On September 7, 1947, twenty-six cocky, little freshies entered the portals of Downs High, preparing to complete a four-year high school education. New students who joined us were: Alice Bohlen, Burton Huiting, Marvin Gradig, and Sylvester Redeker.
Our sophomore year was similar to the freshman year, except that we were more accustomed to school by this time. During the summer, several faces had disappeared from our class and several new ones took their places. They were Sylvester Redeker, Harold Kerr, Leora Ware, and Marilyn Vanderiet. The new ones were Raymond Henderson and Bill Kempton. Several parties and picnics were held during this year. Our class officers consisted of President, Marvin Headley; Vice-President, Donald Self; Secretary, Elsie Kindley; Treasurer, Raymond Henderson; Student Council Representative, Kay Ortel.
Our junior year proved to be most enjoyable. We elected for class officers, Marvin Headley as President; Donald Self, Vice-President; Shirley Carswell, Secretary; Elsie Kindley, Student Council Representative. We again welcomed Marilyn Vanderiet and Neal Shephard, losing Marvin Gradig, Raymone Henderson, Dick Thomas and Neal Shephard during the year.
On the night of December 9 and 10, we presented the play, "The Angell Brats", which proved to be a big success. Another highlight of the year was the Junior Box Supper. The most successful event was the presentation of the Junior-Senior Banquet, the theme being "In An Old Dutch Garden".
Twenty-three seniors and their sponsors were absent from school on April 27. The reason-they left on their sneak on the afternoon of April 26. They visited many places of interest in Denver the first several days. Later they journeyed to Colorado Springs to finish the adventure of their senior sneak days. Soon, all the activities of the year were over, and only one thing was left before us-graduation.
The Baccalaureate program was one that will long be remembered by the class of 1950. On Thursday, twenty-three seniors proudly marched in to the graduation exercises and
received their diplomas. At last we were no longer students, but the alumni of D.H.S. In leaving, we will miss our many friends and teachers, and we