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JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-year reunion in Juneau July 1 to 4. Nearly 40 former classmates plan to attend, some with their spouses, children, and/or significant others.
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Photo Courtesy Of Judy Hopkins

Shown here are participants in the Class of 59 Boys' Beard Growing Contest , circa 1959. Left to right: Joe Swa, Bob Pittman, Bob Brososky, Jerry Smetzer, Carl Orme. Look for more photos next week in the July 1 issue of the Capital City Weekly.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Story last updated at 6/24/2009 - 10:47 am

JDHS Class of '59 to hold 50-year reunion

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-year reunion in Juneau July 1 to 4. Nearly 40 former classmates plan to attend, some with their spouses, children, and/or significant others.

The 65-member "statehood class" was the first class to spend the entire school year at the JDHS high school building on Egan Drive. Because there was no gym or auditorium at the "new" high school, graduation ceremonies were held at the old high school, now the Terry Miller Legislative Building. The class motto was "We are at the doorway to success."

Graduates include pilots, teachers, fishermen, homemakers, government and corporate workers and officials, machinists, veterans, singers, doctors, world travelers, composers, truck drivers, entrepreneurs, authors, gardeners, community volunteers and activists, motorcycle buffs and a lot of contented retired people!

Planned events include a welcome party on July 1, a banquet on July 2, and a picnic on July 3. On July 4, several members of the class will reprise their 1959 appearance on the "Queen's Float" in the parade. The rest of the reunion attendees will follow on or beside a Class of 1959 float, wearing commemorative t-shirts and handing out Alaska flags.

Families, former teachers and friends of the Class of 1959 are invited to join the class at the picnic on July 3. For information, contact Judy Dafoe Hopkins at 463-3689 or at j3hopkins@yahoo.com.


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