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1,000 alumni gather for TR all-school reunion
by Matt Naber
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David Saenz, president of the TRISD School Board, cuts the ribbon at the ribbon cutting ceremony officially celebrating the opening of the new Three Rivers Jr/Senior High School on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Matt Naber photo David Saenz, president of the TRISD School Board, cuts the ribbon at the ribbon cutting ceremony officially celebrating the opening of the new Three Rivers Jr/Senior High School on Saturday, Sept. 21.
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Arlon Retzloff was recognized for his year's of work on the TRISD school board during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Matt Naber photo Arlon Retzloff was recognized for his year's of work on the TRISD school board during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 21.
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Donald Kasper served the TRISD school district for 46 years and spent 48 years working in education. He was recognized for his years of service to TRISD and presented with a plaque that will be on perminant display in the school during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Matt Naber photo Donald Kasper served the TRISD school district for 46 years and spent 48 years working in education. He was recognized for his years of service to TRISD and presented with a plaque that will be on perminant display in the school during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 21.
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Three Rivers High School class of 1987 alumni Phillip Caldwell and his wife, Sheila (Brown) Caldwell check out the new Three Rivers Jr./Senior High School during the first all-school reunion on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21.
Matt Naber photo Three Rivers High School class of 1987 alumni Phillip Caldwell and his wife, Sheila (Brown) Caldwell check out the new Three Rivers Jr./Senior High School during the first all-school reunion on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21.
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Three Rivers High School alumni Norma Tanguma of 1979, Karla Dominguez of 2004, and Korina Tanguma of 2009 check out the band hall in the new Three Rivers Jr./Senior High School during the first all-school reunion on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21.
Matt Naber photo Three Rivers High School alumni Norma Tanguma of 1979, Karla Dominguez of 2004, and Korina Tanguma of 2009 check out the band hall in the new Three Rivers Jr./Senior High School during the first all-school reunion on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21.
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Three Rivers Independent School District was filled to capacity with about a thousand alumni checking out the campus and catching up with old classmates at the all-school reunion on Saturday, Sept. 21.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was also held that morning for the new high school building that opened at the start of this school year.

“The ribbon-cutting was wonderful with lots of people there,” Superintendent Kenneth Rohrbach said. “It was a good chance to honor Mr. (Donald) Kasper and Mr. (Arlon) Retzloff.”

Kasper was honored with a plaque commemorating the 46 years of work he did at Three Rivers ISD. He started out as the vocational agriculture teacher, then middle school and high school principal and then recently retired as the business manager for the district.

“The plaque was a total surprise, nice as nice can get,” Kasper said.

The plaque will be made in bronze and permanently displayed inside the new high school.

“It passed so fast, it doesn’t seem like 46 years,” Kasper said. “I got a lot of stories on the students I taught. I’m not like most retired people; I miss it. We had a great time.”

This was the first all-school reunion at TRISD since the town’s 50th anniversary in 1963.

A Glass Factory Exhibit was set up, and tours of the new high school were given by National Honor Society students throughout the day.

“Everyone was floored by the new high school and how beautiful it was and appreciative of having the reunion,” Rohrbach said.

Guests were also bused to the Mission Sin Caja for tours of that as well.

Later in the afternoon there was a musical play performance about the history of Three Rivers. A second performance was given in the evening as well.

Rohrbach said the play was the biggest hit for the day with large crowds at both performances.

Rohrbach said next year marks the 100th anniversary of TRISD and the district plans on celebrating.
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