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Sailing From Sunset To Sunrise After Christmas vacation school quickly lost its novelty; finals rap- idly approached and we counted the days until our next vacation or ski trip. Ju- niors, however, became preoc- cupied with other thoughts . . . " Will anyone ask me? " " Will she say yes? " " Where will I find a dress? " " Chinese or French restaurant? " " Who ' s going with whom? " What was all the commotion? Why were so many Juniors all worked up? the Junior Prom, of course. The countdown began four weeks before the prom when Keith Gallen, Nick Slonek and Greg Warner arrived at school in tuxes as walking advertise- ments for Selix Formal Wear. Signs advertising the ticket sales were posted 27 days be- fore the big event. The tickets were only eighteen dollars a couple; junior class social sec- retary Cristy Dumke ex- plained, " Because the Junior Class spent $3000 on the room and band, we only planned to break even. We figured we ' d have a really classy Junior Prom and worry about the costs of next year ' s Senior Ball later. " After much deliberation, the class officers decided upon " Come Sail Away " as the Prom ' s theme. To enhance the theme, the room with its pastel background was decorated with tropical plants, crepe pa- per and streamers. Judy Ratto, who helped decorate the Clare- mont, stated, " I think we did a good job. The aluminum foil stars up on the wall and hang- ing from the ceiling added a ro- mantic touch to the dance floor. " With frantic dress shopping expeditions, dinners, bouton- nieres, corsages, and breakfast plans out of the way, 180 ele- gantly dressed couples arrived at the prestigious Claremont Hotel. The dance floor in the Gas Light room soon filled with laughing, dancing cou- ples as Laser Boy played every- thing from the Commodores ' " Three Times a Lady " to Eric Clapton ' s " Cocaine. " The band emphasized the theme by performing " Come Sail Away " by Styx. As an alternative to dancing, couples could sit at one of the many tables and talk, or wander around the Claremont ex- ploring the many different lob- bies. " The Junior Prom was definitely a success. The band was great and everyone seemed to be enjoying them- selves. It was everything we expected, " said class officer Fred Leach. At one o ' clock couples went their way to breakfasts or sight- seeing in the Berkeley Hills. As the sun began to rise, the par- ties ended and it was time to get back. We returned to school that Monday, com- plained about tests and looked forward to Easter vacation. Even though we went ahead with the usual school routine, those glittering memories of the Junior Prom remained fresh in our minds. tUc (Racquet (Runner Lafayette The Official Shop for The Lafayette Tennis Club A complete line of tennis and running equipment 283-5490 TENNIS AND RUNNING SPECIALISTS Space makers. Mogie Beardon and Bill Shepherd dance to the music while trying to find a piece of the dance floor. With over 300 people at the dance, couples had to arrive quickly on the floor at the start of each song in order to ensure a place. Dress ups. Heather Riegg and Cristy Dumke look at their reflections in the mirror in the Bridal department of Bullocks. Promgoers often shopped in pairs to get a second opinion on their choices. 232 PEOPLE AND EVENTS
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It ' s Hard to Say Good-bye January 27, 1981. The office stood empty now. Hours earlier its former occupant bid it a quiet farewell. Yet it still echoed his presence, even though the desk was unusually free of clutter and the tele- phone lay dormant where once it jangled frantically. The open hallway outside was strangely void of anxious faces and cries for assistance. But even the barren office wall served to re- mind us of his colorful jumble of posters, which not long ago smiled benevolently down- ward, reasserting both his per- sonal philosophy and his love of pigs. After sharing 23 years of boisterous enthusiasm and constant understanding, Nor- man Dessler moved on. His destination? Gridley High, a school of 610 students located in a small farming com- munity 65 miles north of Sacra- mento, where he would be principal. " It will be a big change, " said Mr. Dessler. " Not the place itself so much — I grew up in a little town only 40 miles from Gridley — but In the bag. In the two or three weeks before his leaving, Norm Dessler was the honored guest at several going away parties: two given by his faculty colleagues, one by the senior class (the Hawaiian Breakfast), and one by his students. Mr. Dessler examines one of his presents, a paper bag bearing the famed pig emblem. the general philosophy of the school. Here, students are geared towards higher educa- tion; 85% go on to college. At Gridley, the emphasis is more on a practical level, with courses in mechanics and agri- culture; only about 20% of the student body proceeds to a university. " But Mr. Dessler felt excited at the prospect of a new en- vironment. He commented, " I want to change the curriculum dramatically and improve stu- dent-faculty relations. At Grid- ley, I will not only be a principal but also a community leader, because the high school is the center of community life. I would like it to become a town gathering place, with enter- tainment on Saturday nights. I applied for the Gridley job last autumn mainly because I wanted to test my educational philosophy at the ' principal ' level, but also because I strongly believe in the concept of the community school. " During two decades of teaching and administrating, Norman Dessler established an impressive record. " I hope I ' ve accomplished a lot here, " he re- marked. " While I was head of the English department, the elective program for seniors was initiated. I served as advi- sor for the yearbook staff for eleven years and during that time the AKLAN began to win national awards for outstand- ing quality. In the past four years I hope I ' ve made the Director of Student Activities a much more humane office, a balance between students and the administration. " Largely due to his complete involvement in school life, a certain nostalgia touched Mr. Dessler ' s leaving. He ex- plained, " What I have done here, I ' ll never do anywhere else. The closeness I ' ve devel- oped with parents, teachers and students won ' t happen again. I still get phone calls from old students. A while ago, I got a phone call from a former student now at Har- vard. He called because his lish final exam reminded him of me. These have been the most important years of my life. I ' ve grown as an educator and as a human being. They ' ve been learning years, and happy years. " Norman Dessler will not soon be forgotten here. He was a teacher, an advisor, a coun- selor ... a friend. His laughter was infectious and his dedica- tion, inspiring. But the time is right — and Norman ' s stor- min ' on. It ' ll grow on you. BE wK ' a MUM v «x WELLS FARGO BANK )ust desserts. Mr. Dessler carefully slices the cake presented to him by his English I students. During his final years here, Mr. Dessler taught only one or two academic courses, usually in the English department. DIAMOND K SUPPLY LTD. 3671 MT DIABLO BOULEVARD LAFAYETTE, CALIFORNIA 94549 WILLIAM MAGRATH PRESIDENT 231 PEOPLE AND EVENTS
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A night at the round table. Amy Parsons and Scott Ashworth take advantage of a break in music to sit and relax. After dancing five or six straight dances, people often flocked to chairs, cool air, rthe punch bowl. A formal twist. Susan Meinbress and Todd Dewell dance to " Good Girls Don ' t. " Most people liked the music of Laser Boy because of its ability to imitate so closely the sounds of well known rock groups. Suitable outfit. George Railton takes off his bow tie and cuff links as he tries on his tux at Selix Formal Wear on the Friday afternoon before the prom. Boys always had to put on their tuxes at the store to see if minor alterations had been made correctly. Secret ballot. Before going into the dance, Scott Hutchison casts his vote for the Prom Queen and King. Charlie Thompson and Cristy Dumke were crowned as King and Queen later in the Ticket to paradise. Steve Walker buys i prom ticket from )an Rickard during lunch in the first week of sales. Jan volunteered to sell when class officer Fred Leach, who was scheduled to work, was absent. 233 PEOPLE AND EVENTS
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