Tracey Sutphin says it all started with something no one could’ve imagined back when she and the rest of the RCHS Class of 1987 were getting ready to graduate.
That would be Facebook.
“A bunch of folks from my class started getting together and talking on Facebook, last year sometime, and it kinda grew,” says Sutphin, who now lives in Massachusetts.
“We started saying we should have a reunion, and then, because we’re so small – we only had 62 in our class — I started thinking, why not make it an all-classes reunion?”
So Sutphin talked to Karen Sanborn (okay, Karen Ludwick, class of ‘86), who teaches science at Rappahannock County High School and had been working with Mike Del Grosso (Class of 1987) on organizing RCHS’s alumni into an online, all-years virtual yearbook called rappalumni.org.
Thus was born “Across the Years” — a reunion at Sperryville’s Link on Saturday, April 24 for RCHS graduates and staff from the 1960s through the 2000s.
Over the past couple of years, Del Grosso and Sanborn have managed to scan and post photos from RCHS yearbooks from 1961 (the first class to graduate from the then-new high school) through 2008.
You can go on the rappalumni.org site and register as an alum.
More important, there’s now a Paypal button on the site where you can pay for your tickets to the reunion, which starts at 7 p.m. on April 24 and features a deejay, food from Thornton River Grill, a cash bar and (according to official Facebook records, Sutphin says) at least 122 of your once-best friends — and probably a lot more.
Of course — as several current and former RCHS teachers have already done — you can still do things the old-fashioned way and mail a check payable to Rappahannock Alumni Association to Karen Sanborn, 15 Apple Blossom Lane, Sperryville, VA 22747.
Just don’t tell your kids.