Last Chance High School Tour – Saturday July 15, 2017 – 11:00am

Attention All Classes – Not Just ’70s

As part of the MAJOR School Renovation project, the building we called “The High School” will be demolished soon!

Legendary instructor Joe Boris will be giving the Very Last Tour of this amazing building on Saturday July 15, 2017.

Don’t miss this last chance to travel down the hallways of Memory Lane!  Bring your camera!

Please meet in front of the High School at 11:00!

See You There!

Check Here on the day of the tour just in case schedules change!

After the tour – stop by the Class of 1975 60th Birthday Party – ALL ARE WELCOME!

More Info:


Reunion Donations to the State College Area High School

Check to PSU

Presented October 19, 2012

The members of the reunion committee are VERY proud to announce that we are donating the following funds raised from our 2012 summer reunion to the following organizations:

$2,500 – to the current SCAHS marching band
$1,000 – to the current SCAHS choir
$ 200 – to the SCAHS Alumni Association
$ 200 – to the Arboretum at Penn State
$ 300 – seed money to our partner Class of ’72
$ 300 – re-start up money to Class of ’74,
_______ (who has not had reunion representation since 2004)

By majority committee vote and responses received from you, the next ALL STATE HIGH CLASSES OF 70’s REUNION will be scheduled in 2 years in the summer of 2014. We look forward to another very successful gathering.

According to his daughter, Dusty Rhodes is thrilled with his award, signed paddle, and YouTube video presentation from all of you. We actually made Dusty’s day! (now there’s a change in the tide).  Dr. & Mrs Bingaman have sent kudos and a note to Bob Langton stating they had a wonderful time too, as well as many faculty….


The above photo is of committee members Bob Ellis, Fred Nelson, Denise McClellan, Chris Igo and Karen Swavely Clark presenting our contribution check to the Arboretum on the recent night of the jack o’ lantern carving contest- pumpkins galore!

A Sincere, Huge, Heartfelt Thank You to every one of you!
“We are the Lions, the mighty mighty Lions. Everywhere we go, people want to know who we are…..”

All Classes of the ’70s Reunion Program – August 11, 2012 – Video

Reunion Program – Part 1/2:

Reunion Program – Part 2/2:

All Class Reunion – Group Picture

Here we are all lining up for the Reunion Group PIcture!

(Click on the picture to see it full size)

Thanks to Kathy DeVerter Najewicz for this picture!!!

I Wanna Go Back And Do It All Over Again!

Its was just ONE week ago today that our incredible awesome amazing weekend began Friday night at Champs! The fun and adventure continued through Saturday and Sunday ending with Brunch and the Penn State Arboretum tour!

If I could I’d jump in the car and head back to Happy Valley and do it all over again!

Stay tuned to this channel as future events will occur!

I wish everyone a wonderful year!  Stay in touch and see you next summer!

Fred Nelson,
Class of 1975

Thoughts From My 40th and All ’70s Reunion

Class of 1972We hugged and kissed, and laughed and cried. We forgave each other speedily and unspoken, not even knowing the offense of which had taken place. It was a look into each other’s eyes that allowed this.

We became momentarily narcissistic as we learned of secret crushes from admirers, then passed that feeling to others like a baton on a relay team, as we revealed our palpitations towards them.

We saw twoscore of wrinkles and expressions on one another’s faces, drawn like a cartographer’s map. They represented the past, the present and yet, by looking long enough, and with enough hope present, could foretell the future…a future that is built upon the hope of a risen Lord.

We went back in time at a moment’s notice, then quickly whiplashed to the present as we communed of children and spouses. Yet we constantly struggled to remain in that past safe haven, our den of lions, which our class president reminded us was a ‘pride.’

We felt pain and sadness observing a montage of our comrades, 29 in all. They were fallen soldiers whose brave battles into the fray of life resulted in defeat. Yet we were frustrated and felt embarrassed that we could not maintain our tears, because this same group made us realize the utter joy we felt by not seeing ourselves on that list!

We saw the mortality of our present situations with failing eyesight, faded memories, names that had been forgotten and hair that needs replaced. Which led us to remember and search hard the stories and skills and athletic achievements of our past as if they were yesterday. This was the ‘balm’ that Gilead so sought after, and once we applied it to each other with gentle strokes, we felt young and invincible, albeit temporarily. For those few short moments we were kings and queens again of the prom. We were ferocious and huge Little Lions marching our State High down the field!

We gazed upon innumerable musty photographs; we were prompted always to pull the cellphone or the digital quickly from the holster of life and record yet another moment of posterity for our children and grandchildren to view far into the future and long after we have become one with Christ.

We not only felt weighed down with the burden of searching for a lost vanity that the years had taken away, but we had received the untimely and extremely heavy weight of carrying a fallen community, university and populace called Nittany Nation. Within every conversation seemed a hidden reference to the mythical Phoenix. We wondered silently where the ashes were that this bird would rise out of, once again proclaiming to a cynical and hate-filled world that WE ARE…PENN STATE! As Little Lions of a larger Nittany one, only we as locals know that PENN STATE…WE ARE!

We knew immediately when we registered the $42 cost was a bargain like no other we have experienced. Not only would it give us a meal and fellowship and an excuse to stretch the truth, but it would give us a faith and a hope that the world and news reporters and sports analysts only dream of outside of our Lion’s Den. It would allow us to hold hands and put arms upon hurting people’s shoulders and pray for them where they stood; to curse cancer and alcoholism and divorce and child abuse. It would allow us to pull handkerchiefs out of lapels and wipe tears, both of sadness and joy. It lasted all weekend, yet was over in a minute!

Love In Him,

Rev. Richard I. Kepler
Class of 1972

Welcome Home All Classes of the ’70s!!!

My reunion with a decade of graduates from State High is now in the books. What a night it was! The hugs were long and heart felt. The kisses were more meaningful. You wanted to hold them that extra moment and feel the people you know. It was enriching for the soul.

Some of them made long journeys and others drove from their homes nearby. But, we all met at one place, this place we call home. It was not about the trip, it was about the journey of our lives. How did we navigate the hills and valleys of who we have become. For, these people, the people that were there at the beginning were there to see the beginning of it all. The real friends. I heard stories I was embarrassed to hear, stories I didn’t remember and facts that were rearranged by time. And we laughed at all of it.

It was great to see some of the teachers that came to the reunion. You could tell they were touched to be invited to the event. What must they have been thinking? They…saw us in our youth and in our most raw state. They helped us and guided us as we hope we guided our own children. What satisfaction they must feel to see these adults with children and grand children. I think they rest well knowing what they did for us. I know we are grateful for who they are. They cared for us before we cared for much of anything. They knew what Happy Valley was about, long before we did. We were blessed to have their guidance. We all thank them.

The work involved with this event was immense. I hope the committee enjoyed what they created. We all thank you. I hope the work didn’t get in the way. For what I saw I don’t think it did.

I was asked, before the reunion, about the mood of the town. Some of my close friends were thinking of not coming back because of the recent events. I told them we are not standing on the street corners crying. We are moving on. They all came and I think they are glad they did. This place we call home is very special to all of us. We just happen to live in a place where these horrible events happened. We all know what this place we call Happy Valley is. Our hearts are good and our will is strong. So, when people ask me where I am from I love telling them. The reactions are interesting. I just know they don’t have a clue to what we have here. I know you all do, because what you learned here, felt here, and experienced here is the base of who you are. So, I will leave with two heart felt words. Welcome Home!

Pat Little,
Class of 1971

Reunion Weekend – August 10-12, 2012

Wow folks – it’s FINALLY arrived!!! Welcome to the All Classes of the ’70s Reunion Weekend!

Follow the links on the right for detailed information on weekend events:

Friday August 10, 2012:

  • Champs State College – Informal Gathering – 7:00pm – ???
  • Class of 1977 Reunion 7:00 – ???

Saturday August 11, 2012:

  • 10:00–1:00 High School Tours
  • 1:00-3:00 Music Program and 40th Anniversary Celebration of the State High Marching Band Munich Trip of 1972

Saturday August 11, 2012 Main Event: Elks Club Extravaganza – 5:00-midnight:

    • 5:00-6:00 – Mix & Mingle – Cash Bar
    • 6:00 – Group Photo
    • 6:15-7:30 – Tailgate Buffet
    • 7:30-8:00 – Dessert
    • 8:00 – Midnight – Saturday Night Fever
  • Dress: Casual
  • Special Events are planned for the Class of 1972 as they celebrate their 40th reunion!

Sunday August 12, 2012:

  • 10:30 – Brunch – Autoport – Informal
  • 1:00 – Tour of Penn State Arboretum
  • 2:30 – Tour of Penn State Arboretum


You Can Still Join Us at the Elks after 8:00pm – Cover Charge $10

We have over 315 people attending the All Classes of the ‘70s Reunion Extravaganza on Saturday night August 11, 2010 at the Elks Club and we have space for a few more people!

If you didn’t register for dinner we are offering you the opportunity to show up at 8:00pm and party until we close the place down at midnight for a “cover charge” of only $10.00 each payable in cash at the door!

Like Wow Man – This is REALLY HAPPENING DUDE!!!

Like Wow Man – this is REALLY HAPPENING DUDE!!!

In a few days we’ll all be gathering in our old “stomping grounds” and catching up on what we’ve done with our lives since the good old days back at State College High School!

Way back then nobody new what a computer was! Now I hear that you all have one and can check back here at to see any last minute changes and event updates during the weekend!

All I can say is “Far Out Man” – check back here – can you dig it????

Fred Nelson,
Class of 1975