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 Gunn High Class of '71 40th Reunion

Reunionssue_golden@hotmail.c writes "If you want more information, please contact me. Tickets are on sale now for the evening party ($75/person). Here is the schedule: Sat., Sept. 24, 2011, 10:00 am, Tour of Gunn High; Sat., Sept. 24, 2011, 6:30 pm, Drinks/munchies at Ken Preminger's home in PA; Sun., Sept. 25, 2011, 12:00 pm, Picnic at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto You can send me an email to sue_golden@hotmail.com for more information. Susie Ahrens (Golden)"

Posted by baljian on Wednesday, August 24 @ 22:17:22 PDT (56 reads)
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 Mr. Frank Ratliff... Memorial Service

Obituarieswdbarber@aol.com writes "Many of you already know about the loss of our dear friend Frank. I am sending out this information because some of you haven't heard; others have asked for details regarding his memorial service, or want to be able to easily forward the information to friends. Here is a link to Frank's online obituary at the Palo Alto Weekly website: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/obituaries/memorials/frank-ratliff?o=1182. There is a space to add comments, reminiscences and even photos; several friends have done so already. His memorial service will be at 11:00 AM, SATURDAY, MAY 7th, at UNITY PALO ALTO COMMUNITY CHURCH, 3391 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. There will be a reception in Menlo Park later in the day; details will be provided at the service. "

Posted by baljian on Saturday, April 23 @ 09:51:16 PDT (69 reads)
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 'The Hill' as culture

Discussion ForumsAnonymous writes "During the class years of '67-'68' & '68-'69...we at Gunn High School had 'The Hill' as a place to go to 'smoke cigarettes'. This was a dirt area north of the Art Room building backed by a fenced 'settling basin' and the old RR Track Grade. The uniqueness of this 'safe zone' smoking area was that it actually existed at all. Somehow, the-powers-that-be who made decisions regarding student conduct at Gunn were able to set aside a place for STUDENTS to smoke cigarettes without actually LEAVING the campus. STILL a miracle of magnitude in my mind for that or any other time. Since minors were technically barred from purchasing cigarettes, there was no ban on actually consuming them, so rather than confront student stepping off-campus to imbibe in smoking, 'THE HILL' was established to keep student technically on school district property. There was a bold white line marked on pavement separating the access drive from the lawn fringe of the Art Room building; the dirt/oak tree-doted area being deemed 'neutral' school district property. br> In our world today of 'political correctness', I still find that decision then, made by adults, in control of minors, a bold and courageous move. The community was in support of Dr. McLean's fair-handed approach to the problem of minors smoking during school hours. 'The Hill' was only available for smoking during brunch, lunch, and with a faculty member present.
I was one the very few to challenge the 'white line', not because of any real reason, but just to 'rattle the cage' of the administration; my status then was as a 'young hippy type'. I purposely stood on the 'wrong side' of the white line and was ordered to report to Main Office for disciplinary actions. Of course I marched across campus , lit cigarette in hand, into the office lobby and snuffed-out my smoke in the potted plant just inside the door. Although my actions were clearly outside any justifiable stance, my punishment was so minor it ranked as insignificant.
I post this story of a past era at Gunn High School to show that everyday life's frustrations and confrontations have always been part of youth culture interacting with perceived adult power. Today, with texting cellphone message rampant, our offspring are confronted with absolute power at school; more appearance of fair-minded alternative measures to control behaviors, deemed 'out-of-bounds', is required in order to define required limits.
I hope than communication with youth, parents, faculty, administrators, and the general constituency can promote cooperation and true GUIDANCE for our future citizens. Otherwise our nation WILL be threatened from WITHIN itself. Gunn High School was, and I hope still is, a place where the art of communication is taught, along with 'the 3 R's' to our future constituency. "

Posted by baljian on Saturday, April 23 @ 09:50:58 PDT (91 reads)
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 Charles Dowd, class of 1966, died recently

ObituariesAnonymous writes " Charles Dowd, a member of Gunn's first graduating class, died of pancreatic cancer on March 23, 2010. For 35 years he was a professor of music at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He also was a founding member of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. His musical specialty was percussion and he played the tympani in the Eugene Orchestra. Every quarter his students gave a public percussion concert which became noted for creativity and just plain fun. Dowd claimed he began as a rock and roll drummer in the Bay area. He was highly respected by his students, fellow musicians, and patrons of music. At a Eugene Symphony concert just a few days prior to his death he was honored by a tribute. Four of his former students performed a percussion work dedicated to Dowd. Dowd is survived by his musician wife and two sons, plus two by a former marriage. John Attig, former Gunn social studies teacher. jnhattig@efn.org "

Posted by Baljian on Thursday, April 08 @ 03:25:23 PDT (115 reads)
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 Class of 1990 - 20th Reunion

Reunionslauren@stanfordalumn writes "Class of '90 - 20th Reunion - Saturday, May 8th, 2010 See the reunion web site for details: http://eightize.com/1990/index.html"

Posted by baljian on Saturday, March 20 @ 14:56:02 PDT (88 reads)
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 Gunn High Class of 1980 30th Reunion!

Reunionse_aguon@yahoo.com writes "Saturday, August 7, 2010 Crowne Plaza Cyprus Room 4290 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 6:30 pm to midnight We are trying to locate alumni so please spread the word! "

Posted by baljian on Saturday, March 20 @ 14:55:44 PDT (147 reads)
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 Gunn High Class of 1975 35th Reunion

Reunionsdml@paynefears.com writes "Our 35th reunion get-together is planned for July 17, 2010 from 12-5 at Zott's (the Alpine Beer Garden) 3915 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, CA. Please spread the word!!! "

Posted by baljian on Sunday, January 31 @ 08:03:53 PST (70 reads)
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 Class of 69 40th Reunion 11/14/009!!!

ReunionsAnonymous writes "Coming up soon! Saturday November 14, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the San Jose Hilton - Go to Great Reunions to order tickets and for details! Shannon McGough-Hawkins, Class of Gunn 69, hawk141@earthlink.net"

Posted by baljian on Monday, October 26 @ 12:15:26 PDT (65 reads)
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 Gunn Class of 1974

ReunionsKerryon2000@aol.com writes "Thank you Bonnie and Heidi for organizing and planning a great reunion!!"

Posted by baljian on Monday, July 27 @ 11:01:54 PDT (131 reads)
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 Class of 1979 Reunion (August 1) and Class Website

News and Announcementssteve@hargadon.com writes "The Gunn class of 1979 has a community website at http://gunn79.ning.com where members of the class can connect with each other. We also have a 30th reunion coming up Saturday, August 1, from Noon to 4 pm at the Gunn High School Amphitheatre. More information on attending the reunion is on the front page of the site. "

Posted by baljian on Monday, July 27 @ 11:01:36 PDT (73 reads)
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