The Amarillo High School 50th Alumni Association was formed in 1989 when a resolution for the formation of the Association was presented during the 50th reunion of the AHS class of 1938. The Association organizational meeting was held on June 11, 1989. More than 52 representatives of AHS classes from 1930 to 1945 attended the meeting.
The proposal set forth by the class of 1938 was for the formation of an association open to everyone who had attended Amarillo High School. Officers of the Association and voting rights were given only to members who had celebrated their 50th anniversary of graduation from AHS.
Besides providing fellowship for AHS graduates, the Association has taken on the tasks of:
Fostering programs for the enrichment of education at Amarillo High School, of providing scholarships for worthy AHS graduates,
Providing funds to maintain and perpetuate the Hall of Honor War Memorial Monument in the AHS Commons, and
Engineering and creation of a Historical Marker at 12th and Polk to honor the three schools that were built on the site, where Amarillo High School was, and
Providing funds to maintain and sustain the extensive R. B. Norman art collection located at AHS. These are now displayed in special custom-made cabinets located in AHS halls that were funded by the Alumni Association..
A CD with color photos, detailed descriptions of the paintings and a bio on the artists is available for a donation of only $12.00. Contact Gary Biggers Ď64 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Amarillo High School 50th Alumni Association held itís first reunion in September 1991. Since that first reunion, gatherings have taken place every three years with large numbers coming from all over the United States and some foreign countries. In 2006 and 2009 almost 1000 former Sandies and spouses experienced the reunion.
It should be noted that a highlight of the reunions has been the individual class luncheons. Each class is given the opportunity to organize a luncheon for their class to be held on Saturday.
The next reunion will be held on September 27th 2012. The Ambassador Hotel will be the site of registration and informal gathering. The Friday evening program will be held at the Sunset Center Art Center and Saturday evening events will be held in the Heritage room at the Amarillo Civic Center. If busing service is needed, check that box on the registration sheet that will be coming in the mail.
The Association meets three times each year. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the months of February, June and October. The meeting times are at 2:30 at the Amarillo Senior Citizens Center at 12th and Polk, which is where OUR Amarillo High School was located. All Sandies are encouraged to attend these meetings for fellowship and to find about activities of the Association.
The AHS 50th Alumni Association can be reached by mail at P O Box 50872, Amarillo, Texas 79159-0872 or by email at AHS50thAlumniAssociation@gmail.com The contact information can be used to keep the Association posted when there are address or telephone number changes, inquiries about upcoming events, or just letting us know about interesting events in the lives of fellow Sandies. For more details about the AHS 50th Alumni Association, please view the association bylaws section on this web site.