Shaker High School’s Class of 1965 recently held its 50th reunion in September, with 120 of its 368 members in attendance. The event was held over two days, during which alumni were given a tour of the high school by current Key Club members. During the tour, the class officially re-dedicated a blue spruce tree which had originally been planted alongside the walkway leading to the high school 50 years ago. Through the years, it became unclear what happened to it. Class President, John Haubner, said through talks with Shaker’s Principal, Richard Murphy, they decided to plant another one.
“The idea was to keep the spirit alive with ’65,” said Haubner. “That was our motto.”
In front of the tree is a stone that recognizes the Class of 1965 for its contribution.
“It was a pleasure working with the class of ‘65,” said Principal Murphy. “They still have the same love of Shaker that they had when they attended the school. The tree will serve as a reminder for current Shaker students of past students’ appreciation and respect for their alma mater.”
In addition, the class of 1965 donated $1,000 to Proctors Theatre in the name of their high school class advisor, Mr. Paul Hooker. Hooker worked at Shaker High School for 32 years, as a teacher and guidance counselor.
“He is very passionate about the arts,” said Haubner. “He was our class advisor and very active with us. Mr. Hooker was also a teacher to many of us, and when the idea of a donation to Proctors was brought up during our reunion meeting, it was enthusiastically supported.”
The money was donated to the Paul Hooker Choral Fund, a fund for high school students that allows area high schools to send students to choral performances at Proctors. Hooker is a long-time volunteer at the theater, totaling 25+ years of service.
“It’s spectacular,” said Phillip Morris, the CEO of Proctors Theatre. “The donation recognizes a fabulous person who has done incredible volunteer work.”
“It makes me feel very good,” added Hooker. “Support for the arts is very important and is often not considered. I have been involved with Proctors since the beginning of the restoration and have seen it grow tremendously.”