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South High Class of 1963 holds reunion

July 31, 2013

The South Hagerstown High School Class of 1963 recently held its 50-year reunion. 

Activities offered during the weekend included:

• Friday — Tour of Pry House Field Hospital Museum and lunch at Bonnie’s at the Red Byrd, tour of Antietam National Battlefield, Meet and Greet at Elks Lodge 378.

• Saturday — Breakfast at the Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84, tour of the Hager House and lunch at Schmankerl Stube Restaurant, walking tour of Hagerstown City Park area, tour of SHHS, tour of the Miller House, golf outing at Black Rock Golf Course.

• Sunday — Brunch at the Fireside Restaurant, listening and dancing to the music of Jay and the Jingos at Pen Mar Park, relaxing to the sounds of the Hagerstown Municipal Band. 

The highlight of the weekend was the Saturday night banquet at Elks Lodge  378 on Robinwood Drive. Following the meal, classmates and guests were invited to participate in a silent auction and a scavenger hunt.  

First-time reunion attendees were introduced, and all Class of ’63 veterans were presented with a star (which was made from U.S. flags bound to be destroyed because they were tattered beyond repair). The stars were donated by a couple who belong to Warriors’ Watch Riders.

Memory books, bookmarks, class directories and class pictures were available following dinner.  

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau donated welcome bags, and M&T Bank and The Columbia Bank donated pens for all in attendance. 

Jim Bonds, a former Rebel Band member, dusted off his saxophone and played a few tunes for all, including the Rebel Fight Song. Everyone was invited to sing along. 

A $500 scholarship for outstanding achievement will be awarded to a 2014 SHHS graduating student in honor of Richard L. “Dick” Martin, 50-year reunion chairman.

Special guests who celebrated with the Class of ’63 included Billie Boyer (English teacher); Vernon Downey (drafting teacher) and Mrs. Downey; Loretta Homan (home economics teacher); Betty Jones (business teacher); Bob Lochbaum (business teacher) and Mrs. Lochbaum; Joe Robeson (English teacher) and Mrs. Robeson; Vivian Hyde (school secretary); and Eleanor Cochran, wife of the late Douglass Cochran, coach of the 1963 football team, which was South High’s only undefeated football team.

Classmates traveled from Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming to attend the event.

Members reunion committee included Dave Bartles, Jim Bonds, Karen Stone Kulpinski, Susan Beachley Layos, Dick Martin, John Mehrling, Craig Miller, Linda Noland Mumma, Dixie Plotner Patton, Barbara Wainwright Ware and the late Judy Cash Hutzell.

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