early 1920s, the only public Senior High School in
This is a circa 1925 architect's rendition of the new
1956 Photo 2006 Photo
Lions Guarding Entrance Lions Guarding Entrance Beautiful Stone and Brick Work
Beautiful Stone Work Lions Guarding Entrance Beautiful Stone and Brick Work
North View - Auditorium School Sign South View - Gym and Cafeteria
This banner is proudly displayed just inside the main entrance to the school.
Class of 1964
The Class of 1964 donated this
plaque which is located above the main entrance to Landon on
WISDOM IS ONE TREASURE
NO ROBBER CAN TOUCH
SENIOR CLASS 1964
This monument is located on the front lawn of the school.
Principal's Recognition Plaque
This Plaque is located on the wall at the main entrance to Landon.
Landon Alma Mater
We hail thee, Alma Mater
Our praise we sing to thee.
Your Standards and your honor
Will live on through time to be.
We're proud to bear your colors,
Your banners e're will fly,
And the name of dear old Landon
Will never, never die!
Kay Jewelers on West Forsyth Street gave Landon Girls a free graduation gift, one of these pendants.
Kay Jewelers on West Forsyth Street gave Landon Boys a free graduation gift, one of these tie clasp.
Landon "Spirit" Pins were worn to show support for various athletic teams.
25th Reunion Key
1956 Landon Decal
1956 Graduation Events
Prom Dance Card Commencement Graduation Events
Landon Diplomas were issued for General, College Preparatory and Business Preparatory Curriculums.
1956 Landon Administrators
Mike Houser, Dean of Boys George H. Wood, Principal Orra Eastburn, Dean of Girls
The Landon High Class of 1956
Sally Guthrie Martha Wilder
Bob Williams, President Bobbie Rountree, Vice-President Eleanor Yeager, Secretary David Mizrahi, Treasurer
Most Fun Most Intellectual Most Athletic
Glenn Sharpe & Patty Mickey Albert Holt & Emily Jopling Bob Swindell & Helen Stanley
Best All Around Most Attractive King and Queen
Bill Boss & Jackie Soud Bill Coalson & Mary Monroe Mickey Dechman & Malinda Dixon
Most Talented Most Likely To Succeed
Bob Sandlin & Beti Seay Jack Sapolsky & Mary Ann McManis
Mary Ann McManis, Editor-in-Chief Front Cover - 1956 Landonian
Newspaper: Lion's Roar
Clifford Landers, Editor-in-Chief 1956 Heading for Lion's Roar
National Honor Society
Emily Jopling, President
1956 Big 10 Conference Football Co-Champions
Players pictured above are, front row, left to right: Glenn Johnson, Glenn Sharp, Bobby Purser, Jim Couch, Jim Gilmore, Bob Harris, Wayne Rhodes, Al La Faye, Johnny Carraway, Fred Nelson, Rae Marks, Billy Carroll, Jerry Adams and Tommy Muhlbauer. Middle row: Bill McKenney, Allen Neville, Gene Manning, Art Lloyd, George Story, Jay Newbern, Mickey Dechman, Bill Boss, Bob Hutchinson, Bill Coalson, Dana Austin, Ricky Guttery, Larry Cicale, Sonny Giles and Norwood Redding. Back row: Larry Ebersol, Homer Lewis, Ronald Gardner, David Whitehead, Jim Searcy, Darrell Leake, Van Fletcher, Fred Weinberg, Joe Smith, Ed Porch, Chuck McKenney, James Carter, Jerry Hartz, Robert Mette, Tony Fekany, Joe Larson, Ed Cone, Billy Altman, Bill Carlton and Bob Swindell.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
Head Football Coach Barney "The Bear" Searcy
Bob Swindell and his 3-Year Varsity Football Sweater
Meninak Game Football Charm Football Game Program 1956 Football Trophy
The above picture came from the Sports
Section in the September 17, 1953, Edition of, "The
Part of this article was missing, but what I had did name different players. Classmate George Story was mentioned as one of the Guards expecting to see playing time--quite an accomplishment for a true Freshman.
Two Lions who cared to save the past
Darrell Leake Bob Swindell
Circa 2000, The administration at Landon decided to auction off the old trophies from the days when Landon was a Jr. - Sr. High. The auction was held in the school auditorium. Bob Swindell was the successful bidder for the 1956 Big 10 Co-Championship Football Trophy, and Darrell Leake was the successful bidder for the 1956 Big 10 Championship Basketball Trophy. Thanks to Bob and Darrell, you are able to view these trophies on our web site.
1956 Big 10 Conference Basketball Champions
Players pictured above are, front row, left to right: Bob Swindell, Ray Schultz, Eddie Cone, David Hicks and Ray Swain. Back row: Coach Warner, Bob Mette, Harold Zellner, James Carter, Darrell Leake and Ray Swain, Mgr.
1956 Championship Trophy Varsity Sweater Basketball Charm
1956 Class AA, Group 2 District Baseball Champions
The 1956 Baseball Team Members
Coach Keith Ross; Players: Eddie Cone, Kenneth Drury, Jimmy Gilmore, Bobby Harris, Darrell Leake, Gene Manning, Bill McKenny, Chuck McKenny, Bob Mette, Dana Mizelle, Stewart Murdoch, Wayne Rhodes and Bob Swindell. Managers Dick Steeves and Jerry James
Girls Athletic Association
Cathy Stewart was awarded this letter as a member of the GAA "Letter Club."
From the Landon Class of 1956
"All gave some, some gave all"
CW3 James "Jim" Boyer Helicopter Pilot
1956 Landonian Photo
Jim was stationed 60 miles Southwest of Saigon in Vin
Air Medal Vietnamese
Robert W. "Bobby" Chaplain
1956 Landonian Photo
6th Infantry Division,
M/Sgt. Richard Craig, US Air Force
1956 Landonian Photo
Richard was a "Fire Control Radar Tech" who served one tour at Da Nang AFB in Da Nang Province, Viet Nam and three tours at different AFBs in Thailand from 1963 through 1973.
Lt. Col. William R. Gardner,
1956 Landonian Photo
Medical Doctor, 25th Infantry Division
Capt. James Harrell,
1956 Landonian Photo
Medical Doctor, 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi Province
Photo of Harrell emerging from a Viet Cong Tunnel in Cu Chi Province,
Capt. Jack Sapolsky,
1956 Landonian Photo
Medical Doctor, 3rd Corps, Military Assistance
Command, 1965 & 1966 in
1956 Landonian Photo
Phu Cat AFB,
If you know of a classmate who needs to be added, please contact the editor.
Date: July 3, 4 & 5
Where: Sheraton at St. Johns Place Hotel in
The poor quality of this photo makes it impossible to identify every classmate - Editor
Vann Burney, Susan Crutchfield, Kathy Enge, Kay Fleming, Bill Gillespie, Jack Gillrup, Joan Glickstein, Larry Heinke, Bob Hutchinson, Henry Harris, Claudia Hill, David Hull, Al LaFaye, Darrell Leake, Homer Lewis, Mike Lissner, Chuck McKenny, Jim McMurry, David Mizrahi, Mike Molter, Deanna Moss, Joan Parvin, Freddie Love Smith, George Story, Bob Swindell, Bill Thompson, Dick Winch and Charles Zimmerman.
Date: August 9, 10 & 11
Where: Jacksonville Hotel (formerly the Hilton) in
Fifty-three classmates and five faculty members appear in this picture.
Left to right, Front Row (Kneeling): Barbara Lewis, Bob Hutchinson, Joe DeSalvo, Art Lloyd, Bill Thompson, Vann Burney, Bob Swindell, Wayne Rhodes, Bob Harris, Al LaFaye
and Jimmy Gilmore. Second Row (Sitting): Mary Letha Fullerton,
Sandra Birdseye, William Sasser(?) (faculty),
If you can help me with the unidentified people in this picture, please call or e-mail me.
Where: Mandarin Ramada Inn in
Fifty-Six classmates appear in this picture. Left to Right, Bottom
Row (Kneeling or Sitting): Glenn Sharpe, Joe DeSalvo,
Sandra Birdseye, Kay Steeves, Barbara Lewis, Chuck McKenny, Vann Burney, Joan Parvin,
Malinda Dixon, Prissy Parkin, Mary Monroe, (man in
plaid shirt?) and Claudia Hill. Second Row (Standing): Bob Swindell, Norma Sarra, David
Mizrahi, Gail Quarterman, Tony Fekany,
Charles Zimerman (Between Fekany
and La Faye), Al Lafaye, Deanna Moss (purple dress),
Dick Winch (yellow jacket), (man behind Mary Letha?), (girl in turquoise
dress?), (Shirley Brewer, Marion Clark (in white dress), Bob Hutchinson(?), Art
Lloyd (white tee shirt), Prissy Parkin(?) and Bob
Harris. Third Row (Standing): Jeanne Solomon, James Harrell(?), Jim Webb, Morris Busbia
(behind Swindell?), (???) (behind
Norma Sarra), (???), (???), (???), (???) (behind Gail Quarterman), Mike Lissner, Al LaFaye, (???), (???),
(???), (???) (???) and (???). Fourth Row
(Standing): Jimmy Gilmore, Bill Swain, Fred Wienbarg,
If you can help me with the unidentified people in this picture or make a correction, please call or e-mail me.
Date: June 8 & 9
Thirty-two classmates and one faculty member appear in this picture. Left to Right, Bottom Row (Seated): Alyce Clements, Rochelle Robin, Nancy Wainwright, Malinda Dixon, Sandra Birdseye, Mary Lu Longmire, Pat Robbins, Kay King and Patty Mickey. Second Row (Standing): Mary Letha Fullerton, Jo-Ann Agrilla, Vann Burney, Jay Newbern, David Hull, Claudia Hill, Bill Thompson, Fred Fulkerson, Homer Lewis, Tony Fekany, Earl Silas (faculty), Shirley Brewer and Fred Wienbarg. Back Row (Standing): Richard Craig, James Harrell, Morris Busbia, Chuck McKenny, Al LaFaye, Joe DeSalvo, Jim Couch, Tommy Muhlbauer, Bob Harris, Larry Cicale and Mickey Dechman.
Date: June 2, 3 & 4
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel
(formerly the Hilton) in
Seventy-four classmates appear in this picture. Left to Right, Bottom Row: Kay King, Larry Cicale, Malinda Dixon, Kay Steeves, Shirley Haynie, Kay Fleming, Sylvia Edenfield, Sandra Gelbman, Joan Glickstein, Missy Wilson, Eleanor Yeager, Sandra Birdseye, Barbara Lewis, Gail Quarterman, Mary Lu Longmire, Joe DeSalvo, Jill Savitz, Shirley Brewer, Mary Kay Daniel, Judy NeSmith and Pat Robbins; Second Row, Rae Marks, Leonard Steyerman, Jackie Wurn, Tony Fekany, Sandra Nelson, Ethel Wimberly, Judy Perry, Jim Couch, Bobby Duguid, Mary Monroe, Morris Busbia, David Mizrahi, Dick Winch, Jim Hernandez, Bobby Harris and Chuck McKenny; Third Row, Fred Fulkerson, Ronald Gardner, Nancy Wainwright, Mike Boss, Cathy Stewart, Jim Webb, James Harrell, Priscilla Parkin, Clifford Landers, Chicha Pagano, Jay Newbern, Bob Swindell and Jeanie Solomon; Fourth Row, Geri Lavoro, Toby Markowitz, Claudia Hill, David Whitehead, Jerry Adams, Billy Carroll, Albert Holt, Deanna Moss and Bill Thompson; Top Row, Buddy Rae Turner, Mary Letha Fullerton, Sandra Jones, David Hull, Gene Manning, Bob Hutchinson, Richard Craig, Joel Varn, Jim Boyer, Germaine Redding, Bubba Redding, Mike Lissner, Walter Green, Vann Burney and Martha Wilder.
Gaye Jackson attended the Saturday Night Banquet, but missed the class picture.
Three classmates attended the Friday Night cruise, but did not return for the Saturday Night Banquet or class picture. They were Henry Harris, Norma Gebhard and Barbara Sammons.
At the registration table, classmates received their reunion packets that contained a classmate’s directory prepared by Sandie and Joe DeSalvo featuring some Dick Winch original drawings, a CD produced by Joe DeSalvo of ”Landon on Parade,” which was originally produced by the Landonian Staff in 1956 as a 45 RPM Record that chronologically described school events during our Senior Year and pictured name badges.
There were about 130 classmates and guests who attended our Saturday Night Banquet.
Tony Fekany emceed our Saturday Night Program and did a very nice job of keeping all events on schedule.
Saturday Evening started with a cocktail party in the Crowne Room. Then, we went outside to the pool area for our class picture. After our picture, we went to the St. Johns Room where Jim Webb presented a Power Point slide show remembering our 51 deceased classmates, followed by a second Power Point slide show featuring places we remembered growing up in Jacksonville, including a 1955 photo of the Krystal on Atlantic Blvd and a picture of the Texas Drive-In on San Marco Blvd.
Because of our large crowd, dinner was served in two rooms; both were
beautifully decorated by Malinda Dixon
After Mike Boss gave the blessing, we enjoyed a delicious dinner of
During dinner, several classmates entertained us with anecdotes from their days at Landon.
Mary Letha Fullerton was responsible for door prizes, and they were given out during dinner.
After dinner, the reunion committee was recognized for their work, and Committee Chairwoman Shirley Brewer Yost was given a spa gift certificate and a signed Dick Winch drawing as appreciation for her leadership.
Jim Webb proposed a toast to the memory of our deceased classmates, and all
saluted them with their champagne-filled, 50th
After dinner, dancing and socializing was enjoyed by those who visited the Crowne Room where the DJ took musical requests from the crowd.
Shirley Brewer, Co-Chair Tony Fekany, Co-Chair Sandra Birdseye Vann Burney Jim Couch
Joe DeSalvo Malinda Dixon Mary Letha Fullerton Chuck McKenny Jay Newbern
Pat Robbins Bill Thompson Buddy Rae Turner Jim Webb Dick Winch
Cover by Dick Winch Joe and Sandie DeSalvo, Co-Editors Dick Winch, Art Editor
This nifty directory was researched and edited by Joe and Sandie DeSalvo. It contained Landon Historical Information, Classmates Names and Contact Information. The excellent art work was created by Dick Winch, still remembered for his contributions to our 1956 Landonian.
55th Landon Class of 1956 Reunion
60th Landon Class of 1956 Reunion
Front Row Seated L to R: Bill Coalson; Bob Harris, Longwood, FL; Prissy Parkin DeChanie, Welaka, FL: Jim Webb; Kay Steeves Morin, Orlando, FL; Shirley Brewer Yost; Sandra Jones Manning, Houston, TX; Judy NeSmith Reid; Rochelle Robin Siegel, Chevy Chase, MD; Toby Markowitz Ringel; Phyllis Knox Smith; Kathy Enge Barket and Bill Swain.
Middle Row Standing L to R: Sandra Birdseye DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL; Mary Kay Daniel Hurd, Atlantic Beach, FL; Peggy Blackburn Schultz, Blairsville, GA; Mary Letha Fullerton Clark and Joe DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL.
Back Row Standing L to R: Morris Busbia, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; Bill Boss, Boynton Beach, FL; James Harrell, Stuart, FL; Ethel Wimberly Leverock; James Hernandez, The Villages, FL; Vann Burney; Jim Couch; Mickey Dechman, Thomasville, GA; Richard Craig, Tampa, FL; Buddy Ray Turner; Martha Wilder, Thomasville, GA; Bill Thompson; Tony Fekany; James Daniel, Elkton, FL; Gene Manning, Houston, TX; Nancy Wainwright Posner, Social Circle, GA and Fred Fulkerson.
Attending our reunion, but missing the class photo were Michael Lissner and Deanna Moss Lissner.
If you don't see an out-of-town address listed by someone's name, it's because they are living in Jacksonville.
Do You Remember These 1954 Lions?
Listed below are students who appeared in the 1954 Landonian as members of the Sophomore Class, but do not appear in the 1956 Landonian as members of the Senior Class.
Do You Remember These 1955 Lions?
Listed below are students who appeared in the 1955 Landonian as members of the Junior Class, but do not appear in the 1956 Landonian as members of the Senior Class.
That's All for Now, More is Coming!
Jim Webb, Editor