DERRY — The banners were hung all around the room to honor the graduates.
These graduates represented many classes that once roamed the halls at Pinkerton Academy.
The Derry Academy hosted its 62nd biennial Alumni Day luncheon and awards ceremony June 21. The school’s senior cafe was filled with people representing classes dating back decades up through recent years.
Every two years, Pinkerton’s Alumni Association invites past graduates back for a day of reminiscing and friendship, and hosts the luncheon and business meeting.
Past Pinkerton graduates lined up to sign the school’s historic centennial register — pages and pages of signatures capturing the history of the Derry high school dating back to the mid-1800s.
Alumni first officially gathered at the Derry academy in the mid-1800s. A crowd of more than 2,000 people came to the school and celebrated that year in the original school building, now known as the Alumni Center.
Over the years, alumni continued to get together for special events. Many reunions among classes are still held today, including trips to Florida and other locations.