Editor's Note: when the Class of 1962 graduated from Milford High School, John F. Kennedy was president, and the Loco-Motion, the Twist and I Can't Stop Loving You were top songs on the radio. This was the 100th graduating class of Milford High School. Over a recent weekend, members of the class reunited for a 50th reunion.
Milford High School, class of 1962, recently attended their 50th class reunion at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel.
The class also celebrated the distinction of being the 100th class to graduate from MHS.
Forty-two members and 23 guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, which was highlighted with "Golden 50's" centerpieces, surrounded with fresh garlands of red and white carnations.
Baseballs, and popcorn filled containers were scattered throughout the room along with Red Sox memorabilia.
The themes were: 'Our High School 50th' and " Fenway Park, 100 Years"
Harry Pond, Master of Ceremonies, began the evening with a Memorial for deceased class members.
Many pictures , posters, and memorabilia were displayed for viewing. A DVD of class moments from early childhood pictures, to movies of the Junior and the Senior Proms, were viewed on a large screen.
DJ Ron Auger provided the music and some trivia entertainment throughout the evening.
Joan [Creasia] Jackman presented the class with golden wrapped, sugar rose cupcakes, in the shape of the number 50, which she designed and baked.
Raffle and door prizes were awarded. Class member David Volpe was awarded a gift card for traveling from Colorado.
The first graduating class of 1862 comprised of 6 students, three girls and three boys. One student, Melvin Underwood, graduated from Harvard College. He remained in the area, employed in business here, and in Boston.
The class of 1962 had a total of 136 students. Although this class was much larger than the first Alma Mater, it paled in comparison to the much larger graduating classes of the late 1930's and early 40's.
The school administration in 1962 consisted of: David I. Davoren, School Superintended, Joseph Tosches, Principal, Harold Moran, Guidance Director and
Pierina Ramelli, Secretary.
The 100th graduating class of MHS dedicated their yearbook, The Oak, Lily,and Ivy, to Mr. Charles J. Brucato, Vice Principal. The yearbook cover was designed by Janice [Imbruno] Fornaciari. The yearbook was the first Oak, Lily and Ivy edition to incorporate colored pictures.
Commencement Exercises took place 50 years ago on a rainy Wednesday evening. The class members, gowned in school colors of red and white, marched into the school's John C. Lynch Auditorium to music provided by the MHS Orchestra, under the direction of Benny Lancisi. The Commencement program was designed by Joseph [Buster] D'Amico, and the Class Ode was written by Alfred B. Cenedella lll, and Ann [Cunniff ] Lawlor.
Supervisor of music, Alex DiGiannantonio directed the class in singing Graduation Day and songs from the musical, My Fair Lady. Class Motto was: "In Ourselves Our Future Lies."
The MHS, class of 1962, concluded its 50th reunion with a Saturday morning breakfast buffet, held at Lowell's Restaurant. Gifts from the class, a scholarship, and a gift to the town, will be discussed at a later date.
Committee Co-chairwomen of the reunion, were Joan Jackman and Janice Fornaciari. Committee members included: Jean Crusifulli, Harry Pond, Sheila Togo, Jeannette Doura, Marc Fornaciari and Joanne Diramio Class officers are: President, George Rocha, Vice President, Janice [Ferraro] Manning, Secretary, Donna[Power] Beatrice and Treasurer, Charlie Brogioli.