Townsend sophomores set class reunion
By Linda Braden Albert | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Members of the 1977 sophomore class at Townsend High School have fond memories of their school. This was the final class at Townsend, which closed at the end of that school year. In the fall of 1977, these Townsend Tigers joined students from Walland, Porter and Everett high schools and instead attended the new Heritage High School.
Pat Davis Brown, Darlene Davis Moser and Donna Strickland were in that final sophomore class at Townsend. They have many memories of the school and their classmates.
Brown said, “It’s kind of unique. It was our sophomore year, but it was the last year we were at Townsend. We actually graduated in 1979.”
Reunion Oct. 27
On Oct. 27, the women invite others from that class to come together at the Townsend City Park and relive the days of the Townsend Tigers. Families of classmates and former teachers are invited to attend, as well.
All attending are asked to bring enough food for their family to add to a potluck dinner for the group to share. Soft drinks, ice and paper products will be provided. Bring lawn chairs for seating as well as photos and memorabilia from the school to be viewed.
The day will include fishing at the nearby pond if desired. Attendees may bring yard games such as horseshoes to play.
The reunion will be held rain or shine. If it does rain, Moser said they will move the reunion to her church, Townsend Church of God.
Brown said there were about 30 students in the class. Four have died, and a memorial will be set up to recognize them. Their families are invited to attend the reunion.
Two classmates have not been located, Vickie Pack and Sharon Trentham.
The three women shared some of the highlights from being at Townsend High, which opened in 1929. Moser said the school was very small.
“If you played basketball, you had to play football and baseball, the boys did,” Moser said. “We only had three sports, so if you played something you had to play everything.” Strickland added, “We didn’t have enough to make a team if you just played one or the other.”
Moving from that small school, where students could leave campus at lunch and go to the nearby swimming hole and swim for awhile before returning to class, or run down to the motel and buy a soft drink, was quite a change for the Townsend students.
“It was a culture shock,” Strickland said. Moser added, “Then we went to Heritage and they built a fence around us. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, we’re in prison.’ It was horrible.”
Moser said, “We had to go to school our last two years with people from Everett, Walland and Townsend mixed together. We were huge rivals ... Our first year at Heritage, all we did was fight. We all wore our colors the first year, then the second year, they made us quit wearing our colors. That was so sad to me. That meant that Townsend was dead.”
Brown said, “It was a tough transition for us, especially because we were was so small. I’m sure the others had issues, too.”
The women are looking forward to talking about the glory days of Townsend High School with their classmates from the 1977 sophomore class. They are trying to have as many represented as possible.
“If anyone knows how to contact others, spread the word,” Brown said.