In 1962, gas
cost a mere 28 cents per gallon, John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth
during the Friendship 7 orbit and The Beatles were shockingly turned down by
Decca Records. This special year also marked the graduation of the Class of
1962 from Germantown Academy.
On April 27,
in honor of their 50th reunion, members of the Class of ’62 traveled
to Fort Washington where they had the opportunity to reconnect with friends and
classmates while spending the Day on
Campus to experience GA today.
The men were
welcomed back with a reception at the Goodman House featuring a presentation by
Head of School James Connor 1760. Following Mr. Connor’s remarks, the members
of the Class reminisced about their schoolboy days with current senior class Academy
Club members. They talked about constructing an Eiffel Tower andcreating
candles out of beakers for prom, favorite teachers, morning chapel, the navy
blue blazer that was an integral part of the dress code, and boldly skipping
school only to get caught by their Headmaster! They also reflected on the
important role so many faculty played in their GA experience, a sentiment
shared by the members of the Class of 2012.
morning, the Alumni moved to the McNeil Upper School where they had the
opportunity to attend one of three classes including; World History I with Bob
Moyer, Spanish 2 with Carol Ayers and Algebra 2 with Chris Nelson. The alums
were impressed with the class participation, ability of the faculty to motivate
their students and the obvious enthusiasm for learning.
The Class of
1962 then met their pen pals from the Class of 2022, a highlight and much
anticipated portion of the day’s festivities. After formally shaking hands, which the second
graders have been practicing all year long, members of the Class of ’62 answered
some questions from their curious Lower School counterparts. The group
discussed topics ranging from favorite subject and pet to current profession.
After being asked if they knew the words to the Alma Mater, the Alumni broke
out into song, proving that they do in fact remember all the words to the
school’s song. For their performance, they were treated to a resounding round
of applause from their new friends.
The members of
the Class of ’62 closed their Day on
Campus with their official induction into the Old Guard at the annual
luncheon. They join an esteemed and well respected group of Alumni. Congratulations!
exciting news about GA’s ongoing plans, interacting with the kids, especially
the 2nd graders, and realizing that relationships do change after 50 years all
made for a positive experience,” said John “Hench” Murray ’62.
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