Greenville High School’s class of 1962 tours ‘new’ school again

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 1:58 pm on Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Greenville High School class of 1962 who visited the high school Saturday are, front row, from left, Stan Blumburg, Betty Rigdon Knapp, Ann Briggs Corner, Jackie Anstett Dahl, Kay White Coierter, Luanna Jensen Russell, Rusty Schlienz and Clara Fisher VanDellen, middle row, from left, Jim Babcock, Marlene Wheeler Grams, Mary Cairns Daniels, Jan Staffen Jones, Julie Van Allen Buckley, Linda Tanner Strodtman, Jeanne Rasmussen Dart, Sue Christensen Chris Lyndrup and Kathy Thomas Holt; and top row, from left, Doug Daniels, Pat Vos Willison, Pat Roberts Bissell, Owen Hansen, Bob Mc Meeken and Kenneth Bissell. — Daily News/ Lonnie Allen

GREENVILLE — On Saturday, 23 alumni of Greenville’s class of 1962 took a tour of the current Greenville High School.

In September 1959, voters passed a third millage, paving the way for a new Greenville High School.

It was more than  half a century ago that 145 seniors entered this building on Hillcrest for the first time in September 1961, according to Ann Arbor resident and 1962 graduate Susan Christensen.

Many of the 1962 gradates were nostalgic as they walked the halls of the renovated and expanded high school. Graduate Rusty Schlienz enjoyed seeing the school with his former classmates.

“We have been together right from the beginning,” he said. “Most of us been together from first grade until graduation.”

The 1962 graduating class entered the first grade in 1950 — the same year Baldwin Heights, Cedar Crest and Walnut elementary schools opened.

“It is nice to come back together once again,” Schlienz said.

The tour was great for Christensen who was rushing off to set up for the luncheon at the Winter Inn.
“It was wonderful seeing the Performing Arts Center,” she said.

For Akron, Ohio, resident Bob Mc Meeken, who was glad to come back, it was a chance to shoot a basket on the court again where he once played basketball for the Yellow Jackets.

“We were obviously the first class to graduate from here,” he said. “The very first basket ever made there was made by Al Baker and I made the second basket, it was great and shooting today brought back a lot of memories.”

Mc Meeken had one more task while he was in the gymnasium.
“My children asked me to see if my name was still up on the track records,” he said. “It was broken last year so I held it in the shot put for 49 years and I am very happy for the individual and I pass the torch onto him.”
For Mc Meeken the changes to the high school were more than he expected.

“It is a great to be back in such a great school,” he said. “It is mind-boggling what has been done, it is much bigger than I ever expected.”

After the tour the group joined other classmates at the Winter Inn for a luncheon and later in the evening more than 75 of them went to the annual Greenville Alumni Banquet representing 50 years of history for the current Greenville High School.

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