It doesn't matter if you were a "Bear" in the 1900s or 2000s.
If you’re a former Olympia High School student, you are asked to report directly to the All Class Years Reunion Friday evening at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub.
Organizers don’t know if it’s the first all-years reunion for the school – there may have been similar efforts during the school’s early years – but they think it’s the first of this size involving students from so many generations, according to Charlie Kirry, president of the OHS Alumni Association.
“About 38,000 (people) have gone to Olympia High at one time or another,” said Kirry, a 1976 OHS graduate.
The alumni association is a nonprofit that was formed about eight years ago. The group maintains a database that has addresses for about 15,000 former Olympia High School students, Kirry said. It also has recorded about 6,000 deceased classmates.
Organizers say the reunion is a way to help spread the word about the alumni association, which has about 1,400 paid members.
The event begins at 4 p.m. so people will have time to buy dinner and socialize.
“It goes until the last person is out the door,” said organizer Paula Malloy-Hayward.
OHS alumni T-shirts, hats and other apparel will be sold at the event. Proceeds will support the alumni association’s efforts.
“We do a lot of things for the school,” said Malloy-Hayward, who graduated from OHS in 1968 while using her maiden name, Paula Pitcher. “We have a couple of scholarships we give each year.”
The association also supports OHS by purchasing books, football equipment and other items that school officials request, she added.
Kirry said they don’t know how many folks will show up, but they’ve been trying to spread the word about the event with fliers, local radio and social networking sites such as Facebook.
Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 firstname.lastname@example.org