Yearbooks (Annuals to those who graduated before 1985) are one of the “must see” items at the Alumni Office. You will find one for almost every year published. Not only are they triggers to recall fun memories; they are a valuable source for genealogists and Perry historians.


The Peroma

The idea to publish a high school annual started with the graduating class of 1915. However, because of a late start the project was not completed. The following year the students worked diligently to publish the first annual, The Peroma. Funds were raised by selling advertisements to the local businesses and by a benefit performance by the high school Carol Club in November, 1915. Although the annual was not ready for distribution until June, after the closing of school, it was acclaimed as “highly successful.” Selling for seventy-five cents, its 114 pages were printed on heavy enameled book paper with a brilliant scarlet cover. Each class, organization, and even the Alumni Association had a section of its own.

A total of eight volumes of The Peroma were published for the years, 1916, 1918, 1920-24, and 1927. Links to these yearbooks will be posted as they are digitized.

1916 Peroma

The Maroon Spotlight

After an 18-year hiatus during the hard times of the depression and World War II, an annual was again published in 1946. With a new name, Maroon Spotlight, it was dedicated to the sixteen graduates who “gave the supreme sacrifice in World War II for the principles for which Perry Junior-Senior High School stands and in honor of all those former students who have so gallantly fought our battles.”

The 1946 annual provides a history of the previous nine years in the Perry Schools including the events of depression years, the war years, the beginning of peace and the building program. The building needs were met in part by Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) program which provided approximately two-thirds of the construction cost for the manual arts building in 1937, the band building in 1939, and the grade-school building and garage during 1941-42. Blaine School also received six class rooms, a gymnasium/auditorium and shop building.

1946 Maroon Spotlight
1950 Maroon Spotlight 1951 Maroon Spotlight 1952 Maroon Spotlight 1953 Maroon Spotlight 1954 Maroon Spotlight
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954
  1955 Maroon Spotlight 1956 Maroon Spotlight 1957 Maroon Spotlight 1958 Maroon Spotlight 1959 Maroon Spotlight
  1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 Maroon Spotlight 1961 Maroon Spotlight 1962 Maroon Spotlight 1963 Maroon Spotlight 1964 Maroon Spotlight
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
  1965 Maroon Spotlight 1966 Maroon Spotlight 1967 Maroon Spotlight 1968 Maroon Spotlight 1969 Maroon Spotlight
  1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 Maroon Spotlight 1971 Maroon Spotlight 1972 Maroon Spotlight 1973 Maroon Spotlight 1974 Maroon Spotlight
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974