By Jean Flanagan –
Moorefield High School graduates will flood the community this weekend for a farewell celebration commemorating the oldest section of the building.
Moorefield was one of three high schools in the county which were built in the late 1930s with Works Progress Administration funds. The first MHS graduating class was in 1941 when Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the commencement speaker.
Seventy-two years later that portion of the high school has been slated for demolition to begin at the end of this school year. It will be replaced with a new facility connecting the two wings which are to be renovated.
The upcoming Homecoming weekend begins with a groundbreaking ceremony for the new building on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Earlier on Friday, another groundbreaking will take place at East Hardy High School which is also to be renovated and expanded. That ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. at the school at Baker.
Both projects are the result of a school bond issue passed last year and matching funds from the West Virginia School Building Authority.
The festivities continue at 5 p.m. with a high school baseball game. At 7:30 p.m. the MHS band and majorettes from the present and the past will meet at the stoplight on Winchester and Main streets to kick off a pep rally and thuse. Escorted by the Moorefield Police, the parade will then move to the school grounds for a bonfire.
The opening day ceremony will start at 10 p.m. in the MHS new gym. Various groups and individuals will be recognized, including members of the 1941 graduating class.
At 11:30 a.m. the Lawn Party in front of the high school will begin. Tents will have been set up for classes to meet and socialize. Food and drink will be available. Tours of the high school will be offered.
Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs since seating may be limited on the lawn.
It is suggested that attendees wear comfortable shoes and casual clothing. None of the events are considered dressy, including the dinner and dance…