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Class of 1955 Memories
 
 
 

Class of 1955 Memories - Milford High School


Submitted by Barbara Gaunya Bourdeau

We entered Milford High School in September 1951 full of teenage anticipation and nervousness, all while a war( OOPS Police Action)  was waging in far-away Korea. This was the year when U.S. President Harry S. Truman fired  General Douglas MacArthur from military command for making public policy statements contradicting the president.  

There was much other uneasious  throughout MHS since all students as well as some teachers tended to get lost changing from one classroom to the next without a map to follow.   Some of us with older siblings and friends were aware of their long wait to occupy this  newly constructed high school building which was refurbished and renamed the Parsons Government Center after MHS closed in 1983.

In  the Fall of 1951 many cheered the fact that overcrowded classrooms and half-day sessions would no longer exist!  Others tended to take this brand-new building and it's modern approach  for granted.  However, by June 1955 we had learned of our good fortune to have spent meaningful hours in a beautiful and  progressive educational environment learning skills necessary to survive in a more adult world.

Therefore,  we dedicated our 1955 class book in gratitude to City Fathers, the Board of Education, and our Parent Taxpayers regarding their foresight to provide what was once a dream and made it a reality.

The Class of 1955 is and forever will take pride in being known as the first class to have spent four complete years attending the NEW Milford High School.   Our yearbook theme, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, is indeed a significant reflection of this experience.

SCHOOL LEADERS who assisted in our adjustment to Wonderland.  

Mr. Joseph Foran, Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Frederic Gorham, MHS Principal

Miss Margaret O’Conner, Assistant Principal and Director of Guidance

THEIR REPLACEMENTS UPON A WELL EARNED RETIREMENT

Mr. Herbert French, Principal

Mrs. Dorothy Hamilton, Vice Principal

Mr. Richard Herman, Vice Principal

    

THE FIGHTING LITTLES, our junior play, and OUR MISS BROOKS, the following year's production, further bonded classmates by bringing aspiring actors and actresses together in zany rehearsals, tense moments, and exquisite performances under the direction of Civianne Rubin and Denny Menold.

Junior Prom (An Evening in Paris) featured a huge "student constructed” version of the Eiffel Tower under the leadership of classmate Tex Fogleberg.

The town of Milford was denuded of feshly growing flowers  under the direction of  Frank KittredgeAll somehow made their way to decorate the MHS gym.  Queen Bea Coe and King Charlie Hutchet reigned over a bevy of  princesses: Mickie Campagna, Pat O’Rielly, Claire Hultman, Pat Robinson, and Audrey Kilbourne. 

Senior Advisors, Mr. Mohyde, Miss Smith, Mr. Wilkins, Mrs. Ribak, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Chilinski, Mr. Tremmel, Mrs. Beale, and Mr. Nolan as well as guidence counselors   not only dedicated their lives to classroom instruction but also spent after school hours  guiding us down intricate paths  to wise decisions.

Bea Coe, Bob Dix, Carl Watt, Richard Peckham, Boris Von York, Paul Mack, and Charlie Hutchet represented us at Connecticut Laural and Nutmet, Girls’ and Boys’ State conferences.

Bob Chapell, Jack Van Raaphorst, John Maryak represented our band while Gail  Moriarity, Arlene Bates, Betsy Lidman and Ben McCormick represented the MHS 55 chorus at the Fall 1954 All State Music Festival in Hartford. At this writing, Bob continues to play his sax professionally in Stuart, Florida.

How can we ever forget MHS concert band leading us in singing  Alma Mater at every Friday morning assembly during our four years.   Remember  those comfortably upholstered auditorium seats?    WHERE AND WHEN DID THEY GO!!!!

And who does not remember “The Seven Jacks” band that played at our school dances? I hear tell years later from Bob Chapell that they earned $7 for each gig.  

The 1954-55 Athletic Council was composed of 10 males and 0 female members. The Girls Sports Club under the influence of Miss Tickey was able to reserve the MHS gym at intervals for practice, prior to scheduling  a Girls Volley Ball Sports Day at the Arnold College Gym each year.

Fortunately, Milford’s Park and Rec Committee led by John and Lorretta Della Russo filled the gap.  They organized and supervised girl and boy athletic leagues in basketball, softball, and hardball for many years.

In our senior year, Doris Haselman led the Baton Squad and Carol Usinger captained  the Cheerleaders.  Bill Phalen and Paul Mack were our football captains.

Under the excellent leadership of captain Walt Pilkowicz and coach Roy Lund, the “55” Basketball team will long be remembered as one of MHS’ best.

Bill Byers captained the bowling team.  Mr. Cox coached the golf team while Paul Mack and Walt Pilkowicz led the baseball team for Coach Lund.  

Senior Prom (Ebb Tide), final exams, Class Night, Banquet and Graduation finalized a busy spring schedule. Soon summer was upon us - high school was over, leaving each of us with varied thoughts of possible futures!!

 

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