Hundreds of RCTS Bulldog schoolmates from around the country met in La Grange, GA July 26-28. The headquarters hotel was the Best Western Hotel and Convention Center. Registration for the full reunion was very positive and over 100 Bulldogs joined those already in attendance in the festivities at the Maroon and Gold Bulldog Banquet on Saturday night at the Callaway Center. The Callaway Center is located on the campus of the West Georgia Technical College.
Reunion Events began with two panel discussions on "The Old School" and "The New School." On Friday night a dance took place in the Best Western ballroom. The music was pumping and everyone had a grand time. Many Bulldogs showed they still know how to "shake 'em down." DJ "AJ" was in the house. Saturday morning activities included the Bulldog Picnic featuring tasty bar-b-que, salad, and ice tea. Earlier in the day, a business meeting was held.
Sunday morning found RCTS Bulldogs attending church services at the First Baptist Church (Riley St.) in Roanoke, AL. Many Bulldogs attended the church as youngsters. Thanks to Pastor Gilbert Staples and his congregation for extending an invitation to Bulldogs attending the 2013 Reunion.
Everyone had a swell time at the 2013 Reunion as they "Partied with a Purpose." Sales of RCTS branded merchandise was brisk with all proceeds being donated to the RCTS Foundation's scholarship fund. Thanks to all Bulldogs for your generous monetary donations and your continuing support of the mission and goals of the RCTS Scholarship Foundation!
2013 RCTS Reunion Committee Chairman Alvin Thornton along with committee members Dorothy "Dot" Oliver and Willie Mae Jones at the registration table.
Friday Night "Dance in the Auditorium" - Bulldogs still know how to "Shake 'Em Down." Dances were held after home football games during RCTS' existence. The visiting schools' teams and supporters were welcomed in the auditorium and the latest dances and fashions were on display.
Saturday Morning Business Meeting - Plans are being made for the 2015 Reunion.
RCTS Reunion Sunday Church Services were held at First Baptist Church (Riley St.) in Roanoke, AL. The Randolph County Training School campus was located approximately 1/4 mile south of the church on LaFayette Highway (U.S. Hwy 431). Pastor Gilbert Staples leads the congregation at First Baptist Church.
Riley Street was named for the Riley Family whose members included principal James A. Riley, teachers Fannie Riley (his wife), and daughter Louise Riley (RCTS librarian and French teacher.) Professor Riley is an example of many community leaders who spearheaded self-help efforts to improve the lot of their people by establishing schools throughout the South. Riley was principal of the historic Rock Mills Elementary School.