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Oxon Hill reprise

I don't think I'd been back to my old high school since I graduated in 1977. Why would I? I didn't feel any great attachment to it while I was there, and in fact turned in paperwork for a transfer to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt for what would have been my senior year. (It was turned down, of course.) I was dating a girl from Crossland's class of '76, most of my free time was spent with my Civil Air Patrol squadron at Andrews AFB, and if there had been a School Spirit test, I would have scored negative numbers. Didn't like - well, maybe that's a little strong, perhaps apathetic towards would be more accurate - most of my classmates, didn't give a damn about the school's sports teams, and as for the senior prom, I left early with my date, since we had a previous commitment to attend Disclave. Pretty sure I never went to Homecoming even while I was a student there.

So it felt pretty weird going back there Saturday, surrounded by a bunch of people I didn't know who had graduated in the 30+ years since I left. There wasn't much left of the places I used to hang out in: the library had been completely rebuilt and looked to have lost half its shelving in favor of computer workstations and class space; both of the temporary classrooms that had housed the AFJROTC squadron were gone (although the sign directing people to "Aerospace" was still there by the doorway) and the "lounge" under the skyway to the gym off the science corridor was just a stairwell - the book exchange shelf long gone.

I didn't stay long. I saw a few former classmates, talked briefly with Mr. Moran, who had been principal while I was there, and walked back to my car after about an hour. I'm of two minds about posting the pictures, since a lot of the pics are of places where things used to be, and aren't any more. Which seems more than a little pointless.


May. 20th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Not all they're cracked up to be. Went to my first and only several years ago and likely would never go to another.
Always felt that if high school wasn't mandatory I might not have completed one year.
May. 20th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Reunions
Part of the problem with reunions is that unless we've been hanging out or staying in close touch with our classmates these last...well, coming onto forty years now, for the Class of '77, it's really a bunch of strangers meeting and trying to find common ground. I probably shouldn't have gone to the last once, since I wound up flunking the Foreign Service Exam the next day and bedridden with a systemic infection a few days after that - but I can't really blame that on the reunion, it was more a case of me being dumb and trying to do too much at once.
May. 20th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Glad to read your comments
I was going to go but life wound up getting in the way. Himself is bothered by health problems for which we are still seeking diagnosis. He was too fatigued to come and I decided not to leave him alone. I felt alienated while I endured my servitude there, but have recently discovered through Facebook that some of the people I didn't know then are actually kinds cool, and I would have enjoyed face-time. But the place is a shell and many of the memories it held are better left alone.
May. 20th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad to read your comments
This would make more sense to me if you'd signed it or at least left your initials...whoever you are.
May. 20th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad to read your comments
I kind of feel like you. Started sophomore year with a lot of friends from junior high, but had grown apart from most of them over the couple years there. Then was the "star" in sort of a scandal, that lost me some friends as well. Since growing up and getting on FB, though, I've met some former classmates and other alumni that I really do enjoy, both on FB, and at a few in-person functions I've attended. Wish I'd seen wombat socho there on Saturday. Maybe we both would have had more fun.
May. 21st, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad to read your comments
It's a distinct possibility, mystery commenter!
May. 20th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
I didn't attend...but...
while I do have tons of memories from my years at OHHS and graduating in 1976, you now have made me wonder just how many after us know the history behind those temporary classrooms that housed the AFJROTC 11th Squadron. I was not a member of the program, but I lived every day of it from its beginning until 1978. It would have been extremely sad for me to go and not see them standing out there as well...now I am glad I didn't have to go through those emotions Saturday. I can remember what used to be out there, who started the program, what he gave to the students of OHHS and the memories he helped create from Homecomings to Military Balls and Reviews, The Helmsmen, Senior OC Trips, the bands hired to play all of the dances at the school. He was more than a teacher...he was a father, a confidant, an advisor, a rescuer to any student who needed him.

So if you ever travel to Ocean City, MD...when you go through the town of Berlin east bound or you are headed home just before Berlin...there's a cemetery on the west bound side of Route 50 - Sunset Memorial Gardens - blow your horn and holler "HEY SARGE!" he's right there close to the road so he can see all of us drive by and wave whenever we're in town.

Me...I visit as often as I can and tell him..."Yes Dad...everyone still thinks of you...you are a part of their Clipper memories"
May. 20th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: I didn't attend...but...
Indeed, after a few years of active duty, I had a lot more respect and appreciation for your Dad than I did as a surly teenager wearing Air Force blue. But I'm pretty sure he knows.



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