CLARKS SUMMIT — The Abington Heights High School Class of 1965 scheduled its 50th anniversary reunion for the weekend of Sept. 11, 12 and 13.
The Class of 1965 was the first class to graduate from Abington Heights High School after the jointure with Newton Ransom School District. The graduating class had 211 members, including five foreign exchange students. The 50th anniversary reunion will be its first time meeting since the 25th anniversary reunion in 1990.
Planning for the event began in January with a search for class members. Following the search, postal contacts were made to confirm the contact information, determine interest in a reunion and solicit help with planning. Following the search, a small group of class members formed a planning committee for the purpose setting a date, selecting a venue and suggesting plans for additional opportunities for reconnecting with friends of 50 years ago.
As the planning proceeded, several more class members joined the effort and many more classmates were found. In all, only three class members were not found and information about six more was not confirmed by the member or family member.
The reunion celebration activities for the class reunion weekend begins Friday, Sept. 11 with a “Get Re-acquainted and Catch-Up Mixer” at the home of one of the class members. This will be an informal event with the emphasis on relaxed conversation and re-connection.
Then on Saturday, Sept. 12, the school district will provide a tour of the former high school, which is now the Clarks Summit Elementary School.
Following the tour, reunion attendees will be the guests of the school at the home football game of the 2015 Comets, scheduled to play the Crestwood Comets. The Class of 1965 will be recognized during the game.
The highlight of the reunion weekend will be a dinner and social hour at The Country Club of Scranton. Many of the classmates will arrive from various states across the country, including Montanna, Nevada, New Mexico, California, Texas, Michigan, Indianna, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Ohio, as well as many parts of Pennsylvania.
Following dinner there will be a video tribute to the 27 members of the class who are deceased. In addition to the tribute to those who have died, there will be a video of class members, and high school times being played in the background. Then after dinner, the banquet room will be filled with music of 1960s and dancing will be the order of the evening.
The final event for the reunion weekend will be a breakfast buffet at the Ramada. It will be the final opportunity of the weekend for the class members to reconnect with friends, relive memories, share life experiences and toast the future.
Information provided by the Abington Heights High School Class of 1965 Reunion Planning Committee.