A group of THS graduates gathered earlier this year to form the school's first alumni association.
"I think the alumni association can bring alumni back to Tupelo High School and give a sense of ownership of what is happening," said Scott Reed, who spearheaded the association's formation.
Representatives of the group will be at today's community tailgate, which will take place at the school prior to tonight's football game against South Panola. That event begins at 5 p.m.
Reed said the group can have several benefits. Not only can it provide important financial support, but it also can serve as a means for alumni to volunteer at the school or to speak to students. It also can allow students to network with alumni who have been successful in their fields.
"I think we can be one of the best things to happen to the high school," he said.
The idea sprung from a conversation Reed and his wife, Annette, had with former THS Principal Mac Curlee, who told them several years ago about the need for such a group.
Reed mentioned it to the steering committee for his reunion, for the classes of 1976 and '77, and that group agreed and helped raise seed money. Now seemed like the right time to start it, Reed said.
"We've got support from the principal and from the superintendent," Reed said. "This has taken on a buzz of its own. People are excited about it."
A group of alumni met this fall to get the club started, and they are working on writing bylaws for membership. The association also sponsored a Teacher of Distinction prize for Tupelo High School this year.
"There is a lot of pride in people who graduated from here, and they haven't had that venue to come together other than reunions," said THS Principal Jason Harris.