A large group poses on the steps of what is now Riverview Middle School

Plymouth High School Pep Club, one of the largest student organizations in 1942, was responsible for the Homecoming Parade, pep rallies and other spirit-related activities.

Looking back at PHS in 1942

Posted October 2, 2017

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the graduation of the Plymouth High School Class of 1942.

Here is a look back at their senior year:

  • Homecoming included a Pep Meeting at the end of the school day, a parade through downtown (departing from the new Post Office) with cash prizes for the classes that created the best floats, a bonfire, and a game against big rival Port Washington (which PHS lost 8-0), followed by a dance in the gymnasium featuring Orville Bathke and his orchestra. Other big events during the year included a Sadie Hawkins Dance in November and a school ping pong tournament in the spring.
  • Boys could play intermural basketball, football, and track. Through the Girls Athletic Association, girls could participate in intramural sports, including basketball and soccer, as well as horseback riding and bicycling.
  • Performing opportunities included the Thanksgiving play “Another John Alden,” a Christmas Program with Tableaux, the senior class play “Footloose,” Vocal Concert, Band Concert, Boys and Girls Glee Club, Mixed Chorus, Pep Club, Band, and Jazz Band.
  • Extracurriculars and other activities included Senate, National Honor Society, Quit Qui Oc yearbook, the new Archery Club, Book of the Month Club, Boys Letter Club, Commercial Club (which saw a demonstration of an electric typewriter at one meeting!), Conservation Club, Dance Club, Debate Team (which took second at State!), Dramatic Club, Fly-winding Club, Footlights Club (which presented plays), Future Farmers, German Club, Girls Letter Club, Hi-Y (a Christian club for boys), Home Economics Club, Latin Club, Library Club, Literary Club, Mathematics Club, National Forensic League, Pep Club, Sketch Club, Spanish Club, Speech Club, and Travel Club.
  • The day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, students gathered in an assembly to listen to President Roosevelt’s message to Congress and the U.S. declaration of war against Japan. During the remainder of the year, the student newspaper featured stories about girls knitting sweaters for the Red Cross, student blood drives, and growing victory gardens. Hi-Lights announced it would be mimeographed at school rather than printed for the duration of the war.

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.
• Look back 50 years at PHS in 1967.
• Visit the PHS Alumni Information webpage.
• Explore the District History webpage.