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Digitized 1966 Echo

Next Reunion: 50th Class Reunion    Saturday, October 8, 2016 – Meadia Heights Country Club

School And Community Learn “The Importance Of US”

Amid civil-rights demonstrations and “teach-ins” supporting and opposing the United States’ policy in Vietnam, the 1966 yearbook staff chose to record the many changes that have occurred at McCaskey during the high school years of the senior class. Even though President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, his concern for the development of youth continued to emphasize the “Importance of Us” to the future. Various factors have caused innovations in our McCaskey life. The increased need for higher education resulted in a seven-period day, characterized by the addition of more fourth-year language studies, a three-year required social studies curriculum, the Lancaster English Enrichment Program, courses in advanced biology and chemistry, higher mathematics, as well as the necessity of sixteen credits for graduation. Modernization of teaching methods resulted in a laboratory in the language department, driver-simulating machines in the new safety-education room, and educational television in the Concert Hall. With the increased student and faculty enrollment, the administrative staff was enlarged. S. Ernest Kilgore, former dean of boys, was promoted to director of guidance of the city schools. Another dean of girls was appointed in 1963-64 and two more men in 1964-65. One of the latter resigned and was replaced in March of 1966. “Dean” Kilgore was replaced by “Head Counselor” Robert V. King. To enable the counselors to better advise the sophomores, SCAT STEP tests were administered. An office manager was employed. Data-processing equipment began handling attendance records, student report cards, and student schedules. Other changes over the three-year period included the transferral of clubs to the end of the day, the elimination of daily devotions and Bible reading, and the assignment of eighth period to one teacher. Our band performed on national television and played at the World’s Fair in New York. The class of 1965 was the first to have its commencement at Franklin and Marshall College instead of at McCaskey. Girls received permission to participate in interscholastic sports. A new superintendent of schools was appointed, and a new position of director of secondary schools was created. From September 1963 till June 1966, the school board had 16 different members, five of whom have served during the past three years. At McCaskey, this past year has been a “year of hospitalization”— with five teachers spending extended time in the hospital. A third teacher was added to the special education department in January (The second had been added in 1964). One teacher was married at Christmas; one died in January. After 35 years, Boyd L. Sponaugle retired from coaching football. A department head was added for foreign languages. A new dramatics director was appointed. The social committee was assigned to only one counselor: an audio-visual aids instructor was named; a new school newspaper adviser was designated. Other positions to which different teachers were named were that of locker supervisor, cheerleader and majorette advisers; swimming and head football coaches; and honor society ad-viser. Substitute teachers were necessary for one who resigned to teach in a college and for Franklin R. Marsh, who became coordinator of Federal and State education programs in Lancaster. Now, though we of the senior class are part of the past, future McCaskeyites mav also realize the importance of the years from September 1963 to June 1966.