of the Richwood Tiger
members of the Richwood High School Class of 1964 pose at the main entrance.
was a relatively small school, which meant that each of us had many
opportunities for extracurricular activities. For example,
below we see Principal Dean Cochran with the Annual Staff that
published the 1963 yearbook.
below is the principal with the Student Council in the yearbook for
1964, when I was a junior.
following September, Ed Olson ran against Kelly Drake (second and
third from the right in the back row) for senior class
president. Ive written elsewhere
about that campaign. I was an Olson supporter, but I
couldnt help noticing that in this picture, Drake was much more photogenic.
a joke, I highlighted the difference with a typed paper
overlay. This version hasnt been publicly displayed until now.
Kelly stood out when the National Honor Society posed for a
portrait. (Was he really that tall?) The shorter guy at
his right shoulder was yours truly. I would be the president
of the NHS as a senior.
previous two groups hosted a banquet in May of 1964 to honor the
members of yet another group. The Scholarship Team (below)
competed in statewide tests given in various subjects each spring.
the banquet, I made the following short speech.
for the Scholarship Team, I want to thank the Student Council and
the National Honor Society for this banquet.
Scholarship Team needs
a little recognition. It's the one "team" in the
school whose activities are closely connected with the purpose of the
school. And yet, we don't have any cheerleaders. And
there is no "scholarship page" in the newspaper to report
what we've been doing.
course, the team doesn't attract many spectators. It's not too
interesting to watch students taking a test, you know. And we
only play one "game" a year. On top of that, we never
know whether we won. The only results we get are a set of
individual scores and rankings.
this year several of these scores were quite good. (Maybe we did
A number of them weren't bad at all.
we had the freshmen.
maybe you got the directions wrong. On the answer sheet you're
supposed to mark the correct
answer, not cross out the four incorrect ones! You get these
computers that grade the tests all confused. It's enough to
make a fellow forget what tests he took in the preliminary.
maybe next year you'll get it straightened out and bring back some
places in the district, huh? Because if you don't, we'll have
to start recruiting some Scholarship Team cheerleaders.
Hoffman (right), a freshman member of the team, advanced upon me in
mock anger after the speech, causing me to retreat in mock
fright. Although at one point I had poked fun at myself, I was
still an adolescent who had not yet mastered the delicate comedic
technique of kidding others without seeming snide about it.
another way to recognize good students was the honor roll,
prominently displayed on the wall of the second-floor hallway.
honor roll was updated after each six-week grading period.
This photo was taken after the fourth of six such periods in the
1962-63 school year, which ended in early March.
tenth-graders had ten students on the Distinction Roll, which meant
we had a grade point average of at least 3.6 in academic subjects and
our citizenship or "deportment" grades were "comparably
high." The students on the Merit Roll had at least 3.2 GPA's.