A Dearborn Heights high school will have a 45th class reunion as part of this Homecoming weekend.
The Annapolis High School Class of 1970 will hold a class reunion dinner at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Saturday. The class had an unusual history, as it spent all of its junior high school years and high school years in the same building.
Dearborn Heights School District-7 originally had spent years as Dearborn Township School District-7 feeding its elementary school students into the Dearborn School District’s Fordson High School and then Dearborn High School. When the district decided to start its own high school after Dearborn Heights became a city in the 1960s, it converted its junior high building at 4650 Clippert Street into Annapolis High School, and then built a new O.W. Best Junior High School building to the west of Monroe.
“Yes, we did that in our school district history,” 45th Class Reunion Co-Chair Vicki Geroux Schiesel said. “We were the first graduating class at Annapolis, and we were the only one who started and ended in the same building.”
Because the golf course required everything be paid in advance, Schiesel disclosed that the Saturday dinner was already a sold-out event weeks ago. However, she said the rest of the reunion is still open to the public, as events occur tonight.
The class will be visiting their old high school at 4 p.m. Friday, she said. At 5 p.m., they will be lining up around Eaton and Mayfair Streets in their own parade unit for the Homecoming Parade, After it marches in the parade down Annapolis Street to the athletic field at Pardee Elementary School, Schiesel said, the Annapolis High School Class of 1970 will be honored at halftime of the Sept. 25 Annapolis Cougars-Crestwood Chargers football game.
Scheisel acknowledged that the Sept. 26 dinner will be at a Dearborn Hills golf clubhouse far different than the students would have remembered from the days they went to Annapolis High School in the 1960s, since the city of Dearborn has since totally rebuilt the building in the intervening years.
“Yes, I actually have some class members asking me about the golf clubhouse,” Schiesel said. “Though some people actually play the course regularly, and they can play golf there Saturday morning.”
Brian Bosman will deejay (likely playing mostly 1970s music) for the buffet dinner of chicken and roast beef at the Dearborn Hills clubhouse. Scheisel assures class members attending the reunion that a large amount of memorabilia has been gathered to bring back the nostalgia of their high school days.
“We have our old yearbooks to look through, newspaper articles from some of our papers back then,” she said. “One of the things we did when we graduated to have everyone make out their last will and testament, and we have a lot of pictures from that year.”