We Are Giants!
We are the 1971 graduating class of Ben Davis High School!
We grew up in many different neighborhoods and attended elementary schools such as Bridgeport, Chapel Glen, Drexel Gardens, Mars Hill, McClelland, Rhoades and others which fed into two middle schools — Ben Davis Junior High and Fulton Junior High. We all came together at Ben Davis High School in a graduating class of 761 students.
We were kids of the 50s and 60s. Many of our fathers had served in World War II, and worked at places like Allison’s, Diamond Chain, Eli Lilly, Link Belt, and other large and small businesses on the west side.
Summer days were spent at Westlake Beach Club or nearby city parks and YMCAs. In the evenings, we met our friends at places called Dog n Suds and Mug n’Bun. Wednesday and Saturday you could find us dancing the night away under the stars to local bands at Westlake’s dance pavilion.
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