Kennedy High School’s Class of ’71 will be holding its 50th Reunion on Sept. 15, 2021 at Cedarbrook Lodge.

A welcoming Happy Hour is also scheduled for Sept. 14 at Angelo’s in Burien.

Here’s more from reunion organizers:

The years 1967-1971 were transformative years in this country. The times they were a changing. The Vietnam war protests, civil rights marches, the Chicago Seven, the first Earth Day, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. We also witnessed the moon landing, Woodstock, the first black woman elected to Congress (Shirley Chisholm), and the NY Jets winning the Super Bowl. As the Buffalo Springfield sang “Something’s happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear”. What we do know is that it was a very interesting era.

These were the events happening outside of Kennedy High School, which certainly impacted us, but our high school years went on. We were only the second class to graduate from Kennedy, a newly built high school that grew from one class of freshmen to a full four-year school by the time we were Juniors. We showed up daily, the girls in their uniforms with the pleated skirts and the boys in slacks and dress shirts. No jeans, corduroys or t-shirts allowed. No long hair permitted on the boys and no short skirts for the girls. And a principal who roamed the halls enforcing these rules.

The teachers had high expectations and supported us in achieving those expectations. Some of us were involved in extracurricular activities such as drill team, debate club, drama, and athletics. Others went to school and at the end of the day worked a part time job. Many of us attended the occasional dances on Friday nights enjoying live bands such as Merilee and the Turnabouts, swaying to “Angel of the Morning”. Then there were the formal events. The boys wearing their rented tuxes, several with pastel-colored coats, and the girls in their gowns going to the Homecomings, Tolos and Proms. And we can’t forget the occasional retreats. The way high school should be.

That was then, this is now. Fifty years later we are about to gather again. The old cliques will be gone, like the classmates who have passed on before us, and we will all share about our lives post-graduation and reminisce about those high school years.

      • WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, 5 – 11 p.m.
      • WHERE: Cedarbrook Lodge, 18525 36th Avenue South, SeaTac, WA 98188 (
      • WHAT: Dinner, Dancing and Celebration Video Presentation, Livestream will be made available. Cash bar.
      • ATTIRE: Comfortable/Casual/No Sequins
      • FYI: No need to stay at the Lodge to attend. Many other hotels in the vicinity. Spouses/Dates/Friends invited.
      • COST: Payment of $125 needed in advance, as soon as possible!  The contract with the facility requires deposits on a regular basis.
      • If you need a financial boost to be able to attend, alumni are already contributing extra funds to support those who do. 
      • Any amount over $125 will be considered a contribution.
      • Facebook: Kennedy Class of 1971 (Private group, just ask to join)
      • Payment method: Venmo @KennedyReunion1971 or by check payable to Marcee Stone-Vekich. If paying by check, email or call/text Marcee for her mailing address: or 206.465.1963.
      • Please feel free to contact Marcee if you have questions about the reunion.
      • You’re also encouraged to attend the event below on Tuesday, Sept. 14:
        • Happy Hour Welcome
          Date: September 14, 2021 5 – 7pm
          Light appetizers & no-host bar
          Angelo’s of Burien


On the left, Merilee Rush and the Turnabouts, who played at a giant dance at Kennedy in about 1967-68; on the right is a stock photo of a prom circa 1971.

On the left is reunion organizer Marcee Stone-Vekich at graduation, with former vice principal Jack Fitterer; on the right is Marcee at a Tolo Dance called “Crystal Evening” with her date Bill Hale (who has passed away).


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