By Stephanie Longo
Once a Buck, always a Buck.
That saying proved true recently when members of the Dunmore High School Class of 1966 reunion committee returned to the halls of their alma mater almost 50 years after their graduation.
“Going back after 50 years, it was as if you never really left,” said committee member Dee Trolio Faatz, who was the Class of 1966’s Miss Buck. “It was where our future was molded.”
The five committee members who participated in the tour had the opportunity to see the changes that Dunmore High School has undergone since graduation, including the theater where their cafeteria once was and the school’s new gym.
“There were a lot of changes for the better at Dunmore High School,” said tour organizer and 1966 reunion committee member Annie Longo. “I was very impressed to talk to the teachers in the classrooms and hear their methods for teaching our young people. I was extremely impressed to talk to the school nurse to find out how the diabetic students were taken care of during the day. All of this goes to show just how special Dunmore High School is.”
The Dunmore High School Senior Class Officers escorted the alumni throughout the building, allowing the chance for some of the members of the Class of 2016 to meet their 1966 counterparts.
“It was a job that seemed very rare for us to be in charge of, but wound up being the most rewarding task we took on this year,” said class of 2016 president Ally Borgia. “Not only did we show them around, but we also got to walk in their shoes and learn some things ourselves. It was amazing to see their reactions to all of the changes, both emotionally and physically. It made us all realize the impact this school truly leaves on all who are blessed enough to call it their school.”
One person who made an impact on the Class of 1966 was remembered during the tour. A portrait of the late Eugenia DeFazio, who was principal of Dunmore High School from 1961-1977, now hangs in the school library.
“You could almost see Mrs. DeFazio standing in the hall directing traffic,” Faatz said. “She taught us to respect our superiors and ourselves.”
“I think if Mrs. DeFazio were here today, she would be very proud of all of the changes to Dunmore High School and what it has become,” Longo added. “As Mrs. DeFazio would always say, ‘it’s a sad state of affairs’ if you don’t apply yourself to the betterment of society. Today’s Dunmore High School students are really carrying on her legacy. She would be proud of them, too.”
Borgia admitted that she and her fellow class officers would welcome the opportunity to return to their alma mater in 2066 for a 50th reunion tour of their own.
“Our number one take away from our time with the Class of 1966 was that the memories we make behind the walls of DHS will stay with us forever,” she said. “The idea of one day being able to revisit in the future can only help resurface core memories that we made together during our time in high school.”
“It’s home,” Longo said. “Dunmore High School is our home. It is a part of us and always will be. It was wonderful to go back.”