Members of the class gathered in front of the Cobb School District’s central office this week to spread the word about their upcoming 55th reunion on Sept. 27.
The classmates caught up with each other and told stories while they waited to pose for a photo with another figure from 1959: a candy-apple red Ford Galaxie.
They were all smiles as they climbed into the car, which brought back memories for class president Ron Wallace, who lives in south Fulton County.
“It feels good to see a car like this in such good condition,” he said.
Wallace said it reminded him of the Ford his father owned and let him drive during his years at the school.
Wallace, who owns an IT consulting firm, is looking forward to seeing more of his classmates again. In 2013, a few classmates got together and decided to set their next reunion for this year “because people might not make it another five years.”
Veteran educator Betty Gray, who began her teaching career at South Cobb High School in 1957, sat in the car with her former students Wednesday.
One of them, Cobb banker Joe Daniell, remembers Gray being “pretty strict back in the day” when she taught English.
“Ball point pens were somewhat new at the time,” Daniell said. “She did not permit us to use them, only traditional (fountain) pens. She preferred blue-black.”
This got a laugh from everyone around.
Interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, who turned out for the photo shoot, plans to speak at the reunion.
“It’s cool to be a part of this group,” said Ragsdale, noting his mother graduated from South Cobb High in 1965.
Invitations have been sent to all addresses the group has, but members hope to reach more of their classmates.
“There’s a small list of people we can’t find and we hope they will give us a call if they see this,” Wallace said.