Rock Island Senior High School Rock Island, The 1964 Watchtower staff cordially welcomes you into the pages of the l%3-64 school year at Rock Island Senior High School. In compiling an adequate record of the people and of the o« currences of this year at Ro ky High, we have kepi as our goal through¬ out—to present a meaningful, enjoyable, and accu¬ rate account of the 63-64 s(‘hool year, thus allowing the Watchtower to serve in future years as a signifi¬ cant reminiscence of the pa st. To fulfill these ends we have added a new section to this year ' s book called “Highlights, ' ' in the hope that it will help us give a more complete and realistic approach to sch H)l life at Rocky. In addition we have included the usual sections so that we might touch upon all major aspects of the year. There are, however, portions of this school year, or of any other year which we or any other yearbook staff cannot record. We have tried to “bring back the past, " but, in a sense, this is the impossible, for each has his own personal past, well beyond the lenses of our camera. Therefore, to assist each reader to re¬ live his own past, to inspire each student to recall memories of priceless worth, shall thus serve as our purpose, and consequently, our theme as well. 2 INTRODUCTION
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CAMPAIGNINCi IN ROGK ISLAND S» nalor John F. Kennedy iravelrd in a moiorfadc through ihe dt»Hnlown area, ihfn made hin campaign address in the Rock Island F ' ield House before over 6,00() voters. November 22,1963 . . . The 35lh President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1%3. While riding in a motorcade, an assassin took the life of the president with a high-powered rifle. At school, first reports came drifting through the halls between 12:30 and 1:00 pm. “What is this rumor, anyway?” “Is it true?” “Oh no, it couldn ' t!” At 1:20 pm, after students had passed to fifth hour classes, the announcement was made to the student body and faculty that the president had died. The shock was quietly devastating. The grief affected each one of us privately. Some students openly cried. Others preferred blank silence. Most went on as best they could. All suffered. All knew our leader had fallen. None will forget November 22,1%3. A period of national mourning was called by the new President, Lyndon B. Johnson, through Monday, November 25. Out of respect to the late president, school was not in session on Monday at Rock Island Senior High School. INTRODUCTION
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