Colton High “Fact of the Day” – Oct. 18


Sharon Yarnell, whose formal strap broke halfway through the Homecoming game, hugs Principal Charles Jordan after being announced the 1964 CHS Homecoming Queen.

Colton High School opened in 1895. It is one of the oldest high schools in the Inland Empire. In this daily feature, we celebrate Colton High’s rich history.

With Homecoming on the horizon, the Pepper Bough wants to acknowledge winners of the past as we anticipate this year’s winners.

We start in 1964. The morning the nominees for Homecoming Queen were announced was rainy, but students at Colton High packed into the Mac Gym for an announcement assembly full of games, like the wheelbarrow race. There was also a picture contest for “Most Beautiful Baby,” which was won by senior Ron Rehrer.

At that Friday’s Homecoming game, as the Yellowjackets “blanketed” Rubidoux High 26-0, the Homecoming Queen winner was Sharon Yarnell. According to the Crimson & Gold that year, “It proved to be an exciting experience for Sharon, whose formal strap broke half way through the evening.”

The princesses that evening were Sharon Peters, escorted by Rick McKinney; Kim Boyd, escorted by Jorge Salas; Sue Fleenor, escorted by Ron Rehner; and Judy Shopbell, escorted by Steve Payer.