With our exciting Hall of Honor inductees, the announcement of the Name the Leopard contest winner, and the Michael Martin Murphey concert, we expected that a large number of people would attend this year’s all-class reunion, and that was the case. In fact, many alums attended our all-class reunion for the first time ever.A delicious Tex-mex lunch was catered by El Corazon de Tejas and served by alumni volunteers. The all-class reunion events couldn’t have been successful without the many volunteers who helped with Friday’s golf tournament, the Saturday morning set-up, and throughout that day.
The 2014 Hall of Honor segment of the program recognized three outstanding individuals for their remarkable career accomplishments after leaving Adamson. The two graduates inducted as former students were Paul Tadlock from Adamson’s Class of 1958 and Stanley Zareff from the Class of 1961. Additionally, Jane Etheridge’s induction really came under the “faculty” designation, although she graduated from Oak Cliff High School in 1926.
Popular teacher Jane Etheridge taught English Literature and sponsored many student groups throughout her career. Class of 1965 graduate Lon Oakley presented the Alumni Association with his $3,000 check, representing proceeds from his book, Two Deaths and an Arrest. As most of you know, this book contains written memories of students and teachers from November 22, 1963, the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Dallas Police Officer J. D. Tippit’s murder near Adamson High School.
The contest-winning name of the glass-encased leopard is “Rowdy.” Rowdy was submitted by 1941 graduate James F. Anderson from Lancaster, Texas, who won a lifetime alumni association membership as a result. Alumni Association Board President John Ruiz presented Adamson Athletic Director/Head Coach Josh Ragsdale with an appreciation award. Coach Ragsdale has positively influenced students locally and nationally with his anti-domestic violence campaign. His efforts have resulted in Adamson being selected to play a football game in AT&T (Dallas Cowboys) Stadium on October 3, 2014. A mini-pep rally ended the program, led by energetic Adamson cheerleader legends and the Leopardette legends, who together led us through the alma mater and fight song.
The longer-than-usual day was capped off by a spirited acoustic concert by Class of 1963’s Michael Martin Murphey. He performed this concert as a fundraiser to benefit the Adamson Alumni Association, and we appreciate Michael taking time out of his busy schedule to come home to share his stories and songs with us.
We also appreciate each one of you who supported the Alumni Association through your ticket purchases and additional donations.