Alumni span the years at Milford High School's All Class Reunion
“Go Indians!” Mayor Ben Blake said during the Milford High School All Class Reunion Saturday outside the former high school.
The mayor referred to the high school mascot with his yell, paying homage to the many gathered graduates who recalled the old high school icon drawn on a maroon and white background — the school’s colors.
More than 1,000 graduates of the former Milford High School — from the 1930s to the 1980s — gathered under sunny skies Saturday to mingle, reminisce and update each other on their lives and accomplishments.
The day-long event included music spun by a DJ and covering the different generations that the graduates represented. Attendees gathered under large tents and across the Daniel Wasson Field to share photographs and stories.
The high school closed in 1983, when administrators decided there was no longer a need for three high schools in the city.
When MHS closed, the students who were still there were sent to Foran and Jonathan Law high schools.
The high school building was then converted to what is now the Parsons Complex, which houses city offices.
The first All Class Reunion was staged when Milford High School was closed in 1983. The second reunion followed in 1993; the third was held June 28, 2003, and the fourth event was held on June 28, 2008. This weekend’s was the fifth reunion.
The event officially got underway with a flag ceremony led by Girl Scout Troops 38345 and 30139. Colleen Birney then performed the national anthem, followed by comments by Mayor Blake.
Blake graduated from Foran High School, but his father taught at Milford High School and his mother, also a teacher, coached swimming at MHS, he said. Blake said his family connections make him feel very connected to the former high school.
Trevor Davis, who graduated in 1944, was crowned king of the MHS reunion, and Dorothy Winkler Paul, a member of the class of 1931, was crowned the queen.