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July 28, 2012

Reunion offers chance to see old friends

Woodward, Okla. — Any outsider could tell that many of the former Tangier students have stayed close friends over the years since their high school graduation.

There was a coziness in the atmosphere at the Woodward Senior Center on Saturday for the 36th annual Tangier Reunion, suggesting many of the former students have been lifelong friends.

Everyone greeted each other with smiles and questions like "how are you?" or "how is your family".

"In a small school like that you know everybody, even outside your class, and you become lifetime friends," said Donald Prophet, 1957 graduate.

Prophet was a student in the last graduating class at Tangier. The high school closed in 1957 and the elementary school closed a few years later in 1961.

All of Prophet's younger siblings were moved to Woodward Public Schools while other students went to Fargo and Fort Supply.

Reminiscing of his school days, Prophet said his favorite time was, of course, recess. The boys would get together and always play baseball or basketball during recess, something that hasn't really changed much today.

One thing that has changed, he said, is recognition of students passing from middle school to high school. Prophet said his grandson graduated from 8th grade this year and it was a "big deal."

"I don't remember anything but getting a diploma," he said of his graduation from 8th grade into high school.

Prophet said the only graduation that was a "big deal" when he went to school was high school graduation.

Prophet still lives in Northwest Oklahoma and enjoys attending the reunions and talking to old friends. His brother and granddaughter also joined him on Saturday to meet up with a handful of old friends and classmates.

The reunion continues today with doors opening at 10 a.m., a basket dinner at 12:30 p.m. and a business meeting at 2 p.m.

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