Seen above is the graduating class of Blackshear High School, circa 1930. Principal R.C. Fisher is seated in the center of the front row.

The Fisher High Alumni Association is planning for the 2008 reunion of Blackshear High School, Fisher High School and Bishop Heights Elementary School.

Registration is $60 per person.

A reunion has been held every two years since 1976, with about 150 to 250 people participating. Jimmie Johnson, secretary of the reunion committee, said people come from as far as Florida and California.

Johnson said the reunion is open to ex-students and their families.

She said Blackshear High School — built on Needmore Street — was the first segregated school opened in Athens.

R.C. Fisher began his career at Blackshear High School in 1914 as an instructor. It was a two room school frame building with three teachers.

Two rooms were later added to the structure.

Fisher succeeded Professor A.L. Harris as principal at Blackshear.

He organized the Vocational Agriculture classes and farm projects in Blackshear High School under the National Vocational Acts. The classes afforded an opportunity for teaching leadership, improved farm methods and farm management.

Blackshear grew from a seventh grade school to a 12-grade accredited high school, employing six teachers and a principal.

The graduating class of 1924 was the first that was accredited to go to college.

Fisher High School was built in 1932 and replaced Blackshear.

Fisher was the force behind building a brick schoolhouse. It was completed in 1932. He died before the new school was completed at the beginning of the 1932-1933 school year.

As a tribute to Fisher, the citizens and Athens Independent School District board named the new school Fisher High School.

His namesake was later placed on a school for sixth graders. That campus saw its last year this past school year, as it will be closed beginning next year.

Bishop Heights Elementary School was opened in 1958.

Fisher High School was closed in 1965 and Bishop Heights followed three years later.

According to reunion committee members, the purpose of the event is to remember. JoAnn Glover said it is for their legacy.

“So we don’t forget our roots,” Barbara Handy said.

“Blackshear, Fisher and Bishop Heights schools share such a strong common thread that forever binds us together,” Johnson said. “A very rich and proud legacy was left. It is that pride we endeavor to keep alive for generations to come.”

The festivities will begin on Friday, July 4, at the Athens Bowling Center. Activities available are bid whist, dominoes, bowling and putt-putt golf. A hamburger lunch will be served and there will be a drawing for door prizes.

A 7:30 p.m. a gospel extravaganza will be held at the Church of the Living God.

On Saturday, July 5, a soul food dinner/mixer will began at 11 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Building.

The reunion dance will be held later in the evening at 8 p.m.

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