Class of 1960 feted 50 years after graduation
They came from rival Island schools in Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and Tisbury, brought together to spend their senior year in 1959-60 as the first graduating class in the new Martha's Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS). At a reception Monday night honoring the class of 1960, the blended group of 11 alumni who attended was all smiles.
The MVRHS school committee hosted the festive event in the high school's culinary arts dining room. The alumni reminisced against the backdrop of music provided by a student string ensemble including Willoughby Smith, Hilary Dreyer, and Bethany Pennington.
Chef/instructor Jack O'Malley and culinary arts students Max Moreis, Cody Maciel, and Alexis Wiseman prepared and served a delicious array of appetizers and desserts.
Before the high school was built, Tisbury School was the largest Island school, and included students from Gay Head, Chilmark, and West Tisbury, Judy Cronig of Tisbury said. And not surprisingly, she added, Tisbury protested the most about building the new regional school.
"We weren't happy about it, moving to the new high school," said Judy Marchant Pachico of Tisbury. "But everybody worked together well, and it was a good year. We've had class reunions every 10 years."
Pam Kurth Zimmer, who lives in North Babylon, New York, comes back to the Island often to visit family and stays in touch with her old high school friends. Chatting with her at the reception, Michael Carroll of Tisbury recalled the great party she threw when "the class of '60 turned 60."
Thinking about his senior year, Mr. Carroll said he remembered how difficult it was for high school athletes to go from being competitors to teammates.
Elsie Kingsbury Gilman, who now lives in Montague, N.H., said she had no problems coming from Tisbury School and blending in with students from other towns. As Ms. Gilman reminded Donna Berube Gazaille of Edgartown, she did her part by dating Ms. Gazaille's brother.
Several of the alumni now have grandchildren attending their alma mater. Linda Maury Ben David of Oak Bluffs has a granddaughter who is a sophomore. Three of Ms. Pachico's grandchildren are MVRHS graduates, with one to go. Jackie Borges Dawley of Oak Bluffs has a granddaughter who will graduate in 2010.