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South Johnston High celebrates 50 years of excellence

Hundreds of members of the South Johnston High community gathered together to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary and rich history on the weekend of Sept. 20-21.

“The 50th Anniversary Celebration was a great event for all attendees. It was great to see the amount of support from all ages that attended,” said South Johnston High Principal William Weaver. “We were fortunate to have former graduates from various decades, retired staff, current parents, students and supporters.”

The weekend activities began under the lights of the Ronald Avery football stadium on Friday, Sept. 20, where the Trojans took on Western Harnett, winning 38-10.

On Saturday, Sept. 21 the doors of the school were opened to community members for tours led by the Trojan Ambassadors, students who are in senior leadership.

“South Johnston High School has seen a tremendous amount of success over the past 50 years as a result of the support that has been exhibited by our towns and communities,” said Weaver. “The event on Saturday night reiterated the pride and support that our community has for our school.”

More than 300 alumni, staff, elected officials, and community members visited the school for the special event.

“We are thankful for our elected leaders that continue to provide support for our school to be a place where our young people can learn, and prepare to be the professionals and leaders of tomorrow,” said Weaver.

Members of Student Government Association and FFA were stationed at specific places throughout the school to detail how the school had changed over the years. All 50 of the school’s yearbooks were on display for guests to look through.

“It was such a great night,” said South Johnston High teacher and event chairperson Katie Medlin. “I loved hearing alumni reminiscing about their memories at South. It is such a special school with amazing community support. This was a culmination of 16 months of planning to ensure a great evening.”

Following the tours, guests were treated to entertainment and a dinner catered by McCall’s Bar-B-Q and Meadow Village Restaurant in the school’s old gymnasium. Johnny Mac MacLamb played with his bluegrass band, along with 20 other alumni who came to sing music that varied from gospel to country.

“I am truly blessed to be the principal of South Johnston High School and look forward to the continued success of our school in the years to come,” said Weaver. “The 50th event provided an opportunity for all participants to reminisce about the many special memories that South Johnston has provided for them.”