JHHS “Class of 81” has some fun

There is hardly any better feeling than getting together with old friends. Especially after 41 years. That was what several members of the “Class of 81” one of the most heralded graduating class in Jonesboro Hodge High School history got to do on Saturday.

The all day event was held at the Jimmie Davis State Park allowing for the group to finally celebrate the usual 40 years reunion that had to be cancelled last year due to the COVID pandemic. Smiles and laughter were abound as the classmates rekindled their relationships and swapped memories. The good natured recollections brought pride to some, embarrasement ot others but all walked away glad they came. 

“We had a great time,” said Gary Golden, who along with his wife Machaela drove up from Baton Rouge. “It was so good to catch up with everyone.”

The “Class of 81” carries a unique distinction in JHHS history as they were the first integrated class to go to school together all twelve years. They also lay claim to having the first integrated prom.

“Our class was very close,” reflected Golden. “We still are.”

The class also has the distinction of being one of the best, if not the best, when comparing the success of the athletic teams. Included was a state championship in boys basketball, state runner-up in football and a state semifinals appearance in baseball, still the furtherest a baseball team has ever gone in the playoffs. Added are district championships in girls basketball, boys and girls track and tennis.

“It is something we all look back on with pride,” said Golden. “I feel fortunate that I was able to share my high school days with so many good people, who have gone on to be great representatives of our school.”


JHHS Class of ’81

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