Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

After the Homecoming Queen was selected, she and her court were driven through Fullerton. In this 1962 shot, Queen Jacque Cothran (first convertible) is being driven through Amerige Park on Commonwealth Avenue with her entourage. The Homecoming Parade that year started in Amerige Park, followed a route to downtown Fullerton, and stopped at the FJC parking lot. A sociology major and a part-time model, Cothran had been Homecoming Queen at La Habra High School, Miss La Habra, and a runner-up to Miss California in 1961. She was one of a number of candidates sponsored by the Veterans Club in the 1960s. Many of the Queen candidates were song or yell leaders, and a significant number of the women were previous beauty contest winners: Miss Orange, Miss Orange County, Miss Sioux City, Miss Marine Buyer Guide, Miss Navy League, Brea’s Girl of the Year, etc. Others were finalists in state beauty competitions. As the decade went on, there was increased criticism that the Homecoming Queen competition had become just another professional beauty pageant.
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