The Dunbar-Meridith Homecoming Organization is preparing to hold its final school reunion next weekend.
This alumni organization, which first organized in 1980, was formed to celebrate the legacy and achievements of Dunbar High School – the former separate Temple campus that now serves Temple ISD as a Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy.
“We’ve been doing this since 1980, but we’re getting older and having health issues,” Penny Knox Alfred, a classmate from Dunbar High in 1968, told The Telegram. class. So age is a factor, and it’s difficult when you’re trying to get everyone here who has ever attended school from all these different states.
The three-day event will include a welcome session with lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 29 at Knights of Columbus Hall, 2218 W. Ave. D to Temple; a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight on Fridays at the Knights of Columbus hall; a banquet beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 at the Knights of Columbus Hall; and a worship service beginning at 3 p.m. at Grace Temple Ministries, 801 S. 13th St. in Temple.
Tickets are currently sold out for events at Knights of Columbus Hall, as nearly 200 alumni are expected.
“We had a great response, which we didn’t think we had at our age,” Alfred said. “Two hundred people may not seem like much but that’s when you get to 72. So we’ll try to get by. A lot of people can’t come at all but they supported us with just donations. That’s just overwhelming.
Last year, Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Greene recalled the times he spent in and around the classrooms with his teachers at Dunbar High School before graduating in 1965.
“These teachers we had were role models in the way they carried themselves in the hallways and in the classrooms…and my God, they dressed well,” he said at an unveiling ceremony. of the newly renovated campus. “They dressed well and drove nice cars. That for a youngster was impressive to me.
Greene – well known for a long-running Coca-Cola TV ad that was rated the greatest of all time in addition to football – said he wanted to emulate them.
“I had a very good opinion of them,” he said. “They talked and talked about doing well in school… and my seventh grade home teacher mentioned that if we wanted to see how well we were doing, we just had to go to the principal’s office where the blackboards honor were displayed.”
Alfred expects many more stories like Greene’s to be told throughout the festivities, as this year’s theme is “Celebrating a Panther Pride Legacy.”
“We’re going to have a full house for all the events,” she said.
For more information, contact Alfred at 254-760-2893.
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