Yearlong success: Frenship schools wrap up 75th anniversary year

Frenship Independent School District spent the past year looking over the last 75 years in honor of its milestone anniversary.

“What a great year!” said Andy Penney, the director of public relations for FISD who was in charge of many of the preparations for the 75th anniversary celebration. “It’s been certainly a pleasure to look back at our history and those who had an integral part.”

The anniversary celebrations kicked off at the district convocation, held before school started to welcome teachers and staff back to work.

In October, the district held a joint anniversary with the city of Wolfforth’s Harvest Festival.

On Homecoming weekend, between 500 and 700 people attended a tailgate party before Frenship’s football game. Earlier in the day, many had participated in a golf tournament and a pep rally at Frenship High School.

The next morning, many Frenship students took part in the Harvest Festival Parade and Fun Run, and former teacher Eleanor Bennett was the parade marshal. Bennett was a first-year teacher in Frenship’s first year, 1936.

That night, about 600 Frenship graduates and their spouses from classes throughout the 75 years met at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center for an all-class reunion.

Penney said that during the Homecoming weekend, the school district had participants from eight different states and every decade, including students from the 1930s.

“It was an opportunity to see old faces and visit old friends,” said Penney. “We had great stories of those who had left, but had a chance to come back.”

Of all the activities the school hosted, the one that seemed to be the most popular was the Homecoming tailgate event, Penney said.

“The Homecoming tailgate was very well received, and people have definitely wanted to do that again,” said Penney. Although he said there are no definite plans for another tailgate, the district is considering it.

Penney said his personal favorite event was the convocation.

“I look back at convocation and think that convocation set the stage for our school year,” said Penney. “It really drove home the emphasis of what Frenship is about and where we come from and the strong sense of community out there.”

Celebration of the district’s history led to an opportunity to relive the history through firsthand accounts, Penney said, noting that without capturing those accounts, they might not otherwise have been available for future Frenship Tigers.

While Penney was honored during the fall by the Frenship school board for his work on planning for the 75th anniversary, he said all former students, faculty, current students and businesses that took part should receive kudos.

“We should all receive some appreciation for a job well done this year,” said Penney.

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