Top of the Morning, Aug. 12, 2017

Top of the Morning, Aug. 12, 2017

The basketball team, under the direction of first-year coach LEE CABUTTI, made it to state. The football team, led by legendary TOMMY STEWART, finished undefeated. And the cheerleading team was voted best in Illinois.

But members of Champaign High's Class of 1957 have something even better to brag about when they gather for a 60th reunion on Sept. 16: They're the first group to graduate from middle school and high school at the same building, what is now Central on University Avenue.

"Sort of a distinction," is how CAROL (CLEMONS) KAMERER, one of the women helping organize this year's get-together at the C-U Elks Lodge in Savoy, describes it.

In the spring of '54, the junior high commencement — held after ninth grade then — took place in what today is Combes Gym. As high school sophomores and juniors, they attended classes at what today is Edison while the west half of Champaign High was being built. They returned to University Avenue as seniors and, in the spring of '57, graduated in the very same gym, some 300 strong.

"The 'new' school was spread out, but still half of it was familiar," Kamerer said.

We'll have more information on the 60th reunion in Wednesday's Milestones page (email to attend) as organizers hope to reach more classmates.

I asked if there will be a curfew on Sept. 16.

"I'm sure that we will not stay out as late as we liked to in '57," Kamerer said.

Which, by the sounds of it, wasn't too late.

"I don't remember getting in trouble in junior high or high school," Kamerer said. "The class above us (1956) caused all the trouble."

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