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Plaque honoring class that "built" Sequim gymnasium replaced

November 1st, 2013 - 5:25am

(Sequim)-- A plaque honoring a Sequim graduating class that spearheaded efforts for a new high school gymnasium is back.

It was 1954 when the senior class at Sequim High School decided to campaign for a new school gym. They organized and sought out support from local business owners to help pass a bond issue to fund the gym.

For years a plaque was displayed in the gym they helped to build. But two years ago, the 1954 class president, Bill Huntington, decided to take his grandson to a Sequim basketball game. He found the plaque was missing.

In spring of 2012, Bill and another classmate met with the school board to see if some detective work would turn up the missing artifact. The board eventually set out to replace the plaque, completing it this year, but fate again intervened. The board learned that Bill Huntington had passed away.

On October 25th, the class of '54 met for a get-together. When school officials learned Huntington’s wife and daughter would be there, they presented the new plaque.

Sequim school officials are still holding on to the plaque, planning the appropriate ceremony for its rededication.

Most likely it will eventually be hung back in the gym, but probably not until 2014, when the class of 1954 will celebrate their 60th reunion.

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