One hundred years and still going strong: Scott High School holds centennial celebration

October 28, 2013 in Education, Lifestyle, News, Top Stories

BY Journal Staff Writer

2013 Homecoming King and Queen; DeAngelo Gaston and Alexus Woodley, were crowned by 30 former Kings and Queens.

Along with Scott High School’s homecoming gala, alumni held their centennial celebration during the weekend of October 18 through 20th. Students representing all classes attended the weekend filled festivities.

Stan Odesky, chairman of the centennial celebration and a 1955 Scott graduate sat in a restaurant in downtown Toledo on Friday evening with some of his former classmates. He explained the events of the weekend.

Odesky said the Friday morning crowning of the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen at Scott’s Ben E.  Williams Field House would be done by past Kings and Queens as far back as 30 years.

Later that night, current students would attend their homecoming dance at the school, while alumni would meet at various locations around town, predominantly restaurants, to get reacquainted with each other.

Saturday morning, prior to the football game between Scott and Woodward, there would be a collaboration between Scott’s current and alumni band during their annual homecoming parade. They would depart from the school and march through the Old West End surrounding neighborhoods which includes Scott’s feeder district. They were led by former band director, the esteemed, Edward Dixon.

That night, Bill Harris, media chairperson for the celebration, emceed the program at a banquet held at the Seagate Convention Center. The program consisted of dinner, readings of little known historical facts about Scott and a performance by members of the alumni choir, directed by Clarence Smith. They would perform songs relative to each decade that the school has been in existence.

“You had a real world experience attending Scott,” Odesky said. “The diverse groups of people and the good teaching staff made Scott a good school.”

He also said, “That we know of, Scott is one of the only schools in the country, that’s a hundred years old and still housed in its original building.”

Odesky said money made during the weekend would go to the Centennial Celebration Scholarship Fund, which would be awarded to a 2014 graduating senior. He said that the exact amount collected hadn’t been tallied, but approximately $25,000 would be given at the end of the school year, with approximately $1500.00 given thereafter, on yearly bases to a deserving student.

Treva Jefferies, principal at Scott, and a member of the planning committee, expressed her excitement about the weekend.

“Alumni returning and participating this weekend is so empowering for the students. I would love to see this engagement continue because it will show the students what they can become,” she said.

“I met my husband at Scott,” said Mamie Hart, formally Mamie Coleman, class of 1954. “I was a freshman and he was a senior. He’s the reason why I attended,” she said,

Kimberly Wells, alumni band member marched as a Flag girl from 1992 – 1995.

“There’s nothing like bulldog pride. It’s my first year participating in homecoming on this level since I was a senior. I expect to reconnect with fellow alumni throughout the weekend,” she said.

left, Bernard Pettis, class of 1982 and Michael Brodie, class of 1969 look through a scrap book documenting the events that led up to the renovation of the school, when it faced demolition.

At the banquet, many of the former students had an opportunity to see friends that hadn’t seen since graduation. Counter clockwise are, Imogene Brodie, class of 1949, Michael Brodie, class of 1969, Margaret Bumcrots, class of 1952, Jane Zohn class of 1950, Al Zohn class of 1943, Jerry Feldstein, class of 1944 and Roland Lowden class of 1959.

Alumni band members said they were excited about participating in the parade.