Class of 1973

Our Last School Year at Johnson: 1973

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Last Yearbook for 1973 JHS

"Golden Sands of Time . . . " Another graduating class of JHS

Since this was the last year for Johnson High, our principal, Don Ellis published a letter dedicated to the students of Johnson, past and present.  This is a copy of that letter as published in the final Kappa of 1973.

What was happening when these classmates graduated:

The year we graduated and our school closed ... 

This was the final graduating class of Johnson High School.  After 13 years of graduating over 4,000 students, the school was closed.

The world was having a significant impact on not only our graduating students, but also on people's lives around the world, with the UK inflation rate running at 8.4% and the US running at 6.16% . This causes problems in every aspect from the price of gas, food and bills, which in turn causes higher wages and the spiral continues, much of this is caused by the Arab members of the (OPEC) restricting the flow of oil to countries supporting Israel as part of the Yom Kippur War. This year is also the start of a recession in Europe causing increased unemployment and a 3-day week in the UK. Meanwhile in the US two important cases dominate the news with Roe v. Wade making abortion a US constitutional right on the 22nd January and the start of the Watergate hearings in the US Senate; due to price increase of gas, the Japanese car manufacturers with smaller more efficient engines have an impact of the US car industry. 



JHS Teachers during 1973 school year:

JHS Administration:

  • Principal: Donald Ellis
  • Vice Principal:  Bruce Blevins
  • Counselor:  Donald Kalina
  • Head Secretary:  Kay Adair


Language, Library, Social Studies:

  • Momoyo Katsura
  • Sheila Mills
  • Regina Payne
  • Betty Heemstra
  • Joan Dobbels
  • Nancy Boldissar
  • Sue Lenz
  • Judith Alderson
  • Betty Jean Treat
  • Mary Yoder
  • Wayne Olson
  • Phillip Dattola
  • Jack Smith
  • Fred Evans
  • Stewart Price
  • Leon Brashier
  • Milton Sosnick
  • Bud Brewer


Math & Science:  

  • Howard Dirksen
  • Beverly Eber
  • Henry Matsumoto
  • James Carroll
  • Herman Radick


The Arts: Music, Commercial Home: 

  • Arthur Hamaoka
  • Mary Kay Cerven
  • Daryl Howard   


Physical Education:

  • Steve Ruff
  • Marylinda Wheeler



1973 Class Officers

This graduating class of Johnson High School elected their class officers:

  • President: Joan Drayton
  • Vice President:  Vance Kaopuiki
  • Secretary:  Dinah Edwards
  • Treasurer: Jim DelaCruz
  • Advisor:  Wayne Olson



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Varsity Football


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JHS Cheerleaders



JHS Activities

L to R:  Tina Victor, Carol Frerichs, Judy Tomita, Diane Krey, Janet Nakamine, Theresa Bonner, Cathy Bryson, Debbie Herring, Debbie Graziani