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Class of 1964 to celebrate 50th reunion

The Class of 1964 will be holding their 50th reunion July 18-19. The reunion will be held during the 9th Annual Cheeseburger Festival. Members, friends and family of the class are invited to a visitation at Margie Herring’s home at 1407 W. 5th Street on Saturday, July 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Class of ’64 had a number of memorable events during their time at Friona High School. The Chieftain football team managed to break a three year losing streak by winning their first game of the season against Farwell. The win started an eight game winning streak. The Senior team captains were Gary Renner, Mickey Wilson and Everett Gee. The Chieftains were coached by Don Light, Bob Owens and C.W. Dukes.

Their next accomplishment was when “Duggins Dolls”, the Friona Squaws, won the state championship in girls’ basketball. The team was undefeated throughout the 1963-64 season. Senior team captains were Charlotte (Nettles) Neece and Carolyn (Herring) Carson. Team members were Glenda McClellan, Wessie Hand, Shirley Phipps, Janet Rushing, Tito Jennings, Lois Moyer, Sharon Dean, Sheryl Long, Carol Struve, Merylene Massie, Linda Davis and Rose Ann Greeson. The team was coached by Baker Duggins.

Rose Ann (Greeson) Ray was elected homecoming queen with a Queen’s Court of Merylene Massie, Mary Ethel Wilson, Marca Lynn Massie and Wessie Hand. Mary Ethel (Wilson) Henry was named Miss Friona High School and Sheryl Long was named Miss Maize Days.

The Class of ’64 had an exchange student from Turkey, Nergis Yazgan. They also excelled in band, thespians and had an “Arrow” staff who published a bi-weekly paper sponsored by Joy Morton.

“Duggins Dolls”

1964 Girls’ Basketball State Champions

Back row, l-r, Glenda McClellan, Wessie Hand, Shirley Phipps, Janet Rushing, Coach Baker Duggins, Tito Jennings, Charlotte Nettles and Lois Moyer. Middle row, l-r, Sharon Dean, Sheryl Long, Carol Struve, Carolyn Herring and Merylene Massie. Front row, l-r, Linda Davis and Rose Ann Greeson.