BROOKVILLE — The Randolph Class of 1946 held its 70th Class Reunion on Friday, September 9 at Rob’s Restaurant in Brookville.
No other graduating class in Randolph Township High School can boast what the class of 1946 has experienced. Twelve students in the class attended there all twelve years.
These children began attending school in the fall of 1934 – the middle of the Great Depression. Kindergarten was not offered. Their parents struggled to provide school lunches – indeed all of their expenses. It was the largest class at school up to May of 1946. Home room teachers dreaded to see them come to their rooms. (There was only one home room teacher for each grade.)
This class was the first class to move into the original building at O.R. Edgington new addition that, along with a number of other buildings, has recently been removed. They were in the ninth grade, just beginning high school. The senior class was the first to play regulation football. Prior to 1945 only touch football was allowed at Randolph. Students had to be taught the rules of the game as well as how to cheer the players on.
Basketball was played regularly, and this class had an outstanding player who was shorter in stature and very wiry. He soon made a name for himself, as he could sneak around others easily. Being in the eighth grade at the beginning of World War II, they watched war movies and listened to reports of the death camps in Germany. Graduation was one year after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. Further atomic bomb tests were begun in our country. President Roosevelt, after beginning a never-to-be-repeated fourth term, died in office.
The 1946 graduating class had twice the amount of girls as boys – 28 girls to 14 boys. Three of the boys married classmates. (One of these couples lasted to the 70th reunion.) Along with Dr. Spock’s advice, their children were reared during the Cold War with Russia.
In 1946, a new ENIAC computer at 30 tons with 18,000 vacuum tubes, accomplished 5,000 steps a second. Following this technology, the remaining 88-year-old grandparents consult their children and grandchildren on how to use a smart phone. They don’t need to look at their smart watches to see how time flies.