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South High plans 50-year celebration

South High plans 50-year celebration

September 06, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - South Hagerstown High School has graduated more than 13,000 students in its 50 years. Alumni are now banding together to honor their alma mater.

The classes of 1957 and 2006 each purchased giant 50th anniversary commemorative signs, which grace the school's front lawn.

Several events are planned for the school's homecoming weekend in October.

Representatives of about 35 graduating classes are involved in planning the events, said Dick Martin, class of 1963 and co-chair of the events committee.

This anniversary year is also a chance for the South Hagerstown High School Alumni Association to make a mark, Martin said. Its goals this year are to get as much participation as possible and to build a comprehensive alumni directory.

The nonprofit organization also plans to put any funds raised during the anniversary events toward a scholarship fund for South High students.


"For a lot of folks, their experience here was a positive one," Martin said.

South High produced an undefeated football team during the 1962-63 school year, its band marched in President John F. Kennedy's inaugural parade in 1961 and the boys basketball team won the state championship in 1974.

"Let's remember all the kids and really neat experiences," Martin said.

Past homecoming queens have been invited back to a homecoming weekend Alumni Sock Hop.

Each year, the band recognizes an outstanding member with a John Philip Sousa Award. Martin, who was part of the band that marched in the inaugural parade, said he hopes recipients of that award will be invited back to be honored at a concert sometime this year.

Martin said that the first 30 graduating classes are most excited about the upcoming anniversary.

"Classes '57 through '87, to that group, there's a significance to what's going on," he said.

Martin said he hopes the homecoming events and alumni association encourage the younger classes to hold more reunions and reminisce.

Anniversary events

Oct. 20

· Tailgate party, 1 p.m.. Each graduating class is invited to set up a table around the practice football field.

· Homecoming football game. 6:45 p.m. The Homecoming Court will be introduced. Local government officials will present resolutions recognizing South High's 50th anniversary.

· Alumni Sock Hop, 9:30 p.m.

Oct. 21

· Alumni pancake breakfast, 8-9:30 a.m.

· Guided school tours, 9:30-11 a.m.

· Alumni dinner, 6 p.m.

Some of these events require tickets, which go on sale Monday, Sept. 18.

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