The Rockland High School class of 1960 held three days of events to celebrate their 50th reunion during the Labor Day weekend. The “Old Tigers” showed they could still have a roaring good time with the many activities the reunion committee planned for them.

On Friday evening, Sept. 3, about 65 classmates and friends gathered at Cow Pasture Cottage, the home of David and Pat Harden, on Traverse Street for a light picnic supper with desserts brought by guests. It was the beginning of catching up with each other, sharing stories, and bragging about grandchildren and exotic adventures around the world.

About 30 classmates gathered at the old high school, now the Lincoln Street Center for the Arts and Education, on Sept. 4 at noon for a tour of the Alumni Room, auditorium and gymnasium. The visit brought back many old memories, classmates said.

On the evening of Sept. 4, the group met at the Elks Lodge on upper Rankin Street in Rockland for a reunion dinner and class meeting. Longtime class President Wayne Johnson passed away after the class’ last reunion and Vice President Sandra Peterson was unable to attend so the meeting was conducted by Martha Lowe Bouchard and David Harden of the reunion committee.

The meeting began with a reading of the class ode, written by Sandra Peterson in 1960, to which she added a memorial verse. The names of 31 deceased classmates were read.

Special guest Alice Crie Knight, who was the home economics teacher for the class of 1960 (her first in that position), was introduced and warmly greeted by everyone. The new poet laureate of Rockland, Kendall Merriam, also a class member, read two poems written for the occasion.

The next reunion for the Rockland High School class of 1960 will take place on Labor Day weekend in 2015.

The 2010 reunion committee comprised David Harden, Martha Bouchard, Raeberta Jordan Myers, Corinne Simmons Daggett and Brian Smallwood.

This year’s reunion dinner was attended by 60 classmates and 38 guests.

Many members of the class gathered Sept. 5 for brunch at Bartlett Farm on Old County Road, the home of Martha Lowe Bouchard.

For photos of this event, visit the gallery linked below.

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