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Flashback To 1978

~ Class Song:  Looks Like We Made It by Barry Manilow ~


Class Officers:

President: Steve Starr
Vice-President: Teresa Williamson
Secretary: Joy Hughes
Treasurer: Donna Taylor
Reporter: Denise Bean
Student Body President: Jason Cutbirth
Valedictorian: Brenda Verrett
Salutatorian: Russell Smariga


Homecoming Queen: Suzan Riehl
Class Favorites: Joy Hughes and Jason Cutbirth
Class Wittiest: Donna Taylor and Nicky Snell
Most Likely to Succeed: Mary Smith and David Upton
Most Friendliest: Karen Davidson and Mark Knox
Most Representative: Joy Hughes and Jason Cutbirth
Most Handsome: Mike Naron
Most Beautiful: Joy Hughes
Mr. Deer Park: Mike Wheat
Miss Deer Park: Joy Hughes


All District Football: Mark Kirchner, First Team
  Allen Westmoreland, First Team
  Bo Williams, First Team
  Bill Ervin, Second Team
Honorable Mention: Doug Battarbee
  Tommy Hughes
  Russell Wood
Girls Track: Glenda Walker, District, Regionals
Girls Volleyball: Donna Roberts, First Team
  Terri Simkins, First Team
  Cindy Howell, Second Team
Swimming: David Smith, Best Male
  Peggy Payne, Best Female
Golf: Gary Ladd, MVP
Tennis: Mike Wheat, Regional Qualifier
Boys Basketball: David Simmons, First Team
  Nicky Snell, First Team
  Byron Moake, Second Team
Honorable Mention: Greg Crawford
Girls Basketball: Dana Thiessen, First Team
  Marilyn Stewart, Second Team
Honorable Mention: Bonnie Mabry
Baseball: Billy Shock, Second Team
Honorable Mention: Greg Crawford


  • We were a graduating class of 439
  • 436 received diplomas at our graduation ceremony
  • We graduated on May 25, 1978
  • Senior Play was Cinderella with Gary Ladd as Prince Charming and Melissa Parker was Cinderella
  • Prom - At the prom there was a "Disco Dancing Contest" and the winners were Jay Bullington and Pam Craig
  • Prom - Frank Sessions and his date, Loreine Smith, built a tower of punch glasses
  • Prom - Steak was served and that was a first for Deer Park proms
  • Our class was formed by only two junior high schools, Deer Park Junior High and Deepwater Junior High. Students living in the Highlands attended DP Junior High starting in 6th grade. In junior high we competed against each other in football season complete with marching bands, twirlers and cheerleaders.
  • The year we graduated we participated in over 48 clubs and activities extracurricular.  The band held a successful fundraiser and enjoyed a spring trip to Six Flags. The Deer Escorts flew to El Paso and performed two routines at the Sun Carnival Tournament.  It was the first time for a lot of us to fly in an airplane.  The Social Studies Club enjoyed a trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Places We Went

  • Crosby Stomp
  • Ferry
  • Roadrunner
  • Uncle Sams
  • Drive-In Movie (Cheech and Chong)
  • Charburger
  • Astroworld
  • Galveston
  • Ken's

Popular Musicians and 1978 album releases up to our date of graduation

  • Bee Gees with "Night Fever and Stayin Alive"
  • Paul McCartney and Wings
  • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
  • Rolling Stones - Some Girls
  • Commodores with "Three Times a Lady"
  • Genesis - And Then There Were Three
  • REO Speedwagon - You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish
  • Atlanta Rhythm Section - Champagne Jam
  • U.K. - U.K.
  • Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses
  • Joe Walsh - But Seriously, Folks...
  • David Gilmour - David Gilmour
  • Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
  • Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
  • The Moody Blues - Octave
  • Foreigner - Double Vision
  • Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food

Billboard's Top 100 for 1978

1 Andy Gibb Shadow Dancing
2 Bee Gees Night Fever
3 Debby Boone You Light Up My Life
4 Bee Gees Stayin' Alive
5 Exile Kiss You All Over
6 Bee Gees How Deep Is Your Love
7 Player Baby Come Back
8 Andy Gibb (Love Is) Thicker Than Water
9 A Taste Of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie
10 Commodores Three Times A Lady
11 Frankie Valli Grease
12 Paul Davis I Go Crazy
13 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John You're The One That I Want
14 Samantha Sang Emotion
15 Eric Clapton Lay Down Sally
16 Rolling Stones Miss You
17 Billy Joel Just The Way You Are
18 Wings With A Little Luck
19 Yvonne Elliman If I Can't Have You
20 Chic Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
21 Chuck Mangione Feels So Good
22 Nick Gilder Hot Child In The City
23 Sweet Love Is Like Oxygen
24 Bonnie Tyler It's A Heartache
25 Queen We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions
26 Gerry Rafferty Baker Street
27 Barry Manilow Can't Smile Without You
28 Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
29 Peter Brown Dance With Me
30 Meat Loaf Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
31 Raydio Jack And Jill
32 ABBA Take A Chance On Me
33 Dan Hill Sometimes When We Touch
34 Donna Summer Last Dance
35 Olivia Newton-John Hopelessly Devoted To You
36 Foreigner Hot Blooded
37 Rod Stewart You're In My Heart
38 Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway The Closer I Get To You
39 Kansas Dust In The Wind
40 Walter Egan Magnet And Steel
41 Randy Newman Short People
42 O'Jays Use Ta Be My Girl
43 Natalie Cole Our Love
44 Pablo Cruise Love Will Find A Way
45 Andy Gibb An Everlasting Love
46 John Paul Young Love Is In The Air
47 David Gates Goodbye Girl
48 Paul Simon Slip Slidin' Away
49 Heatwave The Groove Line
50 Jay Ferguson Thunder Island
51 Atlanta Rhythm Section Imaginary Lover
52 Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band Still The Same
53 Toby Beau My Angel Baby
54 Trammps Disco Inferno
55 George Benson On Broadway
56 Styx Come Sail Away
57 L.T.D. Back In Love Again
58 Player This Time I'm In It For Love
59 Carly Simon You Belong To Me
60 Dolly Parton Here You Come Again
61 Linda Ronstadt Blue Bayou
62 Steely Dan Peg
63 Anne Murray You Needed Me
64 Evelyn "Champagne" King Shame
65 Little River Band Reminiscing
66 Jefferson Starship Count On Me
67 Eddie Money Baby Hold On
68 Shaun Cassidy Hey Deanie
69 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-john Summer Nights
70 Lynyrd Skynyrd What's Your Name
71 Crystal Gayle Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
72 Patti Smith Because The Night
73 Robert Palmer Every Kinda People
74 Barry Manilow Copacabana
75 Heatwave Always And Forever
76 Rick James You And I
77 Earth, Wind and Fire Serpentine Fire
78 Bob Welch Sentimental Lady
79 LeBlanc and Carr Falling
80 Santa Esmeralda Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood
81 Michael Johnson Bluer Than Blue
82 Jackson Browne Running On Empty
83 Kenny Loggins Whenever I Call You "Friend"
84 Chris Rea Fool (If You Think It's Over)
85 Foxy Get Off
86 Electric Light Orchestra Sweet Talking Woman
87 Joe Walsh Life's Been Good
88 Alicia Bridges I Love The Night Life
89 High Inergy You Can't Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On)
90 Linda Ronstadt It's So Easy
91 Odyssey Native New Yorker
92 Parliament Flashlight
93 Boston Don't Look Back
94 Electric Light Orchestra Turn To Stone
95 Eruption I Can't Stand The Rain
96 Bob Welch Ebony Eyes
97 ABBA The Name Of The Game
98 Rita Coolidge We're All Alone
99 Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band Hollywood Nights
100 Steely Dan Deacon Blues (ed. I can't believe this is in last place...)


  • Grease
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Jaws 2
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther
  • The Deer Hunter

TV Programs

  1. Laverne & Shirley
  2. Three's Company
  3. Mork & Mindy
  4. Happy Days
  5. The Ropers
  6. What's Happening!!
  7. Alice
  8. M*A*S*H
  9. One Day at a Time
  10. Taxi
  11. 60 Minutes
  12. Charlie's Angels
  13. Angie
  14. Alice
  15. All in the Family
  16. WKRP in Cincinnati
  17. Soap
  18. Eight Is Enough
  19. Barney Miller
  20. CBS Sunday Night Movie

Cost of Living

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 7.62%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 805
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 11.75%
Average Cost of new house $54,800.00
Average Income per year $15,000-$17,000.00
Average Monthly Rent $260.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 63 cents
1LB of Bacon $1.20
Dozen Eggs 48 Cents


  • Illinois Bell Company introduces first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System
  • Space Invaders Launches Craze for Computer Video Games
  • The first computer bulletin board system BBS is created
  • 98% of all American homes have a television
  • First Test Tube Baby is born in England a girl Louise Brown, from in vitro fertilization


  • Camero
  • Mustang
  • MACH 1
  • Vega
  • Pinto
  • Nova
  • GTO
  • Cobra
  • Cutlass
  • Chevelle


  • Camp David Peace Treaty Egypt makes peace with Israel
  • Public Service strikes in UK causes major disruption to all services
  • After nearly 30 years The Volkswagen Beetle stops production having manufactured 20 million cars
  • Worldwide Unemployment rises after several decades of near full employment
  • Gold reaches an all time high of $200.00 per ounce
  • The US Dollar plunges to record low against many European currencies
  • The Japanese car Imports account for half the US import market following the energy crisis and increase in fuel prices that fuels demand for economy cars
  • The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland
  • Sweden becomes the first nation to ban aerosol sprays that are thought to damage earth's protective ozone layer.
  • Rhodesia's prime minister Ian Smith and three black leaders agree on the transfer to black majority rule.
  • The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz runs aground on the coast of Brittany, causing an ecological disaster with a slick 18 miles wide and 80 miles long covering about 200 miles (320 km) of Brittany coastline
  • Serial killer David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam," is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison
  • The US stops production of the Neutron Bomb (Kills People but leaves buildings and infrastructure standing)
  • The first Susan B. Anthony Dollar is minted
  • The Cult leader Jim Jones instructed 400 members of his church, "People's Temple", to commit suicide
  • Israel attacks on southern Lebanon following bus hijacking in Tel Aviv
  • A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Pope Paul VI dies at age of 80
  • John Paul I Becomes Pope from August 26, 1978 and dies just 33 days later on September 28, 1978
  • Cardinal Karol Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II
  • Worlds Population Estimated at 4.4 billion
  • Dominica Gains Independence From Great Britain
  • Karl Wallenda, founder of the Flying Wallendas, dies after falling off a tight-rope
  • Argentina Wins 1978 World Cup in Argentina
  • Terry Kath, guitarist and founding member of rock band Chicago dies from an accidental gunshot wound to the head from a gun he thought was unloaded. He was 32 years old.
  • Steve Martin performs the original "King Tut" on Saturday Night Live; also that night, The Blues Brothers make their first appearance on the show.
  • Peter Frampton is nearly killed in a car accident in The Bahamas, suffering multiple broken bones, a concussion, and muscle damage.
  • The first Texxas Jam is held over the July 4 long weekend at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The first day features Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, Heart, Journey, Head East, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Eddie Money, Van Halen and Walter Egan. Sunday consists of Willie Nelson headlining his sixth annual Fourth of July picnic.
  • The Who drummer Keith Moon dies in a central London flat after a prescription drug overdose at the age of 32.

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Deer Park High School Class of '78 --  October 24-25, 2008 - Copyright 2008-2009 DPHS78