The following email was provided to The Dagger by a reader:
“My sister and I were raised in front of the high school. For 50 years and more we treasured living there. It was our playground. We rode our bikes, go cart that our grandfather built for us, walked and ran the track, played ball. and also went sledding. On Saturday night the 25th we parked in our drive, me up with some friends, had cocktails on the patio, and reminisced about the fun we had living there. We watched the crowds of grads of the different years lining up at the entrance-waiting as if it were the first day of school.
A little after 7pm our group of friends started that walk down to the school -the one only my sister and I knew so well. we got inside the crowded hall-saw some classmates and checked in.-We got our tickets and walked down the hall to the cafeteria. As our party rounded the corner I looked over to the front door and who was there but Bob Garbacik, our vice principal in the early 70’s. Standing there with his arms crossed watching the crowds. and at that moment I was back in 72 and was waiting for him to yell over the crowded hall “Ryan-straighten up!”
My sister and I knew Mr Garbacik for many years because he had rented an apt from my grandparents next to where we had lived. He and I talked about the years gone by.
Our group then had a great dinner and went to the gym where we listened to a great band. We talked to old friends and reminisced. Around 9:30 we headed back to the house and again it was a walk my sister and I only knew. Everyone stayed there and talked about all the fun and sad times that were spent in and outside of the walls of the old school our many friends we had then and now.
Our mom Dorothy Loomis Ryan was born and raised on that corner of Kenmore Avenue and watched the scholl being built on the old farm grounds. She also watched us graduate from there and would have loved to attend but she passed in January 09. Thanks to all who made that night possible-It was a great time!
Bob Ryan and Lori Ryan-Raab”