Class of 1960 reuniting

Argen Duncan

Even 50 years can’t keep the Portales High School Class of 1960 apart.

The class, which members say has always been close, has scheduled its 50-year reunion for Friday and Saturday in Portales.

Class member and coordinator Gary Williamson said he expects 60 classmates to attend, about 26 from the Clovis/Portales area. Enough spouses and guests are registered to bring the number of participants to about 95.

The class had 120 graduates, 104 of whom walked across the stage at commencement, Williamson said. They hold a reunion every five years.

“We went to school for 12 years and did everything together for 12 years, and it’s like seeing a brother and a sister that you haven’t seen in five years,” Williamson said.

Everyone who attended school with the group from 1948 through 1960 is invited to the reunion, he said, even the people who moved away and didn’t graduate with the class. Teachers are welcome to attend as well.

The reunion schedule includes time to decorate the Memorial Building together, as well as tours of the new Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School, Sunland Inc. peanut processing plant and the city of Portales.

Attendees are also set to hold a popular open forum for class members to tell the gathering about their lives.

Musician Chris Harrell, whose sister Natilie graduated with the class, is set to perform songs about growing up in Portales after dinner Saturday night.

Williamson said the 50-year reunion is more significant than those in the past. In grade school, the students heard about the year 2000, and reaching it seemed fraught with dangers such as the atomic bomb.

“To make it 50 years and have a reunion and get everybody back together is kind of a milestone,” Williamson said.

Class member Phyllis Davidson of Clovis agreed that the reunion was a milestone.

“And our class has always been very, very close,” she said, adding that therefore attendance is always good.

“I’m always interested in who has grandkids and great-grandkids and what everyone’s doing, because things change,” Davidson said.

Williamson has kept a record of changing contact information and birthdays for class members since graduation, Davidson said. He also sends e-mail newsletters and calls the reunion planning committee together.