1968 - What Shaped Us

So many things happened in our country during our high school years. It was an incredibly eventful – and rocky – time to be a teenager. While high school was a relatively sheltered place to be, the outside world was constantly knocking on the door.

The year 1965 brought U.S. troops arriving in Vietnam; Martin Luther King, Jr’s march from Selma to Montgomery; and the assassination of Malcolm X. Our sophomore year brought antiwar demonstrations, the birth of the Black Panther Party, and the founding of N.O.W. In 1967, we saw more war protests, widespread race riots, and the mass arrival of hippies in San Francisco during the Summer of Love. As seniors, we were sobered by the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, just two months apart.

Our graduation year was also marked by television’s first interracial kiss (on an episode of Star Trek); the Broadway premiere of Hair; the first International Special Olympics Summer Games; the debuts of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and 60 Minutes; and a remarkable first color photo of Earth from space, brought to us by the crew of Apollo 8.

Popular Grad Names for 1968

Boys:

Bob
Larry
Mike
Jerry
Bill

Girls:

Nancy
Susan
Judith
Pat
Beverly

Boys:

Bob
Larry
Mike
Jerry
Bill

Girls:

Nancy
Susan
Judith
Pat
Beverly

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

In the Heat of the Night

Oscar for Best Actor:

Rod Steiger

Oscar for Best Actress:

Katharine Hepburn

Top-rated TV shows:

The Andy Griffith Show,
The Lucy Show
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Oscar for Best Picture:

In the Heat of the Night

Oscar for Best Actor:

Rod Steiger

Oscar for Best Actress:

Katharine Hepburn

Top-rated TV shows:

The Andy Griffith Show,
The Lucy Show
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Cost of Living Stats for 1968

Average new house:

$14,950

Average annual income:

$7,850

Gallon of gas:

34 cents

Average new house:

$14,950

Average annual income:

$7,850

Gallon of gas:

34 cents

Celebrities Born in 1968

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1968

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
(The Beatles)

Song of the Year:

"Up, Up and Away"
(The 5th Dimension)

Album of the Year:

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
(The Beatles)

Song of the Year:

"Up, Up and Away"
(The 5th Dimension)

Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Hey Jude"
(The Beatles)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Are You Experienced
(The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud"
(James Brown)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Lady Soul
(Aretha Franklin)

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Hey Jude"
(The Beatles)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Are You Experienced
(The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud"
(James Brown)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Lady Soul
(Aretha Franklin)

1968 Super Bowl

Green Bay Packers

33

Oakland Raiders

14

Green Bay Packers

33

Oakland Raiders

14

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