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50 Years of High School Photos

Football Homecoming Parade with cars and balloons.
1993 Glenbrook South High School Football Homecoming Parade

Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois will celebrate its 50th anniversary at their annual football homecoming game on October 15. Someone involved in the festivities has painstakenly curated and uploaded to Flickr 50 years of school photos.

70s Cheerleader
1977 Cheerleader | Glenbrook South High School, Glenville, Illinois

There is a set for every school year from 1962 to 1995. It is an impressive collection of stories and styles covering five generations including Generation X. (The years for Generation X by broadest definition are 1961 to 1981.)

I can’t imagine how long it took someone to complete this project. The thing I most appreciate about it is that they’ve enabled shareability across social networking sites. Below are a few of my favorite photos, but you’ll want to visit the Flickr account and soak a few thousand pieces of nostalgia.
80s cheerleader

1983 Glenbrook South High School Cheerleader

I was on yearbook staff in high school and I’ve often wondered whatever happened to the original photos we cropped by hand. Back then we rolled wax onto the back of the pictures and created layouts by hand. By the time I was editor of my college yearbook computers were being introduced in yearbook design, however, we still did it the old-fashioned way. Can you imagine? We actually turned in hand-drawn sketches to Josten’s for production. Too funny! My kids’ school still produces a yearbook every year, but I’ve heard a lot of schools have stopped doing them.

Happy Anniversary, Glenbrook South High School. Go Titans!

P.S. We’re taking the kids to a high school football homecoming game tonight. Go Rockets!

Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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  1. jennifer

    @HEYRAY “Kids today have no idea.” That is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time!! #OfficiallyOld Are you on Twitter?!?

  2. HeyRay

    Another thing you and I have in common…yearbook was my thing in high school, too. All those blue pencil lines drawn, all that graphed paper in duplicate (don’t mess up! You can’t erase on carbon!) Having to shade in with pencil where the colored graphics went. Kids today have no idea! Hahaha.


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