It seems like just yesterday that Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” was playing all across America while the Class of 1956 was getting ready to walk across the stage and out of high school forever. Although their time in the big brick building on north Park Lane was coming to an end, many of them had spent the last few years of their lives forging friendships that would last forever.
Through the passage of time, some have moved off and have built their families and lives outside of the cozy community of Altus. Others have passed on and are now memories that their classmates, friends and family hold close to their heart. Every five years, those old acquaintances and friends get together to celebrate all the great times they had together in high school and for the Class of 1956, that time has come once more.
It has been 60 years since they said goodbye to their teachers and the school that they called home for three years, and many of them set out to create their new identities as adults and leave their own marks on the world, no matter how small. This week on Friday and Saturday they will get the chance to meet together and discuss the ups and downs of the last five years.
Starting 6 p.m. Friday the Class of ‘56 will meet at the Tamarack Church of Christ for dinner. Their dinner is being catered by Fred’s Steakhouse and Saloon and attendees will be able to reunite with former classmates and enjoy an evening of fellowship and great food. The cost of the dinner is $13, which includes a tip, and must be paid in cash. The organizers — Ruth Clayton, Jackie Hubert and Lucretia DeVore — have asked that attendees use the east entrance to the church.
The following morning at 10 a.m., attendees will gather at Western Sizzlin for a breakfast buffet. The room in the northwest corner of the restaurant has been reserved for this occasion and attendees will pay as they go through the line. This event will give anybody who could not make it the previous evening an opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends.
Saturday afternoon is open to attendees to do whatever it is they wish, though the organizers have suggested going to the high school and seeing the new additions.
At 6:30 p.m. Saturday is the alumni banquet at the high school cafeteria. Everyone is encouraged to attend and sit with their class as the Bulldogs unite.
For more information contact Ruth Clayton at 580-482-7420, Jackie Hubert at 580-482-4310, or Lucretia DeVore at 580-379-9400.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.