For their 50th reunion, the class got a tour of Everett Meredith Middle School.
Walking the halls arguing over whether a room was used for art class or woodshop, the Middletown High Class of 1969 reminisced as they said goodbye to their old school building.
The Class of 1969 50-year reunion at Everett Meredith Middle School had a tour of the former Middletown High Oct. 18.
The building is to be torn down in June. A new middle school — still to be Everett Meredith — will be built in its place, starting as soon as the school year ends. It will include architectural references to the original building and a history wall, which will be made from its wood and bricks and featuring donated mementos from past classes.
As the Middletown High graduates walked through the school, they had fun talking about which rooms teachers were in, class member Chuck Gruwell said. “We talked about how great the teachers were and how everyone just got along well.”
Many members of the 1969 graduates attended kindergarten through 12th grade in the building. During those 70 years, some wings held the elementary and middle schools.
One common topic was how the current 7th grade wing used to be a breezeway.
In the gymnasium Frank Hammond of Viola, remembered all the homecoming and prom dances while others talked about the games and activities they had to play in gym class.
Hammond also took advantage of the tour as a way to take some final pictures after his yearbooks were damaged in his home. “All my mementos got destroyed in a partial flood in my basement,” he said. “My yearbook is gone so I don’t have any pictures.”
Superintendent Matt Burrows gave a presentation during the tour about the new exterior and interior renderings.
Burrows said middle schoolers “will be housed in a new building that honors the past and looks to the future.”
The circa-1928 structure on South Broad Street was Middletown High for 70 years and became Middletown Middle School 20 years ago.
In 2002, community members petitioned the Appoquinimink school board to rename it Everett Meredith Middle School after history teacher and principal Everett Meredith, principal during the 1969 class’s high school tenure.
Even though the school holds a lot of memories, Gruwell said it’s good the building is getting an upgrade.
“I think it’s great they are getting a new school,” the former Cavalier linebacker said.
Following the tour, the grads were honorary captains at the Middletown vs. Appoquinimink football game and went to the 50-yard line with the Cavalier captains for the coin flip.
Gruwell, now a Camden resident, said the buildings have changed, but one thing that hasn’t changed is how well people get along in Middletown.
“People in this town still get along and still help each other out.”