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Over the next few months, The Orange and Black is going to be interviewing a few members of the class of 1966, who graduated 50 years ago. We hope that by reading these interviews you’ll get to know some of the class members, what their high school experiences were like, what life was like in Hanover during the 1960’s, and to be able to connect with these alumni when they attend graduation this year.  

 

Edition 4 - Kathy Sabaka Keffer

posted May 3, 2016, 5:57 PM by Sierra Stevens   [ updated May 3, 2016, 6:04 PM by Jason Suter ]

By Sierra Stevens

Kathy Sabaka Keffer graduated from Hanover High School in 1966. She was involved in many clubs and extracurriculars, including Y-teens, art club, interscholastic sports, school plays, and she was a majorette in the band.  Kathy is now married with children and has grandchildren who go to Hanover. She still lives in the Hanover area. Below is a picture of Kathy during her senior year of high school.

 


Kathy is pictured on the top row, four from the left with the other members of Y-Teens.


Kathy is pictured standing behind the girl sitting with the sash in the school play.


How many years did you attend HPSD?
Our family moved here from Massillon, Ohio when I was in second grade. I went through the Hanover Public School District the whole way except for first grade. We didn’t have Kindergarten back then.  


What job/career/college did you pursue after high school?
I went to the Pennsylvania Junior college of Medical Arts. I started out in the medical profession but the very first doctor I worked for needed help with accounting and bookkeeping. After taking some classes I did all of his accounting and bookkeeping and never used the medical portion of my education. I was one of those students that did not know what I wanted to do after high school.  I knew I wanted to go on to further my education so I decided on the medical arts. But as you can see your interests and experiences change all the time. After years of working in sales and bookkeeping in various jobs my husband and I decided to open our own business. All the years of experience in various jobs were a valuable asset when we started our own business.


What are your favorite memories of HHS?
It was probably football games. During my time in high school everyone went to football games. I really experienced that again this year with your great football season. My grandson was on the team this year and we went to all the games. The crowds were very similar to my years in high school. When I was in high school there were so many students at the games they actually had special bleachers just for the band so they would not take up valuable seats in the stadium.The band would lineup at Eichelberger (the old high school) and march to the football game. Students along the way would hop in behind the band and March with us to the Shepherd Myers Stadium. If we would win we would march to the square in Hanover and have a Pep Rally. Bands back in the 60's did not have band competition. They basically did football games, parades and band concerts.



Picture featuring the football stands in 1966.


What do you wish for the future of HHS?
I don't know. Your school seems to be doing very well. You just had a very successful play. You should be very proud of all that talent. This is the third year I have attended the HHS play and it astounds me how much talent this school has. I think a special thank you goes out to Mrs. Smith who really gets her students excited about your music education!


Where could you be found on a Friday night during your time here at HHS?
Well, we usually started at the canteen at the Y. Then we would usually end up at a dance. We must have been a big dancing group of kids back then because we always went to dances. We had Moose dances, fire hall dances, school dances and Y dances. Every weekend we went somewhere to dance. We also watched a TV show called the Buddy Deane show. You would watch the show and learn all the new dances. The show had such a following in Hanover that they would actually bring the show to Hanover (at the Armory on Clearview Road) and do the show. Everyone would go because then you could meet the "regulars" who were on the Buddy Deane show. Below is a clip of The Buddy Deane Show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT_QNC6o24E


What was your opinion on high school at that time?
I loved high school. Hanover and Delone was the big rivalry until my junior year when we played Southwest for the first time. It was early in the 60's when Hanover and Southwest became two different schools. You had kids you had gone to school with until they started at SW. It was a great rivalry, and by the way Hanover always won back then.


What were the school dances like?
The boys sat on one side and the girls on the other. Most fast dancing was girls dancing with girls because not many guys danced. The proms were fun. All of our proms were held at the school. When you were a junior you decorated  the gym for the seniors.You would walk into that gym and could not believe it was your gym. We had large parachutes on the ceiling to bring the ceiling down and then just all kinds of decorations. They would transform that gym so you would not recognize it. We had as much fun our junior year doing the decorating as we did our senior year attending.


Block parties?
This is going back to our dance days. In the summer they would close a parking lot at the Acme Supermarket and hire a DJ and everyone would come and dance. They also had a dance every Sunday night at a local swimming pool.


Who were Majorettes and what did they do?

You don't have Majorettes. When I was growing up there were majorette studios like they have Dance studios today.  I was a member of the Hanover Cadets. There were lots of girls who were anxious to be a majorette.  You had to be in the band in order to be a majorette. You had to try-out every year.  There were 6 majorettes. The band would have the Color Guard first, then the majorettes, then the drum major and then the band. We twirled batons. We also had an event called Cheer-A-Baloo and the majorettes and cheerleaders would do dance routines.  Mr Bird one of our teachers who came up with this. Being a majorette was a lot of fun!


Kathy pictured in her majorette uniform.


 Kathy is pictured in the middle of the back row with the majorettes and the cheerleaders.

What are your favorite memories from that?
I had great memories from the band. So many great memories that when I was in my 40's a group of us got together and started an Alumni Band. We sent letters out to all alumni band members and ask them if they were interested. We had 200 band members, who varied from students who had just graduated to a drum major who was 70 years old.  Mr. Rutledge who was our Junior High School band leader, volunteered to be our band leader. We performed at football games and the Halloween parade. We lasted about 2-3 years and then it ended.


Was the band respected by the student body?
Oh yes. There were so many different groups of students in the band that it was something that you just wanted to be part of.  After I graduated and started hearing the Band Buddy label I just never understood what it was all about. It takes a lot of talent to be a Band member. Not only do you have to be able to play an instrument but you have to be able to read music. That is why you had to be a band member in order to be a majorette. When you would make up routines for the majorettes you needed to be able to read music and count bars and notes. Band members should be very proud of their talent. That is a talent you will have forever. When we started that alumni band some of the people who joined said they had not picked up their instrument in 5-10 years but it came right back. It is a long process learning to play an instrument and it's definitely something your should take great pride in.



Photo featured the Hanover High School Band in 1966.


What are the most difficult and most rewarding things about growing older?
I don't think there are any difficult things. I guess the rewarding things are all your experiences of life. You have to always want to keep learning. Keep moving and learning. My husband and I started our business at the age of 49. It was not easy, we had two daughters in college at that time, but we just decided that was what we wanted to do. Long hours and a passion for what you want. You have to constantly be reading and improving yourself. Learning doesn't end after high school or college. You will change. What you might want to do now, five years from now you will have no interest in. That's life, you just change course.


Do you have any advice for students who want to start their own company/business?
You have to be prepared to work hard and work very long hours. If you decide to open your own business you really need to have a passion for what you are going to do. When we started our business it consumed 24 hours a day. We were lucky we had family and a few great employees to help us start. You have to rely on other people helping you and you have to treat those people with the respect that they deserve. It might be your business but it's only as good as the people you have working for you. After 20 years we sold our business and we are now retired. It was a great 20 years and we sold our business to our daughter and son-in-law who by the way is a Hanover High School Alumni!


We had such a great time sitting down with Kathy to talk about her life during high school. A huge thank you to her for volunteering to be interviewed! Be sure to look for her and the other alumni at graduation on May 26!

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Edition 3 - Debby Swisher

posted Mar 21, 2016, 7:33 AM by Sierra Stevens   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 5:23 AM by Jason Suter ]

By Sierra and Saige Stevens

Debby Swisher graduated from Hanover High School in 1966. She was, and still is today, in the popular girls group, The Pixies Three. Debby is now married and has a dog named Lulu. She lives in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Below is a picture of Debby during her senior year of high school.

 


How many years did you attend HPSD?
I attended the Hanover Public School system, for all of my education.


What activities or clubs were you involved in?
As for activities, I was one of the strange ones because I started singing. I was in a vocal trio, and I still am, called the Pixies Three. I started singing when I was in second grade. My mom started giving me singing lessons. We had a #1 hit record when I was in 10th grade, and we were on the Mercury record label. As long as we maintained a B average, they could dismiss us early on Friday and we would go out and sing at sock hops and different places. As far as in-school activities, I wasn't your average studious student. I was more of the one that joked around, chewed gum, and got kicked out of chorus.

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A photo featuring The Pixies Three


Did you and your friends have a special hangout where you liked to spend your time?
Oh, yes! We just lived for going to the Y after school, everyone did. That’ll be a universal thing, I’m sure. You could play basketball, eat hamburgers, jitterbug, ping pong, look at the boys, see what everybody was wearing, comment on everyone's hairdo, and generally just giggle with each other.


What are your favorite memories from high school?
My favorite memories from high school really involved in between classes. I loved high school; it was a great party for me. All of my girlfriends and my boyfriends were a big part of my life in high school. Anyway, I remember our typing teacher, Larry Bird, he would bring his TV and his radio into class. He would try and simulate a situation where you were in a busy office. So, he was playing records this one time, I looked up and there he was, playing our record, Birthday Party and 442 Glenwood Avenue. I was supposed to try and concentrate on my typing, but everybody was looking over at me and laughing and pointing. That was a good one. Another good time was sledding. They would actually close off streets, when it was snowing outside. You could just go to the top of the street and sled to the bottom, which was a big deal back then.


Who was your celebrity crush back then?
Well that’s kind of funny, because being in a girl group, I kinda had girl crushes on the girl groups. I loved The Shirelles. I loved Mahalia Jackson because of her gospel singing. I loved all those black groups from Baltimore to tell you the truth. We liked everything from jitterbug to all the R&B.


If you could go back in time and tell your teenage self one time, what would it be?
During that time of your life, it’s like a big party. So since I was always laughing and chewing gum, I’d say that I would have to tell myself to be a little more serious.


What would you typically wear to school?
We had a dress code, you’d have to wear skirts and Capezio shoes or loafers. So our outfits would typically be skirts with sweaters or blouses. There were no jeans. They were very strict and you would be sent home if your skirt was too high.


How did the Pixies Three come to be and how did you rise to success?
Well, that was amazing. I guess you could say it was a little bit out of the ordinary. We started out when I was in fourth grade. We had an all around the world club on my street, I lived on Penn Street. My friend Kaye, a member of The Pixies Three, lived down the street and Midge, another member, lived over on Ridge Avenue. Kaye and I entered the YWCA talent show contest and sang Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers while playing our ukuleles. Our mothers made us matching skirts and blouses. We ended up winning!

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Photo of Kaye and Debby at the talent show.

Then the song Lollipop came out and there was three girls on that record. We decided we needed a third girl, so we got Midge to join the group. We just started singing around at The Lions Club, Kiwanis, churches, schools, nursing homes, wherever they would have us.

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Photo featuring Midge, Debby, and Kaye during their first performance as a trio.

After a while, we were finally getting to where people were wanting us to come sing. We heard about this place in Philadelphia, The Venus Lounge, where they would allow local groups to come in and entertain. It was a night club, so we had to come in and out through the back door because we weren’t old enough. Low and behold, there were Mercury Recording people there and we got a recording contract. So when I was in 10th grade, we recorded Birthday Party and 442 Glenwood Avenue. We went to the Buddy Deane Show many times. We became number one on the East coast and spent seven weeks at number one. We just went on from there and recorded an album.

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Photo of The Pixies Three performing.

Then Midge left and we got Bonnie Long and we kept going with the album. Eventually, Kaye went off to college and we went our separate ways. I came home from my last test in high school and the phone rang. It was someone from New York City and they wanted to know if I would like to audition for the lead part of The Angels. They had a number one record out at that time called “My Boyfriend’s Back”. So I called my mom at work, and the next day she took me to New York City to audition. I got the part and my mother left me in New York City. She came home and my dad goes, “Where’s my daughter?” and my mom goes, “I left her in New York City”. That was pretty funny. Anyway, that’s how my life went. I think it was supposed to happen. My dad went out and got my diploma from the high school. I never got to go to prom, because I was recording in New York City to get ready to go out on these road trips with The Angels. I never went back to Hanover to live again. The next week, my mom brought a bed and a dresser up to New York. That was life changing and I was able to make my whole living from singing. That is why I’m telling the students at Hanover to find something you love. I never went to work because I loved singing.


How did your classmates react to your success with the Pixies Three?
They were fabulous. They were very supportive. I was looking at my yearbook and some many people wrote on it “Good luck with the Pixies” and “Good luck with your singing career!” We never acted uppity, so they never treated us uppity. I loved being in high school and just being one of the girls. We never acted superior at all that I knew of. I don’t think my girls or anybody would say I did.


Everybody’s talked about you, everyone that I’ve talked to has mentioned your name and talked about how great you and the group were and how you were such a big part of their high school experience.
Thank you for telling me that, I had no idea. That makes me feel so great. Well, I love them too. A lot of people go “Oh you can’t ever be popular in your hometown,” but everyone was great to us. We actually came back in 2013, for the 250th anniversary of Hanover. The original Pixies Three got together and we were the grand marshals of the parade that day. We sang on the square, and there was a whole lot of high school friends out there that came to see us.  We also sang over at the Country Club. The funny thing that happened was after that reunion in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the Pixies Three decided to go back and record. So we went back and recorded a whole new album. We have it out right now, it’s called Timeless. We advertised it in the Evening Sun to publicize it and a lot of people from Hanover bought it. So that was amazing.

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The Pixies Three performing during the Class of 1966’s 25th reunion.

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Photo of the album cover of Timeless.


Is there any advice that you would give the current students of Hanover?

Absolutely, I would say if you do know what your passion is, concentrate on it. If you’re not sure, I would say try to go to some college or tech school, and try to figure out what is it you’d really like to do. That way you never go to work because you’re always going to somewhere to do what you love. Try to figure out what you like and make a living doing it. Also remember, that it’s never too late to go to school. I didn’t even go to college before I was 24 years old.


It was great sitting down to talk to Debby after hearing such great things about her and The Pixies Three! If you are interested in purchasing the group’s new album, Timeless, please visit their website at http://www.thepixiesthree.com/! There will be interviews on a some other members of the class of 1966 done monthly. If you have any questions you’ll like to ask any of the other alumni or you are a member of the class of 1966 and would like to be interviewed, please leave a comment below!


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A photo of the group singing in Hanover in 2002.

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Edition 2 - Michael Hoffman

posted Mar 3, 2016, 2:04 PM by Sierra Stevens   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 5:06 AM by Jason Suter ]

By Sierra Stevens

Michael Hoffman graduated from Hanover High School in 1966. He was involved in football, basketball, track, gymnastics club, and more. Michael has 2 children, Mark who lives in Austin, Texas, and Patrick who lives in New York City. Michael still resides in the Hanover. Below is a picture of Michael during his senior year of high school.


What did you do after graduating?

After graduating in 1966, I attended and graduated from WVU in 1970 with a BS in Industrial Management. I returned to Hanover and started a small production machining company with my older brother. The next year, with the help of our father and some other good friends, we started a company called Hanover Lantern. We manufactured exterior decorative lighting fixtures for both residential and commercial application. We were fortunate to grow the business for 37 years when we finally sold it. I am now retired and love just about any outdoor activity including scuba diving, hiking, horseback riding, ATVing, and the like.


What clubs were you involved in?

I was involved in Varsity club, Hi-Y club, which was the high school YMCA club, football, basketball, track and gymnastics club. At that time we had an instructor by the name of Hal Reese, who was a Physical Education teacher. He’d also been a basketball and football coach at one time.  He instructed us in gymnastics and with his help, I was actually a gymnastics instructor during my first year in college. We practiced in the gym.

Photo featuring the football team from 1966. Michael is number 11. His reasoning behind picking this number was because it was the only one that didn’t wrap the whole way around his back.

Photo featuring Michael on the rings.

How did the sports teams do?

Some did very well and some did very poorly. Our track team did poorly, though football and basketball did very well. Neither of them ever lost a game to SWSD until after I graduated in 1966.

Photo featuring a football game. Michael is shown here running with the ball.


What was the curriculum like when you were in school?

Clearly there were no online opportunities nor were there any college classes available that I remember. That would have been helpful. Home Economics and Industrial Arts were required for boys and girls respectively. We had handwriting in grade school with inkwells, that’s how old I am, and typing classes in high school.


How has technology changed since you graduated?

Where do I begin? Of course, we had no computers, cell phones, iPods, iPads, or even earbuds. If we watched a recorded show on a large monitor that was wheeled into the room, that was considered technologically advanced. Typewriters were used in the office in high school, but all papers were handwritten. I don’t recall even the teachers having typewriters. Mimeograph machines were used to duplicate in the school office, but never used by students. I remember in eighth grade, a few of us disrupted a math class and Mr. Jones, our principal, decided that our punishment was to spend an hour each day with him learning to use a slide rule. It’s basically an antiquated means of mathematics. I still have the certificate of completion that was given to us along with the slide rule. That was his way of invigorating our interest in learning. He also said that you can get more out of a student with a kind word and a paddle than just a kind word alone. It was a different time!

Photo of a slide rule.

Where could you be found on Friday nights?

On Friday nights you would find me at the football or basketball games and after the games at the YWCA Canteen, which was a small facility that the YWCA had that was strictly for teenagers. We had a soda bar and pinball machines and ping pong tables. You could also find me at Porky’s Sub Shop, Bupp’s Dairy on Carlisle Street, or one of the teen dance halls.


What were your school dances like?

They were in the gym with the boys lined up on one side and the girls on the other. Some couples came together. I was always amazed at how some of the boys were such good dancers, and then I realized they all had older sisters. Chaperones were teachers who often intervened when PDA exceeded the allowable closeness. There weren’t a lot of school dances that I remember with the exception of the homecoming dance which people came to straight from the game and the prom, where seniors dressed up.


Since cell phones and other social media were not available, how did you communicate with others?

Have you ever tried using two tin cans and a piece of yarn? Really, we talked on the phone, a party line, which was when more than one household shared a telephone line. So you could pick up the telephone and your neighbor could be on talking to someone else. You could listen to their whole conversation if they didn’t know you were on, and if they did they’d tell you to get off! So we had to wait until we could get on the line and because of siblings and parents, our time on the phone was limited. We passed notes in school as well as keeping in touch during the school day.


What were your favorite memories from HHS?

My favorite memories were tied to sports and relationships that we had with classmates and teachers. Those relationships continue today. Probably 25 years after I graduated I went on a hunting trip to Wyoming with one of my old teachers. Unfortunately, only a few teachers still survive and of course we’ve lost a few classmates as well.


Who was your celebrity crush back then?

We had a singing group when I was in school and two of the members were in my class. I guess you could say that I had a celebrity crush on Debby Swisher, a classmate and member of the Pixies Three. Everyone at Hanover High School knew and loved them. They’d sing at some of our assemblies. I still keep in contact with them. They just recorded a new CD actually.

Photo featuring The Pixies Three. Debby Swisher is pictured on the left.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

I would have taken high school more seriously, Unfortunately for me, I found high school to be more of a social rather than a learning experience. Because of that, I had to work harder to achieve my goals, including my college degree. I encourage everyone to make use of the knowledge and expertise available in high school.  


Is there any advice you’d give the current students of HHS?

Enjoy your brief time in high school. Surround yourself with good people and ambitious friends. You are about to embark on a journey that can be greatly enhanced by great friends and networking. No matter what you do after high school, get on the right track but remember even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.


To conclude:

I was the second of three generations of Hoffmans who graduated from Hanover High School. I am proud to be a part of this tradition and wish the very best for the current graduates as well as future ones. My mother was a 1939 graduate and her class has had a reunion every single year since they graduated! She is now 94 years old and looking forward to their 77th high school reunion. I look forward to my 50th class reunion this year. It’s a time to catch up with classmates and laugh about old times.

Photo featuring Michael and his teammates. Michael is pictured in the middle of the front seat with both his arms wrapped around his friends.


I had a great time talking to Michael about his time here at HHS! Thank you to him for coming and allowing me to interview him! There will be monthly interviews with some other members of the class of 1966. If you have any questions you’ll like to ask any of the other alumni or you are a member of the class of 1966 and would like to be interviewed, please leave a comment below!


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Edition 1 - Sally Leister Howe

posted Feb 16, 2016, 10:03 AM by Sierra Stevens   [ updated Mar 2, 2016, 1:27 PM by Jason Suter ]


By Sierra Stevens

Sally Leister Howe graduated from Hanover High School in 1966. She was involved in many clubs and extracurriculars, including student council, interscholastic volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, chorus, plays, and musicals. She was also class vice-president. Sally is now married with two children and still lives in the Hanover area. Below is a picture of Sally during her senior year of high school.

  


What was your life like after high school?

Both my husband and I attended Hanover schools throughout our twelve years of public schooling from first grade through senior high. There was no public kindergarten at the time, so we were disadvantaged!  Both of our daughters went through the Hanover Public Schools too, but they had kindergarten. I felt I got an excellent education at HHS. I went on to Shippensburg University, where I earned a degree in elementary education. I thought I was well prepared to begin my teaching career. After graduation, I came back to Hanover and taught at South Western School District. I then taught here at Hanover and then Spring Grove District. I taught elementary school for 30 years through marriage and having children.


What sports were you involved in?

I was a cheerleader, and in those days a squad had 6 cheerleaders, that was it.  You only cheered for basketball and football and once you became a cheerleader, you stayed a cheerleader. You didn’t have to keep trying out.  Cheerleading was the only athletic activity I could participate in since there wasn’t any available  organized interscholastic sports for girls at that time.  However in my junior and senior years, girl’s sports teams were just starting to be created. Hanover fielded two sports: volleyball and basketball that played maybe one or two schools. There were no school uniforms so we had to play in our gym suits. That was the only opportunity we had as far as sports for girls. Even the little league had nothing for girls. Today, girls and boys have many opportunities and choices with multiple sports offered each season for both men and women.   


Photo featuring the varsity cheerleaders. Sally is the third from the left.

Photo featuring the interscholastic basketball team. Sally is in the first row, third from the left.


Where could you be found on a Friday night during your time here at HHS?

I did go to all of the sporting events. That’s what a lot of the kids did back in the day. We also had dances after the football games and there was a canteen at the YWCA that kids could go to so we could have fun and spend time together.


Picture showing the stands at a football game.


What was the curriculum like when you were in high school?

Hanover High offered study tracks that students would elect and follow throughout their four years. The academic track was designed for kids who were going to college and of course I knew I wanted to go to college, so I did the academic track.  A business course was offered for students who wanted to do secretarial work. An industrial arts track or shop course as available for men who wanted to do construction and work on cars. A shop club was offered for girls who were interested in woodworking or things like that. Being an academic student, I was very regimented and didn’t have too many choices. Typing was reserved for business students and there was no room in the academic schedule. If you had started math early, like some of my classmates and me, then you had to stay with that curriculum. I can’t remember having a choice with most anything. Now that I think about it, that’s unbelievable.


Photo of members of the automotive club working on a car.


How did you get to and from school?

Bus transportation is new.  Most students didn’t have cars at the time, so a majority of the kids walked to and from school. Before Hanover High School was built, Eichelberger High School was where I went.  I attended EHS for my first two years of high school. It wasn't far from my house so I could walk. When Hanover High School was built,  I paid a friend of mine fifty cents to drive me to school for the week. Everybody just got to school the best they could. During football season, the men would pack the cars with people to go out to the football field. Some of the younger ones would just bike out to the field.


Was the dress code strict?

The girls were not allowed to wear slacks, only skirts even though they kept getting shorter and shorter. The men were not allowed to wear jeans. That was just the way it was and no one really thought anything about it. Hanover students were known for dressing nicely. I was always proud when I would go out of town, people would always say about how Hanover students looked a certain way.


How was the lunch?

Lunch was really good. The lunch ladies were awesome. At the Eichelberger building you walked home for lunch. There was a cafeteria but you weren’t allowed to eat there unless you had special permission. We were allowed about an hour for lunch and then we came back.  That changed when this building was built, so you had to stay here for lunch.


Did you have school dances and what were they like?

Yes, we had dances.  At the homecoming dance, the girls wore nice dresses and the guys wore  blazers -  so everybody looked great. Everybody could come. We didn’t do limousines or anything fancy, we just came and had a great time. The prom was always held in the gym. I think now it’s a little bit hard for some people to buy a dress and get there. The other kinds of dances were probably just what you have as well, with a DJ.  Wayne Livelsberger would always be the disc jockey, everybody knew him, and everybody had fun.


Did you have cliques?

I won’t say there wasn’t anybody outcasted. If you have friends and you’re happy, you feel everyone else is happy. There were problems, and you’ll always have your bullies unfortunately but was I aware of it? No. There are always going to be people doing bad things. Truthly, I was never aware of any kind of drugs here at the high school, even smoking. Some people smoked but you didn’t see it often. But only makes sense to hang out with the people that you're doing things with, so you did have groups. I remember one man who was in orchestra who actually had a tryout for a professional sports team. There was definitely a mixing. I had friends involved in different things and I didn’t get to see them a lot because of practices, boyfriends, and things like that. Today I see them a lot, you just only have so much time in high school.


Were there any other events that you had at the time?

Hanover used to have a rifle club so the guys would have rifles here in school. Kids would also hunt in the area, so sometimes they would bring their rifles in their cars right out in the parking lot.  After school they’d go in the fields and be ready to hunt. Nobody thought anything of it.


What’s your favorite memory from HHS?

One of my favorite memories was the Cheer-A-Baloos. There was a show on TV at the time, called Hullabaloo. We had a teacher here that was very creative and he would put together awesome pep rallies. He had costumes made for everyone. The cheerleaders would get up on stage and do cheers with music. It was this real big to do instead of just a couple general cheers. So that’s a fun memory.


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In the picture below, Sally is in the first row, second from the left. The varsity cheerleaders are in the middle. The JV cheerleaders are on the sides. The Majorettes, which are similar to colorguard, are in the back.

Photo of the band playing at one of the Cheer-A-Baloos.


Did you have a celebrity crush back then?

Never. That wasn’t me. We all really enjoyed The Pixies. The Pixies, who were later renamed The Pixie Three, were a group of girls who graduated from Hanover and produced music. Their music has been featured on the Billboard Top 100. It was great, here was someone from our school who was famous, so it was really exciting and fun. They would come to school and they would sing for us on stage. They went on the “Ted Mack Amateur Hour”, where you had to send in votes. They did very well on that. They then went on the “Buddy Deane Show” and sang. They became very successful for a period of time. That was very fun and everybody loved it. You could be going down the road and hear their song on the radio. Below is a video of The Pixies performing on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour show.  https://youtu.be/_LDxUi70Uho


Lastly, is there any advice you would give the current students of HHS?

My only thought is no matter what you do, if it’s volunteer work, if it’s cleaning, if it’s working in a store. Do it to the best of your ability and people will notice. And you will be successful. You’re noticed and those are the people that get promoted. Even if that’s all you can do, just do it the best that you can. Or go volunteer, if you don’t have a job, it’s amazing how that leads to other things as well.


We had such an amazing time sitting down with Sally to talk about her high school experience. A huge thank you to her for volunteering to be interviewed and setting up future interviews. There will be interviews on a some other members of the class of 1966 done monthly. If you have any questions you’ll like to ask any of the other alumni or you are a member of the class of 1966 and would like to be interviewed, please leave a comment below!


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