RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Perhaps the most recent event at Pine Middle School to receive citywide attention was the flooding of the basketball court in December 2015. An old pipe unexpectedly burst, and water damaged the hardwood floor as well as other parts of the school.
The first class at Pine Middle was in 1976. PE Teacher Jencie Fagan was asked to teach at Pine more than 25 years ago.
“I was a science teacher. The principal and vice principal from here came over and watched me teach, and said they wanted me to come over, wanted me to be a PE teacher. Pine has a huge history, from robotics league champions, airplanes crashing,” says Fagan. That was in September 1997 when a plane crash-landed on campus. None of the students or teachers was injured.
Then in March 2006, a 14-year-old student took a gun to the middle school and shot and injured two other eighth graders. Fagen was pronounced a hero after convincing the student to drop his gun.
She would later receive the “Above & Beyond Citizen Honor” from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Carnegie Medal.
She used a $5,000 reward to rebuild two of four tennis courts at the school.
“Greg Lemond went here, the governor's wife went to school,” says Fagan.
On the walls are pictures of former eighth grade graduating classes.
There is an original artist's rendering of the school.
All of it has been collected by Mr. Romo, a teacher at the school who is attempting to document Pine's history for a fundraiser to collect money for a badly-needed PA system as well as computers and other 21st century learning tools for students.
The Pine Middle School reunion doesn't just apply to that school’s students. Also invited: former Billinghurst Junior High/Middle School students. The only thing remaining of that school is a gym at Plumas and Monroe in south Reno. The campus is now a city park.
The junior high was built in 1930 and was demolished in the late 1970s.
Mr. Romo has collected material from BD Billinghurst as well, so everyone attending the fundraiser will be able to travel down memory lane.
“I'm so proud of the kids that went to this school,” says Fagan.
The reunion is slated for Saturday April 22 at the Boys and Girls Club on Foster Drive. There will be a picture booth and silent auction. Click here for tickets and more info.