MIDWEST CITY — In the fall of 1963, the Beach Boys recorded “Be True to Your School,” which would go on to become one of their biggest hits, and the song’s meaning is something the Midwest City class of 1964 is taking to heart.
That class — which was made up of 499 graduates — will mark its 50th anniversary with a three-day celebration beginning Friday. The reunion is a chance to catch up, but the class also is hoping to give something back to the school that was the scene of class members’ adolescent years.
“We started out with two concepts, one was the Beach Boys song, which we defined as reconnecting with the school in a meaningful way during our 50th anniversary year and combine that with a project that would benefit the school,” reunion committee member Barbara Sessions said.
That project is a reconceptualization of the current Midwest City High School museum located on the high school campus. That museum opened in 2001 but is in need of a makeover.
“Right now, the museum has a lot of items in it, like yearbooks that are falling apart,” committee member Chaniece Harkey said. “Our hope is to restore those and digitize them so they can be preserved forever.”
Several items already have been replaced, including some shelving. But there is much more work to be done.
Two members of the class of 1964 have assisted in the design of a revamped museum. Tony Callaway has made a living as an architect. He helped design the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, which chronicles the John F. Kennedy assassination. He has lent his expertise to a complete redesign of the Midwest City museum.
Marty Thompson served as a librarian at the OU Health and Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and already has helped preserve some of the items in the museum.
For more information on the Midwest City Class of 1964 reunion and how to participate if you are a member of that class, call Alexandria Rose Miller at (918) 231-9132.