Shirlie graduated from San Jose High School in 1935. She would be celebrating the 80th Reunion of the Class of '35 this month! At that time SJHS was the only high school in San Jose! Far cry from today. Population in this little country town south of "The City" was just 62,000 (est.) ... I read that San Jose has just officially joined the ranks of US cities with populations exceeding one million! There was no Silicon Valley ... in fact "High Tech" had not been thought of yet. San Jose was mostly an agricultural town. It's come a long way baby!
While looking through some of Shirlie's memories that we have, I found this flyer/handout from (what I think is) the 1999 Class Reunion for the SJHS Class of '35. I just have pages 3 and 4, but I thought it was interesting .. especially since it featured a photograph from the 20th Class Reunion (May 1956) of "The lovely, talented Shirley (sic) Montgomery showing off her dancing gams ..." (Click on the images for a larger version.)
|SJHS Class of '35|
|SJHS Commentary by Hazel Belli|
|Shirlie's Yearbook Photo|
|Shirlie's SJHS Diploma|
The above diploma photo is from the Bob and Susan Bortfeld, Shirlie Montgomery Collection at History San Jose. Used with permission. The reunion flyer is from our private collection.