ROCKLAND — John Kennedy was president, Wagon Train was the most watched television show, Roses are Red by Bobby Vinton was one of the top songs and the first of three excerpts of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was published when 125 seniors graduated in June 1962 from Rockland High School.

The Rockland High School Class of 1962 held its 60th reunion on Wednesday evening Sept. 21 at the Rockland Golf Club. Thirty one members of the class that once numbered 125 attended.

The class was the final one to graduate from Rockland High School. The new Rockland District High School on Broadway had been constructed and would open in the fall to students from Rockland, Owls Head, and South Thomaston.

The then Rockland High School, built in 1868, was converted into Rockland District Junior High School, later Rockland Middle School which closed in 1996. The building is now the Lincoln Street Center which is privately owned and rooms rented to artists.

The president of the Class of 1962 was Wes Nichols. He was in attendance at the 60th reunion.

Nichols became an orthodontist, one of two that the Class of 1962 produced. David Reed was the other orthodontist. Nichols now lives in New Hampshire.

The students had attended one of many neighborhood elementary schools that existed in Rockland in the 1950s of which only the South School remains as an elementary school 60 years later. Some had attended the Tyler School which was located on Warren Street and closed in 1962 and later demolished. The McLain School is used for administrative offices, adult education, and information technology for the district. The North School on Broadway was later renamed the MacDougal School and was closed in 2010 and later demolished. The students had also attended the Purchase Street School as eight graders. That school closed in 1962 and was demolished in 1963.

The Class of 1962 held their graduation at the Rockland Community Center (now named the Flanagan Community Center).

By 1962, the U.S. military presence in South Vietnam had reached some 9,000 troops, compared with fewer than 800 during the 1950s.

Some students from the Class of 1962 served in Vietnam but class member Sharon Lombardo said none died in the War.

Ruth Brewer Hussey, one of the organizers of the reunion, lives in Florida. After graduating from Rockland High School, she went to Penn State, graduating in 1966. She was an academic adviser at Penn State for 34 years, retiring in 2010. She now lives in Florida.

An enlarged photograph of the Class of 1962’s trip to Washington, D.C.