(Photo by Jean Sherrard)
Usually the biggest excitement at the annual West Seattle High School All-School Reunion is indoors.
Not this time.
With WSHS celebrating the 100th anniversary of the building’s opening, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and WSHS Alumni Association collaborated to organize a “Group Hug” photo outside the school’s historic north entrance. SWSHS executive director Clay Eals said the Pacific Rim Equipment-provided lift had the highest-ever potential altitude (43′) for one of their trademark photos:
(2 am update) Photographer Jean Sherrard‘s view from up there is atop this story. (Back to original report) He’s at center in the photo below, with SWSHS’s Brad Chrisman at left and Eals at right:
The hundreds who gathered for the photo enjoyed music by the West Seattle Big Band – founded as a WSHS alumni group, now directed by Jim Edwards:
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The crowd also heard from one of their most famous fellow alums, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Class of 1980:
Some alums streamed back inside after the photo, through the doors beneath the balloon arch:
One display remained – every year the reunion gives a special spotlight to whichever class is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its graduation, and this year, it was the Class of 1967:
After the memories, music, and photography, alums were invited to continue the celebration an afterparty at Whisky West in Morgan Junction.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: A downloadable version of the photo is now available from SWSHS, with video from the lift and the ground to be added within a few days.