Members of the classes of 1963 and 1964 at their 40th anniversary in 2004.
SEMINOLE – When Seminole High School opened in 1962, the first class had only about 75 students, culled from nearby overpopulated high schools – Largo, Dixie Hollins, Boca Ciega.
This was long before the city even incorporated in 1970, and the school was built on a field in a largely undeveloped area of the county.
“It was a sand spur pit,” said Susan Whitman Sousa, 1964 graduate and chair of the 50th anniversary reunion committee for the classes of 1963 and 1964.
“Orange groves and sand,” added committee member Marilyn Miller.
And the school still had an outhouse at the time, recalled David Stonebrook, who also serves on the reunion committee.
Today the school has grown immensely, with several buildings on campus, a large student population and a significant presence in the community.
The classes of 1963 and 1964 – the first and second graduating classes – will take a look back at these early days of the school and celebrate their 51st and 50th anniversaries, respectively, at a hybrid reunion Friday, May 2 and Sunday, May 4.
Sousa hopes to locate classmates who have lost touch with the committee and encourage them to come out for the event.
On Friday, May 2, attendees will check in to the Treasure Bay Hotel and Marina, 11125 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, and enjoy a meet and greet at the hotel.
The next day, Saturday, May 3, kicks off with lunch at Gators Café & Saloon, 12754 John’s Pass Drive, Treasure Island, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be followed by the main event at Rob and Diane Klingel’s home, 15530 Gulf Blvd., Redington Beach, where there will be a special dinner and entertainment provided by 1963 grad Jay Lee Angello and the Impacs. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the evening will close with a beachfront fireworks display.
A goodbye brunch buffet will be held at the Pub Waterfront Restaurant, 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. to noon.
The reunion committee has contracted a special rate with the hotel of $124 a night. The deadline for the discounted rate is Tuesday, April 1. Each attendee is responsible for their own hotel reservations, or finding an alternative place to stay.