Last night i was asked to take some pics at the Woodbridge class of 1973 40th year reunion and while i graduated in 1974, i have to admit these guys put on a heck of a class reunion!! One of the special guests was head football coach Joe Purzycki, who everyone could see still could make the ladies swoon with his good looks and great personality. In fact only the boys remember that the only person prettier than Joe was his beautiful wife!
Joe told the story of how he came to Woodbridge and saw the sign on the turn off into town "if you live here you would be home now" and after making that turn found out he had completely driven thru the town! LOL Joe Purzycki took a football team who had won 3 games in 3 years to the very top of the Henlopen Conference! He taught us how to win, one of the classmates said and indeed he did!
In fact many of the past Woodbridge coaches and facility that were in attendance had the message, what a great community Woodbridge was with wonderful people who welcomed them in with open arms and heart! Coach Kay Smith said she ended up staying and coaching for 38 years and had no desire to leave Woodbridge! Len Chasanov who was recently inducted into the Delaware basketball hall of fame talked of this coaching days and how with all his many wins over the years his only Championship came at Woodbridge! They all told wonderful stories of their remembrances of Woodbridge and the people along the way!! Most of the class mates had even forgiven principal Joe Conaway for paddling them along the way and now even admitted they needed it! But all of the Classmates commented on how supportive and helpful the staff truly was!
This wasn't an easy time for Woodbridge who almost 4 years early was still upset over the consolidation of Bridgeville and Greenwood schools and the loss of their past identities!! But the friendship and closeness of this class made it seem like none of that was ever an issue! I heard one of the people from the party next door say "Look at the group next door! Now that's a party! People of all make ups of life coming together for a good time!" and indeed it was!
Yes it was a wonderful reunion, i even stayed till the end! And it wasn't even my class! My wish is that this same pride in the school and district carries over for generation after generation! And i thank all my past teachers and administrators for encouraging me and working with me along the way! Woodbridge you rock!
Photography by Lloydlee Heite
10277 Sunnyside Road
Bridgeville, Delaware 19933