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2017 MARK SMITH-LASSETER REUNION



PLEASE DONATE: We are raising money for our 2017 Mark Smith-Lasseter Reunion & to provide seed money for our next three reunions honoring the classes of 1968, 1969 & 1970.

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Come celebrate with us
on Saturday, July 29, 2017
Al Sihah Shrine Park
4:30 PM to midnight
To honor the 50th anniversary
of our first graduating class:
The Class of 1967!

The Mark Smith & Lasseter Reunion Committee is pleased to announce the roll-out of our 50th Anniversary reunions. Beginning the summer of 2017 for four consecutive years, we will host a 50th Reunion for each graduating class. All Mark Smith & Lasseter High School graduates & attendees from 1965-1970 are invited to the yearly celebrations!

On Friday morning July 28th, we will hold our traditional Reunion Kickoff Golf Tournament at the Brickyard. Registration is open to all Mark Smith & Lasseter alumni & attendees, all teachers, plus spouses or guests. Registration begins at 8:30 AM & the fee is $65. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 9th
.

On Friday afternoon July 28th, please join your classmates for dinner & drinks at 4:30 PM at the Fish & Pig Restaurant (food & drinks on your own). This is a casual gathering with no formal program. It should be great fun! Come early, stay late!

On Saturday, July 29th, we will honor the Class of 1967 with a celebration to remember featuring The Grapevine Band!! The reunion starts at 4:30 PM. Registration: $60 per person through July 28th  Price at the door: $75 per person.

If you prefer, you can "Come Late & Celebrate" with the Grapevine Band (after 8:00 PM - dinner not included): $25 per person.

It's going to be a GREAT beginning to four years of CELEBRATING 50 YEARS! We hope to see you there!


MACON'S OLD MARK SMITH,
LASSETER HIGH SCHOOLS
HIT 50th ANNIVERSARY by LIZ FABIAN

July 31, 2015 

For hundreds of students who attended Mark Smith and Lasseter high schools, they were the first and the last.

When the new buildings opened in 1965, no one could foresee their short history.

“The interesting thing about us is that nothing came before us,” said Miki Fluker, who is organizing a 50th anniversary reunion this weekend for all attendees. “Everything was new. The alma maters had to be written.

“It was just an awesome situation, and at that time we had no idea it was going to end.”

In 1970, court-ordered desegregation created Northeast High School by merging black students from Peter G. Appling High School into the old Mark Smith building for boys that was later connected to the girls’ old Lasseter building.

But leading into the 1965 school year, rising ninth-grader Rhonda Koplin remembers hearing about the new school and being disappointed that she would not be attending Miller High on Montpelier Avenue.

More than half of her car pool opted instead for Stratford Academy.

Lasseter did not disappoint, she said.

“It was magical. It was a whole other world. New friends and everybody was scared with the new school,” Koplin recalled.

As a freshman B-team cheerleader with no older girls to learn from, there were challenges. Parents had to correct the girls who were cheering to “hold the line,” when the Mark Smith Bulldogs had the ball.

The fledgling school would have plenty to cheer about, though, including the 1969 GHSA Class AAA boys basketball state championship.

As classmates from all years reunite for the fourth time since 2004, about 200 to 250 people are reliving old times Friday and Saturday night at the Al Sihah Shrine Temple at 222 Mecca Drive.

“We’ve got somebody coming from Washington state,” Fluker said.

Mark Smith and Lasseter musicians reserved the stage for the oldies Friday night while The Grapevine is scheduled to play Saturday night.

Fluker has produced an audio visual presentation of old photographs, but the best part of the get-together for her is to “feel young again for two nights,” she said.

“We always have bands with good ‘60s music. It’s just fun to see everybody.”

Koplin looks back on the spirit of cooperation from parents who pitched in to landscape the school and build the football field house.

While in a recent Leadership Macon board meeting, she couldn’t believe her gleaming new school is now the oldest of Bibb County’s public high schools.

“It’s just amazing. You blink and it’s 50 years.”


 

 

 

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