San Juan High School
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The 1930’s. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the largest stock market crash in American history, most of the decade was consumed by an economic downfall called the Great Depression that had a traumatic effect worldwide, leading to widespread unemployment and poverty. In response, authoritarian regimes emerged in several countries in Europe and South America, in particular the Third Reich in Germany. Weaker states such as Ethiopia, China, and Poland were invaded by expansionist world powers, the last of these attacks leading to the outbreak of the Second World War a few months before the end of the decade. The 1930s also saw a proliferation of new technologies, especially in the fields of intercontinental aviation, radio, and film. More about the 30’s on Wikipedia — View Obituaries of SJHS alumni from the 30’s
The 1940’s. Most of World War II took place in the first half of the decade, which had a profound effect on most countries and people in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere. The consequences of the war lingered well into the second half of the decade, with a war-weary Europe divided between the jostling spheres of influence of the Western world and the Soviet Union, leading to the beginning of the Cold War. To some degree internal and external tensions in the post-war era were managed by new institutions, including the United Nations, the welfare state, and the Bretton Woods system, facilitating the post–World War II boom, which lasted well into the 1970’s. However, the conditions of the post-war world encouraged de-colonization and emergence of new states and governments, with India, Pakistan, Israel, Vietnam, and others declaring independence, although rarely without bloodshed. The decade also witnessed the early beginnings of new technologies (such as computers, nuclear power, and jet propulsion), often first developed in tandem with the war effort, and later adapted and improved upon in the post-war era. More about the 40’s on Wikipedia — View Obituaries for Alumni from the 40’s
The 1950’s. By its end, the world had largely recovered from World War II and the Cold War developed from its modest beginning in the late-1940’s to a hot competition between the United States and the Soviet Union by the early-1960’s. Clashes between communism and capitalism dominated the decade, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. The conflicts included the Korean War in the beginnings of the decade and the beginning of the Space Race with the launch of Sputnik 1. Along with increased testing of nuclear weapons (such as RDS-37 and Upshot-Knothole), this created a politically conservative climate. In the United States, the Second Red Scare caused Congressional hearings by both houses in Congress and anti-communism was the prevailing sentiment in the United States throughout the decade. The beginning of decolonization in Africa and Asia occurred in this decade and accelerated in the following decade. More about the 50’s on Wikipedia — View the Obituaries of Alumni from the 50’s
The term “1960’s” also refers to an era more often called the Sixties, denoting the complex of inter-related cultural and political trends around the globe. This “cultural decade” is more loosely defined than the actual decade, beginning around 1963 and ending around 1974.
“The Sixties”, as they are known in both scholarship and popular culture, is a term used by historians, journalists, and other objective academics; in some cases nostalgically to describe the counterculture and revolution in social norms about clothing, music, drugs, dress, sexuality, formalities, and schooling; and in others pejoratively to denounce the decade as one of irresponsible excess, flamboyance, and decay of social order. The decade was also labeled the Swinging Sixties because of the fall or relaxation of social taboos especially relating to racism and sexism that occurred during this time. Commentator Christopher Booker described this era as a classical Jungian nightmare cycle, where a rigid culture, unable to contain the demands for greater individual freedom, broke free of the social constraints of the previous age through extreme deviation from the norm. He charts the rise, success, fall/nightmare and explosion in the London scene of the 1960’s. Several Western nations such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, and West Germany turned to the political left in the early and mid-1960’s. More about the 60’s on Wikipedia. — View Obituaries for Alumni from the 60’s
The 1970’s. In the 21st century, historians have increasingly portrayed the 1970’s as a “pivot of change” in world history focusing especially on the economic upheavals. In the Western world, social progressive values that began in the 1960s, such as increasing political awareness and economic liberty of women, continued to grow. In the United Kingdom, the 1979 elections resulted in the victory of its Conservative Party Margaret Thatcher, the first and to date only female British Prime Minister. Industrialized countries, except Japan, experienced an economic recession due to an oil crisis caused by oil embargoes by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries. The crisis saw the first instance of stagflation which began a political and economic trend of the replacement of Keynesian economic theory with neo-liberal economic theory, with the first neo-liberal governments being created in Chile, where a military coup led by Augusto Pinochet took place in 1973. Novelist Tom Wolfe coined the term “‘Me’ decade” in his essay “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening”, published by New York Magazine in August 1976 referring to the 1970s. The term describes a general new attitude of Americans towards atomized individualism and away from communitarianism in clear contrast with the 1960’s. More about the 70’s on Wikipedia — View Obituaries of SJHS alumni from the 70’s
The 1980’s decade saw great socioeconomic change due to advances in technology and the beginning of globalization. As economic liberalization increased in the developed world, multiple multinational corporations associated with the manufacturing industry relocated into Thailand, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, and China. Japan and West Germany saw large economic growth during this decade. The AIDS epidemic became recognized in the 1980’s and has since killed an estimated 39 million people (as of 2013). Global warming became well known to the scientific and political community in the 1980’s. People born in the 1980’s are usually classified along with those born in the 1990’s as the “Millennial” generation. Developing countries across the world faced economic and social difficulties as they suffered from multiple debt crises in the 1980’s, requiring many of these countries to apply for financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. Read more about the 80’s on Wikipedia – View Obituaries of SJHS alumni from the 80’s
The 1990’s was characterized by the rise of multiculturalism and alternative media, which continued into the 2000’s. Movements such as grunge, the rave scene and hip hop spread around the world to young people during the decade, aided by then-new technology such as cable television and the World Wide Web. In the absence of world communism which collapsed in the first two years of the decade the 1990’s was politically defined by a movement towards the right wing, including increase in support for far right parties in Europe and cuts in social spending in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. The United States also saw a massive revival in the use of the death penalty in the 1990s, which reversed in the early 21st century. A combination of factors, including the continued mass mobilization of capital markets through neoliberalism, the thawing of the decades-long Cold War, the beginning of the widespread proliferation of new media such as the Internet from the middle of the decade onwards, increasing skepticism towards government, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union led to a realignment and reconsolidation of economic and political power across the world and within countries. The dot-com bubble of 1997–2000 brought wealth to some entrepreneurs before its crash between 2000 and 2001. The 1990’s saw extreme advances in technology, with the World Wide Web, the first gene therapy trial and the first designer babies all emerging in 1990 and being improved and built upon throughout the decade. Read more about the 90’s on Wikipedia – View Obituaries of SJHS alumni from the 90’s
The 2000’s. The growth of the Internet contributed to globalization during the decade, which allowed faster communication among people around the world. The economic growth of the 2000’s had considerable social, environmental and mass extinction consequences, raised demand for diminishing energy resources, and was still shown to be vulnerable as demonstrated during the Global Financial Crisis late in the decade. In the English-speaking world, a name for the decade was never universally accepted in the same manner as for decades such as the ’80’s, the ’90’s, etc. The War on Terror and War in Afghanistan began after the September 11 attacks in 2001. The International Criminal Court was formed in 2002. A United States-led coalition invaded Iraq, and the Iraq War led to the end of Saddam Hussein’s rule as Iraqi President and the Ba’ath Party in Iraq. Al-Qaeda and affiliated Islamist militant groups performed terrorist acts throughout the decade. These acts included the 2004 Madrid train bombings, 7/7 London bombings in 2005, and the Mumbai attacks related to al-Qaeda in 2008. The European Union expanded its sanctions amid Iran’s failure to comply with its transparency obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and United Nations resolutions. Read more about the 2000’s on Wikipedia – View Obituaries of SJHS alumni from the 2000’s
Remembering San Juan High School Teacher’s and Faculty
Our society is based upon the premise that it’s leaders must be strong, capable, and alert. The teacher’s and faculty at San Juan High School were all of this and more to the students at San Juan.
Mental Magic – Science and math courses aided college bound students
People to People – Foreign language and social science departments opened doors of communication
Required for 3 Years – The English Department at San Juan is one of the largest
Fitness Factory – Physical fitness fulfilled many functions; development of bodily skills, team sports, leadership, recreation, etc.
Business Education – The foundation for jobs and hobbies, basic preparations insure the future
Proficiency through Practice – Fine arts and home economics departments taught about individuality
Meeting the Needs – Administrators reached out to confront issues and make certain SJHS operated properly
The Indespensibles – San Juan staff, counselors, librarians directed and supported students through their high school years