Alumni of the Lovettsville High School will meet Saturday, June 11, at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association on Rt. 287 to celebrate their 99th reunion.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes dinner catered by Chuck Wyant and members of the Lovettsville Game Club.
Historians Ed Spannaus and Eugene Scheel will discuss the history of the school, portions of which still exist as part of the Lovettsville Community Center. Spannaus said it appeared that the county obtained the land for a school as far back as 1866. The original frame school building later was enlarged to four rooms and the high school was established on the site by 1910. The frame building was replaced by a one-story brick building with two school rooms in 1927—likely the first part of the existing structure. A decade later, four more rooms were added. The façade of the old high school was destroyed by fire but the classrooms inside are still relatively intact.
In 1954, high school students started going to Loudoun County High School in Leesburg. An elementary school remained on the site until 1974 when the new elementary school opened—at which point the old building was converted into the present community center.
Former Lovettsville mayor and school alumna Elaine Walker said that some years the banquet was not held, but this will be the 99th rendition of the celebration.
Lovettsville Alumni Association President Fred George said the core group of supporters feels strongly about its stewardship of the history of the school. “It’s part of our history,” he said.
George recalled that in his grandparents’ day, the alumni banquet was a “big deal.” Back then, “they’d stop working on the farm to make sure they got to the banquet in time.”
While George is looking forward to a great evening on June 11, he and the committee members also are peeking ahead “to make sure we have a memorable occasion on our 100th celebration next year.”
Cost of the banquet is $20 per person, and organizers ask that reservations be made by June 5. Late requests can be called into George at 703-623-5134. Checks should be made out to LAA and mailed to PO Box 511, Lovettsville, VA 20180.