Aspinwall High School Class of 1955


ALUMNI NEWS

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Gene Consolo '55
Class President

FROM YE OLD SCRAPBOOK
EARLY SNAPSHOTS

50th REUNION BOOK

(pdf)

The historic 2005 reunion book -- photos, memorabilia, and class updates -- was edited by Eugene Consolo with photographic design by Bob Grimes. The cover is based on the actual 1955 yearbook. NOTE: By clicking on the image above one can read the reunion book on the web as a pdf file, thanks to Bob Grimes.

CLASS OF 55 REUNION SNAPSHOTS

ROSTER OF GRADUATES
contact any AHS 55 grad with email here

AHS TEACHERS 1949-55

C.A. SHERMAN (1907-1985) SUPERVISING PRINCIPAL

BRIEF HISTORY OF AHS (1931)


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[pdf file]

"In case of [nuclear] attack all students are to remain in school and remain sheltered because of the lethal rays until the proper persons give the 'all clear' signal. The best protection from flying glass and other debris is lying face down with the head to a wall, although for the present students will not assume the prone position." [handbook]


COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM 5/5/55
[pdf file]

THE DIVINE FLORA

SENIOR BOOKLET 1955
Sophomoric -- but hilarious
Thanks to Carolyn McQuaid Thomas


GALLERY: ASPINWALL THEN AND NOW
Bob Grimes shows how Aspinwall has changed over 50 years

GALLERY: ASPINWALL: 2004
A photo montage by Bob Grimes

GRAND REUNION JUNE 19, 1992 [pdf file]
clipping from the Sharpsburg Herald

FOX CHAPEL AREA HIGH SCHOOL

MAP OF ASPINWALL, PA

ASPINWALL DETAILED PROFILE

ASPINWALL COMMUNITY PROFILE

FIFTIES WEB
pop stuff from the 1950s

2005 REUNION: ORIGINAL DETAILS

2005 REUNION COMMITTEE
Shirley Ann Brusco, Sally Bollinger Greulich, Margie Morcom Hartsock, Salli Hamre Lodge, Barb McLaughlin Monahan

Feedback
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Don Swaim


COLORS
maroon and white

ALMA MATER

Close beside the Allegheny
Hill and vale serene,
Stands our own, our Alma Mater,
Aspinwall, our Queen.

chorus

All ye sons and all ye daughters,
Fight the good old fight --
Honor Aspinwall forever,
Hail, Maroon and White.

There she stands in all her glory,
Loved by one and all,
Here's to you our Alma Mater,
Dear Old Aspinwall.



PC Magazine's BEST OF THE INTERNET cites Don Swaim's Wired for Books. Nov. 20, 2007 issue

SOME OF DON'S SITES
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Wired for Books
Book Beat: The Podcast
Ambrose Bierce Site
Fighting the Hun in WWI
Growing Up in WW2
Don's Houses: Where I've Been
Aspinwall Class of 55
WCBS Appreciation Site
Radio Days
John Steinbeck in Bucks Co.
Bucks County Sunsets
Bucks County Writers Workshop
Texas Wine List
Swaim Name in History
The Swaim in America
The Swimsuit Issue

Number One Song on Graduation Day 1955:
"Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)" by Perez Prado:



2013 MINI-REUNION & PICNIC

For a full account & photos click HERE


winter 2013

Eugene Consolo's account & photos HERE



2012 MINI-REUNION & PICNIC
by Eugene Consolo

For a full account & photos click HERE



2011 MINI-REUNION & PICNIC
by Marjorie Morcom Hartsock

For a full account & photos click HERE



2010 MINI-REUNION & PICNIC
by Marjorie Morcom Hartsock

For a full account & photos click HERE


SCHOOL DAYS LONG GONE
by Carolyn McQuaid Thomas

First Aspinwall High School at 5th St. and Center Ave., 1917

The first "Aspinwall High School" was in the building on Center Avenue (east side, between 5th and 6th) which was built in 1892. A prior one-room school had been located on the NE corner of the Delafield property (approximately above what became the Aspinwall playground?) and it had about 25 students (all grades) in 1891-92. To read on click HERE.




Hartsock

We had a smaller group than we had hoped -- only 14 this year -- but it was a beautiful evening to get together right beside the Allegheny River & we definitely were "where the action was. " For details and photographs click HERE.


CLASSIC PHOTOS OF ASPINWALL,
BOROUGH AND SCHOOL

Penna RR tracks, Aspinwall, 1940s
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Ben Freudenreich, AHS class of '57, has gathered together a nice collection of annotated photos of the old Aspinwall, including many school and class pictures. Some of these shots go back to the 1940s. Wonderful nostalgia. Separately, there are additional pics and lots of Aspinwall area history on this site's home page. Go to: Aspinwall Memories.

SEEKING UPDATED EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR FOLLOWING AHS CLASSMATES:

Nancy Humes Hannigan, John Albert Hatton Jr., Patricia Roberts Zeik, Patricia MaGahan Thompson, Ben Beal, George Bucha, Rosalie Calderaro McClintock, Edith Collins, Ike Eichner, Carol Greene Moore, Lee Henry, Jim Richardson, Agnes Schettley Graham, Flo Tomko Nagy.

If anyone has info please email: Gene Consolo or Cari Thomas.


ALUMS REGROUP IN 2008

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2007 AHS PICNIC & MINI-CLASS REUNION

click here for pictures & details

2006 ALL-CLASS PICNIC
& MINI-REUNION
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'55 Alums at Holiday Inn dinner Sep. 1, 2006, night before the picnic at Squaw Valley Park.
For more snapshots click here.



AHS 50th REUNION BOOK ON 'NET
Edited by Gene Consolo, converted for the web by Bob Grimes, the book can be read or printed on line by clicking the headline above. Requires pdf reader, such as Adobe Reader, Acrobat, Preview.

CD ROM OF AHS CLASS OF 1955 50TH REUNION AVAILABLE

The work of Bob Grimes, the CD contains, not only the Reunion Book with an updated alumni directory, but additional photos from the reunion and picnic plus many of the files that are currently on the AHS web site. Bob says he'll be happy to distribute the CD by mail to anyone interested. The CD ROM requires a computer, a browser, and Adobe Reader. Email Bob Grimes


2005 AHS FEST REMEMBERED
50th REUNION ACCOLADES FOR CLASS OF '55

They returned for the Friday reunion on August 26, 2005, not only from Pennsylvania, but from Florida, California, Virginia, Maine, Michigan, Idaho, Texas, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire -- Guatamala! Even a drizzle didn't deter the hearty grads of AHS from a picnic the next day. That Saturday night the ole alma mater was lustily sung along the Allegheny River -- and a belt-busting Sunday brunch rounded out the festivities. An occasion that for the grads will never happen again.

2005 REUNION SNAPSHOTS
Click on the headline above to go to the reunion pictures gallery page

Aspinwall High School Class of 1955. Click to enlarge.

Remnants of the AHS chess team -- Perrin, Grimes, Swaim -- at Silky's on Aug. 27, 2005.

WHO WAS THERE IN '05?
CLICK FOR NAMES OF AHS GRADS ATTENDING 50th REUNION

STATISTICS FOR AHS CLASS OF 1955


PAGE FROM THE OLD SCRAPBOOK
EARLY PHOTOS


OLD HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING

No longer exists. Now townhouses (pictured below):


photo by Bob Grimes



WHERE'S THE SCHOOL NOW?
Part of a consolidated school district in Fox Chapel. Read a history and join a pictorial tour of the "new" high school on the Index side of this page.



1980 REUNION (25th)

Oct. 4, 1980, Aspinwall American Legion Hall.


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1986 REUNION (31st)

Nov. 1, 1986, Holiday Inn RIDC.

2000 REUNION (45th)

Oct. 15, 2000.


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WHAT HAPPENED TO SAVOR'S BARBECUE?

From Salli Hamre Lodge: "...places gone in A-wall: Bards, Erwin Drug Store, Humes Garage, Embassy Theatre, Womens Club, (Zuccaro's Store still there under new management), Savor's. Dinty Moore's, Lutheran Church. Presbyterian Church destroyed by fire, rebuilt, bell tower saved. Homes selling for $250,000 and up. Football field still there, used for Little League baseball, football, A-wall recreations. Memorial Day Parade still held each year."

HOWARD JOHNSON'S ON THE TURNPIKE

Popular spot for breakfast after the prom. You could enter the HoJo parking lot from the rear and not have to pay a turnpike toll.

KAVALIER KANTEEN

Weekly sock hop on Friday nights. Early do-wop music via 45 rpm records (the ones with the big hole in the center).


MORE NOSTALGIA
Said to be the Aspinwall High School football team, 1912.


Graduation class of 1927.

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