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June 18, 2014

NHS class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

NORMAN — A buzz of laughter circulated throughout the Senior Citizens Center as residents wearing nametags with their senior high school pictures tried to identify each other.

Sixty years since the Norman High School class of 1954 graduated, now grandmothers, grandfathers, business men and women, retirees, out-of-towners and community members all reunited to rehash old memories Tuesday night.

“It’s just good fun to get together and look at old yearbooks,” Jaci Williams said.

The group last celebrated their 50th year reunion. Susanne Corr, who organized the 60th reunion, said that two different groups of 1954 Norman High alumni often get together for lunch, but several out-of-town classmates really wanted to celebrate 60 years.

“We have a good turnout. There are 58 of us who said they’d come,” Corr said.

Curtis French, master of ceremonies, engaged each classmate by asking them to give an update on their life before pizza, salad and cookies were served for dinner.

The class of 1954 was the first class to attend Norman High School located on Main Street. A new architectural design at the time, students experienced several problems as kinks were worked out.

Lee Ann Kennedy, former Norman Public Schools director of planning services and liaison to the legislature, said her class was thrilled and proud to be in the new building and she has many wonderful memories of her high school years.

“The auditorium wasn’t finished when we moved in. There wasn’t enough money in the bond issue to complete it, so the city helped and it became a city auditorium for a while,” Kennedy said. “Before it was finished, the school tried to keep us out of there, but kids being kids, we’d open the doors and sneak into the auditorium.

“Well, for some reason it was full of frogs and when we’d open those doors, frogs would jump through the school and cause a stir. It seemed like we had an endless supply of frogs.”

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