BY JAMES HARPER
Graduates of the old Campbell Street High School, which was the all-Black high school in Daytona Beach from 1929 until 1969 will be celebrating their eighth Homecoming Celebration July 26-29 at the Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center.
Volusia County schools did not integrate until 1970.
All graduates from the old school, who were known as the Centipedes and those who started at the school and graduated in 1970 or 1971 from another school in the area are invited to attend.
Attendees can start registering at the hotel starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 26. There will be a meet and greet scheduled at the hotel from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Banquet, picnic planned
A brunch will kick off festivities Friday, July 27, at 10 a.m. where classmates will have time to reminisce with one another.
“An Evening of Elegance” banquet will take place at the hotel with doors opening to the banquet hall at 7 p.m. Live entertainment will begin about 9 p.m. and go until 1 a.m.
A picnic is scheduled at Cypress Street Park Saturday, July 28, from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Later that evening, starting at 8 p.m., there will be a homecoming dance. All those attending are urged to wear western attire. This is a non-food function.
On Sunday, July 29, the last day of the event, there will be a farewell reception at the John H. Dickerson Center beginning at noon.
Before being renamed the Dickerson Center, it was the location of the old Campbell Street High School. The Dickerson Center is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, which used to be named Campbell Street after a racecar driver.
Registration, hotel information
Cost for the Homecoming Celebration is $150 per person or $275 a couple. This will cover all events.
Those who are not local and wish to reserve a hotel room can call the Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center to reserve a room for $122.65 per night. Tax is included.
Reservations must be made by June 28 to guarantee these rates. The number for the hotel is 877-644-3239 or 386-672-3770.
The event registration does not include the cost of T-shirts. They range in price from $12 to $15 depending upon the size.
Organizers are asking that all registration be completed by July 15; no personal checks will be accepted after June 30.
Classmates also can attend individual events. Prices are $25 for Thursday’s meet and greet; $25 for Friday’s brunch; $50 for Friday’s banquet; $20 for Saturday’s picnic, and $25 for Saturday’s dance.
Homecoming packets and ID can be picked up at the hotel beginning July 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A souvenir booklet will be published. Ad prices range from $5 to $150. Ads must be camera ready and can be emailed to Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
All checks can be made payable to CHS Homecoming Committee, P.O. Box 11233, Daytona Beach, FL 32120.
Scholarship recipients revealed
The Campbell High School Scholarship Committee will introduce the recipients of the 2012 scholarships at the 10 a.m. worship service on July 29. The scholarships are open to all descendants of CHS alumni who are high school seniors planning to attend a historically Black college or university.
The homecoming committee includes Frances Worthen, Walter Fordham, Daisy Hicks, Marva Hopkins, Deborah Butts, Claudia McConnehead, Ruthie Williams, Joan Tucker, Yvonne Bell, Larry McConnehead, Virginia Bell, Eva Mitchell, Betsey Harderman, K.D. Beckton, Clifford Taylord, Julia Archie, Ruthie Williams, Emma Price, Frankye Jackson, Thomas Bryan John Bryan, Judy Collier, Roosevelt Miller and Shirley Bullard.