1967 was an incredible year to say the least. Not far away, in San Francisco, more than 100,000 people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to listen to psychedelic rock and celebrate the “Summer of Love.”
In Merced, it probably was a lot tamer. Maybe a few bold teenagers were probably necking between the rows of eucalyptus trees along north M Street. Back then, there was nothing but fields between those trees and the “north campus” of Merced High School, which was once known, albeit briefly, as El Capitan High.
The Merced Mall hadn’t been built yet; that came a few years later, in the Summer of ’69.
Lots of these memories came flooding back last weekend as the Merced High Class of 1967 celebrated its 55th reunion at Lake Yosemite with conversation, laughter, food and good times. There were also members of Merced High classes from 1964 to 1970, many were together because they were high school sweethearts who got married.
Those were the days when The Beatles released one of rock’s most acclaimed albums: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. People were going to movies like “The Graduate,” “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Cool Hand Luke.” And many homes were welcoming new, affordable color television sets.
Yes, it was a lot fun for these senior graduates, and you could tell by the smiles on their faces.