Generally speaking, high school reunions are not written about after the event is over. That is not the case with the Shafter High's Class of 1968 latest get together. Their 55th reunion was held on Sept. 30 at Mettler's Racing Barn. Of the original 209 graduates, 48 attended with additional spouses and friends; total attendance was 78. The evening featured music, a catered meal and lots of mingling and storytelling.
The highlight of the evening was awarding Gary Kern (a 1967 graduate of SHS) the first ever "Curly James Award" for his undying loyalty and support of the Shafter High Generals. Curly James was an avid and vocal supporter of the Generals and never missed a football game or opportunity to encourage any and all SHS students. During and after the Vietnam War, Curly counseled many boys returning home and helped them with VA paper work as they transitioned to civilian life.
The Class of 1968 recognized Gary Kern not only for his support of the Generals, but for his many years of dedication to SHS as a teacher and counselor. Gary also was recognized for his willingness to provide information and tours of Shafter High School to returning graduates or groups who expressed an interest in learning about the history and growth of Shafter and Shafter High.
In recognition of the many times he has assisted the Class of 1968, Gary was designated "an honorary member of the Class of 1968." He is entitled to all rights and privileges that go along with the award, including an invitation to any and all Class of 1968 reunions. Thank you, Gary, for your continued support.