......to the home of the 1965 Collinsville Kahoks! We're glad you're here to share a few moments with us.
As our 50-Year Reunion ushered us into a brand new era - we thought it was fitting to bring a new look and feel to this website as well.
Please Note - Renovations to the site will be continuing over several months as I work to update all of the existing content, and to add new content to the pages. Some sections of the site may not work from time to time because of this, but I will attempt to make the upgrades as painless as possible. Please bear with me - but if you do experience problems, let me know.
These pages should work well on all computer system browsers, including the new Microsoft Edge browser. Additionally, we have attempted to make these pages resposive on smaller devices such as tablets and phones. We have checked them on a limited number of Apple and Android devices, and we think they'll work across the board. If you should experience difficulties with any aspect of this website, please let us know so that we can attempt to address them. Even as our 50th year away from CHS comes to a close, we remain committed to strengthening the bonds that have tied us together for so long.
The halls of old CHS saw each of us struggle to reach adulthood, watched us laugh, cry, and bond with each other. The football stadium is long gone, and the old gym no longer stands to the right of the main building. The third floor classrooms are probably still just as shaky as they were back then though - wouldn't it be fun to find out? We had the chance to walk through the old halls a couple of reunions ago, and it seemed so quiet and peaceful - so different from what I remembered.
We were, and are, the 1965 Collinsville Kahoks. Our basketball team became the 1965 Illinois State Champions under the guidance of Coach Fletcher. All of our sports teams battled hard for us and helped us to learn dedication, effort, and the joy of difficult jobs done well. Our scholastic teams and clubs helped us to learn some of the same lessons, and encouraged our desire to do our part to make our world a better one. We watched as John Kennedy was taken from us, and mourned with the rest of the nation. We learned to contribute, in large ways and small, what we could to our country and our community. We grew, not only in age but in education, and as citizens of the greatest nation on earth.
Collinsville High School. We have come a long way since our days in class and Friday nights at the Tepee. We've traveled many miles, and have experienced so much. As I look back on our years there, I am reminded of so many friends. Some no longer with us. Others that we have lost contact with over the years. And still others who I hardly knew back then, but who have become much closer with the passing of years. As I age, I am reminded that old age is like a bank account, where we withdraw what we have deposited along the way. Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the happy memories that I have built up over the course of my life.
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Collinsville's Tepee, photo taken August 1st, 2008 by Glen England
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