OGDEN -- Ben Lomond High School class of '63 members gave their alma mater a gift when they graduated, and decided to give another as part of a recent golden anniversary celebration.
The first was the blue "BL" marker that stands to the west of the school. What to give this time around was the subject of debate.
"We talked to Principal Ben Smith, before he left, and we walked through the school, trying to decide what it needed," said Brenda Ward, of Kaysville, one of 320 BLHS students who graduated in 1963.
Ben Lomond class of '63 members decided to honor the school's current and former principals with photographs.
"Leadership is key, and the service those principals give not only to the students of Ben Lomond, but the community, is very important," Ward said. "They deserve the recognition."
Smith ended up taking an out-of-state job, so became one of the former principals, replaced by current BLHS Principal Dale Wilkinson. Principals whose portraits were hung are Ellis S. McAllister (1953-1961); Lionel G. Drechsel (1961-1972); Russell W. Carruth (1972-1978); Allan J. Kap (1978-1984); Donald R. Sant (1984-1988); Ralph C. Aardema (1988-1993); Cyrus W. Freston (1993-1995); Bruce R. Penland (1995-1997); Mozelle B. Prestridge (1997-1999); Timothy W. Smith (1999-2003); Smith (2003-2013); and Wilkinson (2013-).
Some of the principals have died, Ward said.
"We spend a lot of time trying to find widows who had remarried and changed their names, to get pictures, or to find children of principals who passed away," Ward said. "It took a lot of effort."
BLHS alumnus John Williams, a photographer, agreed to clean up the images, size them and make the colors similar, so the 12 portraits would look like a unified gallery, Ward said. A frame shop in Salt Lake City discounted the frames for the project.
"That help, and donations from our class, kept the costs down. Our class members were able to give what they could without going into debt, and could feel really good about what they had done."
The principals' gallery was unveiled a few weeks back, at the BLHS class of '63's 50th reunion. The photos display is near the high school's main office.
Ward said 125 attended this year's reunion, but that included spouses and some children of class members. A ceremony was held to honor 70 class members who have died.
The class will host its next reunion in 2018.
"People made a real effort to be there for this one," Ward said. "People came from Hawaii, New Jersey, Florida, and all over the nation. We have classmates in most of the states. Some people came who have not been seen in 50 years. It was quite a treat and really wonderful."