MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel Area Class of 1978, the first class to graduate from the new Mount Carmel Area Junior/Senior High School, will hold its 40th reunion on Sept. 22 at the Atlas Legion beginning at 6 p.m.
The class will be recognized at the Mount Carmel vs. North Schuylkill homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 21. After the game, the class members will gather at the Eagles Social Club in downtown Mount Carmel for a meet and greet event. During the day on Saturday, they will be treated to a tour of the current high school complex by school officials.
Any classmates interested in attending the gathering or receiving more information are ask to call Greg Sacavage at 570-205-6650, Deb Parkansky at 570-875-7429 or Deb Sebastian 570-217-6030.
The Class of 1978 spent their freshman, sophomore and junior years in the old Mount Carmel High School located at Third and Market streets in the borough of Mount Carmel. In 1974, the Roosevelt School on Fourth and Maples streets, which housed ninth and 10th grade classes, was converted into an elementary school and ground was broken for the new high school to be located on West Fifth Street, just west of the Mount Carmel Borough line. All senior high classes were reassigned to the high school building, which prior to this time only maintained the junior and senior classes.
From 1974 though 1977, high school classes were held at the Third and Market street facility. Because of class size and size of building, the era to be referred to in school history as the “split sessions” would begin and be facilitated more than any other group then the Class of 1978. Juniors and seniors went to class from 7 to 11:30 a.m., and freshman and sophomores from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Underclassmen came in early at 11:30 a.m. for elective classes and upperclassmen stayed to 12:30 p.m. for their electives.
It was a unique time to go to school at Mount Carmel. Busses came and went four times a day and there was no lunch program. Freshman football had practice in the morning before school and the town park was as active as Central Park. However, in September 1977 everything changed as the Class of 1978 led itself and grades 7 through 11 into the new high school.
It was truly an adjustment coming from the nostalgic old high school into a brand new modern facility, which included a new auditorium, a planetarium, science and language labs, a TV studio, vocational rooms, a new band room and a brand new gymnasium, which would be the host of the District 4 wrestling tournament that year.