Special gathering reunites Rancho Santa Fe School graduates

The annual “Day after Turkey Day” reunion of graduates of R. Roger Rowe School was held at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on Friday, Nov. 28. Organized every year by Bibbi Herrmann Conner, the happy get-together always includes graduates, parents of graduates and former teachers. The late Dr. Roger Rowe is always a part of the celebration as well, his framed photograph on display and a part of the annual group photo.

Yearbooks are poured over, memories shared and, as has become tradition, graduate and opera singer Sara Blann serenades the group in song.

As many graduates have stayed in Rancho Santa Fe, it is a very special group of people.

“This is a very non-judgmental room,” Herrmann Conner said. “No one cares about anything except ‘How are you?’”

The reunion brought together several members of the classes of 1974 and 1980, as well as Kim Snyder, a graduate of the class of 1951. Snyder remembers attending the village school when it was just a two-room schoolhouse and the principal was Ellen Hamilton, the mother of actress Marion Ross from “Happy Days.”

When Snyder was in fourth grade in 1948 there were only 34 children in the entire school.

“It’s always such a fun gathering,” said Snyder, who still lives in Rancho Santa Fe.

— Photos and report by Karen Billing