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The Class of 1960 Dedicated Its 50th Anniversary Reunion
Mrs. Juanita Blanton Scott

(November 12, 1917 - September 24, 2011)
Lifelong Educator, Scientist, Loyal Bluecat, and Friend to Students of CHS

On Saturday, October 9, 2010, the Class of 1960 hosted the CHS Annual Multiclass Reunion which included the class years 1941 – 1965. In its 50th Anniversary celebration the class welcomed more than 300 classmates and guests, inviting them to remember “Rock & Roll Forever!” at the Bill Franklin Center in Coleman.

Master of Ceremonies Jerry G. Smith jovially moved the attendees through memories of Coleman High School as he opened the event by dedicating the reunion to Mrs. Juanita Blanton Scott, a lifelong educator in the true sense.  Mrs. Scott of Granbury, TX, was responsible for the science education of thousands of students passing through the doors of Coleman High School during her teaching career.  She is now an inspiration to her retirement community and to her loving family and friends.  She remains one of the most beloved of CHS faculty and is a faithful reunion attendee and loyal Bluecat!

Harry Moore, President of the Class of 1960, welcomed the assembly with remarks on the last 50 years, recalling advances and issues in the passage of those years.

Reesie Simpson Petree provided the invocation, followed by Ann McDorman inviting the group to join her singing of the “National Anthem”  and Anna Kennedy leading the group in the “Alma Mater.”

Honored faculty guests were introduced by Melinda Nolen followed by an introduction of the “Milestone” classes celebrating special anniversaries: 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, and 1965. This year two scholarships were presented by the Class of 1960 to outstanding students from the class of 2010. Sharon Greenlee introduced Angelina Jones, a psychology major at Angelo State University, and Michael Watson, a computer aided drafting and design major at TSTC. Both students and their parents were guests of the reunion.

Retired Lieutenant General Terry Scott, a 1960 graduate of Coleman High School and son of principal E.W. Scott, provided our keynote address. His outstanding military career, followed by a five-year stint on the faculty of Harvard University, enabled him to share memories of high school pranks and fun activities even though he was the principal's son. His wit and wisdom were entertaining and enlightening. After returning to Coleman in 2001, Terry currently chairs an advisory committee to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, is a member of the board of directors of the Calibre Corporation and teaches political science at Howard Payne University. He and his wife Carol Wilson Scott, Class of 1965, live on their ranch which her family settled in the 1880's.

An official Coleman High School Alumni Association, formed earlier this year, was introduced with remarks by Jeanene Bell, Class of 1953 and first president of the group.  A special feature of the reunion included the raffle of a beautiful quilt made and donated by Patsy Marshall Cantrell, Class of 1950, with proceeds to the Alumni Association.  The winner was Willene Farris Ricke, Class of 1950.

A reading of the Classmates Memorial Roll by Olen Leroy Perkins remembered sixty CHS classmates and two faculty members who have passed on since the reunion in 2009. Each class displayed a Memory Board of its deceased classmates.

The Class of 1960 presented gifts of two large banners containing the lyrics of the "Alma Mater" and "Coleman Victory" to be permanently displayed in the new CHS gymnasium.  Large cheers of approval resounded as Jane Ehrler presented these to current principal Richard Holloway, a 1979 scholar, athlete and graduate of Coleman High School.

Anna Kennedy, with the assistance of CHS cheerleaders from the 1940s through 2010, led the group in a rousing rendition of “Coleman Victory,” the official Bluecat fight song, as the morning session closed with the Class of 1960 passing the reunion torch to the Class of 1961, represented by Nancy Grimes.

Lunch for the group was served by the Way Station Restaurant.

Each class was photographed by Ralph and Judia Terry of Terry Studios.

Lots of fun, visiting, door prizes and a silent auction were available throughout the day.

Individual class meetings in the afternoon were followed by a hugely attended Fajita Dinner sponsored by the Class of 1960 and prepared by Charles Robert Taylor, Jr.  Special events for the Class of 1960 included a Friday night fish fry get together and a Sunday morning breakfast hosted by Terry and Carol Scott at the Scott Ranch.  Both outstanding meals were graciously prepared by Charles Robert as well.  This reunion bunch ate well!

The Class of 1960 would especially like to thank Ryall Wilson for hosting an afternoon of CHS Memory Banter with the “Golden” classmates sharing their favorite (and sometimes hilarious and embarrassing) memories of the “good old days!”

The reunion ended on Saturday night with dance music by “Southern Cross” playing golden oldies of the1950’s and 60’s and outstanding country and western music.  Among the last to leave the dance floor were Bill Quirl (’41), Mickey Casey (’59),  and Ann (’50) and Chuck Kinney!

The Class of 1960 would like to thank Coleman High School Faculty and Staff, the class representatives of classes 1941 through 1965, the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Coleman Chronicle & DV Newspapers and online services, A & B Quick Signs of Oklahoma City, Terry Studios, The Way Station Catering Services, Charles Robert Taylor, Jr. and Terry Scott. An outstanding Reunion Committee hopes to see everyone return, plus those not able to come this year, to the CHS Annual Reunion in 2011!