LONGMONT — Spread the word about the All-Years Longmont High School Reunion.
The inaugural event, to be held July 23 at Anderson Farms in Erie, is open to all students, graduates and teachers, past or present, of Longmont High School, which was chartered in 1902.
Thousands are expected to attend, but event coordinators need help in alerting the generations of students who have attended Longmont High since its first year.
It was the only high school in the St. Vrain Valley until Niwot High School opened in 1972.
Event coordinators Tim Hipsher and Rod Carlson, class of 1969, said although mailings about the reunion have been sent to alums, they want the word to get out about the all-inclusive reunion.
“If you didn’t get an invite, that doesn’t mean anything. We want you there,” Hipsher said.
Word of mouth may be the best way for former students and graduates of Longmont’s first high school to learn about the all-years reunion. Hipsher and Carlson said former students are coming from all over the United States, as well as from other countries.
“This is quite an undertaking, huh?” said Carlson.
Nicknamed the “mega” reunion, the event originally was planned for the classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970 because those graduates wanted to meet up again. Then other graduates from other years wanted to be part of the get-together, and the generational friendships of Longmont High began to sweep through the years.
“It just mushroomed,” said Sharon Hipsher, class of 1965 and Tom Hipsher’s wife.
The event will include tours of the original high school, which is now Twin Peaks Charter Academy at Main Street and Longs Peak Avenue, as well as the current high school at 1040
The current high school displays a Wall of Fame of past graduates, which reunion attendees can also check out.
Admission tickets are available for $15 through April 30, and will cost $20 after that. Attendees are prohibited from bringing pets or alcohol to the reunion.
The all-years reunion at Anderson Farms will sell barbecue fare, as well as beer and mixed drinks. Event coordinators urge attendees to register as soon as possible so they can order supplies accordingly.
The reunion is scheduled as follows: From noon to 3 p.m. there will be an open house at the old Main Street school and the current Longmont High School; from 4 p.m. to midnight, it’s food, music and fun at Anderson Farms.
For more information, call Tim Hipsher at 303-772-0097. For a registration form, visit www.lhstrojanreunions.com.
If interested in volunteering, please attend the next meeting, March 22, at Anderson Farms, about a half-mile north of Colo. Highway 52 on Weld County Road 31/4.
Melanie M. Sidwell can be reached at 303-684-5274, or by e-mail at