North Dallas High School, The Pre-Beatles Era
by Paula Bosse
by Paula Bosse
Today, a few random photos from the 1960, 1962, and 1963 yearbooks of North Dallas High School.
The top photo (from 1962) is my favorite, because, had I not known what part of town this photo was taken in, I would never have guessed. I’m still not 100% sure, but I think this shows Cole Avenue running alongside NDHS. The Cole and Haskell Drug Store (Coke sign) was on the corner of … Cole and Haskell, but things have been so Uptown-ified that this area is now almost completely unrecognizable from even 20 years ago. At least the school and Cole Park remain (mostly) unchanged.
So, a few moments in the life of NDHS students in the days just before The Beatles and Vietnam. (All photos are larger when clicked.)
From 1960, majorettes practicing, with batons and headscarves — two things one doesn’t encounter often these days.
From 1962, cheerleader Gene Martinez with the school’s bulldog mascot, Duchess.
The rest of the photos are from 1963, when most of the girls had the Laura Petrie flip hairstyle. (Seen here are Suzy DeGaw and Olga Delgado.)
As far as the boys, an alarming number of them sported haircuts like the ones below (although these two seem to be a bit on the extreme side — most were shorter) — it’s a sort of early-’60s version of the ’80s’ Flock of Seagulls hair-do where you look back on it and shake your head in wonderment. I’m not exactly sure what “butch wax” is for, but I’m thinking it’s for this. (Pictured here are Jody Chenoweth and Robert Paul Reid.)
Girls had beauty pageants (and wore a lot of plaid).
And boys practiced shooting.
North Dallas had their very own rock and roll band — “The Misters,” headed by the enormously popular Jesse Lopez (younger brother of Trini Lopez, who went to Crozier Tech). (Morning sock hops?!)
In fact, The Misters won the high school combo contest at the State Fair several times. And speaking of High School Day at the fair….
And back on campus, I don’t know who you are, Rufus Jara, but I nominate you as Coolest-Looking NDHS Student of 1963. (Caption from the yearbook: “Rufus Jara appears to be bothered by the light in the lunch room.”)
These last two photos leave a lot to be desired in quality (I did my best with yellowed paper and a broken book spine), but I think it’s interesting to see what the street looked like in front of the school, and on McKinney Avenue, to the left. Again, not recognizable today.
All photos from The Viking, the North Dallas High School yearbooks from 1960, 1962, and 1963.
More from these yearbooks: see a LOT of ads in the post “Ads For Businesses Serving the North Dallas High School Area — Early 1960s,” here. Several feature NDHS students.
All pictures larger when clicked!
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