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August 23, 2017


You Can Go Home Again; '58 Alumni Recreate Graduation Photo

On the first day of classes on August 23, 2017, five decidedly older gentlemen rolled up in front of the MRH Central Office wearing white coats, bow ties, and patent leather shoes, just like what they wore on the day they posed for a photo in the school gymnasium on graduation night in 1958.

That original photo featured five others, lifelong buddies who have since passed.  But not from memory. 

The leader of the crew was David Milius, a New York State resident who wrangled the other four, but not after considerable roadblocks.  The original photo shoot was sidelined by the death of a close friend in New York. The second attempt was scuttled when the airline had to cancel Milius's flight.  But on a balmy late summer afternoon, the five friends finally strode the front door and commenced to disagreeing about which room was which, and where exactly they used to play stick ball.

The group also stopped by the theater, which they agreed is not all that different than the way it looked nearly six decades ago... the cafeteria... and the athletic field, where the JV boys were out-soccering Clayton at the moment.  Each wore wide smiles.

Perhaps their favorite stop was at the Spirit Wear store, where none of them could agree on who was an X-large or a large, and which two of them would get the only remaining two ball caps on the shelf. 

Joining Milius for the gym photo, as the MRH volleyball women watched in amusement, were Paul Nolting, Ed Phillips, Denny Lober, and Paul Rogers.  Each of them still resides in the St. Louis area outside of Maplewood.   Their late friends were Gene Huff, Jim Brown, Charlie Meredith, Gil Atkinson, and Fred Giesler.

For many more photos of the 1958 photo recreation, visit the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District's Facebook page. 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.