Candidates for Prom Queen and Prom King from Burbank High School, 1968.

Candidates for Prom Queen and Prom King from Burbank High School, 1968. (L-R) Susie Meyers, Kathy Musson, Mindy Poe, Claudia Babbe. Back row: Jim Gustad, Greg Horton, Bob Reitherman and Pat Sullivan. Don’t they all look gorgeous?!

We’ve come to the end of the school year where many seniors are involved with graduation activities and going to proms. If you look up “Prom” in Wikipedia, you’ll find this:

In the United States, and increasingly in the United Kingdom and Canada, prom (short for promenade)[1] is a semi-formal (black tie) dance or gathering of high school students. This event is typically held near the end of the senior year (i.e., the last year of high school). Prom figures greatly in popular culture and is a major event among high school students. High school juniors attending the prom may call it “junior prom” while high-school seniors may call it “senior prom” or “senior ball”. In practice, this event may be a combined junior/senior dance.

Betsey Nash wore the same dress to two events.

Betsey Nash wore the same dress to two events!

At prom, a Prom Queen and Prom King may be revealed. These are honorary titles awarded to students elected in a school-wide vote prior to the prom, and seniors are usually awarded these titles. Juniors may also be honored, but would be called “Prom Prince” or “Prom Princess.” Other students may be honored with inclusion in a “Prom Court.” The selection method for Prom Court is similar to that of Homecoming Queen/Princess, King, and Court. Inclusion in a Prom Court may be a reflection of popularity of those students elected and their level of participation in school activities, such as clubs or sports.[3][4] The Prom Queen and Prom King may be given crowns to wear. Members of the Prom Court may be given sashes to wear and photographed together.

Those of you who are on FaceBook know that a few weeks ago, several pictures from Burbank High’s proms were posted. Betsey Nash admitted to wearing the same dress to the prom and to another event, then passed the dress on to her niece’s friend twenty years later!

Jan DeJaegher and Neil Hershenson.

Jan DeJaegher and Neil Hershenson.

Jan DeJaegher also sent a prom picture (1965) with herself and Neal Steven Hershenson.

Class of 1968, if you still have your prom pictures, won’t you share them with the rest of our class? Send pictures to with a description as to who is in the picture.

And it’s summer vacation, which means it’s time for travel. Please send vacation photos for our “Signs of Burbank High Grads All Over The Universe” feature!



John Wray and Donna Canzoneri at the BHS Senior Prom.

I also found a picture of Donna Canzoneri and John Wray which was posted by their daughter on FaceBook.



About Katherine Crosier

I am an organist in Honolulu—a rare breed of folks who play the King of Instruments! Through stories, photos, and videos, this blog is a diary of my musical journey ... and my family just groans!

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  1. bill reimers says:

    those ladies are gorgeous then and I’m sure still are. I know Claudia is as I spent sometime with her a few years ago. Great picture Katherine.


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