The building on Banta was the junior high. Our class and the Class of 1959 spent years in both buildings when they were known as Southport High. At the beginning of the 1958-59 school year, Southport High moved to the Banta location, which was in conjunction to the opening of the new Southport Fieldhouse.
We didn’t have a class reunion for about 12 years. I think it was supposed to be a 10-year reunion, but it took a couple of years to get it organized and to locate some of our classmates. I had just moved back to Indianapolis from Southern California. I really enjoyed that first reunion. Over the years we have grown into a friendly group of classmates.
After that first reunion we followed with well-planned ones every 10 years. Then we started having one every five years. Now we have a reunion every year. The ones where the number of years past graduation end in a zero are a little fancier and last for a couple of days. We also hold monthly breakfasts and lunches.
Just this month I have attended a two-day reunion, a lunch, a breakfast and our homecoming football game at Bloomington South, which we won 35-28. We plan to get together for a basketball game later this school year.
Our quarterback, Eddie Schott, is doing a nice job. He completed 31-of-41 passes against the Panthers, and three of his receivers had more than 100 yards receiving. It was a beautiful night for a football game, and we had a great time. Our next big reunion will be in a couple of years. It’s always nice to see these friends and acquaintances.
The best is when a classmate who we haven’t seen for a long time has the opportunity to attend something with us. I am starting to compile a list of former classmates who haven’t attended any of our reunions for a long time (you know who your are). We have a couple of years to talk them into joining us for our 60th reunion. Our upcoming home games are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 12. Plan to be at one of them. Maybe I’ll see you there.
Shonk is a 1960 graduate of Southport High School, a ’63 grad of Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis) and a retired bus driver from Beech Grove Schools