Eighty-two-year old Joan Roberts remembers her graduation 65 years ago like it was yesterday.
"Life was so simple back then. I remember that the graduation was on a Friday and that we all met up in the gym," said Roberts about the day back in 1948 when she and 37 others graduated from Maple Ridge Junior Senior High.
A handful of the grad class will mark the anniversary at the Maple Ridge Historical Society 21st annual Heritage Tea on April 6.
After their ceremony in the gym, they met in the cafeteria for dinner, and then headed back to the gym for their dance.
"Some boys from our school had their own band, and they were so good," explained Roberts. Herb Henri's and his Musical Knights entertained with Grade 12 student Alfred LaChance on the trumpet.
LaChance played his trumpet at the 50th and 60th anniversaries.
The class of 1948 was the second group to attend the school for all seven years - from grade 6 to 12, according to Roberts.
Five years later, in June 1953, the school burned to the ground.
"They believe the fire started in the industrial arts room," Roberts said, adding the school was not rebuilt and was where municipal hall now stands. Only five of the original 38 students are able to attend the heritage tea.
"It's just a handful who are able to make it. It's so sad. I was in tears thinking about how much has changed since our 50th anniversary, where a couple of dozen were able to attend."
The tea is open to everyone from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Centre, 12150 224th St.
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