Santa Cruz HS Class of ‘67 Hold 50th Class Reunion

by Staff Reporter / Oct 30, 2017 / comments
GROUP PHOTO  Santa Cruz High School’s Class of 1967, shown here, at their 50th Class Reunion held at the Rancho de Chimayo. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

Santa Cruz HS Class of ‘67 Hold 50th Class Reunion

By ROBERT NARANJO

The Class of 1967 from Santa Cruz High School, former home of the Crusaders, (SCHS closed in 1975 to merge with the Espanola High School Hornets), held their 50th Class Reunion at the Rancho de Chimayo restaurant on Sat. Oct. 14.

Guitarist serenades SCHS’s Class of 1967 at their 50th Class Reunion held at the Rancho de Chimayo. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

There were 41 people in attendance with 22 graduates present or about one-third of the graduates. The graduating class numbered 67 in 1967, an interesting coincidence. A three-person committee consisting of Class President, David A. Quintana, Espie Quintana Bachman, and Sennie Medina Gallegos organized the lion’s share of the historic reunion. One person, Vera Vigil, did a commemorative booklet of the reunion with photos of the graduates from 1967.

Espie Quintana Bachman, (on right), a committee member for the 50th Reunion for SCHS’s Class of 1967, is shown here with a classmate. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

SCHS Class of ‘67 Senior Class officers were: David Atanacio Quintana, Class President, Robert Barbero, Vice President, Raymond Baca, Secretary and Robert Eloy Rodriguez, Treasurer. Class Sponsors were Mrs. Mildred Phillips and Mr. Joe E. Roybal (served as Espanola Mayor), Class Valedictorian, Mary Helen Romero, Principal, Mr. J. Manuel Maes, Acting Superintendent, Mr. Norbert Lopez. Class Flower, red rose, and Class Motto, “Look forward, not back.” This information was gleaned from an original Commencement Exercises graduation program that was on display at the reunion.

SCHS Class of 1967 Commencement Program was on display at the 50th Class Reunion. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

The agenda for the evening began with a “meet and greet” at 5 pm., with dinner at 6 pm. Class President, David A. Quintana, served as emcee.

SCHS Class of ’67 Class President, David A. Quintana, addresses his fellow graduates at the 50th Class Reunion held at the Rancho de Chimayo. Quintana served as emcee. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

The usual popular activity at a class reunion of who “traveled the farthest to attend”, “longest married,” etc. was a fun part of the reunion. Gifts were given to the winners. Here are the results:

Farthest traveled to Attend, Margie Martinez Gurgle and husband, Ross, (traveled from Concho), Longest Married, Susan Robinson and Eliud Martinez; Most Children, Carol Garcia Espinoza, Most Recently Married--never married--Anthony Walter Trujillo, Couple That looks the Youngest or Cutest Couple, Eliseo Trujillo and wife, Yolanda.

The Martinez’s at SCHS’s 50th Class of ’67 Reunion. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

There was a moment of silence for classmates for those who had passed on. There was also a display with pictures of them taken from the 1967 SCHS Annual.

There was much camaraderie among the former Crusaders as they caught up on their lives with each other and remembering their good  old days at Santa Cruz High School. Many marveled as to how times have changed since then.

There was one teacher in attendance, Mr. Edward Maestas, who taught chemistry at SCHS. Later in his teaching career, he was an assistant coach in Cross Country at Espanola Valley High School under head Cross Country coach, Mr. Lawrence Naranjo. Mr. Maestas was part of the 1991 first-ever team State Championship for EVHS, when Naranjo’s girls Cross Country team took state. The fact that all big schools in the state were in Class 4A at that time makes that state title even more amazing. EVHS in recent years has 4A and 5A State Championships in basketball under former head coach, Richard Martinez. The EVHS cheerleading squad also has a pair of State Championships.

Mr. Jeremias “Jerry” Torres, another teacher at SCHS was slated to join the reunion but was unable to attend. Mr. Torres taught Spanish. Additionally, Mr. Torrez served as Don Juan de Onate in 1969 for the Onate Fiestas which was revived that year after a fairly long hiatus.

Many of the ‘67 graduates thanked the valleydailypost.com for a pre-reunion story and for being present at the reunion itself to cover it. They also thanked KDCE radio for a “Coffee Break” interview to help get the word out to classmates.

All in all, the SCHS Class of 1967 Crusaders Reunion was a resounding success, and the venue, Rancho de Chimayo, was a perfect choice and the food outstanding. One would expect nothing less from a nationally prestigious, James Beard Award winner, an award that a select few restaurants in the U.S. hold.

See you at the 60th SCHS Class of 1967 Reunion, si Dios quierre.

SCHS school sweater from 1967. It was on display at the 50th Class of ’67 Crusader’s  Reunion. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com