Harding High School
Class of 1963

 

 

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Harding High School was perhaps the most unique high school in Oklahoma City’s public school system.  Although most of us were oblivious to the fact we were attending a college preparatory school, we were fortunate to have been exposed to a broad, liberal curriculum and faculty members who were “teachers” in the truest sense of the word.

Our teachers instilled in us a love of learning, and they did so in the finest of ways—by their words and deeds, rather than rule or ridicule.  They were positive role models who inspired us to set standards beyond our reach, never allowing us to succumb to complacency. Their efforts are worthy of emulation today, even in the most elite of private schools.  The effectiveness of Principal Ted Clemens and his faculty---at least in Harding’s first five years as a high school---was stupendous, even profound.

Surveys taken during the '60s serve as a testament to Harding’s influence on its graduates: 90% attended college.  Results of a nation-wide poll (or perhaps it was a test) ranked Harding in the upper 2% of our nation’s public high schools.

Although only 11 classes flew on eagles’ wings, their positive impact on our community has been exponential.  In virtually all fields of endeavor, our graduates have left a powerfully positive mark.

We are indeed fortunate to have been exposed to an educational masterpiece, which for 11 soaring years touched greatness.  And to the teachers and staff at Harding, we will be forever grateful.

 May You Always Soar With Eagles!

Clark Musser

Reunion Committee & Class of ’63 Spokesman