Class of 1968 donates plaque, money to Parkersburg High School

Photo by Michael Erb Members of the Parkersburg High School graduating class of 1968 presented school officials Thursday with a plaque bearing the names of 1968 graduates who served in the military and a check for $6,000 for the purchase of security cameras at the school. Pictured are, from left to right, Diane Dils Metz, Debbie Foley, Joe Foley, PHS Principal Kenny DeMoss, Karen Kibble, Cindy Brown, Debby Matheny, Mike O’Dell and PHS Assistant Principal Jeff Kisner.

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School’s Class of 1968 presented a plaque and a check to the school Thursday morning as part of the class’s 50-year anniversary.

The plaque showcases the names of about 80 graduates, and will be displayed in the front entrance of the school.

“The plaque is to commemorate members of the Class of 1968 who served in the military, living and deceased,” said class Chairman Joe Foley.

The group also presented PHS Principal Kenny DeMoss with a check for $6,000 for the purchase of new security cameras for the school. Each camera costs about $1,000.

Foley said the money was raised through a raffle and graduate donations.

“It is wonderful to be able to make this donation to the school,” he said. “It means a lot for us to be able to do this.”

“I’m humbled by the gratitude of alumni wanting to make our school better,” DeMoss said. “With this donation, our campus becomes safer. I am greatly appreciative of what they have given us.”

The class celebrated its 50-year reunion in September, with about 275 members of the 754 graduates gathering in Parkersburg for events and a tour of the school. The class presented the plaque to the school.

DeMoss said he expects the plaque to be installed next week on the first stair landing at the entrance of the school.