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Late 1960s History

1964-1965 School Year
  • Drill team pose for their photo

flag team

  • Eisenhower is no longer part of San Bernardino school district
  • Participated in a new league - the Inland Valley or "Ivy" League
  • The latest technology was added. The new Dage Video Tape Recorder was installed just before Christmas. Sufficiently compact to be moved from room to room, the portable video recorder system records both sight and sound simultaneously.
  • Sports teams had great success in new league. JV Football and Wrestling are League Champs
  • Carol Boyd, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Patsy Limon, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Eisenhower's Varsity Thinkers competed on CBS Channel 2's "Scholar Quiz" against students from Bolsa Grande High School of Garden Grove. Ike defeated Bolsa Grande 193 to 86. The Thinkers practiced on panel, built with parts donated by Pacific Telephone, and patterned after the television show. The units were designed and built by students Virgil Forker and Mike Chauvet.

thinkers control panel  victorious thinkers

  • Nine copies of the Eagle's Eye Volume 6 were placed in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
  • Gym has first Eisenhower logo painted on it

Original EHS logo on gym

1965-1966 School Year
  • Band (notice they are standing where the B wing is now located)

band

  • League Champs for Varsity Football, JV Basketball, Varsity and JV Wrestling
  • The Eagle's Eye newspaper reported the difficulties in obtaining funding for a swimming pool. Rialto voters defeated a bond measure.
  • Baron Von Brenner, hypnotist, was the guest speaker of the Science Club
  • KEHS was the call letters of a simulated radio and television station used by the Speech II class. Because radio and television play such a valuable part in everyone's lives, the class offered valuable training.
  • Rialto Unified School District began
  • Susie Walters, Football Homecoming Queen
  • JV Basketball won the Ivy League Championship
  • Claudia Felicetta, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Senior class officers

senior class officers

  • Faculty and students played their annual donkey basketball game on real donkeys. (The donkeys, which were rented from the Reynolds Company of Colton, are specially trained to play in basketball games. To protect the gym floor, the donkeys wear padded red boots.)

donkey basketball

1966-1967 School Year
  • Members of the Sobobans Club (One of the original clubs that is still active today)

sobobans

  • Sign in front of Eisenhower High School on Lilac Ave

EHS sign

  • Football lost only 1 game in the regular season and made it to the first round of CIF playoffs
  • First year that Eisenhower was solely a Senior High School
  • The student newspaper received a letter from the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. Congressman Ken W. Dyal, 33rd District of California proposed an amendment to the Constitution of the United States granting to citizens who have attained the age of eighteen the right to vote.
  • The Work Experience program was proposed for the following school year. The opportunity would be for juniors and seniors regardless of their academic potential provided they met the criteria. Students would attend school part-time and work for the remainder of the day.
  • The Flags participated in the Southern California Flag Competition. They scored 89.5%, the highest in all divisions. The received a trophy and six first place ribbons. Last year they placed 16th.
  • The senior class of '66 financed a crest for the student body and faculty to enjoy. After it was approved, it was placed in the admin building in front of the switchboard. Tradition said that the new sophomore class from now on would be in charge of keeping the area clean.

crest

  • Varsity and JV Wrestling are league champs for third year in a row
  • Susie Wiyninger, Football Homecoming Queen. A member of her court is announced at halftime of the homecoming game.

homecoming court

  • Tennis, Ivy League Champ
  • Track and Field was undefeated in the Ivy League and advanced to CIF semi-finals
  • Nance Swan, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Different views of the Eisenhower campus

eisenhower campus

1967-1968 School Year
  • Students at a pep rally

pep rally

  • Bill McKinney, class of '67 played football for the Navy. Steve Preston, class of '67, played football for UCLA.
  • Michael Walek, class of '68, was the first Ken Hubbs winner at Ike. He was quarterback on the football team. He earned a white letter after having participated in football and baseball.
  • Athletic teams now in Citrus Belt League-CBL. This was the highest classification for schools with populations of over 2000.
  • Golf won their first CBL Championship
  • The Eagle's Eye published an article presenting arguments for and against students being allowed to have beards or mustaches (facial hair wasn't allowed)
  • Another complaint aired in the newspaper - why did boys have to wear socks with their sandals and not girls
  • Computers were used to help students with college selection. Students filled out a questionnaire and the information was computer matched with 3000 colleges. The students and his advisor then received a list of the most ideal schools for his needs.
  • The drill team and marching band won first place in competition with other AAAA schools in the area
  • Introduction of the Victory Bell, rung after each victory, later banned by the CIF.
Original victory bell
  • The senior lawn was established as well as the senior line for lunch. This line enabled seniors to get better and faster service.In planning for the Senior Lawn, they proposed to place it in front of the gym and planned to purchase benches.
  • Some students participated in a sit-in to protest the dress code
  • Eisenhower High School, Frisbie Junior and Rialto Junior High contributed $1000 to the Peace Corps last year for the building of a school in South America. The school was built in Piscaya, Peru. The profits from last year's Winterful Folk Festival was the source of Eisenhower's contribution.
  • Gayle Hall, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Michi Smith, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Project Eagle-idea of Mr. Ramsauer, Mr. Milbach, & Mr. Lucy. Worked from sketches, made mold of clay, then plaster cast, and finally fiberglass. Eagle was sprayed with bronze paint and a clear plastic spray for protection

EHS sign in front of school

  • An amendment was being reviewed by the district which would allow the wearing of Bermuda shorts from the end of Easter vacation to October 31
  • The marquee advertises graduation for the class of 1968

1968 EHS marquee

1968-1969 School Year
  • Basketball game in the EHS gym. Notice the windows at the top of the bleachers.

basketball in the gym

  • Do you remember the day it snowed? How about the time it rained so much the Quad flooded badly?

Students playing mud bowl on campus

  • Since 1959, Eisenhower's student body has quadrupled from six hundred to two thousand, three hundred and thirty
  • A chain link fence was erected on the Eisenhower campus
  • The L.A. Dodgers and the L.A. Times rewarded "A" students. Names were published in the paper and students received two reserved-seat tickets.
  • Eisenhower's new $306,664 science complex (K-wing) opened. The new complex houses the physics, biology and chemistry classes. There are 10 rooms, five of which are carpeted. Room dividers can split large lecture halls into smaller classrooms and there is a prep room where advanced students may prepare and keep special projects for an indefinite period of time.
Before K wing is built
Before
Finished K wing
After
  • Debate over whether to add a pool to Eisenhower or whether to wait to add one to the second high school being planned to be built in three years in the southern part of the city. If the pool were built, one of the proposals called for locating it in front of the gym.
  • The Eagle's Eye recalled the debate that was held in 1959 over the naming of the school. It was recalled that many people were unhappy over not naming the school after someone in the community. However, it was also suggested that since the new school would still be part of the San Bernardino school district, that naming it Rialto High School would not be a good idea because San Bernardino voters wouldn't be as likely to vote for school bonds in another community.
  • Eisenhower's Inter-Club Council staged its first homecoming parade in its history on November 8th. The parade began at the corner of Riverside and Etiwanda and proceeded south to the police station. The idea was first thought of as publicity to bring people to the Football Homecoming game to be held that same night.

First homecoming  First homecoming float

  • Barbara Waleszonia Football Homecoming Queen
  • Seniors could pick their own English classes for the first time
  • Martin Cooke, David Yates, Vic Keyer, and Johnnie Walker advanced to the CIF State Wrestling Finals
  • The House of Representatives sponsored a book drive, which collected over 10,000 books. These books were sent to Norton Air Force Base where they were made available to men leaving for Viet Nam.
  • Diane Honeycutt, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Eve Evans, State Champion the girl's oratory division
  • Student Body Joins Nation in Mourning Loss of General Dwight David Eisenhower
    • Dwight David Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas. During his 78 years, he accomplished many amazing feats. The most famous was his election as the thirty-fourth President of the United States. Eisenhower gained earlier fame as a general in the United States Army. He eventually achieved the rank of a Five Star General for his commendable work as the commander of American forces in Europe during World War II and other military service. After his retirement from the presidency, Eisenhower often vacationed in Palm Springs. Loyal Eisenhower High students were always on hand to welcome him upon his arrivals. Then in 1963, General Eisenhower accepted an invitation to visit the campus that bore his name. The school was named for President Eisenhower as far back as 1959, but the busy president could not find the time to take a special trip to visit the school. On March 22, 1963, General Eisenhower found the time to see the campus he had waited so long to view.
      Upon his arrival, Eisenhower was greeted by Principal Edward Ryan and ASB President Randy Wheaton. After formal greetings by school officials, General Eisenhower addressed an assembly of over 2,000 students and interested spectators, who greeted the former president with a standing ovation. Eisenhower then attended some of the various classes on campus with the comment, "I'm going to visit a few of your classes, but I'm going to keep still. I want to learn something from you." Eisenhower was made an honorary life member of the student body and invited to return. He never did. He will be greatly missed by us all. (Aquila 1969)