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Published: Friday, 1/18/2013

Scott High School kicks off 100th anniversary year with a party

BY NOLAN ROSENKRANS
BLADE STAFF WRITER
The Scott High School pep band performs during a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the high school on Collingwood Boulevard in Toledo’s Old West End. It was the first of about 20 events. The Scott High School pep band performs during a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the high school on Collingwood Boulevard in Toledo’s Old West End. It was the first of about 20 events.
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Sorry Spar­tans, Reb­els, Rams, Polar Bears, and In­di­ans, but 2013 is the year of the Bull­dogs.

Scott High School, opened in 1913 on Coll­ing­wood Bou­le­vard, kicked off its cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion Thurs­day, the start of a year of events that will bring the Bull­dog Na­tion’s past and pres­ent to­gether. About 300 at­tended the event in Scott’s field­house, where proc­la­ma­tions were made, alumni hon­ored, and trib­utes to the school given.

“A hun­dred years, woo!” yelled stu­dent body pres­i­dent Akia Wil­liams as she started the show. “That’s a looooong time.”

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Much has hap­pened at Scott over those 100 years, with thou­sands walk­ing its halls, in­clud­ing dis­tin­guished vis­i­tors such as Rosa Parks, the Rev. Dr. Mar­tin Luther King, Jr., and Pres­i­dent Obama, said Toledo Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber Larry Sykes.

At Thurs­day’s rally were cur­rent and for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tors, grad­u­ates from the 1940s to 2012, city of­fi­cials, and long­time Scott fix­tures. Former choir mem­bers joined to sing the alma ma­ter, past cheer­lead­ers — in­clud­ing cur­rent prin­ci­pal Treva Jef­fries — joined the cur­rent squad, and a mix of alumni and cur­rent band mem­bers were led by Edward Dixon, long­time di­rec­tor of the Scott High School march­ing band.

Per­haps the big­gest cheer of the night came when Scott’s first black home­com­ing queen, Janet Quinn-Wyatt, Class of 1957, showed off cheer moves she re­mem­bered.

Jerry Chabler presents Scott High School principal Treva Jeffries with a proclamation from Lucas County during a program celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary. Jerry Chabler presents Scott High School principal Treva Jeffries with a proclamation from Lucas County during a program celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary.
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A re­fur­bished Scott High School re­opened last year af­ter a more than two-year, $42 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion. Most Toledo schools were re­con­structed dur­ing the dis­trict’s $635 mil­lion, de­cade-long build­ing pro­gram. Some were closed be­cause of en­roll­ment de­clines and de­mol­ished.

But the orig­i­nal Scott was saved, though it took a fight. The school’s size and cost to ren­o­vate left the build­ing’s fu­ture in limbo. Alumni and neigh­bors banded to­gether to push for ren­o­va­tion.

The dis­trict even­tu­ally be­gan ren­o­va­tion af­ter vot­ers ap­proved a bond is­sue. While a fight to get done, the fin­ished prod­uct has been ac­claimed as a suc­cess­ful res­tora­tion of what the Lu­cas County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers called “one of the most beau­ti­ful build­ings in the city of Toledo.”

Scott High School students pass a cake celebrating the school's 100th anniversary Thursday. Scott High School students pass a cake celebrating the school's 100th anniversary Thursday.
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“It will be here an­other 100 years,” Toledo Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Pres­i­dent Brenda Hill said of Scott, “and it will look just as good then.”

Scott pride abounded at the event, with the ob­li­ga­tory “Once a Bull­dog, al­ways a Bull­dog” dec­la­ra­tions fre­quent. It’s hard not to boast when it’s your year, af­ter all.

“If you didn’t go to Scott, your par­ents didn’t love you,” Scott alumni as­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Avie Dixon said to laughs from the crowd.

There are al­most 20 events sched­uled for Scott’s cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion. The next event will be at the Jan. 25 bas­ket­ball game ver­sus Bow­sher High School at the Scott field­house.

The 100-year home­com­ing grand event will be Oct. 19, with a ban­quet at the SeaGate Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Con­tact Nolan Ro­senk­rans at:nro­senk­rans@the­blade.comor 419-724-6086.



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