A two-day celebration of the life and work of longtime FISD educator Myrlene Kennedy will include an “all class reunion” for those she touched: the staff and alumni of Friendswood High.
The first-ever Myrlene Kennedy Memorial All-Class Reunion is scheduled on June 13 and 14 at Stevenson Park in Friendswood.
“One of the many things Dr. Kennedy did in her long tenure was organizing class reunions for over 50 years,” said Don Jones, member of the FHS Class of 1975 as well as former teacher and coach. “Dr. K. worked tirelessly to help find ex-students of FHS so all could remain in touch long after their graduation or gather for special events or awards for themselves or other classmates.”
The Texas-born educator started her career at Friendswood ISD in 1959. Coaching girls’ basketball, her teams won 9 district championships. Sports was certainly not her only claim to fame: In 1969, she and band/choir director Jerry Sedotoer started what is now a longtime FHS tradition: the Spring Musical. As years passed, her titles included teacher, director of student activities, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. She started and supported activities such as the pregame football dinner and halftime patriotic show.
In June 2013, she retired, but she couldn’t stay away long. In August, she returned to FISD part-time. At the age of 78, Kennedy passed away Jan. 12 of this year.
At the January meeting of the FISD School Board, trustees voted unanimously to name the FHS auditorium the Myrlene Kennedy Auditorium.
The memorial event is open to all graduates of Friendswood High, their families and friends. If you are a graduate, friend or parent of a graduate or love a graduate, Jones added, you are welcome at this event.
Musical entertainment is being arranged and provided by FHS grads, many of whom appeared in the many musicals directed by Kennedy over the years.
The reunion kicks off on Friday, June 13, at 6 p.m. with a concert in the park, a community-wide celebration that takes place Fridays during the Spring and Summer in Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive.
On Saturday, festivities will begin at noon and include music, live entertainment and food vendors. Food and beverage sales will benefit scholarship funds and cover security and other basic expenses.
Plans call for the event to be an annual one to be held on the second weekend in June.
Volunteers are needed and welcome. Contact [email protected] or 832-721-9479.