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Welcome to the Highland Park Class Of 1971 web site.

Beth Smith Has Passed

We have received word that Beth passed last week.

Greg Compton Has Passed

Gregory Mark Compton was born on December 2, 1953 and passed away on November 27, 2023 at the age of 69. He was born to Clifford and Patricia Compton in Topeka, KS. He was preceded in death by both parents; his son, Christopher Compton; sister, Cindy; and his brother, Michael.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, of 50 years; his children, Jancee Schuerger, Daniel Compton, Matthew Compton; his grandchildren, Trevor Hampton, Karastyn Schuerger, Danielle Kirkendoll, Anna Compton, Cole Compton, Claire Compton, Kristopher Compton, Gabe Compton, Adison Brant and Sebastian Brant; and his great-grandchildren, Charlotte Hampton and Avery Kirkendoll.

Greg spent more than 20 years working with the Salina Fire Department where he started out as an EMT. He then became a firefighter and returned to school to become a paramedic and then a registered nurse. Greg advanced to the ranking of lieutenant before he left the fire department in 1997.

He spent several years in Missouri continuing his nursing career. After moving back to Salina, he worked at Salina Regional in the cath-lab before taking a position at Fort Riley in the ER. Greg retired in 2016 to concentrate on his duties as grandfather and husband.

Anita Smith has passed.

Anita Ellen (Smith) Freeman, 70, of Tecumseh, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024.

She was born July 15, 1953, in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Eugene and Mary (Ausherman) Smith. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1971.

Anita had a creative mind. Crafting came very natural to her. She enjoyed putting together all sorts of crafts throughout her life. She even had the help of her husband, Steve on some of the latch hook crafts. Her and her sister enjoyed antiquing. She also liked to go to auctions with her family.

She was a lover of all animals. She was a rescuer of animals, from cats to dogs to donkeys. Her love for helping and rescuing animals was passed down to her oldest daughter, Jandi.

She enjoyed being outside in her garden and camping. She also enjoyed watching KU Basketball and the Chiefs. Her love for being outside continued with her grandkids. Over the last few years she took them out fishing on her new pontoon boat when she could.


….. to the HPHS Class of 1971 website on ClassCreators.com - built and maintained by HPHS 1971 Alumni.  Our purpose is to provide a free and ad-free social networking site for the members of the class of ’71 (and the occasional special guest).  



•   Donald Harris  2/10
•   Mark Wheeler (Wheeler)  8/21
•   Barbara Basham  8/20
•   Dave Brubaker  8/9
•   Pam Mack (Hiett)  7/30
•   Brenda Kinder (Davis)  7/13
•   Deb Nicolay (Paschall)  7/11
•   Debbie Cobler (Bach)  7/10
•   Gary Middleton  7/10
•   James (Jay) MowBray  7/10
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Alaska
4 live in Arizona
4 live in Arkansas
7 live in California
7 live in Colorado
6 live in Florida
3 live in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
203 live in Kansas
1 lives in Kentucky
3 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
14 live in Missouri
1 lives in Nebraska
1 lives in Nevada
3 live in New Mexico
1 lives in New York
4 live in North Carolina
1 lives in North Dakota
1 lives in Ohio
4 live in Oklahoma
1 lives in South Carolina
3 live in Tennessee
13 live in Texas
2 live in Utah
4 live in Virginia
2 live in Washington
2 live in Wyoming
1 lives in Australia
34 location unknown


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