Lots of Lakers and members of the Indian Lake community came together to celebrate 50 years of the Indian Lake High School facility recently.
More than 120 community members and members of the ILHS Classes of 1969 and 1970, along with former staff members gathered for a special breakfast on Jan. 18.
It was 50 years ago that many students and staff helped move from the Lewistown building to the new ILHS. The original facility was completed in late 1968. Students moved in over Christmas break and began classes in January 1969.
The ILHS cafeteria was filled with food, laughter and smiles as the crowd reminisced about their favorite times at ILHS.
Becky Allen was the first young lady to graduate from ILHS in 1969.
“It was so exciting to be part of something new. I was in the first production on the new stage in the auditorium, too.”
Allen says she was excited to come back. “It makes me feel young again! I always enjoyed being here. I loved it when my kids were here.”
Sue Campbell was a business teacher on staff at ILHS at the time. She said of the move over Christmas break, “It was crazy with all those boxes. It’s nice to see the building is still so clean and in good shape.”
Members of the Class of 1969 were the first class to graduate from the new ILHS and the Class of 1970 was the first class to spend a whole year in the building.
Bob Henry was Superintendent of the district in 1969. He was a special guest at the breakfast, as well.
After the meal was served, guests were treated to a concert from the ILHS Meistersingers Show Choir. Then they went on a guided tour of the building to see how things have changed and stayed the same.
In addition to the breakfast, the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host a concert event in March in the ILHS Auditorium in March. This event will feature the Cowsills, whose song “Indian Lake” also turn 50 years old this year! Tickets can be purchased at https://www.visitindianlakeohio.com/cowsills
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.