Cherokee Homecoming throughout the years: the Swinging Sixties

Since Cherokee High School was founded in 1956, homecoming dances have been a large part of student activities throughout the years. While looking at previous classes’ yearbooks, we found many different shots of the homecoming games, courts, and parades and got to experience the history of our school.

Going back in time, we can see the many differences between then and now. From things like uniforms to how the dance and parade were set up. Let’s take a peek at the 1960s! The counter-culture age of protests, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the moon landing, pencil skirts, and bee hive hair doos.

Photos from the homecoming football game in 1965 that shows the band, players, cheerleaders, and students all enjoying the fun. [The Sequoyah 1964-65]

In the photos above, we can see how much different things look now and from the previous article that talked about Cherokee homecoming dance during the 50’s. People were not mentioned in the yearbook’s cutlines which is why the queen and kings names are missing.

Different angles of the dance. Causal attire was worn back in the day with girls wearing pencil shirts instead of over the top dresses. [The Sequoyah 1964-65]

News and Events of the 1960’s

  • Navy Lt. Donald Walsh and Jacques Piccard go to the bottom of the Marina Trench in the submersible the Trieste
  • First star goes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the star honoring the actress Joanne Woodward
  • The United States started using zip codes in 1963
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Voting Rights Act
  • Martin Luther Jr gives “I have a Dream” speech
  • Martin Luther Jr and JFK were assassinated
  • Most popular children toys at the time were Barbies and G.I. Joe action figure
  • Sesame Street debuts on television
  • Apollo 7 is launched by NASA
  • South African doctor Christiaan Barnard completes the first heart transplant operation
  • The 25th Amendment, which makes the U.S. Constitution deals with issues related to presidential succession and disability, is ratified

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