The East High School Class of 1989 high school reunion in Cheyenne, Wyoming took place with three major events spanning July 31 to August 1. This East High School Class of 1989 high school reunion is the first one occurring since 1999. Here’s more about this event, which reunited former friends from their days of youth in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was a memorable time for those who attended.
More About The East High School Class of 1989 High School Reunion in Cheyenne, Wyoming
I spoke with one of the members of the high school reunion committee. He told me that he and some others met in August of 2008 to get this off the ground. They had no database from the 10th anniversary high school reunion, so finding the close to 500 graduates became quite a task. Through extensive efforts, they were able to contact roughly 250 alumni, and out of that, some 100 graduates (with their families) were expected to attend the weekend activities, some coming from as far away as Washington, D.C. and Florida.
But what I would come to find out is that many graduates never left (or couldn’t resist coming back to) Cheyenne, Wyoming. I spoke to one of the graduates of the East High School Class of 1989, Doug Brunner, who’s moved away from and come back to town an incredible six times. I asked him why he kept coming back, and his response was emphatic: “There’s no place like home.” He, like many of the graduates, first reconnected with their old buddies via the internet. Not surprisingly, wanting to see people not seen in 20 years was the biggest reason for attending.
East High School Class of 1989 High School Reunion Mixer
The Friday night mixer took place at the Outlaw Saloon, beginning at 6:30 p.m. It was chilly, windy, and very cloudy for the next few hours, though luckily, guests could socialize under a large canopy as well as covered patio tables. Pizza and hot wings were provided with an open bar available. The less than ideal summer weather didn’t curtail this high school reunion, as I could feel a real festivity in the air amongst the 80 or so people who attended. Some conversations included good-natured debating over recollections of what happened during high school. At 9:30 p.m., most of the East High School Class of 1989 went inside the main building as rain started to fall heavier. Some stayed past midnight.
I found out some really interesting things about the people, including Dolores Morales, who played soccer for East High School. She attended because she missed her ten year reunion for the East High School Class of 1989, and was considered on the “missing list”, along with her best friend Tammy Miller, even though they both lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Miller said that she attended to “mostly see old friends (and for them) to be shocked that Dolores and I are best friends (which they became after working together 17 years ago as Certified Nurses Assistants).” Morales, feeling a bit nervous since she hadn’t seen anyone in 20 years, got to reunite with her best friend Shawna, who she remarked “…still looks good and hadn’t changed a bit.”
East High School Class of 1989 High School Reunion in Cheyenne, Wyoming: “We Paved The Road!”
Tamara (Reid) Larimore of the East High School Class of 1989 came from Evansville, Wyoming with her husband Rich, a 1988 East High School graduate. They have been married for 19 years, but started dating circa 1984, and broke up a number of times before tying the knot. A mother of three, she wears several hats, including pre-school teacher, foster mother, customer service manager at Walmart, sells Avon, and much much more! She hadn’t been to Cheyenne in 9 years, but wanted to see a couple of friends at the East High School Class of 1989 high school reunion. With such a busy life, she affirmed that being in Cheyenne, Wyoming was “like a vacation.” She lives in the same area as Tom Page, a Casper Vet Tech for the last 14 years, but never reconnected with him until this event. He told me that he passed high school with C’s and D’s, but applied himself in tech school, garnering a 3.8 GPA. I spoke to one military veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Travis Perko, who served our country in the US Marines. He wasn’t going to attend, but got an email from one of his former classmates who was to attend, so he decided to attend, and reconnected with some other graduates.
I asked the people I spoke with to define the East High School Class of 1989 in Cheyenne, Wyoming with a sentence. Here are several answers:
“We were a party class”, said East High School Class of 1989 graduate Doug Brunner. Delores Morales quipped, “We were a proud class. We took pride in our school.” Tammy Miller said, “They had their parties at times, but they supported each other and their teams.” And Jason Brassell, who works in the insurance field in Colorado, added “We paved the road!” Lori (Gallegos) Way, a child support worker, gave me a really thoughtful two-sentence response about her graduation era: “Everybody knew everybody, (we were) close knit. But being the end of the ’80’s, we wondered about the future and how we were going to contribute.”
East High School Class of 1989 High School Reunion: Saturday Picnic
In the neighborhood of 200 alumni and their families showed up for the picnic at Holliday Park that began at 11 a.m., but was still going strong at 1 p.m. (the scheduled end). The reunion gods were in a good mood, as the weather was a bit breezy, but very sunny. Kids were kept busy with a bounce castle and everyone could have their faces painted, with many people getting an “89” on their cheeks. There was plenty of food and drink on hand, including two 6 foot platters of subs and grilled hot dogs. Two large East High School Class of 1989 cakes (one white, one chocolate) highlighted dessert.
East High School Class of 1989 High School Reunion in Cheyenne, Wyoming: The Dinner Dance
Close to 130 alumni and their significant others attended the dinner (salad, beef or chicken, and cheesecake) and dance which was held at Little America. At one end of the ballroom, a mostly continuous slide show displayed some 900 photos that showcased high school life. The late 80’s hairdos of the girls stood out! A short video aired asking what some of the students would be doing after graduation. One student said he wanted to be the first president with long hair, garnering laughter. Tripods displaying East High School-related newspaper clips were scattered all over, with such headlines like “East Thunderbirds Set to Defend Title” and “Central Devours Thunderbirds, 26-0.” One area was set up for memorials to deceased teachers and students from that time.
With the lights down for dancing until 11 p.m., many of the alumni from the East High School Class of 1989 were still snapping pictures of each other. The DJ told me he had 175 songs from the 1980’s, including selections from Def Leppard, Chicago, AC/DC, etc. One 1989 song I heard was Debbie Gibson’s Lost In Your Eyes, one of my top 10 songs for the Class of 1989, which you can read more about at this Associated Content article.