Homecoming may still be some weeks away for local high schools, but I just can help thinking about alumni who are already planning their returns this year to Riverside-Brookfield High School.

What present students don’t realize is that homecoming actually is a time for alumni to return to the hallowed halls, renew friendships, look for their old locker to see if it has been memorialized as a shrine, remember different teachers and tell stories. 

It used to be, when the football games we held on Saturday afternoons, there was a parade preceding the game. Well, that doesn’t happen anymore since games are held on Friday nights. Many reunions are not even held on homecoming weekend. So what are some of the classes doing?

The class of 1960, which always had a lot of class, is celebrating number 55 the weekend of Sept. 18-19. They will start with a tour of the high school on Friday and a casual get together that evening at P.J. Klem’s in Lyons. 

Open to all alumni classes, the evening will include a cash bar, refreshments and a DJ. A charge of $15 can be paid at the door. Keep on keeping on Saturday with a tour of classic and antique cars owned by Ed Schoenthaler (Class of 1959). Saturday evening, the class of 1960 will gather at the Riverside Golf Club for a buffet dinner, cash bar, dancing and, from what I hear, perhaps a few other surprises. The class of 1960 has held reunions almost every five years.

The 50th reunion for the class of 1965 will happen on the weekend of Sept. 26. Their two-night celebration will begin at the Edens Bowling lanes in Westchester on Friday, an event that’s open to graduates from other classes also. They will take a tour of the school and see what’s new. On Saturday, the class will meet at Villa Bella in Countryside for dinner and friendship.

Going low-key is the class of 1990 for their 25th reunion. They will meet at Grand Tavern in Brookfield on Saturday, Oct. 3, which actually is homecoming weekend.

Hopefully, the new stadium will be ready for the homecoming game. Either way, there will be time and place to remember those happy days, your date for the dance and the homecoming queen.  For the Class of 1960 it was Bunny Booster, who may be at the reunion. Go Bulldogs!