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1960s SHHS Fads
I arrived on campus in August 1963. I don’t know what fads were going on before that. You can add fads you remember, too, We mention fads when they first began happening




Surfer’s attire for boys: Pendleton woolen shirt, usually brown with black pattern .. white T shirt .. khaki pants .. Purcell shoes  .. white sweat socks. Also worn by boys who liked or admired surfer culture.


Some students also wore a St. Christopher medal around their necks to be like surfers.


Flat-Top and Ducktail haircuts for boys, and for some, Jelly Rolls. 


Some boys wore taps on their shoes to make clicking noises as they walked.


Instead of a boy dancing with a girl and holding one of her hands up  at face or shoulder level in the traditional manner, some boys joined their hands behind a girl's lower back, leaned forward and rested their own heads on her shoulder or against her cheek, while their bodies are pressed together. Denotes an intimate physical relationship, “true love”, or appears to.   


Some boys wore shiny dark blue nylon jackets called “Tankers” with a zipper in front and two side pockets. 


Trash can fires were started in the quad and between classroom buildings in the morning before school. A boy would toss a lighted match into a trash can where the burlap bag used as a lining or trash inside would catch fire. Apparently boys did this where others could not see them. A small fire would result and usually a school custodian would arrive to extinguish it within 2 or 3 minutes. This often happened, sometimes five days in a week. 


Sometimes a boy would walk closely behind another boy in the main walkway next to the quad, and would deliberately step on or even stomp on the back of the boy’s tennis shoe in front of him. This caused the back of the shoe to collapse and the boy would have to stop to put his shoe back on and tie the laces. This hostile act was usually committed by hoodlums or bullies who considered it funny. It was called “Giving A Flat Tire" and would sometimes ruin a pair of shoes.


Sometimes a  boy would give a girl his class ring, She would place strands of fine fuzzy cotton in a bright color around it and wear it around her neck on a fine chain, This could mean they were “going steady”, i.e., not dating anyone but each other. Some couples considered this practice to mean they were “engaged to be engaged”.


The term “shut down” arrived as a verb, meaning to defeat in a car race, and secondarily, to defeat or humiliate, “Shut down” was a subject meaning an auto race defeat or a humiliation. Example: “I'm going to shut you down, buddy!”  



1963-1964 Year




Boys bleaching their hair blond to look like surfers


Bleeding Madras shirts for boys. 


Pompadours for ’64 boys. 


The Pose. A specific way of standing for photographs and other times. Boys stood like models with one arm crossed on their chest, the other arm raised to hold their chin in their 2 fingers (Photo needed)


Dressy outfits for boys: dress shirt, often long sleeved .. tie .. slacks .. belt .. dark socks .. good leather shoes, often English Walker shoes. 


Boys on campus wore white Purcell tennis shoes with a distinctive blue design on the toe area.


Papering houses with toilet paper in the dead of night. 


Guitar bands without singers. (Ideal guitar band: The Ventures)


Some boys would walk into a boys’ restroom and stand at the sink to run the water faucet and place their heads under the faucet to saturate their hair with water. Then they would step back and without drying their hair, comb it wet as desired. In effect they gave themselves a wet set. Usually this was done quickly during a break or at lunch, Sometimes several boys would follow this procedure shoulder to shoulder at the sink at the same time while puddles of water formed on the floor. Then they would proceed to their next classes with dripping wet hair.


After the sons “Wipeout” by The Surfaris was released in 1963, some boys would use their hands on the chest-high banks of steel lockers in the boys' locker room to beat or slap the staccato rhythm of the song. The resulting noise would be loud and reverberant. Sometimes several boys would “play” “Wipeout" at the same time. Some would also play it on tables in the cafeteria, outside on campus, inside classrooms, or wherever they found a suitable surface, including the lids of trash cans as they walked home from school.  


1964-1965 Year


Pizza parlor tablecloth shirts for boys: red and white check


A student movement to change the school mascot from Lancer to Bearcat. Darrell Albers and Bob Robbins were two of the leaders. 


Taller and taller beehive (bouffant) hairstyles for girls. 




London Fog light-weight jackets in tan, light green, black and dark blue, and London Fog raincoats to above the knee, same colors. 


Some of the athletes began saying “Ee-YAH!” for “Yes!” based on a TV commercial where an elderly New England fisherman says it. 


They also used the understated comment “That smarts!” to comment on  a painful event, like a bowling ball falling on somebody's toes. The expression came from the TV series “Get Smart”. 


The stylized apology of “Sorry about that!” came from “Get Smart”. 


Some varsity football players shaved their heads to demonstrate unity and team spirit. 


Wearing Counter Culture buttons: “Freak Freely”, “Tune In, Turn On, Tune Out”, “Love”, “Peace”, etc. 


Boys wearing their hair as long as they could get away with, to be like the Beatles and other bands. 


Hip expressions are introduced: 


“That puts me through changes.” 


“That turns me on.” 


“That hangs me up."


“What a bummer!” 


“Trip” used to me experience, way

of behaving: “What's her trip?"




Some boys tried to haze or humiliate other boys who didnt belong to their cliques by tossing pennies or nickels in their path in the Quad, and ridiculing these boys if they bent down to pick up the coins: “Go down for it.” A form of bullying,  Often happened next to concrete planters where these hazing boys would sit, as many as a dozen together, 




Knee sox for girls. 


Grub Days, in which boys deliberately wore their oldest, most ragged clothes -- the ones they could get away with. (May have begun in 1965-1966). Typically faded blue jeans, a frayed and worn old flannel shirt, old tennis shoes. 


Saying “Outasite!” (”Out-a-SIGHT!”)


Girls calling boys by their last names (“Hey, Saevig! Where’s Geiss? Is Balgrosky here today? What about Dozier?”)


Wide ties


Standing for an entire varsity basketball game against Fullerton Union High School at FUHS.

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wayne redfearn on February 21, 2020 at 7:10 AM said:

how about converse or jack purcell shoes? the term "super"...

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