Forty eight members of the Pacolet
High School Class of 1955 graduated on the night of May
24, of that year. However, our journey had started many
years earlier during the depths of World War II in the
fall of 1943. That year, most of us had started the
first grade. It was not at all sure, in those dark
times, that the United States could win the War.
Fortunately, our country did win and we went on to
A few of us started the first grade in the same
Pacolet School where we would graduate years later.
These were destined to have such grammar school teachers
as Mrs. Wells, Mrs. Cromer, Mrs. Trowell, Mrs. Parrish
and Miss Garrison among others.
A number of us started in the first grade at the old
school in Glendale where Mrs. Murray was Principal. Mrs.
Cox and Miss Kinard were among our teachers.
The majority of us began our first grade journey at
the Pacolet Mills
Elementary school overlooking the mill village.
This school was under the serious and watchful eye of
our Principal, Miss Venable. (Does anybody else remember
the big round tables with the hole in the middle that we
had in the first grade classroom?) Recently,
in Oct., 2014, a copy of the program for the graduation
of our class from the 7th grade at Pacolet Mills
Elementary was found in the papers of the late David "Skeet" Smith. You can see
this program at 1950 PMES
Along the way, those of us from
these three schools were joined by others. The newcomers
had started at schools with strange names like North
Charleston Elementary and Fremont Elementary. We had new
students join our class every year until we graduated.
By the time we started the eighth grade in 1950, we
had joined together at Pacolet and were well on the way
to becoming the Class of 1955.
Click on this link for a list of our class members
along with addresses, phone numbers and email
addresses. We want to thank Nettie Rothrock
Gentry for furnishing us this information and she has
updated this roster to 2015 in relation to the 60th
Reunion. See note below relating to the reunion. If your
information needs updating please email us with the
Forty eight of us stayed the
course and went on to graduate in the gymnasium on that
long ago night in 1955. However, along the way, we lost
many classmates and dear friends. Some moved to other
schools, others dropped out of school for a variety of
reasons. Some few passed away, including Harold Strange
of Glendale, who had contracted Polio, the Terrorist
disease of our youth. Many of our classmates left in the
summer of 1950 between the 8th and 9th grades. Even
though they did not graduate with us, these former
classmates left us many memories.
Class has 53rd Reunion
The class had its 53rd reunion on Saturday, August 16,
2008 in the friendship hall of the Pacolet Methodist
Church. The reunion was planned and organized by
Nettie Rothrock Gentry and her husband Scott. We would
like to thank Nettie and Scott and the others involved for
all the hard work and time involved. Plans were made to
have the next reunion in 2010.
Amazingly, our class had its 60th reunion on Saturday,
August 1, 2015. As in the past, we are indebted to
Nettie Rothrock Gentry and her husband Scott for planning
and organizing the event
. It was held in the
Pacolet Town Hall. Nettie has furnished
Reunion Photos and a Booklet with an updated class roster.
These can be viewed at 60th
Reunion Photos and Updated
Miss Bishop's Annual
At the recent reunion, I told the story of how I had
acquired Miss Bishop's 1955 Tomahawk annual from eBay. I
don't think I explained it very well. A clearer
explanation is at this link - 1955
(Believe it or not, the same thing has happened again with
the 1952 Tomahawk belonging to and dedicated to Jack Corn.
Read the details on the same page about Miss Bishop.)
A number of our classmates have passed away. Click on this link for for a list
of the names and information about them.
For the words to the Alma Mater and thoughts on the
closing of the school, click on