"Chugiak High School opens doors"

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 16:32

Taken from “History of Chugiak High School, 1964-1989,” complied by members of the faculty, student body and community:

Chugiak High School finally opened its doors in September 1964. Although two weeks later than the scheduled opening, it met with enthusiasm. The culprit for a late beginning, of course, was the earthquake that occurred that spring. But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the students, teachers or the community. It actually heightened the anticipation.

CHS opened with a total enrollment of 182 (grades 8-12), with only 27 of those being seniors. Along with the students, there were 18 teachers and administrators. No one was disappointed in the school as it was thought to be absolutely beautiful. Students could now participate in after school activities, as they no longer had to ride into East High.

The students set about organizing the school; the elected Sam Cotton as student body president, with Kathy Halverson as vice president and Pat Dauchy as secretary. These students helped the many clubs and organizations get organized. Some of the first clubs and organizations at CHS were journalism, student council, photography, Future Teachers of America, chorus, band and girls’ athletic association. Also included were the science club, pep club, chess club and drama club. Sports teams included basketball, wrestling and track. These groups were supported by cheerleaders Sheryll Oberg, Mari Lee Pierson, Tonia Charles, Leslie Mauldin and team captain Marsha Rodgers.

Andy Kirk inspired the student body toward physical fitness by organizing the 100 Mile Club. Membership in the club required running 100 miles. The drama department did a bang-up job with their first production of “My Three Angels.”

There was no homecoming court as there was no homecoming. The junior-senior prom, however, was reigned over by seniors Han Tolfson and Diane Dickey. Sheryll Oberg and Arnie Hartmann took honors for the juniors. Several of the most popular tunes the students enjoyed listening to were “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and “Yesterday.”


This column is provided by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. Reach them at [email protected] or leave a message at 688-4706.

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