Rediscovering your BHS memorabilia

Published 10:54 am Friday, November 26, 2010

OK, now, we are going to rummage through your old stuff that you hasn’t surfaced in years.

Let’s muster through your attic, garage or long-forgotten storage places, in boxes of old heirlooms buried at the bottom of the closet or the under bed, searching for nostalgic relics you haven’t thought about in about 25 years or more.

When you find that old Bainbridge High School band jacket, or school letter jacket or sweater, the band item of clothing you wore long before Paschal Ward entered the scene, the one that we know doesn’t fit. Let’s move it out of storage, get it cleaned and donate it to the Bainbridge High School memorabilia project.

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But more is needed other than old band jackets or letter sweaters.

How about an old cheerleader outfit, football uniform, patches, caps, sweaters, anything that can be placed on display recognizing the old days of Bainbridge High School.

Principal Tommie Howell has begun a campaign to capture as much memorabilia from alums so he can assemble historical displays and documents among the massive halls of the new school.

Some of these items will be exhibits of great historical value displayed along the hallways. Others will be in display cases in view where everyone can appreciate the school’s historical significance to the community, and recognizing those who have passed through the classrooms of days of yore.

Were you awarded a plaque or certificate for sports or academic achievement? Where you recognized as an outstanding senior, say in 1949, for example?

Howell wants your plaque or certificate permanently on loan to the school, in a place of honor on display for visitors to see. You can borrow it back if you want to show it off to your grandchildren, then return it to the school among the other historical documents.

Roslyn Palmer is helping Principal Howell gather artifacts, names of bygone award winners, and other items that can be displayed. Through the years, records are incomplete, even yearbooks are missing.

Unaccounted for are names of students who won awards in years past, such as Star student and Teacher awards, Mary Davis Pilot award winners, Earl Gragg award winners.

These are large plaques where each year, the name of the student winner is added. Future names will include a photo.

But if you look at these large plaques today, there are many missing names.

For example, do you know the winner of the Gragg award in 1949, ’50, ’52, ’55, ’92 and ’95. Are you that person? Please come forward.

Or for the Mary Davis Pilot award in 1947, ’48, ’49, ’50, ’52, ’53, ’55, ’92 and ’95?

Who received the DAR award in 1949, ’51, ’55 and ’63. Was it you?

That’s not all.

Do you have any copies of the HiLites, the school newspaper.

Yearbooks are needed from the 1970s on back.

Palmer said that as school reunions are held in Bainbridge, presentations are made seeking donations and information. As part of their weekend in Bainbridge, the alums are invited to tour the new school. If historical artifacts are on display, it will make tours more meaningful, churning up the nostalgia of our high school days. And it will give a sense of history to current students, making their high school experience more meaningful.

Many of these items may be difficult to find, especially from those who moved away after high school graduation. Each time we move our households, lots of stuff gets tossed. Thirty years or so later in our lives, we may look at something and wonder why it has been saved, gathering dust on a shelf or packed away unattended for years.

So give a look folks. Rummage through your stuff. If you have something of historical value, bring it to the principal’s office at BHS, or to Roslyn Palmer at Jake’s Pawn Shop, 213 E. Water St. Call her there at 246-2744 for any questions or information you might have.

Addenda item—A get-well note to Mayo Livingston who hopes valiantly that today will be the day he is released from the hospital and be allowed to come home. And a hearty welcome too from those of us who also have survived bypass heart surgery. Welcome to the club, Mayo, and best wishes for a robust return.