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1972 Revisited

 

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They started out inviting grads of all three schools to this reunion. "Then one person said, 'My husband is all bent out of shape because he graduated from Greenhills,'" so they added the private school, and two of its eleven 1972 graduates are coming, too. They also added Earthworks, a short-lived alternative high school, and a couple of its grads also signed up. That gave them five schools, and their name: the High Five Reunion.

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Along with bringing together rival schools, the organizers hope to breach forty-year-old cultural barriers. Brad Thompson, now CEO of the Legal News, sketches the social packs at Pioneer: "You had the auto shop greasers, you had the intellectuals, you had the hippies, you had the jocks." If Kit and Candi were stereotyped, it probably would have been as "pretty" or "popular" (another organizer, Wendy Winkler, would have been, too--she starred in Huron's sold-out musical, Brigadoon). But it's not just the in-crowd who are coming. Keith Hefner, who won a MacArthur award for his pioneering publications for gay youths and kids in foster care, will also be there. So will Margo Freeland Selvig, who as a Huron student was what today we'd call homeless. Estranged from her mother--who, she says, "didn't do teenagers"--she worked at Big Boy and moved from one friend's house to another, sometimes living in her car. "Nobody [at school] knew," she says. "I still managed to hold a good average on grades. I was even a cheerleader for a while." But, she says, "I was always getting teased about my nose"--she'd broken it half a dozen times in accidents at play and at work.

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