Visit the Sixties

The Sixties


1961 - April 24, 1961 - Schertz-Cibolo Consolidated Common School District became Schertz-Cibolo Independent School District.


-Rose Garden Elementary School was built in six parts, beginning in 1961

-Formation of the Peace Corps

-U.S. Special Forces establish covert military presence in VietNam (November)

-In 1961 the Berlin Wall was constructed by agents of the Soviet Union to prevent East Germans from defecting to West Berlin.  More than 80 people were shot or otherwise murdered in attempts to escape to the west, and countless numbers were imprisoned while the wall stood. 


-Schertz-Cibolo Junior High School is re-named to honor the career of O.G. Wiederstein. 




-The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred and a U.S. embargo on all imports from Cuba that was  ordered by President John Kennedy is still in effect.

-The first James Bond movie, "Dr. No" premiered October 5, 1962.

-The first Wal-Mart discount store was opened by Sam Walton in Bentonville Arkansas.

-Millions of children received the oral polio vaccine developed by Albert Sabin to combat polio.



-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights groups marched on Washington D.C. where Dr. King made his memorable "I have a dream" speech.  (March)


-President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas (November).


-William Malish is hired as Superintendent. Malish introduced changes that reshaped education programs, curriculum, and school administration and enhanced the District’s financial position. 



-Cassius Clay (Muhammed Ali) beats Sonny Liston to become Heavyweight Champion of the World. (64)


-The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. (64)


-LBJ (President Lyndon Johnson) signs the 24th Amendment (Civil Rights Act). (64)


-The Great Northeast Blackout darkened New York City, eight states, and part of Canada. (65)


-Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (65)


-1964/65 -School officials report that Schertz-Cibolo Independent School District serves a population of 9000 residing mainly in Schertz and Cibolo and a portion of Universal City (a 41 sq mile area).  The character of the community served consists primarily of residential, farms & ranches with major influence from Randolph Air Force Base. Enrollment is 2400.  There are five schools in the District: Schertz-Cibolo Senior High School, Wiederstein Junior High School, Schertz Elementary, Rose Garden Elementary & Cibolo Elementary.



-Miranda Rights came into practice when the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a confessed violent criminal, ruling that he had not been properly informed of his right to council and his right to not incriminate himself.  It is interesting to note that when the accused was retried, he was found guilty again, even though the confession was not allowed as evidence.


-Protests are becoming everyday events as activists speak out against the draft and the war in Vietnam, racial discrimination, the unequal treatment of women in the workplace and poverty.


-There are nearly 500,000 American troops in Vietnam


-The first episode of the "Star Trek" television series aired. The original series only lasted three seasons.


-The first phase of the Northview Campus is constructed.  In the years since its construction the campus has been used for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes.  It is the current home of the Student Resource Center, Adult Education, Community Education, and other services aimed at special community needs.


-Lower Valley School Closes - students in Lower Valley School's service area will attend schools in Schertz-Cibolo I.S.D.



January 19, 1967 the Board of Trustees for the Schertz-Cibolo Independent School District voted unanimously to rename the school district ”Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District”.  The name change would become effective as of September 1, 1967.  By the same vote, the "new high school", which would not be completed until the fall, was named “Samuel Clemens High School”.


-LBJ (President Lyndon Johnson) appoints Thurgood Marshall – the 1st African-American Justice to head the U.S. Supreme Court


-Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human heart transplant.

-In November 1967 the construction of Samuel Clemens High School (main building & field house) was completed.  The vacated Schertz-Cibolo Senior High School (301 Main, Schertz) now became O’Henry Junior High School and O.G. Wiederstein Junior High School (on Schlather in Cibolo) became a sixth grade campus. The construction of the new high school provided relief from rapid growth at the junior high school and gave decision makers time to consider practical solutions as regard to the questionable condition of the 1916 structure that housed Cibolo Elementary School.




-April 4th 1968, Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered. The nation's shock at this heartbreaking event triggered riots in many U.S. cities and on U.S. bases in Vietnam.


-President Lyndon Johnson orders an end to the bombing of North Vietnam


-Senator Robert Kennedy is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan during a celebration of his presidential campaign in Los Angeles.


-"Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In" replaced "Man From U.N.C.L.E." on NBC Monday night.







-Richard Nixon becomes President of the United States.


-Golda Meir who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin becomes Israel's Prime Minister.

-Neil Armstrong is the 1st man to walk on the moon followed by Buzz Aldrin, during the first of two moon missions successfully completed by the U.S. in 1969. (Apollo 11 & Apollo 12)

-250,000 activists march on Washington D.C. in protest of the Vietnam War.

-The Beatles perform together for the last time on the roof of Apple Records.  In 1970 the breakup of the Beatles becomes official.

-350,000 fans converge at the Woodstock musical Festival

-The first ATM machine is installed in the U.S.



-O.G. Wiederstein Junior High School at 200 Schlather Road, Cibolo; becomes O.G. Wiederstein Elementary School for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.


  -The community is stunned by the death of Superintendent William Malish.  Malish was credited with the passage of a $1.5 million bond issue that supported growth for the District into the next decade. He secured federal funding for construction of an administrative building for prior to his death.


By C Cielencki 2010


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