Willie Barbera, left, and June Keffer attended Mount Hope High School in the 1960s. Keffer is organizing a "prom" reunion to help bring closure for the small town since the state closed the school last year.
June Keffer said she expects a minimum of 400 people to attend Sentimental Journey in October. Keffer encourages anyone who has an affiliation with Mount Hope to attend the prom and reminisce about the Mustangs.
Willie Barbera, who now lives in Florida, played football at Mount Hope High School in the 1960s. "The football team brought the community together," he said.
Mount Hope High School took an emotional hit when the state closed the school last year and transferred the students to their biggest rival, Oak Hill High School, June Keffer said. The football rivals competed for a "little brown jug" every year -- the local version of West Virginia University and Pittsburgh's Backyard Brawl, Keffer said.
MtHOPE1 9.625x5.87 Mount Hope High School alumni Willie Barbera and June Keffer in front of the school where they graduated in the 1960's. they are involved in planning a large reunion there this fall. Photo by chris dorst