PHS, SHHS Classes of 1965 Arrange for Digital Preservation of Senior Yearbooks

PHS, SHHS Classes of 1965 Arrange for Digital Preservation of Senior Yearbooks
Posted on 02/09/2015
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Quick link to the 1965 Pasadenian
Quick link to the 1965 Palladium


sideTwo Pasadena ISD graduating classes from a half-century ago will mark their 50-year reunions this year with digital preservations of their senior yearbooks.

The Pasadena High Class of 1965 and the South Houston High Class of 1965, in conjunction with the school district’s alumni outreach program, have arranged to have their yearbooks digitally archived on the Pasadena ISD website.

Both yearbooks can now be viewed on-line at

The archival service offered by the district also provides each class with data discs of high resolution scanned images of each yearbook page. A high resolution PDF version of the entire yearbook is also provided to the class.

Since the district began the yearbook initiative a little over a year ago, the 1965 classes from Pasadena and South Houston are the first two to have their yearbooks preserved as part of a reunion celebration.

Both classes have reunions planned for the weekend of Oct. 24-25 with the Eagles set to gather at South Shore Harbour in League City and the Trojans at Moody Gardens in Galveston.

The preservation of South Houston’s 1965 Palladium was sponsored by the Class of 1965. The 1965 PHS Pasadenian was sponsored by David Appleby, a member of the Eagles’ Class of 1965.

To date, 11 yearbooks from PHS, SHHS, Sam Rayburn and Dobie have been digitally preserved, the earliest the 1939 Pasadenian, the first yearbook to be published by a Pasadena ISD school.

The yearbook archives can be accessed through the district website. From the homepage, click on “Alumni Central” at the lower right. From that page, click on “Yearbook Archives” on the upper left.

The preservation process includes a high-quality scan of each yearbook page, orientation of the page, contrast balancing, dot matrix reduction, and the removal of ink blemishes and age spots. The contents are posted on-line in the form of high resolution PDF files.

Sponsors also receive data discs with a PDF version of the yearbook at an even high resolution, ideal for distribution to classmates. The master JPEG images of each yearbook page are also made available on a data disc that can serve as a ready source for poster enlargements and other reunion items, such as name badges.

The sponsorship cost is $300 per book, or $1 per page if the yearbook exceeds 300 pages. All funds go to alumni association groups or alumni outreach projects.

For information about the yearbook preservation initiative, contact Al Carter, the Pasadena ISD’s alumni development coordinator, at

South Houston Seniors of 1965 dance the night away at their prom. Photo taken from the 1965 Palladium.