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   You can flip through each Batavian in the minature form presented here. Clicking on the image itself will expand the page(s) to full screen. 

In the expanded view you have a range of options:

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  • Note:  The '54 & '55 yearbooks (the first two on this link) operate differently than the others,  '56-'65.  They reside on a "host" site & are accessed from there.  The directions for these two particular yearbooks are posted above each.



    Sincere thanks to Ms. Mary Ann Samuelson, the BHS Librarian who was so supportive of Jim Owen's (BHS '61) request for loans of so many of the Batavians presented on these pages.

And kudos to the work of John Platman (BHS '61) for all the "History Boxes".


Click on "Historical Batavians" to Open

Historical Batavians

NOTE:  Actually, we now have these wonderful Yearbooks on their own link in the left Navigation panel


1954 Batavian

The Class of '59 become 7th graders and begin their six year journey at BHS.
Junior High begins on page 75.


The World of the Class of 1954

World & National Events
   Fighting ceases in the Korean War when North and South Korea, the United States, and the Republic of China sign an armistice agreement. The first large scale vaccination of children against polio begins. Joseph McCarthy begins televised Senate hearings into alleged Communist influence in the United States Army. Racial segregation in public schools is declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. the Board of Education. Five U.S. congressmen are shot on the floor of House as Puerto Rican nationalists fire from spectators' gallery; all five recover.
Film: Best Picture - On the Waterfront - Sam Spiegel, Producer
Best Actor - Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront
Best Actress - Grace Kelly in The Country Girl
TV: The first color TV's go on sale. Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey. Debuts included: Face the Nation; Disneyland; Lassie; The Tonight Show; The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin; and The Secret Storm.
Music: Little Things Mean a Lot by Kitty Kallen, Wanted, by Perry Como, Oh! My Pa-Pa by Eddie Fisher and Sh-Boom by The Crew-Cuts.
NY Yankees beat Dodgers (again), 4 games to 2, winning a record 5th consecutive World Series. A young golfer named Arnold Palmer wins the US Amateur. Former Yankee great Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe.

 Thanks to a loan from Bill Hunt (BHS '55) we have this '54 Batavian.

When you click on this '54 yearbook it takes you to a "hosting" site where it resides. There:

  • Click to Read.
  • Use arrows to turn pages.
  • When finished, click on the arrow/vertical bar at bottom left of any page to close the yearbook.
  • Click on the X at top right to return to "host" page.
  • Click on the return arrow in your browser - upper far left of your screen - to return to class website.

Person of Note:

Mrs. Mark (Special Educ.);  Mr. Pawluckie (English); Miss Ryan (Math) join the faculty.





1955 Batavian
The Class of '59 as 8th graders.
Junior High begins on page 73.


The World of the Class of 1955

World & National Events
    Dr. Jonas Salk starts inoculating children against polio. Congress orders that all US coins bear the motto "In God We Trust." West Germany becomes a sovereign state. The US government agrees to train South Vietnamese troops. The US Supreme Court orders that all public school be integrated with "deliberate speed."  Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania. Columbia U scientists develop an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years.
Film: Best Picture - Marty - Harold Hecht, Producer
Best Actor - Ernest Borgnine in Marty
Best Actress - Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo
TV: Debuts included: The Lawrence Welk Show; Gunsmoke; Cheyenne; The Honeymooners; Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Captain Kangaroo; and Mickey Mouse Club (with Annette Funicello and some other people).
Music: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets, Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing by The Four Aces, Ain't That a Shame by Fats Domino and Tutti Frutti by Little Richard.
    Rocky Marciano retains his World Heavyweight title with an 8th round knockout of Ezzard Charles. The LPGA money winner is Patty Berg with a total of $16,492. Elston Howard becomes the 1st black player to wear a Yankee uniform.  Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators; race continued.


Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen (BHS 61) we have scanned in this pristine copy.

When you click on this '55 yearbook it takes you to a "hosting" site where it resides.  There:

  • Click to read.
    Use arrows to turn pages
    When finished, click on the arrow/verticle bar at bottom left of any page to close the yearbook.
    Click on the X at top right to return to "host" page.
    Click on the return arrow in your browser - upper far left of your screen - to retun to class website.
  • Person of note:
  • Mr. Raines (Phys. Educ.); Mr. Ricci (Phys. Educ.); Miss Gzowski (Home Economics); Mr. Wright (English);  Mr. Wade (Industrial Arts);  Mr. Olsen (Science) join the faculty.




1956 Batavian
The Class of '59 as 9th graders.
Junior High begins on page 69.


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 BHS '61 Jim Owen for lending us his copy of this Batavian for scanning.

For the following 10 yearbooks ('56 - '65)

Click to open.

Use arrows in center left or right of each pair of pages to flip back & forward to next pair of pages.
Click on arrow/verticle bar at top left of any page to close yearbook.
Click on large X at top of page to return to website.

Expanded directions & options are found at top of this page.


Person of Note:

Mrs. Adams (English);  Miss Hunter (Science);  Mr. Whitehead (Industrial Arts);  Mrs. Suttell (Home Economics) join the faculty.




1957 Batavian
The Class of '59 as Sophomores.
Class photo on page 36.


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).  Not sure how John's yearbook ended up in the BHS library but that's where it was found.  Jim Minor, BHS '61 found it.

Person of note:

Mrs. Werdein (Home Making); Mrs. Osborn (English) join the faculty.





1958 Batavian
The Class of '59 as Juniors.
Class photo on page 40.


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).

Person of note:

Mrs. Williamee (Business); Mr. Magee (Art);  Mr. Stewert (Industrial Arts); Mr. Duguid (Phys. Educ.);  Miss Pfeifer ( Phys. Educ.); Mr. Seymore (Science); Mr. Ryan (Scinece); Mrs. Tolley (Science) join the faculty.



1959 Batavian
 Finally. We have made it.  The class of '59 become Seniors!

 Person of Note:

Miss Hally (Citizenship);  Mr. Starkweather (Citizenship);  Mrs. Bishop (English);  Miss Evanson (English);  Miss DiRienz (English);  Mr. Robinson (Guidance);  Mrs. Magee (Home Economics);  Mr. Sewert (Industrial Arts); Mr. Daggett (Industrial Arts) join the faculty.


1960 Batavian

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

      Thanks to Ann Biddlecombe Greene (BHS '61) for making her well preserved and relatively pristine copy of the 1961 Batavian available for scanning.




1962 Batavian

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.


1963 Batavian

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

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 (BHS '63) we've got another melded Batavian... trying to minimize the hand writing where possible.


1965 Batavian

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.