LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — More than 500 high-schoolers walked across the Jefferson High School stage to receive their degree 50-years ago. This weekend the graduates reunited for the class of 1969 reunion.
“Great memories about Jeff. Still the greatest school in the area,” said 1969 Jefferson High School graduate Tom Miller.
The memories made at Jeff High School 50 years ago still stick with many of the 1969 graduates today.
“I didn't do very good in algebra, had to retake that in summer school,” said graduate Pam Williams.
“I was involved in coral acapella, the show choir back then in high school,” said graduate Deb O’Malley.
“Cheer-block and just having fun and parties, and a little bit of studying,” said graduate Lisa Wells Deputy.
“50 years ago this time I was getting ready to start wrestling,” said Miller.
“50 years ago in high school, I was serious about my classes but my enjoyment was acapella choir,” said graduate Ron Regich.
The class reunion was a for a four-day reunion event. Activities included a trash clean up at Columbian Park, a bowling night at Mustang Alley, A dinner at Lafayette Country Club and a final goodbye picnic at Columbian Park.
“It sounds really warm and fuzzy and it is and that's the best part about it,” said Terry Maddox, chairman of the class reunion of 1969. “It is a labor of love and I cherish the people who helped me put this together.”
One person he has to thank is Pam Williams who spent an entire year locating everyone.
“Technology is not like what it was years ago,” said Williams. “I got ancestory.com, I got newspapers.com, I got whitepages.com, there wasn't a person I couldn't find and I found them and I either called them. I emailed them. Nobody had an excuse for not being contacted.”
Williams said she had 563 people to locate. She learned 93 of them had died. Overall about 200 classmates made it out to the weekend of events.
“We had a wonderful turn out on the reunion, I think mainly because we told them, 'hey look, you may never get another opportunity to come to a class reunion, you know we're getting up there in years,’” said Williams. “Boy, have they come out of the walls, people who have never been here to the reunions before have come and it's been a wonderful, wonderful time.”
The class of 1969 is the final grade to be schooled in the former Jefferson High School located on North 9th Street.