Welcome Fellow Classmates!
This site is dedicated to the students and teachers of the 1965 graduating
class of Westlock (R.F. Staples) High School. We hope you will enjoy the
trip back in time and will continue to visit this site and will contribute
memories of the past, and stories of the present.
Who can forget the simplicity of a time when the Beatles, the Searchers, Dave
Clark Five and Chad
& Jeremy ruled. Long hair & bell bottoms were new and radical
concepts in fashion that had not yet arrived. Though we were cool, we would now be described as
"nerds" by our kids.
Noon hour "Sock Hops" at the gym were a form of social exchange
we all enjoyed. Physical contact, such as dancing close, was controlled
under the watchful eyes of teacher chaperones. Vern Rogers was way ahead
of his time as the official DJ for these occasions. Only Vern was
entrusted with the mighty key to the cabinet that housed the turntable and PA
On Friday nights, before the era of disco, we danced
to live bands such as the "South Bound Freeway", "49th
Parallel (a.k.a Shades of Blond)", "Wes Dakus with
Barry Allen and the Rebels" and our own local bands such as "Jay and
the Wildcats". At school dances, Shirley Staples would operate the
concession booth that kept us going with hot dogs and pop.
A date could also include a visit to the Roxy Theatre (run by Joe Wojcicki) or
the "ultimate passion pit", the Westlock Drive-In. Sadly, video
movies and satellite TV have been the demise of both landmarks. No one seemed to care what was playing or
even if the film broke. Lingering over a Coke or milkshake at the Alberta
Cafe (run by Mr. Nang) was another great opportunity to hang out with friends. It
was just like "Happy Days".
With great fondness, we remember those teachers who helped to shape our
lives and values. People like Mrs. Woodman who, though a dainty and tiny
lady, could control the largest hooligan acting up in her class with just a furtive look
of disappointment. (Other teachers were more physical). Sam Wishloff
loved to expound on the "Wishloffvian theory of physics" that involved his famous "jumping cat"
theory. Mr. Skrownski dragged many of us through Math 31 with his
persistence and faith in our ability to learn. Mr. Clapperton, always
controlled, exhibited a
gray eminence and wisdom that helped guide many of us to choose our careers.
There are many more images to share so please click on a button at the left
to begin your journey!
Site Last Updated:
21-Apr-2015 08:51:40 AM