Des Moines Tech Grads Keeping School Pride Alive

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DES MOINES, Iowa — In the last century, one building in Des Moines housed a Ford Motors factory, a Solar Aircraft plant and the old Des Moines Technical High School.

One graduate worries the school’s history is being lost over time. Steven Dickson graduated with the Class of 1966 and this year marks his 50th high school reunion.

“There are times it feels like it’s been a million years,” said the 68-year-old Dickson.

He says he’s having trouble connecting with his classmates to take a trip down memory lane. There is no formal Alumni Association for Tech High.

“That’s a milestone. You would think there would be a lot of students from that era that would be interested,” Dickson said.

“We care about it. It’s our history,” explained Dee Johnson.

Johnson is with the class of 1957. She and others have taken it upon themselves to preserve the school’s past.

“We’re the closest thing you’ve got to an association. We maintain all the trophies and clean the hall and make sure we are the contact for any reunion groups that come in,” said Johnson.

She knows of only one group holding a reunion this summer and it isn’t Dickson’s. We did some checking and found some information online for Dickson about a reunion in the works this fall.

The class of 1986 was the last graduating class at Des Moines Technical High School. It is now Central Campus.

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