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Kindergarten Class of 1938 Reunites
Posted 12/11/21

Alumni reunions are a big deal in Alameda, and we’re always especially excited to greet former students who graduated, oh say, 40 or 50 years ago. But recently we learned of an even more exciting reunion that took place earlier this year: the 83rd reunion of the Sadler School kindergarten class of 1938.


Sadler Class of 38The Sadler School, for those newbies who have moved to Alameda in the last half century or so, was located in a remodeled cottage near Franklin Park from 1930 until 1951, when the current Franklin Elementary School was built at that location. (That remodeled cottage, by the way, was called "Franklin School" from 1927 to 1930, so Franklin Elementary School will be celebrating 100 years in 2027.)  


The idea for the reunion started in 2020, when Porter Davis called Bobbie Hoepner (both AHS ’51 – that’s 70 years ago) who organizes the class’s Alameda High School reunions. During that conversation, Hoepner revealed that her partner of 60-plus years had passed away and that she was living alone on Harbor Bay with no living family to support her. Porter, who lives in Larkspur, offered to drive to Alameda to visit her.


“We had a good hug, lots of catching up, and talked about oureating waffles next high school reunion,” Davis says.  “We were taking about who was still alive at 88 and realized that there were 8 or 10 who were in our kinder in 1938. Then I got the idea that we might celebrate our 88 years and have a brunch at Ole’s Waffle Shop, which we all loved as we grew up.”


As Davis was putting the event together, the two friends decided to make it an official reunion of the Sadler School Kindergarten Class of 1983.  Included in the class was Susan Lum, whose father, Dr. Lum, was president of the Board of Education and whose name eventually was given to Lum Elementary School. The two invited as many living members as they could find, as well as friends they had made in elementary and high school.


“We had a great time,” Davis says. “The owners of Ole’s (established in 1929) were honored that we thought of celebrating with them!”


Davis and Hoepner have now submitted documentation of the reunion to the Guinness Book of World Records in the category of "Oldest Kindergarten Reunion."  The present world record is 70 years.


Congratulations to these AUSD graduates and we wish you many happy reunions to come!