Forty years may seem like a long time ago, but not for Charles Akins, who still remembers those tension-filled days he served as the first principal of the new Anderson High School. The old L.C.Anderson had closed two years earlier due to court-ordered integration, and people on the East Side mourned the loss of the old Anderson and now were being bused to the new school.
Fights were common. The school colors were lost and the Yellowjacket mascot was retired as the “old” Anderson transitioned to the new.
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Anderson High’s 40th festivities
Oct. 25 — Homecoming parade begins at 4:30 p.m. at Steck Avenue and Mesa Drive and will wind through the nearby Westover Hills neighborhood.
Oct. 26 — Self-guided tours run from 9-11 a.m. at the school, 8403 Mesa Drive; anniversary program at 11 a.m. with Dr. Charles Akins speaking; tailgate barbecue at 11:45 a.m. in school cafeteria; homecoming game versus Austin High at House Park at 2 p.m. Buses will be available to take fans to the game.
Tickets —Bus tickets to the game are $4 for students and $7 for adults; the tailgate meal is $8 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets must be ordered online at www.andersononline.org by Thursday.