A Look Back
January 5, 2015
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The Coronado class of 2015 will be the school’s 50th graduating class. Throughout the year CHS will be celebrating the anniversary with special events. So, what is the story of Coronado?
Coronado High School was the third high school created in the Lubbock Independent School District. Coronado, was named after the Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, and opened its doors to students in 1965
The mascot of the school is the Mustang and the school colors are Scarlet and Old Gold.
In the early days, Coronado had a much different bell schedule and course requirements were also different from todays. Bell schedules have changed dramatically over the years as have course requirements to graduate.
For the 2006-2007 school year, ninth-graders were moved into the high schools, sixth-graders were moved to junior high and elementary schools began graduating in the fifth grade.
When the school opened in the fall of 1965, top movies were “The Sound of Music”, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, and “The Sons of Katie Elder”. Top television shows were “The Andy Griffith Show”, “Bonanza”, “The Beverly Hillbillies”, “The Brady Bunch”, “Gilligan’s Island”, “The Flintstones”, and “Leave it to Beaver”.
Girls where inspired by what Marilyn Monroe was wearing and her bright red lips, while guys drooled over how perfect and good looking she was. The Beatles had an influence on young men’s fashions and hairstyles in the 1960s as well. Magazines and all the Hollywood stars where a big influence on the teenagers
Make up was what most the girls where wanting to get their hands on, even though makeup was not as frequently used then as it is today.
Eyes – eyeliner was the most important makeup tool.
Eye shadow – the popular palette was blue, grey and white.
Eyelashes – placed on both top and bottom for a real retro effect.
Powder – Lots of powder in the early 1960s to just a dab of translucent by the end of the decade.
Lips – very pale pinks and reds outlined with a pencil.
Hair- always perfect and curled at the ends, really big and used tons of hair spray
For men the pants became much tighter, they fit around the thigh. The pea coat was quite popular for men in the mid-60s. Basically anything that looked straight out of London was good to go in the mid-60s because of the Beatles .Hair started to grow longer and men still wore boots and hats.
Music was a big part of High School; everyone would listen to their own jams and dance to the songs in their rooms or fangirl over the hottest boy band. The influential bands included, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, and The Supremes.
When the school opened it had only been slightly over a year since The Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was coming up on the two-year anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. had just made his famous ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ to a crowd of over a million. And Ford Motor Company had just introduced the Ford Mustang.
As we move forward into our year of celebration, let’s remember the students that came before us, that helped to make Coronado what it is today. Back then, just like today, It’s a Great Day to be a Mustang!