Bottom row, left to right-- Debbie Goodwin, Cindy Shields, Linda Pullen, Kay Cole
Row 2- Patsy Wheeler, Mary Lewis, Barbara Steinhaus
Row 3- Shelly Calhoun, Cheryl Miller, Carol Davis, Sherry Eisenberg
Row 4- Bonnie Carl, Connie Myers, Marilyn Landers, Esther Palatski
Row 5- Rochelle Verner, Cheryl Holmes, Rose White
Row 6- Melody Bell, Ilene Weinberg, Elise King, Judy Steiner
Row 7- Joyce McDonald, Jackie Fleeman, Susan Camp, Malinda Mason, Kathy Owens
Row 8- Cindy Roberts, Connie Crowe, Donna Zelack
Row 9- JoEllen Guilian, Cheryl Adams, Miriam Benatar, Roma Davis
Row 10- Susan Haley, Betty Beldsoe, Susan Vining, Marie Storer
Row 11- Anna Zamoscinski, Becky Anderson, Lisa Zwecker, Martha Allen
Row 12- Debbie Bregman, Barbara Herschberg, Cathy Perry, Terry Prince, Cheryl Lincoln
Top-- Nancy Baumgarten

Please send any corrections or mis-identifications to CONTACT US.....
Please send any corrections or mis-identifications to CONTACT US.....

Left to right starting at the bottom row----
Row 1-Chuck Ostrander, Steve Lewis, Ron Ferrazzuolo, Tom Chaffin
Row 2- Freddy Rich, Don King, Dennis Degan, William Greer
Row 3- Harry Petrides, Ronald King, Jeff Kaufman, Stan Muse
Row 4- Gary Godlewski, Marvin Price Bill Ralston, John Dubac
Row 5- Nick Moriatakis,Barry Shemariua, David Christopher
Row 6- Gordy Taylor, Charles Adams, Bobby Levy, Bruce Teper, Randy Galanti, Larry Kaplan
Row 7- Randy Piggott, David Mickle
Row 8- Gifford Berry, Stuart Graetz, jimmy Turner Scott Eisenberg
Row 9- Phil Sealy, Bud Manbeck, Paul Varner, Steve DeBardelaben
Row 10- Bill Hughes, Tommy Carter, Tommy Archibald, Ray Noonan, Jeff Madill
Very top row-- Richard Lee, David Ruben, Mike Vlass, John Pine, Johnny Zamoscinski (behind J. Pine), Ronnie Adamson (in front of J. Pine), T-Bone Stanelle, Kenny Herring (white shirt), Reggie House

Class Pictures are Here!

The class pictures are here! You can double click on them for a better view. Please help me out if I have mislabeled, misidentified, or put a "?" where your name should be. Hey, it has been a long time!! E-mail corrections to It was a great weekend and we will do certainly do it again. Enjoy!

The Incredible Blog has new items including notes from teachers!! Also, we would appreciate your feedback about the reunion. What did you like and how can we improve? We value your opinions!

Go to Photo Albums- Reunion and II. Some aren't labeled yet and I will be editing them in the near future, but enjoy and see who you can I.D. Also go to I HAVE KNOWN YOU SINCE.. and PICTURES OF FRIENDS AND FUN for new additions. There are now over 175 reunion photos online.
To copy a particular photo, click the photo with your left mouse key. When the picture pops up again, click on the new picture with your right mouse button to save, e-mail, or print.

The Scroll is now on-line.. Go to the page labeled (what else?) Briarlcliff Scroll and follow directions (harder for some rather than others).
All Scrolls from 1969-1970 that will open a floodgate of memories!! Thanks to Dennis Degan for this wonderful addition!!!!

Updated 9/11/10

The Class of 1970  40th Reunion Committee   7/31/2010
The Class of 1970 40th Reunion Committee 7/31/2010

Thanks for such a great reunion weekend from your Reunion Committee!!

Freddie Rich, Linda Pullen, Bonnie Carl, Marie Storer, Deborah Hodges, Carol Davis, Susan Vining, Nick Moriatakis, Barry Shemaria, Richard Lee, Patsy Wheeler, Roma Davis, Connie Crowe, Rochelle Verner, Steve Lewis


Charles Ray Hambrick coached basketball and taught P.E. at Briarcliff High School, served as an administrator in the Tift County school system, and worked as assistant principal of Rockdale County High School. Students and faculty alike had no idea he was a decorated combat veteran of the Korean War.

A member of the first graduating class of Newton County High School in 1950, his talent in football and basketball earned him a scholarship to West Georgia College, but war delayed his education.

Hambrick volunteered for airborne training at Fort Benning.

"The first time I jumped out of a plane I thought 'Ray, you've made a big mistake,'" he said. "It sure felt better when that chute opened!"

As top graduate, Hambrick was asked to stay on as an instructor.

"I turned them down but that was a big mistake, too," he admitted.

Within two days he was en route to Korea.

After a 27-day seasick voyage to Sasebo, Japan, aboard a WWII-era Liberty ship, Hambrick boarded a flat bottom barge for transport to Korea.

"Another up-chucking voyage," he admitted.

At the port of Pusan in mid-December, 1952, Hambrick boarded a troop train for the South Korean capital of Seoul.

"Seoul was flat, completely destroyed," he said. "It was freezing, but starving children still ran up to our train for handouts with no clothes or shoes on."

Hambrick was assigned to the battle front near the infamous 38th parallel that divides North and South Korea.

"I trudged up a hill in deep snow," he said. "When I got to the top a sergeant told me find a hole and get some sleep. Turns out I slept in a hole used for the ammo dump. I found another hole."

Hambrick's weapon of choice was the legendary M-1 Carbine.

"I used banana clips with 30 rounds. We used a lot of ammo in Korea."

Hambrick said every day and night was the same: staying alive.

"I'm no hero," Hambrick stated. "I'm a survivor."

The brutality of war haunts his memory.

"When the Chinese captured an American, they'd stake him out naked in the freezing weather. We couldn't rescue them; that's tough to forget," he said.

After six months of brutal combat, Hambrick was ordered to report to headquarters command.

"They offered me a deal -- go back to jump school, but extend your enlistment," he said. Hambrick declined the deal and was sent back to the front. "That was probably another mistake," he admitted.

Two days later, he was called back to headquarters.

"They offered me helicopter school and a warrant officer commission," he said. "I refused since my tour was almost up. I guess that was another mistake." Hambrick was ordered back to the front.

Incredibly, with no training, Hambrick and other soldiers were taken off the front and assigned to Koje-Do Island to guard Chinese prisoners of war.

"During a Chinese holiday 3,000 POWs rioted," Hambrick said. "A U.S. Army captain tried three times to quell the riot, but when their leader refused things got out of hand. The captain pulled out his .45 pistol and blew the guy's head off. Then all hell broke loose. I was manning a guard tower and had to cut loose on the Chinese when they charged the tower."

Pausing a second, Hambrick said, "Folks don't understand the lasting effect of taking a human life. It's kill or be killed, but it's still killing."

Hambrick recalls not bathing for three months.

"Sometimes we'd wash with fresh snow, but at 20 degrees below zero it didn't accomplish very much."

Finally sent to the rear area for a hot shower and clean uniforms, he described the trip back to the front.

"We rode back on an Army truck and ran into a blizzard. I put a towel over my head then put my helmet back on, but when we reached the front the towel had frozen solid. I almost pulled my ears off getting free of that towel."

When two soldiers became trapped in a mine field, Hambrick volunteered to get them out.

"That was another mistake," he admitted. "I stepped on a land mine trying to get those boys out. I heard the first 'click' and figured I was dead. For some reason, the second 'click' never happened."God spared Ray Hambrick that day and two frightened soldiers were finally pulled to safety.

When Hambrick returned stateside he trained new recruits at Fort Lee, Va., until receiving orders for Rhein-Main, Germany. As if rewarded for surviving the hell of Korea, Ray Hambrick spent his last year in the military doing what he loved best: playing football and basketball for the United States Army. His athletic propensity helped win a conference championship.

After his discharge, Hambrick returned to West Georgia College for a couple of years on the G.I. Bill where he met his future wife, Jean. A knee injury on the football field kept him from achieving his lifelong dream: playing football between the hedges at the University of Georgia.

Hambrick said he did his duty, came home to teach, and tried to forget a place called Korea. Now retired, he and Jean live in north Rockdale County. He divides his leisure time between golf and fishing.

And though Hambrick said he doesn't want to think about the horrors of the war, he hopes people remember the service done by those who fought there.

"Korea has often been referred to as the 'Forgotten War.' Please do not forget," he said. "If we allow that to happen it will be a tremendous disservice to the thousands and thousands of wonderful young 18- and 19-year-old men who never got a chance to live and enjoy the things that we treasure so much in our everyday lives."

Coached the 1967 Wrestling team to the State Championship!
Coached the 1967 Wrestling team to the State Championship!
WE HAVE A TEACHER SIGHTING!!! Do you recognize this former BHS teacher??

He  has a bachelor's degree in physical education and recreation and a master's in guidance and counseling, both from the University of Mississippi. He has a doctorate in student personnel and counselor education and a doctoral minor in physical education from Mississippi State University. His dissertation was titled A Comparison of Self-Concept and Personality Variables of Students Who Are Elected Officers with Those of Non-Officers. He played baseball for Ole Miss and is a current member of the M Club for Rebel letterwinners.
He is married and has  two children

If you guessed Coach Dannaway, you are correct!!!! Our very best wishes to Coach Dannaway and his family from the Class of 1970
Flash-- Briarcliff Class of 1970 member has a great idea!!
Flash-- Briarcliff Class of 1970 member has a great idea!!

Send us a youtube, pictures, facebook link, etc and we will gladly post it on a special page for the world to see! If you have pictures, send them to the PHOTO ALBUMS section of the web site. All else, send them to the e-mail address below with any necessary instructions and we will be happy to include you. This is a celebration of our class and everyone is  still a valued part of it.


Graduation date, June 6, 1970. To see pictures of the big day, go to PHOTO ALBUM page


Hall leading past library to D-Hall and C-Hall (I think)
Hall leading past library to D-Hall and C-Hall (I think)
Where did all the Seniors go?
Where did all the Seniors go?
Briarcliff High School Golden 50 year Reunion of the Class of 1970
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