Thursday, May 25, 2023

the class of 93... thirty years later: class history

 As a sort of "class historian" of Samson High School Class of '93, because I'm a legit nerd and keep everything like a Hoarder Lite, I've managed to hold onto a few documents that honestly no one in their right mind should still have.

Not that anything I have is bad or scandalous, but who else has their Class History and the Class Last Will & Testament still on the original paper, with the original notes written in (including the Last Will & Testament that is signed "not cleared" by a teacher).

So as we celebrate 30 years since we walked that football field to get our diplomas, I thought it was finally time to print and preserve what our lasting legacy is. 

In the next few days, I'm going to post and publish the aforementioned papers, as well as my own writings - the class haikus and the "Bahama Cruisin': The Epic Poem" senior cruise recap 

But first... the Samson High School Class History, transcribed directly from the paper upon which it's typed, copied in the same format. I added the years above each section, just for context, since most of us are too old to do math now. 

I dare say this is the first time this has seen the light of day since Class Day, 1993.

Here we go:

We started our schooling years in kindergarten.
This was the year Chris McCall got in trouble for throwing foam during naptime.
Tonya Windham got a paddling in the bathroom. She got another one when she said it didn't hurt.
If you've ever noticed Nicki Vann's nose, you'll see a scar. She got it when Latoya tried to staple her nose together.

In first grade, Marsha Richardson joined our class
In the process of attacking the monkey bars, Stephanie Phillips became the first in our class to lose her front teeth.
This was the year we began our traditional Civil War... like the Energizer Bunny, it keeps going, and going, and going...

We were finally second graders, and Stephen Stowe, Vanessa Olive, and Jackie and Felicia joined our class.
Misty Kimble took two karate lessons and became known as Kung Fu Kimble when she bodyslammed Susan Ward.
Greg Avant hit puberty early when he gave Jennifer Lambert a big box of chocolates on Valentines Day to win her heart.

In third grade, Tywania Phillips joined our class and jumped right in to the Civil War, pigtails and all.
Playing house became serious when Kecia Morgan and Jerry Hysmith got married... thank goodness there were no children born.
This year, the I've only Got Nine Toes Club was formed, it's founding member - Anthony Landingham.

We knew we were moving up in the world when we entered fourth grade, and a brand new school was built just for us.
Yes, we thought we were all that when we became the Seniors of the Elementary School
We were cursed this year when Victor Miller, Beth Adkison, and David Dollar, and Brian Green joined our class.
And David Dollar got the wonderful Samson welcome when Shane Gillis, and Drew King would chase him home everyday, cussing and shooting birds at him
Girl trouble started early for Jason Smith, when he couldn't decide between Susan and Nicki - so, because he could, he chose them both. 
Michael Dumas made our trip to the capital exciting, when he got sick after eating the animal food and throwing up on the way home.

Mrs Wikel's Class, 1985
In Fifth Grade, Shane Gillis, Shannon Williamson, and Jan Lolley became part of the Class of 93
Gerald Smith began his career as an arson when he set fire to the woods behind the school
The We Hate Everything But Boys Club was founded... only if we were still so naive.
Jason Smith became jumpsticks king, but endured heavy competition

We were finally sixth graders, and we moved over to junior high school.
Michael Creech, Lee Futch, and Drew King and Tammy Thomas joined our class this year.
This was the year we got used to living without chewing gum, because Mr. White threatened us with the paddling board.
The new fads this year were Reeboks, Converse, and beginning band.

In Seventh Grade, Latoya showed us all her violent side when her and Sambo Cade got into a knockdown drag out brawl.
Coca Cola shirts and Mrs. Brooks parts of speech tests were the hottest things going this year.
Mrs. Williams locked Victor in the closet, and she tried to give Shannon a lick, but Shannon convinced her she'd just had surgery on her butt.
Tonya began her attitude when she told Mrs. Brooks, "You're crazy!!" where Mrs. Brooks replied, "I am not crazy!!!"
This year, the class of 93 joined Avery.

The Class of 1993... in Eighth Grade, Coach
Week's civics class
In Eighth grade, our class took our second field trip, with Coach Chastain to the falls, where the word Tree became a new saying. 
We all had Mrs. Free believing that Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and our Nigerian exchange student Hakeem Olajuwan were absent from class.

We finally were Freshman, and we had a
mere four years left.
Joey Stephens, Wendy Marsh, Christie Mock, and Cleve Kirkland joined up with our class.
The Greg to Diamonds Foundation was formed,
raising 15 dollars for Greg to buy a ring for Jennifer.
This was Mrs. Peterson's first year, and Hold the Phone became a familiar cliche, and Drew earned the name Drewski
Traci continued the war when she and Tywania got into a fight.
New Kids on the Block were hot this year, as Susan, Traci, and Leslie became big fans

Our Sophmore [sic] year soon came, and Driver's Ed was the most dangerous class with Shannon backing into a hill and David driving on the wrong side of the road
Everyone got an A in Chemistry with Mrs. Collins and Mr. Farris
The Fulfords began a road kill tradition when Clay attacked an alligator and took it home.
War raged on as Jennifer and Kecia got into a heated argument, Felicia bodyslammed Wendy, and Misty tried to pluck Amy Bowers.
Drew reminded Mrs. Willis that her literature class was not a sex education class.

Juniors at last, and the saying Hoop! There it is! became famous.
Brian Green began taking the Freedom of Speech a little too far.
Johnny and Wendy became a famous couple coming home from ESJC
Traci Baine lost her necklace at the prom, and only she could find it.
Sherella joined our class this year.

We are now seniors and what a memorable year it has been.
Jan Lolley showed us all her intelligent side when she asked if leather came from animals and what Ray-Bans were.
Misty, Nicki, Beth, Tammy Thomas, Brian, Drew, Daniel, Shane and Wendy got kicked out of JC's haunted house for unknown reasons.
Lydia and Sherella became famous for their great hair.
Felicia, Jackie, Christie, and Tammy Ward became known for their gossip table in ag class.
Cathy King and Brandie Schertal joined our class this year.
Joey, Clay, Wade and Daniel's skateboarding days came to a delay when Officer Morgan pulled them over for riding on the back of Traci's car.
Monty became famous for his quiet little get togethers and Greg's grandmother knew he didn't have the flu.
Greg also went into the remodeling business when he attacked Chris and Chad's cars.
This became the year of the sucker punches, right Michael and David?
Jason Slay joined the I've only got nine toes club this year.
This was the year we set a record for having three Miss Samsons and we even had a Miss Peanut, Jennifer Lambert.
1993 will be remembered as the year of our Bahama Cruise, where Drew found our what Security meant.
The group was known as Eric's Groupies
Brian Green got personal directions to Kentucky

Tonight we graduate, and although our high school years will end, we have made some memories over the years that will never go away.

Up next: The Class of 1993 Last Will and Testament 


  1. I absolutely love this! We were a complete mess! 😂


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