McArthur High School

Class of ’63

Welcome to the Class of ’63 website. There may be another site for ’63 Mustangs on the ’net, but I haven’t found it yet, so this is my effort. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while—I’ve had my own site with my own domain name for several years—so the time seemed right.

The Usual Preliminaries

This is about all that’s recognizable of our alma mater. Some of the newer structure on campus is downright hideous. The classrooms which faced Hollywood Blvd to the left (west) of the auditorium appear to be gone (seems to me most of the English Department classes were held in those rooms). The parking lot to the west of the classrooms which seemed to be the epicenter of the day’s activities is covered with structure and nowhere to be seen. The school we knew essentially doesn’t exist, and of course we all remember the portables, right?

All that’s recognizable
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A melancholy note—on the day I shot this picture from across the street at Boyd’s funeral home, there was activity associated with a funeral taking place. When I randomly checked on June’s website later that day, I learned the services were for a fellow McArthur grad, Steve Barkelew (I don’t know what year). I wish I’d known.

51st Reunion News! Updated

Greetings Fellow Classmates of 1963 & 1964

On Sept. 19 & 20, 2014 we are gathering to celebrate our 51st and 50th class reunion, respectively. It will be held at the Embassy Suites, 1100 SE 17th St. Causeway, Ft. Lauderdale, 954-527-2700. The hotel is reserving a block of rooms for us, so please call as soon as possible for your reservations. When calling, give them the group name—McArthur High School Class Reunion 2014 and the group code of “MHS”. We have a special rate of $119.00 for a king and $129.00 for 2 doubles. A full breakfast is included each day.

On Friday evening at 7:30 PM, Sept. 19, we will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar in the Aqua Room. Casual attire is recommended for the evening.

On Saturday evening, Sept. 20, 7:30 to 11:30 in the Terra Ballroom, we will enjoy a buffet dinner. Semi-formal dress for both men and women is recommended. Photographs will be taken Saturday evening only. Music will be provided both evenings for your dancing pleasure!

The cost for the reunion weekend is as follows:

For hotel guests only, there will be a complimentary manager’s reception from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm each night which includes drinks and snacks. For a non-hotel guest, there will be a $20.00 per person charge for the manager’s reception paid to the hotel.

If you are planning to attend, all funds must be received no later than August 9, 2014, to guarantee your reunion reservations. There will be no cash, checks, or money orders accepted at the door. Make your check or money order payable to: McArthur High School Class Reunion. Your cancelled check will be your receipt.

Please mail to:

Eileen Brennan McDonald
8240 NW 45 Ct.
Lauderhill, Fl. 33351

If you have any other questions, please feel free to call any of the committee members listed below:

Eileen (Brennan) McDonald
(954) 741-5132
Norma (Otten) Ferrazzo
(954) 572-7587
Jerry Ziegenfuss
(954) 608-2623
Loyd Holden
(954) 435-0874
Barbara (Ramsey) Ziegenfuss
(954) 608-2622

If you are interested in joining a golfing excursion for this weekend, please get in touch with Dan Kinzly (clickable link).

We look forward to spending the weekend with you!!

Your reunion committee

Continuing the reunion reporting previously in place…

We had one, our 46th (combined with the ’64’s 45th and it was great! Click below to see some pictures.

Many thanks to the efforts of the Reunion Committee to make this ’63/’64 reunion come together. There’s already talk of not only the ’50th in 2014 but possibly mini regional reunions in the by-years. It was just so exciting seeing old friends again.

Please Check In

If you’re here and you haven’t heard from anyone associated with McArthur in over five years, please make sure the Reunion Committee (doing double duty as sort of a clearing house of classmate information) has a current address. See if you’re on the

Even if you can’t/won’t/couldn’t make a reunion, we sure would like to hear from you. We live in a wondrous electronic age and email can be the next best thing when it comes to reconnecting with old (I use old in the context of fond remembrances—not as an adjective denoting accumulation of seniority) classmates.

The Mustang

(coming soon—the images have been scanned)

’The Mustang’ 1963
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I’ve scanned the cover of the yearbook—you can view it here (at left), while you’re waiting for me to come up with some scintillating Class of ’63 nostalgia stuff. I’m processing the class pictures pages from the yearbook (link below).

(Click on tab to go to the yearbook pages)


‘60s McArthur in the 21st Century

At first blush, that left a gaping hole at 1963, and I didn’t want that to happen. So, in keeping with the Mustang Spirit,

While my primary interest has been directed toward the ’64 perspective, the fact remains, most ’63s shared, two years, at least, and Royal Castle was the same to you as it was to us.

Grads and Growth

Fallen Friends

Inside Look—Ouside Hook

In order to help make this thing work, please send me an email. There’s a link at the bottom of every page. I’d be glad to hear from you (even if you couldn’t stand me in high school) and I’ll be grateful for every tidbit of information we can add to the site that everyone is going to want to know. Spread the word. Tell your friends and family.

Recent Happenings

This ’63 site is brand new, although a lot of the content has been around on my ’64 site for a while. Not much to report—I’ve had recent contact with a couple of long lost classmates but nothing substantive yet to share.

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Last updated: 18 March 2016