The Hardin Jefferson Class of 1967 gathered to celebrate their 50th reunion on the weekend of April 28-29. 39 of the 97 graduates met for a Saturday brunch at Goodies and enjoyed a tour of Sour Lake High School and the old Methodist church. The classmates perused high school annuals at the Sour Lake Museum.
The MCM Elegantè was the site for their evening dinner and brunch.
The Class of 1967 left a legacy of achievements during their time in high school. Some of their accomplishments include winning State in basketball, Quarterfinalists in football, second in State for tennis, third in State for golf, and fourth in State for track. The Rebel band earned first place in a marching competition and first division in sight reading.
Mary Johnston, spouse of one of the classmates, stated, “The late ‘60’s were tumultuous years across the South with race relations as legislation demanded integration. Incredible resistance could have resulted in the rural community encompassing Sour Lake, Nome and China. Imagine the fear and anxiety experienced by the nine Class of ’67 African American students during these years and admire the courage it must have required to be among the first to walk the halls of Hardin Jefferson, a school whose mascot was the Rebel and whose rallying fight song Dixie.”
Former cheerleader, Ann Hamman Carpenter said, “The love was so strong, you could cut it with a knife. The Class of ‘67’s most important achievements were not in academics or sports but in the pride, friendship and respect forged between classmates and their lasting memories fifty years later.”