Frenship celebrates 75th Anniversary on Homecoming weekend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Frenship celebrates 75th Anniversary on Homecoming weekend

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - Frenship ISD celebrates its 75th year of educating students. The district has a weekend full of events planned and one alumna traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to join in on the fun.

Alumni from each graduating class were invited to participate in their diamond anniversary. The district planned the reunion on homecoming weekend which started off with a tailgate before kickoff.

Twenty years after four women, who graduated from different classes throughout the 80s take advantage of each chance they get to see each other, no matter how far the distance. 

"I came from Germany," said Linda Bailey. 

The past seven and a half decades have brought some major changes to the district, but some things do stay the same. "We have family that had the same teacher and some of the kids still have the same teacher," said Bailey. 

Frenship got its name after four smaller schools combined. The very first year 16 teachers taught 250 students in one school. "I was elected on the first faculty that Frenship had. I taught in the 7th grade and I taught for 44 years," said Eleanor Bennett, a former tiger teacher. Her husband, J. Weldon Bennett served as Frenship superintendent for more than 25 years. "I'm just proud of the way it is growing and the accomplishments they are making," said Bennett.

The district now educates more than 7,000 students and employees 600 teachers who are in classrooms at nine school campuses. Michael McKelvy graduated from Frenship and is now in front of the classroom. "The main thing is there is a lot more kids. You kind of see yourself in some of them. It is nice to be able to give back," said McKelvy.

Abby Kluzek is in her senior year and says she can't wait for future celebrations. "It's always exciting to see alumni come back and so I want to do the same thing and come back and see everyone," explained Kluzek.

Fireworks were planned for after the game at the stadium. The diamond celebrations continue throughout the weekend. The Wolfforth Harvest Festival kicks off with a 5K run at Patterson Park followed by events on Main Street. The night will end with a 75th anniversary celebration at the Lubbock Civic Center.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

  • Wolfforth Harvest Festival
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5K Run, Patterson Park
  • 9:00 a.m. - Harvest Festival Parade, Main Street
  • 10:00 a.m. - Kids 1-Mile Fun Run
  • 10:00 a.m. - Classic Car Show
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Patterson Park Festivities
  • 12:00 p.m. - Harvest Queen Ceremony

75th Anniversary Celebration

  • 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Lubbock Civic Center

Frenship 75th Anniversary Celebration Golf Tournament

  • Friday, October 8th - Shadow Hills Golf Course
    4-Person Scramble
    8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
    $200 Team

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