The First Six Classes to Graduate from Bedford High School to Hold Joint Reunion on June 21

May 11, 2023
A reunion for the first six classes from Bedford High School (’58 – ’63) is in the works for this June. Photo: Robert Dorer

Submitted by Jim DiNitto (BHS ’60)

Bedford High School (BHS), which started construction in 1954, partially opened to students in September 1955 as the Bedford Junior/Senior High School. Only the gym and cafeteria were totally complete, and the classroom wing was still under construction. 

Initially, the school housed five classes, grades 6 through 10, but as more classrooms opened, grade 5 moved into the new building in December 1955 on the last day of school before the winter vacation break. Students of that grade remember moving their own books, chairs, and desks across the playground from what is today’s Town Hall to the new BHS, packing their books in grocery bags that the town provided.

The school was now fully populated with six classes…a big deal. Grade 10 went on to become the first graduating class in 1958 (BHS ’58). Prior to then, most Bedford classes attended and graduated from Concord High School…a few classes attended and graduated from Lexington High School.

Soon, more than 100 students from the first six classes (BHS ‘58 through BHS ‘63) will be coming together to celebrate a joint reunion…a really big deal given that almost 70 years have passed since they all were first together! 

This was the brainchild of Ralph Hammond (BHS ’63), inspired by a BHS ’60 mini-reunion that he attended last year. He proposed it to BHS ’60 members Jim DiNitto and Bruce Blake, who enthusiastically supported the idea that is now slated to become a memorable, if not historic, event…details follow.

On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, classmates will convene at noon for a luncheon reunion at the Middlesex Community College. Following lunch, a nostalgic tour of BHS will be held, after which attendees will adjourn for dinners at The Great Wall restaurant or the American Legion Hall.

Members of the BHS classes 1958 through 1963 who are reading about this for the first time are cordially invited to join in this celebration by contacting Ralph Hammond at [email protected].

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