North Baltimore Alumni Association Holds Annual Dinner Gathering
The North Baltimore High School Alumni Association continued it’s tradition of welcoming former classmates, teachers, administrators, and friends to an informal dinner/gathering on the eve of Summerfest. The mini-reunion took place at the North Baltimore American Legion, and was attended by over 210 people who came to visit, reminisce, and listen to this year’s guest speaker, Mr. Terry Wymer from the Class of 1977.
Former teachers honored at dinner
Each year, the gathering strives to celebrate the anniversary of each class, in increments of 5years, and most importantly, to welcome into our little, although beloved group, the newest group of kids who now call themselves graduates of NBHS. Yes, we ALL received our diplomas in the same exact building, from 1927 until now, 2012.
It was a packed house!
The festivities of the day actually began at 4:00 pm when Superintendent Mrs. Marlene North welcomed almost 70 people who showed up at the front door of our beautiful new High School, located at 2012 Tiger Drive on the northeast side of town, for a tour.
As the tables began to fill at the Legion, many faces in the crowd appeared for the first time in many years, and friendships were renewed, stories retold, and laughter and tears filled the air, as we all relived our youthful days in North Baltimore.
Terry Wymer told many stories about being “the kid from the hick town” and the importance of having family and friends who always are on your “Bus,” supporting you, and heading you in the right direction. Several former NBHS teachers, who had influenced Terry while in high school, were there to hear his words of appreciation for their influence on his life, and he spoke fondly of the late Jim Dennis, and others, that have left a lasting impression. Former teachers present included Jim Thompson, Doug Ebright, Gwen Mauk, Karen and Greg Hanson, Jim O’Leary, Charlie Thompson, Larry McClure, Steve Gilbert, and Carol Reed-Tarney. Laced with plenty of humor, and words of inspiration, Terry’s message was well received by the crowd.
Terry Wymer says"This basketball referee needs to put on his glasses"
Mrs. North gave a very brief update of the new school facility, of the move to the new NBHS, and the projects that still need completed, and are in the future.
Mr. Tom Boltz also spoke to the group regarding the need to preserve the composite photos from the high school, and explained the need for specific steps that need to be taken as soon as possible for historical purposes. Funds need to be raised to make this worthy project a reality.
Andrew Peters, Class of 2012, along with his parents Cindy and Bill Peters, was on hand to receive his $500 scholarship he received from the group. He is attending the University of Toledo, majoring in pharmacy.
Andrew Peters-Scholarship winner
Next we recognized the classes celebrating “Special years” (5th, 10th, 40th Anniversary, etc) and recognized Mr. Bill Lloyd, Class of 1941, who was the oldest graduate present (71 Years ago!)
We closed the evening with a 50/50 drawing which was won by Mrs. Mary Jo Steiff Halstead (1973) who won $200. She very graciously donated the money to the photo restoration project. THANK YOU MARY JO!!!
Former teachers, and Terry Wymer listen as Jim O'Leary tells a funny story
The very delicious meal was prepared and served by Mrs. Colleen Kaufman. Sherry Bretz (1969) made and donated hundreds of cookies for dessert. THANKS!
We look forward to welcoming the “new kids on the block” into the club next summer on Friday, July 26, 2013, although they will be arriving from “the other side of the tracks”. Anyone who would like to help us prepare, by updating mailing lists, especially if you graduated in a class that ends in 3 or 8 (68,73,78,83, etc) or any other form of help is welcome and appreciated.
Terry Wymer with some of his NBHS teachers from the 1970s