Not a member?
JOIN HERE
Find and click on your name.

IN MEMORIAM UPDATES


•   Helen (Suzi) Brauneck (Schatzman) (1971)  2020
•   Donnie Wayne Churchwell (1967)  2020
•   Charles Thomas Branch (1971)  2020
•   Steven Lawton "Stevie" Lord (1970)  1997
•   Mary Landrum  2020
•   Dinah Cutter (Brown)  2020
•   Tanya Baker (Cook) (1970)  2020
•   Marion Deborah Wornum (1969)  2020
•   Gloria Jean Bryant (Stokes)  2020
•   John Rene "Jay" Hawkins, Jr. (1972)  2020
Show More

WHO'S ONLINE NOW


No registered users are online right now.

MISSING CLASSMATES


Know the email address of a missing Classmate? Click here to contact them!

2020 MARK SMITH-LASSETER REUNION DONATIONS



Your donation helps us to maintain lower costs for all alumni. We thank you so much!

WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - select from the dropdown to find out.


Please join us as we celebrate the
50th Anniversary of the Class of 1970!
Friday, July 23, 2021
5:00 PM until 11:00 PM

It's Beatles night so wear your favorite
Beatles outfit including bell bottoms,
tie-dyed shirts and love beads!

Entertainment by


We also invite all graduates and attendees
to the commemoration of the
50th Anniversary of the ending of our schools
Saturday, July 24, 2021

5:00 PM until 11:00 PM

Wear your favorite casual red and black.
Add some gold for our 50th year commemoration!

Entertainment by The Tams & the 14K Gold Band

 


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.”


 

 

 

THERE'S A LOT GOING ON IN YOUR HOME TOWN!