Kent-Meridian High School

Class of 1956

Alma Mater, Kent-Meridian, we love you brave and true.
       Alma Mater, we hail thee, as our praises we renew.
High above your famous portals proudly waves your white and blue.
       We revere thee, and cheer thee, as we pledge our faith to you.

 

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KMHS-56 Monthly Luncheon

October's luncheon will be "noonish" on the last Thursday of the month (that's the 30th this year) at Basil's Kitchen in the Embassy Suites at 15920 West Valley Highway. Basil's phone is 425-227-9406 and the Embassy Suites website is here.

Please join us - you don't need reservations or prior arrangements - just show up around noon and look for a bunch of noisy old-timers who look vaguely familiar. Bring a spouse, date, old classmate or all three, and we'll see you there.

 

 




 
And now ... on with the website!

Originally, this site consisted of photos of Class of 56 attendees at the "KM-2000 All Years Reunion" in August 2000. As the webpage "matured", I've reorganized it several times and added a ton of other photos, including group shots from other reunions, class photos as far back the 1st grade and a growing collection of personal photos, "vintage" and otherwise.

Feel free to help yourself to any of these pictures and pass them along to classmates you might be in contact with, particularly those not online. Just right-click on the full-size image and follow the prompts to save it to your hard drive.

Many of these images have been reduced in size for use on the webpage. If you'd like copies of the original full-sized files, drop me an email.

Important! If you have any KMHS-56 photos, slides, etc. that seem appropriate for this page, please email me and we'll figure out how to get them posted here.

As you scroll through the online class directory, trying to connect these "well experienced" faces to names you remember from long ago, you'll notice that we have still have classmates whose information is out-of-date, incomplete, inaccurate or missing entirely. If you're in contact with any of these folks, please point them here with the "assignment" to fill out an Info Form or, at least, send me their email address so I can start the wheels rolling. If they're not online, just print out the printable version of the Info Form for them to fill out and mail in.

And... if you're wondering " WHAT online class directory?" or have forgotten how to access it, drop me a line here to learn about it.

Send comments and requests to:
Tom Bigley
bigleytl@earthlink.net

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In Memory of
Lost Classmates

Updated October, 2011


Class of '56   Reunions

Here's a challenge: How many of these old coots .... uh, I mean these "young whippersnappers" - can you identify?


Our 20th Reunion
at Renton Inn - 1976

Our 25th Reunion
at Meridian Country Club - 1981

Our 30th Reunion
at Longacres - 1986

KM-2000 All Years Reunion
at the High School

50th Reunion Diadem
(Caution: this is a large file)

Our "BIG FIVE-O" 50th Reunion
at The Embassy Suites in Tukwilla

Our 56th Reunion at the Embassy Suites in Tukwila
Coming soon! More 56th Reunion Photos!


Recent Gatherings and "Mini-Reunions"



KMHS-56 2009 Annual Picnic
Lake Meridian, Aug 2009
 

KMHS-56 Arizona Brigade
Surprize, AZ Mar 2010
 

KMHS-56 2013 Picnic
Lake Meridian, Jul 2013
 


"Vintage" Class Photos


Feeling smug about identifying the folks in the above shots?   Then, try your luck with these "slightly" earler photos.   As you can see, we're missing quite a few class pictures. If you can dig any up, drop me a line and we'll get 'em posted in short order.
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Our Grade Schools
Valley (Kent) Elementary Meridian Elementary   O'Brien Elementary Thomas Elementary Panther Lake Elementary
1st Grade Class Pictures - 1944-45

Kent Elementary
Meridian Elementary O'Brian Elementary Thomas Elementary Panther Lake Elementary
2nd Grade Class Pictures - 1945-46

Kent Elementary
Meridian Elementary O'Brian Elementary Thomas Elementary Panther Lake Elementary
3rd Grade Class Pictures - 1946-47


Kent Elementary

Meridian Elementary

O'Brian Elementary Thomas Elementary Panther Lake Elementary
4th Grade Class Pictures - 1947-48

Kent Elementary
Meridian Elementary O'Brian Elementary Thomas Elementary Panther Lake Elementary
5th Grade Class Pictures - 1948-49

Kent Elementary


Kent Elementary


Meridian Elementary


Meridian Elementary

Transferred to Kent/Valley Elementary Thomas Elementary Panther Lake Elementary
6th Grade Class Pictures - 1949-50
Kent/Valley Elementary


Kent/Valley Elementary

Kent/Valley Elementary

Meridian Elementary  

Thomas Elementary

Panther Lake Elementary


Our
Intermediate Schools
Seventh Grade Classes
1950-51
Valley Intermediate Meridian Intermediate
Valley Intermediate
Grade 7n

Valley Intermediate
Grade 7s

Valley Intermediate
Grade 7x

Valley Intermediate
Grade 7y

Meridian Intermediate
Grade 7

Meridian Intermediate
Grade 7

 
Our
Junior High School
Junior High Classes
1951-1953

Kent-Meridian Junior High
Kent-Meridian Jr High
Grade 8 - 1951-52
KM Jr High
Grade 9 - 1952-53
Boyle's Homeroom

KM Jr High
Grade 9 - 1952-53
Burrell's Homeroom

KM Jr High
Student Council
1952-53

KM Jr High
Grade 9 - 1952-53
Anderson's Homeroom

KM Jr High
Newspaper Staff
1952-53

KM Jr High
Band - 1952-53


Our Faculty
 
Junior High Teachers
1952-53

Senior High Teachers
observing Graduation
June 1956
 


"Vintage" Documents


Class of '56
Commencement Program

Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
Royal Herald
circa 1956

Contributed by
Tom Bigley
Royal Herald
circa 1953

Contributed by
Tom Bigley
Royal Herald
circa 1950

Contributed by
Marge (Dittmar) Green

Post-Intelligencer
circa 1956

Contributed by
Skip Wakefield


Personal Photos, Old and New


" Beneath the Sea "
Lila, Nancy and Bob
at the Junior Prom

Contributed by
Marge (Dittmar) Green
7th Grade Trip to Pier 91
USS Hugh J. Gaffney
Contributed by
Tom Bigley
Methodist Youth Group
7th Grade

Contributed by
Ned Crain
The Boys... Last day at Kent Intermediate?
Contributed by
Carole (Edline) Anderson
Jay in 1956
Contributed by
John Agars
John in 1956
Contributed by
John Agars
Aivars in 1955
Contributed by
John Agars
Me in 1956
Contributed by
John Agars
Lynn and Elrey
Contributed by
Marge (Dittmar) Green
Sandy and Muffy
at a BPA picnic
 
Contributed by
Marge (Dittmar) Green
Miscellaneous
Contributed by
Marge (Dittmar) Green
John and the Studebaker
Contributed by
John Agars
Party Hearty!
Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
Sandy, Virginia, Marla
and Lila as flappers
 
Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
At the Hop
Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
Dorthy, Cathy and
Roland Jankelson ('57)
making paper flowers?

Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
Virginia, Jean, Sandy
and Muffy

Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
Muffy(?), Marla, Carol,
Rosalie and Virginia
 
Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
KMHS Marching Band
downtown Kent

Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
KMHS Marching Band
and Royalettes

Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
"Hap" Pommer's "student
torture devices"

Contributed by
Tom Bigley
Let's try it again...
together this time!
 
Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
Bob lays on the old
Senior Class charm

Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
Jim mans the Civil
Air Patrol desk

Contributed by
Maurice Murphy
Dave and Nancy
Contributed by
Jean (Green) Gault
GAA 52-53
Contributed by
Lynn (Green) Breda
FHA 52-53
Contributed by
Lynn (Green) Breda
Mrs. Rightmire
English Teacher

Contributed by
John Agars
The Girls - 2003
Contributed by
Sandy (Stennes) Jennings
Bob and Jean at the Senior Ball
Contributed by
Bob & Jean Green
Sandy's Certification
Contributed by
Sandy (Stennes) Jennings
"Hank" at Work
Contributed by
"Hank" (Stark) Foubert
Pete and Tom
Olympia
October 2004
John & Francie Agars
on Indian Mt Lookout
circa 1985
Chuck Parsons
& Jim Thorton

on 1955 Road Trip
Party at the
Fetterlies
Girl's Honor
Initiation
Girl's Honor
Initiation
Girl's Honor
Initiation

The Group Cool Bob Bob being "Kewl" at Kent Elementary Gordy Gordy on the Kent Elementary Schoolyard
Cathy Cathy at Kent Elementary
Joan and Mary Joan & Mary Mack Mack Kirkland Mark Mark Pugh Sophmore Hazing Rita (54) "instructs" Sophs Jon, Tom & Jim
on KM Protocol
Loren and Tom's Wheels Loren & Tom's wheels
Loren's Wheels Loren's Wheels George & Beverly George & Beverly Loren & Boots Loren & Boots Ten and Tippy Ron, Ted and Tippy Donna and Sharon Donna and Sharon
Switzerland 1961
Donna & Charlie Donna & Charlie at Kent Elem's 50th Reunion
Princess Pharon Princess Sharon
Kent Parade - July 1956
Ten and Tippy Bev, Pat, Sharon and Donna - 1955 Ski Trip Donna and Sharon Jackie, Sharon, Sandy, Hank and Donna
1954 House Party
Bob Green on float Bob Green on Enger Brother's Float, Kent Cornucopia Parade Valley Intermediate Playground Pricilla, Carole, Marla, Sarole, Sonja and Elaine
at Valley Intermediate
Mrs Hurley's 6th Grade Valley Intermediate School Class The girls of Mrs Hurley's 6th Grade Valley Intermediate Class
  Ron and Rosalie Ron and Rosalie
with their racehorse
"Jamaica Bound"
  Girl's Luncheon Sept 2008 The Girls
Sept 2008 Luncheon