Welcome back classmates! Welcome to Liberty High School's Class of 1945 Webpage. The Reunion invitation will be included once the details have been confirmed (by clicking the Reunion Info button below). The second button, 1945 Yearbook, includes all scans of that yearbook, excluding classmate pictures. The third button, 1940s Yearbooks, provides highlights of the decade provided by Liberty High School yearbooks. Access to these highlights are available to BASD Nation members.
"Hail to Alma Mater dear! Where we've spent our high school years. Now to Liberty we raise voices to extol thy praise. In thy stately halls we've spent hours with hearts and minds content, now to thee, dear Liberty High in our loyalty we cry:
Liberty High School hail to thee!
Loyal sons and daughters we,
In the futures as the past,
We'll be loyal to the last.
Noteworthy stories from the Class of 1945
Stadium Opening in 1940
The Stadium, dedicated "Bethlehem High School Stadium", cost the school district $57,108.75 for materials, and the WPA $71,646.00 for labor. The two steel stands are said to be extremely unique in many ways, and they are the largest steel stands in the world! The total seating capacity was increased to 16,588. Since the completion of the stadium in late 1939, all previous attendance records at home football games have been broken!
The School Board was faced with a few issues when creating a plan for the Liberty High School field from 1924 to 1930. No plan could give sufficient seating capacity without interfering with baseball's field. The estimated cost for a stand ranged from $150,000 to $200,000. This was a pricey submission due to the depression and high tax rates.
Hail the Football Champions!
The 1942-1943 season of the Bethlehem "Red Hurricane" gathered together all its destructive forces and swept through to become champions of the "Big Fifteen". Coach Butler developed a team which was considered by sports writers and fans as the most powerful in the state. Many of our stalwarts gained births on the All-State grid team. With the exception of a muddy field, Thanksgiving Day, 1942, was a perfect day for football - and a crowd of 12,000 spectators saw the Red and Blue of Bethlehem march to a touchdown in the first few minutes of play. The dogfight that ensued was typical of any clash between such arch rivals as these. The Canaries had an aerial attack, the like of which had not been seen during the season, took the Allentonians down the field to a touchdown, nosing out the clock by 2 seconds and making the score a 7-7 deadlock.
Senior Homeroom Presidents
The president of each senior homeroom was delegated with the responsibility of reporting the projects to be undertaken by the senor class management to its homeroom. The high spot of the year, however, was the senior play, "Stage Door," given on January 26, 1945 and January 27, 1945. The homeroom president, together with the homeroom members, did a marvelous job of ticket selling; therefore, the senior class treasury was increased by almost $1000. The senior class also sponsored a series of Pep Dances during the football season. These dances were held on Friday evenings in the gym, with music, furnished by recordings; and on special occasions, several members of the student body rendered their services by organizing an orchestra.
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