Teachers and administrators attending the Bethlehem Area School District’s annual convocation learned both the winners of the 2017 BEST (Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust) Awards and heard from Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, who was keynote speaker.
Fifty years after they were the last full graduating class from then Bethlehem HS, nearly 200 graduates of the class of 1967 and their guests gathered for their 50th reunion in early August at the Best Western in Hanover Township. That year, 992 people received diplomas from what was Bethlehem’s only public high school. The following year Freedom HS would open, ushering in the era of two public high schools in the Bethlehem Area School District.
Six graduates of Bethlehem (Liberty) HS class of 1967 were asked at their 50th reunion, what is the most important life lesson you learned in high school?
Their senior year at the Liberty HS and Bethlehem Vo-Tech schools was marked with noteworthy 20th century events. President Franklin Roosevelt would die suddenly in April 1945, the furious final months of World War II in Europe would conclude in May, and the final push to defeat Japan in the Pacific was gaining momentum. Just a couple of months after they graduated, the first atomic bombs were used in warfare. Their entire generation had grown up through the Great Depression.