Most of the attendees at the 50th Kenai Central High School class of 1967 reunion wore black and white printouts of their own yearbook photos attached to their nametags.
It helped them recognize each other, though many of them didn’t need that. Cheerful greetings and jokes rambled around the room at the Kenai Senior Center on Friday, when the graduates of 1967 met up again for their 50th reunion. But they weren’t the only ones — this time, the organizers invited graduates from all the classes that graduated in the ‘60s, ‘50s and in the days of the Territorial School, before Kenai Central High School was its own high school.
The high school in Kenai used to serve all the central Kenai Peninsula communities, from Nikiski to Cooper Landing to Ninilchik. Eventually, as the central peninsula’s population grew, high schools or K-12 schools were built in the outlying communities, and now Kenai Central High School serves primarily the city of Kenai and north Kenai.
The reunion goers mingled, danced and caught up with each other at the Kenai Senior Center on Friday night, with a barbecue scheduled at one of the graduates’ homes in Sterling on Saturday.