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Where were you in ’62? These folks were graduating from 8th grade at Encinal, Hillview and Oak Knoll

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on September 23, 2012

1962 graduates of Encinal School in Menlo Park

Twenty years ago, a group gathered a bit ad hoc at Sally Moffet Lussier’s home in the Santa Cruz Mountain to relive some memories shared while they were students at Hillview School during the late 50s/early 60s. That school, like Encinal and Hillview at the same time, were all K-8, serving the early Baby Boomer generation.

1962 graduates of Oak Knoll SchoolEarlier this year, Sally and a couple of classmates representing the other schools decided something more formal was needed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the graduating class of 1962. The resulting event took place yesterday, a picnic at Burgess Park in Menlo Park.

Some attendees hadn’t seen each other since graduating. (Grads of Hillview and Oak Knoll who went to public high school attended both Menlo-Atherton and Woodside, so continuity was lost. Encinal grads all went to M-A.) Yes, name tags were mandatory, but faces became more recognizable when voice and mannerisms were factored in. Five hours of catching up was punctuated by food and drink — and a good time was had by all.

Top photo shows Encinal grads; above right photo, Oak Knoll; bottom photo, Hillview, which includes one ringer, a guy who did graduate from Hillview but in 1961 (lollipop to anyone who spots him).

1962 graduates of Hillview School

Photos by Irene Searles

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Jerry Schwartz September 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Nice picture, but who are they (individually). It’s hard to read their name tags!

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Susan Harris Beckmann September 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I know I am biased….but I think they all look great…especially the 2 Terri’s in front! wow…you both still look like you are in your 40’s!
So nice to see old friends get together. Old friends are the BEST friends.

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