Family. When Evergreen High School grads from the 1950s to the 1970s talk about what they remember most about their school experiences, they say it was how their classmates were a family. “It was a …
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When Evergreen High School grads from the 1950s to the 1970s talk about what they remember most about their school experiences, they say it was how their classmates were a family.
“It was a family atmosphere,” said Doyle James, class of 1954. “It was a small school at the time, and students could be found at each other’s homes when we weren’t in school because there wasn’t much to do in Evergreen. We were like one big family.”
According to Lois Arnold, ‘54, their graduating class had 29 students, and she noted there were nine boys and 20 girls, so the boys were really popular.
The graduates attended the All-Classes EHS Reunion on July 17 at Evergreen Lutheran Church, an annual event that brings about 100 from all over the country back to reconnect with family and friends. While graduates tend to be from earlier years, they are hoping that newer graduates will join the ranks each year to keep the connection — and the event — going.
Members of the classes of 1966 and 1971 had large showings because they had separate reunions that weekend.
Mark Morris, ‘73, attended with his parents, Betty, `51, and Levine Morris, and his children. Mark said he keeps in touch with his classmates because his high school friends are now his Facebook friends.
Jacque Sears Schneider and Sue Femmer Larsen, both 1969 graduates, said their class of 180 was really close.
Larsen explained that her dad had a career in the Air Force, so they moved around a lot until 1963 when they settled in Evergreen.
“I loved the friendliness of people here,” she said.
Norma Maron Hughes, ‘69, said there was something about growing up in Evergreen in the 1950s and 1960s, calling it unique because children could explore the mountains by themselves.
“Our parents let us run all over the mountains unattended,” she said. “We’d pack a picnic lunch and go to Bear Creek for the day. If something happened, we were on our own, and we figured it out.”
“We were close as a class,” Larsen said of her high school peers, “so we still keep track of each other.”
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