By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Carver High School alumni came from as far as California and Colorado to gather with their former classmates during a recent reunion held in Delray Beach.
Held at some of their former stomping grounds, currently Spady Museum, alum from the class of 1943 to 1970 mingled with their friends sharing stories and reconnecting.
“We took it back to where we started from,” Carver Alum Ernestine Wilson Holliday said.
In charge of publicity, Holliday shared photos and updates on where some of Carver’s alum ended up.
Some became doctors, other attorneys. Many stayed local to Palm Beach County and worked for municipalities like Boynton and Delray or the school system. Some moved to places like Tennessee and Washington D.C.
Former Commissioner Jimmy Weatherspoon and current Commissioner Shirley Johnson attended Carver.
“We have people from all over,” she said.
She said 105 people attended the reunion. They held a mock graduation ceremony, luncheon and attended Sunday morning church services.
Graduates from the 1940s were recognized in a special ceremony. Two graduates from the 1949 class, Col. William Condry and Mary Alford were the last class to have S.D. Spady as their principal.
Other graduates recognized included Ruth Holliday Bowers, class of 1942, Nadine Jones Hart, class of 1943, Addie Davis Hudson, class of 1944, Lois Dolphus Martin class of 1946 and Alfred Zack Straghn class of 1948.
Other notable attendees were Alexander Edmonds, who graduated in 1950, the first class under the leadership of A.H. Holliday, Sr., as principal. Holliday Sr. is the brother-in-law of Wilson-Holliday and related to Holliday-Bowers.
The last class of Carver High was 1970, which had representation from Janie Jones. In 1970, Seacrest High School and George Washington Carver High School merged to become Atlantic Community High School.
The school was first established in 1895. It was known as Delray Colored Number 4 and then Delray County Training School. The school had students from first through eighth grade and then grew to tenth grade under Spady,
In 1939, the first twelfth grade high school graduation was held. In 1937, the school was renamed George Washington Carver High School.
In 1958, a new high school building was erected on S.W. 12th Avenue where Carver High School moved. The old school building became S. D. Spady Elementary School.
Ernestine Holliday said the planning committee of chair Clinton Butler, treasurer Ulethia Duncan Russell, secretary Constance White Coleman, G.J Patman and herself have already started getting ideas for the next reunion in 2019.