Last class to graduate from old high school reaches milestone

The Oak Harbor High School Madrigals appear at the Shoreline Choral Contest in spring of 1974. - Photo provided by George Marin
The Oak Harbor High School Madrigals appear at the Shoreline Choral Contest in spring of 1974.
— image credit: Photo provided by George Marin

The class of 1974 was the last to graduate from the old Oak Harbor High School.

Forty years later, the class gathering in Oak Harbor for their reunion.

Reunion chairwoman Mary Davis said that this reunion is special because the class has reached its 40-year milestone, and so this gathering is a “fun, nostalgic way to look back at the school.”

The reunion, set for Aug. 15-16, will include organized events that will be spread out over those two days and cost attendees $96 for both nights.

Registration deadline for the event is Aug. 13.

On Friday, there will be a Madrigal reunion, including the 1974 director, Vernon Greenstreet. This reunion will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Oak harbor Lutheran Church and will be free to reunion attendees. The Madrigals also extend a welcome to members of the 1971-76 Madrigals.

“They performed  in competition with other schools out there, and they just performed for the community and the school,” Davis said. “And they were really good.

“I still sing the songs that they would sing.”

Also on Friday will be a barbecue social with 1974 classmate Barb Henry deejaying. This event is 6-10 p.m. at Oak Harbor Tavern and includes a barbecue buffet and cash bar.

On Saturday, a golf outing starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Whidbey Golf and Country Club, organized by classmate Gary DeMille.

Cost for the tournament is $40, and there will be prizes for “closest to the pin” and “longest male and female drives.” To register for the tournament, email DeMille at

Saturday evening, the main reunion event is 6-11 p.m. at the Whidbey Golf and Country Club. It will include dancing to Einstein’s Relatives Band, a buffet and a cash bar.

“The personal interaction, the social interaction you enjoyed in school, to be able to have it now is very rewarding,” Davis said.

“It was a great group of students,” she said. “We would just love everybody to join us and have some more fun.”

  • To register for the reunion or to submit a biography of a 1974 classmate for free, visit or call Carol Riley at 360-866-8842.


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