June 15, 1997 in Nation/World

Bush Parties At Prep School Reunion

Compiled From Wire Services

George Bush relived boyhood memories with old classmates Saturday at his 55th prep school reunion.

As a traditional bagpipe and drum band marched past graduates across campus at Phillips Academy, the former president (Class of ‘42) who turned 73 last week, reviewed the annual alumni parade.

Fourteen of Bush’s classmates attended the reunion at the prestigious boarding school, where a former headmaster described Bush as an “indifferent scholar.”

Instead, the future statesman built a distinguished schoolboy athletic career, serving as captain of the baseball and soccer teams. He also played basketball.

In the yearbook poll of 193 Class of ‘42 graduates, Bush ranked third behind varsity quarterback Elliott Vose as “most popular,” “handsomest” “most respected” and “best all-around fellow.”

He was out of the running as “most intelligent,” “most likely to succeed” and “ladies’ man.”

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