From California to Connecticut they came this past weekend to gather again after 50 years.
Members of the Oberlin High School Class of 1966 were met by cheers from the bleachers Friday as they took the field at the end of the first quarter of the Phoenix varsity football game.
The class claims an undefeated football team that won the 1966 Lakeland Conference title. Graduating team members won 25 straight victories — a Lorain County record and a feat never repeated. Classmates were also among the first Oberlin marching band members to don lighted uniforms, earning them widespread fame and appearances in Chicago at the College All-Star Game and in Cleveland at a Browns halftime show.
Classmates retired after the game to the home of the Rev. Dick Kretchmar and his high school sweetheart, retired OHS art teacher Lorna Kretchmar. The couple has been married 47 years.
Class President Ron Rybarczyk, whose championship quarterbacking skills earned him a scholarship to Purdue University, also hosted the event with his wife Monte, the OHS 1967 prom queen and cheerleading captain.
Honored at the party were basketball coach and civics teacher David Sladky, football coach Darrel Goddard, English teacher Ed Lucas, coach Jack Hulst, chemistry instructor Claudine Carleton, and gym teacher Sue Brady.
On Saturday, the group toured the Oberlin Heritage Center and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Weltzheimer House (the late Kristin Weltzheimer was a 1966 classmate). In the evening, the celebration continued at the Hotel at Oberlin with dinner, dancing, games, and 50-year-old confessions.
The Rev. Kretchmar led worship for classmates who chose to attend Sunday at Birmingham United Methodist Church. The reunion concluded with brunch at the hotel.
Of the 143 graduates, 58 classmates and their spouses returned to Oberlin.
Photo by Erik Andrews | For the Oberlin News-Tribune Members of the Oberlin High School Class of 1966, celebrating their 50th high school reunion, were introduced Friday at the Oberlin homecoming game. The football team from the Class of 1966 holds the OHS record of 25 winning games and was crowned 1966 Lakeland Conference Champs, a feat not repeated in 50 years.