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Class reunions in the D.C. area


I’m fascinated by places that are gone and by the ways we remember them. Take, for example, the brick that Tom Reese has. It’s your standard brick; 4-by-8 inches, red, glazed on one side. It came from Maryland Park High School in Seat Pleasant.

Maryland Park isn’t around anymore. It closed in 1951 when several smaller high schools in Prince George’s County were consolidated into fewer larger ones. Desegregation in 1954 also meant high school closures and name changes across the region. But I’ve noticed that shuttered schools live on in the memories of former students, students such as Tom, who was among the 127 students in Maryland Park’s last graduating class.

John Kelly writes "John Kelly's Washington," a daily look at Washington's less-famous side. Born in Washington, John started at The Post in 1989 as deputy editor in the Weekend section. View Archive

Maryland Park was a junior high for a while, then a warehouse. The building eventually burned down. That’s when Tom got the brick. It will be at his class’s 60th reunion in September. “It will be on the table with the name tags,” Tom said.

Reunion time

These area schools are reuniting in the coming months. Is yours? Send a note with “Reunion” in the subject line to

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Class of 1961 — Oct. 14-16.

Bladensburg Class of 1961 — Oct. 8. E-mail or call Larry and Sandy Voorhees Rinck at 301-262-6148.

Montgomery Blair Class of 1961 — Oct. 15.

Montgomery Blair Class of 1991 — Oct. 8. E-mail or call 301-807-3336.

Broad Run Class of 2001 — Dec. 1.

Central Alumni Meeting-Reunion — May 14. Call Howard at 410-721-0731 or Marge at 301-776-7536.

Chantilly Class of 1991 — July 30.

Coolidge Class of 1961 — Sept. 16 & 17.

Crossland Class of 1966 — July 23. Contact Phil at

Crossland Class of 2001 — July 30. or e-mail

Damascus Class of 2001 — Sept. 17. E-mail

Dunbar Class of 1966 — Oct. 22. Contact Sharon (Cookie) Jackson, 202-399-1893 (; Adele &Francis Smith, 202-581-9114; Velma Gray, 301-885-2442; Wanda Gray-Holliday, 301-423-5440; Linwood Watson, 202-581-8767; Eugene Hollingsworth, 301-894-9107; Naomi (Doddie) Banks, 202-547-2537; Michele Powell, 202-582-1622; or Daniel Jones, 202-543-0354.

Gar-Field Senior Class of 1991 — July 23.

Gonzaga College High Class of 1961 — June 3-5. E-mail or call 202-336-7187.

High Point Classes of 1975-78 — July 9.

Lake Braddock Secondary Class of 1991 — Aug. 6.

Langley Class of 1976 — Oct. 15.

Loudoun County Classes of 1965-67 — Sept. 16-8. Contact Judy Fisher at or 703-777-3156.

Loudoun Valley Class of 1966 — June 4. Contact Judy Fisher at or 703-777-3156.

Manassas “Mega Reunion” — 1981 Classes of Stonewall, Osbourn, Brentsville, Osbourn Park and Manassas Park high schools. June 25.

Maryland Park Class of 1951 — September 2011. Contact Rose (Antonelli) Turner at 301-888-1771 or; or Tom Reese at 301-469-8627 or

McKinley Class of 1961 — Aug. 5-7. Contact Bettie Johns Bryant, 301-306-0388 or; Ralph Lucas at 301-350-2922; or Toni Robinson at 301-565-2468 or

McLean Class of 1981 — July 9. Contact Loretta D’Ermes at

Northwestern Class of 1966 — Sept. 16-18.

Northwestern Class of 1971 — Oct. 1.

Northwestern Class of 1991 — Sept. 17.

Northwood Class of 1971 — Oct. 15. Call 301-807-3336 or e-mail

Oakton Class of 1981 — June 25.

Oakton Class of 1991 — July 22-23.

Eleanor Roosevelt Class of 1991 — July 23. Visit or e-mail

St. Patrick’s Academy Annual Alumnae Luncheon — May 1.

South Lakes Class of 1991 — Oct. 1.

Springbrook Class of 1976 — Sept. 24. Contact

Springbrook Class of 1991 — Oct. 1.

Suitland Class of 1971 — July 23.

Suitland Class of 1981 — June 10-12.

Wakefield Class of 1961 — Sept. 16-18.

Wakefield Class of 1967 — June 18.

Washington-Lee Class of 1971 — Oct. 6-8. E-mail, visit, or write W-L 71 Reunion Committee, c/o 3444 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 102, Arlington, VA 22201.

Western High Alumni Association Golden Grads weekend — May 13-15. Annual Western Day at Glen Echo: Sept. 17. Visit

Wheaton Classes of 1956-62 — July 16.

T.C. Williams Class of 1981 — Oct. 29.

T.C. Williams Class of 1991 — Sept. 17.

Woodrow Wilson Class of 1961 — Oct. 15.

Woodrow Wilson Class of 1991 — Aug. 20.

Woodbridge Senior High Class of 1971 — July 23.

Woodbridge Senior High Class of 1991 — Aug. 6.


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