Class of 1960 Virtual Reunion Creates New Connections
When the Class of 1960’s 60th Reunion was cancelled in 2020, we began publishing a Virtual Reunion website at https://wichitaeastclassof1960.com. This website contains 430 stories written by and about our classmates as well as more than 1000 photos. New content is published several times each week. Stories range from memories of East High to stories classmates write about their lives and times. As of today, the website has had 3,878 visitors who viewed 47,637 items.
In January 2020, we began holding monthly Zoom sessions. A total of 28 classmates have participated so far. They Zoomed in from all parts of the U.S., including, in one case, a hospital room in Arizona. Participants have been a diverse group who did not necessarily know each other in high school.
Besides these two activities, we maintain communications with class members through monthly email newsletters to 150 classmates who use email, semi-annual Messengers that contain stories from the website and are mailed to 442 classmates for whom we have functioning USPS addresses, and occasional postcards.
The Virtual Reunion team of Marilyn Bellert, Diane Zinn, and Fred Elder continue to enjoy working on the 1960 Virtual Reunion projects. Many of our classmates observe that they have gotten to know more people and learned more about them from reading the website than would be possible at weekend reunion activities.
Gift from the Class of 1964 - Outdoor Seating Area
The Wichita Community Foundation has awarded a $5000 grant to East High to construct an Outdoor Seating Area. Funded by a generous endowment of $55,000 by the East High Class of 1964, these grants will also fund projects at other area schools. For more information on the grants awarded, see the press release from December outlining the information from the grant round. The awards presentation can be viewed here, and the East High portion begins around 1:50.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Class of 1954, the East High tower is once again a true bell tower, playing the alma mater ("The Blue and White") and the fight song ("Stand Up and Cheer") daily.
During the school year, the alma mater plays Monday through Friday at 7:50 AM and the fight song plays Monday through Friday at 3:15 PM. In addition, the Westminster chimes play daily at 6:00 PM and at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
Stop by East and listen, or download the MP3s below! The lyrics to both songs are also below.
The Blue and the White (Alma mater)
We hail the glory of East High, her honor shining bright.
In Wichita we proudly raise her banner, blue and white.
We stand before the whole wide world, Blue Aces soaring in the sky,
And ever will our voices raise in praise of old East High.
Play "The Blue and the White" (To download, right-click and choose "Save Target As...")
Stand Up and Cheer (Fight song)
Stand up and cheer
And shout it out for good ole East High
For today we raise the
Blue and White above all others.
We are the Aces always fighting
And we are sure to win tonight.
Stand up and cheer
We’re gonna win.
So come on East High
Fight, fight, fight.
Play "Stand Up and Cheer" (To download, right-click and choose "Save Target As...")
East High 50th Anniversary Video
Recently unearthed in the Library archives, this video chronicles the celebrations from the 50th Anniversary held during the 1973-1974 school year.