Rudy's -- Back L to R: Steve Ballmer, Dan LeMay  Front L to R: Linda VonHoltz(Cook), Kathy Babcock(Wayland), Carolyn Le

Rudy's and Walking Tour-Reunion Weekend 2012

Oswego High Juniors - City League  Back: John Hogan,Tom Fenske,Charles Dirk. Front:Bob Thayer,Tom Hiser,Joe Colloca,Dick

Oswego High Juniors - City League

circa 1962 and 2012

Tom Hiser's Untitled Campus School Pictures

Oswego Library

Oswego Today - Joan Warner Plato/ Paul and Connie Dasans


Oswego Always

Jeff Foxworthy on Upstate New York

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 36
inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by,
you might live in Upstate New York.

If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights a year because Saranac Lake is the coldest spot in the nation, and Syracuse gets more snow than any other major city in the US , you might live in Upstate, NY.

If your local ice cream stand is closed from October through May, you might live in Upstate New York .

If you get 131 inches of snow in a week and you comment that 'winter's finally here', you might live near Oswego in Upstate New York.

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you might live, bundled up, in Upstate New York.

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, you might live in Upstate NY.

If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his
forehead, you might live in Upstate New York.

If you have worn shorts and a parka on the same day, you might live in Upstate New York.

If you have had a lengthy phone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Upstate New York.


"Vacation" means going South past Syracuse for the weekend.

You measure distance in hours.

You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again.

You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.
You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend/wife knows how to use them.

You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road

You can identify a southern or eastern accent. 

Down South to you means Corning

You go out for a fish fry every Friday ..

Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

You find 10 degrees "a little chilly." and 55 is shorts weather.

You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Upstate New York friends and to those who used to live here and left. --  (chickens).

History of Oswego High School


The Oswego High School is a product of the free public school concept of the early nineteenth century.  In 1848, when Oswego became incorporaed as a city, Dr.Edwin Austin Sheldon was a leading proponent of the concept and was instruental in establishing the first high school.  Later, in 1861, he founded the first normal school in the nation, now SUNY Oswego.   Earlier in the 1830's in Oswego Town, a free public grade school was begun on Bunker Hill Road by Alvah Walker, the father of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker.

The first high school building, the Academy, was built in 1831 across from the park on W. Third, between Cayuga and Seneca Streets, but was not used as a school immediately.  The school met in a house on W. Fourth between Seneca and Schulyer Streets.  In 1851, it was moved to the Academy building.

The high school of the Class of 1962 was built in 1923, at a cost of $500,000.  The main entrance was on W. First., where a large statue of Winged Victory greeted students and visitors.  

The property on which OHS waa built was that of Thomas Kingsford, founder of the Oswego Starch Factory in 1858.  A large greek revival stone mansion stood on this site.  On W. First and Mohawk stood the Wardwell Robinson house, which Kingsford bequeathed to the school district in 1921.  The high school was housed here until 1971, when the new Oswego High School was opened on West Utica and Liberty near the Otis Field, the old high school football field.

Our Oswego High School was used briefly as a middle school.  In 1982, it became Harbour House Condominiums.
OHS Class of 1962 Senior Class Play Program (Cover)

Senior Class Play

You Can't Take It With You
Beta Mu Gamma - Philomelians Spring 1960 Concert. OHS Classes of 1960, '61 & '62 participating. Mrs. E. Wilke Director

Beta Mu Gamma - Philomelians 1960 Spring Concert

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Memories From Our Childhood

Do you remember . . . .?

Woolworth's Counter Menu

1957 Sandwich Menu from Woolworths...

If any of you have a doubt about what we paid for a coke and a sandwich at Woolworths in the 1950's, here's proof of the era we lived in.