ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany High School class of 1960 will kick off its 50th reunion celebration with a "pep rally" tonight at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds.
The pep rally, which begins at 6 p.m., is styled as a recreation of the gathering in the AHS gym just prior to the 1959 Class AAA state championship football game against North Georgia Champion, Marietta.
A heavy underdog, Albany traveled to Grant Field and thumped Marietta 20-0.
"Marietta wasn't as big and bad as the Atlanta papers made them out to be," said AHS halfback George Hasty. "Their biggest problem is that they'd never played a team from south Georgia."
Hasty said he is looking forward to a reunion with his classmates.
"The thing I remember most about that team is we really liked each other," Hasty recalled. "We played together from midget, junior high and high school. We sometimes fought among ourselves, but nobody else had best mess with us, or they'd have to fight the whole team."
Dougherty County attorney and reunion organizer Spencer Lee says the evening should be a lot of fun.
"At our pep rally we'll hear from some of the players, coaches, cheerleaders, managers, band members and most importantly, the greatest of all AHS fans - the Class of 1960," Lee said. "The dress is casual, but folks need to remember it is a pep rally, so either wear or bring some orange and green."
The festivities will continue Saturday with a picnic scheduled for noon at Radium Springs.
"Radium Springs no longer has the casino and is not operated the way we remember it," Lee said. "However, I think everybody will be pleasantly surprised at the work that has been and is being done as Radium Springs comes back to life."
Later that evening the class will gather at 6:30 at the Merry Acres Motel Event Center and continue to relive their shared memories.
A band will perform and dress is "dressy casual".
Other items of note: The Rock House at Merry Acres is available all weekend as a hospitality room/gathering place - a place simply to "hang out". It will open this morning and remain open until noon Sunday.
The historic Arctic Bear sign will be on site and lead you to the Rock House.
Event organizers also stressed that the official group picture will be taken at tonight's pep rally so be sure to wear orange and green.
For more information, contact Lee at 439-9331 or 888-0013, or Jim Hall at 888-0426.