By Miracle Chavis
The McClymonds High School Class of 1961 celebrates its 50th Year Class reunion, starting at 6:00pm Saturday, July 23, at The Washington Inn, 485 10th Street in Oakland (corner of 10th and Washington Streets). Tina Dright, the reunion chairperson says, “We expect a lot from this night.” Dright expects the night to be as successful as her classmates.
McClymonds was built in 1915. In 1927, the school was renamed in honor of Superintendent John Williams McClymonds. In 1933 the school was moved to the area bounded by 12th and 14th streets and Market to Filbert. McClymonds, known as the “School of Champions”, has produced many high achievers , including Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Frank Robinson and other greats Vada Pinson, Charley Beamon ,William Love, Aaron Pointer, Paul Silas, Joe Gardere, John L. Simmons, Joe Johnson, Angelina Overall, Jim Hines, MC Hammer, James Hadnot, Curt Flood. James Toliver, Overton Williams, Joseph Debro, William “Bill” Patterson, Maxine Ussery, Leonard Gardner, Ed Howard and Lionel Wilson, the first Black mayor of Oakland, to name a few.
Some speakers will include: Christina Hill, an English teacher and current coach, and Curtis McCauley who has helped raise money to send 12 students to college this fall.
Some members of the reunion committee include Anna Lois Jones, John Sweatt, Lonnie Scoggins, Roy Overall and Fern Forcha.