By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Tupelo High School invites the community to its centennial celebration on Saturday.
Events will begin at 11 a.m. with remarks by THS Principal Jason Harris and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton. All campus buildings will be open between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for community members to tour, and refreshments will be provided by McDonald’s.
“We want to let people see what the campus is like now, especially if they haven’t been on the campus in years,” said THS Community Liaison Christy Weir.
Some of the day’s events will result from the senior projects by members of the Class of 2014. One will provide a historical display of the school in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center and another will include videos about its 100-year history shown in the PAC auditorium.
An alumni basketball game will be held in the school’s gym at 1 p.m., followed by a contest between Tupelo Public School District employees and Tupelo city employees. Admission for that game is $2, with funds going to the Police Athletic League.
Another group of seniors will create a play area for children in the school’s rubber-floor gym.
Meanwhile, the band, theater company and vocal groups will have short performances in their areas at 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. Broadcast journalism students will open their studio to allow attendees to record their favorite memories of THS for a time capsule. The Tupelo High School Alumni Association will be there to sign up new members also.
A painting by THS junior Neely Brown was chosen to represent the celebration, and replicas will be on sale with money being used to purchase a trophy case for the school’s administration building.
Former THS principals and teachers, TPSD superintendents and school board members also have been invited back for the event.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because none of us will be around for the bicentennial,” Weir said. “I’m hoping for a good turnout and beautiful weather.”
Said Harris: “We have a rich tradition of excellence that covers all areas – academics, athletics and extracurriuclars…I’m looking forward to an outstanding day and seeing all of the past staff members who have built and continue to build upon the legacy of this school.”