Monday, December 12, 2016

Plans Taking Shape for 2018 Reunion!

A bunch of us are planning to meet at Lefti's Bar & Grill at 6 p.m. on Jan. 27th, 2017, to start planning for our 40th class reunion, which will take place in the summer of 2018. Lefti's is located at 2001 2nd Avenue North in Fort Dodge. Please join us and spread the word. We want to think differently from all those other inferior classes and truly make this a memorable but affordable gathering. If you have questions or input, please email jayzuma (at)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Duncombe Elementary Is Structurally Unsafe

Duncombe Elementary, built in 1912, has been deemed structurally unsafe after engineers inspected the west side of the building. Students who were scheduled to attend Duncombe will attend Fair Oaks (previously known as South Junior High) while officials figure out their next move.

The Senior High played its football games on the east field before construction of Dodger Stadium.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Senior High Gym Featured in Commercial

Fort Dodge has gone Hollywood. The gymnasium at Fort Dodge Senior High is the backdrop for a recently released U.S. Cellular commercial. The high school was built in 1958 and remains in great shape, as you can see from the video.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Our Next Reunion Will Be the 40th, but ...

First, the news that directly impacts our class. There will be no reunion this year for the Class of 1978. Word has come down that our next reunion will be in the summer of 2018, which will mark our 40th year of freedom from the halls of Fort Dodge Senior High.

That doesn't mean this summer is reunion-free. The Class of 1977, which missed its 35th, is holding one for its 36th. It's happening on Aug. 9-11, and the centerpiece of the festivities will take place on Saturday, the 10th, with a gathering at the Community Tap at 7 p.m.

I'm sure the good folks from 1977 wouldn't mind if a few hanger-ons from the 1978 class were to show up and reminisce about the good, old days.

For more details, click here to check the Class of 1977's Facebook page.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Is a 35-Year Reunion in the Works?

Could it be true? I'm hearing rumblings of a 35-year reunion for the Class of 1978, to be held in early August 2013. It would be combined reunion with the Class of 1977, which hasn't had a gathering in several years.

Drop an email if you know more: jayzuma (at)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Coach Wins $10,000 WIth Halftime Kick

Willie McGowan, the girls' soccer coach at Fort Dodge Senior High and Iowa Central Community College, successfully converts a 40-yard field goal and wins $10,000 at halftime of the Ames-Fort Dodge game on Sept. 24, 2010.

McGowan was selected to participate in the "Kick for Cash" contest, sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank of Iowa and West Bend Mutual Insurance Company.

"I played rugby back home [in Scotland], but the ball is much bigger and wider and completely different," McGowan told the Fort Dodge Messenger.

"All I was really thinking about was kicking the skin off it, I didn't want it to be one of those that was on target and came up short."

McGowan, who is married with two kids, is also a Student Development Assistant in the Admissions Department at Iowa Central.

"I'm thinking about doing something with my kids — like a nice vacation," McGowan said of his plans for the money. "I'll probably donate some to charities as well."

Video best viewed full screen in order to see the ball.