During the formative years of the city of Las Vegas, there was only one high school, Las Vegas High. The school was built because of the determination of one woman, Maude Frazier. Located on 8th Street, many townspeople believed it was too far out of town and was too large. Maude and history proved them wrong.
It became a beacon of education for school-age kids not only in Las Vegas but all across the valley. Students were bussed in from Boulder City and other small towns.
The students had their rituals as all high schools do. The Wildcat Lair was the teen club where dances were held and in the years following World War II, performers from the Strip would stop by and sing a few tunes or tell a few jokes before heading back to the showrooms.
The Rhythmettes were the idea of Evelyn Stuckey. A precision drill team made up of young girls to help rally school spirit at athletic games, assemblies, Helldorado Parades and more, she made the name Rhythmettes synonymous with excellence. Under her tutelage, the drill team performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in the early 1960s.
Join us on Thursday, March 4th for "Untold Stories" as we look back at this wonderful, colorful and lively history.
Our panelists will include a
Rhythmette Cheryl Purdue and other Las Vegas alumni such as John Ullom, Rollie Gibbs, and that delightful couple, Gail and Donna Andress.
Dennis McBride and Paul Carson from the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas have graciously agreed to bring a number of items related to the school as well.
Thursday, March 4th
Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Desert Learning Center
We hope to see you there!