Mascot, Song, Trivia


In 1923, KHS students were asked to submit names for a school mascot.  35 names were suggested, then the Student Advisory Board narrowed it down to 4.  The final vote by all students was:

  1. Bearcats - 206
  2. Buffaloes - 138
  3. Wolverines - 92
  4. Kubs - 51

Hence, Kearney High became "Home of the Bearcats!"

In 1937, Elizabeth Cummings, a former KHS choral director, wrote the school song with the help of 2 senior students, Pauline (Freeman) Goodwin, and Janet (Coussins) Coleman.  Music for the song was composed by senior Harold Keiss (any relation to fellow classmate Terry?)  "Spirit of KHS" was adopted as the official school song in 1937.

You have to remember the tune, but here are the lyrics:

Spirit of KHS

  • Oh, Kearney High, to you we'll always be true,
  • You are the best school in the land.
  • Our colors waving high, bright golden and blue,
  • For your ideals we'll always stand.
  • And as we onward go to fame and renown,
  • Our loyalty will never die.
  • To you we sing
  • Our homage bring
  • Oh, hail to you, oh Kearney High.
  • With a K, with an E, and an A-R-N-E-Y,
  • With an H, with an I, with an H-I-G-H, High

 What do you remember from 1969?

  1. How many students graduated in the KHS class of 1969?
  2. Guess how many 1969 graduates still live in Kearney?
  3. According to our "KHS Spirit" school song (can you still sing it?), what are the official KHS colors?
  4. What is the KHS school mascot?  What was the Kearney Junior High School mascot? (If you miss #3 or #4, go straight to the Principal's office)
  5. What was the theme of the 1969 senior prom?
  6. How much did it cost to buy lunch in the KHS cafeteria in 1969?
  7. What was the theme of the senior float for Color Week in 1969?
  8. In the center of the KHS building was an enclosed terrarium.  What was this space officially called?
  9. Who were the KHS principal and superintendent in 1969?
  10. Who were the head football and basketball coaches in 1969? 

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