Monroe High graduates celebrate 45th reunion

Members of the Monroe High School class of 1968 recently celebrated their 45th class reunion at Hilton Garden Inn.

Class members arriving for the reunion were greeted with a display featuring memorabilia from 1968 including a graduation program, class roster, graduation invitation, prom invitation, senior membory book, music albums from the period and a green and gold varsity jacket.

During the first night of the reunion, all those attending dressed in white to represent the innocence of their youth. Roll call was followed by a champagne toast presented by Leon Reid.

Reunion coordinators Eula Edwards and Shirley Spann Brown were featured as class night hostesses. Brown presented a program on “Then and Now….The Price is Right” and Edwards presented a program on The Evolution of the Name Game.”

The hostesses revisted 1968 by presenting historic awards to classmates who played football, basketball, baseball, ran track, played in the band, majorettes, members of the National Honor Society, debutantes, home economics students and Future Teachers Club.

Those graduates attending a reunion for the first time were presented Newcomer Awards.

On the second day of the reunion, class members visited the Albany Civil Rights Museum and viewed a video of actual footage of events in the Albany Movement.

The class conducted a Class Ball which featured historical highlights of Albany since the classmates graduated 45 years ago.

George Graham, president of the class, presented Kermit Brooks, class vice president, with a plaque for his work as administrator of the class website. A video on the historical timeline featuring the Monroe Class of 1968 was presetned by Brooks.

Those attending the reunion attended a memorial service at Monroe High School for their deceased classmates , teacers and principals. The memorial message was delivered by Dan James.

The class also presented a donation to Monroe Principal Valerie O. Thomas. The group had a Sunday luncheon before adjourning and announcing plans to return to Albany for the 50th year reunion in 2013.