122 freshmen. The Band started with 56 members. The first Issue of the “Tribune” was October 6, 1960 and they won Best sports writer in HISD 1960. We have had national merit scholars since the first class and in some classes eleven in one year. We had the National Defense Cadet Corp from the beginning, now ROTC.
The columns in front of the school had no color but were painted bright red in the later years. The window panes were originally red to match the roof line that is red. In 1961 the seniors gift to the school was landscaping, in the tradition of Mr. Waltrip.
We had a bowling club from the beginning and it was the largest extracurricular club. For the first 12 years , Waltrip won the Sportsmanship Award.
The Waltrip Band was the last band to play for JFK before his death and The Imperial Guard marched in the parade for JFK held in downtown Houston.
From the beginning, we had a number of organizations dedicated to leadership and service: High Y, Guard, NDCC, American Legion, Omega Chi Y, Tri Y, Hi Y, Student Council. In 1961, Waltrip won the national forensic tournament and orchestra, ‘best in the state’ and had national merit scholars, all-state choir. 1962: “W” Association formed, national merit scholars, national debate, 11 UIL Music, VB City Champ, first zone in FB, Swim Team 6th in State. 1963 first winning FB season and we beat Reagan 12-0, was co-district FB champ, won golf championship and again was the best marching band and the first all-state choir members were: Duane Kerr, Lynne Tuttle, and Jon Enloe. The “Gordonettes,” an all girl accapela choir, was formed being named for Mr. Cotton.
In 1964, the first exchange student, BB Zone Champs, City FB Champs, Golf District and Volleyball City Champ. In 1965 we had the first color yearbook, FB Zone, BB District. In 1966, Waltrip opened a new wing at the school.
Pep Rallies were held on the porch roof, there were national and state honors for choir, art and poetry and the Tribune won 1st Columbia Scholastic Press. And the Golf team won District. Waltrip is the only school in Houston to win the City Championship in Football and Basketball in the same school year 66-67. Two boys played on both: Tim Duff and David Yaege. We had the national sewing contest winner 1968, Pam Sebasta, and All American First Team in Football 1968, Frank Ditta. In 1969, President George Bush ’41 spoke at the school. We had more national merit scholars, chemical scholar, state typing, choir and Prep Bowl Winners. There was the basketball championship and we continued to win the Sportsmanship award. Zoning was a hot topic in 1970 and we continued to compete on all fronts in the 1970’s. The Ram was stolen by Scarborough during homecoming week in 1973. Waltrip won the Texaco Academic Challenge in 1989. The Homecoming Parade began tradition in 1998.
In 2001, Waltrip was first recognized by TEA for the academic accomplishments and again in 2008, 2009. In April 2010, we ranked 4th in Best Urban High School for Low-Income Students in Texas and in the Top 6% of High Schools in America. Waltrip is one of only 6 HISD Comprehensive High Schools in HISD to achieve TEA Recognized Status.
As of 2009 graduation, Waltrip has 19,611 graduates. The highest graduating class was in 1972 with 762 and the lowest graduating class was 1998 with 128.
How Houston Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Here's a link to an article most people in our class will find interesting: http://mentalfloss.com/article/62420/how-houstons-neighborhoods-got-their-names
Pictures of the Month
Our Own Classmates - Teachers at Waltrip Yearbook 1972
Sayra Hearn'62 Murphy (French) (In Memory - 10/30/1996)
Jimmie Lee Smith'64 Brawner (English)
and Judy Pike'64 Smith (English)
Enjoy Your Freedom
God Bless Our Troops
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