Design began on Andover High School in November 1963, the same month John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, TX. The school opened in 1968, a year some historians believe to be one of the biggest years of change in the United States.
Take a look back at what the world was like in 1968, the year Andover High first opened:
- The Pontiac GTO was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year
- Gas cost $0.34 per gallon
- If you wanted to make French toast, a loaf of bread was $0.39, a gallon of milk was $1.07 and a dozen eggs were $0.53
- A newspaper was $0.10 and it cost $0.06 for a stamp
- The Dow Jones index hit a high of 985
Events you may remember from 1968
First Nationally Televised NCAA Basketball Game
“Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” debuts as a regular TV series on NBC.
Beginning of the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War
Memphis Sanitation Strike
Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker are crushed to death by a malfunctioning garbage truck. Their deaths lead a strike by 1,300 black men from the Memphis Department of Public Works, and became a civil rights movement.
LBJ Decides Not to Run for Re-election
President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he would not run for re-election.
While in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers in that city, the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while he was standing on the balcony outside his room at a Memphis motel.
Hair Opened on Broadway
The musical Hair opened at the Biltmore Theater in New York City. It ran for four years and more than 1,700 performances.
New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated as he left the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night of the California presidential primary. His victory in that day’s contests had made him the apparent Democratic presidential nominee.
LBJ signs Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
President Johnson signs the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which remains the world’s primary means of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons to non-nuclear states and reducing nuclear weapons in the world.
Beatles Release Hey Jude
“Hey Jude,” the first Beatles single issued on their Apple label, was released in the U.S. It runs more than 7 minutes long including a 4 minute closing fade-out. The song spent 9 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, a record it held for 9 years.
Democratic National Convention in Chicago
The Democratic National Convention in Chicago brings violent clashes between police and students, antiwar activists and other demonstrators.
Ashe wins the U.S. Open
Arthur Ashe wins the U.S. Open, becoming the first black man to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament. He beat Tom Okker in the final, 14–12, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3.
60 Minutes Debuts
The show “60 Minutes” debuted on CBS. It is now the longest continuously running prime-time program in history
Athletes Silently Protest at Summer Olympics
U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads and raised their black-gloved fists in a recognized salute to the Black Power movement during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at their medal ceremony for winning gold and bronze in the 200-meter dash at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
Jackie Kennedy Marries Aristotle Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate. The design of Andover High School began the same month her former husband, John F. Kennedy, was murdered in Dallas, TX (November 1963).
Nixon wins White House
Richard Nixon won the Presidential election, beating Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace. Shirley Chisholm of New York is elected to become the first black woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Yale Votes to Admit Women
Yale University decides to admit female undergraduates, 267 years after their founding.
O.J. Simpson Wins Heisman
O.J. Simpson wins the Heisman Trophy as a running back for the University of Southern California (USC).
Computer Mouse Debuted
Douglas C. Engelbart demonstrated the world’s first computer mouse in what came to be known as “The Mother of All Demos” at Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco.
Apollo 8 Orbits Moon
On Apollo 8, Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and Frank Borman became the first humans to orbit the moon.