SLIDESHOW: Black Diamond School reunion brings back memories
June 4, 2009 · 5:22 PM
More than 120 alumni showed up at the third annual Black Diamond School reunion June 3 at the Black Diamond Community Center including 102-year-old Ruby Favro Androsko Keeney, a 1926 Black Diamond High graduate.
"She was born here in 1907 and she still lives here," said her son Joe Androsko, who was also in attendance.
There has been a school in Black Diamond since the 1900s. The last high school graduating class was 1943. High school students were then moved to Enumclaw High School, but the middle school and elementary students stayed for a while longer. When the high school became part of the Enumclaw School District, Black Diamond grade school moved into the former high school building and the grade school was torn down. In 1963, the high school was demolished and the current elementary school took its place. Today, the building houses kindergarten through fifth-grade students.
"We had a lot of pride in our high school," said Gomer Evans, one of several Evans to make the reunion.
"There's a lot of commaraderie in this town," said John Malgarini, who came from Las Vegas, recalling days when the orange and black of the Broncos, as well as the city teams, were a contending force in local athletics.
Those in attendance weren't just from the high school. The reunion brings back graduates from the elementary school, too.
"It was wonderful growing up in Black Diamond," said Clayton Mead, who was among some of the first Black Diamond students to graduate from Enumclaw.
Reunion brought back teachers as well, like Deryl Sleigh, who taught kindergarten through eighth-grade, and drove the bus, there from 1952 to 1958.