Bill Wright, Steve Craig, and Paul Hendrickson attended the CIAC State Track Open Championship in New Haven on Saturday. 

In the 1969 track season, Mark Tinker, Rick Poccia, Steve Craig and John Fitzsimmons ('70) ran a DHS record time for the 4 x 220 yard relay. The event is now the 4 x 200 meter relay, so their record will remain on the books. 

This year's winning time for the 4 x 200 m was 1:32.18.  The 1969 record time for the 4 x 220 was 1:31.20. The 1969 relay was a full 45 feet (13.72 meters) longer and yet  run 1.5 seconds faster then this year’s time! Well done!

Mardie Porter shares her winter adventure:

Another ski adventure! Three days at the Appalachian Mountain Club  Lodge “Gorman Chairback”. We left home when the temp was a freezing -14 below.  We trekked eight mile to the lodge as temperatures  warmed to near 17 degrees. 

The second day was on snowshoe on back-country trails. Day 3 we skied back out to our cars on a glorious day, with temps above freezing!!!

Sounds like a ball!


Steve and Patti Craig did well in their apple orchard this fall. They report harvesting over 20 bushels of apples. (Note: 1 bushel = 48 pounds). The Craigbo Cider Co. made 16 gallons of unadulterated apple cider, while also donating apples to a local farmer and food pantry.
Cheating Scandal Hits Darien High

The Darien Board of Ed announced to high school parents that multiple-choice answers to World Studies and English exams had been widely distributed to the sophomore class, compromising the exams integrity. The test are being retaken this week.

DHS administrators said a major concern is for the reputation of the school. According to Captain Marron of the Darien Police, the cops are aware of the incident but have received no information that a crime has been committed. 


DHS Hockey Still Ranked No. 1 in CT

The DHS boys hockey team keep their No. 1 ranking on GametimeCT. The boys recently defeated Trinity Catholic 10 – 2, Brian McMahon/Norwalk 6 – 0, and on Feb. 19 beat Warde Ludlowe 4-1.

Darien’s record now stands at 13 – 2, giving them a good odds for a high seed heading into the state tournament.


Darien cops responded to a Half Mile Road party on Feb 15 after a minor female had fallen down a flight of stairs, hitting her head. Upon arrival, officers said they overheard a voice yelling everyone run, the police had arrived!

Post 53 was called, responded, and treated the female. The home’s basement showed signs of alcohol consumption. 

FCIAC Indoor Track Results

In Indoor Track, the FCIAC Eastern Division Championship was held at Wilton HS on Saturday, February 1. Darien boys came in second with 104 points, and Blue Wave girls came in second with 87 points. Fairfield Ludlowe won both events.

Darien placed first in the boys 600 m (1:32.62), 300 m (39.01), and 45 m (5.96) dashes. Also the 4X375 relay and long jump (20-04.5).

Darien girls were first in the 600 m (1:49.56) and 1000 m (3:10.78) and won pole vaulting at a height of (7 – 06).

Wave Beat FCIAC No. 1 New Canaan 
The Blue Wave girls hockey team beat New Canaan in ice hockey Saturday 3-1. While outshooting the Rams overall 32 – 14, the Wave trailed 1 – 0 as the second period was winding down. Darien tied late in the second and scored 2 unanswered goals in the final.
The victory was the Wave’s first over New Canaan since the 2018 state semifinals, and avenged a 1-0 loss to the Rams earlier this season. It also has huge implications in the state playoff race, as Darien (10-2-0) is No. 2, and New Canaan (10-4-1) is No. 4.

Stop and Shop at Noroton Heights Closed

No more Stop and Shop at Noroton Heights  :-(
They done turn off the lights  December 19. 

The Wave Make waves

The Blue Wave swim team pulled away from the Rams over the final five events and scored a decisive 113-73 victory at the Darien YMCA. For Darien, which remained perfect at 4-0, the win was sweet. The Wave lost to the Rams in the Class L state championships in 2019.
The Rams were within six points of the lead at 58-52 after seven events, including a sweep in diving. However, the Blue Wave began to pull away in the 500 freestyle as Darien won the top three spots then did it again in the 400 freestyle. Darien’s co-captain and senior, Connor Martin won all four events in which he competed, taking first in the 200 and 500 freestyles and swimming the anchor leg on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Wagner Pools Turns 100 Years Old

Edward (E.L) Wagner established the firm in 1919. The long history of the company is a true testimonial to the design and construction of a Wagner pool. 

Anyone remember Bobby Wagner?


Wave Football Coach Retires

Darien High head coach Rob Trifone is retiring. Taking over as head coach in 2007, Coach Trifone has compiled a 129 – 26 record (.832) including four FCIAC and three State championships. From 2015 to 2017, Darien ended each season ranked  No. 1 in the state. Trifone has had four of his sons in the Blue Wave program: Kevin of the Class of 2007, twins Bobby and Christian of the Class of 2016, and Mark, a senior who will graduate in the spring.
Trifone has been with the Darien football program for 15 years, joining as an assistant coach in 2005 and then taking over as head coach in 2007. Including his earlier time coaching Brien McMahon, the Coach has compiled a 252-86-2 record (.741).
Trifone was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2014, and has also been named Coach of the Year 16 times, including two times by the National Football Foundation, one by the CT High School Coaches Association and four times by the FCIAC.
He was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Runner's Roost to Close

After 41 years in business, the Runner’s Roost in the Goodwives Shopping Center in Darien, a specialty running store, will be closing.

Owner Steve Norris will continue to coach Darien High School Girls’ Cross Country and indoor and outdoor track.

The Blue Wave boys hockey team were victorious in their third Winter Classic. The game, played outdoors at the Greenwich Skating Club, featured FCIAC rivals Darien and Greenwich. Greenwich had won the first two matches.

Five Blue Wave players scored a goal each in the 5-3 victory. The Wave had jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Greenwich scored 2 goals in a 15 second span in the second period.

Darien ups its record to 2-1
Happy Holidays and
Healthy New Year to All!
Thanks to everyone able to come to the 50th

Darien Loses Dramatic Championship Game

On a drizzling, foggy late afternoon mess of a game, Darien’s lost their bid for a fourth state crown in five years. Newtown HS, with only 3 seconds left in the game, scored on a dramatic 36-yard touchdown completion to win the game 13-7. The win for Newtown came seven years to the day after the elementary school shooting in that town. One of the Newtown players, Ben Pinto, lost a brother in the shooting.

The dramatic game ending catch was the top play on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays of the night, and featured on CNN, Good Morning America and posted by Barstool Sports and MaxPreps to their social media accounts. ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, Marty Smith and Trey Wingo all shared the video to their extensive followings on Twitter. Newtown football coach Bobby Pattison has been overwhelmed by the attention from across the country.

Almost everyone described the play as divine intervention. “It was almost like someone was watching over them,” said one observer. “Its kind of for me is a symbol of the resiliency of people, of our community.”

Others spoke of the community’s resiliency in the wake of the horror seven years ago.

Darien finished the season 11-2.

The Big 5-0
Reunion Central

Check Out the Photo Album page with Pictures from all 3 Nights
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From Our 50th!


Chris Eng Leventhal, Kate Mason Gredinger, Sue Geiger Johanson

Benny Bruno, Mark Tinker, Gary Gibbs

Tim and Jamila Potts

Folks From Hindley School

Sue Venarde Mahoney, Sue Geiger, Anahid

Thomas Lane and Edward Tyler
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Georgianna Smith Bloom, Rick Bloom, Tom Lane

Charlie Smith and Lauren Fair

Carol Ann Augustus Summers and Bev Bonfoey

Patti Shaw Craig and Mardie Porter

Paul Hendrickson
Mark Paddock, Dennis Sullivan, Sue Venardi Mahoney, Janet Martin Fisher, Martyn Goossen, Kathy DelleFontane Goossen, Steve Craig


Dave Lynch, Barb and Jim Tully

Cliff Powell, Gork Boneman, Sandy McGill

Chris Eng Leventhal, Dennis Sullivan, Patti Shaw Craig, Dick Costello

Rick Weber, Chris Weber, Eric Joosten, Paul Hendrickson


Josie Mullen and Lauren Fair

Peter Johnson, Paul Dominis, Paul Buckley, Carolyn Johnson


Sue Geiger, Anahid Kavookjian Vrana, Ann Back Price


Josie Mullen and James Tully

Bill and Annie Schade

Ed Tyler and Bob Mercer

Costello's Father Honored in Darien

Dick Costello's dad, Navy vet Richard F. Costello, will have his name associated with Moore Street in Darien. The town is honoring veterans in the local Wartime Veteran Street Sign program. Costello is the second veteran honored in town. The other was Chick Scribner, whose name is associated with Fairfield Avenue. 

The ceremony to honor RF Costello will take place Sunday, November 3. 


Anahid, Chris Eng Leventhal, Alice Plaster, Bob Mercer, Skins, Claudia Smith Davenport


Dick Costello and Rick Poccia


Janet Martin Fisher and Sally Armus Shutts


Charlie Smith, Bill Guptill, Kathy Strachan

Tom Lane, Stu Traver, Jay Baker, David Miller

Bruce Frail, Eric Joosten, Vandy Van Wagener

Sue Venarde Mahoney, Kathy DelleFontane Goossen, Marty Goossen, Ed Tyler
Gary Gibbs and Chris Bischof

Our Schedule of Events


The Goose Restaurant at 7:00 pm.
Cash Bar, Refreshments, Free Appetizers 


Breakfast at the Sugar Bowl

A golf outing at Ridgefield CC 11:00 

Main Event at Tokeneke Club

Dinner and music at the Tokeneke Club


Weed Beach Paddle Pavillion
Lunch and refreshments

    Our Guest List

Pete White Dave Terry
Claudia Smith Davenport Kathy DelleFontane Goossen
Dennis Gavin Pete Johnson
Rick Poccia Janet Martin Fisher
Mark Beckwith Anita Conway
Bruce Frail Paul Dominis
Patty Mazza Sturges Sue Dickman Klein
Sally Armus Christy Rodgers
Mardi Porter Ed Tyler
Bill Guptill Mark Blackman
Georgiana Smith Bloom Kate Mason Gredinger
Pete Franklin Gary  Gibbs
Tom Lane Billy Harper
Anahid Kavoojian Vrana Dave Lynch
Lauren Fair Jimmy Valente
Tim Potts Casey Nickerson
Suzanne Nikola Baldino John van den Heuvel
Jim Morrison Chris Bischof
Josie Mullen Paul Buckley
Johnny Maul Skip Kennedy
Bev Bonfoey Barb Thorne
Marni Kent Hansell Bob Mercer
Bob Ierardi Eric Joosten
Dennis Sullivan Tom Milek
Gary Swartz Dave Miller
Steve Verses Jay Baker
Cliff Powell Ann Back Price
Steve and Patti Craig Anne Marie McGarry
Vandy Van Wagener Bill Schade
George Farrington Todd and Martha Robbins
Rick Weber Jane Seyferth
Sue Venarde Mahoney Mark Tinker
Joan Dobson Glazebrook Paul Hendrickson
Sandy McGill Ted Vanech
Jim Tully Stu Traver
Dick Costello Mike Lopriore
Charlie Smith Chris Eng Leventhal
Jane Genster John Wuerthner
Carol Ann Augustus Summers Anne Irvine
Ken Broska Paul Hepp
Dave Jefferson Sue Geiger
Allison Poccia Joanne Schoepf Reisser
Benny Bruno                 Kyle Hepp    
Kathy Strachan Pam Burkhardt Mele 
Peter Scholtz  
Comments from Class Members!

Mary Bass Brown: Have fun everyone! Enjoy - post pictures.....lot's of pictures!
Anna Lamberton Whelpley: So sorry to be missing this great time😫Have a blast!

I am Grateful...

Take to the Blog page and let us know what you are thankful for over the  last 50 years!

Classmate 'Mini' Reunion
April 2019 in MA

Mary Bass Brown, Suzanne Ferree Kent, Craigbo, Janet Martin Fisher, Heidi Gerber Wolfley, Patti Shaw Craig

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Hey You!
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Anyone remember the Dave Brubeck Quartet Revisited/Revised?
Jeff Myers, Bobby Grant, Stu Traver and Scott Wheeler. 

Smooooth Jazz....
St Louis Blues, baby!
Pam Burkhart Mele with husband John

Hope to see you there!


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Darien High School Class of '69 members group

Thanks, and see you soon!
Christy Rogers on the Camino de Santiago
Pete White
Thanks for the Update!

Joanne Schoepf Reisser

Thanks for the Update!
We Thank the DHS 1969 Classmates Who Served
Skins and Terry Cummings
Mike Lopriore and Paul Hepp get together in Jacksonville, FL.

Hey, where's the invite? It's freezing up here!


Vandy Van Wagener - Good to hear from you!

Thanks for the Update.
Anne Marie McGarry
Thanks for Your Update!
Deb Ridabock preps for the end of summer
Greetings Anahid!
Great to Hear from You
Hot Fun in the Summertime
The perils of missing class on senior 'Skip' Day
George Wehmann's Pontiac Super Chief
Mary Grace Joynt and Suzanne Ferree

 Terry Cummings, Tim Maul, Cliff Powell

Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker  Photo by George Wehmann
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker Photo by George Wehmann

 Shot of trip out west during summer of '69 when we hitchhiked to California. Mark Tinker's dad bought us the car to roam around California and back to CT. Thought I lost this. Great memories from that trip. Those were the days!  -George Wehmann

The names just keep on coming in!

(starting bottom left): Chris Garr, Ellen Johnson, Martha Whelan, Jane Hindenlang
Sue Dickman, Kathy McIntyre, Pam Burkhart Melee, Co Koppert (Young LIfe)
Bobby Grant, Kathy Fricke, Jackie Fitzpatrick, MaryLou Sivos
Heidi Gerber
Carol Augustus Summers, Anna Lamberton, Louis Belfour, Sara Schyler
Man in hat- L. (Ron) Hubbard, the kid on far right with hood is Mardie Porter's brother, Clark Porter 
The guy near top row hat and glasses: Middlesex science teacher "Booger" Bates
Right Center back row: The man in the hat and woman next to him-
Mr and Mrs Hendrickson (Paul's parents)! 

click to enlarge

The Blue Wave boys and girls track teams competed in the CIAC Winter Track Championships held at Hill House HS in New Haven. Class L events were held Saturday, Feb 15. Both Blue Wave squads came into the event each having finished second in the FCIAC East Division behind Ludlowe.

In the state championships Darien boys finished a distance 12th behind State Champs and host, Hill House HS. Darien was fourth in 55m Dash (6.73), fifth in the 4X400 (3:32.95), and second in the Long Jump (21.00’).
For the girls, the team finished sixth in a field of 22 behind Champs Windsor HS. Darien was second in the 600 m Run (5:08. 50), fourth in the 4 x 400 m Relay (4:21. 00), third in the High Jump (5 – 0) and first in the Long Jump (16 – 11).

In the Open Event the Darien boys team finished tied in 29th place.
Reunion Quiz
What is the DHS Motto?

Cheaper than Prep School!
Ivy League Here I Come!
Best partyin' school in Fairfield County!
Veritas vos liberabit
Reunion Poll
What should the theme be for the reunion ?
Come as you are
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