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From Orren Williams:

I moved in 1965 my junior year to Gonzales Louisiana missing my 1966 graduation at KHS

Over the years I have often thought of the many friends I had over my years at Highland Park Jr and KHS. My best friend at Kennewick was Jim Yates, who tragically was killed in an auto accident right after my move. I just spent about an hour perusing your website to glean any information that I could about others, sadly many of these entries are for deceased classmates.

After leaving Kennewick, due to my father's job transfer I attended LSU and
after a couple of years joined the Navy. I served for four years and did a tour in Viet Nam. I returned to LSU and completed my degress in engineering and moved to Atlanta to further my graduate studies at Ga. Tech. After Ga. Tech I started teaching at a medium sized university north of Atlanta and retired a couple of years ago as faculty emeritus. I was then asked to start up an engineering academy at one the premier magnet high schools in the nation, which just so happens to be where my kids attend.

I have never ventured back to Kennewick, but several contacts who have been back have told me it is totally changed. I guess I'll keep my memories of what it was when I was there.

Nice website, brings back a lot of warm fuzzies.


Orren Williams,

PS: I still have my class ring, I never bothered to get one to replace it and intend to go down and find my old high school yearbooks as soon as I finish this email.

It's Obsolete!

Changing the ribbon on a typewriter... rewinding audio or video cassettes... adjusting the rabbit ears on your TV set... checking your beeper... formatting a floppy disk... having to put www in front of every URL... loading film into a camera... using a darkroom... licking stamps... using a pay phone... looking up a business in the Yellow Pages... switching from TV to Game Mode on the box behind the TV... blowing into a dusty Nintendo cartridge to make it work... using the Dewey Decimal System to find a book... winding your watch... calling the radio station to find out what that song was... ripping the trim with the holes off the sides of computer paper... calling someone collect... replacing the tape in your answering machine... heating a "TV Dinner" in the oven... getting up to manually change the TV channel... sharpening a razor blade... adding water to car batteries... riding a single speed bike... setting the time on a VCR... downloading music from the original Napster... putting tape over the punched-out holes on a VCR tape so you can use it again... placing the needle at the beginning of a song on a vinyl record without making the scratching noise... popping in a flash cube... using a choke... defrosting the refrigerator...refilling a fountain pen... using carbon paper to make copies...changing tracks on an 8-track tape...taping songs off the radio onto a cassette tape... sniffing freshly mimeographed tests... sending a handwritten letter... writing in cursive... mowing the yard with a nonpowered push mower... milk deliveries... manually entering prices into an old-fashioned cash register...cleaning the head of your VCR...

Tri-City Herald, 21 April, 2008

Count all the ones that you remember, NOT the ones you were told about ! Your ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt !

Teenagers and toilet paper. This tradition has gone on for years.

Homecoming bonfire.


For no particular reason, I looked through my old Kennewick HS yearbook and noticed that the entire school district was run by five people: Supt., Asst.
Supt., Business Mgr., and the two principals for the junior and senior highs. No assistant principals, no deans, no counselors, no teacher's aides, no bilingual teachers, no special ed. teachers. The KHS office staff had 21 people, but 16 of those were students who each probably worked an hour or two a day, and (I think) four of the other five adults were part-time. There was one librarian and several students for the library "staff." I don't know about custodians and cafeteria workers, so I didn't count them.

I got curious about that and compared it to the little district where I taught before I retired. It consisted of five elementary schools and one junior high, with probably the same or fewer total students than KHS and KJHS combined.

The difference?

Taft City School District employed (In addition to the teachers) a total of 94 full-time people as administrators, counselors, secretaries, clerks, coordinators, "directors", and even an offset printer operator. Again, I didn't count cafeteria and custodial workers.

I won't try to claim that KHS was any better than today's schools, but I'm certain it was no worse. And it definitely cost a lot less to operate.

Giving tax money to congress (or to public schools) is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.--PJ O'Rourke
Submitted by:
Orlando Stevlingson, Class of 1953


KHS Fight song: Onward Kennewick

Onward Kennewick, Onward Kennewick
Fellows fight for fame
Pass the ball right down the field boys
Touchdown every time -rah - rah - rah!
Onward Kennewick, Onward Kennewick
Fellows fight for fame
Fight fellows, fight, fight, fight
We'll win this game!!
Onward Kennewick, Onward Kennewick
Fellows fight for fame
Fight fellows, fight, fight, fight
We'll win this game!!

Half time performance - 1967

The Big Drum

In Our Den
(to the tune "Cassions Go Rolling Along")

In our Den once again we will gather round and then,
We will pack up our troubles and roar.
King of beasts at his feast is not troubled in the least.
All our cares we have left at the door.
For it roar Lions, roar, again and then some more.
Snap up all our pep, we will make the others step,
When the Lions come roaring along,
Keep roaring
When the Lions come roaring along.
Rah! Rah!

A late arrival jogs up Garfield Street hill in Kennewick on Wednesday afternoon to join his Kennewick High School classmates for a senior class photo for the school's yearbook. The school arranged for permits from the city to temporarily close the street so the photo could be taken by Dorian Studio photographer Luis Sauceda.
Try-City Herald, 29 November 2007
*please click on the photo to view it in a larger format

Elizabeth Owen Enger examines the dress she wore for her high school graduation from Kennewick High School in 1917. The dress was made by her grandmother. This photo, taken on August 16, 1964, was showing the events at the Kennewick class 1908-1930 Reunion.
Try-City Herald 24 February 2008

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