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Would you be interested in having a reunion every 5 years instead of 10?

  Absolutely - 10 years is way too long!
  No - Once every 10 years is enough!


•   Doug Ohlemeier  8/18
•   Kimberly Arnberger  8/10
•   Caroline Herold  2/3
•   Sheryl Williams (Herrera Gatica)  12/1
•   Luis Roman  12/1
•   Sue Solomon (Solomon)  10/14
•   Kimberly Murray (Purcell)  8/28
•   Karen Taggart (Keesee)  8/11
•   Pam Betts (French)  8/9
•   Terri Weese (Simmons)  8/8
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Alabama
1 lives in Alaska
6 live in California
6 live in Colorado
4 live in Florida
1 lives in Georgia
2 live in Illinois
1 lives in Iowa
114 live in Kansas
1 lives in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
7 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
5 live in Nebraska
2 live in New Mexico
2 live in Ohio
10 live in Oklahoma
1 lives in Oregon
1 lives in Pennsylvania
1 lives in South Carolina
2 live in Tennessee
16 live in Texas
2 live in Utah
1 lives in Virginia
1 lives in Washington
1 lives in Wyoming
1 lives in Saskatchewan
1 lives in Ecuador
117 location unknown


•   Richard Bennett  10/27
•   Amy Christensen (Christensen)  10/28
•   Todd Schneider  11/1
•   Kelly Grover (Reinhardt)  11/2
•   Jennifer Ludes  11/3
•   Darrin Sinclair  11/4
•   Jeff Whitman  11/6
•   Brian Elliott  11/11
•   Dale Dirks  11/12
•   Timothy Schneider  11/12
•   Rick Bieberle  11/15
•   Beth Lebsack (Chisholm)  11/16
•   Jaynee Turner (Schwartz)  11/17
•   Warren Bakeberg  11/23


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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 62.3%

A:   197   Joined
B:   119   Not Joined

Welcome to the Great Bend High School Class Of 1980 website.  This is a free website for all 1980 graduates.  I hope you enjoy this web site and are able to reconnect with friends from high school.   Shannon Brewer has been a big help in getting the site up and running.  This site will allow you to keep in touch with classmates and to send out emails to all registered classmates or post announcements to all.  

The "In Memory" section as well as the "Class Listing" allows you to leave comments/favorite memories - I think it would be a great tribute to our passed classmates to post comments on thier profiles.  

Take care and God bless.

Kathy Penka




Greetings Classmates!

Our 35th reunion time is approaching next year!   Stay tuned for details and if anyone is interested in helping with the reunion, please let me know.    You can email me at or call me at 913.530.9113.

Take care!




Football game on Friday night at 7:00.  We will be sitting on the WEST side of the stadium.   Look for posters and balloons with Class of ’80.   There are at least 3 other classes having reunions Labor Day weekend, so we’ve planned events as to not coincide with other classes.

During or after the game, we will be heading to The Rack on Rail Road Avenue for food, fun and refreshments.   It was just recently brought to our attention that our classmate, Laurie Zemanick Harwood and her husband own this establishment, so we will be patronizing their business.   They serve food till 10:00 with a full menu of options.   Since The Rack is a “beer” only establishment, they can only serve until midnight.   We are welcome to hang around and continue to visit if we want.

Saturday evening’s activities will be at Desperados – which is Doug Bender’s establishment - good old Chapter where many of us spent numerous Friday and Saturday nights during high school.   K's Smokehouse is up and running inside DESPERADOS and will be serving an all you can eat buffet starting at 7:00.  Cost for a single will be $20.00 and $40.00 for a couple.   This will cover your dinner and the cover charge for balance of the evening’s events.    If you choose not to eat, there will be a $5.00 single and $10.00 couple coverage charge.

Brian Ewing will be providing karaoke and music for the evening from 9:00 – 11:00.  So tune up those vocal cords and get ready to rock the roof!

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone.   It isn’t very common anymore that someone can say that they went to school with someone from kindergarten through high school, and that is part of the charm of growing up in a small town.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me personally at


On the plains of central Kansas
Glorious to view
Great Bend High is proudly standing
Hail, all hail to you.
Rhorea cheers ever onward
Famous Panthers black.
Hail to you, our alma mater
Hail, old Red and Black.

Rhorea, Rhorea, Rip, Roar, Rack
Great Bend High School, red and black.
Hit it!!!
Rah, Rah, Rip, Roar, Rack
Great Bend High School RED and BLACK!