“Living the Legacy” was the theme for the 1969 Greenville Park High School graduation class who held their 50th class reunion earlier this year at the Contemporary Plaza in Hammond.
“This class is historical because this is the last class to graduate from Greenville Park High School,” said Betty Jackson.
In the fall of 1969 Federal District Judge Alvin B. Rubin handed down his court’s order desegregating all schools in the Tangipahoa Parish school system. Greenville Park High was downgraded and renamed Hammond Junior High, leaving little or no traces of Greenvillepark History.
Tangipahoa Parish School Board representative Jerry Moore, son of the late M. C. Moore who filed the lawsuit to end the segregated system of education in the parish, was the keynote speaker. He gave a brief history of the problems his family endured after his father filed the lawsuit against the school system.
“My father was in the logging business. After the suit, my father could not get work. When he did it was under adverse condition making it impossible, tearing up his equipment, and shooting in his house under the cover of darkness.” According to research by the late educator Jesse W. Davis Jr., Hammond Colored School was founded in 1906 by P.Jenkins. It was a sixth-grade school from 1906 until 1929 when it opened as a full elementary school. In 1943 it expanded the school session to nine months, and the principal was Jessie W. Davis Sr. He had the school name change to Greenville Park High School in 1954. ℜ