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Kennedy High School to observe November 22 events

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For immediate release: October 18, 2013
Contact: Roland Martinez, Public Relations Officer, 210-444-7955

Kennedy High School to observe November 22 events

John F. Kennedy High School in Edgewood ISD will celebrate its 50th anniversary while observing the events of November 22, 1963.

Kennedy High School was the first high school in the country named for the 35th President. The Edgewood Board of Trustees approved the school name on September 10, 1962, just before the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The school opened its doors in September 1963.

Kennedy, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2013-2014 school year, will hold an observance at 9 a.m. Friday, November 22, at Frank Mata Stadium – 1650 W. Thompson Place (behind Kennedy High School).

November 22 is the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death. The President was in San Antonio on November 21, 1963, the day before he was killed in Dallas. President Kennedy did not have time to visit the new school named in his honor, but according to news accounts, vowed to return to formally dedicate the school.

Ethel Kennedy, widow of U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, visited the school for a tribute to John F. Kennedy on March 6, 1980. Sen. Ted Kennedy visited the campus October 22, 1980, to formally dedicate the school.

The November 22 event will include guest speakers, musical selections by the Kennedy High School Rocket Band, a wreath-laying, and the playing of “Taps.”    


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