Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

May 16, 2013

CCHS Class of 1963 congratulates Class of 2013

CROSSVILLE — I had the honor of being the first person to graduate from the very first class of CCHS in June 1963.

It was a time where three Cumberland County High Schools became one — CCHS. In the beginning there were many new faces from the consolidation. Each tended to stick with their own previous schools. But all that changed quickly and was molded into one big, happy CCHS senior class within the first few weeks. Friends were made from all schools and still remain after 50 years!

I was somewhat of a different "new girl," having moved away from Homestead Elementary after sixth grade. I lived and attended school in Florida for the next four and 1/2 years. At the end of my junior year, I returned to the old CCHS. The new CCHS was opening for the fall of my senior year. I didn't feel that competitive spirit that most of them carried over from their previous schools.

Our class chose our Columbia Blue and Gold school colors and our famous Jet mascot. We had the usual high school parades, proms and ball games. We even won championship games that year. We had the best athletes from all schools.

The senior class trip was amazing. We traveled by a chartered bus to Washington, DC. This was a first trip for many of our classmates. There was a stop where most of our class toured Monticello in Virginia. Unfortunately, I toured the emergency room there from being sick from bus fumes! Other than that, the trip was great! CCHS holds too many fond memories for me to mention each of them.

I wish each member of the 2013 graduating class the best of luck. Work hard, play hard and strive to be the best you can be in whatever you choose to do.

May God bless each of you.

Nancy Allred Dodson

CCHS Class of 1963

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