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50 years later, the first graduates of Westport High School reconvene in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Five decades after graduating from Westport High School, a group of 1965 graduates celebrated this weekend in Louisville.

And 50 years later, it was still the same.

"Some of us luckily still have hair," Curtis Fry said.

Sunday was the final day of a three-day high school reunion, where more than 100 celebrated at Churchill Downs.

There were 345 graduates in 1965, and 115 responded to a Facebook event organizing the weekend.

"The joy that we have found at re-finding all of these classmates is overwhelming," Judy Attkisson Paddock said.

These students were the big dogs on campus, the first graduating class at Westport High School.

They were brought together in 1961 by overcrowding at Waggener and Eastern.

They picked their own school colors of blue and grey and chose the Warhawk as their mascot.

"We basically ran the school," John Ward said. "The teachers thought they did, but nah, we had it."

On Saturday, they all went back to visit their alma mater.

The building became a middle school in 1981. And while the name on the outside may have changed, the memories for these graduates will last forever.

"We're just getting older and older, which makes it more and more fun," Ward said.

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