On Saturday afternoon, the halls of the A.V. Zogg Building once again bustled with students as it had 40 years earlier when it was still the Liverpool Central School District's only high school.
The structure, in which the Liverpool Community Church is now located, opened its doors to the Liverpool High School class of 1966, the last class to graduate from the old high school before the existing school on Wetzel Road became home to district high schoolers. Graduates from 1966 came in from all over the country to tour the building and relive old memories as part of their 40th reunion weekend, celebrated Sept. 15 through 17.
"This is exactly where Mindy broke up with me one Friday morning," one classmate exclaimed in a second-floor hallway.
"I got caught kissing Tim in the gymnasium," recalled another. "I got in so much trouble!"
Classmates reminisced all over town as they enjoyed reunion activities. The weekend also included lunch at Heid's, where seniors would enjoy their lunch breaks during school, and a dinner dance at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center off Carrier Circle in Dewitt.
The reunion was the brainchild of Victor Szendi, now an attorney in California.
"I'd been trying to find something out about it for years," Szendi said. "I kept trying to find out if there was going to be one. Frank Sofia at the high school used to handle all of the alumni affairs, but he retired, and no one else could help."
Szendi then turned to a resource not available in his high school days: the internet.
"I signed up on Classmates.com and started getting responses," he said.
From there, the reunion plans blossomed. Szendi began exchanging e-mails with other classmates interested in a reunion, including Marilyn Tucci, now deputy commissioner of facilities management for Onondaga County. Using the internet, Szendi, Tucci and the rest of the reunion committee searched for their former classmates. The planning started in earnest last October.