Photo: Badin 50 Years Strong
Badin High School in Hamilton will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school’s opening today, the first day of classes for the biggest freshman class in 12 years, and tomorrow for beginning of the whole school’s academic year. This year’s freshman class of 165 comes from 33 elementary and middle schools. All are invited to the opening all-school Mass Friday at 10 am.
This fall and winter will end the school’s two years of anniversary celebrations. “Last year we honored the 50th graduating class of Badin and the 50 years since our predecessor schools, Hamilton Catholic and Notre Dame, had their final year,” said school spokesperson Angie Gray. “This year we are celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the opening of Badin High School in the fall of 1966. We have a lot of good things scheduled,” including special recognition for graduates of the class of 1967 at the Homecoming Parade (Sept. 17), a Heritage Mass (Oct. 12), and recognition of the undefeated 1966 football team (Oct. 22); as well as reviving the school’s “Hootenanny” music festival, popular in the 1970s and 1980s.
“We’ve had 50 great years and we are ready to start 50 more,” said Princpal Brian Pendergest, a 1990 grad. “The students, the faculty, the staff – they care about Badin High School, about their education, their faith, their leadership. It makes for a terrific school environment.”
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