Monday, June 25, 2018

AJ High School Year Books: A History

June 18, 2018 © Thomas J. Kollenborn. All Rights Reserved.

These are the AJHS yearbooks at the Apache Junction High School Library.
I am writing this article because of my belief in preserving history. All the students of Apache Junction Unified School District are a part of our community’s history, and the annual yearbooks for the high school are a significant part of this history.

It is important to to our community to preserve these books as a record of our students who spent time in our school district. It is especially important to students who attended high school here and now live all over the United States of America and the world.

The Apache Junction High School had a collection of these yearbooks available for review, but they cannot be removed from the library.

The late Carol Sheppard, under the direction of District Superintendent Barry Sutter, gathered up these yearbooks for a repository at the Apache Junction High School Library.

The AJHS student body is known as the Prospectors.
I took this photo of the Prospector’s (Dutchman’s)
 Monument in 1948.
As I recall, the ALS/PES committee provided a grant for this repository at the Apache Junction High School Library.

Today, security is a top priority in American schools, and that has made it very difficult to access the yearbooks in the center of the high school campus. Special permission is required to access the campus for any reason.

The history of our school district is well preserved in the many annual yearbooks. There are approximately forty-five year books in the Apache Junction High School Library.

I have several Jr. High School yearbooks in my personal collection, but there are no Jr. High School yearbooks in the High School’s repository. These records are significant and very important to preserve for future generations.
 A view of the high school’s mall.

Presently, a 55-year Apache Junction High School reunion is being planned by a group of AJHS students. The chairman of the committee is Luanne Adair Brummond. They are meeting regularly to coordinate this 55-year Reunion for Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Prospector Park on north Idaho Road in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Tom Olmstead and Chris Beaty are scheduled to be guest speakers. There will also be a mixer at Apache Junction Elk’s Club on the Apache Trail and Lost Dutchman Blvd. in Apache Junction from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018.

From what I understand, 2,700 to 3,000 Prospectors from the classes of 1963 to 2018 have responded so far to posted information.

The Apache Junction City Library is also trying to build a complete collection of Apache Junction High School yearbooks and Jr. High School yearbooks. Many of us recommend that a duplicate collection of these yearbooks be set up in the Apache Junction Public Library.

Our students have spread their wings and soared. Apache Junction Unified School District can be proud of these students who have gone forth to meet the challenges in this modern world of business, arts and professional fields.

We will see you at the 55-year Reunion of the Apache Junction High School in Apache Junction, Arizona.

For those who want to register for the Reunion, you can email: