Topeka High School Class of 1967 celebrates 50 years

A weekend full of activities, rekindling friendships and remembering those who aren’t with them any longer await members of Topeka High School’s Class of 1967.


“We have classmates coming back from all points from all over the country,” said DeWitt Harkness, a member of the reunion committee and co-owner of Wolfe’s Camera Shop in downtown Topeka. “We’re expecting about 150 people.”

Harkness and his classmates have a full schedule Friday and Saturday, beginning with the homecoming parade in which Nancy Crites Woodward, Topeka High’s homecoming queen in 1967, will be the grand marshal, followed by the football game against the Manhattan Indians.

“Just to think it’s been 50 years and here we are,” said Woodward, of Topeka, just before she got in a blue Corvette convertible to lead the parade. “All of us love this school and have such good memories of our time here. Homecoming is the perfect time for us to all be together.”

On Saturday, the Class of 1967 will get together in Topeka High’s cafeteria for a light breakfast, a tour of the school with Topeka High historian Doug Wallace and a memorial service lead by Rev. Marvin Lawton in the school’s historic library to remember those classmates who have died. A reunion party will then take place in the Regency ballroom of the downtown Ramada Inn and Convention Center on Saturday evening.

Photo gallery: Topeka High School’s homecoming parade

With the Class of 1967 representing the centennial class for Topeka High, Harkness said he can remember, as if it were yesterday, when he was a senior and he saw the Class of 1917 celebrating their 50th class reunion.

“I remember thinking, ‘Wow, 50 years covers a lot of time and space,’” he said. “It makes you realize how fast time goes.”


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