Homecoming for Class of 1969


Class of 1969


Approximately 40 of the 169 members of the Lamar High School Class of 1969 attended their 50th reunion this past weekend.  This had been the largest graduating class to that date and the first class to graduate from the current high school.

Jefferey and Marilyn Alexander

Members took part in the homecoming parade Friday afternoon and enjoyed the Lamar Booster’s Club annual BBQ at Savage Stadium just prior to the homecoming game which saw the Savages hand Alamosa its first defeat of the season with a score of 48 to 25.

Winning Team

The weekend get-together included a visit to the Emick Ranch and a tour of the historically refurbished homestead. Other activities included a dinner at the Shore Arts Center that evening and a Sunday breakfast hosted by Jess and Linda Downy.

Fifty years ago, when the class went out to meet the world, a new house averaged $15,500 and the average apartment rent was listed at $135 a month. The average annual income in America was $8,550 and gas was selling for thirty-five cents a gallon.  1969 was marked by a number of historical events including man’s first walk on the moon on July 20th, Woodstock was the place to be for half a million strong and protests continued to mount regarding the country’s involvement in Vietnam.

This year’s graduating class, in fifty years, 2069, will probably be living in a technological world few of us today,will be able to comprehend.

By Russ Baldwin

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