Coral Springs High School’s Class of 1978 will celebrate its 40th reunion September 21-23 at the Bahia Mar Resort, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL. The reunion will gather all of the first graduating class of Coral Springs High for a weekend-long party full of activities and chances to reconnect with fellow Colts.
The series of events will begin on Friday, September 21, at 7 p.m. with the First Class Cocktail Party. This casual party will offer hors d’oeuvres and cash bar for a cost of $40 per person.
The next event is the First Class Beach Day — a free party from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, across from the hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Colts are encouraged to bring their coolers, beach blankets, food and sunscreen as they hang with their fellow classmates in the sun.
On the evening of September 21, Colts are invited to attend the First Class Dinner Dance featuring a DJ-hosted ‘70s-themed dance party, buffet dinner and photo booth. They also will receive raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. The cost for the Dinner Dance is $120 per person.
The last chance for the Class of ’78 to mingle will be at the First Class Poolside Coffee, which will take place Sunday, September 22, at 9 a.m. on the Bahia Mar pool deck. It is a free opportunity to say goodbyes and work in last-minute mingling.
To RSVP and purchase tickets for all events, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/40th-reunion-of-cshs-class-of-78-tickets-45174871256.
When the Class of ’78 entered high school, Coral Springs High was not yet established. Students spent their freshman year at Coconut Creek High School, which served as the only high school for the area. The decision to make a new school was made in 1975, and on Feb. 2, construction on Coral Springs High began.
However, at the start of the ’76 school year, Coral Springs High was not yet complete, so the Class of ‘78 spent their sophomore year in portable classrooms. These classrooms were located on the site of the current Coral Springs Medical Center and housed about 1,200 students. Construction was finished the following year, allowing the first class to spend their junior and senior years in the newly built classrooms on Sample Road.
The first class had the honor of choosing the school’s colors and mascot. After much debate, members of the Class of ’78 rallied for Coral Springs High to house the kelly green, royal blue and white Colts.
They also experienced many of the school’s ‘firsts’ while enrolled. They were there for the first edition of the Pony Express, the school’s newspaper, and for the first official student government election. They also saw the school expand its curriculum to offer what at the time was one of the most comprehensive education programs in the nation.
In the fall, the first class will experience another first. They will become the first class to come together, welcome old friends from across the country and celebrate their 40th reunion.
Coral Springs High School is a public high school located in Coral Springs, Florida. It is a part of the Broward County Public Schools district. It is the city’s first high school.
For more information about the reunion, please email:
Andrea Ferrante DaSilva — firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Lipinski Swiderski — email@example.com
Kathy Kittredge — firstname.lastname@example.org.
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