The Class of 1989 held its 30-year reunion over the weekend of May 3-5, 2019. Thirty-eight alumni, plus families, gathered to celebrate the last class of the greatest decade. Starting with a Friday night mixer at The Playground, downtown, the ’89 Penguins caught up with one another – some of whom had not been back to Tucson in decades – to share stories of life, pictures of suddenly-grown children, and eventually try to find dance clubs that still play good music.
Saturday saw them gathering with family, old UHS faculty, at a large lunch at the Time Market, and hitting the gym together – Penguins across the city, doing Penguin stuff. The tent pole of the weekend was that evening, starting with a dinner of local Mexican food at 37 Pennington, a downtown event space, and peaking there with a spontaneous dance party. Given that the Fine Line was long gone and 80’s synth pop seems to have fallen out of favor with the kids these days, the intrepid Class of ’89 supplied their own tunes. The night ended with classmates breaking into small groups to take on the rest of downtown and squeeze out as much time as possible with old friends, with many staying up far past their mid-life bedtimes.
The event came to a close on Sunday on the campus of U/RHS, with a tour (organized by Dr. Hosmer) and filling up on Eegee’s. We spent time under our old lunch trees, the site of the 9th grade Killer ambush, and inhaled that forever-present aroma of the TUSD halls. In parting, many stated a desire to meet sooner than the typical 10-year mark – and so, in keeping with its trailblazing nature and the spirit of 80’s teen liberty, the ’89 Penguins are already planning our 35-year reunion!