Class of 1955 Reunion report

Here is a lovely report from the organiser for the 1955 Reunion, Bill Avery, along with some great snaps of the old boys on a tour of the school.

David Greig, Ray Hudson (with back to camera), Peter Turner, Tony Re, Dick Graves, Bruce Kaye (at the back), Rob Merrick, Stan McDonald, Peter Sommer
David Greig, Ray Hudson (with back to camera), Peter Turner, Tony Re, Dick Graves, Bruce Kaye (at the back), Rob Merrick, Stan McDonald, Peter Sommer

The 1955 60th Anniversary Reunion was celebrated in the Heritage Room at Moore Park Golf Club on September 4th. This follows a request from many Old Boys at our 55th Reunion in 2010 for an annual reunion which has been held every year since then. Each year we have had over 30 attendees and this year over 40 attended including Perry Seamonds all the way from the USA and one of our teachers at High, Jim Rigby. A traditional Vale was held to remember compatriots who had passed away in the last year.

The day started with a tour of the school organised by the Old Boys Union. It was quite an eye-opener for those who hadn’t seen it since 1955 as the Killip and McDonald Wings did not exist then and the Senior and Junior Libraries are a far cry from the 1955 library crammed into the south-west corner of the original building. The new gymnasium is also a major improvement on the old gym and the plans for the new multi-function Governors Building on Cleveland Street are impressive.

Then it was across Cleveland Street to the Golf Club for our luncheon where the staff did a wonderful job making us feel welcome with great food and service. This was a perfect background to our happy gathering and we recommend the location, overlooking the school, to any other reunions.

Over luncheon the conversation was, as usual, stimulating and enjoyable with the view of the School and the walk to Mackay Oval inspiring many great memories most of which were surrounded by mirth. The years may have greyed the hair but not the wit! After lunch more old friendships were renewed and the slide show on the wide screen TV took us back to a time when High ruled the roost on the river and the rugby field as well as academically. It was a great day and a wonderful celebration of the fact that 60 years on we are still enjoying life and still remember our time at High with great affection.

At the conclusion there was again a demand for a repeat next year. We will be celebrating our 61st at Moore Park Golf Club on September 2nd, 2016.

Alex Mladek
Alex Mladek
Ken Clemens
Ken Clemens
David Flint
David Flint