By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Tupelo High School will celebrate its history during Friday night’s homecoming football game.
As the school marks its 100th anniversary, it will honor all of its past homecoming queens. It will be the second of several events the school will have this year for the centennial celebration.
“We’re pretty excited to celebrate our centennial year, and the seniors are excited to be the 100th group to go through the school,” said THS Principal Jason Harris. “You have a long-standing tradition of graduating excellent students.”
All homecoming queens from the school’s past are invited to a reception in the THS cafeteria at 5:45 p.m. They will then be recognized on the football field prior to the game against Southaven.
“We are hoping to start a tradition that our homecoming will be an event where former students will want to come back and support their school and see the next generation of future alumni,” said THS math teacher Amanda Inman, one of the teacher representatives on the 100-Year Committee.
Participants do not need to register in advance, she said, but can show up on Friday.
The first public event honoring the anniversary was the community tailgate before the first home football game. THS Community Liaison Christy Weir said they hope to be able to host another community event during the spring.
Scott Reed, chairman of the school’s newly formed alumni association, said the organization also hopes to hold events during the spring to coincide with the anniversary year.
That could include the induction of the first class of an alumni hall of fame – which it hopes to announce during a basketball game – and a social gathering.
“We need membership, and this 100th anniversary is a great opportunity to illuminate what we could do if we had more members,” he said.
Weir said the official 100th anniversary date is March 6, which celebrates the day the first Tupelo High School building was dedicated.
“It is very difficult to make it 100 years and be so strong,” Reed said. “Our public school system is still the preferred place to get an education in Tupelo. This is a huge accomplishment, not only to have existed for 100 years, but to have existed in such a strong and impactful way for this community.”