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50 years of Eagle County students to reunite

Katie Drucker
Eagle Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” It was a pivotal moment in Eagle County High School history when, after his opponents taunted him by calling him short, Gene Trump crossed the finish line 10-yards ahead of everybody else one afternoon in Grand Junction.

It also happened more than 60 years ago.

Yet, George Zoellner, 1941 Eagle County High School graduate vividly remembers that track match and other high school memories.

Students who attended Eagle County High School in Gypsum from 1910 until 1959 can reminisce together at an all-school reunion, Aug. 16.

The festivities start at 1 p.m. at the Eagle’s Lodge in Grand Junction. There will be snacks and entertainment all afternoon, followed by dinner and dancing. For anyone wishing to attend there will also be a breakfast Sunday morning, Aug. 17.

“It is a novel occasion ” it is not too often that 30 years of classes have a joint reunion and I cautiously wonder how many of my classmates might come,” says Zoellner.

Evelyn Horn, 1955 Eagle County High School graduate and an organizer of the reunion, says that 200 invitations were sent out and about 160 people are expected.

Lois (Stevenson) Walker of Gypsum and Art Davenport of Gypsum represent the earliest classes that will attend, graduating in 1938 and 1939 respectively.

“Everyone seems really enthused about it. Several people are traveling quite a ways to come,” Horn says.

If all 160 former Eagle County High School students share memories like Zoellner, there will be a lot to talk about.

After graduating from High School, Zoellner served four years in the Air Force and Army and then attended law school. He went on to be the assistant attorney general for 13 years and was general council for the Denver Water Board for 11 years. He went into full-time private practice in Aurora and now resides in Loveland.

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