QACHS Class of 1967 to mark 50th

Record Observer - - Community -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — In the fall of 1966, stu­dents from the four feeder schools in Queen Anne’s County, Cen­tre­ville High School, Ken­nard High School, Stevensville High School, and Sudlersville High School, be­gan their school year in the newly built Queen Anne’s County Com­pre­hen­sive High School. This was a year of many firsts: it was the first year of man­dated in­te­gra­tion; QACHS was on the cut­ting edge by be­ing an aca­demic and vo­ca­tional high school; and it was the first year of cen­tral­iz­ing all the high school stu­dents in the county un­der one roof.

It was a chal­leng­ing tran­si­tion year since the school was not fully com­pleted and stu­dents were bused to sev­eral lo­ca­tions within Cen­tre­ville for sev­eral months un­til the school build­ing was us­able. Nev­er­the­less, bonds of friend­ship were forged among the stu­dents. This was es­pe­cially true for the stu­dents of Class of 1967 who would spend their last high school year to­gether in what can only be de­scribed as “dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.” When the stu­dents moved into the build­ing in March 1967, parts of the build­ing were still un­der con­struc­tion. The bell sys­tem was not op­er­a­ble, so the classes changed via boat horns; the au­di­to­rium and main of­fice were not func­tional; there were no ath­letic play­ing fields and no paved park­ing lots. It was truly amaz­ing that, de­spite th­ese ob­sta­cles, the class came to­gether.

The school ad­min­is­tra­tion had done some great prepa­ra­tion to build unity and ca­ma­raderie among the stu­dents. The Class of ’67 met with ad­min­is­tra­tors early on to choose the school col­ors, mas­cot, the class ring and yearbook cover and name.

This year marks the 50th grad­u­at­ing class from Queen Anne’s County High School. The school ac­knowl­edged this mile­stone dur­ing grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies.

Class mem­bers of the Class of 1967 have been meet­ing to plan a cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day, Sept. 9, at the Prospect Bay Coun­try Club in Gra­sonville. Class mem­bers who have not been con­tacted are en­cour­aged to con­tact any of th­ese mem­bers of the re­union com­mit­tee: Made­line (Parks) Hub­bard, made­line­hub­bard67@ (443-992-0117); Penny (Gib­son) Reynolds, reynold­spenny@ya­ (410-310-1557); John Mor­ris, jw­mor­ris1@ver­i­ (410-822-4731); or Paulette Jones, jonesy1949@msn. com (410-643-5514).

The com­mit­tee set­ting up plans for the 50th re­union at Prospect Bay.

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