- Batavians


Scanned images of all these Batavians are on a site called "ISSUU" that's used for publishing electronic magazines, books, pamphlets, etc. While you can flip through each Batavian in the minature form presented here (click on the arrows just to the left or right of each page to go backward or forward), clicking on the image itself will expand the page(s) to full screen. Remember to press Esc to return to the original format on this page.

In the expanded view you have a range of options:

  • Press the arrows (triangles) in the center left or right of each pair of pages to "flip" backward or forward to the next pair of pages.
  • Press the arrow/vertical bar at the top left or right of each pair of pages to go to the beginning or end of the yearbook.
  • Click on the image to enlarge it. Clicking on it again will return it to its original size.
  • At the bottom of each large image are 10 pairs (20 pages) of much smaller images. Click on those to advance or go back several pairs of images at a time.
  • Below that are a row of dots (5 for our yearbook). Click on any of those to advance or go back 20 pages at a time.
  • If you move your cursor towards the top of the large image an iconic pop-up menu appears giving you several more options. One of them (2nd from the right) allows you to print the page(s) you are looking at (fairly good quality).

Data DVD's of each of these yearbooks will be available to interested classmates for purchase at the BHS Store page (coming soon).



Our sincere thanks to Ms. Mary Ann Samuelson, the BHS Librarian who was so supportive of Jim Owen's request for loans of so many of the Batavians presented on these pages.


Note: To decrease the clutter on this page and speed up the uploading of data from the supporting ISSUU site, we've moved the more historical Batavians (1913 - 1955) to this page...


Historical Batavians



1956 Batavian
(7th Grade for us in the class of '61)

The World of the Class of 1956

World & National Events
Rosa Parks refuses to sit at the back of the bus and Martin Luther King Jr., leads a black boycott of Montgomery, Ala., bus system. That would lead to the declaration by a federal court, that bus segregation laws were unconstitutional. Fidel Castro forms the "July 26th Movement". President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour.
Film: Best Picture - Around the World in 80 Days - Michael Todd, Producer
Best Actor - Yul Brynner in The King and I
Best Actress - Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia
TV: Debuts included: Queen for a Day & My Friend Flicka. As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS as the first half-hour American Soap Operas. Elvis Presley makes his national television debut on CBS's Stage Show.
Music: Top Hit Singles; Hound Dog and Don't Be Cruel, and Heartbreak Hotel all by Elvis Presley, The Great Pretender by The Platters, and Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino.
The Dodgers finally beat the NY Yankees 4 games to 3 to win their first and only World Series while in Brooklyn. Rocky Marciano retires as the only undefeated Heavyweight Champion of the world with a perfect record (49-0). 

We are indebted to Jim Owen for lending us his copy of this Batavian for scanning. Jim apparently was a pretty popular guy (or persistant, anyway) in that there is a lot of writing in the sections we would be most interested in. However, here is a chance for some of you to see what your wrote to Jim over 50 years ago (and also see if your penmanship has improved any.) If we come across (or are offered) a less-marked up version we will replace these marked up pages (enjoy the "charm" while you can.)

Person of note:
  • Mrs. Adams (English) joined the faculty.
  • Miss Hunter (Science) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Whitehead (Industrial Arts) joined the faculty.
  • Mrs. Suttell (Home Economics) joined the faculty.



1957 Batavian
(8th Grade for us in the class of '61)

The World of the Class of 1957

World & National Events
Hungarian uprising forces Soviet troops to withdraw from Budapest, and Imre Nagy announces Hungary's withdrawal from Warsaw Pact. Soviet troops later reenter Budapest and crush the rebellion. The “Little Rock Nine” integrate Arkansas high school. Eisenhower sends troops to quell mob and protect school integration. Russians launch Sputnik I, the first Earth-orbiting satellite and the Space Age begins.
Film: Best Picture - The Bridge on the River Kwai - Sam Spiegel, Producer
Best Actor - Alec Guinness in The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actress - Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve
TV: Debuts included: Maverick; Leave it to Beaver; Perry Mason; Wagon Train; and The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom. Kukla, Fran and Ollie, The Roy Rogers Show and The Three Stooges shows all make their final appearances.
Music: Top Hit Singles; Jailhouse Rock and All Shook Up, both by Elvis Presley, Diana by Paul Anka, and Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis.
Yankees pitcher Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in World Series history. Thanks to the benevolence and foresight of Coach Daniel VanDetta, some of the BHS boys get to hear the last few innings broadcast over the PA system in the school gym!!
Jackie Robinson retires rather than move across town from the Dodgers to the Giants, to whom he had been traded. Later in the year, Walter O'Malley, owner of the Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

This Batavian is a meld of two Batavians: Jim Owen's, once again, and John Day's (BHS '62). I'm not sure how John's yearbook ended up in the BHS library but that's where I found it.


Person of note:
  • Mrs. Werdein (Home Making) joined the faculty.
  • Mrs. Osborn (English) joined the faculty.



1958 Batavian
(Freshman year for us in the class of '61)

The World of the Class of 1958

World & National Events
US Congress passes Civil Rights Act. Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to stop 9 black students from entering a Little Rock high school. Eisenhower orders US troops there and enforces desegregation. Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet premier, and Gen. Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France. After heating to one million degrees, two light atoms are "smashed" together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion. In another (sort of) fusion breakthrough, the Lego company patents their design of Lego Bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
Film: Best Picture - Gigi - Arthur Freed, Producer
Best Actor - David Niven in Separate Tables
Best Actress - Susan Hayward in I Want to Live!
TV: Debuts include Sea Hunt and Concentration. American Bandstand premiers on network TV (ABC). Top-rated prime-time game show Twenty One was abruptly dropped by NBC after former contestant Herb Stempel charged that the show was rigged and that he had been ordered to lose a match to the popular Charles Van Doren. The scandals quickly spread, resulting in the cancellation of the original big-money game show, The $64,000 Question, and creating havoc within the TV industry.
Music: On March 24th, Elvis Presley enters the US Army. This is the first year for which GRAMMYS are awarded. The first "Record of the Year" is Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) by Domenico Verdugno. Other Top Hit Singles included; Tom Dooley by The Kingston Trio, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by The Platters, and Bird Dog by The Everly Brothers.
Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella suffers a broken neck in an auto accident and his legs are permanently paralyzed. In golf, Arnold Palmer wins the first of his four Masters championships. Tim Tam wins both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but fractures a bone in his leg in the final stretch of the Belmont Stakes; still managing to finish second. Floyd Patterson KOs Pete Rademacher in the sixth round for the heavyweight boxing title.

As was the case for the 1957 Batavian, this is a meld of Jim Owen's yearbook (Thank You, Jim) and John Day's (BHS '62).

People of note:
  • Mrs. Williamee (Business) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Magee (Art) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Stewert (Industrial Arts) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Duguid (Phys. Educ.) joined the faculty.;
  • Miss Pfeifer (Phys. Educ.) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Seymour (Science) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Ryan (Science) joined the faculty.
  • Mrs. Torrey (Science) joined the faculty.

1959 Batavian
(Sophmore year for us in the class of '61)

The World of the Class of 1959

World & National Events
Cuban President Fulgencio Batista resigns and flees the country. The US recognizes a new government under rebel leader Fidel Castro, who becomes Premier of Cuba. Alaska becomes the 49th state. The St. Lawrence Seaway opens, allowing increased ship traffic between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. Jet passenger service is inaugurated in the United States by National Airlines with a flight between New York City and Miami.
Film: Best Picture - Ben-Hur - Sam Zimbalist, Producer
Best Actor - Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur
Best Actress - Simone Signoret in Room at the Top
TV: Debuts include: Rawhide; Bonanza; The Twilight Zone; and Hawaiian Eye.
Music: Record of the Year - Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin. Top Hit Singles; The Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton, Personality and Stagger Lee both by Lloyd Price, and Venus by Frankie Avalon.
Ingemar Johansson scores a 3rd round TKO over Floyd Patterson to win the World Heavyweight Championship. NY Yankees win the World Series 4 games to 3 over the Milwaukee Braves. The Yanks have appeared in 9 and won 7 of last 10 World Series.

Our thanks to Michael Mumford (BHS '60) for obtaining a relatively clean copy of this yearbook from the BHS library.


People of note:
  • Miss Hally (Citizenship) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Starkweather (Citizenship) joined the faculty.
  • Mrs. Bishop (English) joined the faculty.
  • Miss Evanson (English) joined the faculty.
  • Miss DiRienz (English) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Robinson (Guidance) joined the faculty.
  • Mrs. Magee (Home Economics) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Sewert (Industrial Arts) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Daggett (Industrial Arts) joined the faculty.



1960 Batavian
(Junior year for us in the class of '61)

The World of the Class of 1960

World & National Events
Hawaii becomes our 50th state. In the Soviet Union, a United States U-2 reconnaissance plane is shot down by Soviet forces, leading to the capture of U.S. pilot Gary Powers and the eventual cancellation of the Paris summit conference. Four black college students from North Carolina A&T College stage a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth lunch counter, protesting their denial of service.  This action caused a national campaign, waged by seventy-thousand students, in sit-ins across the nation for Civil Rights.
Film: Best Picture - The Apartment - Billy Wilder, Producer
Best Actor - Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry
Best Actress - Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8
TV: John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon hold the first-ever televised presidential debate. Nixon's dark, perspiring visage may well have altered the election's outcome. Debuts include: My Three Sons; The Andy Griffith Show; and The Untouchables.
Music: Record of the Year - The Theme From a Summer Place by Percy Faith and His Orchestra. Top Hit Singles; Elvis Presley returns home from serving in the US Army and records It's Now or Never and Are You Lonesome Tonight? Also; Save the Last Dance For Me by The Drifters, and Running Bear by Johnny Preston.
In the NFL championship, the Baltimore Colts win 23-17 over the New York Giants in overtime. The game is later called the "Greatest game ever played". Floyd Patterson recovers the world heavyweight title from Ingemar Johansson, becoming the first-ever boxer to do so. In golf, Arnold Palmer wins his second Masters Tournament along with the US Open.

Our thanks to Michael Mumford (BHS '60) for obtaining a relatively clean copy of this yearbook from the BHS library.


1961 Batavian
(Senior year for us in the class of '61)


World & National Events
The race to succeed two term president Dwight D. Eisenhower is won by Senator John F. Kennedy from Massachusetts over incumbent Vice President Richard M. Nixon.  Kennedy was a narrow victor in the popular vote, by slightly more than 120,000 votes, but won a more substantial victory in the Electoral College tally, 303 to 219. The "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba is repulsed by Cuban forces in an attempt by Cuban exiles under the direction of the United States government to overthrow the regime of Fidel Castro. President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps. Russia puts the first man in orbit around the Earth, Maj. Yuri A. Gagarin. 
Film: Best Picture - West Side Story - Robert Wise, Producer
Best Actor - Maximillian Schell in Judgement at Nuremberg
Best Actress - Sophia Loren in Two Women
TVDave Garroway is fired as Today Show host. Debuts include: The Flintstones; Route 66; and Sing Along with Mitch [Miller].
Music: Record of the Year - Moon River by Henry Mancini. Top Hit Singles; Although it only reached the top of the charts for one week when it first emerged, a song called The Twist by Chubby Checker marked the beginning of our Senior Year for all time. Also; Stand by Me by Ben E King, Runaway by Del Shannon and Blue moon by The Marcels.
The entire United States figure skating team dies in a plane crash near Brussels, Belgium on their journey to the World Championships. A young boxer, then named Cassius Clay, wins the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal. In the very first preseason game of the newly formed American Football League, the Boston Patriots defeated our Bills in Buffalo (28-7).

Our thanks to Ann Biddlecombe Greene for making her well preserved and relatively pristine copy of the 1961 Batavian available for scanning.



Here, thanks to Donna Gehlert Russell with some updates from Dick Alrutz is the 1961 Mater Dei, the yearbook for Notre Dame. Shows pictures of some of our grade school classmates and many of our friends and neighbors.



1962 Batavian
(One year after we graduated)

The World of the Class of 1962

World & National Events
The Soviet bloc begins construction of the Berlin Wall, segregating the German city between East and West. The first sign of a looming Vietnam conflict emerges when President Kennedy admits that the military advisors already in Vietnam would engage the enemy if fired upon. Lt. Colonel John Glenn becomes the first U.S. astronaut in orbit in the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.  He would circle the earth three times before returning to earth, remaining aloft for four hours and fifty-five minutes.
Film: Best Picture - Lawrence of Arabia - Sam Spiegel, Producer
Best Actor - Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird
Best Actress - Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker
TV: Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News; he will remain so for the next 19 years. Debuts include: Car 54, Where Are You?; Ben Casey; Password; and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Music: Record of the Year - I Left My Heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennett. Top Hit Singles; Let's Twist Again by Chubby Checker, Can't Help Falling in Love and Good Luck Charm both by Elvis Presley, and I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles.
Roger Maris hits 61 home runs during the regular season, breaking Babe Ruth's mark of 60 that had stood since 1927. Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Australian Rod Laver becomes only the second man in tennis history to win the Grand Slam in tennis. Benny "The Kid" Paret lost his Welterweight Championship and his life after being knocked out in the 12th round of his third fight with Emile Griffith.

Believe it or not, BHS did not fall apart after we left. I thought classmates might like to see how life continued in the new school for (whom at the time were) underclassmen after we left. I came across some pristine yearbooks for this year and the next in the BHS library.

1963 Batavian
(Two years after we graduated)

The World of the Class of 1963

World & National Events
The Cuban Missile Crises begins! In response to the Soviet Union building offensive missiles in Cuba, President John F. Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade of military equipment to the island. An agreement is eventually reached with Soviet Premier Khrushchev on the removal of the missiles, ending the potential conflict after thirty-eight days, in what many think was the closest the Cold War came to breaking into armed conflict.
Three thousand troops quell riots, allowing James Meredith to enter the University of Mississippi as the first black student under guard by Federal marshals.
Dr's. Watson (US) & Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA.
Film: Best Picture - Tom Jones - Tony Richardson, Producer
Best Actor - Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field
Best Actress - Patricia Neal in Hud
TV: Debuts include: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson; The Lucy Show; The Virginian; The Jetsons; and The Beverly Hillbillies. Sadly, this was also the final year of Leave It to Beaver.
Music: The Beatles release their first album, Please Please Me. Record of the Year - Days of Wine and Roses by Henry Mancini. Top Hit Singles; Return to Sender by Elvis Presley, Telstar by The Tornados, Hey Paula by Paul & Paula and It's My Party by Lesley Gore.
Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson, two minutes and six seconds into the first round, to become World Heavyweight Champion. Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points against the New York Knicks, breaking several NBA records. Jack Nicklaus wins the  first of his six Masters tournaments, along with the PGA Championship.


1964 Batavian
(Three years after we graduated)

The World of the Class of 1964

World & National Events
In Washington D.C., over 200,000 people participate in a march for equal rights which culminates with Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
In a motorcade through downtown Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy is mortally wounded by assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn into office later that day. Two days later, Oswald was himself killed on live national television by Jack Ruby while being transported in police custody.
Film: Best Picture - My Fair Lady - Jack L. Warner, Producer
Best Actor - Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady
Best Actress - Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins
TV: Debuts include: The Fugitive; My Favorite Martian; Petticoat Junction; The Outer Limits; and the game show Jeopardy.
Music Record of the Year - The Girl From Ipanema by Stan Getz & João Gilberto. Top Hit Singles; I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You both by The Beatles, House of the Rising Sun by The Animals, Louie Louie by The Kingsmen and Be My Baby by The Ronettes.
1960 Olympic champion Cassius Clay wins the World Heavyweight Championship in Boxing from current champ Sonny Liston by TKO when Liston shockingly quit in his corner before the start of the seventh round, claiming he had hurt his shoulder. Elijah Muhammad renames Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali when he joins the Nation of Islam. Northern Dancer wins both the Kentuckey Derby and The Preakness, but finishes third in The Belmont, falling short of the Triple Crown.

Thanks to Paul Minor (BHS '65) and  Carolyn Pratt (BHS '66) via Kathy Owen we've got another melded Batavian... trying to minimize the hand writing where possible.


1965 Batavian
(Four years after we graduated)

The World of the Class of 1965

World & National Events
Congress passes the Tonkin Gulf resolution, drafted by the Johnson administration, authorizing all necessary measures to repel attacks against U.S. forces and all steps necessary for the defense of U.S. allies in Southeast Asia. This led to the vast expansion of our involvement in the Viet Nam War. The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy issues the "Warren Report" concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Medicare, a senior citizens' government medical assistance program, begins.
Film: Best Picture - The Sound of Music - Robert Wise, Producer
Best Actor - Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou
Best Actress - Julie Christie in Darling
TV: The Rolling Stones make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The next day, Mr. Sullivan insists that he'll never have them back. Debuts include: Peyton Place; Shindig!; Bewitched; The Addams Family; Flipper; Daniel Boone; The Munsters; Gomer Pyle USMC; and  Gilligan's Island.
Music Record of the Year - A Taste of Honey by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Top Hit Singles; Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison, I Feel Fine and A Hard Day's Night  both by The Beatles, and G-L-O-R-I-A by Them (Featuring Van Morrison).
The Buffalo Bills win their first AFL Championship with a 20 to 7 victory over the San Diego Chargers!!! American Billy Mills, a little-known distance runner, shocks everyone when he wins the gold in the Olympic men's 10,000 meter race. No American had won it before and no American has won it since. Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in the 1st round to retain the heavyweight boxing title.

As my brother, Paul, was in this class and I came across a clean copy, I decided to put this one up as well.





Garfield: Jon's Yearbook