Dunkirk High School Class of 1957 holds reunion

Photo by Dave Valvo Front row (left to right): David Valvo, Diana Kane, Nancy Reynolds Hancock, Beatrice Price, Robert Skrzyniarz, Sally Apthorp Braun, Peggy Guay O’Neil, Marjorie Bienko Novelli (Hassel), Janice Armstrong Martivez, Mary Trippi Dunbar, Paul O’Brocta Back row: Michael Rosing, Richard Titus, Peter Smith, John Schade, Edwin Schmidt, Robert Ryczko, Donald Puder, Ted Patterson, Peter Bienko

The Dunkirk High School Class of 1957 held its 60th year class reunion. On Friday morning, Aug. 11, the members met at the Dunkirk Middle School (their high school) for a tour of the school. At 10:30, Dr. James Tracy, Superintendent of the Dunkirk Schools, met them at the Eagle Street entrance. Before the tour, Dr. Tracy spoke of the many opportunities that students of today have that were not available in school days for the Class of 1957.

After his talk, they were led on the tour by Kevin Kalfas, custodian of the Middle School, and four current school students.

In the afternoon, the class members met at the large pavilion at Point Gratiot with members of the 1957 graduates of Cardinal Mindszenty High School. It was a fun afternoon with about 40 people in attendance. It was the first time in 60 years both classes got together.

Saturday afternoon before the banquet dinner was free time for those attending from Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Jamestown, Rochester, Gowanda and Orchard Park to tour the present Dunkirk Senior High School location and the beautiful athletic fields completed last year, where Dunkirk teams play. They also could visit the boardwalk on Lake Erie and visit the food and variety shops.

Later in the day, classmates met at Katerina’s at the pier for the banquet. After dining, they remembered the many social functions they had during their years of high school. Names of chairmen, etc. for the events were read, along with the class advisors for each of the four years. Also, a list of downtown Dunkirk businesses and stores that were there in the fifties and are no longer there was read. Also remembered were the 47 class members that were lost.

A 65th reunion is a question mark.