Hays High School will pay special tribute to its first graduating class at Friday’s homecoming game on Oct. 11. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the Class of 1969, the “Original Rebels.”
“We are honored to celebrate this milestone with our original graduates,” said Hays High School Principal David Pierce. “Fifty years ago, this class set a standard of excellence for our campus that we continue to uphold. They instilled within our school a spirit of community, teamwork, honor, and pride.”
Hays High School was created shortly after the Kyle, Buda, and Wimberley school districts consolidated in the late 1960s. Kyle and Buda high schools that merged to form Hays High School had been strong rivals. Whether the school district consolidation would work, and be lasting, was unknown at the time. The 63 members of the Class of 1969 played a key role in helping to create a unified district.
In addition to pre-game stadium recognition on Friday, Hays High School will host a special Homecoming tailgate tent for the members of the Class of 1969, near the south end zone at Shelton Stadium. Each of the members of the class will receive commemorative VIP field passes and get to enjoy the game with friends and classmates.
The Class of 1969 motto is: “Forward ever, backward never!”