Clairton High School class of 1960 has held class reunions every half-decade since their 1970 ten-year event. This year celebrates sixty years since the class crossed the threshold of their class motto, “Bridges to the Moon.”
Clairton High School Class of 1960 is a special group. They grew up on the banks of the Monongahela River where Clairton Works and other members of the US Steel conglomerate stretched for dozens of miles to produce steel for the nation’s auto industry and other products. As sophomores the class numbered over 500, nearly half of the student body would transfer to a new school to become the 1960 inaugural class of Thomas Jefferson High School. It was not the first time Clairton High School had been raided of students by other schools.But CHS 69 stood tall, producing an All American athlete, two published authors, physician, dentist, engineers, servicemen, two ministers, an attorney, and many other citizens of note.
To date, the Class of 1960 has celebrated ten reunions and this year would be no exception. Corona virus preventing others from having reunions? No worries. CHS 60 will have a virtual reunion, scheduled for September 22, 2020. We’ll let you know how it went. Meanwhile, enjoy the Ode I’ve written to commemorate Class of 60 Reunion #60.
The first letter of each line spells “CLAIRTON HIGH SCHOOL, 1960”
Class of ’60, what a group
Lean and limber was our troop
Annual trek to Kennywood
Iconic times both fun and good
Run for the cafeteria
To sticky-bun hysteria
Our Swimming Class in sharp disorder
“No clothes at all, boys” said Mr. Porter
Home Ec in contrast, girls did show
Items that they had to sew
Geometry angles hypotenuse
Honeybear twirlers on the loose
Scene of big house being moved
City’s mortuary soon improved
Halcyon days end yearlong teen
Our hopes and lives would soon convene
Of those still standing these years hence
Life’s been, dare I say? Immense
Nineteen Covid, coincidence?
Sixty years of recompense
By Andrew R. Nixon, author, poet, and occasional curmudgeon.