Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Madison West High School Class of 1970 looking for Central alumni

Oh, let them shout and cheer for Memorial High
And talk of East High's royal hue,
And let Wisconsin's preps their banners fly;
We know they're staunch and brave and true.
But out of all the schools that fight for fame
There's only one that will remain
And that is West High, West High - - here's to you!
We will not fail thee, Maize and Blue.



Their school song manages to avoid Central altogether, while acknowledging Wisconsin High School, which closed in 1964, several years before Central closed in 1969, but that doesn't mean the Regents aren't looking for some Central students. The Madison West High School Class of 1970 has asked for assistance in locating students who attended Madison Central High School but were unable to graduate from the school because it closed in 1969. According to the information on the West High School Class of 1970 website:

"We are pleased to announce that several classmates have teamed up to form a committee to launch a reunion in June of 2007 and another in 2010. We know that 2007 is an "odd" year, but we aren't getting any younger, and several of us are anxious to renew our friendships from West Senior High School."

The email I received from one of the reunion organizers notes that:

"We have about 600 names in our classmate roster, but not every student had their picture in the yearbook, and not every student had their name in the yearbook. Glaringly absent are the students from Central and East who transferred in for their senior year, but were not very happy about it, and blew off the yearbook thing. We checked with West High, but we have a better classmates list than they do! They say they don't keep records of graduating classes, and, in fact, they did a 75th year celebration of West and reached out to reunion committees to get their reunion lists so West could mail to graduates."

"So we're trying to get a list of the students from Central and East who transferred over for their senior year, but so far no one seems to have one for either group that had to transfer over. No one actually knows how many were in the Class of 1970, so we're trying to improve the list so no one gets left out. We're not just looking for one or two people, but the whole bunch from Central and the whole bunch from East, which previous reunion committees didn't do."

Central alumni know the Madison Board of Education has graduation records, and I suggested the West High School Class of 1970 check with them for a complete list of graduates. But even if they get the list, they may not be able to find the Central alumni on that list. If you want further information about this reunion, please send me an email and I'll forward it to the committee. Or, you may register on their website.

3 comments:

D Strand said...

I know of one. Craig Hill, younger brother of Linda Hill from our class, went to Central from 1966-69 and then went to West in 1969-70, graduating that year. I hope you don't mind, Craig, my revealing this; you're still 3/4ths Centralite!!

RJ Samp said...

I wouldn't be so hard on West High and its fight song.....the words have changed over the decades....and they did indeed point out Central High School back in the 40's to early 60's (this from my Dad, West '43). The class of 70 had already moved past Central High....and the words referred to Memorial and Lafollette....not Wisconsin High nor Central High (my Sophomore at West was 1970).

Here are the words from the 40's to mid 60's:

Oh let them shout and

cheer for Central High

And talk of East High’s

royal hue,

And let Wisconsin preps

their banners fly;

We know they’re staunch

and brave and true.

But out of all the schools

that fight for fame,

There’s only one that

will remain,

And that is West High,

West High, -- here’s to you!

We will not fail thee,

Maize and Blue.

RJ Samp said...

The words to Maize and Blue didn't 'omit' Central High school until after Central closed. In the 1970 yearbook the words had been changed. Here are the Lyrics to Maize and Blue in the Mid 60's, after LaFollette had opened....Wisconsin High had Closed....JMM hadn't opened yet.....and Central was still going strong...


1965's-1969's lyrics:
Oh let them shout and cheer for Central High
And talk of East High’s royal hue,
And let LaFollette's preps their banners fly;
We know they’re staunch and brave and true.
But out of all the schools that fight for fame,
There’s only one that will remain,
And that is West High, West High, -- here’s to you!
We will not fail thee, Maize and Blue.

Note: Opening Fanfare rewritten in 1965, Wisconsin High closes in 1964, LaFollette opens in 1963.