Librarians at a desk look over students studying at tables

A look inside the newly opened PHS library, from the 1967 Quit Qui Oc.

Looking back at PHS in 1967

Posted September 25, 2017

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the Plymouth High School Class of 1967, which is planning a reunion during PHS Homecoming.

Here is a look back at their senior year:

  • The current Plymouth High School building on Highland Avenue opened for classes Sept. 6, 1966, though some areas were not yet completed. The senior play was performed in the newly finished auditorium in November, the first basketball game was held in the gym in December, and the pool opened in February. The school was officially dedicated in a ceremony on March 12, 1967, which featured a speech by state superintendent William Kahl and musical selections by the PHS band and chorus, and was followed by an open house for the public to tour the building.
  • Homecoming included a pep rally and crowning ceremony plus a bonfire on Thursday, followed by a parade, football game against Chilton (the only loss of the season), and dance on Friday. Student Council awarded prize money ranging from $1 to $5 for parade floats and from $1 to $3 for classroom window decorations.
  • The boys track and golf teams won conference titles; Joe Ule set a new state class B record in the discus with 174’ 8”. Other boys’ athletic teams included baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf and tennis. Girls could participate in athletics through the Girls Athletic Association and the Girls Sports Association.
  • Performing opportunities included Senior Band, Pep Band, Chorus, Glee Club, the One Act plays “Final Dress Rehearsal” and “Happy Journey to Camden and Trenton,” the senior class play “Our Town,” the musical “Guys and Dolls,” the Choraliers madrigal group, and regional and state Solos & Ensembles.
  • Extracurriculars and other activities included National Honor Society, Student Council, Quit Qui Oc yearbook, Hi-Lights newspaper, Quill & Scroll Society, Debate, Forensics, German Club, Letter Club, Library Club, Pep Club, Photography Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, Future Homemakers of America, Future Farmers of America, Future Nurses of America, Future Teachers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Distribute Education Club of America, Dress Code, Projection Staff, Cheerleaders, Pantherettes, Tri-Hi-Y, Hi-Y, and a student exchange with Drury High School in North Adams, Mass.
  • Back-to-school fashion fads included Bobbie Brooks co-ordinates, rib-stitched sweaters, long-sleeved turtlenecks, and wool heather slip-over sweaters.

Thanks to Hi-Lights newspaper and Quit Qui Oc yearbook for sharing their archives!

Learn more:
• Look back 10 years at PHS in 2007.
• Look back 25 years at PHS in 1992.
• Look back 30 years at PHS in 1987.
• Look back 40 years at PHS in 1977.
• Visit the PHS Alumni Information webpage, which has details on other upcoming reunions.
• Explore the District History webpage.

PHS Class of 1967 50th Reunion

The Class of 1967 is celebrating its 50th class reunion Sept. 29-30. Class members will participate in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 29 and have an event Saturday, Sept. 30 at Racers.