August, 2019

Among the highlights of our Senior year was the success of North’s basketball team at the State Tournament.  With strong leadership from Coach Bruner and Senior teammates, the team improved throughout the year and played their best when it meant the most.  The combination of good coaching, talent, and teamwork, accompanied by strong student body support and a few timely War Cries, produced a result the entire Redskin family could enjoy – 3rd place at State!  Note:  two members of our team were also honored by selection to the All-State team.  If you would like to revisit the magic, we’ve included an excerpt from our yearbook at the ‘North Star Articles’ link.

1989 reunion picture:  With your help we’ve been able to identify 114 of the 161 classmates.  We will continue to update the list of names within the ’20 Year Reunion Picture’ link as we receive more input at the ‘Contact Us’ link.

Hall of Fame update:  At our request, Bob Love has provided a summary of achievements leading to his 2016 Hall of Fame induction.  The bio, now archived in our Hall of Fame link, also shares info about Bob’s recent interests that deserve your attention.

September Newsletter:  To help prepare for the upcoming Reunion, we will offer a ‘getting ready’ FAQ-style checklist next month with everything you will need to know to enjoy the weekend.  Feel free to forward questions you would like addressed to the ‘Contact Us’ link.  Please note that special pricing for lodging at the Hotel at Old Town is only available until August 30




July, 2019

Our continuing search for Redskin artifacts has produced more treasures from school archives to share with you.  The first will be familiar from Redskin games and Pep Assemblies of yesteryear, the North High WAR CRY!  From the first few drum beats, you can sense the energy, purpose, and pride we felt as Redskins.  If you ever need an all-natural shot of adrenaline, click on the ‘War Cry’ link and feel the instant infusion of nostalgia based endorphins.  Nothing could be better, except for seeing and hearing it performed live, complete with cheerleader choreography, at the Homecoming Pep Assembly (Friday, October 4). 

Our second treasure, is a visual treat – the 1989 reunion class picture with 161 of our classmates (please reference the ’20 Year Reunion’ link).  We are currently in the process of compiling names for all classmates and invite your input. Please respond using the ‘Contact Us’ link to confirm your location within the picture and we will share a list of names on our website in the near future. 

The last monthly entries in our virtual time capsule are the first few reprints of selected North Star articles from our Senior year (available at the ‘North Star’ link).  This month’s reprints focus on our fellow students hard at work having fun at the annual Powder Puff Football game and, later in the year, braving the elements to win a KLEO sponsored contest for the best snowman.  

As our Reunion gets closer, interest continues to grow with many new names recently added to our Class Creator website.  If you know of others still listed as ‘Missing’, please invite them to join our website and attend the Reunion.  Also, if you plan to attend, please register for specific events at your earliest convenience.  Early registrations will help us finalize plans for space and food service to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.

Once again, we close with a ‘Letterman-style’ list of ten reasons to attend the reunion.  As there are many more than just ten really good reasons to attend, we decided a sequel to last month’s list was needed.  Enjoy!

Ten More Reasons to Attend Our Reunion

  1. Reconnecting with old friends is kind of like rediscovering your favorite pair of jeans, learning they still fit, and finding money in the pocket – but better!


  1. It is highly unlikely you will be the oldest person there.


  1. TRADITION – no other school has our War Cry, Butch, Jack’s North Hi Carry Out, and their very own Tower and River.


  1. Your friends have probably forgotten all the dumb stuff you did.  Note:  You should do the same for them.


  1. We can thank those who challenged us to be better but supported us even when we weren’t.


  1. Common bonds – our previous shared interests of class assignments and tests, school games, and cute classmates have been replaced with prescription medications, travel tips, and cute GRANDKIDS!


  1. After 50 years in the ‘real world’, we now know that many of the best people in our lives were North High classmates.


  1. Over 20 of your classmates, and countless other volunteers, have unselfishly donated their time throughout the past year to plan a special weekend for us.  Their best reward is for you to sign up and come, and most importantly,

       2.  We will all have more FUN if you are there. 

       1.  For all of these reasons and more, it just feels good to know – 




June 2019

This month we are very pleased to share Joe Cooper’s Commencement Address from May, 1969.  Although Joe’s initial reaction to our request was something like “you’ve got to be kidding”, he was able to locate his presentation and graciously consented to sharing with you again.  We believe you will find his message timeless and insightful, even after 50 years.  You will find Joe’s message in the ‘Commencement Address’ section of our website.  


More great news, we are now able to share a recent decision to include Barbara Yarnell Chamberlin, Class of 1969, into the North High Hall of Fame.  Barbara’s contributions to the community that led to this honor are detailed in her bio posted in the new ‘Hall of Fame’ section of our website.  This link will also list prior recipients from our class.   Please plan to attend the HOF Award ceremony (Saturday, 10/5 @ 9:30 AM - North High Auditorium), to recognize Barbara’s well deserved honor and demonstrate appreciation for one of our own.  


On a lighter note, we close with a David Letterman-style list of reasons to attend the October reunion (courtesy of Dave Quillen).  


In summary, as demonstrated by the classmate contributions presented this month, we were in very good company while at North High and are proud to know, 




                                The Top 10 Reasons to Attend

                        North High’s Class of 1969 50-year Reunion


10. Unlike the 10-year reunion, you won’t have to rent a limo, come up with a more impressive job description, or hold your stomach in…nobody cares.


9. We’ll print the name tags 50% larger in honor of the 50th reunion.


8. Everyone qualifies for the senior discount.


7. No one will laugh or criticize you for talking about your medical conditions.


6. To meet a bunch of new friends (which you can do again at the 60th).


5. We’ll have someone on-hand to help explain Medicare.


4. If you attend, you won’t be asked to be on the 60th reunion planning committee… probably.


3. Have a chance to win the drawing for a free 1-year subscription to Prevention Magazine.


2. Even though your letter jacket hasn’t fit for decades, you can still wear the letter on your favorite bathrobe.


1. Because you’ll never, ever look this good again.


 Redskin Reflections from Spring, 1969

May 2019

The last few months of our Senior year were filled with many events to celebrate our time at North High. Although we knew the high school experience was ending soon and a new future awaited, our immediate priority was to enjoy the time remaining by attending or participating in the following activities with friends. Now, as older and wiser ‘Seniors’, we can reflect upon our high school memories with an appreciation for friends and mentors that created these learning opportunities and supported our efforts as we prepared to face the challenges of being an adult.

- Fine Arts and Athletic Activities – Redskin Rhythms Senior Assembly, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” play, “Broadway Splash” synchronized swimming show and various track, tennis, baseball and golfing competitions.

- Annual Water Festival - float and race competitions between each class provided opportunities to participate and root for classmates.

- Ring Turning beneath Butch – an annual ritual for Seniors to ‘pass the torch’ to Juniors near the end of the school year.

- Senior Events – Senior Banquet, Senior Prom (with after party at Rose Bowl West), and Senior Week, (including Commencement practice).

- Commencement - May 23, 1969 (Friday), 8:00 PM - Henry Levitt Arena

Pomp and Circumstance- Symphonic Band

National Anthem - Symphonic Band

Flag Salute - Kelly Pinkham

Invocation - Tim Sheedy

Songs - Happy is the Man and Salutation to the Dawn - North High Choir

Commencement Address - Joe Cooper. “Commencement 1969, From Here to Where”

Donna Jefferies - A Blur of Red and White

Presentation of the Class - Dr. John Gasper

Presentation of Diplomas

Alma Mater

Benediction - Tim Sheedy

Recessional - Symphonic Band

Each of these activities was a well-established school tradition and, along with many other shared experiences, became part of our individual and collective DNA as North High Redskins. Later this year, thanks to a few of our dedicated classmates, we once again have the chance to spend time with old friends and acknowledge an important part of who we are. The memories that have stayed with us for half a century are an undeniable reminder that, “Once a Redskin, Always a Redskin”.

Current News

As we get closer to our October Reunion, classmate interest has increased dramatically. During the last month registrations on our Class Creator website (www.wichitanorthhighschoolclassof has increased by 35 new members to 185. Further increases are expected as current members reach out to 'Missing Classmates' and encourage them to join us.