On Saturday, around 100 John Marshall graduates gathered to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary.
“We actually opened our doors September the third 1968 and we’re gathering here to celebrate. So we have teachers and staff members who were here the first year and we have present faculty and staff members as well,” said Susan Jones, event coordinator.
Judging by the crowd, multiple generations of John Marshall staff and faculty showed up.
Michael Hince was with the school for twenty one years!
He’s retired now, but worked as a teacher, assistant principal and even the superintendent in his days.
Hince said, when he heard about the reunion, he just had to show off his Monarch pride.
“It’s a very proud school and academically it’s always done very well. And I celebrate today with my colleagues,” Hince said.
Similar to Hince, Brenda Coffield worked at John Marshall for years as the school secretary.
“Being at the front desk, I saw every one of them every morning. Got to know them personally, loved the conversations we would have and when I walked out this door for the last time in 2010,” Coffield said.
Now, Coffield serves on the school board.
But these folks didn’t just come to celebrate life’s accomplishments. They’re also had the chance to get a first look at some new renovations nearly four years in the making.