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Welcome to the Lakeland Senior High Class Of 1970 web site. Feel free to browse around. We would like for you to share your photos, stories, and memories with your classmates here.


Welcome to our class of 1970 website!

Classmates:  If you have found our LHS Class of 1970 website, you will need a system password to join the site.  Please click on the "Contact Us" button at the top of the page and send us an email.  Both Becky Ware Kitkowski and Beverly Hersey Binfield receive those emails.  To register, click the Classmate Profile link at the top left of the page to create or update your information.   We hope that you will use the website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Thank you to all of you who took the time to complete the Reunion Survey Questions.  The following is a summary of the questionaire responses.  We will start planning for the 50th by the end of 2018, but currently not planning to do a "mini" reunion.  

  1. For the 50th reunion, would you like the event to be:
    • 1 night – 6 people
    • 2 nights & 1 day – 15 people
    • 3 nights and 2 days – 2 people
  2. For the 50th reunion, would you like a Banquet/main event typical of past reunions? Past reunions have had a band and the recommended dress is business casual or dressy. 
    • 17 people said yes, they would like the banquest.
    • 1 asked for “very casual”
    • 1 asked for “no band”
  3. 50th Reunion: For a main event, do you have a preference for entertainment? That could include a band, DJ dance, etc.  Of the 19 people who answered this question, there were a variety of ideas about music.
    • This is a difficult as we have a lot of different interests in music. 
  4. 50th Reunion: Do you have a suggestion for a venue in or near Lakeland for the 50th reunion?
    • 16 people responded to this question with several saying that the 45th location at the Garden Inn was good.  There were a couple of other suggestions which we can look at, but ultimately, the consensus is that people want to stay at the same place where the events are held to prevent having to drive.
  5. 50th Reunion: We would like the 50th reunion to be special and with the hope that it would be possible for as many as possible to attend. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions that have not been mentioned?
    • 14 people responded, some with very thoughtful responses.  One suggestion was to dedicate our 50th reunion to our classmates who have already passed. 
  6. Mini-Reunions: Some classmates would like to have one or more "mini-reunion(s)" prior to the 50th reunion such as a beach weekend…. Would you be interested in attending a "mini" reunion in Florida?
    • 22 people responded with 7 Yes, 6 No and 9 Maybe.  Since there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm for a mini reunion, those of us who previously coordinated the reunions feel the need for a break, we will not plan a mini reunion.  Classmates are always free to plan something and then advertise their event to the class via the website.

The remaining questions were related to the mini reunion question so I won’t include those here.

There have been alot of bouncing emails that we have sent out.  Some appear to be valid emails.  When we send announcements by email, it will come from this email address:  It may help to add that email address to your email address book.  Please check your email to assure that it is correct.  Thanks.

In order to view the photos from past reunions, look in the left column menu, you will find "Past Reunion Photos".  Pictures from both the 2010 and 2015 reunion are available.  Unfortunately, you can't comment on them like you can on Facebook.   

If anyone would like their photos uploaded here, you can send me a file and I can load it under your name.  You can used a method such as for this purpose.  You can create an account and do that for free up to a point. 

If you are on Facebook, you can see other classmate's photo's, especially Dennis Hollingsworth's in the Facebook Group "LHS Class of '70 Reunion".  Any questions, contact Beverly Hersey Binfield

 Mr. Morris Elbert Zipprer



Obituary published in Ledger from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2016.

Mr. Morris Elbert Zipprer, born in Lake Wales on September 10, 1923; died October 2, 2016.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Carpenter Zipprer, early pioneers of this area.  He began playing tennis at an early age and became the champion of Polk County. 

While in high school he became a member of the first Highlander Band under Harry Grant, the first director. 
Following graduation from high school he attended the University of Florida until he was drafted into the United States Army during World War II where he served in the infantry of the Red Bull Division at the age of 18, going through Africa into Italy. 

After the war, he graduated from Stetson University. He began teaching school in Lakeland Junior High School, after which he became principal.  He then became the first principal of Lime Street Elementary School and later became Lakeland High School principal. 

He was a member of The Lakeland Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and attended the International Convention in Italy. 

Following his retirement from the Polk County School System, he operated the family ranch on the Kissimmee River where the Zipprer family had been in the cattle business for a century. 
Mr. Zipprer is preceded by his parents, William and Elizabeth Zipprer, and step-grandson Milton Young IV. 
Morris is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Zipprer; sister, Mary L. Zipprer; sons, Terry (Gerda) Zipprer, Gary (Tami) Zipprer; daughter, Cherie Zipprer; step-son, Milton 'Buddy' Young III; grandchildren, Christopher (Dana) Zipprer, David (Elizabeth) Zipprer, Heather (Matt) Fish; step-grandson, John Beckley Young; great-grand-child, Logan David Fish; great great-grandson, Milton Young V; and his faithful bulldog, Thumbelina. 
The family would like to express their gratitude to Helping Hand Nursing Services.