Friday, September 19, 2014

"Rise, Rise for Evanston"

Evanston Township High School today,
"Rise, Rise for Evanston Spread, abroad her fame" was the first line of the Alma Mater song of my high school, Evanston Township High School. The song was composed in the 1920's, but it still applies to the school today.
Last weekend I attended my 50th High School Class Reunion.  I graduated from Evanston Township High School in June 1964.  Our class was large, almost 800 students in the class, about 300 attended the Reunion. The class had many bright and accomplished students, many attended Ivy League and other prestigious universities.  Many went on to graduate and professional schools.  There were high hopes for our class, and for the most part, the hopes were realized.
Evanston Township High School in 1964, pictured in our yearbook, the Key

All of us came from the towns of Evanston and Skokie, Illinois.  We were fortunate to attend such a fine high school, and even more fortunate to live in these great towns.  In the 1960's Evanston was the "headquarters" city, home to many corporations.  It is also the home of Northwestern University.  It was known as a city of 'Homes, schools and churches" many of architectural significance. It was a great place to raise a family, there were plenty of things for children to do, beautiful parks, Lake Michigan beaches, and only a short train ride from Chicago.  In 1964, Our high school was considered one of the best in the nation and still is today.

Evanston was one of the high schools featured in Look Magazine in 1964.

    Graduating seniors

Commencement Program
I was on the yearbook staff in 1964

The Washington Post picked Evanston High School as one of American most challenging High schools in 2013.

Evanston Township High School was picked a one of the top high schools in 2014