Seacrest High School goes
online with alumni Web site
Actual high school reunions may be on the wane, but virtual high school
reunions are definitely on the rise.
After writing about a Boca Raton High School alumni web site only two weeks
ago, through the magic of electronic communication I have learned there is a
similar site for graduates of Seacrest High School 1950-1970. Web site
www.seacresths.com went on line in February, a month before Boca's
www.geocities.com/garvoon, and has already had more than 3,000 hits. The
site is a labor of love and a little backhanded jab at the establishment by Keith
Morabeto, Seacrest Class of 1966.
"I created seacresths.com in a bit of anger," e-mails Morabeto his home in
Stuart. "I went to classmates.com to find Glenn Ferout's name (he was the
third person to teach me, and the first lead guitarist for the Avengers), and
when I clicked on to his e-mail address, it said I had to pay $25 to get it. I felt
there should be a place that we could all trade info about each other, for FREE!
I have gotten many letters telling me that people have found old friends that
they were looking for, and many personal reunions have happened."
Seacrest High School, for you relative newcomers, served Delray Beach,
Boynton Beach and Boca Raton when it was built in 1949. The last Boca Raton
graduating class was 1965, as there was a new (but now deteriorating) high
school in Boca Raton. The name was changed to Atlantic High School in 1970,
and the community high school continues to serve Delray Beach and Boynton
Beach as well as International Baccalaureate students from Boca Raton.
Delray and Boca Raton may be high school rivals now, but Morabeto, known
as Beto to his friends, and Gary Garvin, webmaster of the Boca Raton site,
have joined forces by linking their sites.
"This has nothing to do with me," insists Morabeto, a Ford Motor Company
master mechanic and Internet buff since the beginning. "It's for everybody. I
don't care if you graduated or not, or if you are involved only through marriage.
It's a site for open communication, and as long as I am involved with it, it will
always be free."
Those who remember Keith Morabeto may also remember his beautiful
younger sister Phyllis (Class of '68), who died at age 30 in 1980 after a long
fight with cancer. He created a memorial page on what would have been her
50th birthday, due to the amount of inquiries about her.
Morabeto has his own website, www.betoweb.com, which will be of interest
to those who were part of the rock 'n' roll band scene in the 1960s and 1970s,
as Morabeto was. Log on to Avengers and you can learn all about Keith's band.
Log on to "Reuben" and you will find an encyclopedic listing of local bands
compiled by Rueben David Ferguson, now a professor at Florida Atlantic
"We're always looking for photos, yearbooks and other stuff from the era,"
says Morabeto. "I'd love to scan in yearbooks like Gary Garvin has done for
Boca High, but I could never afford yearbooks when I was a kid."