The class of 1988: Facing the Demons

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Photo: City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez was among the 577 students who graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1988, the last class to graduate from the school before Capital High was built.

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“Shwing batta!”

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Dec 27, 2008
 
John and Jane Zinn. Mhy favorite teacher was Gary Myers also known as Pliers. I was an 88 gal too! Thanks Phaedra, nice to see that someone did something for our reunion.
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Dec 27, 2008
 
No one told me about the reunion.
Walter

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Dec 27, 2008
 
Someone will email you, soon.
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Dec 28, 2008
 

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I graduated in '81 from SF High/Votech (yes got two diplomas!). Thank you for the essay, brings back great memories. Jane Zinn was one of the teachers name and honestly I don't remember which class she taught, but I always won the quickfire jeopardy-type quizzes - she was the coolest!

As a junior, I took a senior humanities class from a bow-tied (at least in my memory) teacher, who actually wrote his own English textbook.

Many fond memories - rock on Demons!

“You probably already know me.”

Since: Sep 08

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Dec 28, 2008
 
I graduated from SFHS in 1987 and think this was an *interesting* article. I have vivid memories of some of the teachers from that time and from some of the people mentioned from the class of '88.
At the time I was a "Plaza Rat", one of the punk rock kids who maintained good grades, and yet still had the freedom granted to us by our parents to go out and do our own thing.

The '87 reunion happened last year, and although I managed to go to the '86 reunion, mostly to hang out with Missy Wolf and Nathan Duran, I avoided the '87 reunion which was well publicized locally. They even have pictures of it on their own website.

Facebook has sort of taken over these "reunions" these days. As a matter of record, there was an unofficial Brun School reunion at Willie's Bar two days ago where at least 30 people got to be reacquainted with each other. I didn't go, but managed to get back in contact with quite a few people from the mid-eighties due to the people posting pictures and messages on Livejournal, MySpace, and Facebook.

My memnories of the eighties here in Santa Fe are not fond when it came to Santa Fe High. A lot of my friends are now deceased, quite a few are currently in jail or prison, and I wasn't one of the social set that would have gone to a reunion in any case. The police at the time (and one could easily make the case that things never change in this respect) targeted the kids from the high schools as "the enemy" in my opinion. Things have gotten a bit easier in the decades that have come and gone, but in retrospect, even if a well-organized reunion came about, I probably would have passed.
I'm a different person now. I have a life. And while I am interested in what happened to friends of mine like Harmony Teixeira, Damon Glover, or Billy Herbert... If I was friends with them in the first place, the internet allows me to be friends with them and meet up with them on my own terms without having to pay cash to attend some sort of contrived banquet at a nondescript hotel lounge just to see who is balding and who is now selling cars for a living in albuquerque with their 2.9 kids and depressing divorce issues.

Call me a pessimist, but I'm over the 80's... and the 90's...

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Dec 28, 2008
 

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Ebayer wrote:
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Amen brother! Not everybody wants to still be in high school!
It's not about that either. I recognize how some people might want to relive what equates to the best years of their lives. But I am not one of these people who tends to relive their childhood in that way, or would want to.
My best years are now and in the future. I don't need any sort of validation using a yearbook's photo, or contrived and overpriced reunion to prove anything to anyone... And I'm really against having to hang out with people who treated me badly in the eighties or nineties because it is "expected"...

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My son graduated high school in another city in 1988. I was always impressed by the maturity and brightness exhibited by many of those kids. They were so far ahead of my generation in having a realistic view of the world. The author of this article reflects that, as do many of the comments quoted in the article. One reason I have faith in the future.

Excellent article.
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Dec 28, 2008
 
Chewy B wrote:
John and Jane Zinn. Mhy favorite teacher was Gary Myers also known as Pliers. I was an 88 gal too! Thanks Phaedra, nice to see that someone did something for our reunion.
Good job with the first names! I was trying to think of that myself. I had history wit Mrs. Zinn (and someone else the following year). She was a good teacher.
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This article qualifies as news? No wonder the sales at the New Mexican are down. And the statements by our city councilor are over the top.. How can a city be more progressive and more racist at the same time? Was he listening to himself? Or is that statement inaccurate reporting?
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Dec 28, 2008
 
• "I would say that SF is not only more populated but more progressive than in the past," wrote Carmichael Dominguez. "Racial tensions seem to be higher and the community is more divided."
How can we be more progressive AND also have higher racial tensions and more division? Does this have to do with the influx of those to the east side and those to the south, and us natives left in the middle?
Cynthia Sandoval Bowers

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Dec 28, 2008
 
What a wonderful article -- unlike the comment that the article was too long and a "waste of Space," I found it nostalgic, bittersweet, thought provoking.
My husband and I graduated in 1966 -- the FIRST class to graduate from the new Santa Fe High facility, having moved mid-year from the downtown campus on Lincoln Avenue. We had 499 graduates.
We have seen many changes and still again, many things have not changed at all.
Kris

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Dec 28, 2008
 
Geez, I cannot believe anyone would get a chip on their shoulder over this great story... I'm not from Santa Fe, didn't graduate from SFHS, and only lived in Santa Fe for 5 years (but still live in the periphery)... I thoroughly enjoyed this article, which was well-written with just the right amount of humor. Admittedly on the light side, but reporters need vacations, too, and I'm happy to read a little light-hearted yet well-done piece on people who remember the city from 20 years ago.

Good job, Phaedra!
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Dec 28, 2008
 
Benny, local news like this is about all that keeps some of us reading the New Mexican.

As a grad of the 77 era, we too have never had a reunion, so I'm not really sure what the harp is all about. Every year my friends and I watch all the signs outside our school and never once has 1977 come up. Oh well! Live and let live.

"Hylan" was and is still Hylah Joly. She taught sociology even back in the good old days. I know this because she was and still is one of my favorite teachers. I have a daughter named Hylah after the woman. I love her dearly and to this day we meet for lunch at least once a year, Big Hylah and Little Hylah got a chance to see each other for the 1st time in 5 years at Thanksgiving. And again the world moves on.

When I was in school, Mr. Zinn taught history while Mrs. Zinn taught English and constantly reminded us all the importance of eating breakfast on a daily basis. Oh yes, those were the days. Papa Joe Casados, Bouncer (John) Sena, Robert Vigil were the folks that oversaw our behavior problems. Although deceased now, they too were great people and kept most of us in line. What a group we had.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

“Shwing batta!”

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Dec 28, 2008
 
Absolutely! Sometimes readers need a break too. I have to admit, I wouldn't have attended the reunion and I have not kept in contact with even one of my classmates. I have only recently reconnected with a few in my professional capacity,but for one minute I was taken out of the work, economy and any other troubles I have just to remember the innocent and truly fun times in my life.

Maybe because I know all the people that are mentioned in the article makes the story a little different for me. Thank Phaedra.
Kris wrote:
Geez, I cannot believe anyone would get a chip on their shoulder over this great story... I'm not from Santa Fe, didn't graduate from SFHS, and only lived in Santa Fe for 5 years (but still live in the periphery)... I thoroughly enjoyed this article, which was well-written with just the right amount of humor. Admittedly on the light side, but reporters need vacations, too, and I'm happy to read a little light-hearted yet well-done piece on people who remember the city from 20 years ago.
Good job, Phaedra!
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i enjoyed the article very much and knew many folks from this graduating class. It is too bad that the town has become more divided, not less. Tolerance is so rare here these days and that is the thing that made SF special back then. Oh well, still a pretty place to live.
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Dec 28, 2008
 
I didn't go to school in Santa Fe, but have lived here for many years. I found the article offered some real insight into Santa Fe's teen culture of the late eighties. I actually enjoyed reading it more than most of the "news" that I usually encounter on a Sunday morning.
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Ebayer wrote:
Who gives a hoot about this? What a waste of space in the New Mexican for something that is meainingless to 99% of the readers. Sounds like somebody is still living in high school. Poorly written and in poor taste.
Yo buddy, why don't you walk over to Downtown Subscription from your little casita and by the Times with your latte. Lots of available content out there, and I would say this is about the BEST article that I have read in New Mexican since I stopped my subscription (except Sunday) several months ago.
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Dec 28, 2008
 
Class of 83 wrote:
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Yo buddy, why don't you walk over to Downtown Subscription from your little casita and by the Times with your latte. Lots of available content out there, and I would say this is about the BEST article that I have read in New Mexican since I stopped my subscription (except Sunday) several months ago.
is still using AOL he is probably posting from his bedroom in mom's house. Don't assume because he has a sh*tty attitude that he is accomplished enough to afford a nice house or is smart enough read a real newspaper.

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Class of 83 wrote:
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Yo buddy, why don't you walk over to Downtown Subscription from your little casita and by the Times with your latte. Lots of available content out there, and I would say this is about the BEST article that I have read in New Mexican since I stopped my subscription (except Sunday) several months ago.
And here we go again. Always gotta be about us and them. sad

“Shwing batta!”

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Dec 28, 2008
 
Just ignore this troll. He is spreading hate and filth all over this website.
Ebayer wrote:
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Amen brother! Not everybody wants to still be in high school!

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