B-CC Class of 1954

The Way We Were:  Our B-CC Years

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Post-B-CC Years

50th Reunion

More photos of Reunion Gala

More photos of B-CC Tour


The Class of 1954 Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Sign

Fifty years ago the Bethesda-Chevy Chase high School Class of 1954 senior committee headed by faculty member, Massey Black, decided to donate a school sign to be located in front of the school on East-West Highway. Mike Carpenter and Clayton Embrey, committee members, asked Clayton's father, Everett Embrey, a civil engineer with a local construction company, to design a sign and have it installed. Massey Black reviewed the plan and suggested adding "Senior" to "Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School" on the sign. The change was made and the sign was put in place in 1954.

Several years prior to the October 2004 50th reunion, class president, Jack Hailman had noticed that the original sign had seriously deteriorated over the years. It had not been included in the recent reconstruction and renovation of BCC High School. During the reunion planning stage it was decided to investigate its refurbishment. Committee member, Kathleen Driscoll Webster, became the interface with the school regarding sign restoration. Enthusiasm for the project grew and during the reunion dinner attended by 121 classmates, 75 spouses/guests and two teachers it was announced that the class of '54 would move forward with the goal of refurbishing the original sign. Once again, Clayton Embrey and Mike Carpenter coordinated the effort and worked closely with the school.

Reunion committee co-chairs, Brooks Goldman and Yvonne Rogers Knauff, happily reported that the remaining treasury funds would be sufficient for paying not only for the sign's restoration but for an additional gift of more than $3,000 to BCC High School along with the purchase of an inscribed brick within the campus courtyard.

Rockville based Patrick Signs did an outstanding job refurbishing the BCC sign and it was installed on January 10, 2005.

Dori Phaff, school PTSA member, worked with the class and the school to make the restoration a reality. With fond memories and a sense of retracing their steps down the halls of their excellent high school, the Class of 1954 is proud to have given these gifts in honor of their 50th reunion.

Dedication of the Restored School Sign