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"Mi casa essu casa"
Welcome to the home of the Tucson High School Class of 1960 web site. Please bookmark this page or make a note of the address: http://www.ths1960.com/.
En Español: Bienvenidos al hogar de la clase 1960 de la escuelasecundaria de Tucson del web site. Bookmark por favor estapágina o anote la dirección: http://www.ths1960.com/.
There were approximately 560 of us who graduated in 1960. Scores of others were a part of the class but either graduated elsewhere, graduated later, or didn't graduate. But, once a member of this class, always a member of this class. This web site is dedicated to all of those who were a part of the class for any length of time.
We intend to keep this web site alive as a continuing tribute to our class. It will be a place where you can always find e-mail addresses, photos from the past, and information about plans for the next reunion.
Take a look, we have more than 200 classmates listed in the e-mail directory. You may be able to contact some friends that you have lost touch with over the years.
If your e-mail address has changed or if you are not yet listed on the e-mail directory page, you can be added if you send me an e-mail.
Esther Bustamante Jacobson gave me a box of memorabilia at the reunion from her school days. It includes copies of almost all the Cactus Chronicles as well as the Quarterly magazines. Also a few photos. She saved everything during her four years as a student. So my plan is to go through each document and scan anything that is about somebody from our class. The nice thing about scanning is that I can clean up and restore the photos and articles so they look like new. I will post the scans on the web site as I do them and as I can get to them. I will also send a copy to the person or persons if I have contact information.
March 4, 1960 (thumbnails which can be viewed larger by double-clicking on them)
October 13, 2016
Marily Ash Tarrant sent me an e-mail today after reading a death notice for our classmate, Randy Downer.
The obituary was published in The Arizona Daily Star on October 30, 2016:
DOWNER, Randolph Lee 74, passed away on September 28, 2016, after a lengthy illness due to the complications of multiple sclerosis, with his wife of 30 years, Julie, by his side. Randy was a true native Tucsonan, born and raised just three blocks from the University of Arizona, where he graduated and achieved his Masters in Business Administration, both in the same year. Upon graduation, he commenced his job search and was hired as the Director of Long-Range Planning for the San Francisco-based Crown-Zellerbach Company, but eventually returned to make investments in his hometown of Tucson. He is survived by wife, Julie; son, Randolph Downer, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Sherry Downer; granddaughter, Ava and sister, Patricia Van Metre. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Gladys Downer and sister, Betty Downer. Private memorials are planned by his family in Arizona and California. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL.
September 13, 2016
Fran Tegarden Johnson sent me information about our classmate, Rebecca Rico Montaño. She is to be inducted into the Badger Hall of Fame. Rebecca will join two other classmates from our year who were previously inducted, Paul Strasburg and Michael Siegel.
The induction will be on October 15, 2016 and if you would like to attend, reservations are required no later than October 7th. E-mail The Badger Foundation at
Rebecca Rico Montaño, Class of 1960, Educator, Community Leader, Philanthropist
Dr. Rebecca Rico Montaño has had a distinguished career as an innovative educator in the Tucson Unified School District for 36 years, developing inspiring programs for teachers to improve learning opportunities for all students. She showed leadership abilities as an elementary teacher, reading/math tutor, Principal of a K-6 school, Director of K-3 programs, and Associate Superintendent for the divisions of teaching and learning. She completed her career as Deputy Superintendent for 63,000 students.
She was recognized for 36 years of distinguished service to Arizona youth by Governor Janet Napolitano. She has been awarded Women Who Lead by the Woman Studies Advisory Council, the National Educator Award presented by the League of United Latin American Citizens, Woman of the Year by the University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni, Ernest Thompson Seton Award presented by Camp Fire Girls. She was a renowned Fellow for the I.D.E.A program at Claremont University. Dr. Montaño has been a member of Tucson Airport Authority, Pima Arts Council, Urban League, YWCA, International Mariachi Conference, La Frontera Mental Health Clinic, Tucson Reading Council, Catholic Social Services, Merilac Board, and Camp Fire Girls.
Dr. Montaño has published six articles and books on teaching and learning. The articles are titled: Resiliency Characteristics of Women Leaders in Education, Leadership Seen Through Many Lenses, and Nursery Rhymes of Oral and Written Language Use.Her published books are Tapestry of Theme Study, Me Gustan Las Montañas, and Que Susto Me Dio.
She attributes her extraordinary career to her first teachers, Alfredo and Bertha Rico, who taught her to reach for the stars and work hard to make dreams come true. Thanks to outstanding teachers at Davis, John Spring, and THS who expanded Becky’s curiosity to learn and her dedicated professors at the University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University who gave her direction to pursue her advanced degree.
July 19, 2016
I was going thru the photos and videos from the 50th reunion and came across these interviews that I had intended to post and then forgot. But better late than never.
June 29, 2016
Butch Farabee spotting one of our classmates in today's Obituary page of the Arizona Daily Star. The classmate is Lucille Estrella Senak.
SENAK, Lucille M. (nee Estrella) of Wernersville, PA, age 73, passed away on June 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Lucille was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She was a 1960 graduate of Tucson High School, and attended the University of Arizona. She was the daughter of Arturo Estrella and Mercedes Estrella (nee Fierro). Arturo was a long-time Deputy Sheriff of Pima County, AZ. In 1962 Lucille relocated to New Haven, CT and later Bristol, CT to raise her own family. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven, CT and later earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from Central Connecticut State College in New Britain, CT. While in Connecticut, Lucille worked for the University of Connecticut (Waterbury Branch) as a guidance counselor, and for the State of Connecticut as a personnel analyst. Lucille also resided in Tucson, AZ; in Tempe, AZ; and in Rancho Cucamonga, CA while she continued to pursue her career. She lived the last 16 years of her life in Wernersville, PA where she retired. Lucille is survived by her son, Peter Senak and daughter-in-law, Jacqueline A. Walsh of Bedminster, NJ; her son, David M. Senak of Avon, CT and her grandson, Ira M. Senak of Brooklyn, NY. Lucille is also survived by her brother, Art Estrella and sister-in-law, Martha (Juarez) Estrella of Glendale, AZ; her sister-in-law, Molly Estrella of Pacifica, CA and her brother, Gilbert Estrella and sister-in-law, Lydia Estrella of Tucson, AZ. Lucille's brother, Richard Estrella of Pacifica, CA passed away previously. Lucille's family will be holding a private memorial service in Tucson, AZ on July 2nd. Anyone who wishes to send a note of condolence may do so by posting at Lucille.Senak.Muchloved.Com In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.
June 6, 2016
In 1960 our foreign exchange student was Michele Dumonteil from France. After graduation she returned to France and we had no contact until 2009 when I found that she had registered on classmates.com. I sent her an e-mail and she replied.
Earlier this month Patricia and I went to France and we spent a week with Michele and her husband Olivier. They played tourist guide and we spent the week touring, eating, and drinking good French wine. Since they live near the border with Switzerland, we drove to Geneva for the day.
Here is another photo taken by my friend Hector Esquer. The San Xavier del Bac Mission has been photographed millions of times but Hector keeps going there and he always finds a slightly different view to capture. I posted it here with his permission.
January 28, 2016
Here is a new e-mail address for Lujuana Wolfe Treadwell:
Marilyn Ash Tarrant spotted another of our classmates in the Obituary section of The Arizona Daily Star. You may remember Lorraine Kling. She passed away on December 27, 2015 of heart ailments.
Here is the obituary:
Lorraine A. Ryan Born July 28, 1942, in Detroit, MI, Lorraine is the eldest child of Albert and Madge Kling. She graduated from Tucson High and received her RN from Los Angeles County General Hospital where she studied in the glory days of Ben Casey. She returned to Tucson and was head nurse in surgery and eventually became an Assistant Director at Tucson Medical Center. When she retired, she moved to Todos Santos, Baja California, where she watched the whales and translated science tracts into Spanish. She returned to Tucson years later and enjoyed football, bingo, Scrabble, crossword puzzles and Butterfingers. She was known for her wry wit and quirky sense of humor. Her sister, Nan Schubel; brothers, Albert (of Pensacola, FL) and John Kling; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and a grandnephew survive her. Her daughter, Lori Bagley, predeceased her. Lorraine died December 27, 2015, after a long series of heart ailments. She will be pleased to find herself in line at the Pearly Gates with Meadowlark Lemon. No services are planned. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.
November 6, 2015
Because We Love This Place
Thank you for your generous gift to the Tucson High Badger Foundation.
Your purchase of a Badger Brick will help to create a lasting legacy benefiting the school and our students. Your contribution funds our endowment and helps us meet the needs of current students as well.
Each engraved brick is installed at the entry to our new Hall of Champions, a beautiful atrium connecting the old and new gym.
Plan a visit to find your personal brick.
Carry on, loyal Badgers!
June 12, 2015
Today the Arizona Daily Star ran a lengthy article devoted to our classmate Bill Lenoir. Bill was married to our classmate, Linda South. Bill was a very good tennis player at THS. Later he starred at the UofA and then as a pro. Bill died in 2007.
Thanks to Onofre Norton Schnack for letting us know about the article.
Here is the link to the article. It is a 14-page slide show with words and photos:
Our classmate Ray Atkinson has a band called Desert Knights. They are all over 70. We went to hear them perform at The Elks club. Take a look. (Ray is the drummer with the white hair).
May 3, 2015
Because our classmate Sandy Eckburg Thomas works at the San Xavier Mission, we were fortunate to be able to go up to the top of the bell tower and take pictures from up there. Very few people get that opportunity. Sandy asked the facilities manager to give us a private tour. With us that day was Hector Esquer, a local photographer and our new friend. We both got quite a few good pictures from the vantage point on the tower.
April 30, 2015
Our classmate, Steve Pinnell, was inducted tonight into the THS Sports Hall of Fame. Steve was a wrestler when he was a student and evidently a very good wrestler. Congratulations Steve!
April 24, 2015
I received an e-mail today from Dina Diaz Almazan letting us all know that our classmate Fred Leyva passed away on Easter Sunday.
April 16, 2015
Here is a new e-mail address for Ann Steinberg Cohen.
John Haygood sent this phto of his 5th grade class at Robison Elementary. He is the first person in the back row on the left. He doesn't know the names of any of the others but perhaps you might be able to identify them. If you can, please let me know so I can label them below the photo. If you would like to see what's going on at Robinson Elementary, take a look at their web site: Robison Elementary Web Site Link.
I took the olderphoto, strung them together, and posted them here for all of you o see.
June 19, 2014
I have discovered a great photographer in Tucson by the name of Hector Esquer. He takes photos in and around Tucson and he posted this one on Facebook recently. I asked him if I could post it here so that our classmates, wherever they live now, could see Tucson from A Mountain.
May 17, 2014
For those of you who don't live in Tucson these days, here are two short videos that I made while there last week for the reunion planning meeting.
February 20, 2014
he movies in the late 1950s. We went to drive-ins a lot. We didn't really care what was playing, did we?
We went for the popcorn.
Yeah, right! But there were some very good movies made in those years. Do you remember? You do? Which movie won the academy award in 1960? Can't remember?
What about music?Which songs won Grammy Awards in 1960?
The answers are on the page we call Do You Remember, (about half-way down the page).