WE WERE THE FRESHMEN OF 1967-68 It was September, 1967, and Woodrow Wilson High School encountered the largest class of Fresh- men ever to enter its doors. At first we were a little nervous, wondering which lines to get in next - where the library was, and pretending to know what we were doing. But in spite of all this, we muddled through with the friendly help of SCA President Pat Kreger and the understanding and sympathy of the counselors and administration. Before long, we learned our way around and took time out to elect Tony Antonucci our Freshman Class President. We were granted the privilege of cheering for Wilson's "mighty orange and blue" and we did our job wholeheartedly. We were Freshmen, but not for long. We had become a vi- tal part of Wilson and we were heading full speed towards being the best class ever to have attended WWHS. WE WERE THE SOPHOMORES OF 1968-69 After a seemingly short summer, we came back to Wilson as Sophomores and elected Alan Bartlett our class president. We wondered how many of the old faces would be missing and how many "ea- ger-beaver" freshmen would be roaming our halls. We cheered even louder at football games, spent more time concerned about our individual desti- nies, and some of us even studied a little harder. For the first time we actually knew what was going on as we watched Richard M. Nixon elected as our new United States President. Our responsibilities were light, our obligations few and we chose our friends for sole purpose of making life more enjoy- able. Wilson was becoming more and more a part of us; we learned its traditions and its way of life, and although some denied it we began to feel that we were Presidents through and through and we oved that feeling! Our football team was ranked No. 1 in the State. And as the year ended we found ourselves very eager to come back as Juniors in such a wonderful school. WE WERE THE JUNIORS OF 1969-70 When we re-entered the halls in our Junior year we found them more crowded than ever. At first we didn't see how we could get along in such over- crowded conditions, but we soon settled down for an exciting and never-to-be-forgotten year. Yes. We were Juniors. We had "learned the ropes" and the routine life at WWHS. Football sea- son caught us off guard as we discovered that for the first time in many years we would not have a Homecoming Parade. "How could they do such a thing?" we cried. We were all ready to contribute Bonnie Buchanan as Maid of Honor. That year we were also invited by the PTA to join their organiza-
tion and form a PTSA. The students were sup- posed to make the big difference in the "gap". So we voiced loudly our opinions on current fashions and helped formulate a new dress code. In an ex- cited, chaotic rush we received our class rings, subtly showing them off to our jealous Freshmen and Sophomore friends. Later on in the season before a capacity crowd at Frank D. Lawrence Stadium our hearts sank as we watched the mighty Presidents fall to Great Bridge after a 20-game winning streak. Near the end of the year, we were again saddened to learn that our principal of three years, Mr. W. W. Piland, would no longer be with us in our last year. Both sadness and happiness was shared the night of our personal farewell to the Seniors, the Ju- nior-Senior Prom. The theme was "The Roaring Twenties" and Gary Brower, Junior Class President and Cabot Wilson worked diligendy to make it a most successful evening. We knew that the year was over for us as Juniors but actually "our time" had just begun. WE WERE THE SENIORS OF 1970-71 It all started last summer when friends and neighbors repeatedly asked, "How does it feel to be a Senior?" The answer was usually a short one because none of us really- knew! September finally came, but our school just wasn't the same. We noticed that many of our old friends - the Seniors of 1970 had not returned to Wilson; we had taken their places. We had good feelings because we were treated as special people. Sometimes we regretted our benefits. Remember the day you came home with a sore neck from sit- ting in the front row in assembly for an hour? Homecoming descended upon us and we elected Stephanie Facenda to represent us as Queen. Her attendants, Jan Pringle and Gay Mabe, were also from the Senior Class. Our Senior Spirit seemed to pay off once again, when, for the second time in two years, our football team. became Regional Champions. With the help of the. S.C.A. led by Steve Foster, Wilson girls began wearing pants to school. Sharon Wright,. our Senior Class President, guided us as we gleefully ordered our Graduation Announcements and other important material. And as the year moved to its inevitable end, these moments are crystallized into colorful memories, which find a permanent resting place in our hearts. We hope that we have made an impression in the paths of Woodrow Wilson High School, and as the road of life gets longer and harder to bear, we can only say keep your face toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you. --by Katherine Hope Mason
(To the tune of :Solitary Man”) (Words by Steve Vass) The memories of good times, How could times be better One act plays, holidays A spirit inside us has tied us together Through these years, times grow dear. So we move along, we’ll be strong But we’ll always Hold dear in our hearts, precious parts of our school days Here at Wilson High, Wilson High. Efforts of past years will bring tears of gladness Now it seems just a dream The end of the rise finds our eyes looking forward We all know we must go. So we move along, we’ll be strong But we’ll always, Hold dear in our hearts, precious parts of our school days Here at Wilson High, Wilson High, Wilson High
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The Woodrow Wilson Class of 1971 announces plans for its 45th Reunion Celebration! This one-night reunion will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Ambassadors Club in Portsmouth. You will love this “old school” setting which will bring back many good memories of our high school days. Cocktail hour will start at 6pm followed by buffet dinner and dancing.