Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, began as a frosh-soph campus of Palatine High School back in 1961, eventually becoming school number 2 in the five school High School School District 211.
I taught here for 29 wonderful years and have been retired 11 years now, and over those years the exterior has been remodeled and enhanced, but that was small stuff compared to what they've done inside during these intervening years. A tour of the building showed too many changes to mention, with very few things being as they had been. Thanks to our tour directors, Halley Henderson and Lynn Ridge, both current FHS teachers as well as FHS alumni for the excellent hour-plus tour of the facility.
It was particularly fun to see the changes in the athletic facilities in the building since I had coached cross country for 16 years, and it was also fun to see the auditorium where I had directed Variety Show for 25 years.
Three of us retired faculty are still great friends and we hike or bike together a couple times each week, year round. Here we are: Len Kortekaas (math), myself (English), and Dave Rusch (social science.)
It was a real joy to see other old friends with whom I had taught for most if not all of those 29 years. Here are English teachers: me, Pam Skinner, Dwight Aukee, Gary Anderson, Jim Wyman, Kevin Brewmer, and Patti O'Brien...
...and some (mostly) math teachers, Jeff Fujino, Ron Dowiarz, Erin Schon, Gyula Szabo, Paul Fuller, and Len Kortekaas...
It was a wonderful afternoon, catching up with friends and telling stories about the past and present, and I send wholehearted and hearty thanks and praise to all the FHS staff who worked so hard to put on this successful anniversary celebration. THANKS!