Coronado 50 Years: Then and Now
January 17, 2015
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It is hard to believe that Coronado High School has been around for 50 years. Throughout those 50 years the walls of Coronado have witnessed many changes. There are still many traditions around today that occurred 50 years ago, and there are some that have developed over the years.
Bill Godlove was among the first graduating class of Coronado High School in 1965. He attended Coronado his senior year along with his twin sister Jill.
“I attended Coronado because of the change in the attendance zone after CHS was built,” Godlove said.
To some it was scary to think that they would be spending their senior year at a new school, with new people, and without some of their old friends. This was not the case for Godlove.
“I looked forward to attending a new school, and I ended up enjoying my senior year,” Godlove said.
The first day Coronado was opened in 1965, just like the first day of school in 2014, the school had not yet been completed. The cafeteria, a number of hallways, and the northern portion of the school were still under construction. The school moved into barracks after the start of school to accommodate the large population of students. Despite all the setbacks created by construction, Coronado started the first year very academically organized.
Unlike today, there were no rivalries between Coronado and the other surrounding schools.
“Rivalry was very low the first year because there were no preexisting traditions at CHS the first year,” Godlove said. “Those rivalries were developed in subsequent years.”
Another reason for the lack of rivalry between schools was because Coronado’s student population had attended the surrounding schools the previous year, and students still had many friends who attended those schools.
“Not all my friends were allowed to attend CHS because of the new attendance zone,” Godlove said.
Bill Godlove was actively involved in the schools choir, he was the president of the choir his senior year. He had the privilege of deciding some of the lyrics to the school song along with the choir director, Joe Klingstedt.
“As president of the choir I enjoyed the concerts,” Godlove said “Some of my fondest memories from my senior year were from a choir party that was held at Buffalo Lakes.”
There were many school dances that were held at Coronado the first year.
“They were crowded and a lot of fun,” Godlove said. “There was a lot of great 60’s music which included a lot of the Beatles.”
Along with the many school dances, prom was held in the cafeteria of Coronado in 1965. Currently the prom is held at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and there are never any dances scheduled at the school. As you can see things have changed a lot in the past 50 years.
One thing that has not changed all that much since 1965 is High School dating. In 1965 teenagers liked to hang out, get a bite to eat, and maybe go see a movie, just like teenagers today.
“We went dancing a lot at dance clubs geared for young adults,” Godlove said. “We also liked going to the movie theaters and the drive-in on the weekends.”
Coronado High School has gone under a lot of construction in the last couple years, and has changed tremendously since the opening in 1965.
“The new front entrance to the school is very impressive,” Godlove said. “The new offices are very accommodating to parents and visitors.”
College Ready, Career Ready, Life Ready is the moto of Coronado High School, and Coronado has been striving for this since the beginning.
“I had a lot of fun my senior year,” Godlove said. “But most importantly Coronado got me ready to attend Texas Tech University.”