Sunday, March 26, 2017

Register for the Directory!

It’s time to hear from you. What have you been doing the last 40 years and how did Fort Dodge Senior High help shape your life?

Our directory/database is ready for your entries. The site’s address is But you will need to get the User Name and Password first.

How do you obtain this information? Send and email with your name as it appeared in the high school yearbook in the subject line.

The email address: FortDodge1978 (at) Remember to replace the (at) with @ and remove the spacing. (We do this to prevent bots from gathering the email and spamming the address.)

Note that your email will be added to the directory/database containing your yearbook mugshot and our FortDodge1978 address book unless you request otherwise. Once verified, you will receive the User Name and Password for the site.

Again, this is done for security reasons. The User Name and Password are meant only for classmates, so please do not share. We value your privacy and if the site is compromised, we will change the User Name and Password and notify all verified members by email. That’s another reason we need your email.

What else can be included? We urge that you write a bio about your life after Senior High, and if you wish, a physical mailing address. Neither is required, but the more classmates who include bios will add to the wealth of the site. Write as much or little as you want. It’s the Internet and there are no space constraints. Only the administrator can add information so yes, you have to email it in.

If you want to get the User Name and Password and get a feel for the site before writing a bio, we’re down with that. If you need an example bio, please check the entry for Jay Christensen. It’s the only bio on the site as of this posting.

The site is easy to navigate and you can click a letter under “Categories” or type a name into the “Search” field. We’ve also included links to the website and Facebook pages along with an email link. There’s also a “Home” link, which takes you back to the entry page.

We have gone to an online directory/database for two reasons. First, it eliminates the costs of printing a program. Second, the directory/database is fluid and can be updated if you decide to make changes or — heaven forbid — if the administrator somehow screws something up, highly unlikely as that might be….

There are 464 classmates on the site. The administrator reserves the right to hassle membership from time to time to add bios and assumes no responsibility to the accuracy of any information (legal disclaimer).

The structure is in place, so let’s fill it up! And encourage others to do so. If this works as planned, it’s going to be rad. I have enormous faith in all the classmates!

If you have any questions, post them below or send an email.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Date Is Set for 40-Year Reunion!

Mark your calendars! Our 40-year high school class reunion will be held Aug. 3-4, 2018. The plan calls for a loose gathering on Friday, the 3rd for those who arrive early, with the official get-together on Saturday, the 4th. Both events are informal (no program or speeches) and will feature live music, food and access to adult beverages for those who wish to imbibe. Our goal is to keep this a relaxed and affordable fun-filled event.

Within the coming months we will release more details. We have also created a Facebook page to augment this site.

The journey starts here and most important, the journey begins with you! We will need your help in tracking down classmates as we work to build a secure online database (password protected) that will be available only to members of the class. The database will include email addresses (required) and address and phone numbers for those who wish to provide it. Your privacy is important!

Most important, we have a date and a plan in place. Start spreading the word!

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 different 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.

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, 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.