They may might not remember all of their elementary school teachers or classes or grades. But they sure remember who beat them in kickball—even nearly a half-century later.
It was around that time of year, Rodgers Forge alumnus Sam Wahbe said, that the two schools would play each other in friendly Olympic-style games: softball, relay, kickball and dodge ball.
Many of the students between the two schools were friends and many later went on to attend and together.
"We wanted to get more people involved in the reunion and we thought it would be kind of cool to re-enact the event," said Wahbe, a Hampton resident and 1967 Stoneleigh graduate who is organizing the event.
Memories from the games are still fresh for many alumni.
"You knew the guys you had to watch out for and if they threw the ball, look out," said Wahbe. "There were super athletes on both sides."
"I remember I got knocked flat on my face when I pitched the kickball," recalled Mary Lees Gunther, a 1967 Rodgers Forge graduate who now lives in Sykesville. A Stoneleigh student "kicked it, knocked me right flat on my feet, boom."
Only bowling is on the docket this time around ("I think some of us are starting to replace hips and knees," she said). The bowling alley sits on what Gunther jokingly refers to as the demarcation line between the friendly rivals.
"It's like east and west. York Road was the DMZ," she said. "Even today, somebody jokingly online said we should erect the maypole."
But growing up in Rodgers Forge and Stoneleigh was no "West Side Story." The kids would hang out at Harry Little's (still there), play at Stoneleigh Lanes (obviously still there) and enjoy teen center parties at the St. Pius X Church (also still there). And without Facebook and far fewer channels on TV, the kids played outdoors.
"The older you get, the more fun that is," she said. "You have a shared common experience, growing up in the 60s, running around Rodgers Forge and Stoneleigh and we literally did that. We ran the streets, the neighborhoods."
For more on the play date, visit the Facebook event page.