It is hard to believe that 50 years have passed since the opening of Berea Community School in 1969. The "new school" was a cooperative venture between the City of Berea and Berea College, which joined the Berea's public school with the Berea Foundation School and Knapp Hall of Berea College.
Built on property owned by Berea College at the intersection of Walnut Meadow Road and Ellipse Street, "Berea Community School represent(ed) a national first in educational cooperation through the resources of a city government, a private college and the public schools."
With its three circles and center common area, I recall how many students and citizens thought that the school resembled a "space ship" and how the interior was designed with mostly "open" class rooms. While the interior space has been modified into enclosed classrooms and the exterior look has changed due to additions of classroom space and a new gymnasium, the 50-year commitment to excellence in public education continues.
Superintendent, Dr. Diane Hatchett, and a committee of alumni are busy planning a celebration of Berea Community's 50th Anniversary over the weekend of their Homecoming, Sept. 27 and 28. On Friday, Sept. 27, a "Homecoming Tailgate" is planned, beginning at 5 p.m. at the pavilion near the north endzone of Guy Duerson Stadium. The celebration will continue on Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning with a golf scramble at Berea Country Club on Saturday morning, school tours starting at 4:30 p.m., and an alumni dinner from 6-9 p.m. at the school. Additional information is available by calling the school at 859-986-8446.
Congratulations on your 50th anniversary!