It was hard to get a word in edgewise Saturday at the second annual Berkeley High All-Class reunion. Graduates who hadn’t seen one another for years, locals who had never left, and even some Berkeley natives who hadn’t even gone to the high school, gabbed, ate and danced under a bright blue sky.
The grassy field of San Pablo Park was crowded with people of all ages. Vendors sold comfort food like fried chicken and ice cream. A hair salon offered to do braids. And organizations with more serious agendas, like WriterCoach Connection and the Berkeley Community Fund, set up tables to distribute information.
But the real action was at the north end of the park, near the stage where most of the class tents were set up. The best decorated, best attended seemed to be the booth of the Class of 1971. Red and gold balloons — the Berkeley High colors — rose above a red carpet and a red ballon that said “71.”
“We are too cool for ‘skool,'” said Tim Cannon, a ’71er and one of the organizers of the event. He, like many others, wore a yellow T-shirt that said “Class of ’71 Rocks.”
Other classes were represented too.
The class of 1965 set up a booth that showed newspaper clippings from that era. One man walked around in a self-designed shirt that read “Class of ’43.” The class of 1963 was advertising its 50th reunion.
There also was a lot of dancing going on.
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[Editor’s Note: We removed one photograph from the original post due to a request from a community member.]
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