Miami Jackson High School


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In May 2000, the Miami Jackson High School Classes of 1952 and 1953 held a joint class reunion in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Vinny Hynes (53), Lee Corso (53), Joe Brodsky (53) remembered old times on the deck of Vinny’s home in Pigeon Forge.

These ’53 grads got together for lunch at the Apple Barn to talk about Jackson days.

Louise Andrews Ward (53), Beverly Bauerband, Joan Merrit Kirkland (53), Bill Kirkland, Wanda Hudson Briscoe (53), Richard Puckett (53), Sally Tomberlin Beck (53), Ed Franklin (53)


Tuesday night the reunion was kicked off with Happy Hour, Dinner, Reunion Program and a DJ playing 50’s music. Pat Caudell Hynes (52) and Lee Corso (53) posed for the camera.

Everyone was still wearing name bagdes on Tuesday night.


The 275 reunion attendees were welcomed by Reunion Co-Chairmen Allan Rodberg (52), Joan Merritt Kirkland (53) and Vinny Hynes (53), (Pat Caudell Hynes (52) not pictured).


Bob Sanchez (53), Picnic Chairman, invited everyone to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park for a picnic on Wednesday at noon.


The seventeen former football players in attendance presented LouAnn French LaCroix (52), daughter of football coach Roy French (deceased) a poster of the team that “Beat Miami High”

It was a treat to have Eddie Miles entertain us on Tuesday evening. Those who attended the ’94 reunion in Pigeon Forge remember going to the Memories Theatre to see Eddie Miles as “Elvis”.

After the evening was over, many grads congregated in the parking lot or sat around in front of their rooms visiting and reminiscing about “the good old days” nearly 50 years ago.

The Memorabelia Area was a big hit. Marvin Ball gathered memorabelia including posters, annuals, pictures, letter sweaters, football programs, band concert programs and much more.

Thursday’s picnic in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park was the highlight of the reunion. Pat Dopko Mills (52), Joyce Dopko Lenz (54), Bonnie Marcene Ross Wheatley (52), Mitzi Rafuse Stites (52) and Jane Reiman Galpin (52)

Russell Wheatley (51), Bonnie Marcene Ross Wheatley (52), Charlie Aye (49), Jim Keathley (52), Ralph Brown (52) enjoying the moutains.

To eat BBQ and relax by a mountain stream with your old friends is just perfect.

It was a day to remember.

Wednesday night, everyone met back at the Convention Center for happy hour and a dinner of turkey and dressing, boarded the Pigeon Forge Trolleys, and went to the Governor’s Palace Theatre for a fun-filled evening seeing “Boots, Boogie and Blues”.

Thursday morning we inaugurated our first “Activities Breakfast”. Wanda Hudson Briscoe (53) was the chairman. Grads who participated in Cheerleading, Athletics, Student Council, Debate, Band, Journalism, Drama and other activities met for breakfast. Pictured to the right are some members of the famous Jackson Marching Band, Majorettes and Flying Twirlers who saw each other for the first time in 47 years.

After the Activities Breakfast, Jo Ann Taylor Campbell (53) helped decorate for the big party Thursday night.

Thursday morning the MJHS Reunion Golf Tournament was held. Pictured here are Joe Brodsky (53), Allan Rodberg (52), Vinny Hynes (53) and Pete Manz (52) getting ready to go tee off.

The winning team of Fred Vosloh (52), Bob Vosloh (53), Bobby Carlton from Miami High, and Bob Tatom (53) received trophies Thursday night.

Al Morrison (53) presented Fred Vosloh (52) with a trophy for the longest drive.

Marvin Ball was honored for getting the ball “closest to the pin”.

Behind the golfers, notice the beautiful quilt which was donated by David and Erma Swift Reising (53) for the auction/raffle.

Joe Brodsky (53) and Jim Roundtree (54) gave out the door prizes on Thursday night.

Before Winbert Lavender (53) could start the auction, he was serenaded with a poem, and presented with a pair of “purple bloomers” and a plaque by Jo Ann Taylor Campbell (53), Louise Andrews Ward (53), Treva Lingard Grose (53) and Wanda Hudson Briscoe (53).

Ed Franklin (53) and Richard Puckett (53) entertained Thursday night.

The grads ended the Reunion with dancing to the sounds of the Al Curtis Swing Band.

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