Alfred Ely Beach teachers, principals, family High School students, alumni, and friends, gathered last weekend to celebrate their 150th anniversary. On Friday evening a “Meet and Greet” was held at the Beach Institute, where this historic educational institution began. On Saturday morning, hundreds lined the streets to watch the All Alumni Parade proceed to the fairgrounds. Dr. Ann Levett, Superintendent of Savannah Chatham County Schools, served as Parade Grand Marshal. Dr. Pat Harris, former teacher and Administrator and former Beach High Band Director Lawrence Hutchins were Co-Marshals. Many of the graduating classes were represented at the picnic held at the fairground. Their display of Bulldog spirit and honor was evident in the many tents, vendors, entertainment, food, speakers, awards and giveaways, comradery and love throughout the full day event. Alumni traveled from all over the United States to honor their beloved Beach High School. It was the beginning of their 150 year celebration promoting a legacy of excellence in education where truth, honor and love still reign. This weekend of events culminated with a spirit filled service at First Jerusalem Missionary
Baptist Church with Pastor Damion P. Gordon. There the Superintendent of Schools and the Alumni were showered with love, song, and word. Her request was for everyone to become Beacons of support for our children and our schools. This beginning celebration demonstrated the true spirit and love of a historic institution that has produced productive citizens who will continue to make a difference in the excellence in education at Alfred Ely Beach High School.