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Another batch of artifacts found behind old L-P lockers

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Another phase of renovation means another batch of artifacts discovered behind old lockers at La Salle-Peru Township High School. Many photos slipped behind lockers. Intentionally or accidentally? See more photos of artifacts at newstrib.com. If you see something that is yours or have questions about the artifacts, contact La Salle-Peru Township High School.

Another phase of renovation means another batch of artifacts discovered behind old lockers at La Salle-Peru Township High School.

Workers pulled old lockers out from a third-floor hallway in the 1936 wing and, as happened earlier this summer in the 1927 wing, they found some old stuff.

“I think probably for total quantity, there’s probably a little less,” said L-P spokesman Matt Baker.

There are more photos but fewer handwritten notes.

This round of finds produced four intact beverage containers, all from the 1970s, and a few oddities, as before.

“It’s a pretty interesting mix and stuff that hopefully we can do some researching and connect some with family members,” Baker said.

Many finds have connections to former students. The NewsTribune tracked down two former students and sent them messages showing photos of the items.

One is a notebook cover, copyright 1985, featuring World Wrestling Federation stars Hulk Hogan and Captain Lou Albano. At the top of the cover is written “geometry” and “Laurie Frederick.” She attended L-P from 1985-88. Today, she is Laurie Dudek and lives in Oglesby.

“It’s great to see memories like this,” Dudek wrote back in a message. “I was such a huge Hulk Hogan fan back then. I actually forgot all about this until it popped up on Facebook.”

Also from the mid-1980s is a couple posing for a photo at the homecoming dance in 1986. It shows Randy Gunia and Julie Rybarczyk. Today, Randy Gunia is an English teacher at L-P. And, the two are now Mr. and Mrs. Gunia and living in La Salle.

“Yes, that’s us,” Julie (Rybarczyk) Gunia wrote back. “We met in the halls of L-P. We have been married for 26½ years now.”

Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or lasallereporter@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaSalle.

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General assignment reporter assigned to city of La Salle and La Salle high school and elementary school districts. He can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or lasallereporter@newstrib.com.

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