Caz Class of '55 returns for 55th

Cazenovia High School Class of 1955 alumni were buzzing with excitement and nostalgia to tour their old stomping ground Saturday morning, July 31.

"I don't know if it's like this in other schools, but Cazenovia loves to get a tour," said Superintendent Robert Dubik, who led a tour of Cazenovia High School and Middle School during the Class of 1955's 55 year reunion weekend. "They love to see their old school."

Twenty-five class members came from as far away as California, Florida, Idaho, Nebraska, Virginia and North Carolina to attend the July 30 to Aug. 1 reunion weekend.

"Everyone in the class was amazed to see how different the school appeared from the school they had known and to hear about the issues now confronted by the school," said class member Frank Stritter, a retired faculty member of the University of North Carolina who lives in Cazenovia during the summer.

The alumni were eager to tout the values of their graduating class.

"We were undoubtedly the best class ever in the history of the school," said Betty Gariepy, visiting from Florida.

"In all modesty!" another tourgoer chimed in.

Gariepy and her husband recently returned from Egypt, having spent 30 years overseas.

"We had the townies and the farmers," she said, explaining Cazenovia in the early '50s. "I was a farmer."

The alumni marveled at the changes to their school in the past 55 years; showing off a viewpoint from a second-floor window, Dubik detailed the progression of four separate additions to the school.

Festivities began the night before with a social at Albert's Restaurant. Several members of the Classes of 1956 and 1957, which had also been invited to attend the social, joined their friends from '55.

Following the 9 a.m. tour of the school, Dick Butler, a class member residing in the Cazenovia area, then served as guide on a two-hour bus tour of the Cazenovia area.

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