Designed for alumni to "relive" those high school years of the "nifty fifties" (classes 1950 through 1959), this truly nostalgic three-day reunion was held in the original high school gym and auditorium in Pullman, Washington.
The opening evening event was a basketball game teaming the alumni from the odd class years to play against the even class years, with former coaches invited back to coach the 60 to 70 year-old players! Former class cheerleaders rallied the crowd of local residents and alumni supporters; even the former band director, 90+ year-old Dana Cleveland, was there to lead pep band alumni in a rousing display of school spirit.
The next evening brought another walk down memory lane with a formal banquet followed by a mock school assembly in the auditorium where reunited members of school singing groups performed. The evening ended happily in the gym at the "Senior Citizen Prom", with dancing to 50's music.
In between the two evening events, reunion attendees had the opportunity to revisit the community of their youth and see all the changes via a touring school bus. Alumni also reconnected on the University golf course (Pullman, WA is the home of Washington State University), and individual classes held their own reunions over private lunches at local restaurants.
Reunion organizer Sue Druffel, who shared this remarkable reunion story with us, said, "The camaraderie among the attendees was unbelievable - alumni enjoyed connecting with people from other classes, as well as their own. Everyone was thrilled to be there, and stayed throughout all the activities in spite of the 100 degree weather and lack of air conditioning at the school facilities."
According to Sue, alumni greatly appreciated the weekly email updates on reunions plans and attendee lists. And the reunion memory book -- filled with 50's trivia, photos of those glory days, and each alumnus' high school annual picture with current address -- was too successful, as they were about 100 books short of demand!
blown away with the events and activities -- they are begging for a repeat
reunion", continued Sue Druffel. "Reunion Planner software is
a REAL PLUS in making a reunion like this run smoothly."
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