My name is Lloyd Thurston. My freshman year at Provo High I met two great guys. They were Kyle Whittingham and Craig Garrick. They invited me to be on an intramural basketball team. I was and it was great. My junior year I was manager of the football and swim team and soccer team, and also got the manager of the year award. My senior year, I was manager of football and swim team and baseball team. I was in the acappella choir. I made lots of friends. I have lots of great memories. I am proud of being a Bulldog. But the greatest of all was when I graduated. I had a great moment. I got a standing ovation. It was the best moment.
— Lloyd Thurston
In 1981, the Daily Herald wrote a story on Thurston titled “He is not ‘Handicapped’ for love”. Thurston is now in his 50s and has been married for over 25 years to a sweet woman who also has challenges. He works in the laundry at the temple, and has worked for all his adult life.
We had a wonderful graduating class in 1960. We have had reunions every five years since graduation. We celebrated our 55th anniversary at Riverside Country Club in Provo in 2015 and look forward to our 60th reunion in 2020. We have a website that records our lives (and deaths) since graduation: www.provohigh1960.com.
— Robert Valentine
One of my most memorable moments was as a sophomore in 1991. I was sitting in the old choir room, just east of the faculty parking lot waiting for class to start. In walked one of my high school crushes, just a year older than me, and three other guys holding a flower. They were walking towards the center of the room, and my “crush” turned and walked up to me and invited me to sit in the middle of the room on a chair. Everyone watching! He and his friends proceeded to circle around the back of me and serenade “For the Longest Time” by Billy Joel barbershop style. I was so surprised and flattered. They handed me the flower and that was that. No special reason, just to sing and make a friend’s day.
— Melanie Epling
I only attended PHS fall semester of 1975, class of ‘76. What a wonderful group of teachers I had, especially the music staff. Mr. Barker for choir was wonderful. That small group of us that went to All-State had great fun.
— Laurie Bailey
I remember being in an assembly when the principal came out and announced that the President of the United States John F. Kennedy had been shot. It went dead silent and afterward everyone walked around very somber that day. A dance was held that night. It was debated whether we should have the dance but it was decided to go ahead. It was a somber affair.
— Helen Prescott
I have many happy memories of Provo High. I loved my sewing class where I learned things that helped me through my life. I liked the Biology class that was taught by a coach who often talked about sports the entire class time. I loved eating lunch on the lawn in front of the school as we brought sack lunches or got a burger from across the street. Graduation was awesome at the old Provo Tabernacle. Many happy days for our class of 1960.
— Eva Johnson
My husband and I met outside D wing when I was a sophomore and he was a freshman. Not high school sweethearts, really great friends though. We now have our oldest graduated from PHS this May. We are class of 1992 & 1993 and our son will be a part of the last graduating class 2018. Lots of love for the Bulldogs at our house.
— Kristie Williams
I was in the 1960 graduating class. When we entered as sophomores the outside PE grounds were primitive. I had early morning PE and it was freezing outside. Our teacher had goosebumps, but she was able to at least wear a sweatshirt. We wore our beautiful regulation uniform of green shorts and white shirts, without sweatshirts. We would go west of the building through a field, over a log that crossed a stream, and there we would have class. We were always afraid we would fall off of the log into the stream, get hypothermia, and die.
— LaDonna Houtz Rawlings
Two teachers especially helped me through my high school years. They were Mr. Roylance who taught drafting and Mr. Christlieb who taught metalworking. Both of them knew their subjects well, but they also knew how to relate well with their students.
— J. Sherman Feher
I was in the first sophomore class at the new school in 1956. I graduated in 1959. My best memory and one that changed my life was when Ray Jones my speech teacher asked me to play the role of Johnathan in “Arsenic and Old Lace” He took this introverted kid and molded him into an actor. I received the award for “Actor of the Year” for my performance in that play. That led to a life long love of the theater arts. Although I had a career in the real estate business for more than 50 years, I still found time to give back to my community by founding two community theaters and doing more than 100 plays before health reasons forced us to give it up. Yes Ray, who passed away a few years back, changed my life.
— Bill Brown