Category Archives: Alumni

Trona High School Class of 1968 50th Anniversary Reunion

The THS Class of 1968 is having their 50th Anniversary Reunion April 13-14, 2018 at the 4 QUEENS HOTEL & CASINO in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Class of 1968 is having a reunion in Las Vegas and has decided to open up their celebration to the THS Classes of 1966, 1967, 1969, and 1970 and OTHER interested Trona High School graduates.

For everyone that wants to join the party, the Host Class of 1968 is planning a Registration Reception for all classes on Friday (4/13) night at the Royal Pavillion, located inside the 4 Queens Hotel & Casino.

A Buffet-Style Banquet Dinner for all classes is scheduled for Saturday (4/14) night at the Longhorn Room, located inside Binion’s Gambling Hall, across the Fremont Street Experience from the 4 Queens Casino.


Friday Evening Royal Pavillion, 4 Queens Casino

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Check-In (get name tags and programs), Informal Mixer, Reception Room with tables and chairs, finger foods, photo exhibits and memorabilia.

Saturday EveningLonghorn Room, Binion’s Gambling Hall

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Visiting, Cash Bar, Welcome Announcements

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm BuffetStyle Banquet Dinner (three entrees)

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Class Photo, Group photos, Informal Visiting & Rockin’ Out (bring your favorite ‘60s music)

Russell Rector

Russell Rector – Class of 1949

The sad news that Russell Rector of Trona passed away has come to us this morning from Charlotte (Reeves) Biggs. Russell was a good friend to the Reeves family. More details of Russell’s death should appear in the Ridgecrest Daily Independent in next few days.

The service for Russell is Saturday February 7, 2015 at 9 a.m. Graveside services only with a reception following at the Trona Senior Center.

Hotels in Ridgecrest

For those of you who don’t do Facebook here is the info on the hotels in Ridgecrest:

Springhill Inn and Suites, 760-446-1630 discounted rate of $99 per night
Hampton Inn and suites, 760-446-1968 discounted rate of $99 per night.
Clarion Inn (formerly Carriage inn) 760-446-7910 has a rate of $85 per night, breakfast included.
Best Western, 760-371-2300 has a rate of $74.99, breakfast included.
Heritage Inn, 760-446-6543 has a rate of $75 per night.

Veterans they can on base for 45$ at the base hotels.

These rates do not include tax. When making reservations state you would like the rate for the Trona all classes reunion. You may be able to get a cheaper rate with AAA or AARP. These rates will be effective, at most hotels, until mid September, so make your reservations early. This is not a complete list of places to stay in the area, just the ones offering a discounted rate.

A Message From the Reunion Committee – THS All Class Reunion 2015

The Trona High School All Class Reunion will be held during Homecoming Weekend on October 9th and 10th, 2015. This will be the same weekend as the Gem and Mineral Show and will be filled with many activities. We are only in the early stages of planning, but we know the dates are needed so that travel arrangements can be made.

Jolene (Swearingen) Ankers – Class of 1956

Jolene Ankers

November 14, 1938 – September 20, 2014

Jolene Ankers passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.

Born in Trona, California on November 14th, 1938, Jolene was the first born child to Neal and Coila Swearingen, and later a sister, Susan. Jolene attended the University of Nevada from 1956 through 1962, getting married and having two daughters during this time. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She was a teacher in Washoe County for 28 years. During retirement, Jolene enjoyed traveling the country.

Jolene is survived by her husband, Richard Ankers, her daughters, Karyn and Krystin, her grandchildren, Jessyca, Kelcie, Kyle and Kenna, her great-grandchildren, Avery and Greyson, and her dogs, Yogi and Manley.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, at The Coney Island Bar and Grill at 2:00pm. – See more at:

Jolene Swearingen