The Sider Press

Our acclaimed school newspaper was called the Sider Press, so named because it was written by OceanSiders about OceanSiders for OceanSiders  and if that explanation has escaped you all these years, join the club. (In fact, as told by Richie Woods in his book, Oceanside, our teams were referred to in the local newspapers as the "Siders" before they first became known as the "Sailors" in the early '40s.) 


As set forth in the following 1941 newspaper account of its origin and early history, our Sider Press started out as a weekly in December 1933 and quickly became one of the top rated student newspapers in the region. Note the two familiar names of early faculty advisors mentioned near the end of the article:


Below is part of a sample front page and to the right, an interesting, lighthearted article from our sophomore year (February  28, 1958) featuring some familiar names:

But by the time we were seniors, the content of the Sider Press (and the masthead) had improved substantially. In fact, the artful masthead that appears at the top of this web page, and on the pages shown below from our senior year, was found to be still in use at OHS as recently as May 2005.


In the 1959-'60 school year, our senior year at OHS, after Spindrift, the second most popular extra-curricular activity to participate in directly, one that involved almost 100 Sailors at various times during that year.

According to Spindrift, during our senior year, the students worked during their lunch hours to produce 10 editions (today, with all the new technology, only 5 were produced in the 2005-2006 school year) with a wide range of contents that included coverage of matters such as OHS sports, school and national elections and witty, satirical essays we even sold advertising and we met every deadline.

       The Sider Press student staff, early in our senior year, October 1959

Here's the front page from the October 30, 1959, issue:

And here's the front page from the March 28, 1960, issue:

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And finally, here's another front page, this time from the June 10, 1960, issue:

No, the articles were not just about school life or trivial local matters.  In case you missed it the first time, here's a sample quote from Dan Colodner's column entitled, "Our World Today" from the March 28, 1960, issue:

"Castro has shown himself unreliable and capricious, and his oratory resembles Hitler's wild harangues, except for the fact that his speeches are televised.  His influence has spread and he now serves as a rallying point for all opposition in other American countries.

"... His hold on Cuba is firm and he has the steadfast support of the masses ... As for now, all we can expect are increasingly bitter attacks on the United States, more trouble in other Latin American countries, and the arrival of a strong Communist movement ninety miles from our mainland."

But on the lighter side, because we were young, the March 28, 1960, issue also contained a brief article without a byline about girls' fashions at OHS in the early spring of 1960:  

"While half seem to be suffering from winter frost, bundled in their heavy sweaters and long tights, the other half wear skirts at (or above) knee length and shirt tails free.

"Olive drab and gold are the popular combination this year.  It's considered 'ivy' by most of the girls.  Of course, she who wears an olive drab shirt must have olive drab sneakers to match.

"For those who wear shoes   not sneakers   the style is the Queen Ann heel.  Short girls especially like this..."

While most of the ads in the Sider Press were, of course, for local merchants, names you might remember such as Levin's Pharmacy, SeeHear (the record store in the Great Lincoln Shopping Center), Hoffman Jewelers and Farmer Joe's, up the street from the Oceanside movie theatre, where many of us bought sandwiches for lunch in jr. high (later known as Farmer Joel's), but by the time we were seniors, others were for such as the then mighty New York Telephone Company (inviting "soon-to-be high school graduates to discuss the many diversified job opportunities that are available" because we were young) and the following that also appeared in that March 1960 edition  a genuine period piece from Columbia Pictures  for Dick Clark's first (and, as it turned out, only) movie.  This advertising was directed at us for one reason only  because we were young.


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