Tucumcari High School - Yucca Yearbook (Tucumcari, NM)
- Class of 1959
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NORLAND W. STRAWN OTIS HOUPT
Superintendent of Schools T'S Assistant Superintendent
'Qfucumrari Hpuhlit Snlqnnls
Ulucumrnri, Hein dmexicn
omcs or suvemurenoem
October 13, 1958
Your schooling is rapidly becoming more important to
each of you as the world becomes more involved and complex.
Today you have a real opportunity to build your life on
solid ground by improving yourself educationally for
tomorrow. The educational foundation that you are now
building or have built in the Tucumcari Schools should make
of you a successful citizen for the future.
Yes, the Hkeyn to a happy and useful life is a well
planned educational program carefully thought out. When
opportunity knocks at your door, be ready.
Best of luck.
Dr. Norland W. Strawn
MRS- W- C- MCCOY MRS. DELLIS RUSS
6 SCCYGWTY Secretary
MRS. FLOYD YOHN, Secretary
Education is a key which unlocks many
doors and opens the way to opportunities which
one without this key cannot hope to get.
Education is probably the most important
key, but without the keys of responsibility,
dependability, emotional stability, honesty,
concern for others, serious purpose, firmness
of fundamental beliefs, and others, which we
sometimes classify under the single word
character, the highest benefits of an education
may be missed.
I sincerely wish that each of you will find
that Tucumcari High School has been a major key
to your pursuit of happiness and a successful,
R. G. Stephenson, Principal
Tucumcari High School
BOARD OF EDUCATION
MR. C. L. COPELAND
MRS. A. T. GORDON MR. EUGENE D. KELLY
Clerk Vice -President
MR. L. C. STRAWN MR. JOHN A. ELLIOTT
The Board of Education has a great responsibility which must be discharged with
unselfishness. Their efficiency must be measured not only by the time they personally
devote to school problems but also by their wisdom in choosing school officials, and by
the extent to which they make it possible for the specialists in their employ to admin-
ister the best educational program.
The sincere efforts of this Board have been outstanding.
MR. OTTO DILLON
MRS. R. W. GREEN
MR. BOBBY HART
MR. BARNEY MILLER
MR. EARL PAGE
MISS BERTHA PARKER
MR. BYRON CHEW
MRS. IRIS CHEW
MR. LLOYD PATTEN
MR. W. C. LITCHFIELD
Head Sponsor of
MR. PAUL MANSUR
MISS ALICE MCMILLIN
MISS NORMA JEAN REDHAGE
MRS. ELLA RISKA
MR. RAY PAULSON
Physical Ed, Health
Math, Yearbook Sponsor
Head Sponsor of Junior Class
MISS LOUISE HIGGINS
MISS LYNN MONCUS
MR. W. A. WISE
MRS. DOROTHY RUDD
MR. I. B. RUDD
Math, Business Education
MRS. SUE TUCEK
MR. JOHN BUSH
Head Sponsor of
MRS. RUTH NORWOOD
MRS. MARGARET JONES
FACULTY AT WORK
Miss Mctviillin dismissing her Eng- MY- Bush working in the Sh0P- Mr' Page looking out fha window'
Mrs. Chew grading papers. Mrs. Yohn repairs the duplicator as
Miss Redhage looks on.
Miss Higgins points out the para- MiSS Moncus teaching English,
Mr. Patten on noon duty.
Pictured here are some of the
faculty of Tucumcari High School,
We have tried to represent them,
as they do their daily duties.
Left to right: Mrs, Oren Hill, Mrs. Ruby White, Mrs. Vesta McKinney, Supervisorg
Mrs. Dorothy Foote, Mrs. Chrysta1Reagan, Mrs, Betty Oglesby, and Mrs. Ruth
ODIA N TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISORS
Mr. Fred Moates and Mr. Max BUSES Mr, Otis Houpt and Mr. Houie
These buses bring students in to the Tucumcari public schools every day,
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In the Latin booth, pizza and fruit are sold by J. B. In the Senior Class booth, Mr. Stephenson and Mr
Aragon, Mariel Wellborn, Mr. Chew and Pat Mc- Miller are targets for ping-pong balls.
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The Cock fight - Rex Smith, Jimmy Lumpee, Dale Dancing at the Fiesta.
Gares and Don Bell are the objects of a free-for-all.
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN Ilnd
TUCUMCARI HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
The production "Ok-
lahoma" was presented in
its entirety by the Tucum-
cari High School Choir.
This was one of the first
high school organizations
in New Mexico to produce
a full Broadway musical
comedy. The leads were
extremely strong, not only
vocally, but also dramat-
ically. The production
was directed and produced
by William J. Dayidson,
Director of Public School
Music, who has many years
of musical comedy ex-
Many: New Day
Betty Jo Mitchell
J immy Newberry
G. L. Hllht
Aunt Ellen -- .......... --..-.....-..- .,.,. - ..,. lm--- .,.. ....,.... - .. Pat McCausland
Laurey ...-.. ..... ...-..- ......... --.-.,-.,- ........ -.....-..... Jeanette Cogdlll
Gertie .-- ................. ................. - ..-..-.-..--.-..-.-..-..-..-... Gayle Washburn
Ado Annie - .,...,,., .,.. ,.. .,,,.,,., .....,-,-.................-.-.l.... Jackie Parker
Curly - ........ - ..... -.---.-...- ...... ---..- ....... -.- .... -...-........ Roy Lawrence
Will Parker ...... .........,...-..---.....,...,.,......-..- ...... -- Bryce Storrie
Ali Hakim .,.... -.r.--.-.-..-..-..-..- .,.... ..-.- ........ -... .... Daryl Clark
Jud Fry .................. -.- .......... -....-...H.-..........?..- Victor Copeland
Ike Skidmore ,,tv .,...-..,..............--....... ..... .--... Bobby Adcock
Fred ..,... - ....... -.. ----..-..--..---.......................... Jerry Batson
Slim .... -..- ,.,.Y.....,... w-.....-W.-.h-.l-.-, .... - ,,.. ..,.--, Wesley Fostu'
Andrew Caines ,.-..-...- ............. -....v......................... Carl Nowlin
Coed Elam ,...s.--.-..- ,........,,. - ........ -.g.-M-.......-...? G. L. Hight
Jess ---..-.-.-...- .... i. ..,. ..n......,-.... -.- Donald Bell
Chalmers .-.aes .......................... -....h....-,......-.-1.. Wayne McFarlln
Mike ,md ..,.,.. .... - ,- .....,.,,.,.r. -,.--- ................ -.-...-........... Donald Newman
Joe ,,,,,,,,,, ew., .,.... .... ...,..........-- ....... ..--.-b........... Bob Risks
Sam ,.,,,, v ......,,,.. mm-, ,.,,, -......- ........ - ...... --..,..-...,.. Richard Folks
Ellen .,,,,, -W
Kate .,..,......... .
- ,...... -.- ............ -.-.--.....,,,,.., Betty Jo Mitchell
,,..........i---...... Donna Warnaca
Sylvie -..... ............. -V ..,....... - ..... ----....--.-.-M.-.-...-...-..- LO!!! Finley
Armina W-, ,,,. - --...-.- .Y.l....a .......-----,1....... Sharron Moore
Aggie A..- .... .-.... ...... .. ...... ..,...h-,....l...-.-.--T- Dixie Doughty
Faye ,M ,,,, , ,,,, ,,,, .. .- ..,,.,. - ..... -... ..... -..--a-..--.-..... Kathleen Ireland
Virginia ..-M ....,..,. - .... ...M ...... .. ...... ......-..-...-.- Jacque Freyrnuth
Vivian , ,--,.N,.,- .. ..-.-- a. Charlotte Lopez
Laurey -W .... - .... ...... - .ka ...... -..- ....... -.......-............---. Nancy Snider
Curly ,,,,, F., ,............ -WWA .,,. ,...--.-..........-......... ,..v M.w. . .... Tedd Ortega
Jud ,,,,,, Y, -,......- ................ ---.4.........,........ Donald Bell
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
SCENE 1.-The Front of Laurey's Farm House
SCENE 2.-The Smoke House
SCENE 3.--A grove on Laurey's Farm
SCENE 1.-The Skidmore Ranch
SCENE 2.-The Skidmore Ranch
SCENE 3.-The Back of Laurey's Farm House
William J. Davidson
Bamey C. Miller
Ila Beth Hancock
lla Beth Hancock
Mrs. Drews Riaka
The choreography was very
expertly done by Mrs.
Drews Riska. The scenery
and lighting was done by
Mr. Barney Miller. "Ok-
lahoma" was received by
an enthusiastic full house
for both performances.
The music department
hopes to produce a musi-
cal comedy once each
Curley and Jud bid for Laurey 's basket at the Box Social.
The Grand Finale
The Many -a-New-Day Dance.
Jeanette Cogdill and Roy Lawrence
as "Laurey" and "Curly" sing "Peo-
ple Will Say We're In love. "
Jackie Parker and Bryce Storrie as
"Ado Annie" and "Will. "
Carl Nowlin as "Famer Carnes" sings "The Farmer and the Cowhand
Pat McCasland and Darryl Clark as
"Aunt Eller" and "Ali Hakim."
Victor Copeland as "Jud Fry. "
Should Be Friends. "
Bryce Storrie as "Will" sings "Kan-
sas City. "
RATTLER TRACKSTERS '58
BACK ROW, left to right: Claude Garmon, Bobby Adcock, Joe Paulson, Lon Cotting-
ham, Leighton O'Quienn, and Coach Wise. FRONT ROW, left to right: Manager, Bill
Shay, Roy Kleindolph, Royce Mitchell, Dick Benson, Charles Richards, and Jimmy
Lumpee. Rex Smith and Bobby Teakell not in picture.
1958 TRACK SCHEDULE
DATE MEET PLACE
March 22 XIT Relays Dalhart, Texas
March 29 Dual Meet Fort Sumner
April 5 Capital City Relays Santa Fe
April 16 Clayton Relays Clayton
April 18 Meadows Relays Fort Sumner
April 26 District Meet Las Vegas
May 2-3 State Meet Albuquerque
The season opener was at the XIT relays in Dalhart, Texas, on March 22. The Rattler thinclads
placed fifth with 13 points. Adcock placed first in the discus throw. Charles Richards placed first in
the high jump and Rex Smith tied for second. The 440 yd. relay team placed fourth.
The Rattlers then journeyed to Fort Sumner for a three way meet. Tucumcari took second honors.
April 5, the Rattlers went to Capital City relays where they tied for eighth place with 9 points. Richards
placed second in the high jump. Joe Paulson placed third, and Bobby Adcock placed fourth in the discus
The Rattlers ran away with the Clayton relays with 107 points. That same week the Rattlers placed
third in the Meadows relays. The Rattlers took the District 2A with '70 points. Santa Fe was second with
56 points and Las Vegas was third with 54 112 points. Richards broke the school high jump record with
aleapof 6' 3 1!4" and he was high point man of the meet.
The six men who qualified for the State Track Meet were Bobby Adcock, Charlie Richards, Rex
Smith, Roy Kleindolph, Joe Paulson, and Lon Cottingham.
880 yd. Relay Team Discus
880 yd. Relay Team consisting of Roy Kleindolph, Joe Paulson warming up for the discus throw
Charlie Richards, Bobby Adcock, and Rex Smith,
not in picture.
Royce Mitchell, on the left, and Charlie Richards
on the right, skim over the low hurdles.
Shot Put Shot Put
Joe Paulson, on the left, and Lon Cottingham, on the right, put the shot for the Rattlers weight men.
1958 BASEBALL TEAM
BACK ROW, left to right: Manuel Garcia, Ted Valverde, Coach Hart, Dale Gares
A. W. Hancock, Levi Montano, and Harold Partin. FRONT ROW, left to right Mike
Ready, Rex Smith, Sammy Kent, Glen Gares, O. J. Hart, Paul Lindsey, and Johnny
The Rattler baseball squad came through in their usual winning manner this year. They passed
through the season with a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. The pitchers, who were able to compile this
fine record, were Sammy Kent and Titi Montano.
The team, under the able coaching of Bob Hart, moved steadily toward the coveted trip to the
state championship playoffs. In the final game before the playoffs, the Rattlers were defeated by East
Las Vegas 5 to 3.
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The annual F.F.A . Barbecue
was held on April 19, 1958. The
members gave their usual excellent
care to the slowly simmering meat,
and the result was a tasty compli-
ment to their indusuious efforts.
The F.H.A . girls serve the barbecue. Left to right: Tom Smith,
Nancy Henry, Mela Benavidez, Wanda Arnett, Evelyn White,
Lester I-larguess, James Cate, David Brown, and Mr. Clyle Wells, a Crazy Daze participator, and
Louis Benavidez prepare to remove the meat at Raymond Benavidez wait in the food line.
The contented looks of the barbecue eaters is a lasting compli-
ment to an industrious endeavor.
A large crowd was on hand to
partake of the meal presented by
these hard working young gentle-
men of the Tucumcari F.F.A.
The F.H.A . girls did their
usual gracious job behind the serv-
Mardi Gras! The air is filled with excitement: this
is a magic night - the night of the Junior-Senior Banquet
and Prom. The boys are strangely mature in their white
dinner jackets as they call for their dates. The girls put
the finishing touches on their hair, and they are ready to
go. Everyone is beautiful on this night of nights.
Victor Copeland, Master of Ceremonies, welcomes the guests.
Gary Foote, Lon Cottingham, and Jay White
place the silhouettes on the back wall.
Bobby Adcock, Senior Class President, presents
Howard Kinkead, Junior Class President, with
the traditional hatchet.
There is noisy chatter as the couples
gather in the cafeteria before the banquet
starts. The Seniors are nostalgic as they
remember last year's big event, but they
cannot remain so, for this is a gay, a happy,
The banquet was served by the Seniors of 1960.
Entertainment at the banquet was furnished'by
the Blue Notes.
PRoM AND BANQUET
The conversation continues during the meal, but a
hush falls on the room as the Master of Ceremonies, Vic-
tor Copeland, rises to introduce the guests and welcome
the young men and women. After the traditional Pres-
entation of the Hatchet by the Senior Class President to
the Junior Class President, Dr. Norland Strawn gives a
short talk on the meaning of the Mardi Gras. Entertain-
ment was music by the Blue Notes and several panto-
mimes. After the entertainment, everyone adjourned to
the gym for the dance.
The Grand March, led by the Senior Class President Bobby Adcock
and his date.
The room could hardly be recognized as the same
place in which ball games were held. Serpentine was
draped across the ceiling among many colored balloons.
The band, The Collegians from Easter New Mexico Uni
versity, provided the dance music. The Sophomores
were kept busy serving punch.
All too soon, the final note was played. The stu-
dents were happy as they left. The sadness, the realiza-
tion that for the Seniors this was the last time.
Dr. and Mrs. N. Strawn, and Mr. and Mrs. R. G
Stephenson, chaperones at the prom.
Laurie informs her family that they are absolute 'Psychological
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Vera and Ken Tarpley
Directed by Barney C. Miller
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SIDNEY HUNTINGTON ,,,,,, ,.
MARTHA HUNTINGTON ..,.,,..
WALLY HUNTINGTON ..,,,,
JOAN WOOD ...,.,,,,,,................
MISS CGUSJ GUSTAVESKY ...... ,,.....
TED WOOD ...,..,.....,,,. ,.,.ir,,,,,, B ob Riska
LILLIAN WOOD ........AY.Y,.Y..,... .,,....,...,,,,, G ail Dow
MARK BRADFORD .,.,,.....,,,,..............,,v.,,........,.4..,,,.........,,,,,..Y....,.., ........ L on Cottingham
HORATIO P. HONEYWELL ........,YY,,,Y.Y.......,,..YY,..Y,.....,,,.,,Y.,Y,.. ..,...,,. .,,,,,,,,...., G a ry Foote
GUESTS AT MARTHA'S TEA
AMIELIA DENNIS ,........,............,.,.,...,.....,..,...............,.,......,.....,,..,,,.
CAROLINE BLAKESLY .......,..
GRACE SCHOENBECK ....YY..,i.,.. ....,,, B arbara Weed
WALOLA BRECKENRIDGE ,,,,..
THERESE BROWN ................,..
Newsboy ,,,..,........, ...,,,,.... L ........
Man and little dog ,......r,.,.,,..,v....
WOMAN AND SMALL BOY ,,..,.,
Lady and her Dog ........
Lady and her Dog .....,
Tennis Players ,.,,.,..
. Barbara Curtis
Nancy Haynes 8: Jeanie Nelson
Lovers .....,.,....,,,, ......,.,,,.,,,Y.,......,,,, J oan Troutman 8: Roy Kleindolph
Pedestrians ,,,..,,. V........Y,Y,Y,,Vs......,.Y,.,... H elen Musser 8: Betty DeShane
Act I Scene 1, About 9 o'clock in the morning
Scene 2, That night, just before dinner.
Act II Scene 1 Friday, the afternoon of the tea.
Scene 2 A few hours later.
INTERMISSION 110 minutesl
Act III Evening of the next Day.
Stage Crew-Tony Knox, George Atkins, Mickey McMurphy, George Carmen
Dixie Green, Barbara Curtis, Robert Wisner.
Lighting Tony Knox, Victor Copeland, Robert Wisner, Bill Landess
Business Manager Nancy Haynes
Acknowledgementsg Paul Ball, the Blossom Shop for the stage Shrubbery
Doughty Funeral Home for the stage carpet
Everitt Lumber Company for the paint and paper
Carroll Electric Company for the door chimes
PRODUCED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT with Row, Peterson and Company,
Evanston, Illinois, and White Plains, New York.
Mark and Laurie watch confused as Martha
does her sweeping while at her "Energy
The play ends happily with Laurie in Mark's
arms and the families watching the proceed-
THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED
Martha, Wally, and Gus strive to find their Laurie looks on dismayed as Wally, Ioan,
energy peak. Sid makes fun of them as he and Mark make plans for her date that night.
casually looks for another thermometer.
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about the car dealership her father has. rare bird he has just captured while Laurie
works on her notes.
All cast on stage for the last curtain call.
Girls' Staters, left to right, are: Nancy Haynes, Barbara Curtis, Dixie Doughty,
and Pat McCas1and,
The purpose of BOYS' AND
GIRLS' STATE is to prepare
teenage boys and girls, who
show qualities of being superior
leaders and students for ad-
vanced leadership. One of the
ways in which this is accom-
plished is to allow the Staters
to elect students to city, coun-
ty, and state offices. BOYS'
STATE was held the week of
June '7-14 at the New Mexico
Military Institute in Roswell,
The following week, June 15-
22, GIRLS' STATE was held on
the University of New Mexico
campus in Albuquerque, Dur-
ing these weeks a complete
course of citizenship was stud- Boys' Staters from left to right are: Billy Landess, Howard Kinkead, Jimmy Lum
ied by those who attended. pee, Victor Copeland, and Rex Smith.
Boys' and Girls' Staters, left to right, back row: Jimmy Lumpee, Victor Copeland, Billy Laudess.
Front row: Howard Kinkead, Rex Smith, Dixie Doughty, Pat McCasland, Barbara Curtis, and Nancy
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Spectators line the exhibit hall in the Junior High Many of the endiibits line the walls of the chorus
March 14 and 15 were busy days for the junior scientist of Tucumcari. On those days, the annual
Science Fair was held. Approximately 200 projects from senior high, junior high, and elementary
schools were entered in the three divisions: general science, biology, and physical science. The fair
was judged by Mr. Lowell Potter, Mr. R. H. Hale, and Mr. Roy Isler, who chose three projects each
from senior and junior high to go to the State Science Fair to be held in Socorro, New Mexico, on April
The purpose of the Science Fair is to arouse interest in science and to present to the public the pro-
gress made by the students of science. The projects were varied in nature and showed superior ability on
the part of many students.
People visited the Science Fair all day Saturday Most of the exhibits which can be seen in the
to view the many exhibits. hall scene above were junior high exhibits.
STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTION
A. W. Hancock and Jimmy Lumpee, the Presi-
dent and Vice-President of the Tucumcari Stu-
dent Council for 1958-59.
The candidates for the leading offices of Student
Council were, left to right, Richard Benson,
Jimmy Lumpee, A. W. Hancock, Dale Gares,
Glen Gares, and Nancy Haynes. These six can-
didates carried on one of the most elaborate and
extensive campaigns T.H.S. has ever had.
The car, the suckers, and the banners portray
various methods of campaigning used in the
The election of the president and vice-president
of the student body takes place in the spring, at least
three weeks before the close of school.
Those eligible for the office of president and
vice-president are those who possess the qualities de-
scribed in the Constitution. Candidates are those
whose petitions have twenty -five or more names.
The president has a great responsibility. He pre-
sides over all student body assemblies and student
council meetings, he represents the school in all
school affairs, and he executes the laws of the Asso-
ciated Students of Tucumcari Senior High School ac-
cording to the Constitution. The vice-president as-
sumes these duties in the absence of the president.
The ballot box was open all day, May 3. More
than 3X4 of the student body voted in this elec-
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Transferred from Logan 1958.
FFA 57g FFA Sweetheart 58g Girls' Cho-
rus 583 Mixed Chorus 59g Senior Play 59.
Honor Society 58, 59, Treasurerg Mixed
Chorus 58, 59: Girls' Chorus 57: Sopho-
more Pageant 575 Science Club 59,
Senior Play 59.
Transferred from Portalas 57.
Band 57, 58, 593 Mixed Chorus 58, 59.
Football 57, 58, 59: Basketball 57, 58
595 Track 57.
GAA 575 Mixed Chorus 58,59.
Senior Play 59.
D. L. AVARITT
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Chorus 58 59 All State Chorus 58 Sen
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District Secretary 57, 59: Honor Society
59, Secretary 59: Miss THS 57: Band 57,
58, 59, President 59: Majorette 57, 58,
59: Mixed Chorus 58,59: All-State Cho-
rus 58: Maid of Honor 58: Modem Dance
Club 59: Girls' State 58: Senior Play 59:
Senior Attendant 59.
Band 57,58, 59, Assistant Director 59:
All-State Band 57, 58, 59: Junior Play 58
Sophomore Pageant 57: Senior Play 59.
GAA 57, 58, 59: GAA President 57, 58,
59: Junior Play 58.
GAA 58, 59: Girls' Chorus 59: Sophomore
Honor Society 58, 59, President 59: Boys'
State Alternate 58: Annual Staff 59: Li-
brary Club 57: Science Club 59: Second
Place State Biology Day: Senior Play 59.
Junior Play 58: Sophomore Pageant 57:
Science Club 59: Senior Play 59: Honor
Transferred from Hobart, Oklahoma.
Transferred from Commerce, Texas,
1957. Student Council 57: FHA 57, 58,
59, President 57: GAA 58, 59: Drama
Club 57: Mixed Chorus 57: Sophomore
Pageant 57: Senior Play 59.
FHA 5'7,58,59, Secretary 58, Treasurer
59: Girls' Chorus 58.
GAA 57: Drama Club 59: Mixed Chorus
59: Girls' Chorus 58: Senior Play 59.
Transferred from Logan 1958
Girls' State 58: Annual Staff 58,59, Co
Editor 59: FFA Maid of Honor 57: GAA
57: Junior Play 58: Sophomore Pageant
57: Class Favorite 57.
Transferred from Kansas City, Kansas,
1958. Student Council Secretary 59:
Girls' State Alternate 58: Annual staff
58, 59: Cheerleader 58, 59, Head Cheer-
leader 59: GAA 57: Y-Teens 57: Mixed
Chorus 58, 59: Junior Play 58: Science
Club 59, Secretary 59: Modem Dance
Club 59: Senior Play 59: Rattler Queen
59: Honor Society 59.
Annual Staff 59: Junior Play 58: Science
Club 59, Business Manager 59: Senior
Play 59: Honor Society 59.
SAMMY GUT IERREZ
FFA 57, 58, 59, Chairman of Leadership
Committee 59: Drama Club 59.
FFA 57, 58, 59, Board of Directors 57.
Library Club 59: Band 58,59: Mixed
Chorus 57, 58, 59: Junior Play 58.
Annual staff 58: GAA 57: Band 57,58,
59: Junior Play 58: Senior Play 59: Hon-
or Society 59.
Class President 58: Class Vice-President
57: Boys' State 58: Student Council 57,
59: Drama Club Vice-President 59.
Honor Society 58,59, Vice-President
59: Boys' State Alternate 58: Annual
Staff 59: Science Club 59: Football 57,
58, 59, Co-Captain 59: All-State Foot-
ball 58: Basketball 57, 58, 59: Track 57,
58, 59: All-State Track 57,58, 59: Junior
FHA 59: GAA 57: Drama Club 57: Band
57, 58, 59: Band Librarian 58, 59: Junior
Play 58: Sophomore Pageant 57: Senior
Class Vice-President 58: Boys' State Al
temate 58: Football 57, 59: Basketball
57, 58, 59: Track 57, 59: Baseball 57, 58
FFA 57, 58, 59: Baseball 57, 58: Football
57, 58: FFA Sentinel 59.
FFA 57, 58, 59, Reporter 59: Football 57,
58, 59: Basketball 57, 58, 59: Baseball 57.
Mixed Chorus 59: Senior Play 59: Junior
Play 58: Modern Dance Club 59.
Senior Class President 59: Boys' State 58
Annual Staff 58,59, Co-Editor 59: Stu-
dent Council 59: Science Club 59, Vice
President 59: Sophomore Pageant 57:
Junior Play 58: Senior Play 59: Modern
Dance Club 59.
Mixed Chorus 59: Girls' Chorus 58: Soph
omore Pageant 57: Junior Attendant 58.
Transferred from San Francisco, Calif-
ornia, 1958. Football 58: Basketball
58,592 Baseball 58.59.
Student Council Vice -President 58: Stu-
dent Council President 592 Boys' State
58: Mr. THS 573 Football 57,58, 59,
Co-Captain 593 Track 57, 58, 59.
DON MCA LISTER
Transferred from Lubbock, Texas, 1957.
Drama Club 573 Camera Club 57.
Class Secretary 573 Class Treasurer 583
Girls' State 582 Mixed Chorus 57,58, 59
Blue Notes 57, 58,592 All-State Chorus
58, 59: Oklahoma 58: Sophomore Pageant
573 Modern Dance Club 59.
FHA 57, 58: GAA 57, 58, 59
FHA 57,58, Treasurer 58.
Mixed Chorus 57, 58,591 All-State Cho-
rus 58, 59: Mens' Chorus 57: Sophomore
Drama Club 59g Mixed Chorus 595 Soph
omore Pageant 57.
GAA 58: Girls' Chorus 59,
Class Treasurer 57: GAA 57: Band 57:
Mixed Chorus 59: Girls' Chorus 58: Soph-
omore Pageant 57g Senior Play 59.
Student Council 58: Boys' State Alter-
nate 583 Football 57,58, 59: Track 57,
58: Jtmior Class Favorite 58.
PETE MONT ANO
Transferred from Idalou, Texas, 1959.
GAA 57: Drama Club 59: Mixed Chorus
57, 58, 59: Sophomore Pageant 57.
Annual staff 59: FFA Sweetheart 57:
GAA 58: Mixed Chorus 59: Girls' Chorus
57, 58: Senior Play 59: Junior Play 58:
Sophomore Pageant 57: Modern Dance
Transferred from Alamogordo.
FFA 58, Board of Directors 58.
FTA 58,59: FTA Treasurer 59: GAA 57
Science Club 59: Junior Play 58: Quay
Spelling Bee Champion 57: Senior Play 59
Student Council 58, 59, Treasurer 59:
Delegate to National Student Council
Convention 58: Girls' State Alternate 58
Cheerleader 58, 59: FTA Song Leader 57
Drama Club Secretary 59: Mixed Chorus
57, 58, 59: Blue Notes 57: Oklahoma 58:
Junior Play 58: Sophomore Pageant 57:
Senior Play 59: Modern Dance Club 59:
Maid of Honor 59: Honor Society 59.
Transferred from New Albany, Indiana,
1958. GAA 573 Mixed Chorus 57,593
Girls' Chorus 58: Senior Play 59.
Football 59: Basketball 57, 58,595 Track
57, 58, 59: All-State Track Meet 57, 58,
59: Band 57, 58, 59.
Mixed Chorus 59: Girls' Chorus 582 Soph-
omore Pageant 57 .
Drama Club President 59: Track 57:
Mixed Chorus 58, 59: Senior Play 59:
Junior Play 582 Sophomore Pageant 57.
Band 57,58, 59: All-State Band 581
Mixed Chorus 57, 58, 59: All-State Cho
rus 58: Senior Play 59: Junior Play 58:
Sophomore Pageant 57.
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At least Miss Moncus enjoys the discus-
sion - what's the matter, Monette
Moates, Dale Rowland, Jimmy Lucero
and Rose Reed?
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Kent and Jimmy Lumpee?
SENIORS AT WORK
Community effort in Mr. Millers' Eng-
Eloise Adams, George Atkins, and Kay
Caudill working on a hard question?
SENIOR "T" DAY
On October 22, 1958, at nine o'clock in the moming the Senior Class made their annual
trip to Tucumcari mountain to paint the "T They went in school buses to the foot of the
mountain, and climbed to the "T".
"T" Day will always be remembered to the Seniors of 1959 as it has been remembered and
cherished by the Seniors of previous years.
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IUNIORS IN CLASS
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SOPHOMORE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
From left to right: Kirk Storrie, Russell Weed, Larry Kvols, Tommy Sue
Parker and Nancy Kelly.
From left to right: Mary Jo Reid, Nancy Kelly, Billy Reynolds, Sue Parker, Larry Kvols,
Betty Glee Broome, Kirk Storrie, Russell Weed, Nancy Bush, Barbara Nabours, and Patsy
From left to right: Larry Kvols, Rolly Woody, Billy
Brown, and Betty Glee Broome.
The theme of the pageant was that it
is more blessed to give than to receive.
A rich family, the Whites, adopted a
poor family, the Browns, for Christmas and
gave them gifts. The Whites were surprised
to find that the Browns had also prepared
gifts for them. Both families rejoiced in
the true meaning of Christmas,
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TOP ROW, left to right: Barbara Weed, Judy Grau, Roy Kleindolph, Mariel Wellborn,
and Dan Dunlap. BOTTOM ROW: Ellen Madrid, Dixie Green, Bill Landess, Nancy
Haynes, Nancy Heitz, and Jeanie Nelson.
Today's YUCCA is a story of the students, their
achievements, and the activities of Tucumcari High
School. From the dreams of yesterday, comes this rec-
ord of today, to become a history tomorrow.
MR, R, A. PAULSON
DIXIE GREEN BILL LANDESS NANCY HAYNES
Business Manager C 0-Editor Co-Editor
STUDENT COUNCIL ACTIVITIES
The all-school mixer in September. The Student Council Safety Committee at the district
meeting listens to state patrolman, Leo Teague,
Dear Fellow Students,
Student Councils vary in purposes, structure, size, and name to
such an extent that there are perhaps no two in New Mexico which are
alike. To the close observer this does not represent confusion but a
conscientious effort to have each organization meet the needs of each
individual school. Students need practice in working democratically
with a group thereby gaining a keener appreciation of government,
creating habits of respect for proper authority and improving school
morale. ln closing I wish to thank the student body and faculty for
their support during the past school year and I wish all of you success
in your future undertakings.
Lon Cottingham drinks
"Kickapoo Joy Juice, "
Some of the boys who were auctioned off for Sadie Many students enjgyed the Sadie Hawkins Day dance,
Hawkins Day were Lon Cottingham, Roy Kleindolph,
Rex Smith, Howard Kinkead, and Bill Landess.
Left to right are: Libby Stephenson, Maxine McCasland, Mary Anne Rowley, Molly Mason, Dale Mont-
gomery, Billy McKinney, Leo Connors, Roy Lawrence, Pat McCasland, Esmerlinda Lopez, Clara Jo Den-
nis, Eloise Adams, Lila Martinez, Io Anna Vaux, Jay White, Mickey McMurphy, Ricky Hill, Dartie Bo-
gard, Lola Finley, Shirlene Baum, Anna Mae Maiz, Monette Moates, Carolyn Boarman, Rose Reed, Ted
Ortega, Johnny Wallace, Tony Knox, Tom Smith, Barry Stone, Rita Rivera, Rosa Lee Kemp, Jeanie Nel-
son, Gay Scruggs, Mariel Wellborn, Wayne McFarlin, Russell Weed, and Craig Currell.
The school year of 1958-1959 was a most successful one for the
Mixed Choir. The schedule began with a Christmas program, a tele-
vision appearance, and a variety show. The variety show followed
the theme of the heritage of the Americans. Later in the year the
choir went to Artesia for the chorus festival. Last year, when the fes-
tival was held in Carlsbad, the Tucumcari choir returned home with
an excellent rating. Other programs were musicals and shows. It has
taken a number of years to build such a fine choir and well worth the
time of the students who helped build it.
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This group of girls is the Blue Notes. Left to right, they are: Pat McCasland, Shirlene Baum, Glenda
Hargrove, Polly Brady, Libby Stephenson, Maxine McCasland, Nancy Kelly, Lola Finley, Barbara
Weed, Janette Taylor, Carolyn Hamilton, Gayle Washburn, and the pianist Peggy Dyer.
The Blue Notes serenade their audience during the Christmas program.
Tmcumcari Mixed Choir presents a Christmas program. The choir a0c0mP3n1e9 Dixie Doughty ill 3
Shirlene Baum, Libby Stephenson, and Lola Rehearsal for the big night.
Finley, the Girls' Trio, present a selection
of Christmas songs.
This year, under the direction of Mr. Lloyd Patton, the Tucumcari Mixed Choir
presented a new idea. It was called "A Christmas Treat, " and was just that to those in
the audience. The program began with the more serious numbers and as it progressed
it turned to the lighter, happier numbers. To add variety, the 'Blue Notes' sang their
Christmas carols and the 'Girls' Trio' blended into beautiful harmony. It was a perfect
'Christmas Treat' to help build the key to a more rounded education,
Rattler Cheerleaders: Nancy Heitz, Marguerite Kelt, Lila Martinez, Gay Scruggs, and Jackie Parker,
JACKIE PARKER NANCY HEITZ GAY SCRUGGS
LII-A MAR-1-INEZ MISS REDHAGE MARGUERITE KELT
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Left to right: Roy Lawrence, Drum Majorg Maggie Gordon, LizzyGordon, Dixie Doughty, Lucretia
Wells and Bettye Glee Broom, Majorettes.
The members watching the explosion
are: Bob Summers, James Baum, Leo
Connor, Nancy Heitz, Victor Copeland
Dorothy Almond, Bill Landess, and 01-
Nancy Heitz, Secretary: Victor Copeland, President, Billy Landess, Vice
Presidentg Dorothy Almond, Treasurer.
The Science Club members of 1959 are:
Ollie Smith, Barbara Weed, Kenneth Yohn,
Dixie Green, James Crocker, Leo Connor,
James Baum, Bobby Summers, Russell Weed,
Nelson Ingram, Jimmy Lumpee, Bobby Evetts,
Gary Foote, Ronald Roth, Marvin Lolrnaugh,
Helen Musser, Lon Cottingham, Bill Cherry,
and Dan Dunlap.
The Science Club is an Advertising agen-
cy for science and scientific interests. The
Science Club presents programs to Junior High
and Elementary schools to further their inter-
ests in science.
The sponsors of the Science Club are Mt. Earl Page
and Miss Higgins. Mr. Page organized the Science
Club in the fall of 1957. Miss Higgins became a
sponsor in the fall of 1958.
Billy Landess performs his experiment on radia- Ollie Smith changes water to inkg those watch-
tion. The members watching are: James Crock- ing are Nancy Heitz, Miss Higgins, and Dorothy
er, Nelson Ingram, Jim Lumpee, and James Almond.
Leo Connor brews wine for onlookers Marvin Lo- Kenneth Yohn and Ollie Smith P1'eP21'e eXPeli'
lamaugh, James Baum, Bob Summers, Miss Hig- ments for TV Program-
gins, and Kenneth Yohn,
Bill Cherry makes soda pop for thirsty spectators Kenneth Yohn burns ice with the hell' of Mf-
Victor Copeland, Bill Landess, Dorothy Almond, Page and Nelson Ingram-
Ollie Smith, and Nelson Ingram,
HONOR SOCIETY IN DUCTION
New members, Gayle Washburn, Roy Kleindolph, Dixie Doughty,
Dorothy Almond, and Dan Dunlap, receive the pledge from Norman
Bryce Storrie, President of National Honor
Society, welcomes the guests and the new
The induction of five Juniors into
the Honoris Sodalities Chapter of the
National Honor Society was held Thurs-
day, April 17, 1958, in the Tucumcari
Stadium Recreation Hall. The induc-
tion was open to the public.
Dr. Norland Strawn speaks to the group on
education. He is backed from left to right
by Jim Watts, Judy Hill, Linda Srote, and
Lee Land, who spoke on Scholarship, Char-
acter, Leadership, and Service, respective-
Entertainment is provided by the "Iugheads, " Left to right: Patsy
Hawkins, Gail Dow, Phyllis Parker, Phobe Lawson, Roy Lawrence,
and Bob Riska.
FUTURE TEACHERS OF AMERICA
HELEN MUSSER Miss McMILLIAN LQYCE MOWER
Treasure! 106 President
SUE MARSHALL sARA sus BALL
Left to right: Joyce Mower, Henry Martinez, Jimmy Helen Musser and Barbara Weed holding the F,T,A
Yockey, Miss McMillian, Barbara Weed, and Helen Charter after putting on the seal for 1959-60,
Musser. Those absent at the time of the picture
were: Sue Marshall, Rita May, and Sara Ball.
FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA
MRS, SUE TUCEK NELDA VESSELLS
BACK ROW: Eleanor Estrada, Rebecca Martinez, Rena Gallegos, Lucy Chavez, Vivian Mowrer,
Betty Haffney, Nita Re Parker, Melvina Stone, Wilma Vance, Wanda Yocum, Alta Parks, Eli-
zabeth Roach. MIDDLE ROW: Rose Ann Gomez, Jeanette Rowland, Barbara McCullaum,
Amelia Garza, Adele Valverde, Margie Aragon, Kaye Marshall, Nealene Smith, Donna Bryant,
Evelyn White, Nelda Vessells, Sonja Roberts. FRONT ROW: Mrs. Sue Tucek, Pauline Sanchez,
Faye Cones, Alberta Bonds, Margie Hall, Sue Marshall, Judy Kemp, Mildred Kelly.
Secreta ry Tre asurer
PAULINE SANCHEZ AMEX-IA GA RZA
ADELE VA LVERDE DONNA LEE BRYANT
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crowd to come,
The Future Homemakers of America is
a National organization for girls and boys
interested in better homes for all people.
Our Tucumcari chapter of F,H,A, carries
out a program based on our national pur-
poses which stress education and recreation
in our way of life. Our chapter participates
Initiation took place on October 15, 1958,
regularly with the District, State, and Na-
tional F,H,A, in carrying out worth while
projects for the better citizens of tomorrow,
The president, Nelda Vessells, reads the purpose of F,H,A,
to new members,
Judy Kemp receives a red ribbon from the
president, Nelda Vessells. Each member
F .F .A.
Jerry Lobb gives Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree IO:
from the left, Mr. I-Iollie Ellis, Mr. Potter, and Dr.
D. I. Dowds.
In September, the F,F,A, chose Bar-
bara Curtis, Sweetheart: Sandra Ellis, Fresh--
man Maid of Honor: Tressie Peacock, Soph-
omore Maid of Honorg and Dianne Curtis,
Junior Maid of Honor,
These girls were given necklaces at
the Chapter's Annual Parent-Son Banquet in
February. Other awards and various talks
were presented at this banquet.
President Tom Smith addresses
the groupg in the foreground
From the left: Sandra Ellis, Bobbie Curtis, Dianne Curtis, and Tressie are Perry Nations and Mrs. R-
Peacock, F,F,A, favorites.
RICHARD SOLBERGER TOM SMITH RAYMOND BENAVIDEZ
MR, OT TO DILLON
JERRY Loss PA UL LINDSEY
The primary aim of the Future Farmers of America is the
development of agricultural and rural leadership. The F, F,A,
also wishes to create a love of county life, to encourage mem-
bers to improve the farm and home, to strengthen the confi-
dence of farm boys and young men, and to encourage improve
ment in scholarship, character and citizenship.
The Tucumcari Future Farmer Chapter was started in
1936. For the past eight years the Chapter has been one of
the Gold Emblem Chapters in the State. ln 1949, Tucumcari
was awarded the Gold Emblem in National Competition.
This was the first chapter in the state to be so honored.
The outstanding features of the Tucumcari F,F,A, Chap-
ter areg the supervised farming programs of the members, and
its leadership training program. The supervised farming pro-
gram is carried out on the farms of the individual members,
who raise livestock and crops, and keep farm accounts of
these activities, This is, in reality, the LABORATORY of the
school vocational agriculture program.
FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA
From the right: George Kirkwood, Gary Jaynes, Merle Hutch-
ins, Melvin Keith, G. L. Hight, Louis Benavidez, Phil Hend-
ren, Johnny Cruz, Alvin Keith, and L. Z. Wright inspect the
From the left: Arlis Hutchins, Louis Nations
Charley Thomas, Mr, Dillon, Roy McA1ister
Billy Speed, and John Fife discuss papers.
In 1958, the Tucumcari Chapter of the Future
Farmers of America started a pig farm to help bridge
the gap between the classroom and the students'
farm. At this farm the boys raise feeder pigs for
Truman Johnson watches Rich- From the left are Roy McAlister, Billy Speed, and John Fife checking
ard Sollberger working at the work,
Vice President, Laree Cotherng President, f
Betty DeShaneg Secretary-Treasurer, Patsy f
MRS, DREWS RISKA
We have pictured here the Girls' Ath-
letic Association. lt is a very important
part of our education to balance our physi-
cal efforts with our mental efforts. That is
the purpose of the G,A,A,
The activities of the Girls' Athletic
Association this year have been two trips to
Albuquerque and a Mother and Daughter get
Girls practicing basketball drills.
BACK ROW: Ollie Smith, Ida Jimenez, Lila Martinez, JoAnna Mobley, Bertha Gaffney, Gloria Calbert,
Elizabeth Roach. SECOND ROW: Sonja Roberts, Martha Vigil, LaRee Cothern, Margie Aragon, Jessie
Sanchez, Faye Montano, IoAnna Vaux, Carolyn Owens, Linda Tompkins, Rita May, Edith Brown.
THIRD ROW: Mrs, Riska, Evelyn White, Thomasa Martinez, Mary Diaz, Clara Garcia, Barbara Na-
bours, Billie Brown, Melvinisa Stone, Pat Martin, Linda Bell, Sharon Mecham. BOTTOM ROW: Ro-
berta Morris, Corrine Moore, Delores Pacheco, Betty DeShane, Nancy Kelly, Lucy Chavez, Anna
Chocram, Patsy Benevidez, Faye Cones, Louise Stone, Nancy Poyner, Alice Green.
BOYS' PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Badminton players, Charles Bailey and Barry s B,
For all general purposes, we may de-
fine physical education as a procedure used
in education to bring about useful changes
in human conduct to the end that a more
wholesome and better integrated personality
results. Thus though it may be said that it
is developing the physicalmake-up of the in-
dividual, at the same time it is a means to
educating the individual.
Darwin Bogard and David
Brown give a boxing exhibition.
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Nancy Heitz was crowned Rattler Queen at the
last football game of the season which was played
against the Portales Rams. Her attendants were
Jackie Parker, Maid of Honorg Dixie Doughty, Senior
Attendantg Gay Dowds, Junior Attendant, and Lila
Martinez, Sophomore Attendant.
They arrived on the football field at the half
time of the afternoon game, The band formed a
heart and played Lady of Spain.
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dent Council President, and was given a bouquet of
white mums. She was then escorted to her throne
and there reigned during the homecoming game.
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OUR FAVORITE TEACHERS
TOP ROW, left to right: Mrs. Riska, Miss Moncus, Mr. Chew, Mrs. Green, Mr.
Rudd and Mr. Paulson. MIDDLE ROW: Mrs. Tucek, Miss Higgins, Miss McMil-
lan, Miss Parker, and Mr. Patten. BOTTOM ROW: Mr. Dillon, Mrs, Rudd, Mr.
Page, and Mr. Miller.
Left to right: Miss Redhage, Mrs. Chew, Mr. Left to right: Mr. Litchfield, Mr. Wise, Mr
Mansur and Mr. R. G. Stephenson. Bush, and Mr. Hart.
Because teachers are the key to our education, the Yucca staff has chosen this
means of expressing our gratitude to them for their unselfish service. You will find
all pictures of the teachers and principal on this page for we discovered that they are
all equally important to our educ ation.
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KENNETH MITCHELL TERRY RAMSEY BILLY REYNOLDS CHARLEY RICHARDS DARRELL SMITH
Center Guard Back End Guard
EDWIN SMITH REX SMITH ROBERT STRONG RAY TEA KELL CHUCK YOUNG
End Back End Guard Center
FOOT BA LL 1958 - 1959
Our three coaches, Mr. Hart, Mr. Wise, and Mr. Litchfield,
did an excellent job of coaching this year. The boys fought hard
but despite their strenuous efforts, lost five games out of the nine.
However, the schedule was harder this year than it was last year,
as we played against the better teams in the state.
We won our first game by beating Clayton 7 to 6. Our next
two games were by wider margins, 26 to 13 in the Raton game,
and 27 to 15 in the Ft. Sumner game. Then, on again, and off
again, the season ended with an excellent game, 33 to 15, when
we played Portales.
Seniors, playing their last time for Tumcumcari in The
Homecoming Game with Portales, were: Norbert Aragon, Lon
Cottingham, Sammy Kent, Roy Kleindolph, Jerry Lobb, Jimmy
Lucero, Jimmy Lumpee, Kenneth Mitchell, Charles Richards,
Rex Smith, and Ray Teakell, a junior, who will not be eligible
RA TT LERS
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The season gets under way as Charlie Richard,
No. 20, lips the ball to George Carman far right
of picture. Other Tucumcari players are T. T.
Rex Smith, No. 24, goes high for a layup, while
T. T. Montano, No. 12, looks on.
Montano , No. 12, and Roy Kleindolph, No. 34.
The Rattlers' season had an exciting be-
ginning, the first two games being decided
by one point. The Rattlers won the next
three games by wider margins. Although
they lost some games, the season was off to
a good start.
Off balance, Charlie Richard, No. 20, shoots
for 2 points. Going in for the rebound are
George Carman, No, 40, and Roy Klelndolph,
George Carman, No. 40, takes a jump shot.
Other players are Jim Lucero, No. 52, and Roy
Kleindolph, No. 34
Sammy Kent, No. 10, takes a shot at the bas-
ket. George Carman, No. 40, and Kleindolph,
No. 34, look on,
These are the four most important people in a basketball game: the officials. The scorekeeper
is Mr. Otto Dillon, the timekeeper is Mr. J. M. Robertson, the referees are Mr. Bill Chapman
and Mr. Cecil Cook, These people administer the rules, conduct the game, and record the
RATTLER "A " OPPONENTS
53 Las Vegas ----- 52
49 Clovis ------- 50
61 Logan - - - - -43
73 SanIon-- --57
50 House - - - - - 34
53 Los Alamos ---- 48
31 Roswell - - - - - 58
59 Albuquerque ---- 47
62 Logan ---- - - 31
66 Taos - - - - - 55
34 Sante Fe - - - - - 52
43 Melrose - - - -47
58 Raton - - - - 48
47 Clayton - - - - 51
64 Esponala - - - - 40
54 House - - - - - 39
47 Portales ------ 48
52 Fort Sumner ---- 55
62 San Ion ------ 49
Clayton - - - -
Clovis - - -
RATTLER "B" OPPONENTS
57 Clovis ------- 44
49 Logan- - - - - 30
37 San Jon - - - 29
38 House - - - - 17
33 Logan - - - - 19
57 Melrose - - - - 26
46 Clayton - - - - 56
54 House - - - - 22
40 Portales - - - - 44
59 Fort Sumner ----- 56
38 San Jon- - - - - 50
Clayton - - - -
Clovis - -
Evelyn Allen - - -
Dutch McCaffery - - -
Hal Allen -----
Tom Allen ----
Leslie Allen - -
Angela Allen - -
Aunt hottie - - -
Bruce Hampden - -
Patsy Conover - - -
Hazlitt P. Johnson - -
Kathleen Allen - -
ANGELA 'S FRIENDS
Rose Marie Reed
The Senior Class Presents
'ROOM FOR THE GROOM"
- - Dixie Green
- Dale Rowland
- Nancy Greaser
- Jackie Parker
- - Nancy Heitz
- Gary Foote
- George Atkins
- - -Judy Kemp
Stage Crew - George Atkins, Mickey McMurphy, George Carman, Dixie Green,
and Dale Rowland. Business Manager - Nancy Haynes, Lighting - Tom Smith.
Publicity - Judy Kemp, Rose Marie Reed, and Gene Kelly. Prompters - Lucre-
tia Wells and Ollie Smith,
"Room for the Groom" ends on a light note and everything was peacefully settled,
The Senior Class Presents
'ROOM FOR Tl-IE GROOM"
The Allen family at breakfast, I-lazlitt P. Johnson tells Tom Allen that his
ROOM FOR THE GROOM
One might say that it started with the ladder . . . and
ended with the whole family's using it in a funny, fateful
plot to help pretty Leslie Allen and her fiance elope. And if
Aunt Lottie, a daring old soul, had been able to resist her
lifelong impulse to climb down a ladder in the moonlight,
the elopement might have succeeded,
Besides the excitement of the coming wedding between
Leslie Allen and Bruce Hamilton, there was the planning of a
first formal dance by Angela, the fourteen year old sister,
with her best friend, Patsy Conover. Hal Allen, the serious
and conscientious son, was about to enroll in Harvard, but de-
cided instead to become a part time owner in a pool hall with
"Dutch" McCaffrey, All of this led to a delightful three act
"Shack" will have to go
Our director Mr Miller fixing
Angela and pany Conover discuss their first for- The family comforts Aunt Lottie after she falls
mal dance. off the ladder,
HOMECOMIN G ACTIVITIES
Mr. Patten directs the football players on the choir The Girls' Athletic Association float-
The Senior Class float urging the Rattlers on to victory. The Skate Club float bearing the Skate Queen and
The Homecoming Pep Rally.
A pep rally was held the night of Nov-
ember 13 at the High School parking lot.
The Portales Rams were burned in effigy in
a bonfire and the rally was climaxed by a
snake dance downtown. Here Cheerleaders
ing parade which was held before the game.
It consisted of nine floats and six cars con-
taining class officers, cheerleaders, and of-
ficia ls. High School and Junior High bands
also participated in the parade.
Student Council organized a homecom-
TUCUMCARI SAFETY COUNCIL
Members of Safety Council, FRONT ROW, from left to right: Mrs. Rita Crespin,
Kay Caudill, Dorothy Martinez, Nancy Haynes. SECOND ROW: Miss Bertha
Parker, Mrs. I. D. Green, Mrs. Gladys Murphy. THIRD ROW: Mrs. Briggs
Robertson, Mrs, Tennie Partin, Miss Mary Wilms, Mrs. Ruth Norwood, FOURTH
ROW: Virgil Roth, Otis Houpt, Bill Landess, E. A, Criswell.
MI. R. A, Paulson, Chair
man of Tucumcari Safety
Council. Other officers
are: Mrs. Gladys Murphy,
Vice President and Miss
Bertha Parker, Secretary,
Safety is our job, make it
Nancy Haynes. right. assisted by Kay Caudill and Pm of the Safety Council from the Tucumcari
lim LUTDPCC PfePafe for fe8i5Uafi0P at dimicf district is addressed by State Patrolman, Leo Teague
We, the 1959 YUCCA staff, offer our thanks to the student
body and the student organizations of Tucurncari High for the
cooperation they have given us in putting together this year-
We are grateful to the entire faculty for their patience and
cooperation and we are especially grateful to our faculty ad-
visor, Mr. R. A. Paulson, for all the help and encouragement
he has given us.
We wish to thank LeDeane's and Ball's Studios and Taylor
Publishing Company for the fine service they have given us in
Last of all, we hope that everyone who helped with the
production of this book will feel rewarded with the finished
TAYLOR PUBLISHING COMHANY
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