- Last Updated on 07:57 AM 08/29/12
- BY Paula I. Bryant
Plans are in the works for the “mother of class reunions,” and anyone who ever attended any grade at C. H. Friend High School between 1938 and 1953 is invited to attend -- and that includes a great number of our county residents.
Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 6 p.m., the reunion will be held at C. H. Friend School.
Jack Dunavant, current owner of the school building, is opening the building up to his former classmates and others free of charge for this grand event being organized by himself and his wife, Bertha Jane Owen Dunavant, Lloyd and Betty Jane Dixon and Wayne and Jane Lloyd Adams.
As part of the reunion festivities, Ernie’s will cater the dinner, and soft drinks, water and ice will be provided for guests who are asked to BYOB.
Dress will be casual, or as reunion organizers are telling folks, “dress like you did in high school.”
Lloyd Dixon and Bertha Jane Dunavant are planning to provide music for listening and dancing.
“So bring your socks and dancing feet,” Bertha Jane says, and if you would like to have some of your favorite CDs played, she asks that you label the CDs with your name and bring them on to the reunion.
Cost for attending the reunion is $35 each and may be mailed anytime to Lloyd Dixon, 7083 Bill Tuck Hwy., Virgilina, VA 24598, but reservations must be received by Monday, Oct. 1.
Those planning to attend are asked to include their date of graduation, and ladies, you’re being asked to include your maiden names for the purpose of seating classes together.
During the school year of 1952-53, seven classes attended C. H. Friend High School. The lower six classes graduated from Halifax County High School, so reunion organizers said they need your date of graduation from the high school on your check or some other indication of the date.
The classes of 1953 and 1954 will not mail out any information, but those with questions can contact reunion planners.
C. H. Friend High School brief history
C. H. Friend High School, a neo-Colonial style building, was built on Marshall Avenue in South Boston, and classes were first held there on March 27, 1939.
Mr. Friend, principal of the town’s high school for 39 years and superintendent of town schools as well, retired in 1942.
C. H. Friend served as the town’s high school until the end of the 1952-53 school year. All nine white high schools in the county were then consolidated at the new Halifax County High School, which opened in the fall of 1953.
After the high school moved, C. H. Friend and Main Street Schools served as elementary schools until June 1963, when the deteriorating Main Street building was abandoned, and all white students were assigned to C. H. Friend.
Main Street Grammar School stood abandoned until it was demolished in 1970. Its site is now a public playground.