Class of 1965 Reunion
Saturday night, May 30, the class of 1965 held an incredibly successful reunion. '65 filled the gym with 153 alumni, wives, guests, homecoming Queens, cheerleaders and more.
Alumni who now live in distance lands like Belize, Panama and Nicaragua set a a travel record. People came from Oregon, Idaho, Virginia, Illinois, Nevada, Kansas, Washington, Az, Alaska, our Alaskan was fighting fires and did not make it.....but Willits was represented.
Are these people having any fun?
John McFarland and wife Joan drove from Sacramento. Mr. McFarland spoke of how Serra changed his life and the importance of perpetuating Serra and schools like it. While here, John and Joan received their 10,002 club jackets and committed to return for the '66 reunion.
A Special Serra Story at '65 That Began in '62
In the fall of 1961, a young teacher and coach, Mr. Eugene Thomas, joined the Serra staff. Mr. Thomas taught at Serra through 1969 and was an admired and respected teacher. Mr. Thomas was Serra's first African- American teacher. Reunion Chair Tony Mannara presented Gene's son, Gene Thomas Jr. '65 with an award honoring his Dad as a great teacher and a great man.
|The Thomas Family|
Gene Jr. is likely Serra's 2nd most prolific author , hmmmm.....did Gene Jr. have Mr. MacFarland for English? Joining Gene Jr. was his brother David Thomas, his daughter Selina Thomas-Ross, her husband and Mr. Thomas' great granddaughter s Madison, Morgan & Miya Wilson.
Serra Authors at '65
We displayed books by Serra authors. In addition to Gene Thomas Jr.'s books, we displayed books by Dana Gioia '69, Mark Williams '67, Lawrence Trice Jr. '06, Dennis Lockhart '64, Randy Hammond '69, Mike Rose '62, Bill McCann '64, James Kainz '65, Terry Chapman '60 and Jess Money '64.
Bob Breen was especially impressed with the display. He wrote to ask about more information on some of the authors. If you are a published author, send us a copy.
Records Set at '65
The '65 reunion set an attendance record and they set a revenue record for a 50 year reunion. In addition, it appears that unless someone from 1961 comes up with a chunk of money before June 30, the Class of 1965 will stop the 1961 class leading donation streak at 5 years.
After serious consideration and much thought by many observers, we don't think anyone had more fun than the 1984 reunion last year.
|Class of '84 Having Fun|
Tony Mannara, '65 Chairman, was superb.
The event would not have been a success without Tony's foresight, planning, and work.
Tony's planning brought back Homecoming princesses, queens, and cheerleaders
Special Thanks to DeShawn Burton '88, Nia & Noe Burton for their help at the '65 Reunion Picnic. More than special thanks to parent Velda White, James & Tina for setting up the gym. Lots of help came from Mike Almaraz '75, Parents Susan Beck, Tamara Nelson, and Carla Bravo.
Photographer Curtis Haynes who donated his services. Photo place. If you need a photographer, Curtis Haynes is it.