A special event for many in Jefferson Township is the annual High School Alumni Banquet (which I wrote about last year Bronco Pride ). This year a record 365 persons joined to celebrate their shared Jefferson connections. Mildred Baker Kilheffer from the class of 1932 celebrated her 80th year as an alumnus of Jefferson and shared in honoring the class of 1962- the 50th year class. Deanna Broyles and Mike Jonas presented the class data and story in an engaging way, finishing with a classic rendition by Mike of the "Bird Bath" escapade related to their junior class play and teacher/advisor Neil Clingman. The audience howled on hearing that the perpetrators of the bird bath theft were sentenced to be lectured by several parents and their certainty that, after being sternly lectured by Mrs. Broyles, they were going "straight to Hell".
A highlight of the evening and one of the reasons for the record attendance was the presentation by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Richard Gates about the 1928 and 1938 school buildings. He was accompanied by school board members, including the treasurer. The old building where most of the assembled alumni were educated was beyond useful and beyond government standards for asbestos. The EPA ordered the school to take care of the problem. The asbestos was removed to the satisfaction of inspectors as of a week before the Alumni Banquet. The building is ready for demolition. Several alumni walked through with Dr. Gates to have a last view of the gutted structure. Wave goodbye, folks.
Dr. Gates had the time capsule in the 1928 building opened so the contents could be noted and preserved. A special touch and a surprise for the assembled alumni was a booklet for each of us with photos of the old building and the contents of the time capsule. Several parts of the old building are being saved. Also anyone who wants a brick from the old building is welcome to get one after the demolition (bulldozing?)
Joy Weaver, as usual was outstanding in her leadership, and cute, G rated jokes. She added a nice touch to singing the fight song by having any cheerleaders present to come forward to lead the group. About 20 cheerleaders from the 1940's (Lois Baker) through the 70's stepped up to the challenge, with Diora Stafford, Marjorie Rauch, a large contingent from the mid 60's including Maureen Derringer Cole, Sue Heller Hayes, Joanne Shell Harrison, Joan Long, Terri Deubner Almassy, Brenda Osterman Hensler, and many others didn't miss a beat or a word in leading us through a vigorous rendition of The Jefferson Fight Song. Feel free to add other names in the comments at the end of this post.
After closing with the Alma Mater, alums mingled until the lights were turned out at 10:20 PM. The class of 1962 kept up the party the next day with a golf outing and further sharing.