Hilltop High (HHS) Class of 1962 Alumni List

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Class Memories From 1962

We were the first students to attend Hilltop High. Everything was still under construction. Tractors were still moving between the buildings. There wasn't any landscaping...not even a patch of lawn. The new blackboards had been 'oiled' and the chalk disappeared almost as soon as the teachers tried to write the words.

We had the privilege of choosing our school colors, the title of Lancers, our school song and so many other things that we needed to claim our identity as 'the newest school' in the district. The kids from Chula Vista High School tagged our new gym building with big blue letters CVHS, which cost a lot to remove from the stone finish. We repaid them by burning a big letter H on their senior lawn. Of course, I wasn't part of that activity. I was not one of the 'cool kids'. I was just a scared sophomore.

Mr. Padelford was our class counselor, and my favorite teacher was Mrs. Greenman who taught Latin and math.

We were much more innocent in those days. I didn't know any kids in our school who did drugs or belonged to gangs. Smoking in the bathroom would be about the worst thing that anyone did back then. One of my girlfriends didn't get to graduate with us, because she had secretly got married and was pregnant before graduation and was immediately and permanently expelled. That was the most shocking thing to happen at the time.

I only remember that school was hard work but fun, because I had some good friends and nice teachers.

The first men went into space and reached the moon, while I was attending Hilltop. I heard the voice of Neil Armstrong, while in a classroom at school. The world changed in the following years, and many of us went into the service. Vietnam was our war.
First Times Posted: 12/18/2018

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