BAR HARBOR — The last class to ever graduate from Bar Harbor High School, the class of 1968, presents a special 50th anniversary reunion event Aug. 19 at the Bar Harbor Club.
“The program will be a little different than past reunions since 1968 was the year the doors closed for good at ole BHHS,” organizer Dickie Cough said. He and classmate Cathy James are preparing a historical slide show for the event, complete with editorial, pictures and music depicting life and events from 1908 through 1968.
“Several entertaining readings will be done from past classes such as Asa Wasgatt’s Class Ode he wrote in 1924 and the class of 1938’s 50th reunion presentation of ‘Perspective’ read by Bucky Falkenstrom,” Cough said. “Awards will be given out for the two oldest attendees and everyone will get a black and orange mug with the school logo schooner and the words ‘Bar Harbor High School 1908 to 1968.'”
Sixty classes and 2,560 students graduated from the high school. And this year, Cough pointed out, many members of the class of 1968 are turning 68 years old. Reunions will continue after this year, he said.
This year is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the consolidated Mount Desert Island High School. The Bar Harbor Historical Society is commissioning a documentary film about the high school consolidation and a special section in the Islander will celebrate MDI High School’s anniversary.