K H S Class of 1956

The Boll Weevils


May 26, 27, 28, 2006


 The KHS Class of 1956 Reunited!

Some smiled, some laughed, some cried, some talked, some listened, some hugged, some kissed, some reflected, but all felt at home again with their old friends from the class of 1956.  Joy ruled the day, and we all knew that we, in a few short decades, had become a part of the joyous history of Kingstree.  Kingstree to us is not just a town; it is our spirit and our roots.


A total of 140 classmates and friends, including 30 classmates from the class of 1956, convened in Kingstree on Friday, May 26, for a traditional barbeque dinner at Brownís. 


 This opening activity set the mood for the weekend by giving us the opportunity to hark back to our last years in high school, to become reacquainted with old friends and sweethearts, and to remember eleven of our departed classmates with a candle lighting ceremony.


On  Saturday our reunion moved to Charleston with a dinner cruise featuring an excellent menu highlighted with the sights and scenes of the Charleston harbor.  We did the shag, chatting and dancing the night away with spouses and old friends.  


This remarkable weekend was adjourned on Sunday at the Harbour Club of Charleston after a scrumptious bon voyage brunch of shrimp, grits, and a groaning board filled with a bounty of tasty fare.


In three great days, we turned back the clock and reveled in our glorious past with rekindled memories of our youth, loves, tribulations, school years, growing up together, and, finally, our graduation from KHS.  


We shared flashbacks of the football games, band trips, Nootís store, the coal pile, the smoking room under the stage of the auditorium, the Block K jacket, and dancing at Hossís Drive-In, and Osmer's, too. 


We recalled Coach Simpson, Coach Pinkerton, Capín Bill, Mrs. Swails, Mrs. Bradford, Mrs. Stoll, Miss Louise, and Mrs. Bass.  Newel Clarkson and Grace Tisdale joined on Friday for the barbecue, and we especially appreciate their being with us for they represent all the teachers who supported and guided us through our school years.


Thank you to all the classes from 1950 through 1959 for helping the class of 1956 celebrate this half century.  There were schoolmates from each of the nine classes, and we thank you for your presence and your friendship. You complete the tapestry of our years at Kingstree High School.


As we departed for our homes on Sunday afternoon, we felt very proud of who we are and who we have become. The Class of 1956 will reconvene in 2011 to continue its odyssey. 


  Alice and Bill

Pictures from the 50th Class Reunion