A Weekend to Remember

Perkins Schools 50th Anniversary

The Perkins 50th Anniversary was celebrated throughout the weekend of September 30-October 3, 2010.  Our high school was constructed in 1959 making it possible to graduate our first senior class in 1961.  Our 50th senior class graduated in June 2010.  To celebrate these milestones, the 2010 Homecoming weekend was selected for an all-school reunion and celebration banquet.

The festivities kicked off with a bonfire on Thursday, September 30.  The elementary and middle school buildings were open for tours on Friday, October 1. Perkins played Edison in the homecoming football game.  The Alumni and Friends Association held an open house of their building Saturday morning and the high school was open for self-guided tours in the afternoon.  But that night, October 2, 2010, was the highlight of this special weekend.  Nearly 650 alumni and friends gathered for a celebration banquet at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.  People came from all over the country to visit with former classmates and teachers.  It was an extraordinary mix of generations with one thing in common - their association to the Perkins Schools - as students, teachers, staff and community members!  Those attending were given a complimentary copy of a 415-page book about the school history and viewed a DVD featuring interviews of the members from the first staff and the first graduating class.

When it was over, the camaraderie and reminiscing prompted some to comment that they were even more proud to be a Perkins Pirate, while others remarked it was one of the best events they had ever attended!  It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event that will be fondly remembered by all who participated.

To purchase copies of the Perkins 50th Anniversary DVDs and history book, download and complete an order form ORDER FORM Perkins 50th DVD & History Book from the alumni website.

Below are pictures from the celebration banquet of some from the first senior class and first staff.

Members of the Class of 1961

Beverly Hanley

Richard Roesch and William lllig

Paul Gessler

John "Doc" Stone

Margaret Bruens Deering