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August 28, 2013

PHS class of 1948 celebrates

PLATTSBURGH — As high-school seniors of 2013 start life after graduation, a different type of senior class met recently to share where life had already taken them.

Thirteen members of the Plattsburgh High School class of 1948 gathered at Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro to mark 65 years since their graduation and reflect on their time as Plattsburgh Hornets.

In 1948, Harry Truman was president, and Doris Day’s “It’s Magic” was a huge hit. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in India, and the United States rallied to provide food and supplies to West Berlin when the USSR blockaded access to the city.

ATHLETIC STARS

Yet far from West Germany, the Plattsburgh Hornets were enjoying a series of “brilliant successes,” recalled alumnus Richard “Dick” Harrell in an email.

The Plattsburgh High School football team celebrated its first-ever undefeated season in 1947, the Press-Republican reported then. 

That same year marked the fourth-consecutive North Country League Championship for the school’s baseball team.  

The Hornets basketball team, led by coach Francis “Bud” Miller, would end the 1947-48 season with a record of 19-1 and the North Country League Championship. 

At a 1948 track meet, Plattsburgh pole vaulter John Bergman set a new Section VII record of 48 feet, a distance that would stand for nearly a decade before being broken in 1956.

‘I COULDN’T HIT’

Harrell played junior varsity football and was manager of the baseball team. 

“(Unfortunately I couldn’t hit),” he wrote.

But he bragged some about alumnus Bob Parker of Saranac, who was a three-letter star in football, basketball and baseball. 

And John Clarke, who was class president and now lives in Keeseville, also was a football and baseball standout.

Both attended the recent event.

WORLD WAR II

The students who graduated in 1948 experienced World War II on the home front during their school years, something Harrell recalled as emotionally defining for the class.

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