More than 160 former students, teachers, staff, principals and deputies celebrated Cobar High School’s 50 years milestone on Saturday.
Reunion organiser and immediate past principal, Sue Francisco, who had a 34 year association with the school before she retired as principal at the end of last term, said Saturday night’s reunion dinner was a great opportunity for students, teachers and staff to catch up.
Among those who returned on Saturday to mark the occasion was Jim Rutherford, the school’s first principal and Jeff Maher, an engineer who was involved with the construction of the school.
There were also six former teachers who taught at the school in 1966 and 1967 along with many students who were in Forms 1, 2 and 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) when the high school first opened 50 years ago.
Trisha Izzard, the school’s first school captain in 1966 and 1967 (or Pat Lowe as she was back then), was also there.
Mrs Francisco said teachers and staff from each decade attended with the majority of students being those who went to school in the 1960s and 1970s. Continued Page 3.
She said the Class of 1972 had already been planning a reunion for the same weekend and asked if they could join in with the 50 Years celebrations.
As part of the reunion, tours of the school were conducted on Saturday and Sunday so that former students and teachers could see the improvements that had been made to the school since they last attended.
Secondary students first began their lessons at the new high school in May 1966.
Prior to that they had attended the Cobar Intermediate High School.
The multi-million dollar new high school with its extensive grounds and grassed playing fields was officially opened on September 17, 1966 by the Governor of NSW, Sir Roden Cutler.