TAFT HIGH SCHOOL
Published by The Journalism Department
EDITORS: 'Jean Swanson - Steve Pullin
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A school building is constructed of steel and cement,
strong and permanent, but it is designed to accom-
modate an everchanging flow of students. 'Year after
year buses empty their loads each morning, and people
stream in waves into the hallways and classrooms. To
the rhythm of bells, tides of people wash in and out of
the rooms and corridors and finally empty. Carl Sand-
burg in his poem "Skyscraper" says, "lt is the men and
women, boys and girls so poured in and out all day that
give the building a soul of dreams and thoughts and
memories." As each individual forms a part of the mass,
so each personality contributes to the whole of TRACK'S
soul--that abstract thing we call school spirit. The
Track's Staff presents this abstract collection of people
and events which filled our school year.
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STANDING: Bob Paterson, Robert Lerma, Fred Floerke,
Tillman Threadgill, Jr, C. R. Marsh. SEATED: Carl
Waddle, Dr. John Tunnel CPresidentJ, Ernmitt Flinn.
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This is the motto of the American Field
Service which is sponsoring our first AFS student
at Taft High School.
Coming to Taft High School for a year of
study is Miss Sveinhild Brattaaker of Al, Norway
Hildi, a name given to her by her American
family, came to Taft in August and will return
to her parents Mr. and Mrs. Lars Brattaaker
sometime in late July of this year.
Through the AFS program it is hoped that
Hildi will return home and tell the people of
Norway about her life in the United States as
this is the way to peace.
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Taft is an edifice of weathered brick,
time-worn wood, and rain-stained concrete.
Through the past years, hundreds of students
have walked its halls, sat in its many desks,
and enjoyed the warmth of high school
friendships, keeping the torch of tradition
afiaime while kindling new sparks to light
the way for future classes. Each in his
own way has added to the heritage of Taft
while growing in knowledge, understanding,
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The Art Department believes that
creativity should be a facet of every student
Whether building a book end, or painting
an original oil, they learn that beauty must
not be lost in this world of automation.
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MISS FLORENCE MAYFIELD
Vocational training for the business field
is offered in the Commercial Department
curriculum. Commercial courses supply
not only unlimited opportunity for students
planning to pursue a career in business,
but also offer specialized subjects, such
as personal typing and notehand which aid
in improving study habits.
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With the advance of this technical age,
the need for a better math and science pro-
Both in classroom discussion and laboratory
experimentation, the enlightening guidance
of our teachers paves the way toward an in-
conceivably wonderful future.
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MRS. MARTHA CUMMINS
RAY VON ROSENBERG MRS. EVELYN MAPLES
MRS. LINDA STAPPER MISS ALFREDA RANKIN
The teachers of the Language Arts De-
partment have promoted a vital curriculum.
This department has worked to provide
students with a quality education. Through
their efforts, we have learned to think and
express our ideas to others.
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Today some industries train three executives for a top position, expecting
two -to die prematurely.
Other companies have set up physical fitness programs for their employees
Schools in many cities have begun to realize that if a student starts life fit,
chances are he'l1 stay that way.
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ROY STEGALL MRS. JOYCE MARKAM
S. L, ALBRITTON BILL STEPHENS
Spirit is the essence of the school, and the THS
Band is a vital spark of that spirit around campus.
In the case of these uniform-clad music makers a
motto is more than just words. "Music of all some
of the time," is a creed by which our band serves
us. In numerous pep rallies, through parades, and
at our football games, these devoted studentsvgive
of their time freely for the enjoyment of others.
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HERB SIGLE MISS GLA DYS
The study of Social Science, be it
history or modern problems, has no equal
in teaching understanding and appreciation.
By seeing the mistakes of the past, future
ones may be avoided. Studying our true
American heritage is a rich and rewarding
Presidents tour foreign countriesg missionaries
explore remote islands. Throughout the world,
people are constantly coming into contact with
each other. What one factor is the key to their
increasing harmony? The knowledge and
understanding of Foreign Languages.
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In the vocational departments of Taft High School, students are trained to use their
hands as well as the mind. To create an interest in industry, the home, and the farm,
and to prepare students to live a more productive life is the goal of the-vocational
departments. No matter how large or small the job, their task is important for them-
selves, as well as others. The vocational departments of Taft High School include:
Home Economics, Vocational Agriculture, Auto Mechanics and Electrical Trades.
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Home Economics Faculty
MRS. JACKIE SANDERS MRS. KATHY LOWMAN
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As school began this
year, students and teachers
seemed prepared for the
year to come. A year of
hard work and courage
lies ahead of everyone.
As class begun, students
worked hard and teachers
entered the routine of
grading papers and check-
Mrs. Markam, Mrs. Lowman
and Mr. Jacob get acquainted
at a tea for the teachers.
Dru Rosson tries to complete a paper for one of her classes
Annette Brezina and Ronnie
Homann gather their books to
start the year. One might
wonder if they will use them
Lupe Fuentes works hard on
her shorthand lesson, to hand
it in on time.
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TOP: Football players seem to show various moods
when the Alma Mater is sung.
LEFT: The bonfire showed that not only students
show enthusiasm at the bonfire.
RIGHT: Missy Hardy seemed to put all she had into
her twirling in the pep rally in the new gym,
In the new gym Coach Sigle shows the seriousness and the impor-
tance of the pep rally and the football game.
It seems the different moods range from serious to gay.
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Pep rallies always mean so
much to so many. Spirit seemed
to grow at each pep rally, although
the moods of the students and
faculty seemed to range. Enthus-
iasm, spirit and concentration
are all involved in the pep rallies.
The old gym was a perfect place
for a skit put on by Nancy Tunnell
and Becky Pinkett.
The fire was lighted and the
memories of football, homecom-
ing, and past bonfires appeared.
Slowly but steadily the Braving the cold to support
bonfire grew to great pro- their team are some of
portions. the student body in a car
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Homecoming is both a joyous
and sad time. Seniors see their
last real football game, while ex-
students return to relive past mem-
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Phillips try to show their
artistic talents by helping
build the football for the
Mrs. Lowman helps
Ronnie Homann with his
mum for homecoming.
The Sophomores really
go wild with their paper
collage hall in the Hall
Contest during the Home-
Homecoming queen nominees: Debie Marsh, Hildi Brattaaker, Celeste Duprie, Cheryl Shelburne, Cheryl
Phillips, and Nancy Bray.
Debie Marsh, escorted by her father,
C. R. Marsh.
The 1966 Queen, Carol Kolb, presents
Hildi a bouquet of Red Roses for her
parents in Norway and also a bouquet
of white Mums from the student body.
Nancy Bray, homecoming queen nominee, shows her excitement of the homecoming activities Noe
Duprie tries to keep his eyes on the road.
During the Homecoming activities the
nominees and the queen seem to show in-
Hildi Brattaaker and her American father
C. I. Toland seemed bewildered by the
excitement of Hildi being chosen Home-
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The "Distinguished Students
of Taft High School" were
chosen in and presented in
assembly. These students were
picked by the departments, as
an outstanding student through-
out the year in his studies.
Twenty students were
honored for their outstanding
work this year.
Nancy Bray can not believe
she was winner of the Betty
The Distinguished Students
seem to be in various moods
over their honors.
Jackie Tims receives
his Distinguished Student
Award from Steve Pullin.
Jackie was nominated by
the Art Department.
Mrs. C. J. Toland pre-
sents Curt Davis with the
"Creative Writing Award
sponsored by the Woman'
Club of Taft.
The Drama Class displayed its best
for the Elementary grades, in their
portrayal of "Cinderel1a. " They enjoyed
every moment of preparing for the play.
The children at the elementary schools
enjoyed their performance very much.
TOP LEFT: Jimmy Hisey, portraying a
wicked step sister, bounds across the
stage. Juanita Guerra, Rosalinda Rod-
riguez and Imelda Rendon seem un-
interested in Iimmy's entrance.
BOTTOM: With cast on stage, the
play draws to a close.
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The seniors displayed their best with their
portrayal of William Shakespeare's "The Taming
of the Shrew." The setting of the play was
clone in western style. Many people will long
remember Cicely Hacket's Saloon, can-can girls
and the immortal "taming of the shrew. "
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Christmas meant so much to so many. The Christmas parade and door
decorations contest seemed to start Christmas off at Taft High School. The
Christmas assemblies seemed to show the different serious and comical moods.
Christmas was a joyous and serious occasion for all.
The Christmas parade shows that
even a clown and Don Quixote
enter the Christmas spirit. The Band shows its usual good style in the Christmas Parade.
I-Iildi Brattaaker and Steve Pullin ride the Student Council float past the judges in the Christmas parade
Beth Guedin seems to be shearing a Christmas tree for their door
decorations for the newspaper staff.
Gary Moody shows his surprise as Jean Swanson attacks "Santa"
in the Student Council play, "The Night Before Christmas."
Celeste Duprie, Annette Brezina, Beth Guedin and Mary Jane
Ingram show their artistic skills in decorating a door.
Gloria Garcia was a reindeer in the Student Council play.
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The San Patricio County Agriculture and Home-
makers Show, in Sinton, proved to be fun and pros-
perous for all the Taft High School participants.
As usual, there was a large group of Taft High School
students participating in the show. Thru much prep-
aration for the show and much effort, a number of
students received several outstanding awards.
Valerie Becker, Pam Bennett, and Ann Rachal
brought home honors for their food entries.
Miles Reynolds shows his seriousness as he passes
by the judges at the fair.
Tommy Reding and Mr. Tomlin, Ag. adviser, look
over Tommy's angus.
Suzan Threadgill gets her working tools ready for
grooming her horse.
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took top place
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Billy McClanahan, Kenneth Poenisch, Mac Hunt and Robert Poenisch relax 'at the fair by playing cards.
All the candidates seem in
various moods during their
introduction to the student body.
Sandy Oliff cast her ballot for
her choice in the ballot box.
Student Council elections and the election
of class presidents and class representatives
were held February 23. Campaigning was at
its peak when the election took place. An
assembly was held to introduce the candidates
for the offices they were running for. The
tension mounted every moment a candidate was
introduced. When the day of the election finally
arrived, the students had reached their decisions
on their candidates. Suzan Threadgill was
elected to head the 1969 Student Council.
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As school begins to come to a close, farewell
speeches, prophecies, and wills seem appropriate.
During our last assembly program, there was a
variety of programs. Hildi Brattaaker, our first
foreign exchange student, said her good-byes.
She considered Texas as her second home and
will always remember her year at Taft High
School. After Hildi's farewell speech, the annual
reading of the will and prophecy was done. The
juniors presented their prophecy in the form of
"Bonnie and Clyde" and the seniors presented
their will in a very unusual and indescribable
manner. Juniors presented an accurate account
of things to come and seniors parted with
several possessions they truly loved. It seems
that the juniors and seniors always are so kind
to each other.
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The Future Farmers of
America Chapter of Taft spon-
sored its annual Father and
Son banquet, this year.
The Taft Athletic Club
honored the athletes of Taft
High School with a banquet
at the East Elementary Cafe-
teria. At this banquet boys
and girls were honored as
being outstanding: Frank
Davis for basketball, track
and All-Around Athleteg Ray
Gabrysch and Lester Rhodes
for footballg Melvin Ramos
for baseballg and Karen Randolf
for girls basketball.
Kenny Mutchler presents Kenneth
Hutto with the Dekalb Award.
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The various guests of the F. F.A.
enjoy the speaker and program
before they eat.
Cheryl Shelburne, chapter sweet
heart, seems pleased with her
corsage she has just received.
The Taft High School Student Council this
year sponsored an AFS weekend for several foreign
exchange students. Students from Australia.,
France, Norway, Iran, Argentina, England, The
Philippines, and Italy attended. It was a busy
and a very short weekend. The foreign students
were taken to the Reynolds Plant and to visit
the Wildlife foundation. After they returned
back to Taft, they were honored with a beach
party. The next day the students visited Texas
A Sa I University and the King Ranch in Kings-
ville. After their visit there they journeyed to
Corpus Christi to eat and to visit the Naval Air
Station. That night they were honored at a
dance. Sunday morning the students attended
various churches and some had to return home.
It was so sad to see them go but the weekend
was most enjoyable.
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OPPOSITE PAGE: TOP: During an assembly
the foreign students were introduced to the
student body and questioned about their
BOTTOM: Steve Pullin gives his welcome
and introduction of our special guest.
TOP LEFT: Anne Ayers seems buried in her
thoughts during the AFS Beach Party.
BOTTOM LEFT: As mass hunger struck.
The AFS students, as well as the Taft High
students, roasted hot dogs and drank ice tea.
Amid the rush and
the hurry, Jean
Dozier, and Nancy
Bray take time out
for a brief rest.
Nancy Tunnel and
Celeste Duprie seem
to have done quite
well at the carnival.
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The Seniors journeyed to
San Antonio for their trip
this year to the Hemis-
Fair. They walked amid
a world's fair of excite-
ment and pleasure. With
twelve hours of fun ahead,
the seniors walked all
over the fair to find some-
thing exciting. After being
scattered all over the fair
the seniors came together
to eat supper at the "All
you can eat buffet." With
the coming of night the fair
lit up with its gaiety and
merriment. At ten o'clock
the seniors left the fair
tired but happy and pleased.
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Several girls from the HE department entered
the "Make It With Wool Contest" in San Antonio
this year. Each girl displayed her talent in
making fashions of wool. The various designs
and materials show each girl's individual taste
and style. Betty Koonce placed third in the con-
test. Her suit was also the highest graded piece
of work in the entire contest. All the girls did
quite well and each girl will long remember the
contest. The girls had fun in San Antonio, win-
dow shopping and just enjoying the city life, as
well as working to get top honors in the "Make It
With Wool Contest. " Mrs. Sanders and Mrs.
Lowman accompanied the girls on the trip and
enjoyed every minute.
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Taft High School was well represented in U. I. L. competition, this year. There
were many entrants from the various schools and Taft won many honors. Joe Hernandez
won first in extemperaneous speaking, Joyce Rotzler won second in ready writing, Patti
Toland won second in Gir1's Prose, Betty Koonce and Ranell Titus won second in gir1's
debate, Michael How ard won second in Boy's Prose, Curt Davis won second in Boy's
Poetry and Becky Pinkett won second in girls extemporaneous speaking. Joe Hernandez
and Joyce Rotzler went on to Regional, where Joe won first place and was entered in
the state meet in Austin.
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Joe Hernandez was Taft's only
entrant in any State UIL competi-
tion. This was Joe's first year to
enter any competition and he did
quite well. He won first in dis-
trict competition in Corpus Christi
and went on to win first at Regional
At the state meet he won fourth.
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The band left Taft at eight o'clock for their
long awaited trip to the Six Flags Band Festival.
They arrived tired and weary but excited after
their trip on the Greyhound buses. After a rest,
the band went to the University of Texas at
Arlington to practice for their concert. Arriving
back at the Six Flags Inn, the members of the
band had some free time before their curfew of
twelve thirty arrived. The next morning the
band played their concert. Their rating was
a two, which is fine for their first competition
of this sort. After the concert, the band ate and
was turned loose on Six Flags. The band left
at eleven o'clock for their long ride home through
rough weather. They arrived in Taft at six
thirty in the morning, happy and contented.
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Flags Band Festival.
BOTTOM LEFT: Brenda Ewald seems bewildered by
the whole idea of going to Six Flags.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Walking through Six Flags, the
members of the band enjoy their brief visit.
Delegates to the
of Student Councilsg
Becky Pinkett, Gail
Ivey, Carolyn Wen-
del and Hildi Brat-
taaker show off
which took Second
Place in the State
the combined clas-
ses of B, A and AA.
pose at Trinity
they attended a
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As prom time came around this year,
the juniors were ready. They had saved
their money and were ready to use it. The
juniors chose the theme "Roman Holiday,"
and worked hard to decorate and plan for
it. The Corpus Christi Country Club pro-
vided the needed atmosphere for the Roman
Holiday. The day of the prom had finally
arrived and juniors began their traditional
all day decorating. Sponsors as well as juniors
decorated. They used every type of deco-
ration imaginable. While the juniors pre-
pared the Country Club, seniors made sure
that they were ready for the prom. The
boys picked up their date's flowers and
the girls wore rollers all day to make them-
selves beautiful for the night to come. All
were ready for the prom.
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The night of the prom, finally arrived.
As the Juniors and Seniors began to arrive,
one could sense the excitement of everyone.
The Country Club provided the needed at-
mosphere of the Roman Holiday theme.
Beto Garcia's fine band provided the excel-
lent music during the prom. There was
time for dancing as well as conversation
throughout the prom. Each junior and
senior seemed to be in a new world of
elegance and grace.
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Juniors and seniors, alike, seemed to
enjoy the fine food and decorations provided
by the juniors at the prom. As the band
played, the dance floor became crowded.
The last song was announced, the juniors
were proud of their work and the seniors
were sad because it was their last prom.
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Each year the seniors are honored by many parties and receptions. 'l'n1s year
there were parties given by many of the families plus the Mexican Baptist Mission,
The Methodist Church, the Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary.
There were dances, coke parties, luncheons, patio parties, swimming parties
and many others. Many seniors were honored by these parties.
ABOVE: Kurt Wilson enjoys his supper at the A.D. Toland home in honor of Hildi Brattaaker
LEFT TOP: Curt Davis rests up for the next party.
LEFT BOTTOM: Mrs. C. J. Toland serves Steve Pullin at one of the parties.
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There were ups, and there were downs, but a young team of Greyhounds managed
to complete a fair, overall season. The Greyhounds were often outmanned, but never
quit. Their desire made up for their lack of experience as they managed to win four
games and tie one for an overall record of four wins, four losses and one tie.
In district play the Hounds gained a three way tie for third place with Aransas
Pass and Aransas County. All three had identical 3-3-1 records in district play.
Bobby Nance, Lester Rhodes, and Frank Davis represented the Greyhounds on the
all district team, but every Hound deserves recognition for his effort.
Recognition should also go to Coach Herb Sigle and Coach Jon Markham along with
the entire coaching staff, who did a fine job throughout the season.
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COACHES: C1 to rj Herb Sigle, Glenn Schoenfeld, Ion Markham, Art McMillan, Gilbert Moehnke
A11 District 28-AA Frank Davis, Lester Rhodes, Bobby Nance
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The Taft Greyhounds defeated the Mathis
Pirates 19 to 6 in the opening game of the
Taft scored in the first quarter on a 20
yard pass from Jimmy Miller to Frank Davis.
The point after failed.
In the fourth quarter the Hounds scored
on a one yard plunge by Ray Gabrysch with
Lester Rhodes kicking the extra point. The
touchdown was set up by a blocked kick
on the Mathis 20 yard line.
Taft scored on a 40 yard drive that ended
when Julio Garcia took a pitchout from
Jimmy Miller and went the last six yards.
Mathis took the kickoff and Blackie
Urquizo went 80 yards to Taft's eight yard
line. Three plays later, A1 Laochlin went
over from the one yard line.
Melvin Ramos eluding a tackler
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The Greyhounds lost their first district game of the season to
the Aransas Pass Panthers 13 to 6.
The Gre hounds scored on a 34 yard drive set up by a Panther
fumble. The drive ended when Miller went over from the two
yard line. The point after failed.
The Panthers first score came when they recovered a fumbled
punt on the Hounds six yard line. Three plays later Darce Kull-
man broke around end and went in for the score. The kick for
the conversion was good.
The Panthers final score came in the third quarter on a 40
yard drive set up by a Greyhound fumble. The Panthers moved
to the two with Kullman' going over for the score. The point
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An unidentified Hound being mobbed by the defense
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A tough defensive struggle ended between the Raft Greyhounds
and the Rockport Pirates in a 0-O tie. Neither team was able
to climax a scoring drive. The closest either team came to
scoring was when Larry Ewald returned a punt '76 yards for a
supposed touchdown, but a clipping penalty called it back.
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The Hounds won their first district game of the season by defeating the Calallen
Wildcats 33 to 7.
The Hounds scored on a three yard plunge by Frank Davis in the first quarter. The
Early in the second quarter Larry Ewald went over from the two for Taft's second
score of the night. The conversion failed. Calallen was unable to climax a drive in
the remainder of the first half.
Ray Gabrysch broke 22 yards in the third quarter for another score. Lester Rhodes
kicked the extra point giving the Hounds a l9-O lead.
The Wildcats came back to score on a twenty-seven yard pass play. Gary Pitman
kicked the extra point.
Frank Davis intercepted a Wildcat pass on the Wildcat ll yard line. On the next
play Julio Garcia broke through for the score.
Tafts final score came with Larry Ewald going in from the 6 yard line. Ewald
passed to Ronnie Homann for the two points to give Taft a 33 to '7 win.
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It was the kick of Albert Fixmer, that spelled
the big difference on the score when the G.P. Wild
cats defeated the Taft Greyhounds.
In the first quarter Julio Garcia carried the ball
from the 1-yard line for a score. The conversion
Then Ernest Rendon managed to break in the
clear for the last Greyhound score. Lester Rhodes
kicked the extra point.
The Wildcats came back and managed to score
over Taft, 16-13.
Frank Davis C887 plunging for a touchdown.
Larry Ewald OOD turning the corner.
Julio Garcia C443 running for a touchdown.
A Hound charges downfield. The team in a huddle before the game starts.
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A good running game enable the Taft Greyhounds to defeat the Ingleside Mustangs 26 to 6.
The Hounds came early in the first quarter. On the Hounds' first play from scrimmage Ray Gabrysch
broke for twenty yards to the fifty yard line. The Hounds continued to drive the ball on the ground. Julio
Garcia went over from the five for the score.
The Hounds scored again on a 30 yard drive in the first quarter with Frank Davis taking the ball over for
the score. The pass for the conversion failed.
Ing1eside's only score of the ballgame came early in the second quarter. The score came with Kucera
going in from the three. The conversion failed.
Taft scored again late in the half on a 35 yard drive climaxed with,Frank Davis going in from the three.
Davis scored the two point conversion to give the Hounds a 20 to 6 lead at half time.
The Hounds only score in the second half came on a 57 yard drive. The score came when Ray Gabrysch
scored on the ninth play of the drive. The conversion failed.
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The Bishop Badgers put together a strong offense
and made the most of the breaks to defeat the Grey-
The Badgers scored on drives of 50 yards and 55
yards in the first quarter. With Binion and Piquet
going in for the scores.
The Hounds score came in the second quarter at
a 65 yard pass play from Jimmy Miller to Steve
Pullin. The kick for the conversion failed.
The Badgers scored twice in the second quarter
on a two yard run and a 43 yard pass, leavingxthem
with a 27-6 lead at half time.
The Badgers managed only one score in the last
quarter to give them a 34-6 win over Taft.
Action in the middle of the field.
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The football season came to close as the Grey-
hounds celebrated Homecoming. The rival team
was the Bishop Badgers, champions of District '28
The pregame festivities were highlighted by
the selection of Homecoming Queen. The nominees
for this year's queen were Debie Marsh, Cheryl
Shelburne, Cheryl Phillips, Nancy Bray, Celeste
Duprie, and Hildi Brattaaker.
Hildi was elected queen by the football players.
The Greyhounds lost the game to the Badgers,
but the 1967 Homecoming will live in the hearts of
many. To the senior players it was their last High
School football game, to Hildi, a great honor, and
to all a night to remember, a night for memories.
NOMINEES: Celeste Duprie, Cheryl Phillips, Cheryl
Homecoming Queen, Hildi Brattaaker. Shelburne, Debie Marsh, Queen Hildi, Nancy Bray.
MISSY HARDY JOYCE PIESTER
BRENDA EWALD LINDA KRETZMEIER
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BACK ROW: Coach Markham, J. Mayo, B. Nance, F. Davis, S. Pullin, Coach Stegall. FRONT ROW: R
Fabrysch, L. Rhodes, B. West, R. Homann, D. Beyer, Mgr. K. I-Iutto.
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The Greyhound Basketball team, completed a fine season. They
won first place in two tournaments, and second place in one tourna-
ment. In district play the Greyhounds compiled a record of 13 wins
and 1 loss, to win the district championship. ln bi-district play the
Hounds were defeated by Poth, 37 - 34, lacking the services of starter
To many people, the Greyhounds were considered unexperienced at
the beginning of the season, with only two returning seniors, yet as
the season progressed the underclassmen served the Hounds well, in
acquiring a season record of 27 wins and 6 losses.
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The Greyhound B-team placed third in dis- The ninth-grade Pups posted a season record
trict play with a record of 9 wins and 5 losses. of 18 wins and 8 losses. In district play they
Their season record was 18 wins and 7 losses. placed second, with a record of 11 wins and 3
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Tommy Repka hit a short jump shot with 10 seconds left
in the game to break a tie and send Poth to a 31-34 upset
victory over the Greyhounds in a class 2A bi-district game
before a capacity crowd in Refugio High School Gym.
Poth led almost throughout, but on several occasions the
Greyhounds rallied to take the lead. Poth held a halftime
lead of 19-15, but the Greyhounds regained the lead 26-25
late in the third quarter. The quarter ended in a 26-26
Poth took the lead early in the fourth quarter, but the
Greyhounds rallied to take the lead 34-32 with 2:15 left in
the game. The Pirates played for one shot and Tommy
Repka hit a goal with 10 seconds left and the score 34 all.
The shot was good and a foul in final seconds enabled the
Pirates to win the Game 37-34.
The Greyhounds were without the services of starter
Johnny Mayo, who was absent due to surgery.
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in for a layup.
Steve Pullin and Lester Rhodes tie the ball. Lester Rhodes scrambles for the ball.
The Taft Greyhounds swept through the Kiwanis
Tournament defeating Sinton 65 to 31.
In the opening rounds of play Taft defeated In-
gleside 49 to 28, with Johnny Mayo scoring 12 points
to lead the Hounds.
In the second round of championship play Taft
defeated Benavides 51 to 38. Steve Pullin hit for 13 Q
points for high point honors.
Jimmy Miller hit 18 points to lead the Hounds to
victory in the championship game with Sinton.
Those from Taft chosen for the all tournament
team were Steve Pullin, Jimmy Miller, and Frank
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Frank Davis gets the tip.
Jimmy Miller blocks a jump shot.
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Sinton slipped past defending cham
pion Taft, 33-31, to win the cham-
pionship of the annual Sinton Invita-
tional Basketball Tournament.
Jerry Wilson paced Sinton with 10
points, while high-scoring honors went
to Frank Davis, who accounted for 12
points for the Greyhounds.
Named to the all tournament team
from Taft was Frank Davis.
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The Taft Greyhounds clinched the district
28-2A championship here Tuesday night with a
smashing 58-33 victory over Ingleside.
Jimmy Miller led the Taft attack with 16
points, followed by Frank Davis with 12, and
Steve Pullin with 11 points.
Mike Rubalcaba led Ingleside with 14 points.
Ray Gabrysch C303 awaits the ball
Bill Flinn 1245 grabs a rebound in a Freshman Game.
Frank Davis scores on a jump
Ronnie Hickman C522 tries for
Jimmy Miller scores on a lay-up. Don Taylor gets the tip.
Johnny Mayo lays it in.
Johnny Mayo C111 blocks a shot.
Frank Davis C341 up high for a rebound
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STANDING: P. Moore, R. Bayless, C. Wendel, K. Randolf, I. Jefferson, S. Laws, Mrs. Markham
KNEELING: R. Rodriquez, S. Perlta, I. Collavo, B. Tims, L. Lott, M. Molina.
The Taft girls basketball team showed considerable improvement this year. They
placed 5th in district by winning seven games.
The Greyhounds defeated Mathis twice, Odem, Premont twice, Flour Bluff, and
Ingleside, to give them a season record of '7-15. The district record was 3-8.
Carolyn Wendel scored the majority of the points and Karen Randolf was chosen the
most outstanding player of the year.
The coming year offers many possibilities for the girls, who have shown increased
improvement for the four years that they have been playing.
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The above boys represented Taft I-hgh School rn
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Left to Right: Debie Marsh, Theresa Langen, and Anne Ayers.
The 1968 Girls Tennis team played in the district tournament in Toluso Midway.
Theresa Langen competed against Aransas Pass in singles while Debie Marsh and A
Ayers competed against Bishop in doubles. Although they did not place in district,
they kept up their spirit of competition.
BACK ROW: C. Fennel, J. Hisey, I. Burch, R. Gabryschg MIDDLE ROW: T. Floerke, D. Taylor, I. Mil
ler, G. Davis, C. Fennel, FRONT ROW: R. Homann, E. Rendon, F. Davis.
The Greyhound Track team completed
a fair track season. Each week, the team
showed improvements. Frank Davis won
first in the district meet in the high hurdles,
and represented Taft in the regional meet
where he won fifth place.
The entire Greyhound Track team de-
serves recognition for a fine effort through-
out the year.
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Ray Gabrysch puts the shot. Taylor, and E. Rendon.
BACK ROW: T. Reding, I. Mayo, D. Taylor, S. Pullin, R. Homman, B. Nance, V. Heckg FRONT ROW
R. Gabrysch, J. Burch, S. Hamilton, M. Ramos, K. Poenisch, E. Rendon, A. Morris.
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Coach McMi11in observes batting practice.
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FIRST ROW: A. Morris, H. Brattaaker, C. Wendel, B. Tims, J. Collavo, G.
Garcia, O. Perales, I. Swanson, S. Pulling ROW TWO: G. Moody, P. To-
land, J. Rotzler, D. Rosson, C. Phillips, S. Threadgill, B. Koonce. B. Pin-
kerr, BACK ROW: E. Rachel, T. Langen, M. Becker, J. Piester, C. Glasson.
M. Smith, J. Hernandez, J. Moran.
During the year 1967-68
the Student Council found it-
self very active in many pro-
jects. Gatherin furniture for
needy victims ofHurricane
Beulah was one of these. The
Student Council also planted
trees on Arbor Day, gave teach
ers flowers for their birthdays
and raised money to sponsor
another foreign exchange stu-
dent for the coming year. The
highlight of the year came for
its members when they recie-
ved second in state on their
scrap book at the convention
in San Antonio.
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Members of the National Honor So-
ciety are required to have an average
of at least 85. They are selected on
the basis of character, scholarship,
leadership, and service.
This is one of the highest honors
attainable by high school students.
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Society is an Inter-
for high school jour-
granted to high school
journalists in recogni-
tion of their work in
and school 'publica-
tions. High standards
are maintained, mak-
ing membership a
coveted honor for the
STANDING: susan T., Sandi G., Annette B.. Steve P-. Celeste D-- Gary M- SEATED1 Beth G-- Pam
T. , Jean S. , Brenda T. , Mary Jane I.
FRONT ROW: Sue E. , Melanie B. , Sylvia B. , Mary S. , Carolyn W Lynne L Nancy T SECOND
ROW: Sherry G. , Shirley H. , Jana M. , Linda K. , Sandi W. , Theresa L Gail I H1ld1 B THIRD
ROW: Deneane W. , Janie C. , Martha R. , Helen C. , Pasty R. , Betty K Mary M BACK ROW Rox
anne S. , Dorothy M. , Barbara G. , Virginia B. , Diane P. , Evelyn R Mary Lou M
The Modern Mis-
ses F. H. A. Chap-
ter is always busy.
During the year they
had a hayride for
members and their
guests, gave a spa-
lgxhetti supper, and
ad numerous bake
sales. Most of the
members won rib-
bons at the county
fair. Delegates sent
to the State Conven-
tion in Austin were
Sylvia Beyer, Mary
Smith, and Roxanne
This club is for
girls who wish to
work, learn, and
have a lot of fun.
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The Future Farmers of America helps to prepare boys
for the various opportunities available in the field of
agriculture. The boys have access to a farm and they
raise animals for the county show. Several groups are
sent to various judging contest throughout the year.
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FRONT ROW: Mr. Tomlin, J. Burch, K. Poenisch, K. Hutto, K. Mutchler, A. Jones, I. Molina. SECOND
ROW: J. Moran, R. Poenisch, D. Brezina, C. Tomlin, D. Beyer, G: Hodges. THIRD ROW: E. Garcia,
M. Burch, S. Roper, I. Waggoner, R. Hickman, A. Barbee, C. Johnson. FOURTH ROW: I. Hickey, D.
Hodges, R. Threadgill, B. McClanahan, C. Vickers, E. Syma. BACK ROW: J. Carrizales, S. Ayala, M.
Ramos, M. Avalos, T. Reding, M. Hunt.
STANDING: Anne A. , Nancy B. , Sandi G. , Carolyn W. , Estella E. SEATED: Ronnie H,
The F. T. A. strives
to learn about teach-
ing as a career and to
with the opportunities
in this profession. The
learn by observing in
a classroom of their
choice, then practice
teaching under the
supervision of a teach-
During the year,
the members attended-
the F. T. A. conven-
tion in Alice.
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Membership in the
Spanish Club is open
to any first or second
year Spanish student
who is interested in
the Spanish language
and Latin American
Members of the
club have had several
bake sales to raise
moneyto take a trip
to the HemisFair in
FRONT ROW: Janice C. , Raye Anne B. , Celeste D. , Jean S. , Gail I. , Dru R. , Jackie W. BACK ROW
Gerald D. , Ed R. , Johnny M. , Noe D. , Mike K. , And Dru I.
SEATED: Debie M. , D011 D. , Cynthia G Melanie B Mary S Linda G 2nd ROW Curt D Cheryl
S. , Sylvia B. , Ray G. , Bubba W Ronnie H BACK ROW Bobby N Tommy R Mike H Miles R
Robert P. , Charles T.
The purpose of the
Science Club is to direct
the students energy and
enthusiasm toward science.
In this way students real-
ize their potential for con-
tributing to their future
The main project of the
Science Club is sponsor-
ing the Science Fair.
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The Pep Squad's
goal is to promote
school spirit and keep
it soaring. Its mem-
bers provide much of
the noise and enthu-
siasm at the games
and pep rallies.
The Sponsor is
Mrs. Joyce Markam.
FRONT ROW: I. Swanson, S. Gracey, H. Brattaaker, N. Tunnel, C. Wendel, B. Pinkett, K. Dozier.
SECOND ROW: I. Guerra, R. Rodriquez, A. Gonzales, M.,Gonzales, M. Avalos, J. Lopez, M. Hinojosa.
THIRD ROW: B. Maladonado, E. Rendon, B. Laws, B. Gray, N. Townsend, T. Montez. FOURTH ROW:
E. Belmarez, E. Sandoval, D. Rosalez, F. Solis, B. Wallace, S. Laws, M. Medina. FIFTH ROW: V. Her
nandez, S. Cortinas, W. Warren, J. Jefferson, M. Warren. SIXTH ROW: K. Jefferson, L. Lott, G. Monte
mayor, J. Guajardo, C. Casiano, M. Fiqueroa. SEVENTH ROW: M. Ruiz, N. Sifuentes, A. Garcia, J.
Rodriquez, S. J. Gonzales, G. Ayala. EIGHTH ROW: I. Hernandez, M. Narvaez, S. Trevino, A. Jaime,
E. Villalobos. NINTH ROW: M. Longoria, M. Ybarra, L. Bustos, A. Solis.
Debie Marsh, Scott Hardy, Brenda Tims, and Becky Driver
Spirit is the essence of the
school, and the THS Band is a
vital spark of that spirit around
campus. These devoted students
gave their time freely for the en-
joyment of others at numerous pep
rallies, through parades, and at
our football games.
The band also went to UIL
where they received a Special
Award. The band was invited to
Six Flags in Dallas where they
played in a concert. They re-
ceived a two rating in competi-
FRONT ROW: S. Valdez, R. Lopez, J. Gaitan. SECOND ROW: I. Ash, H. Herrera, D. Silvas, E. Martinez
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M. Vara, A. Galindo, D. Silvas, R. Mireles, L. Salis
FRONT ROW: I. Mendez, R. Garcia, D. Rozales, H. Moreno. D. Perez, F. Naranjo, Y. Moreno. SECOND
ROW: T. Rodriquez, P. Valdez, H. Cruz, E. Rendon, B. Cleveland, L. Solis, R. Sturgeon, S. Saldana.
BACK ROW: L. Mendez, S. Encintia, S. Saldana, S. Cruz, R. Martinez, I. Mendoza, L. Martinez, T.
Elecuical Trades is one of the courses available in our
vocational plan. One of the main purposes of this organi-
zation is to teach the skills of this specialized field to those
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ALL -TEXAS AWARD
Texas High School Press Asso-
National Yearbook Association
Work began on the 1968 annual
early in September. Students were
assigned jobs and began gathering
pictures and writing copy for the
pages. The Annual staff attended
a yearbook workshop at Trinity
University to help them publish a
good annual containing an accurate
picture of THS life.
S teve Pullin
SPORTS EDITORS CLASSES EDITORS
Sandi Gracey Dru Rosson
Gary Moody '24 Susan Threadgill
Mary Jane Ingram
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ORGANIZATIONS BUSINESS MANAGERS
Mary Jane Ingram Annette Brezina
Celeste Duprie '25 Brenda Tims
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Salutatorian and member of
National Honor Society. Participant
in various UIL events and a member
of F. F. A.
The DISTINGUISHED STUDENT AWARD is
the most highly coveted recognition bestowed
upon students on the THS campus for distinguished
and creative student activity. Given to those
who render services to Taft High School .beyond
that which might be reasonably expected, the
Distinguished Student Award often finds its way
to students who work behind the scenes, serving
the school consistently in many fields of endeavor
The selection is made by the faculty and students
of sophomore classification. Selection is based
on scholarship and attitude.
Valedictorian and participant
in many UIL Speech events. Member
of annual staff and National Honor ..
Society. A twirler for the Grey- 1 ting
hound Band 1966-67.
Student Council President,
American Field Service
Representative and Co-editor
of Annual. Participant in:
football, baseball, track
and basketball. All-district
in baseball. Member of:
Student Council, Paper
Staff, Annual Staff, Method-
ist Youth Fellowship, Science
Club, and Quill 85 Scroll
Society. A 1967 delegate
to the Texas Association
of Student Council's and
chosen as the "Kiwanis Out-
First American Field Service Ex-
change Student. Homecoming
Queen and member of Pep Squad,
Future Homemakers of America,
Student Council and Newspaper.
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Winner of the English Award
and UIL Ready Writing Winner.
A member of the Science Club
National Honor Society, and
Methodist Youth Fellowship.
Participant in various UIL and
Ufblnria P arria
President of the Senior Class.
President of CYO and President
of "Los Graduantes" . Partici-
pant in many local and area
Catholic Youth Organization
activities. A band and student
Outstanding Spanish Student.
The only Sophomore chosen
because of his outstanding
Distinctions. A member of
the 1968 District Champion-
ship Basketball team and Medal
ist in the district golf tourney.
A member of the baseball
team and the MYF.
Regional and District band member
and editor of the school newspaper.
Member of: Science Club, Future
Teachers of America, Annual
Staff, Newspaper Staff and Quill
8: Scroll Society. Participant in:
band, basketball, volleyball, UIL
events and track.
Junior Class President.
Member and participant
of Student Council,
Spanish Club, Future
Teachers of America,
Quill 8a Scroll Society,
Annual Staff, Paper
Staff, CYO and elected
to the presidency of
the 1968-69 Student
An outstanding artist. Jackie
has participated in baseball, foot-
ball and basketball and has painted
much of the scenery for Drama
Speaking winner of First
Place at district and re-
gional meet and fourth place
at state meet. Participant
in: Science Fair, Spanish
Club, Student Council,
Drama, Graduantes, Dis-
trict one-Act Play.
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Member of the basketball, track
and volleyball teams. Member
of Student Council, CYO, Science
Club, Spanish Club and Future
Teachers of America. Chosen
by the Pan American Student Fourm
to be a hostess at the HemisFair.
Participant in golf, football, bas-
ketball and Tennis. Member of 'I J'
the band, National Honor Society
and MYF president. Arion Award
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Outstanding Vocational Agriculture
Student. Participant in various
FFA judging contest and baseball.
Member of the Future Farmers of
Julia Pyle, County Fair
double sweepstakes winner
and third place in state
"Make it With Wool Con-
test." Member of: Stu-
dent Council, Future
Homemakers of American,
Pep Squad and Science
Club. Participated in
UIL contests, Science
Fair and winner of the
Co-editor of Annual and President
of Spanish Club. Member of:
Annual Staff, PYP, Newspaper
staff, National Honor Society,
Science Club, and Student Council.
D.A.R. Good Citizen Award,
Kiwanis Outstanding Underclassman
Award and delegate to the Texas
Association of Student Councils.
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Participant in the Vocational Office
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Student Council, Pep Squad and
National Honor Society. Vice
president of the National Honor
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JEAN SWANSON - - -
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HENRY MONTEMAYOR - -
ALFONSO GUAIARDO - -
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