Hattiesburg (HHS) Class of 1956 Alumni List

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The top movie in theaters during 1956 was The Ten Commandments, grossing over $80,000,000 in its lifetime. The most popular television series for 1956 was The $64,000 Question

Class Memories From 1956

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Andy Harmon had to be the Champion Clown of '56. Quite an accomplished pianist, he once stopped a piano truck beside the school. The truck was delivering a brand new piano. As it tried to slowly weave through students standing in the street at lunch, Andy hopped on the back, uncovered the piano, and started to bang out the Boggie Woggie. The two employees afraid for their job, and the new piano got out and tried to coax him down, but when they were surrounded by about 150 hooping and hollering students, they just gave up and started clapping their hands also. Teachers who came out to get the students after the late bell, did the same thing when they had no luck. After about a 45 minute concert, Andy turned the truck and the piano back to the deliverers, and we all went happily back into class.
Class Clowns Posted: 12/03/2008
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Hmmmm! Careful what you put in this section. Might like to hear a lot of these though. LOL.
First Times Posted: 12/03/2008
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Nancy Nielsen! One of the brightest smiles, and personalities I remember in high school. If your day was dark, she lit it up with her smile.
Hot Girls Posted: 12/03/2008
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Had to be Coney Island, Emile's Drive In, California Sandwich Shop, and the Oak's Sandwich Shop!
Places To Eat Posted: 12/03/2008
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Maybe not classified as a prank, but in 1956 everyone came to school on a Monday morning to find teachers blocking the doors and not allowing anyone inside. Someone had trashed the "Old Main Street" building with milk, bread and fruit that they had picked up in front of a store that had not yet opened, so badly that it took two days to get it clean enough to reopen. Even the lockers had been opened and books, and anything else in them had been thrown all over the building. Usually many knew immediately, exactly which boys had a hand in things like that, and those boys were questioned by authorities, but no-one had a clue. A year later, one girl got a little tipsy at a party and told that she and several other girls returning late from an out of town football game had been the culprits. Any of you girls remember this one?? Come on now!
Pranks Posted: 12/03/2008
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One memory I have of sports was at an HHS football game in 1954 inside the "Rock" at then Mississippi Southern College. That night our team received the only injury that was received all season. One of the tenth grade Junior Varsity players got so bored that he yawned while sitting on the bench. His jaw dropped out of place, and he had to be taken to the hospital emergency room and put to sleep to relocate his jaw. Go "Buck"!
Sporting Events Posted: 12/03/2008
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The 1956 HHS track team that went 14 meets undefeated, and was the first team in the state to do that. In 2009, it is still the only HHS track team to win a state championship. They also won the "Big 8" Conference, Southern Relays, and Mid-South Relays in Memphis, Tn.. 19 boys won the Mid-South meet which hosted over 5000 high school track men from seven different states. The team was coached by second year coach Chuck Rohe, who later won 21 straight indoor, outdoor, and cross-country SEC championships at the University of Tennessee. And even later became world famous track coach. Still true in 2018! In 1957, as a freshman at Mississippi Southern College, Richard Smith came from fourth place and 65 yards behind on the mile relay anchor leg, passing 2nd and third, who had a 35 yard lead in the middle of turns 1 and two, catching and battling the leader halfway down the back straight and 3rd turn before winning by 15 yards, running unofficially under 45 seconds. Track was inside the "Rock" at USM!
Sporting Events Posted: 06/01/2009
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Im Memoriam of Coach Willis Terry. If you knew him, you loved him. He was the greatest!
Teachers Posted: 12/03/2008

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