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.