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
When the new CCHS was set to open on Sept. 5, 1962, many people were quick to predict dissension among the students and staff. Yet cooler heads prevailed and the year was a success. The year before the school was to open, the students at CCHS, Homestead and Pleasant Hill were able to vote on the new school colors, Columbia blue, gold and white, and the new mascot name, Jets. By allowing the students the opportunity to have a say in the new school, they found their way together as a united student body.
By the time graduation arrived, it was apparent that the three schools had merged almost seamlessly into one new school. The football team had a championship season, the band had an award-winning years, and the girls basketball team went to the state playoffs for the first time in county history. Students from all three schools were part of this success. Academically, the students thrived with teachers coming together as one unit. LIfe long friendships were formed, as well as some marriages between people who had once been rivals.
As for any advice that these students might give to the 50th graduating class, it would probably be to remember the past four years as something that only comes around once and to cherish the friendships and memories that you made.
Cheryl Swafford Stone
Class of 1963
When our three high schools were joined together, I just could not imagine this working. We were rivals, Red Devils, Bulldogs and Hornets. I grew up with these teams competing against each other. How could we be classmates, friends and join together as one?
Well, it happened.
My senior year was one of my most cherished memories and many blessings.
I wish for the class of 2013 that you will feel this same blessing after 50 years.
In Christian Love,
Janet Parker Boston
Class of 1963
The CCHS Class of 1963 will hold its 50th reunion Oct. 12, 2013 at the Crossville Depot. Save the date now and look for updates on reunion news in the coming months.