SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the 1958 graduating class of Scotch Plains Fanwood High School will celebrate their 60th reunion on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Shackamaxon Country Club. There will be a cocktail reception at 1:00 pm followed by the main event at 2:00 p.m.
What makes this reunion newsworthy?
The former students, most of whom are now age 78, were the first graduating class in the newly built (at that time) Scotch Plains Fanwood High School. In the previous three years, this class attended the old high school, which is now Park Middle School.
The celebrants are returning to the scene of their Senior Prom, which was held at Shackamaxon Country Club six decades ago. Since then, reunions have been held every 10 years plus an extra reunion in Arizona. The 50th three-day weekend reunion was held at the Jersey Shore where many of the classmates spent time at the beaches and boardwalks in their younger years.
The small class of 184 have remained connected over all these years. Previous gatherings have assembled at at least 100 alumni. This is a remarkable statistic compared to other classes and speaks to the uniqueness of this class. Eighty 78-year-olds are expected to attend the reunion festivities this week.
“It was a pleasure to sit down with Carl and Barbara and hear about their reunion plans and share some stories about Scotch Plains in the 1950s,” said Mayor Al Smith. “I wish Carl and Barbara, and all their classmates participating in the reunion, all the best in their celebration. Scotch Plains is still the tight-knit community it was back in 1958, and it is great to see people staying connected after 60 years.”
Many members went on to have professional careers and many opened their own business. Sixteen classmates married within the class…eight couples, also a remarkable statistic. Approximately one-third of the class has passed away.
One of the classmate’s father, Richard Hatfield, was the Mayor of Fanwood and Director of the County Board of Freeholders. Another classmate’s father, Dr. Gary Osher, was the town physician of Scotch Plains. Classmate Stuart Burns was killed in the Vietnam War.
Thirty members of the Class of 1958 attended St. Bartholomew the Apostle School (now known as St. Bartholomew Academy). They were the first graduating class of that school, as well. A very close group, they have remained friends over the years and comprise 90% of the Reunion Committee.
In addition to the reunion luncheon on Thursday, the SPFHS alumni will play a round of miniature golf outing at the Scotch Plains Country Club, followed bt pizza party at the Stage House on Wednesday.