Sunday, May 4, 2008

Poodle Skirts & Bobbi Socks ~ Tileston Junior High Reunion

Hosted by the Friends of Tileston
Wilmington, NC

This past Saturday, I had a delightful morning, as I traveled back in time, and was immersed in the year 1950...something!

My mother-in-law, Frances, and Lael, whom we all affectionately call Aunt BoPeep, were part of a committee, formed to host the first Tileston Jr. High Reunion! They have been working deligently for months, preparing to welcome 500 returning fellow students from the 1940's, 50's, & 60's. Three generations of my husband's family attended Tileston School; his grandaddy (Frances' Dad), Frances (his mom), and Kevin himself and his sister, Leighann.

Ashley, David, Leighann, and I met Saturday morning to help decorate the gym. We had a ball! As we worked along side the committee, the jubilation of former classmates was evident; swapping memories and jokes! ...and was also very contagious, you couldn't help but be affected by it! I witnessed first-hand the kinship and friendship of these comrades. And as the sound system echoed the tune, "Twilight Time," for a fleeting moment, I wished to have been born during their time; the time of bobbi socks, poodle skirts, and "real" dancing! ..."smiles"

I would like to share some of the highlights of the morning, and maybe pass along a little inspiration and SOCK-HOP ideas!

Tileston School Gym....

Tileston School, now St. Mary's Catholic School....

History Of Tileston School....

Tileston School was built in 1871, by a monetary award from Boston Philanthropist, Mary Tileston Hemenway. She personally funded the school for 20 years, which was the first school in Wilmington to offer free education. Plans for the school were drawn up by John A. Fox, Esquire, noted designer of the Boston Museum. Amy Morris Bradley was the administrator of the school until she retired in 1891. Shortly thereafter, the school was given to the city. My sister-in-law, Leighann, was one of the last classes to attend Tileston, which was abandoned by the city in the early 1980's. In 1988, the complex (which consists of a city block), was purchased by St. Mary's Parish for $17,000, intended to house a portion of their private school.

Tileston underwent 5 additions throughout the years, and this section of the school was built in 1937.

St. Mary's has done a wonderful job renovating and keeping up the buildings and grounds!

St. Mary's Catholic Church sits on the corner across from the school and was built in 1908. It was constructed of brick and tile...with NO steel, wood, or nails!


The committee did an excellent comprehensive job compiling and displaying memorabilia of their former school years...

Pictured below is a School Band Uniform from 1935, and below that, is an old photo of the band!

Blue Demons Sports Hall of Fame....The Gallery Wall....

Jr. High Cheerleading...

My MIL, Frances is second from the bottom...

Oh my, haven't the cheerleading unforms changed over the years???

Frances & Lael...

Volleyball Team of 58-59....

Volleyball uniform and Gym suit...

My children enjoyed the day, about as much as I did! David was wearing a #25 Carolina Tarheels Jersey, and one of the men instructed him to check out the Football pictures and see if he could find #25! He did, and it turned out the man was #25 on the team, which won the championship that year! (61-62)

The Festivities Start Early...

As soon as the sound guy cranked up the system, the classmates found a partner, and danced to tunes of the 50's! And oh, how they could dance!

WWAY TV3, the local TV station conducted interviews! David, was also interviewed and is now a self-proclaimed superstar, waiting for a call from California...he is certain he will be "discovered" and become famous! He stated afterward, had he known he was going to be on TV, he would have worn better clothes and taken a bath that morning! LOL! (Keep in mind, he's 9!)


The decorations were amazing! Frances and Lael did an outstanding job, and I know personally that they were up late many nights creating, cutting, pasting....

Below, Ashley helps Grandma!

David taking a test drive.....

Aunt BoPeep, Lael, is tired, but still smiling.....

Papa Terry taking a break after blowing up hundreds of balloons...
(With the help of a helium tank...LOL!)

Downtown Wilmington....

Tileston School is nestled deep in Downtown Wilmington, a beautiful port town! Below are some of the houses surrounding the school.

The brick paved streets...

The School was located two blocks from my MIL and husband's former homes. The house on the right, was the house Frances was raised in. Years later, she bought the house next door, on the lefthand, and Kevin and Leighann walked to school from there!

Downtown Wilmington....

Crossing the bridge to Wilmington, a shot of the Battleship of North Carolina Memorial...


I hope you have enjoyed your trip down memory lane, and even though you might not know the people or places pictured here...I hope it evokes fond memories of your own school days!

If you are a Tileston classmate viewing this blog, please let me know you stopped by! You can click on "comments," and after leaving a comment, click that you are an anonymus user, and it will record the comment. Please leave your name in the comment! Thank you for letting allowing me to be a part of your wonderful children and I will remember it always! "smiles"


Mrs. B said...

What a great walk down memory lane! I love all that history, the old pictures, and the beautiful old school buildings. It looks like a lot of fun! And what a pretty town!

Deb said...

Wow! that was wonderful, the band unitforms and cheerleader outfits have really changed over the years. It was such a fun trip and a great post. Deb

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