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Memories, laughter reunite Centralites

Gail and John Carlson look at memorabilia from Central High School during registration for the all-school reunion being held at Wessman Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday. John was in the class of 1962. See more reunion photos on Page A6. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

A rush of Vikings flooded the hallways of Wessman Arena on Tuesday morning. There were no horned hats or weapons accompanying these Vikings. Instead of hand-to-hand combat this group of Vikings chose hand shakes and hugs.

The Vikings of Superior Central High School started their all-school reunion registration on Tuesday morning.

Introductions, memories and connections like, "I was so-and-so's brother's little sister," were followed by "I remember him,"

"Did you live on the North End?" was followed by laugher and great big hugs.

The reunion features a gift shop and a Central Memorabilia Room.

Here's what's on tap around town in conjunction with the reunion:

In honor of Central alumni celebrating the school's centennial, the Douglas County Historical Society has created a display honoring the school and students who attended there, and produced a play based on a teacher from Central's past, Lulu "Dickie" Dickinson, who was fired and became the focus of a student strike supporting her. Performances begin tonight and run through Aug. 7. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with at 2 p.m. matinee Sunday at the historical society, 1101 John Ave.

The historical society's book, "Superior Central High School from A to Z: Transcending Dreams," written by Teddie Meronek and Kathy Laakso, is now available at the Douglas County Historical Society. Call Kathy or Barb at (715) 392-8449 for more information.

Reunion participants are also encouraged to tour Fairlawn Museum, Old Firehouse and Police Museum, Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center and the harbor on their own.

For more information, photos and links to other Central Alumni connections, visit www.superiorwicentralhis.com.

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