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Reunion pushed for Stockbridge High classes

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Henry County residents, Keith Craddock and Sonja Phelps, want to bring together about 3,000 of their old school's former students.

They plan to do it with an alumni picnic for students who graduated from Stockbridge High School between 1966 and 1986.

Realistically, however, Phelps expects that between 500 and 800 alumni, and instructors, from the Stockbridge school, will heed the call. The event is set for Sept. 18, at the Patrick Henry High School North campus, formerly Stockbridge High School (SHS).

The SHS Alumni Picnic will be the second such reunion, added Phelps. She helped to organize the SHS Alumni Formal in October 2009.

"It was just an awesome, awesome reunion," Phelps said. "There were so many brothers and sisters in these classes, so you had families coming to these reunions, because everybody grew up with everybody. We had a lot of school teachers come that taught many of us. It just turned out so well."

Phelps said the reunions allow participants to reminisce about their high school years, as they fight urges to make comparisons from those years to the current high school culture.

Phelps, now living in Hampton, has a daughter entering her senior year at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove. She said she could not have imagined how much technological advancement would have taken place since her graduation in 1982.

"It's incredible what these kids can do now," she said. "I just remember the cassette and the eight-track. Now, they have iPods."

Reunion organizer Keith Craddock, a 1971 graduate of Stockbridge, lives in McDonough with his wife of 35 years, Judy. They have two children -- daughter Stephanie, 39, a 1989 graduate of Stockbridge, and son, Shaun, 30, a 2000 graduate of Eagle's Landing High School.

"It's a lot different than the days I went to school," Craddock said. "I tell the kids to enjoy the time you have, because you'll look back at the days in high school and say, they weren't as tough as you thought."

"I tell them to enjoy life while they're young and make plenty of friendships," added Phelps, "because with the stresses of life, life moves fast."

Those who graduated from Stockbridge, between 1966 and 1986, and wish to attend the SHS Alumni Picnic, are asked to contact Phelps, by phone at (678) 699-1940, or by e-mail at: shsalumni@rocketmail.com.

The reunion event is scheduled for Sept. 18, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Patrick Henry High School - North, 109 Lee Street in Stockbridge.