By SHERRY DIGMON
More than 200 people “came home” for Pollard-McCall Jr. High School’s 100th anniversary celebration held Saturday, October 29.
Memorabilia filled tables along the walls in the auditorium – scrapbooks, yearbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings.
Some of the attendees didn’t go to school here, but their children, grandchildren, and, in Mildred Brooks’ case great-grandchildren, attended Pollard-McCall.
Alan Baker didn’t attend, but his mother taught here in the 1950s. One of her students was Buck Powell who went on to be a coach and teacher and later superintendent of Escambia County Schools.
Alan’s wife Kaki taught here for 22 years under two principals, Danny Norwood and Hugh White.
“I taught in heaven,” she said.
Hugh White was one of Kaki’s students. When he went to college, he did his student teaching under her, and he later became PMJHS’s principal.
The celebration included an alumni basketball game and a catered lunch.
Pollard-McCall’s current principal is Randall Jackson. The school representative on the Board of Education is Cindy Jackson (no relation to the principal), District 4.
The school and community will celebrate the annual Hugh J. White Harvest Festival Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring games, food, vendors and a car show. An auction will be held at 2 p.m.