Memories from the FCHS class of ’63

Yes. Teenagers did dress like that in '63.
Memories from 1963.
Memories from 1963.
Yes.  Teenagers did dress like that in '63.
Yes. Teenagers did dress like that in ’63.

Floyd County High School’s Class of 1963 — the first graduates of what was back then the county’s new consolidated high school — celebrated its 50th class reunion at the school Sunday with a gathering to see old friends and remember.

Although FCHS opened in 1962, the first graduation was in the spring of ’63 — a time of sock hops, drive-in movies and cruisin’ the steets.

The class invited Ruth Hallman, the English and journalism teacher from those days, to attend and add to the festivities.  Although I didn’t graduate from the school until ’65 — a year early because I skipped my junior hear — reunion organizer Don Williams was kind enough to invite me to attend so I could see Mrs. Hallman — a mentor who, along with her husband Pete who ran The Floyd Press back then — encouraged me to go into newspapers and a reporter and photographer.

By chance, I ran into Mrs. Hallman and daughters Sherry and Kathleen the day before at The Floyd Country Store.  Kathleen was a member of the Class of ’63.  It didn’t get a chance to see them at the reunion itself but attending for a short time gave me a chance to reconnect with other old friends and shoot for photos of the event.

Bob Keith (left) chats with former classmates.  Bob was the student school photographer in 1963 and took me under his wing as his assistant.
Bob Keith (left), Class of ’63,  chats with former classmates. Bob was the school photographer in 1963 and took me under his wing as his assistant.  It served as school photographer in 1964 and 65.
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