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Perspective - June 15, 2007

Streetwise

asked in downtown Danville

What memories do you have of your high school graduation?

I was new to Ashland, Ore. We moved from Santa Monica in the middle of my senior year, in 1963. We were to march into the graduation, a boy and a girl, and when I found out all the boys were taken, I told my parents I was not graduating. There were 13 extra girls, who had to march girl with girl.

Barbara Stumph

retired English-as-a-second-language teacher

At that time we didn't have coed education, in Moihari, India, so it was all boys. I remember after we graduated, we all celebrated and had a party at school. I remember taking down the addresses of all the guys. It was 1953. I'm still in touch with four of them and stayed with one last year for four days. His wife asked, "Would you have recognized him?"

Vinod Varma

retired food specialist

In our time you decorated the gym, putting up streamers, in Long Island, Greenport, N.Y. My boyfriend was the school photographer and worked for the newspaper in town. He was called away to a fire so I went with him, in my ball gown. Those were good times.

Lynne Yu

plant lady

It was bittersweet. In the middle of my junior year they closed down Del Valle High School (in Walnut Creek) and I was sent to Las Lomas. It was great to graduate but I was not with the same kids I'd gone to school with for the first two-and-a-half years. But it was great to be free.

David Shilich

outside sales

I was happy to finally have my diploma in my own hands to go out into the world and do whatever I wanted to do and be responsible for myself. I wanted to be able to buy things with my own money. I graduated from Lincoln High School in San Francisco.

Aileen Souveroff

happily retired

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