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Beaver Dam High School’s class of 1958 returns to school

September 27, 2018

It has been more than 60 years since the first class that graduated from Beaver Dam High School at its current location walked the halls of the school.

On Wednesday as part of their class reunion festivities, they returned to see the changes that have occurred at the school over the last few years.

Beaver Dam High School was completed in 1958, with the previously high school then being converted to the middle school. Bids for the $1.5 million school were awarded in March 1956. The school was not in its finished state when the 169 students that made up the Class of ’58 took their seats in September 1957.

“I remember a couple of days us having to wear our coats in the school,” alumnus Bob Koch said.

Besides the heating issues, Katie Soles said there were some other issues.

“The high school was not complete,” Soles said. “You’d look out the door and see plumbers carrying toilets out in the hall.”

The class has held regular reunions over the years, with 35 classmates and their spouses attending Wednesday’s reunion. The group met for dinner at Cantafio’s Buckhorn Steak House before touring the high school.

Beaver Dam voters approved a referendum in November 2016 that provided $48.9 million in improvements in the school district, including remodeling most of the high school, except the science rooms which were remodeled in 2013. Renovations began in the summer of 2017, and the finishing touches are almost complete.

Beaver Dam High School associate principal Peter Woreck and Beaver Dam High School Library Media Specialist Jane Loizzo conducted the tour of the building.

“This is wonderful,” alumna Betty Henning said. “I’ve been through here throughout the years, but this is really fantastic. It badly needed this.”

The group was taken throughout the learning areas of the school including the band area, fab lab, media center, math rooms, English hall and the new field house.

“It’s very nice,” alumna Fay Wahl said. “I like it. I think we might need to go back and do it all over again.”

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