It may be hard to believe the building that sits at 850 Tiger Drive was once the sparkling, brand-new Ripon High School ...

A half-century ago.

For students from the class of 1964, who gathered recently in Ripon for a 50th anniversary celebration, it’ll always be new.

This class was the first to graduate from the present Ripon High School, enjoying just one year there as seniors. Prior to that, they spent three years at the old high school, now the middle school.

“We still call this ‘the new school,’” reunion co-organizer Tom Stellmacher said as classmates arrived and greeted one another for a leisurely tour through the hallowed halls.

Classmates offered a variety of memories from their time at Ripon High School — with several reminiscing fondly about an infamous prank involving a parking meter.

But more than any memory, they all seemed to remember “the new school” in one theme.

Size.

“It was big,” Diane (Mijatovich) Czoschke recalled. “We were afraid we’d get lost, or especially that we wouldn’t get to our classes on time.”

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