Two couples who attended the reunion picnic for Evergreen High School’s 1960s graduating classes on Saturday are celebrating other major milestones.
The four also are celebrating more than 45 years of marriage. The couples started dating in high school and got married not long after.
Don Osborn and his wife, Diane Marino Osborn, both from the class of ’63, celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on Aug. 27. They now live in Estes Park.
Ray Cruickshank, class of ’61, and Marlene Bubb Cruickshank, class of ’62, celebrated their 48th anniversary on Aug. 29. They returned for the reunion from Calimesa, Calif.
The couples joined with more than 45 of their fellow EHS graduates and some non-EHS spouses to enjoy the beautiful weather and to reminisce about old times at the high school. While the picnic was held to honor the class of 1962, grads from the 1960s were invited to join the party. EHS graduated 62 students in 1962.
Two EHS teachers also attended the picnic: Dawn Troup, who was known to her students as a tough English teacher, and Jerry Garland, who taught history and social studies.
Carrol Crosson See, who organized the picnic, said the idea for the 1960s graduates picnic came about last year when she and a half-dozen fellow graduates got together for lunch. It had been 15 years since the class of ’62 had its last reunion.
The group decided to invite graduates from other years because most grades got to know one another because they were involved in sports and clubs together.
See hopes the picnic becomes an annual event with more EHS grads from other parts of the decade represented.
At the picnic, Jim Connally, class of ’63, and Ray Cruickshank told stories about the Halloween pranks they used to pull on the school, cautioning that they didn’t want to give current EHS students any ideas for future senior pranks.
Connally recalled putting a pig and 13 chickens in the high school.
Ray Cruickshank said his class put an outhouse in the entrance of the school with a sign that called it the principal’s office. He said Jock Jenkins, the principal at the time, had a great sense of humor, and a photo was taken of Jenkins entering the outhouse carrying a briefcase.
Both grads, who were involved in EHS sports, said they were glad when the school’s mascot went from the Cubs to the Cougars.
“We used to take a lot of grief for being the Cubs,” Connally said, because Cubs seemed to be too cuddly to be taken seriously as a sports team.
Connally said his favorite time in school was with the great track relay team he ran on, which set records in the 2-mile event.
Ray Cruickshank said his best memory at school was in 1961, when the EHS boys basketball team beat No. 1-ranked Idaho Springs in the state tournament.
Ru Jinx Linville, class of ’63, reminisced about the 1962-63 school year when the school moved from its original building near where Evergreen Library is now to it current location on Buffalo Park Road.
Her favorite teacher was Roy Knoop, who died last year. He taught history and world affairs.
“He opened our eyes to the world,” she said. “He’s the person I think of most when I looks back on my high school years.”