July 8, 2016
9 months and 23 days since
our Reunion.

This website is a gathering place for the members of Ithaca High School Class of 1961, the first graduating class from the "New High School." 



We, the Class of 1961, will celebrate our 60th reunion in July, 2021, in Ithaca.  We will be asking for reunion committee volunteers soon.  Keep checking the website for details as they are posted.

Note To Classmates

If your personal information, such as home address, e-mail address, phone number, etc. changes, please contact me at jldavid3@q.com or George Kent at george627@comcast.net or Loulie Kent at loulie304@comcast.net or Margie James Perna at amperna5@gmail.com so that we can update our master information library.  Also, if any classmate is aware of other classmates' change of status, please let us know.

Just because our 55th reunion is behind us doesn't mean you shouldn't register in our Classmates Directory.  Just CLICK HERE and add your profile.


4/1/2017 - The latest Newser has been posted. To read it, click HERE

The following are changes to the website that have occurred since our 50th reunion in July 2011.  These update announcements will be individually posted for about six months before they will be removed.  Classmates will be able to keep current with website updates.

  • Lars Kallstrom passed away on February 8, 2016
  • Ed Crispell passed away on April 3, 2016
  • Linda "Kathie" Drew Struble passed away on April 29, 2016
  • Donna Rae Henderson Gerner passed away on April 30, 2016
  • Catherine Marie Hughes Kimpland passed away on May 7, 2016
  • Donna Josephine Birdsall Inman passed away on May 29, 2016
  • Sue Jessup passed away on August 21, 2016
  • Nick Poulos passed away on August 26, 2016
  • Mr. Culligan passed away on November 6. 2016
  • Vernon Lee Hansen passed away on December 15, 2016
  • Janet O'Brien May has a new email address and the directory has been updated
  • Mr. Graves passed away on February 4, 2017
  • Eileen Burley (Lee) passed away on May 12, 2015

Checkout the Current Class Notes web page for new stories and post-reunion information of interest to the IHS Class of 1961.  CLICK HERE to access the latest class information.

Wish I was in High School, a pair of white bucks on my feet,
Honor student, or delinquent, football hero, or just a creep.
I would gladly be anything, that was anything back then,
when I was busy growing away, from family and friends.
I never meant to do that, there was so much time to share,
But legions of years marched silent, through my garden, unaware.
Now in quiet desperation, I can't remember where they've gone.
The homeroom days, and classes, the homework nights so long.
I would barter with the distant past, to relive those slices out of time,
That disappeared like silent ghosts, to the farside of my mind.
Does life forgive, or just forget, the regrets that come at night,
When all we were, are but stardust dreams, that fade with morning light.
Yes, wish I was in high school....
I'd settle for that.

Rick Gravelding
IHS, Class Of 1961
Pepper The Skunk
Pepper The Skunk
Check out the photos taken at the 50th Reunion by Clicking Here.
Check out the photos taken at the 50th Reunion by Clicking Here.

Please add your thoughts on any of our reunions by adding your comments to our Reunion Blog.  Click here.

Our Academic Home
Fall 1957 Through Spring 1960


Our Academic Home
Fall 1960 Through Spring 1961


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Reunion Quiz
What was the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in 1961?

Reunion Poll
What should be the next class event?

51st Reunion
70th Birthday Reunion
55th Reunion
No more planned events. We are too old.
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