On April 28, over 450 alumni, parents and friends of East Mecklenburg High School gathered in celebration of 60 years of eagle pride and in support of the All Star Teacher Initiative (ASTI), which works to attract, reward, train and retain excellent teachers for every classroom of East Meck.
Among the crowd were members of the class of 1955’s “Nifty 50” meet-up group. Each month, nearly 30 of them come together to reminisce about their high school days. “We were the fourth class to enter the school,” said Jerri Thompson. “It makes you feel so proud to be with people who share your school,” added Betty Flowe.
Several graduates made memorable contributions to the event, including a harmonizing trio from the Class of 1953 comprised of Sam Biggers, Charlie Crabtree and Verner Jordan. The emcees for the event were Sonja Gant, Class of 1983 and anchor at WCNC, and Moira Quinn, Class of 1973 and senior vice president of communications and chief operating officer for Charlotte Center City Partners. School Board Chairperson Eric Davis enjoyed the celebration alongside Vice-Chairperson Reverend Tom Tate, who led the invocation.