Blue Devil alumni keeping the soul of the late-Brilliant High School alive

Jefferson County

Brilliant, OH (WTRF)- It’s a big day for the city of Brilliant. The Blue Devil alumni is keeping the soul of the late-Brilliant High School alive.

7 News Reporter Aliah Keller takes us back to what was once a staple to this small town that reunited folks from all over the country today.

“Once a Brilliant Buckeye… always.”

Tom Joiner, Blue Devil alumni Class of 1970

“Brilliant was like a tightknit family.”

Reid Millard, Blue Devil alumni Class of 1977

… And 50 years later, Blue Devil Pride is still at the heart of this small town, even taking Brilliant High School alumni back to what feels like yesterday.  

“It’s fun coming back and seeing the friends you haven’t seen, and then go like, ‘Oh I remember you, I remember you’. But it’s all good and within 20 minutes, it’s like you never left.”

Pete Adrian, Blue Devil alumni Class of 1966

“It’s obviously a lot of fun to come back and see people you haven’t seen in a while. But one thing about our hometown, people move out, but they always come back.”

Reid Millard, Blue Devil alumni Class of 1977

To them, this place will always be home.

They reunite just once a year to celebrate the old high school days, and the alumni, traveling from 27 states, could find no better place to meet up than the old hangout spot: The Coffee Pot, which just so happens to be the day they’re also dedicating The Coffee Pot’s sign.

“This was the hangout.”

Tom Joiner, Blue Devil alumni Class of 1970

“It was really the corner stone of the town, really.”

Pete Adrian, Blue Devil alumni Class of 1966

But just like the old Brilliant High School, the Coffee Pot isn’t around anymore, but it’s still everyone’s favorite pastime.

“Everybody would hang out at the Coffee Pot. We would run from lunchtime and hurry up and get here. Then, we’d run back to school.”  

Tom Joiner, Blue Devil alumni Class of 1970

“We used to slide ride down the hill right over here in the winter time. There would be 100 people there, and the Coffee Pot would stay open. There’d be hot chocolate, the whole thing.”

Pete Adrian, Blue Devil alumni Class of 1966

And to the Blue Devils, there’s no place quite like home.

“It’s great being a Buckeye, and it’s great being from Brilliant. That’s all. It’s a great town to grow up in, and I’m glad my childhood was here, and I was fortunate to grow up here.”

Pete Adrian, Blue Devil alumni Class of 1966

The alumni will continue celebrating through the rest of the week and will end with a Brilliant Alumni Hall of Fame Parade. The Parade starts at 10 Saturday morning and will head through town to the former high school gym.

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