Alumni want to preserve teen-age memories Maryland Hall was a high school ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY-Davidsonville-Edgewater-Shady Side-Deale

June 01, 1993|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

You may think you can't go home again, but don't try to tell that to a group of Annapolis residents who want to return to their teen-age home away from the home -- their old high school.

About a dozen have formed an alumni association for those who attended Annapolis High School when it was housed in a building on Greenfield Street that now is home to the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The members, who attended the school between 1933 and 1978, hope to set up a room in the building for memorabilia of days gone by.

"I can't really explain what this means to us," said Hillary Asquith, a 1977 graduate. "It's just very sentimental."

Ms. Asquith, 33, said the idea for the association has been stirring for some time. But it started to gel eight months ago when a small group led by Anna Greenberg, class of 1946, decided to take action. Two weeks ago, they began planning their first event, a Back-to-School night Oct. 9.

"Over a thousand of us graduated from that school," said Ms. Greenberg, 64. "This just seemed like a natural thing to do. There are people who still reside here in Annapolis and pass that building and say, 'This was my high school.' "

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins graduated from the old school, as did former Mayors Roger W. "Pip" Moyer, John C. Apostol and Richard L. Hillman, as well as County Executive Robert R. Neall, Ms. Greenberg said.

The alumni association is planning to invite former teachers to the October event, play music from the 1930s to the 1970s, and open all the classrooms for the 1,000 graduates members hope will show up.

Those expectations are not unrealistic, considering how people feel about their years at Maryland Hall, Ms. Asquith said.

"Maryland Hall was so close to town. It was the center of activity," Ms. Asquith said. "The new high school is very nice, but it's off on a highway."

"It was the only show in town for our education and social activity," added Ms. Greenberg. "We madeour friends at the school. We did every thing at the school."

Stephanie Barry, a 1965 graduate, said she, too, has fond memories of her time in high school.

Reaction to the alumni group has been very positive, she said. Everyone seems to understand the need for the group.

"We don't want our memory of the high school to disappear," she explained. "That's why we want a little niche in Maryland Hall. It just seems appropriate."

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