June 6, 2019
Marshall High School reunion set in September
Photo/Don Del Rosso
Billy Sinclair, Jaque Green Bradford and Doris Edmonds look through old yearbooks as they work on plans for what could be the last Marshall High School reunion.
I think it’s nice to connect with people from the past who we would probably never see again if it wasn’t for things like this.
— Billy Sinclair
He spoke of the planned September Marshall High School reunion as if it might be the last.
“This could be it,” said Billy Sinclair, 73, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee who graduated from MHS in 1963. “Four years from now, we might get somebody together, since we were the last class. It’ll be 60 years.”
The original structure got built 1909. When Fauquier High opened in 1963, the Marshall building converted into an elementary school and later a junior high school. A fire destroyed most of the school in December 1969. Today, the building serves as the Marshall Community Center.
In April, a committee of six Marshall High graduates started planning the reunion, which will take place Sept. 21 at the Northern Fauquier Community Park along John Marshall Highway (Route 55) just east of the village.
On Tuesday afternoon, three committee members — Mr. Sinclair, Doris Waddell Edmonds and Jaque Green Bradford — met at the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation office on Winchester Road in Marshall to refine their plan.
They also talked about the importance of school reunions.
“I think it’s nice to connect with people from the past who we would probably never see again if it wasn’t for things like this — to either renew some acquaintances or just get to see someone again that we might have gone through the rest of our life not ever seeing,” explained Mr. Sinclair, who grew up in The Plains and lives in Culpeper.
Ms. Bradford also graduated from Marshall High in 1963.
Reunions remind folks of and strengthen important ties sometimes formed in childhood, suggested the retired Knoxville, Tenn., educator who moved back to Markham in 1999 after a 30-year absence.
“It’s a small community,” she said. “We still connect here, whether we’re from Marshall and Markham and The Plains. When I moved back up here, I found out my air conditioning man was somebody I had gone to school with.”
Plus, “they’re fun,” Ms. Bradford said with a laugh.
The reunion will be for all students who attended the school, not just graduates.
The committee believes 100 to 125 former students and guests could attend the reunion — a catered event that will cost $20 per person.
Those who wish to attend must reserve by Aug. 30. To do so, call Ms. Edmonds at 540-253-5349 or Mr. Sinclair at 540-729-0544.
The last Marshall High School reunion took place in 2014.
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