Saturday, September 28, 2019

SBHS Class of 1959 50th, 55th and 60th Reunions (updated 23 June 2021)

UPDATE FOR 23 June 2021
Deceased and Missing Classmates

 Sandra Marett (Nelson) Fenske passed away on Nov. 17, 2020 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Link to the obituary.

Karen Margaret (Kleveland) May passed away on April 8, 2021 in Santa Barbara. Link to the obituary

Jerry Maurice Brown passed away July 30, 2020 in Palm Desert, California. Link to the obituary.

Wayne Heisinger passed away in July, 2020 in Santa Barbara. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart Rose Ann Bowser, and by his children. Link to the News-Press obituary.

William "Bill" David Randolph, 78, passed away in April, 2020 of a heart attack. Link to the obituary.

Carter Willis Hines passed away on the evening of May 1st, 2020. Here is the link to the obituary in the Santa Barbara News-Press.
Carter Willis Hines, 78. (24 July 1941 to 1 May 2020)

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Welcome to my blog for the last three reunions for Santa Barbara High School Class of 1959.

One truth about keeping a memory book or blog about events of sixty years ago is that eventually everyone who participated in them or remembers them will pass from the scene. And while we may still be here, being human means that we will lose someone we love... or we already have. I don't know what your spiritual beliefs are but, personally, I believe that our spirit lives on after we have shed this mortal, physical body. And so I offer you this:

To Where You Are (sung by Josh Groban, with lyrics)

The Facebook photo albums from the 50th and 55th Reunions are no longer viewable to non-Facebook members because the public links no longer work. So, I've decided to copy my fifteen (15) Facebook photo albums related to the SBHS Reunions to this blog. Photos are being transferred first and labels may or may not be transferred later, depending on my time available. Facebook photo comments will not be transferred.

I think it's important to do this so SBHS Alumni who are not Facebook users can see the photos, and because I expect this blog to outlive me and provide enjoyment to SBHS Alumni spouses, children and grandchildren long after I'm gone. Thanks for your understanding.

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The SBHS Alumni Association is where you can find recent quarterly newsletters, and other alumni-related information. For more information send email to

SBHS Class of 1959 Scholarship Fund Contribution Form: has digitized the Santa Barbara High School Olive & Gold Yearbooks for 1958 and 1959. Here are the links:

If you have any updates, such as classmates who have passed away, and you'd like them posted to this blog, please send email to:


A YouTube video that will bring back memories of Fifties sock hops:

Were we? Maybe so...



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Way Back When in Santa Barbara,
Mesa Memories and
Silent Movies Made in Montecito
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Monday, September 16, 2019

SBHS Class of 1959 60th Reunion at Crocodile Restaurant, Sept. 14, 2019 - L. Serena photos

The Class of 1959 60th Reunion event at the Crocodile Restaurant and Bar at the Lemon Tree Inn, 2819 State Street on Saturday, September 14th, 2019, photos by Lorraine Drammer Serena.

SBHS Class of 1959 60th Reunion at Crocodile Restaurant Sept. 14, 2019 - D. Oksner photos

The Class of 1959 60th Reunion event at the Crocodile Restaurant and Bar at the Lemon Tree Inn, 2819 State Street on Saturday, September 14th, 2019, photos by Dorothy Jones Oksner.

SBHS Class of 1959 60th Reunion at Tucker's Grove Park, Aug. 3, 2019

A Class of 1959 60th Reunion event was held at Tucker's Grove Park on Saturday, August 3rd. If you attended and have any pictures you would like me to post on this blog, please email them to

Sevilla Photography took a group photo of the 50+ attendees and is offering photos for sale. Here is a small JPEG of the photo. 

SBHS Class of 1959 55th Reunion at Tucker's Grove Park, Sat. Oct. 18th 2014

55th Reunion Photos taken by Christopher "Kit" Gray, Carol Biggam Saxen and Amoretta "Amie" Mathews Hoeber