John Stone

Laurel Class of '71 looks back

Laurel Class of '71 looks back

When members of the Laurel High Class of 1971 started their freshman year, they attended what was the "new school," opened in 1965 to replace the original school building that is now the Phelps Center.

Since then, Laurel High has expanded to accommodate a new auditorium and a wing for its vocational programs. But on a 40th reunion tour of their alma mater Sept. 17, many '71 grads said not much had changed in the core building since the days they spent there.

The hallway floors are still speckled with brown, taupe and gray, and the tiled walls, with their alternating stripes of clay, tan and mahogany, are exactly how Curt Alling remembered them. Even the analog...