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•   Bill McMahan  5/24
•   Susan Hoard Coe (Miller)  5/24
•   Philip Dussault  5/23
•   Desiree Derivaux (Harris)  5/23
•   Bill Bocking  5/22
•   Jill Blackstock  5/22
•   Marian Phillips (Mancini)  5/22
•   Mark Chesteen  5/22
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142 live in Alabama
3 live in Arizona
1 lives in Arkansas
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4 live in Colorado
22 live in Florida
20 live in Georgia
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4 live in Indiana
6 live in Kentucky
3 live in Louisiana
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1 lives in Germany
252 location unknown


•   Kathy Dobbs (Holt)  5/27
•   Jeannette Pulles (Tulis)  5/27
•   Steven Byrd  5/28
•   Karen Carelli  5/30
•   Mark Light (Class Of '77)  5/30
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•   Liz Evans  6/4
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•   Diane Shunk (Bryant)  6/6
•   Kurt Rasmussen  6/10
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•   Rose Mary Drake  6/12
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  All in the Family
  The Waltons
  Welcome Back, Kotter
  Happy Days

Welcome to the Grissom High School Class of 1976 web site! Take a trip to the past, find a friend in the present, keep in touch for the future. Remember, we are the best! We are the SPIRIT of '76!!


Grissom Class of '76 40th Class Reunion!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

7:00pm - 11:30pm

Campus 805 - 2620 Clinton Avenue

Huntsville, AL 35805

Ticket prices TBD

Register at:

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Email any 40th Reunion questions to Roger Schneider at

Forward Reunion information to any '76 classmates that are listed as "missing" on this site.

Please update your personal information on this site.


Class Reunion classic......

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Laura Rice, Lynda Lynch, Susan Ratliff, Jamie Robinson, Tammy Craven, Kathy Dobbs, Monica Lewis


 Brian Lowery, Snuffy Smith, Ken Roberts, Larry Moore


Greg Smith, Laura Rice, Lynda Lynch, David Onosko


Graduation Day!

Susan Ratliff, Tim Thomassian, Lynda Lynch, Susan Wilson, Sandra Colwell, Ralph Rice


Lynda Lynch, Susan Ratliff, Debbie Swezey, Cindy Ivy, Laura Rice, Susan Wilson, Debbie Smith, Sharon Link


Sharon Mazza, Monica Lewis, Gail Camp, Donna Tucker


Buddy Hartselle, Robin Gaines, Ken Roberts


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Foster "Fuzz" Christy and Mark Huskey

Roger Schneider


 Jeff Whitt's Going Away Party!!

Tom Cooper, Bill Booth, Larry Moore, Barney Kavanaugh, Roger Schneider, David Smith, Jeff Whitt, Robby Vaughn, Mike Pope, Buddy Hartselle, Ronald Eason

  Julie Kastanakis, Lynda Lynch, Beth Balch, Susan Ratliff  


Daytona Beach 1974


Cathy Hutson, Cathy McNutt, Monica Lewis, Regina Sanders, Cyndi Horton

Graduation Day!

Mark Huskey and Ralph Rice 


Graduation Tea  1976

Susan Hoard, Julie Kastanakis, Sharon Link, Karen Purcell,

Robin Canter, Karen Pizitz


Bill Booth


Big Spring Park/Civic Center


Gino Vannelli Concert  1976


Remember this?


Mark Huskey and Jeff Whitt    Ugly Walk


When you say Bud.......50's day  1974


Debbie Smith, Tim Croft (HHS '76), Laura Rice


Christmas tree - Heart of Huntsville Mall  1966

50's Day!

 Mike Thome, Jeff Whitt, Greg "Snuffy" Smith, Duane Clark,

Larry Moore, Roger Schneider, Ralph Rice



Beth Hammers, Laura Rice, Cindy Ivy, Robin Canter, Susan Hoard,

Lynda Lynch, Sharon Link, Debbie Smith, Sandra Colwell


Downtown Huntsville  1970


Remember this?



Julie Kastanakas, Lynda Lynch, Debbie Smith, Robin Canter, Debby Swezey, Karen Purcell


Graduation Day  1976

Monica Lewis, Beth Hammers, Tammy Craven, Helen Hardcastle, Claudia Cason, Susan Ratliff, Cyndi Horton


Ditto Landing at Sunset


 Led Zeppelin College Dorm Poster


Tim Thomassian, Laura Rice, Mark Huskey, Jeff Whitt, Terry Sharpe (HHS'76) 


Jeff Whitt, Hank Fitzgibbon, Duane Clark--Ugly Walk 


I Wish I was In The Land Of Cotton....


Karen Pizitz, Pam Currie, Kathy Dobbs, Helen Hardcastle,

Linda Smith


Grissom vs. Coffee High School  1975

(#34, Jeff Whitt, #60, Mark Huskey)



Governor's Drive Overlook  1979





Prom  1976


The Tennessee River Bridge 



Linda Smith, Cyndi Horton, Beth Hammers





Remember these?

Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers!!


Mr. Reynolds Loses Bet!


Pie-in-face delivered by Mark Huskey!  1976


Remember this?

Bicentennial T-Shirts


Rolling Stone  June 1976


Football Hall of Fame Induction for Tim Stowers!

Larry Moore, Tim Stowers, Mike Pope, Roger Schneider


Football Reunion  2010

Robby Vaughn, Bill Booth, Greg "Hambone"Hammons, Greg "Snuffy" Smith


Space and Rocket Center

Chicago concert, Cotton Row Restaurant, Huntsville

Top row:  Beth Hammers, Linda Smith  Second row: Susan Hoard, Kathy Morrow, Christie Cox  First row: Sharon Mazza, Tammy Craven, Cyndi Horton, Karen Hill

Chicago concert!!!  Hsv. Ala.



Before the concert.......


Linda Smith, Cyndi Horton, Beth Hammers


Tammy Craven

Sharon Mazza and Karen Hill

Christie Cox and Susan Hoard


Grissom Pep Rally!!

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Chi Delta  1976


Football Reunion

Kenny Stone, Jeff Whitt, Charlie Adams, Ken Roberts


Jones Farm


David Finley, Doug Bourque, Buddy Hartselle, Debbie Smith, Mark Huskey, Susan Ratliff, Greg Hammons, Julie Kastnakis, Judy Simon, Robby Vaughn


Susan Ratliff, Tammy Craven, Debbie Smith, Julie Kastanakis



Remember these?

Platform shoes!


Big Spring Park at night


Freshman Football Champions Reunion!!

Front row: Jeff Whitt, Robin Gaines, Coach Ronnie Stapler, Doug Bourque, Buddy Hartselle

Second row: Ken Roberts, Mark Huskey, Mike Pope, Steve Selby, Greg Hammons, Larry Moore, Robby Vaughn, Coach Roberts

Back row: Kenny Stone, Tim Stowers, Bob Britton, Ronald Eason, Jeff Scates, Keith Britton, Charlie Adams, Greg "Snuffy" Smith


Congrats, boys!

You're still #1 in our hearts!! 


Tim Stowers, Kin Clinton and Mark Huskey


Coach Stapler's speech

Left to right: Jeff Whitt, Mike Pope, Bob Britton, Ronald Eason, Keith Britton, Doug Bourque


After school TV..........


Firebird 1976


   1930's, 40's, 50's,60's and 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. 

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes. 

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets on our heads. 

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes made with Lard, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank   FLAV- OR- AID  made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight.   WHY?

Because we were always outside playing....that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on..

 No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, iPods, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. 
WE HAD FRIENDS  and we went outside and found them!


We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse. 

We ate worms and mud pies
made from dirt, and
the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. 

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! 

These generations have produced some of the best
risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.


The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.   What can kids today do besides push buttons.


We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

  If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!  


Susan Ratliff, Lynda Lynch, Ralph Rice


Madison County Fair  1979


Remember these?


"The Girls" mini-reunion, March 27, 2010 @ Rosie's

Dianna Martz, Leslie Anderson, Christie Cox, Tammy Craven, Candy cason, Juli Merritt, Sharon Mazza, Cyndi Horton, B.B. Levine, Beth Hammers, Karen Hill, Cheryl Smith, Fay Lewis


Old Gibson's BBQ building   1960's


That Girl  1971


Lynda Lynch, Laura Rice, Susan Wilson, Susan Ratliff, Robin Canter, Debbie Swezey, Renea Burchfield, Sharon Link, Cindy Ivy, Susan Hoard,  Karen Pizitz, Sandra Colwell, Debbie Smith


Ben Franklin five and dime


Remember these?


Top Album - Hotel California, The Eagles



            50's Day - 1976

Tammy Craven, Mike Thome, Robin Canter, Jeff Whitt, Susan Wilson, Susan Ratliff, Ralph Rice, Buddy Hartselle, Lynda Lynch, Duane Clark


McDonald's on Memorial Parkway 1976


Monte Sano Lodge


Remember this?


1976 Album



Super Slide at Parway City Mall 1970



One of our GHS grads, Pete Dobbs (Class of '73, brother of Kathy Dobbs Holt) took this pic of Huntsville's Moon Set from his house on Green Mountain.  Amazing!!


Susan Ratliff, Renea Burchfield, Lynda Lynch   1976


Remember these?

Leisure suits!


Graduation Day  1976

Lynda Lynch, Susan Ratliff, Laura Rice, Sandra Colwell, Susan Wilson


Remember these?



Sharon Link, Cindy Ivy and Bill Booth in the halls of GHS


Anyone know who's bike this was parked in the GHS parking lot?


Top album released in February 1976

Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975


Karen Pizitz and Terri Hutchins  Valentine's Day  1976


Remember this?


Lemon Up Shampoo




Karen Purcell, Robin Canter, Linda Smith, Cathy McNutt


Photographer-  Tim White

Huntsville Railroad  Snowfall 2010


Green Mountain Covered Bridge


Lynda Lynch, Sandra Colwell, Susan Wilson,

Renea Burchfield




 Susan Ratliff and Ricky Steinberger     Kappa Rho 1976


Remember these?

Earth shoes


Downtown Huntsville  1970



 Buddy Hartselle and Greg "Snuffy" Smith


Bill's London Transit at The Mall


Remember This?


Sharron Mazza, Beth Hammers, Lynda Lynch   1976


Remember this?


Dippity Do styling gel




Toni Leo  Young Life Ski Trip




Filling out class schedules.....


Remember this?



 Debbie Smith



Remember This?

Sun-in hair lightner


Remember This?

Aluminum Christmas Trees with Color Wheel


Popular Christmas Gift in 1976

Stereo Turntable with 8-Track



 Doug Bourque 1976


Point Mallard  Decatur, Alabama 1975



Donna Brown  1976


Parkway City Mall   1967 


The Mall  1966


Remember this?



The old Whitesburg Drive-In. Good times.



 We LOVE Our Tiger!!




Donna Brown, Frankie Earle and Linda Smith


Susan Ratliff   Young Life Ski Trip   




Frankie Earle and Robin Gaines 

Kappa Rho Dance 1974


Senior Skip Day on Green Mountain 1976

Marti Griffith, Beth King, Gail Hiett



Reconnect with our friends from Huntsville High at





 Homecoming Court 1975-76

Debbie Sweezy, Tori Mitchell, Cecilia Houston, Connie Nichols, Cindy Smith

Regina Turner, B.B. Levine, Kim Emerson, Judy Simon



Marching Tiger Band Flag Corps


Beth Congdon and Jami Robinson





Mr. Dravecky




Marti Griffith  1976


Leisa Riser's 18th Birthday

 B.B. Levine, Gail Heitt, Pam Brumfield, Leisa Riser,

Sandra Rouse, Jill Blackstock, Jami Robinson, Meg Cook,

Beth Congdon, Lind Powell



Barbara Fisher and Cathy McNutt in Home Ec class  1973


Mrs. Nixon's Senior Homeroom   



David Nabors, Monica Lewis, Larry Moore


 Delta Phi New Pledges  1973

Beth Congdon, Jill Blackstock, Judy Urban and Tammy Craven 





Tiger mural in GHS cafeteria


All chapters of Kappa Rho  1976
Bo Emerson, Laura Stap, Lynda Lynch and Mark Cumbaa


 Cheryl Smith and Debbie Durham


Candy Cason and Ann McCartney



first row: B.B. Levine, Leisa Riser, Gail Hiett, Jami Robinson

second row: Pam Brumfield, Lind Powell, Kim Emerson, Beth Congdon, Jill Blackstock    1976


Gail Camp and Cyndi Horton  1973 


Our World as a Kid


My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember getting e.coli.

  Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring).

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE...and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.



We didn’t use helmets or knee and elbow guards to ride our bikes or roller skate down the street. We stood up in the backseat of Dad’s car with our arms stretched out on top of the seat. No seatbelts or car seats for us and we still survived.



Delta Chi  1976



Tammy Craven and Ken Roberts   1973

Lynda Lynch and Tommy Walters



Senior Kappa Rho  1976


 David Cyr and Peggy Zebal Robinson   2006


 Laura Rice and Greg "Hambone" Hammons 


 Lynda Lynch and Jeff Whitt     Kappa Rho 1974



B.B. Levine and David Cyr      Senior Prom  1976


 Grissom Spirit, Tiger Pride!



The Grissom High School Marching Tiger Band!!!!!





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