Varsity, located across from Central, was where you wanted
It was the
first place to go every morning before school, to meet your
and listen to the latest juke box hits of the day. It was
place to end the school day before heading home. You could
Coke, make new friends and of course, enjoy the music while
the latest dance steps. Bill Hay the owner, always made you
welcome. He allowed us to bring in new records for the juke
and if it
proved popular, it remained. He provided great selections of
Valentine’s candy and was kind enough to let us charge it,
more than we had in our pocket. I usually bought 5 or 6
boxes for my best girl friends. However, the center of
the juke box, because it attracted the girls who wanted to
I managed to get free dance lesson's in those days.
during the year of '62, Bill bought a new 1963 Corvette.
From my fading
think it was silver. We joked with Bill about how we
his new car with all the money we put in that Juke Box over
time, he said the salesman told him it would be a classic.
With it's split
window, it proved to be a classic indeed. However, that
design was never
because of complaints about visibility through the rear view
it had side mirrors!
Bill Hay often was
invited to attend some School functions like some parties
proms. I remember
him getting up and singing at one of our proms. He loved
to sing, "That Old
Black Magic," especially if we goaded him enough.
Historically, as I understand, the Varsity originally opened
on the corner of the
property around 1956. It later
moved across Dodds Ave. when Central
bought the property
to make the school's baseball field. Bill later opened a
in East Ridge, near
Kingwood Pharmacy some time in 1967 or 68. This probably
means the Varsity
closed in 1966 or 67. This seems to coincide with the
of our Central.
The Varsity was an
important social addition during our time at Central. A time
gave us all some
wonderful memories. Good friends, beautiful girls and happy
class of ‘62