This is the Hopedale High School Class of 1959. The picture on the left was taken in June of 1948 at Park Street School. At that time, the other half of the class was going to the Chapel Street School. The picture on the right was taken in October 1952. By then,we were going to the Dutcher Street School, but evidently they were still keeping us apart because that seems to be pretty much the Park Street group in that picture. Thanks to Bruce Lutz for sending the photos. He wasn’t in this class, but his brother Lynn (aka Barry) was.
Here are names for the picture on the left, although I’m not going to try to go row by row, Not exactly, anyway.
Ann Marie Kelley, Elberta Hilliard, Joyce Burtin, Alice Killion, Beverly Anderson, Diane McDonald (I think), Brenda Spadoni, Mary Shanahan, Leigh Allen, Ronnie Taylor, Lynn Lutz, Danny Malloy, Wayne Sanderson, Tommy Gillon, Eldon Swanson, Dave Harris, Craig Travers, Jack Hayes, Donnie Kimball, (Seems like Ronnie Kimball should be there too, but I don’t see him. Phil Roberts and Donnie Moore, also.), Eddie Daige, Jimmy Woolhiser, Peter Billings, Chet Gould, Jackie Shanahan and Kurt Anderson. Many of the same are in the picture at the right, plus Billy Hall, Bruce Donald and maybe Virginia Sweet, Johnny Wilson and a couple of others. You can see that the girls were quite outnumbered in this class.
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The Hopedale High School Class of 1959, forty-seven years after receiving our diplomas on the Community House lawn. Back in 1959 though, the name of the school was General Draper High School. We had reunions every five years up through the twenty-fifth. We didn’t get around to it for the 30th or 35th, but we got together for the 40th. Everyone had such a good time that year that we decided not to wait until the 45th, so we’ve had a reunion every year since then. We were a small group, twenty-seven, I think, and our reunions have been at homes. One was at Chet and Meredeth Gould’s in Connecticut, one at Kurt and Joyce Anderson’s in New York (next year’s will be there also) and the others, including the one shown above, at Leigh and Pat Allen’s in Connecticut.
If you were in the class, you’ve probably figured out who those people are. For those who weren’t, and are wondering, here you are: Front: Nancy (Bliven) L’HeureauxSeated behind Nancy: Dave and Jane Harris, Meredith (Lindahl) Gould, Bev (Anderson) Harris, Liz (Harriet Gaskill) Demars
Standing: Jack Hayes, Stan Duprey, Joyce (Burton) Anderson, Dan Malloy (Elaine was in the yard at the time and missed the picture), Leigh Allen, (Pat took the picture), Kurt Anderson, Chet Gould
Others who have joined us in recent years but didn’t make this one, include Dave Atkinson, Pete Billings, Lynn Lutz, Betty (Chute ) Mellen, Don Moore, Phil Roberts, Craig Travers and Jim Woolheiser. Eddie Daige was here for the fortieth and Brenda (Spadoni) Duprey was a regular at the events. Sadly, both are now deceased.
Sixty-two years since graduation. Left side of table, left to right – Dan Malloy, Pete Billings, Kurt Anderson, Ruth Billings, Pat Allen, Joyce (Burton) Anderson. Right side of table. David Atkinson, Leigh Allen, Lenny Mellen, Betty (Chute) Mellen, Bev (Anderson) Harris.