photos by // michael gleason photography
There were more celebrations than Back to the Bricks going on in downtown Flint this year. Near the north end of all the activity and amid the crowds enjoying all the classic cars on Saginaw Street, the ballroom of the legendary Durant Hotel was filled with merriment with another classic celebration. It was the 60th reunion of the Flint Technical High School class of 1958. Flint Tech – as it is commonly known – was located near the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Saginaw Street and was a school of fewer than 500 students with no gymnasium, library or cafeteria.
It can be considered the area’s original STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school, and even during its heyday Flint Tech was a place many locals had never heard of. Originally set up in 1939 as a senior high school that offered technical and business tracks and was intended for students going into college, General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) or other engineering schools, only students with high enough grades could choose to attend. When the school abruptly closed in 1959, a group of students marched down Saginaw Street to Flint City Hall in an organized protest. To this day, alumni credit some of their tightknit connections to not only the simpler times but also a time of informal teacher–student relationships and great respect for authority.
Class President Fred Meier mentions while there were 174 graduates in the class of 1958, 50 members and their spouses or guests were in attendance. Joining Meier were fellow class officers Vice President Mike Kerner and Secretary Barb Lauckner Mourand while Treasurer Sue Doshier was not able to attend. After a warm welcome to all the graduates and honored guests, Meier expressed what an honor it was to be the evening’s master of ceremonies while giving way to an energetic evening of various activities and reminiscing of the simpler times.
Distinguished class member and legendary, nationally renowned custom car builder Carl Casper sincerely regretted his absence from the festivities, as Meier communicated to the group. Meier explained Casper’s time was pressed with appearance obligations in Detroit along with signing autographs at the Back to the Bricks Flat Lot, where many of his Flint Tech classmates were able to visit with him.
“We all knew Carl joined us in the spirit of old Flint Tech!” Meier states.