Our Beginnings: The 1960s


  • First Year Memorial High School is open, no Seniors – only juniors and sophomores
  • First Principal was George McKinney
  • Pep Club was called “The Fillies”
  • Gamma Sigma was the first leadership club – made up of top females in the school
  • The all-male swim team took 3rd in All City
  • The girls performed synchronized swimming as part of the “Surfs” Club
  • The Surfs performed their first annual water show, titled “Sounds of the Seasons”
News of 1963 JFK assassinated * First Easy-Bake Oven (turquoise blue) sold in stores * the computer mouse is invented * Troll dolls are mass produced * Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech * John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth * Beach Boys release the single “Surfin’ USA” * “Cleopatra”, “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” “The Birds” and “Bye Bye Birdie” are all popular movies * 

1963 March on Washington


    First MHS Homecoming was held on November 22, 1963
            Miss Memorial I, Sue Ratcliffe, was escorted by Steve Coenen

  • The senior play was “Our Town”
  • The junior play was “Girls in 509”
  • The sophomore play was “The Spiral Staircase”
  • Football took 2nd in All City
  • Cross Country (all male) took 1st at Conference
    • Footnote: Later MHS Principal John McGinnis was a CC/Track standout that year
News of 1964  Beatlemania rocks the US * Where the Wild Things Are won the Caldecott Award for Literature * First GI Joe sold in stores * Rock Em Sock Em Robots (one red, one blue) first sold in stores * The Addams Family TV show begins * Go-go boots first appear in the US * Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) becomes heavyweight champion * “My Fair Lady,” “Mary Poppins,” and “The Pink Panther” are popular movies * Nike, Inc is founded and footwear is changed forever *


  • MHS had 5 National Merit Semi Finalists
  • 1st Yearbook with color photographs
  • At homecoming, Miss Memorial II Janet Aaronson was crowned
  • The  all-school play was “Inherit the Wind”
  • The senior play was “The Lark”
  • The junior play was “Light Up the Sky”
  • The sophomore play was “Harvey”
  • Talent was displayed at the Folk Assembly
  • First pretty legs contest
  • Football took 1st place at conference and posted a 8-1-1 record
  • Cross Country (all male) took 5th in State, and 1st at Conference for the second year in a row
  • The swim team took 1st place at conference
News of 1965  American involvement in the Vietnam war begins * Malcolm X assassinated * St Louis Arch Created * Architecture of IM Pei  * First See N Say sold in stores * The bouffant is the most popular women’s hairstyle in the US * The US Surgeon General requires cigarettes boxes to carry warning labels the “Cigarette Smoking has been found to be harmful to your health” * “The Sound of Music” and “Dr Zhivago” are popular movies * 


  • MHS had 8 National Merit Semi Finalists
  • Students were honored to be called Mr. and Miss Howdy
  • At homecoming, Miss Memorial III Cynthia James was crowned
  • The senior play was “Anastasia”
  • The junior play was “The Man Who Came to Dinner”
  • The sophomore play was “Hay Fever”
  • The Surfs show was “There’s No Business Like Show Business”
  • First pretty legs contest
  • Football posted an 8-2 record
  • Varsity Basketball (boys only) was 3rd in Conference
  • Wrestling placed 2nd in Conference
  • The Swim Team (all male) was 2nd at All City and 2nd in State
  • Cross Country was 1st in Conference
  • The class of 1966 donated the school seal, located in the main lobby. The seal was designed by famed artist Otto Decker
News of 1966  Star Trek TV show goes on air * First Barrel Of Monkeys sold in stores * Twister (game) invented * 


  • MHS got a new principal, Mr. Kenneth J. Bayes
  • The senior play was “High Ground”
  • The junior play was “The Importance of Being Earnest”
  • The Surfs synchronized swim team’s show was “A Splash of Color”
  • Miss Memorial IV, Jan Lawrence, was crowned
  • Our Football team went 8-2 and were Conference Co-Champions
  • The Basketball team took 1st place in the 3A Regional Conference, and 2nd place at the Tournament of Champions
  • Wrestling Team was 2nd in Conference
  • Swim Team was ranked 2nd in the State
  • The Cross Country team was the State Champions
  • The first ever Loyalty Night was held, where MHS fans were treated to dinner and a swim meet, wrestling dual, and basketball game all for one low price
    • The purpose of Loyalty Night was to encourage attendance at the Winter Sports and show pride in our school
News of 1967  First Super Bowl – Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chief 35-10 * First Lite Brite sold in stores * Disney’s “The Jungle Book” released * First handheld calcaulator is invented * “The Graduate,” “To Sir, With Love” and “The Dirty Dozen” are all popular movies * 


  • MHS got a new wing, called the Annex
  • 1st Yearbook with color photographs
  • At homecoming, Miss Memorial V Cathy Coenen was escorted by Lou Hancock
    • The parade cars were Volkswagen Beetles
  • The senior play was “Look Homeward Angel”
  • The junior play was “Arsenic and Old Lace”
  • The sophomore play was “The Perfect Idiot”
  • The Surfs show was “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” based on the JRR Tolkein books
  • The Spurrlows presented “Music for Modern Americans”
  • The “Chargerettes” squad is formed – dancers who perform with the band at half time
  • Orchestra won Superior Ratings in concert playing and sight reading at District
  • Football was 2nd in Conference and beat East Central 42-0
  • Cross Country was 1st in their Conference
  • Basketball was 3rd in Conference
  • Swim Team 2nd in City, 1st in Conference, and 3rd in State
  • Wrestling came in 1st at the Edison Tournament
News of 1968  Hot Wheels first sold in stores * Martin Luther King Assassinated * Bell bottom jeans symbolize the growing “hippie” movement * 2001: A Space Odyssey” is the year’s best selling movie *


  • Miss Memorial VI was Jeannie Gibson
  • The senior play was “Inherit the Wind”
  • The junior play was “Sabrina Fair”
  • The sophomore play was “My Three Angels”
  • The all school Musical was “110 in the Shade”
  • Future Homemakers of America presented the “Sew Your Own Thing” fashion show
  • The Disney-themed Surfs shows was titled “A Dream Come True”
  • The Third Annual Loyalty Night was attended by more than 1800 fans
  • Gymnastics Club was formed to give girls another opportunity for fitness
  • Another new club, the Radio Club, was formed
  • Cross Country (all male) took 5th in State, and 1st at Conference for the second year in a row
  • The Sophomores hosted a “Psychedelic Mixer”
  • The Marching Band earned the “Best Band Award” at the Tulsa State Fair competition
  • Concert Band earned excellent and superior ratings at State
  • Orchestra won Superior ratings in Concert Music at State
  • The first Boy and Girl of the Year were named, and the winners were Jim Hill and Carolyn Kelley
News of 1969  Woodstock is held and the Peace Symbol reigns * Lunar Landing * The title “Ms.” Is introduced as a counterpart of Mr. because it did not reveal a woman’s marital status (neither does Mr.) * Weebles introduced * “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Midnight Cowboy” and “Easy Rider” are the top movies of the year * Disney’s “The Love Bug” makes VW Beetles hugely popular * Air hockey invented * The draft is re-enacted for the Vietnam War * Sesame Street airs * “the Brady Bunch” airs on TV *


1969 Woodstock

Photos courtesy of Ancient Faces, www.ancientfaces.com

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