Growing Pains: The 1970s

1970

  • TPS gets a new superintendent when Dr. Gordon Jones replaces Dr. Charles C. Mason
  • Miss Memorial VII Barbee Harris is escorted by Gary Jones
  • MHS student Debbie Garrison is crowned Miss Tulsa 1970
  • Junior Class host a dance in a pumpkin patch, tricycle races, and a pickle sale
  • The juniors and sophomores combine for the first year to present “Meet Me in St Louis”
  • The senior play is “Pygmalion” (the movie version is “My Fair Lady”)
  • Football has a 7-3 season, wins All City, and takes 2nd place at Conference
  • Cross Country claims their sixth Conference Crown and places 2nd at State

News of 1970 First NERF ball introduced * bar codes introduced * Kent State shootings * “The Partridge Family” airs * “Love Story,” “Airport,” and “MASH” are the top selling movies * The “Polo” emblem is first used by Ralph Lauren * 

1971

  • MHS gets a new principal in Mr. G. Blaine Smith
  • Miss Memorial VIII Gayla Soderstorm is crowned
  • The sophomore English classes presents the play “Our Town”
  • The sophomore/junior play is “The Faceless Friend”
  • The senior play is “Harvey”
  • The junior class put on a “Can Concert,” in which admission is a canned good to help feed the needy
    • Two bands played: Whistle Stop Review and Spring River
  • The Football team is All City Champs, 1st in Conference, 1st in District, and 2nd in State
  • Basketball takes 2nd at Conference
  • Wrestling takes 1st place at Regionals and 2nd in State
  • Baseball is 2nd at Regionals and 3rd in Conference, and has a 17-9 season
  • Track earns 3rd place in Conference and 4th at Regionals
  • Tennis places 1st in City, 1st in Conference, and 3rd in State
  • Golf places 2nd at All-City, 4th at Conference, 2nd at Regionals, and 7th at State
  • The Marching Band, now nicknamed the “Big Blue Machine” earns all Superior Ratings at the Tri State Contest
  • Key Club leads a group on the Walk for Mankind
  • The first ever Spirit Week is held by Pep Club, and is mysteriously called “Dilbert H. Farb week”
  • The week featured a hootenanny, which is a folk music party
  • The annual Surfs shows is “Jabuticaba”
  • The annual FHA fashion show is titled “Creation Liberation”
News of 1971 High Schools students can vote for the first time when the minimum voting age drops to 18 from 21 *  Walt Disney World Resort opens in Orlando, Florida * Video Cassette Recorders introduced * “All In the Family” airs * “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Dirty Harry” are two of the best selling movies of the year * The Rolling Stones’ album “Sticky Fingers” is their first album to hit #1 in the US * The first Hard Rock Café is founded *

 1972
    
 Miss Memorial IX Joy Rubottom is escorted by Paul James 
            They made their lap about the stadium in a Ford Mustang

  • Boy and Girl of the Year are Sharon Godwin and Jim Carey
  • The Big Blue Machine win top honors at State
  • A new band is created, Stage Band, which plays modern music
  • “New Math” is introduced
  • “Dilbert H Farb Week” is renamed Spirit Week
  • Orchestra receives all Superior ratings at State
  • Concert Chorus wins Superior ratings at State
  • The Mixed Chorus gets new robes
  • The all school musical is “Carousel”
  • The all school play is “Our Town”
  • The sophomore/junior class play is “Many Moons”
  • The senior play is “The Matchmaker” (the movie version is called Hello, Dolly)
  • The creative writing anthology is named “Paperweights”
  • A group called “Hearts Unlimited” serenade students as a Valentine’s Day fundraiser
  • The senior class take a trip to London during Spring Break
  • Football had an 8-3 season and tied for the Indian Nations Conference Championship
  • The Cross Country team ranks 1st in Conference and 7th in State
  • The Wrestling team places 2nd at Regionals and 6th in the State and posted a 7-3-1 season
    • One undefeated wrestler, Bill Boucher, is state champion for his weight class
  • The Swim Team places 1st in City, 1st in Conference, and 6th in State
  • The Golf Team places 2nd in All City, 1st in Conference, 3rd in Regionals, and 11th in State
  • Track earned 3rd place in Conference, and 4th place in Regionals
  • Tennis is 2nd in Conference and State Champions
  • Key Club presents the 1st MHS Career Day
  • Red Cross has trouble with dead turtles – it’s a mystery
  • A new club is formed – Students for Safety
  • Art Club presents the movie Yellow Submarine as a fundraiser
  • During Spirit Week, Jay Dennis wins the pancake eating contest by finishing off 26 pancakes
  • The annual FHA Fashion Show is titled “Fashion Portfolio”
  • The Surfs annual show is titled “Up Periscope”
  • TPS begins a desegregation plan that results in the creation of Booker T. Washington as a magnet school
News of 1972 Pong, the first computer generated video game is created by Atari * M*A*S*H TV show goes on air * Swimmer Mark Spitz wins a record 7 gold medals at the  Munich Olympics * Israeli Olympic team massacred by terrorists


1973

  • Football take State and have a 9-2 season
  • We crown Barbara Hoppe Miss Memorial X
  • The senior play is “You Can’t Take it With You”
  • The sophomore/junior play is “Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!”
  • The drama and speech club, called Masque and Gavel, presents a “Night of One Acts”
  • First annual Mr. Baby Face competition
  • Musical is “Once Upon a Mattress”
  • The Surfs shows is “Surf for All Seasons”
  • Prom is held at the Civic Center, with “Star” as the band
  • A new organization is created – the Girls Recreation Association
  • Latin Club attend the “Olympic Games” in Oklahoma City
  • German Club presents “Three Penny Opera”
  • Cheerleaders win Superior Ribbons at Clinic
  • The Big Blue Machine and the Chargerettes march in the Rose Bowl Parade
  • Cross Country is 2nd in their Conference and 5th in the State
  • Wrestling ties for 1st in Conference, places 2nd at Regionals, and 5th at State
    • Six individuals wrestlers compete at State
  • The Swim Team places 2nd at City, 1st in Conference, and 3rd at State
  • Tennis places 2nd at City, Conference, AND State!
  • Concert Chorus earns Superior ratings at District
  • Stage band performs “Chicago”
News of 1973 “The Godfather” trilogy begins * The draft ends * Bic invents the disposable lighter * Sears Tower built in Chicago * American troops pull out of Vietnam *  Rolling Stone Magazine writes its first article about the “Disco Craze” * “The Exorcist,” “The Sting” and “American Graffiti” are some of the year’s best selling movies *


1974

  • Basketball takes State, and has a 25-3 season
  • The Wrestling team has two undefeated State Champion wrestlers: David McQuaig and David Nelson
  • Mason HS merged with Memorial HS at the beginning of the year. Reasons why are unclear
  • MHS’s new principal is Dr. James Darland
  • Miss Memorial XI Diane Parker is escorted by Jeff Dahmer
  • The Boy and Girl of the Year are Bob Purgason and Diana Parker
  • MHS has 14 National Merit Semi-Finalists
  • The all school musical is “Oklahoma”
  • The senior play is “A Thurber Carnival”
  • The sophomore/junior play is “Ghostess with the Mostess”
  • Concert Chorus performs “Requiem” as part of their annual Masterworks Concert
  • Cross Country place 1st in Conference, 3rd in Regionals, and 3rd in State
  • The Cheerleaders win the prestigious “Coca Cola Award,” take 1st place in City and 1st place at State
  • Swim Team  places 1st in All City, 1st in Conference, and 3rd at State
  • Baseball places 3rd in Conference and 2nd at Regionals
  • Golf places 1st at Conference, 1st at Regionals, and 3rd at State
  • Key Club sponsors a City Wide Ping Pong Tournament
  • Taps XII (Yearbook) staff presents “The Sony and Cher” Comedy Hour as a fundraiser
  • The creative writing anthology is named “Amaranth”
  • The Surfs show is titled “Channel Swim”
  • DECA (Distributive Education Corps of America) is formed, and teaches students about marketing education
News of 1974 Post-It notes are invented (and not by Romy and Michelle) * Rubik’s Cube is invented (although it is not sold in the US until 1980) * Watergate * Chargers Basketball takes state for the first time * Patty Hearst kidnapped * “Blazing Saddles,” “The Towering Inferno,” and “Young Frankenstein” are the year’s top grossing movies *


1975

  • Basketball takes State!
  • They have a 20-8 record, and are also 1st in All City and Regionals, and 2nd at Area
  • MHS has a real live pony mascot named “Little Charge”
    • Little Charge appears in about 10 yearbooks
  • Miss Memorial XII is Carol Tighe
  • Boy and Girl of the Year are Carley Horst and Ron Ross
  • The school musical is “South Pacific”
  • The senior play is “Up the Down Staircase”
  • The sophomore/junior play is “The Mouse That Roared”
  • The Surfs show is “A Musical Splash”
  • The annual Howdy Dance features the band “Revolution 74”
  • The Spanish Club goes door to door serenading classes as part of La Posada
  • The school supports the KELI radio station’s paper drive
  • The students win in the Faculty-Student basketball game
  • The Student Council girls play against the KAKC disc jockeys in a basketball fundraiser
  • The anthology is named “Déjà vu”
  • The school newspaper, The Sentinel, becomes bi-monthly
  • Marching Band receive all Superior ratings at District AND State
  • Masque and Gavel continue the “Night of One Acts” tradition
  • The newly formed Computer Club writes code in BASIC and PASCAL, and writes and produces computer generated music
  • Cross Country places 3rd in conference, 2nd at Regionals, and 4th in State
  • Wrestling places 4th at Regionals and had a 9-2-1 season
    • Five individual wrestlers competed at State, including State Champion Bill Apker
  • First annual Gamma Sigma Pudding Eating Contest is held
  • First annual “Junior Fair” dance is held
  • For the first time ever, the Swim Team becomes CoEd
    • They take 1st at City, 1st at Conference and place 6th in the State
  • For the first time ever, Golf becomes CoEd
    • They take 2nd at All City, 1st at Conference, 1st at Regionals, and 4th at State
  • FHA Fashion Show is titled “Show Offs”
News of 1975 “Jaws” top movie of the year followed by “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” * Microsoft is created * Sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” airs and quickly become the touchstone for pop culture * Vietnam War officially ends  * Tennis player Arthur Ashe becomes first black man to win at Wimbeldon * Last episode of “Gunsmoke” airs, making it the longest running western style TV serial ever *


1976

  • MHS gets Bicentennial Fever
  • Students participate in the Bicentennial Youth Debates
  • Susan Henderson wins $1000 with her Bicentennial minute, based on Claudine Longet

  • “Spirit of America” mural is painted on one of the school’s restraining walls

  • MHS gets a new multimedia center
  • The first MHS Student Directory is published
  • Miss Memorial XIII is Dede Thompson, escorted by David Daniels
  • MHS has 8 National Merit Semi-Finalists
  • The senior play is “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”
  • The sophomore/junior play is “The Devil Made Me Do it”
  • The musical is “The Sound of Music”
  • The Senior Class sponsors Arm Wrestling contest during Spirit Days
  • The “Boy and Girl of the Year” is renamed “Chargers of the Year” and given to Dana Sanger and Kenton Erwin
  • Football is 1st at All City, 2nd at Indian Nations Conference, Bi-District Champions, and State Semi-Finalists and have an 8-3 record
  • Basketball finishes 2nd at the Tournament of Champions and 2nd at Regionals
  • Wrestling places 3rd at Regionals, with three wrestlers placing first for their weight class
  • Swimming (now CoEd) takes 1st in All-City, 1st in Conference, and 3rd at State
    • Coach Sanders is named Oklahoma Coach of the Year
    • 6 individual swimmers make All-State
  • Baseball has a record 21 wins and places 1st at Regionals
  • Track (also CoEd) places first at Conference and 3rd at Regionals
  • Tennis (CoEd) earns the 2nd place trophy at All-City and 2nd place at Conference
  • Girls Tennis Player Chris Christopher is State Champion in girls singles
  • Golf (CoEd) places 1st in Conference and Regionals
  • New Varsity Gymnastics Team is formed with 16 girls and goes 9-0 their first season
    • Gymnastics is coached by Miss Sondra Wattenbarger
  • The anthology is named “Hence, Hence, Unknown”
    • The anthology staff calls themselves the Apocalypse staff
  • ENCORP is created to perform with the Big Blue Machine
    • ENCORP stands for “Eight nifty Chargers Organized for Rifle Perfection”
  • Latin Club sponsors the Memorial Versus Edison Chariot Race
  • Art Club raises money by selling macramé pot hangers (how 70s!)
  • Masque and Gavel becomes part of the National Forensic League
  • Science Club sponsors an egg drop context
  • The annual Surfs show is titled “Set Sail with the Surf”
  • The Junior girls beat the seniors at Powderpuff football 12-0
  • 10th Annual Loyalty Night is held
  • Masque and Gavel’s “Night of One Acts” is themed “Shakespeare and Other Follies”
News of 1976  “Charlie’s Angels” TV show debuts * “Rocky,” “All the President’s Men” and “King Kong” are all huge money making movies *

1977 

  • Miss Memorial XIV is Stacy Nolte
  • Homecoming is made even more special with a 20-0 shutout of Edison HS
  • Junior Liz O’Steen becomes the first Girls State delegate from MHS to ever be elected Girls State Governor
  • Juniors win the “Save our Trees” contest sponsored by KELI radio station
  • The senior class play is “A Man Called Peter”
  • The sophomore/junior class play is “Gala of One Acts”
  • For the first time ever, Loyalty Night includes the newly formed Girls Basketball team
  • Juniors beat the seniors in Powderpuff football, 19-18
  • The Surfs show is called “Water Colored Memories”
  • The musical is “The Music Man”
  • A Sadie Hawkins dance is held at the Caravan Ballroom
  • Prom theme is “Looks Like We Made It”
  • Latin Club participated in the Second Annual TPS Saturnalia
  • French clubs t-shirts with the phrase “Kiss Me, I Speak French” are hugely popular
  • DECA clown troupe entertains at parades and nearby Children’s Medical Center
  • The Cheerleaders receive Superior ratings at OU Clinic
  • The participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly built Williams Center in Downtown Tulsa
  • The Big Blue Machine travels to Denver to perform the halftime show for the Denver Broncos
  • The Jazz Ensemble is invited to perform on TV station KOED
  • New Club – Modern Dance Club – is created
  • Kim McElhiney of the Masque and Gavel team wins 1st place at the State Forensic Competition, and become the first person from Tulsa to compete at the Nationals in Seattle, WA
  • Football shut out an amazing seven opponents
  • Their defense is nicknamed “Bad Company”
  • 1st team to even be named KAKC’s “Team of the Week” for two consecutive weeks
  • 12 team members are named to All District
  • 11 players make All State team
  • Gymnastics places 3rd in All-City
  • Cross Country places 1st at Conference
  • Swimming wins All City
    • First year ever there are separate heats for the boys and girls
    • Boys take 1st in Conference for 7th Consecutive year, and place 5th in State
  • Wrestling places 4th at Regionals, 6th at State and has 5 individual wrestlers compete at State
  • Boys Basketball wins All City
  • Girls Basketball competes as a team for the first year
  • Girls Golf places 2nd in State
  • Boys Golf places 4th in State
    • Combined Golf Team places 1st at Conference, and 3rd at Regionals
  • Girls Tennis Player Chris Christopher is State Champion in girls single for second consecutive year
  • Track has the largest team in Charger History
    • Girls take 1st in their Conference
    • Boys take 1st in their Conference and 2nd at Regionals
  • Baseball beats Hale 9-4 to win Regionals
    • Robbie Robison is named to All-City, All-Metro, All-Conference, All-Area and All-State teams!!!
  • TPS gets a new superintendent in Dr. Larry Zenke
  • The anthology is named “Out of Our Minds”
  • An aeronautics class is added to the schedule, along with a class called “Singles Survival” where boys learn homemaking skills and girls learn “shop” type skills
  • More girls than in any previous year enroll in Industrial Arts classes
  • Tulsa Vo-Tech (now named Tulsa Tech) begins offering classes
  • There are 1,825 students at Memorial HS – 576 of them are seniors
  • As a side note, both the Main Mall downtown and the River Parks on Riverside are built during this school year
News of 1977 Star Wars introduced and becomes an international sensation, spawning toys, books, games, and more * Mattel Classic Football handheld game introduced * “Saturday Night Fever” makes disco more popular than ever * Disney releases “The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh” * Elvis Presley dies * Mini-series “Roots” airs * South African anti-apartheid leader Steven Biko is tortured to death by government police * “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” and “Annie Hall” are more high grossing films of this year * Studio 54 disco opens in New York City * 


1978
 

  • Miss Memorial XV is Cathy Ridgeway is escorted by Jody Henderson
  • Chargers of the Year are Michelle Ruess and Paul Bonham
  • Football ends with a 7-3 record and takes 3rd in Conference
  • Gymnastics has a 7-1 record
  • Cross Country is 4th in the State
  • Girls Swim place 1st at City, 1st at Conference, and 3rd in State
  • Girls Varsity Basketball has a 20-7 record
  • Boys Varsity Basketball has a 23-11 record
  • Girls Tennis has a 23-1 record and earns 1st in Conference and 3rd in State
  • Boys Golf is 1st in Conference and has a 16-6 conference
  • Girls Golf won All City, were 1st  in their conference and 1st at Regionals
  • They finished the year with a 23-1 record
  • Boys Track places 2nd at Regionals
  • The senior Play is “The Front Page”
  • The sophomore-junior page is “Never Mind What Happened, How Did it End?”
  • The musical is “Annie Get Your Gun”
  • The annual Surfs Show is “My Stars, It’s the Surfs!”
  • Wind Ensemble earns 5 Superior and 2 Excellent ratings at State
  • Gymnastics goes CoEd
  • Annual fashion show is “A Walk Down Fashion Avenue”
  • Cheerleaders earn 1st place trophy at OSU Competition, and Superior at OU Clinic
  • Latin Club participates in the Citywide Chariot Races at TU’s Skelly Stadium
  • Latin and German Clubs compete in a football game
  • Spanish club strolls the halls singing Spanish Christmas cards
  • InterAct, the men’s service group, holds the tricycle races
  • New Club – Backgammon Club – has 41 charter members
  • MHS Red Cross club wins the Humanitarian Service Award
  • More than 1700 students grace the halls of MHS
  • The anthology is named “Chimeara” 
 News of 1978 “Superman” movie starring Christopher Reeve becomes a huge hit, second only to Grease in sales * Simon (memory game) introduced and becomes most popular toy of the year * Speak & Spell introduced * “Mork & Mindy” TV show brings the world rainbow suspenders and the expression “na-nu, na-nu” * first VW plant in America * First test tube baby born * Jonestown Massacre (“don’t drink the kool-aid”) * The Village People have a huge hit with “YMCA” * TV nighttime soap opera “Dallas” debuts and immediately becomes crazy popular * “Grease,” “Animal House,” and “Halloween” are other top grossing movies of 1978 * TV star Gary Coleman stars in “Diff’rent Strokes,” and gets everyone asking, “What you talkin’ bout, Willis?” * 


1979

  • Miss Memorial XVI is Kim Smiley, escorted by Mark Robertson
  • MHS has 16 National Merit Semi-Finalists
  • Chargers of the Year are Patti Rose and Matt Adkison
  • The musical is “Brigadoon”
  • The senior play is “Little Women”
  • The sophomore-junior play is “Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!”
  • The Surfs show is “Surfin Safari”
  • Student Council holds a “Gobble Off” contest and turkey dance
  • German Club sponsors the International Feast, featuring an Oompah band, knockwurst, sauerkraut, and apple strudel
  • Latin Club competes against the Faculty in the “Water Folldel
  • Latin Club competes against the Faculty in the “Water Follies”
  • Gymnastics Team has a 28-0 season record, goes 7-0 at Invitational meets, and are crowned the All City Champions
  • Cross Country is 2nd at Regionals and 4th in the State
  • Girls Basketball is 1st at Metro, 1st at Regionals, 1st at Area, and 5th in the State
  • Boys Basketball places 2nd at Regionals and 4th at Area
  • Boys Swimming takes 2nd at All City, 1st at Conference, and places 12th in State
  • They post a 13-3 season record
  • Girls Swimming takes 2nd at All City, 1st at Conference, and places 10th in State
  • Boys Track places 3rd at Conference and 3rd at Regionals
  • Girls Track takes 1st at Conference, 2nd at Regionals, and places 10th in State
  • Boys Tennis earns 2nd place at All City
  • Girls Tennis ties for 1st at All City, and ranks 11th in State
  • Boys Golf is 2nd in Conference, ties for 3rd in Regionals, and places 8th in State
  • Girls Golf is 1st in Conference, 2nd in Regionals, and ranks 7th in State
  • Concert Chorus’ Masterworks concerts features “Prayers from the Ark
  • 1979 is declared the “Year of Disco” by the Taps XVII staff
    • Another interesting tidbit from this yearbook: minimum wage is $2.90/hour
News of 1979 * Cell phones invented * Star Trek Electronic Phasers first sold in stores * Cabbage Patch Kids dolls become the “must have” Christmas toy * Snoopy Sno-Cone machine introduced * The Sony Walk-Man portable cassette player is introduced, allowing students to shake their groove thing anywhere they want * Roller Blades are introduced * Iran Hostage crisis * Top selling movies include “The Amityville Horror,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Alien,” “The Jerk,” and “The Muppet Movie” * A new invention, the Compact Disc Audio Player, is demonstrated for the international press in Netherlands * “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show airs *
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