LaFayette High celebrates all former classes over the weekend

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, September 24, 2019

LaFAYETTE — On Saturday, several thousand people participated in the annual homecoming weekend cookout at LaFayette High School.

More than 100 tents were set up on the band practice field next to the school.

“We have 49 classes here today, from 1970 through 2019,” said Kalandra Holloway, president of this year’s organizing committee. “We worked on this for nine months. The Class of 2001 is this year’s host class, and we had members of other classes helping us. We’ve been doing this now for seven years, and it’s something we look forward to doing every year. We will be awarding two scholarships to members of this year’s senior class.”

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There was music and laughter, food being cooked on grills throughout the field and the renewal of old friendships. Smiling faces were everywhere, and kids had fun riding the Baby Toot Toot train.

Saturday’s cookout was the culmination of a weeklong series of events. This year’s theme was “Keeping Tradition Alive in Living Color.” The school colors of black and gold were the predominant colors seen on Saturday, with a little orange and blue and crimson and white mixed in for those who pull for Auburn and Alabama.

During the afternoon, many of the attendees would be glued to TVs, watching LHS Class of 2017 alumnus JaTarvious “Boobee” Whitlow help lead Auburn to a 28-20 win over Texas A&M. He scored the final touchdown for the Tigers.

Other events during the week included a bonfire at Bulldog Stadium, a Thursday homecoming parade and an alumni day party on Friday.

On Friday night, a big crowd was on hand to see Aaliyah Brooks crowned Homecoming Queen 2019-20 and to root for the Bulldogs in their region game with Reeltown, a close, hard-fought game won by the visitors, 21-14.

Alumni who are today living away from LaFayette stayed in town Sunday to attend services at their home church and then to have fun in an alumni softball tournament at Avondale Field.

Plans are already being made for next year’s alumni weekend. The Class of 1970 will be having their 50th anniversary that year.