Hundreds of McPherson High School graduates will gather on Friday and Saturday to reminisce about their school days during this year’s Reunion Weekend.

“We’ll mainly just get together and visit and talk about old times,” said Janet Helms, class of 1958 reunion organizer.

Reunion classes are often surprised by the many changes that have been made to the high school through the years.

“That’s our high school, the junior high (building),” Helms said. “At one of our reunions, we toured that and everybody couldn’t believe the additions that were done.”

Alumni come from across the country to attend the reunion weekend, a tradition that McPherson proudly upholds.

“It’s pretty unique,” Helms said.

A multi-class gathering will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. There will be areas set up for each class to register and visit, with snacks provided. A cash bar will also be available.

Parking at the museum is limited, but the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide free shuttle service on the McPherson Trolley on a route including First United Methodist Church, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Surestay Hotel by Best Western, Hampton Inn and the McPherson Water Park’s parking lot.

On Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., McPherson High School alumni can tour the high school at 801 E. First St. The McPherson Museum will be open for tours from 1 to 5 p.m. and the McPherson Opera House, at 219 S. Main St., will offer tours from noon to 2 p.m.

The graduating class of 1973 will meet for a dinner at 6 p.m. at the American Legion, 401 N. Main St. King Midas & the Muflers will provide entertainment from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Some of the more memorable accomplishments of the 1973 class include winning two state basketball titles in their junior and senior years. The McPherson High School football team was also 8-1 during that class’ senior year.

“At that time, we were not known for good football, so we kind of surprised a lot of people there,” said Gary McNally, class of 1973 reunion organizer.

McNally said he is looking forward to seeing his former classmates during reunion weekend.

“I haven’t missed one since they started them,” McNally said.

He also said a 1973 graduate is coming to the reunion weekend for the first time this year

“We get all kinds of attendance,” McNally said. “I’m glad our class is going to be there.”

There were 230 graduates of McPherson High School in 1973, and nearly half are expected to attend the reunion weekend.

“We’ve got a very close class and everybody gets along,” McNally said.

That camaraderie was evident during the student’s early years at McPherson High School.

“Even though we had a lot of different groups, they all got along...you accepted everybody for what they were,” McNally said.

McPherson High School’s class of 1983 also shared close ties.

“It seemed like we were a class where everyone got along pretty good,” said Kevin Stockham, class of 1983 reunion organizer. “...The reunions have been fun because of that.”

The class of 1983 will have a barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the ballroom of the McPherson Opera House.

A cash bar and D.J. are planned for after the meal.

“Even if you didn’t sign up for the dinner, we still welcome people to come by Saturday night after the meal,” Stockham said. “You can still hang out, grab a drink and listen to the music.”

For more information about the class of 1983 reunion activities, email kev.stockham@gmail.com.

The McPherson High School class of 1988 will gather Saturday at McPherson Valley Wetlands, 732 Limestone Road. Those attending are encouraged to bring bug spray, sunscreen and folding chairs.

From 1 to 4 p.m., alumni and their families can shoot rifles, shotguns, sling shots or bows and arrows. Ammunition along with eye and ear protection will be provided.

At 5 p.m., a happy hour with kegs, pop, water and snacks will be offered for alumni and spouses only. The class of 1988 will then gather for a group photo at 6 p.m. and a barbecue dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The class of 1988 will play golf starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at Turkey Creek Golf Course, 1000 Fox Run Road., with $25 covering the use of a golf cart and 18 holes.

For more information about the class of 1988 reunion activities, email lstector@yahoo.com.

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