you ever wondered, "what in the world is a spindrift?"
According to nature writer, John J. Rowlands,
author of Spindrift
from a House by the Sea
"Spindrift is the misty spray that flies from the cresting
waves when the winds blow hard and the seas run high."
of course, we
know it as the name of our
most cherished high school souvenir ―
our yearbook. Until now, it has been the most complete
record and collection of memories from our time at
Oceanside High School,
particularly our senior year.
(One classmate fondly called it "The Old Book.")
Aptly titled, Spindrift was our
parting gift to each other as we prepared to leave the safe harbor of
our high school and sail off into the stormy seas of adulthood and the
Our Spindrift never explained the hourglass on its cover, but with
hindsight, we can
now surmise that it symbolized the small amount of time we had left to be together then
before sailing off in so many different directions.
Our 1960 Spindrift described itself on its opening page as
pale commentary compared to the many warm memories in your minds."
you count the faces pictured under that activity and do the math, Spindrift
also tell you that 112 seniors (22% of our
class) labored on its preparation, far and
away more senior
and, in fact, more
Sailors than were directly involved in any
other single school activity that year. They did this, they said, with the
goal of making "those
fond memories a little more distinct and a little more alive."
It makes one wonder:
40 years later?
For those among us who
have lost their precious yearbooks as the years sailed by, worn them out or just
don't want to dig them out of mothballs, this site
presents a full set of senior portraits with all the
commentary that originally accompanied them
authentic and complete pages right out of your 1960
What else, you ask??
photos taken from the 1958 and '59
Spindrifts of our class as
sophomores and juniors?
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