Steamboat High class of 1966 celebrates 50-year reunion |

Steamboat High class of 1966 celebrates 50-year reunion

John Skufca
Brandon Gee

This weekend, 38 classmates will come together to celebrate their 50-year reunion. It will be a time for laughter, sharing and honoring those who have passed.

“Real” cherry cokes at Kinney Drug, the great jukebox at Steinkellar and prom dinner at the old Harbor Hotel are just a few memories the Steamboat Springs High School class of 1966 may recall.

On Friday, a mixer was held at Rex’s, and on Saturday, Ore House will host a gala event.

“Classmates will be coming from all parts of the United States and several who still reside in Steamboat” said Sandra (Niece) Kerekgyarto.

“It’s an opportunity, I think, to see some people, and after 50 years, I imagine we’ve all changed a little bit,” said Ronald Schnackenberg, class valedictorian. “Probably all for the better, we’ve improved 50 years worth.”

Steamboat’s class of ’66 had 51 graduating seniors compared to the 158 graduates who walked across the stage this June. Perhaps one of the biggest things these graduates share is the school itself. Although, after being redone multiple times, it is likely not how the students of ’66 remember it.

“One of the best memories, probably, that no one else gets to have, is that we were the first to graduate from the current site,” said Schnackenberg.

The graduates all went on to have their own successes whether in the fields of medicine, ranching, law enforcement and many more. Sixteen of the 51 classmates were members of the United States military, with 13 serving in the United States Army, one in the United States Navy, one in the United States Marines and one in the United States Air Force.

“I think we found out that all of us weren’t as different as we thought,” explained Beverly (Brown) Herbert, acknowledging that it wasn’t until after they got out of high school that their social groups became irrelevant and everyone became rather close. “Now I look back and think, ‘Oh my gosh, why did we act like that?’”

“It’ll be fun to become reacquainted with some people that I haven’t seen in a very long time,” Schnackenberg added. “We just had a great time, we were a pretty small class, and we did quite a few things together. It was a fun time to grow up in Steamboat.”

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