Members of the 1959 graduating classes of St. Paul High School and Norwalk High School, with spouses and guests, returned to Norwalk recently for their 50th class reunions.
Friday evening, 50 classmates and guests of the St. Paul High class met at the Knights of Columbus to renew old acquaintances and attempt to catch up on a half century of happenings. The Norwalk High School classmates met at Duane and Marilyn Hargrave Ringle's home and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. More than 58 classmates and guests attended the Ringle party.
The Friday evening gatherings were made more personal because the 1959 alumni from SPH and NHS were invited to both gatherings and many attended both. The NHS and SPH alumni attended a catered brunch on Saturday morning that was held at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. This was the first time such a coordinated event between graduating classes has taken place in Norwalk. A microphone was passed around the room for comments. Classmates came from Florida, Washington, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan, South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Illinois, New Jersey, Maine and California.
During the weekend, each member of the SPH class was given DVDs that contained yearbook pictures and popular 1959 songs. Firelands Catholic Education Development Office (FCEDO) compiled class bios and Jim Brunn supplied the DVDs. On Saturday afternoon, the SPH alumni toured the facilities and attended 4:30 p.m. Mass.