The class of 1988: Facing the Demons

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Photo: City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez was among the 577 students who graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1988, the last class to graduate from the school before Capital High was built.
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Virginia Garcia

Albuquerque, NM

#72 Dec 31, 2008
I have a remark pertaining to Ms. Haywoods comment made under “Tracking Demons” stating “I was irritated with Mary (Garcia) Smail (the SFHS alum who organized a reunion attended by less than 20 percent of our class)." I would sincerely like to think this is your way of apologizing to Mary (Garcia) Smail for the fact that you were unaware of the coordination of the 20-year reunion and tried to pass blame to her for “not advertising better” to inform more alum of the planned 20-year reunion.
This past year, Mary was planning on traveling to NM to attend her 20 year reunion. By spending numerous hours on classmates.com and classreunion.com (to include purchasing a year membership in order to read and post messages), Mary soon found out that NO ONE had implemented plans to coordinate the 20 year reunion. Mary took it upon herself to coordinate this reunion (from San Antonio, TX, not NM).
When you conducted the survey to write your article, I’m sure you discovered Mary was not the Class of 88 Senior Year President, or any part of the Student Council. Mary was just a student who attended SFHS like you. This was not HER responsibility to coordinate the reunion and yet she took on the task so 20 years wouldn’t go by without a reunion.
I know all this first hand, not because I’m Mary’s sister, but because I’m sat here in NM, two months prior to the reunion, receiving numerous phone calls from Mary trying to assist her in finding a DJ, a caterer, a venue for the reception and cocktail party. Can you imagine how difficult this task was coordinating an event of this size and nature from another state, with literally NO contacts. In addition, after watching Mary struggle to pull this all together, I stood back and watched Mary write a check from her own personal account to cover a $2000+ bill for the venue and catered meal so that those 1988 alum could enjoy an evening of dancing, food and friends. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how much more money she spent on this reunion out of her own pocket and you have the nerve to say PUBLICALLY that you were “irritated” with Mary (Garcia) Smail.
As a journalist, you of all people should be aware of sources. Anyone and everyone knows that you can find almost all information pertaining to lost classmates, and/or reunions at the various websites mentioned above. The 20 percent of alum who did attend the reunion (to include classmates who live in various other states) found the information at these websites and word of mouth. The year is 2008, you knew it was 20 years since you graduated, you should have taken it upon yourself to start looking at sources to see if there was a reunion planned. It is not Mary’s fault that this event wasn’t advertised better. Don’t wait until it is over and pass blame because you didn’t know. Yes, you missed the reunion, the food, the fun and the friends, but I assure you, with the website the classmates have created for the class of 88, the photos and the video CD Mary is also creating, it will be like you were there. So much work has been done in preserving the memories from the 20 year reunion in addition to all the contact information Mary has compiled from her work in planning the event, you can re-kindle old friendships and re-capture what you missed.
Your article was great reading for those alum from the class of 88, but you failed to thank Mary and those fellow alum she managed to recruit to help her, for their hard work and effort in a short timeframe they had in putting it all together, and making the 20 year reunion a reality, when literally, no one else cared to do so, or were waiting for someone else to do it.
Josh

Albuquerque, NM

#73 Dec 31, 2008
I was just wondering what makes this class so special? Why was this considered "news worthy"? Not bashing, just wondering. And why was St. Michael's class not added to the story?
Yeah

Albuquerque, NM

#74 Dec 31, 2008
Josh wrote:
I was just wondering what makes this class so special? Why was this considered "news worthy"? Not bashing, just wondering. And why was St. Michael's class not added to the story?
Yeah, and what about the class of '85 and '74 and '58 and '96. That's why.
this was

Albuquerque, NM

#75 Dec 31, 2008
Josh wrote:
I was just wondering what makes this class so special? Why was this considered "news worthy"? Not bashing, just wondering. And why was St. Michael's class not added to the story?
the last class that graduated from Santa Fe High before Capital High was opened.
innocent bystander

Albuquerque, NM

#76 Dec 31, 2008
this was wrote:
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the last class that graduated from Santa Fe High before Capital High was opened.
No... it was newsworthy because the author was a SFHS class of 88 graduate who aparantly didn't get an invite to the reunion and had to step on her high horse and make it public that no one told her about her 20 year reunion in 2008. Basically it's all about the author and not class of 88.
Craig Copelin

Halethorpe, MD

#77 Jan 20, 2009
Thank you for writing this I really enjoyed it and it brought up feelings of nostalgia for Santa Fe High I did not know I possessed.

I am coming to this article a little late it would seem. Pretty much the same as the reunion. I missed that, and almost missed this article.

Personally Santa Fe High was one of five high schools I attended during my education. It holds a special place, in that the students were the most receptive of any of the schools I attended. I just want to publicly say thanks to them. I will keep my eye out for a 30 year reunion and try to attend it.

Again thanks for writing this.

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Brunnie Plaza Rat

Fresno, CA

#78 Jan 21, 2009
Nice story Phae. The comments just reflect the differences in all the cliques and the fact that 500+ students didn't know who their class mates were.**** 21 Brunnies in 88 and only a handful of us know where any of the others are. Why? total indifference is why, for a vast majority of us high school in SF was not the "happiest years of our lives". The years just get better, the good and bad ones. Keep writing Phae, stories like this are the morsels of soul that keep Santa Fe the place many of us still consider home.
T McBride

Tucson, AZ

#80 Aug 8, 2013
DeeMac wrote:
What's the big deal? We all have memories of high school that are special. Everyone who went to Mid-High had quite an experience. I remember being in SFHS when the FIRST McDonald's came to Santa Fe. Little did we know it was the first slip down the commercial lane. There is so little of authentic SF left that all we have are memories. Let's hear it for Class of 1976-the Bicentenial graduates (yikes). I think the most important think to take away from SFHS is that we were taught to think-by great teachers like Mr. Rael, Mrs. Joly, Mrs. Burke, Mr. Gill, the Zinns, Jack Hopkins. We received an exceptional education because of the quality of teachers in SF during that time. A little nostalgia is OK when we see what SF has become.
I was in that class and remember when that McDonald's came to town. I've been thinking about Mr. Gill lately and wish I could have told him how much he influenced my life and career choice. I graduated from SFHS, though I had attended St. Mike's for a while, too. When I started senior English at SFHS, in Mr. Gill's English class, we began the semester with 30 and finished with 6. He was tough, but boy did I learn so much from him.

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