05/20/07 — Dillard alumni plan 52nd homecoming

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Dillard alumni plan 52nd homecoming

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on May 20, 2007 2:04 AM

Former teachers and staff from the original Dillard High School will be honored as "living legacies" during the 52nd annual homecoming of Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends this weekend.

"Creating a Legacy -- Foundations for the Future" is the theme for the celebration, which is held annually during Memorial Day weekend and traditionally draws attendance from around the world.

The celebration kicks off Thursday evening with the scholarship and awards program, held at 7 p.m. in the Goldsboro High School auditorium. More than $80,000 in scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors and a new queen for the alumni association will be announced.

The weekend is also filled with a full schedule of events, organizers say, among them a banquet, two picnics, three dances, entertainment and a church service.

Graduating classes from years ending in 2's and 7's will also be holding reunions at various locations.

The original Dillard High School on West Elm Street from 1923-1957 will be remembered through former teachers and staff attending the homecoming. Special alumni groups from Forsyth, Georgia and Lumberton are also expected to attend.

On Saturday, a parade will be held downtown at 10 a.m. followed by picnics and the election of a new national president. The two candidates for the role are Raymond E. Smith Jr. and Quency Royall.

The public is also invited to join in the festivities. Membership tickets are $60 and may be purchased at Thursday's event and at the alumni center on Poplar Street each day leading up to and during the celebration.

The schedule of events follows:


2 p.m. Archives open, Alumni Cultural Center

6:45 p.m. Celebrating classes line up in lobby of Goldsboro High School auditorium

7 p.m. Scholarship and awards night

9 p.m. *Queen/King reception at Alumni Cultural Center


8 a.m. Golf Tournament, Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course

10 a.m. Board of Director's meeting, Alumni Cultural Center

11 a.m. Open House/Archives Tour, Alumni Center

11:30 a. Class of 1991 volunteer at GHS

1 p.m. Wilveria's Tours special cruise presentation, Alumni Center

5 p.m. Alumni Legacy Banquet, Alumni Center, $10

7 p.m. Class of 1992 - Meet and greet at Brews & Cues

9:15 p.m. Class of 1972 Dinner and dance at Quality Inn and Suites

9:30 p.m. *Alumni Dance No. 1, H.V. Brown Hall


8 a.m. Parade lineup downtown

10 a.m. Alumni parade

12 noon Class of 1992 - North End Park

12:30 p.m. *Alumni picnic No. 1, alumni campus; food 1-3:30 p.m.

Class of 1972 -- Basketball Game W.A. Foster Center, S. Leslie Street

2-4 p.m. Voting for national president, South Building

7 p.m. Class reunions -- Class of 1957 -- Community Crisis Center, Elm and Slocumb Streets; Class of 1962 -- Goldsboro Country Club; Class of 1992 -- Wayne Agricultural Center

12 a.m. Dance No. 2 "Young at Heart" at H.V. Brown Hall


11 a.m. Worship service, H.V. Brown Hall

Class of 1992 -- Greater St. John, Dudley

2:30 p.m. Class of 1972 -- Picnic/baseball game, HVB Park, Little Washington

3 p.m. *Alumni class picnics on alumni campus for Class of 1950, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957; Class of 1992 -- Dinner at Madison's Restaurant

6 p.m. Entertainment at H.V. Brown Hall

10 p.m. Dance No. 3 "Young at Heart", H.V. Brown Hall

*Denotes membership card required