City of Nor­phlet to cel­e­brate school’s 75-year-old legacy

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Brit­tany Wil­liams Staff Writer

NOR­PHLET — Nor­phlet High School alumni and Mayor Jim Crotty have been pre­par­ing for a city­wide class re­union to in­clude Leop­ards who grad­u­ated be­tween 1940 and 2015.

“We’ve had a lot vol­un­teers come out and help, but (it) … takes a lot of work. We hope to have ev­ery­one come out. All teach­ers, coaches and stu­dents who at­tended Nor­phlet schools are wel­come,” Crotty said.

Nor­phlet High School grad­u­at­ing classes ranged be­tween 25 to 50 stu­dents. Be­cause the Nor­phlet School District con­sol­i­dated with the Smack­over School District two years ago, it’s sel­dom that NHS alums re­con­nect. Leop­ards from the district’s ear­lier years have re­sponded pos­i­tively to the event, the mayor said.

“We’ll never have an­other Nor­phlet home­com­ing … I want to have some­thing cel­e­brat­ing 75 years of school, re­mem­ber­ing and have alumni come back and rem­i­nisce,” he said. “A lot of in­di­vid­ual classes have them … two or three years at a time.”

He said that the re­union will be a “come-

and-go” event, where alumni can re­unite, eat fin­ger food and look through old edi­tions of The Leop­ard, the school’s year­book.

“We don’t know if we’ll have 200 peo­ple or 600, but it’s very in­for­mal. At 10 a.m., we’re go­ing to wel­come ev­ery­body. We’re go­ing to have a prayer, sing the school song and that’s it. Then there’s ta­bles that’s go­ing to have an­nu­als from ev­ery year,” he said. “It’s a time where our alumni can come back and see each other. One of the old­est ones we have is a grad­u­ate of 1941. He’s 93 years old and he’s com­ing in. We’re ex­cited about it.”

Smack­over-Nor­phlet School District still uses the Nor­phlet el­e­men­tary and high school build­ings. The lat­ter hosts classes for mid­dle school stu­dents in grades sixth through eighth. Crotty said for­mer stu­dents can walk through the build­ings dur­ing the re­union.

“They can go down there and go see where they were on the play­ground or ate lunch. Some of the older pic­tures are still hang­ing on the walls in the orig­i­nal high school,” he said.

The Nor­phlet Class Re­union will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to­mor­row at the First Bap­tist Church of Nor­phlet Fam­ily Life Cen­ter, lo­cated at 201 S. Main St.

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