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Darien won its 60th consecutive lacrosse game, defeating St. Joseph’s high school 23 – 2. It is the sixth straight triumph of the season for the four-time defending FCIAC and State champs.

The win followed a hard-fought home contest against Manhasset high school of Long Island. In that game, the Blue Wave trailed at the half 4-3 and eventually pulled out the win with only 53 seconds remaining in the game.


 
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While the boys team is getting most of the headlines, the Darien girls lacrosse team is a powerhouse in their own right. They’ve amassed 6 consecutive FCIAC championships, 35 consecutive playoff wins, a five-year record of 67– 10 – 1, and 6 CIAC championships in 11 years!

The teams current record is 4–0, coming off a shellacking of Ridgefield (21–6) and Norwalk (19-1).
Here Comes the Spring Sports!
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Darien’s baseball team won their fourth straight game, beating the Cardinals of Greenwich 9-2. The game, played at home in 40° weather, puts the Wave’s record at 4 - 1. A three-run homer in the 5th inning blew the game wide open, putting the Wave up by seven.

The ladies won their first softball game of the season when they beat Greenwich 10-5 at Greenwich HS. The team record is now 1-1 and head coach Nick DeMaio got his 200th career win. 
 
In lacrosse, a clash of two nationally ranked Top 25 teams faced off with Darien, ranked 13th defeating Torrey Pines of California (17) by a score of 14 – 4. Last year’s No. 1 ranked team, Darien fell out of the Top 10 this year, but already the team is 3 – 0 with a winning streak of 57 games. Torrey Pines came into the game with an 8 – 0 record.


 
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Darien is heading into the 2018 lacrosse season with a 54 consecutive game winning streak - dating back to 2015 - along with 4 straight state and FCIAC titles. Adding to their championships, the Blue Wave finished No.1 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse final rankings a season ago.

Wave coach Jeff Brameier, in his 36th year with the program expects the Wave to continue their winning ways. So far so good.

Darien opened the new season with a win, beating the Yorktown Huskers 13-11.


 
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DHS Students  Walk Out to Protest Gun Violence
 
As part of a larger national movement, on Wednesday, March 14, Darien high school students got up from their desks and walked out of school for 17 minutes, each minute honoring the lives of the 17 who died in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“I’m very pleased to report what I think was a very honorable day for our students,” the Superintendent of Schools Dan Brenner said. “It was not just an excuse for students to get up and go home, but much more than that. They listened to their student colleagues speak about each of the students and adults who passed in Parkland, Florida.”  

After 17 minutes passed, students filed back into school, “in a very respectful way, and without incident. The kids who organized this should feel very good about the activity,” Brenner said.

Brenner also thanked the Darien Police for working to keep the campus safe and secure during the walkout, as parents, media, and anyone else who was not a student was not permitted onto the campus.
 
At Middlesex, there was a teacher’s “
walk in”, in which teachers entered classes and programming was held to educate and discuss the issues surrounding school safety with middle school students.
 
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Greetings from Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins!

Mardie Porter (bottom right) and some hearty friends ski 8 miles into the Maine wilderness to the AMC Gorman Chairback Lodge for an off-the grid winter week-end. Looks like fun!

 
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Wave Class L Swim Champs


After placing fourth in the FCIAC Swimming and Diving Tournament, Darien was all business in the State Class L Championships, held at the Wesleyan University swimming pool. The Blue Wave lived up to their name, coming in first with 711 points, well above rival New Canaan (611).

In the CIAC State Open Boys Swimming, team Greenwich was first with 487 points. Darien finished in sixth place with 281 points, just above New Canaan with 264.


 
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Mike Lopriore sending greetings from sunny Florida


 
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Great shot of future DHS '69ers in Darien Little League

 
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Classmates in the News
The (Very) Reverend Mark Beckwith


 
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Charitable Gift

A generous gift has been made in the name of Darien Class of 1969, a result of surplus funds following the terrific 45th reunion. The reunion was put together by classmates and chaired by Steve and Patti Craig. The gift to Americares, a non-profit disaster relief organization,  is particularly appropriate in light of the many natural disasters in 2017. 
 
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Rick Poccia Honored at Old Timers Dinner

On a cold Monday night in November, classmates and family members turned out to celebrate Rick Poccia’s induction into the Darien Old Timers Association.  Poccia was honored for the contributions his family made to Darien, his leadership and character, and for his athleticism in football and track, stretching from his time at Middlesex Junior High through DHS.  Rick was part of a 4X200 relay team (along with Steve Craig, Mark Tinker, and John Fitzsimmons) that, to this day, still hold the DHS record.

 
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Rick Poccia was honored for his athleticism. Rick is pictured here with the other two captains of the 1969 Track team, Steve Craig and Paul Hendrickson.
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A picture of Dick Costello and Rick Poccia meeting as Plebes at the 1969 Army-Navy game.  

 
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DHS Class of 1967 Reunion
August 18-20, 2017
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Dick Adams and Lorraine Chevalier Rieck
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Sunday at Weed Beach
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'Diamond' Jim Etheridge, sister Judy and Jon Goodale, Mark Koelimer, Dallas Pulliam
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Logan Rogers
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Linda Jones
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Ready to Go Back to School

with Mrs. Oberg
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DHS To Require Substance Abuse Class 
 

Darien High School is now requiring an estimated 600 students and their parents to take and complete a substance-abuse education course.  The one-day course has been built with the collaboration of community agencies, police, and legal experts. Three 30-minute sessions will focus on the effect substance use has on the brain, a story of someone personally affected by substance use, and legal consequences of using drugs and alcohol. Completion of the course is required to participate in after-school activities.  

 
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DHS Classmates Craig Metzgar, Susan Dickman Klein, and Paul Buckley
having dinner recently in Fairfield

 
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Classmates George Farrington, Dick Costello, Steve Verses and Dave Lynch watch the 117th meeting of the Army-Navy Game in Baltimore. In a wild finish to an exciting game, Army came out on top 21-17, breaking a 14 game win streak by Navy.

 
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Next stop, Darien!
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Christy Rogers on the Camino de Santiago
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Pete White
Thanks for the Update!

 
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Joanne Schoepf Reisser

Thanks for the Update!
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We Thank the DHS 1969 Classmates Who Served
 
 
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Skins and Terry Cummings
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Paul Hepp with grandkids


 
The 45th Reunion
The 45th Reunion
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Mike Lopriore and Paul Hepp get together in Jacksonville, FL.

Hey, where's the invite? It's freezing up here!


 

 
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Vandy Van Wagener - Good to hear from you!

Thanks for the Update.
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Anne Marie McGarry
 
Thanks for Your Update!
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Deb Ridabock preps for the end of summer
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
45th Reunion
At the Beach

 
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The morning began overcast, but the sun was shining at the start of the Sunday picnic.
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
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We missed many classmates, but those who came had a special time. A shout-out to our illustrious 45th committee, especially Steve and Patti Craig, and to Dennis Sullivan who took the majority of the pictures.
The 45th Reunion
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
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Baker School Alums
Baker School Alums
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45th Reunion - Saturday Night
Jenny Hosts Q and A -- Tinker Drops Trou

 
Under cloudy skies, the 45th Reunion Dinner-Dance kicked off at the tony Wee Burn CC at 6:30 sharp.  We mostly stayed inside and drank cocktails while greeting one another in the Red Room.
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Later, after repeated requests, our group headed to the dining room for an appetizing buffet of prime rib, salmon, and side dishes. Dessert was cheese and chocolate cakes, ice cream, toppings.
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Once the tables were cleared, Jenny Bates started the evening entertainment as host of a general Q and A. Questions were asked from the audience about our class and our years in the high school.

One question regarding the shape of a tattoo led Mark Tinker to drop his pants in front of the room to provide the answer. Dick Costello remained quiet when a question arose about a shamrock tattoo.

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It was good to have an opportunity to get back out on the dance floor. While some groaning was heard over bad hips and bum knees, a good time was had by all.

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Check Out More Pictures from Saturday Night
and Sunday at the Beach
in the Photo Albums section

 

Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row)  Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim
Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row) Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim Potts, Steve Verses, Mark Tinker

While many attended the 45th, many were missed. A number of folks attended for the first time or from much earlier reunions – Mary Bass, Mark Beckwith, Paul Buckley, Linda Castle, Pete Helweg, Diane Holland, Dave Jefferson, Anahid, Mike Lopriore, Tom Milek, JoAnn Schoepf, and Christy Rogers among others.

Pretty much 75% of the attendees made Friday night and it was a chance to reconnect with classmates and to thank many on the reunion committee for all their work.

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Thank you's are certainly in order for the group responsible for putting this reunion together:

STEVE AND PATTI CRAIG
JENNY BATES
SUE DICKMAN KLINE
DENNIS SULLIVAN
JIM AND CINDY VALENTE

Outstanding job.

(If we missed anyone, please let us know)
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Greetings Anahid!
Great to Hear from You
 
 
The Class of 1969 mourns the losses of  Peter Popov, Nancy Levering Rozzelle, Mark Freeman and Joan Anderson Christopoulos. Please turn to Memorials.
 
 
Back when smoking was cool
Back when smoking was cool
A Bevy of Beauties
 
 
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Hot Fun in the Summertime
 
The perils of missing class on senior 'Skip' Day
 
 
 
 
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George Wehmann's Pontiac Super Chief
 
 
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Mary Grace Joynt and Suzanne Ferree
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 Terry Cummings, Tim Maul, Cliff Powell

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Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
 
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker  Photo by George Wehmann
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker Photo by George Wehmann

 Shot of trip out west during summer of '69 when we hitchhiked to California. Mark Tinker's dad bought us the car to roam around California and back to CT. Thought I lost this. Great memories from that trip. Those were the days!  -George Wehmann
     

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The names just keep on coming in!

(starting bottom left): Chris Garr, Ellen Johnson, Martha Whelan, Jane Hindenlang
Sue Dickman, Kathy McIntyre, Pam Burkhart Melee, Co Koppert (Young LIfe)
Bobby Grant, Kathy Fricke, Jackie Fitzpatrick, MaryLou Sivos
Heidi Gerber
Carol Augustus Summers, Anna Lamberton, Louis Belfour, Sara Schyler
Man in hat- L. (Ron) Hubbard, the kid on far right with hood is Mardie Porter's brother, Clark Porter 
The guy near top row hat and glasses: Middlesex science teacher "Booger" Bates
Right Center back row: The man in the hat and woman next to him-
Mr and Mrs Hendrickson (Paul's parents)! 
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Reunion Quiz
What is the DHS Motto?

Cheaper than Prep School!
Ivy League Here I Come!
Best partyin' school in Fairfield County!
Veritas vos liberabit
Reunion Poll
What should the theme be for the reunion ?

Disco
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Toga
Come as you are
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