By Tara Balch
Arrowhead Staff Writer
and Kyle Long
Arrowhead Features Editor
Souderton alumni and their guests occupied the Indian Valley Country Club on Sunday, October 6.
Graduates from many different years attended to reminisce, have an exquisite lunch, and be entertained.
Although they were all from different graduating classes, they all had one thing in common: they had graduated at least fifty years ago.The luncheon served as a sort of reunion for some of the attendants and gave them the opportunity to learn about the changes made to their former high school.
The afternoon began at 1:00 p.m. for a social hour.Committee Chairperson Wes Bergey soon greeted everyone and food was served a short time later.Directly following lunch, speeches were made by Director of Secondary Education Jack Silva. English teacher Darryl Smith also reminisced about changes in the school, giving everyone an idea of how Souderton has changed over the past five decades.The crowd seemed to be in awe when Smith mentioned the multiple computer labs, foreign language programs, clubs, various electives, and technology within the students reach.In the end, Smith summed things up quite nicely.
Although the clothing has gotten shorter and longer, and more students drive more expensive cars, theyre still just kids, he said. After speeches, the audience was entertained by the magic of Bill and Kim Mauer, professional magicians. The event concluded with a singing of the alma mater and tearful goodbyes all around. High school back then was very much different from what students now are used to. William Rehak, class of 1938, is living proof of how different the school really is.
With approximately seventy-five students in his graduating class, the increase in students is quite a surprise. To Rehak most of the technology available to students today is foreign. I think its wonderful that these students have all these opportunities available to them, said Rehak. It makes the world a better place. Yet technology was not the only difference in the way high school was run. Back then, students didnt report to English class but instead a class called shorthand and math was referred to as bookkeeping.
Typing class was available but it was taken on typewriters rather than computers. Rehak had a life outside of school like most people do today but he says there wasnt much to do. We played baseball basically, it was really all there was then. There really wasnt use for a job either. We didnt have to pay for much. We could go to the movies for a nickel but usually your parents could spare one, Rehak said. The banquet, a tradition that has been around in various forms since 1897, allowing a reconnection between the often forgotten alumni, and a chance to learn just how much things do change or stay the same.