Alumni Storyteller Deb Hunt recalls the early days of school uniforms, a tradition that was both loved and despised, as well as an opportunity for creative rebellion. Read on for more history and images.
Diana Parker ‘78 as “Glinda the Good Witch” during daily Morning Meetings in the Ballroom.
Deb Hunt, Alumni Storyteller, remembers long ago daily Morning Meetings in the Ballroom in which student skits and beloved characters brought a unique flavor to Crystal.
“Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?” This question, spoken in the distinct vibrato of Glinda the Good from The Wizard of Oz, caused 165 heads to snap around, searching for the speaker in the Ballroom filled to capacity with students and teachers.
A chorus of girls descending the Mansion Staircase singing “Angels We Have Heard On High,” during the 1964 Christmas Program. This was an annual tradition for several decades.
Deb Hunt, Alumni Storyteller, remembers lovely Christmas Programs in the Mansion as a favorite annual arts tradition from the 1950s to early 90s. As an example, the Class of 1965 so fondly recalled their days of singing on the Mansion stairs, they proudly reprised their version of “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” during their 50th Reunion.
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Our fabulous retired librarian and historian, Deb Hunt, leads us on a walk down Crystal's memory lane. Don’t hesitate to contact her on Facebook with photos, remembrances, and questions.
The Uplands Mansion (Upper School campus) In 1911, the original owner of the Uplands mansion, Templeton Crocker, commissioned renowned SF architect Willis Polk to design the home as a wedding present for his new bride. Find out more about the Mansion's history written by CSUS historian and former librarian Deb Hunt.