Brigham Young High School
Class of 1969

40th Year Reunion
July 3, 2009

The BYH Class of 1969 in 2009.
Thanks to Rich Reimschussel for this photograph.

1. David Andrews; 2. Mark Ashworth; 3. Kathleen Bateman Peterson; 4. Nancy Cannon Jensen; 5. Chris Darais; 6. Sylvia Spears; 7. Rick Beckham; 8. John Edmunds; 9. Robert Earl; 10. Jim Beagles; 11. Richard Reimschussel; 12. Ronald Robison; 13. Barbara Babb Johnson; 14. Steve Soffe; 15. Michael Eastman; 16. David Cunningham; 17. Lynette Andersen Lewis; 18. Ivan Hullinger; 19. Michael Patton; 20. Evelyn McAffee Rushton; 21. Kathy Swenson Graf; 22. Kris Apostol Cunningham; 23. Lesley Strong McLaughlin; 24. Michael Brown; 25. Jeffrey Keith; and 26. Dave Jacobs.

Hover cursor over the photograph for identifications.

May 14, 2009

Dear Classmates of the B.Y. High "Ghost Class of '69",

Please find attached an invitation to our 40th anniversary class reunion which is being held on July 3rd, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm in the Academy Building.

As a reunion committee we have now located 52 of 63 potential classmates and have had requests from several others to attend.

Please read the announcement and RSVP as directed.

We are very excited to see everyone. It has been fun working as a committee to pull this off and we hope all that can attend will make an extra effort to be there. I'm sure seeing Dave Jacobs, Mike Brown and Mark Ashworth up to their old antics alone will make your trip and time worthwile.

We know that not everyone will be able to attend on this date. It was a difficult decision to pick a date knowing that some class members could not attend on that date. We are sorry we could not meet everyone's schedule.

If you cannot attend we welcome any written or video comments you might like to share with your fellow classmates. We would love to hear a synopsis of what you have been doing for the last 40 years.

Please forward any comments you would like to either Rich Reimschussel or Kathy Swensen Graf.


Your Reunion Committee,

Dave Jacobs
Mike Brown
Rick Shumway
Jim Beagles
Lesley Strong McLaughlin
Kathy Swensen Graf
Jill Frischnecht Andrews
Richard Reimschussel

P.S. We are still trying to locate: Rex Anderson, Roy Christensen, Anne Barton Giffen, Bruce Evans, Kenneth Johnson, Lorna Knight Lane, Pamela Orton Christensen, Polly Parcell Bishop, Lilia Rubio, Ranae Meredith Webb, and Nadine Vincent. If you have any leads how we can find any of these classmates please contact Rich Reimschussel.

Click here for 2009 Reunion Announcement

32nd Year Reunion
July 1, 2001

BYH Class of 1969 at 2001 Reunion
Thanks to Kathy Swensen Graf for photo.

Girls, Left to right: Sue Oldroyd Pyne, Nancy Cannon Jensen, Evelyn McAffee Rushton, Jill Frischnecht Andrews, Jolene Barlow Thompson, Renae Meredith Webb, Kathy Swensen Graf, and Sherry Peterson Curtis.

Boys, Left to right: Rich Reimschussel, Jeff Keith, David Earl, Larry Simonson, Mike Eastmond, Steve Soffe, Rick Beckham, Phil Andrus, Jim Beagles, Mike Brown, Brent Harmon, and Rick Shumway.

PROVO -- The school may have closed 32 years ago, but Brigham Young High School students remember it like it was yesterday.

One of the Brigham Young High School "Ghost Classes" held its 32nd-year reunion on Saturday, July 1, 2001. Not one student from that future "Class of 1969" officially graduated from Brigham Young High School as a senior.

"We had all just finished our junior year at the Brigham Young, when the school closed," reunion organizer Richard Reimschussel said. "All of us juniors were given the option of graduating early because it was a difference of one or two credits. But personally I didn't want to miss out on my senior year."

Once the school closed, 65 students in the class were transferred to high schools throughout Utah County.

"We call ourselves the 'Ghost Class of 1969' because we never officially graduated," class president Mike Brown said.

After the school closed, Brown transferred to Provo High, where things were quite different for him.

"I went from a class size of 65 to a class size of 600," Brown said. "My sister said that I went from being a big fish in a little pond to being a little fish in a big pond, and that is what it felt like."

Some BYH Class of 1969 classmates in 2001.
Some BYH Class of 1969 members in 2001
BYH Class of 1969 at 2001 reunion.
Both photos thanks to Rich Reimschussel

Even though this was the first time these students were able to get together for a reunion, class vice president Rick Shumway said there will always be a feeling of family.

"We came from a small class of 65 students, so it's like running into your brother or sister again," Shumway said. "It was a fun building with fun teachers and students."

Pictures and papers Reimschussel brought to the reunion indicated how close the class really was.

"I have some pictures of kids crying because we were devastated when we heard the school was closing," Reimschussel said. "Some of us were together right from first grade all the way to 11th."

After 32 years the Brigham Young Academy Education Building, first completed in 1892, which housed Brigham Young High School, is being rebuilt as part of the new Provo City Library.

"I'm just tickled to see them fixing it up," Shumway said. "It was a happy building with a lot of happy memories."

Thanks to Debra Jandreau, from a story published in the Provo Daily Herald on July 2, 2001

Elected officers of the BYH Class of 1969

Class of 1969 Officers:

President - Michael Brown
Vice President - Rick Shumway
Secretary - Nancy Cannon
Social Chair - Kim Hanson
Social Chair - Rick Beckham

BYH Class of 1969 Photo Album

The BYH Class of 1969 in 1st Grade, 1957-1958
The BYH Class of 1969 in 1st Grade, 1957-1958

This photo of the Class of 1969 was taken during 1957-1958, while in the 1st Grade at BY Elementary School. The First Grade Teacher (not pictured) was Miss Hogan - she was probably taking the photo. Hover for ID numbers; click photo for large version.

1. LeAnn Jones, 2. Cynthia Petty, 3. Kim Hanson, 4. Steve Nelson, 5. _______ _______, 6. Margie Dixon, 7. Sue Oldroyd, 8. _______ _______, 9. Annette Larsen, 10. Gary Zabriskie, 11. Christopher Darais.

12. Deborah Kezerian, 13. Richard Reimschussel, 14. Stephanie Dorius, 15. _______ _______, 16. _______ _______, 17. _______ _______, 18. Ellen Shelton, 19. Camden Caldwell.

20. Martha Hales, 21. Kathy Collins, 22. Debra Philips, 23. Mark Ashworth, 24. Patsy Wilson, 25. Anne Monson, 26. Gavin J. Andersen, 27. Donnie Riggs, 28. Marilyn Wolsey, 29. Gary Taylor, 30. Scott Rockwood, 31. Rick Beckham

Special thanks to Rich Reimschussel for this photo and the identifications.

BYH Class of 1969 in 2nd Grade, 1958-1959
BYH Class of 1969 in 2nd Grade, 1958-1959

This is a photograph of the Class of 1969 taken during the 1958-1959 school year, while in the 2nd Grade at BY Elementary School. You can see the chalk eraser marks on both sides of the doors! Hover for ID numbers; click photo for large version.

1. June Carlisle, Teacher, 2. Kim Hanson, 3. Camden Caldwell? 4. Richard Reimschussel, 5. Kathy Collins? 6. Christopher Darais, 7. Mark Ashworth, 8. Gary Zabriskie, 9. Ellen Shelton, 10. Margie Dixon, 11. Sue Oldroyd.

12. LeAnn Jones, 13. Jay Miller, 14. Gavin J. Andersen, 15. Stephanie Dorius, 16. Patsy Wilson? 17. Anne Monson? 18. Steve Nelson, 19. John Empey? 20. Debra Philips.

21. Martha Hales, 22. Sylvia Spears, 23. Jay Kennedy, 24. Cynthia Petty, 25. Donnie Riggs, 26. Rick Beckham, 27. Marilyn Wolsey, 28. Larry Simonsen, 29. Deborah Kezerian, 30. Gary Taylor.

Thanks again to Rich Reimschussel for this photo and the identifications.

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